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ISU to honor two alumni with local connections

An Idaho National Laboratory employee and a Blackfoot native are among 10 Idaho State University alumni who will be honored with professional achievement awards at ISU’s commencement exercises Saturday in Holt Arena.

Award recipients “are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University,” an ISU news release said. The honorees have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field, attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Kelly L. Lively of Idaho Falls will receive the award for the College of Science and Engineering-Engineering. Lively graduated from ISU in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering/measurement and control sequence. She specializes in electrical engineering. She works at INL.

Since 2003, Lively has been associated with the radioisotope power systems program at the Materials and Fuels Complex. This is the host site for the program and provided the fueled power systems for the January 2006 launch of the Pluto New Horizons NASA mission. Lively was the lead engineer to install several pieces of equipment in the program, the release said. She was reassigned from installing equipment to full-time duty as lead ground support engineer for the Pluto New Horizons Mission at Kennedy Space Center. Her efforts as lead ground support engineer led directly to the successful launch of the mission.

Lively has been recognized with the 2012 DOE Secretary Achievement Award, the NASA 2013 Achievement Award and the Energy Advocate Award.

Kent Oram, a Blackfoot native, will receive the award for the College of Business. Oram graduated in 1983 from the College of Business’s computer information systems program. He began his career with Idaho Central Credit Union almost 30 years ago and moved to Boise to manage its information systems, which were relocated to Pocatello at the end of 1984.

Oram became chief executive officer of Idaho Central in 2007 and is only the third CEO in the organization’s history.

Under Oram’s leadership the credit union has experienced tremendous growth. It now has 25 locations throughout southern Idaho. ICCU’s annual loan, membership, and deposit growth rates have averaged more than 20 percent, compared to much lower national growth rates.

In 2013, Oram was recognized by the Credit Union Executive Society as “Outstanding Chief Executive.” Idaho Central has been named as a Best Place to Work in Idaho for the past three years taking the top spot for both 2013 and 2014. The credit union also has been ranked as a top performer financially by SNL Financial for the past three years taking the top spot for 2012 and 2013.

The remaining professional achievement award recipients for 2014 are: Verne A. Duncan, from Milwaukie, Ore., College of Arts and Letters–Social and Behavioral Sciences; Billie Johnson McSeveney, Alexandria, Va., College of Arts and Letters–Fine Arts and Humanities; Marilyn Davis, Vancouver, Wash., College of Education; Sunil Wadhwani, Spokane, Wash., College of Pharmacy; Archie Chue Shum, Oxnard, Calif., College of Science and Engineering–Natural and Physical Sciences; Meg Long Woodhouse, Pocatello, Division of Health Sciences; Sandra Evans, Boise, School of Nursing; and Robert Bacon, Salt Lake City, College of Technology.

Dentist appointed to state board

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Dr. Richard George of Townesquare Dental in Rigby as a member of the Idaho State Board of Dentistry. The board consists of five dentists, two hygienists, and one layperson from throughout the state. The term is for five years.

George has been in practice since 1983. He originally practiced with his father, Dr. Joseph George, and is now a partner with Dr. Boone Allen.

George is a member of the American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association and, the Pierre Fuachard Academy, and the local dental society.

George is a member and secretary for the southeast Idaho Gordon Christensen study club, a Utah-based continuing education program for dentists, and a member of a local Spear Education study club. He also is a member of the Spear Faculty club and serves as a mentor for Spear Education hands on clinical courses in Scottsdale, Ariz. Spear is a dental education company.

Hill named ‘World Class Technician’

Rick Hill of Taylor Chevrolet has achieved the highest level of professional development available through the GM Service Technical College, “World Class Technician,” according to a Taylor Chevrolet news release.

Hill, who has worked for Taylor Chevrolet for 24 years, is one of 1,177 technicians nationwide to hold the honor, and is one of less than a dozen technicians to receive the certification in Idaho.

“Rick works and lives by the highest ethics,” David Taylor, owner of Taylor Chevrolet, said in the release. “Taylor’s is very pleased to have Rick on our team and look forward to continuing our association with him for years to come.”

World Class Technician certification goes above and beyond ASE certification and requires technicians to demonstrate accelerated understanding of their trade, the release said. In order to achieve status as a World Class Technician, a candidate must successfully complete eight of nine master technician certifications in the mechanical area, along with the accompanying ASE certifications.