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Name Droppers: Local therapist picked for stuttering workshop

By From page A13 | July 11, 2014

Andrea Malenica of Davis was one of only 21 speech-language pathologists chosen to attend an intensive workshop on stuttering therapy.

Malenica participated in the workshop, “Using Cognitive Approaches to Working with People Who Stutter,” June 16-20 in Boston. It was cosponsored by the Stuttering Foundation and Boston University.

The Stuttering Foundation estimates that more than 3 million Americans stutter. While there are no miracle cures, a qualified speech clinician can help children and adults make significant progress toward speaking fluently.

The foundation notes that the 297 past graduates of the Boston workshop program have frequently created a “ripple effect” back in their home communities as they continue to share their knowledge.


Zoe Bick of Davis received her bachelor’s degree in architecture at Iowa State University’s spring commencement ceremonies. She graduated magna cum laude and as a member of ISU’s Honors Program.

Of the students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 901 graduated “with distinction” (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). A total of 105 students graduated as members of the Honors Program.


Brian James Orr of Davis, who attends UC Davis, will participate in the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program, an all-expenses-paid educational and cultural initiative that sends Italian-American students to Italy.

For the second consecutive year, participants are giving back to the Italian community with a service project in the city of Avellino, focusing on women and children in difficult situations. Last year, the students worked with mentally challenged adults to make pottery and joined a local group of youth volunteers to deliver food and goods to needy families in Calabria.
The Davis Sunrise Rotary Club recently awarded several $500 scholarships to graduating students from three local high schools. The scholarships were awarded to students choosing vocational careers or attending community college. They are:

Christopher Pereira, a Davis High School graduate, who will major in studio art and design at Cosumnes River College;

* Genea Tunstall, a Davis Adult School graduate, who is enrolled at a community college on her way to a four-year degree;

* Victor Valdes-Chabot, a King High School graduate, who is pursuing a career as a hyperbaric welder (an underwater welder).

Davis Sunrise Rotary plans to add an additional scholarship next year for a graduating student from the Davis School for Independent Study.

Helen Seldin of Davis graduated May 17 from Rice University. Seldin received a bachelor of arts degree in architecture.

An undergraduate student design team from the department of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis claimed the top spot in the 2014 ASCE Steel Bridge National Competition, held May 23-24 at the University of Akron.

The UCD team, named “Chrome Ollie,” finished first in the overall rankings, ahead of teams from MIT (second), UC Berkeley (third) and the University of Florida (fourth). The completion featured 49 teams from institutions across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Among the components of its overall victory, Team Chrome Ollie finished seventh for Construction Speed; first for Lightness; 14th for Display; sixth for Stiffness; ninth for Economy; and first for Efficiency.

UCD’s Team Chrome Ollie is a student-run organization that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to design, fabricate and construct a roughly 20-foot span steel bridge.

Three Dixon residents have been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Dixon May Fair board of directors. The positions do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. They are:

* Fermin Rubio, 54, who has been a probation counselor at the Contra Costa County Probation Department since 2013 and a parole agent at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Vallejo since 2011.

He was a parole agent at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in Concord from 2006 to 2010, a criminal investigator at the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Vallejo from 2001 to 2006 and a sergeant at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation California Medical Facility from 1987 to 2001.

Rubio is a Democrat.

* Gregory Pryor, 51, who has been an organics branch manager at Recology Environmental Solutions since 1993. He was a construction foreman at Carl Wiegand Land Leveling from 1982 to 1992. Pryor is a member of the Dixon Odd Fellows Lodge. He is a Republican.

* Thomas Raycraft, 52, who has served on the May Fair board since 2008. Raycraft has been president and owner of T. Ray Farms Inc. since 2004 and secretary and treasurer of R and P Farms Inc. from 1977 to 2003. He was a volunteer at the Dixon Fire Department from 1977 to 2000.

Raycraft is a member of the Dixon Game Conservation Club, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Dixon Odd Fellows Lodge. He is a Republican.


Sterling Melcher of Davis was named to the St. Olaf College dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester. Melcher is a theater major. He is a graduate of Davis High School and the son of Gregory and Susan Melcher.

The dean’s list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

Vivian Kuperberg of Davis has been placed on Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.


Annie Jenkins of Woodland was named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the spring semester. Jenkins is majoring in journalism.

The criterion to make Emerson’s dean’s list is a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.


Sophomore Raymond Long of Davis, junior Brent Clark of Rocklin and sophomore Alexander Swafford of Vacaville were recently named to Virginia Military Institutes’ dean’s list for the second semester of academic year 2013-14.

To be eligible, a cadet must have a term grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and no grade below C.

Long is majoring in civil engineering, Clark is majoring in chemistry and Swafford is majoring in mechanical engineering.


Rochelle Sallee received her master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, on May 1.  In addition she has a general Florida state teaching certificate as well as a specialty certification in the subject area of music. She is a graduate of the Davis school system.

Sallee has performed at the Perugia, Italy, music festival for the past two summers, along with other European locations, both as a soloist and in ensembles or as accompanist for other performers. She has performed with the Space Coast Symphony and regularly appears in other venues in the Sebastian-Vero Beach area, where she lives.


Claire Finn of Davis was named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2013-2014 school year.

A graduate of Davis High School, Finn was a junior at Macalester, in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the spring.

Dean’s list nominees must have at least a 3.75 grade-point average.


PG&E announced that Joseph Ferrucci of UC Davis will receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 per year up to five years to complete his college degree.The scholarship is awarded based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.

The awards are part of PG&E’s third annual PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program, which helps to cover undergraduate education expenses for selected high school seniors, or college, university or vocational-technical studentsto complete their higher education paths.

Ferrucci is the first in his family to attend college and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Since childhood he has been fascinated with building and reconstructing computers.  He is a junior at UC Davis where he is majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


Dean G. Libet of Davis graduated from Boston University, receiving a master’s degree in medical science.


Brynne Satre of Davis was named to the dean’s list at Missouri State University for the spring semester.

For undergraduate students, criteria includes enrollment in at least 12 credit hours during the spring semester and at least a 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Enterprise staff

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