Honors and Awards

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2001

Murphy, Ward earn black belts

Doug Murray attained the rank of SanDan (third degree black belt) and Lisa Ward received the rank of ShoDan (first degree black belt) in fall examinations administered by Master Teruyuki Okazaki, head of the International Shotokan Karate Federation. According to Diana Stevens, Chief instructor of the Juneau Shotokan Karate-Do Club, Doug Murray has been practicing Karate with the club for 18 years, and has helped many adults and youth in Juneau to learn the traditional Japanese art. "He has coached hundreds of our students over the years, and his contribution has really helped develop the organization as well as improving the quality of individual lives," Stevens said.

The Juneau Shotokan Karate Do-Club is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the 4-H Clubs of America through the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service. It is also affiliated with the International Shotokan Karate Federation; Shotokan is the most widely-practiced style of Karate in the world. Classes are conducted year round for students of all ages and skill levels. Karate, the art of self-defense, can improve mental and physical health and self-esteem. The primary purpose of karate study is to develop and perfect character.

O'Shea wins scholarship

Juneau resident Meghan Marie O'Shea is the 2001-2002 recipient of the University of Alaska Anchorage annual Ford Motor Company/Golden Key International Honour Society Undergraduate Scholarship. She is now a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

O'Shea is majoring in psychology and sociology and carries a 4.0 grade point average. She is a resident advisor involved in the Residence Hall Association, intramural volleyball and Kundalini yoga.

The Golden Key International Honour Society is a nonprofit, international honors organization that provides academic recognition, scholarships, leadership opportunities, community service and career networking. Membership into the Society is by invitation only to the top 15 percent of juniors and seniors in all fields of study.

Educator has excerpt published

Jason Ohler, a member of the University of Alaska Southeast's education faculty, recently had an article published in the fall edition of TEUTONS Quarterly for Education and Technology.

The article, "The Problem with our Gods," an is excerpt from his cyber-novel titled "Then What? An Inqury into the Nature of Technology, Human Transformation, and Marshall McLuhan."

Garcia honored at conference

Juneau city employee Dan Garcia was recognized as one of the state's top municipal employees at the Alaska Municipal League's annual local government conference last month.

Garcia, the city's environmental zoning officer, was nominated for recognition by Juneau Assembly members. Garcia headed this spring's Junk Car roundup, under which the community disposed of 768 abandoned vehicles, according to his nomination letter.

Garcia also handles with the city's bear program and deals with building code and land use code enforcement, he said.

During the conference, Wrangell City Clerk Christie Jamieson was named the state's municipal employee of the year, according to Alaska Municipal League executive director Kevin Richie. Kenai Peninsula Borough Finance Director Jeffery Sinz also was recognized.

About 350 elected and appointed officials attended this year's AML conference in Anchorage last month, Richie said.

Smiley wins scholarships

April Smiley, a senior equine business management major at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio, has received the Owens-Illinois Plastic Products Division Scholarship and the John W. '14 and Hester (Powell '19) Grimm Business Scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year.

A 1992 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, Smiley is the daughter of William Smiley, also of Juneau.

Trick accepted at Washington State University Honors College

David A. Trick, a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has been accepted into the Washington State University Honors College. He is the son of Kevin and Pearl Trick of Juneau.

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