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Name Droppers: Woodland resident honored as University Scholar

By From page A7 | December 05, 2012

Kaitryn Ronning of Woodland is among more than 180 students recently honored as University Scholars at Susquehanna University.

The annual Scholars Program was held on Nov. 9 in Susquehanna’s Stretansky Concert Hall to recognize and congratulate Susquehanna’s most successful student scholars. To be named a University Scholar, students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 in full-time study for the past two semesters or equivalent credit hours of part-time study.

Ronning, a 2011 graduate of Davis High, is a sophomore majoring in biology and music at Susquehanna and is the daughter of Carol Mathisen and Karl Ronning.
Jenny Carlson, Sandra Olkowski and Kelly Liebman, all graduate students in the UC Davis department of entomology, have received 2012 William Hazeltine Memorial Research Fellowship Awards.

Carlson was honored for her research in avian malaria; Olkowski and Kelly Liebman for dengue research.

Carlson studies avian malaria with Anthony Cornel, an associate professor and medical entomologist. Olkowski studies dengue with Thomas Scott, her major professor and medical entomologist. Liebman, also a graduate student of Scott’s, now has her doctorate in entomology and is working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.


Joe Kocurek has joined Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada’s staff as press secretary and legislative aide. Yamada, a Democrat from Davis, was elected Nov. 6 to her third and last term in the Assembly.

Kocurek, a graduate of San Diego State University, began his career in the Legislature as a field representative for former state Sen. Dede Alpert. He worked for six years as press secretary director for former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, later serving as campaign manager in her bid for Congress.


Dr. Ellen Mark, D.D.S., has been awarded diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, having completed board certification as a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentistry diplomate has successfully completed a stringent accredited training program and voluntary multi-part examination process designed to validate the knowledge, skills and experience required for the delivery of quality patient care to children.

Ellen Mark, D.D.S., Pediatric Dentistry opened in Woodland with a grant provided by First 5 Yolo and has provided dental care to children in Yolo and Sacramento counties since August 2010.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.

Enterprise staff

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