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2B Wednesday, Ma~/30, 2001 Bulletin Continued from page 1B said, about his first experience that far north. Like the teens he escorted, he, too, was learning of a new and far different way of life. Some of the communities the group visited were "about the size of Portola--about 2,000 people," Shea said. As a hospital administrator for facilities in other parts of the state, and a director with Plumas District Hospital, Shea was also interested in learning about their medical care. Meeting with the director of one of the hospitals, Shea learned some of the stark reali- ties of life in Russia today. Touring a hospital--a con- crete block building--Shea said he learned that the staff hadn't been paid. When the So- viet Union collapsed, so did the economic structure, and as the country struggled to get a new foothold, those within the system made do with little or medical equipment the rural nothing. Russian hospitals could use. Explaining about the hospi- The trick, however, was in get- tal employees, Shea said they ting things into the country. kept showing up to workand With his link to Samaritan's continued on, not really know- --..Purse, Shea learned how to fill ing what else to do. o Lthe paperwork required by Looking at his surround- theRussian government. ings, Shea said that much of it He said a lot of supplies, in- was "like going back in time." cluding food, never reach their Although some of the equip- destinations because those merit was new, some of it was who attempt to send it don't outdated. It was evident they follow procedure. were attempting to continue to Although the government is do their jobs without supplies, in turmoil, and the country hasn't discovered a successful Return trip way to ease its problems, the Coming home, Shea realized red tape still continues. he could return to Russia with But Shea learned to make some of the supplies that were sure the paperwork was in the so badly needed, right order, with all packages One of the key people he con- accurately weighed, and he tacted toassist with the project and Rouse returned to the was Jim Rouse. country with their first relief As the supply purchaser at efforts. PDH, Rouse could order sup- That was Shea's second ex- plies under the bulk rate at the perience with the country of hospital. These were then paid ice and snow. for by contributions made Returning on a second deliv- from private individuals, cry trip in April, Shea said They also began looking for Rouse took a tour of a hospital. As a supply supervisor, he was interested in learning what kinds of supplies they had on hand. Asking to see the supplies, Shea said Rouse was shown a J ................... large closed cupboard. When itempty.Was opened, it was completely : This gave Rouse a clear idea :% i" that anything that wasn't out- dated could be used. Kinds of supplies Cases of disposable syringes were taken to Russia in one of the trips. Shea said that Cali- fornia has new regulations on the types of safety syringes that must be used. This meant that any unused syringes on hand at the hospital that didn't comply with the regulation :i \ r ( / Kennon Shea meets with the grandmother of one of the exchange studentak anenko, who visited Quincy to improve his English and is now attending fornia under a student visa. Shea said that students aren't allowed to while they are attending college in the United States, so his grandmother, tive, was glad of special news and photos of her grandson. change had to be thrown how sensitive some of the semble the kitS, New thermometers have al- people were about accepting was so been taken to Russia, andthe supplies, met with the Anchorage, two blood pressure cuffs--a mayor of one of the communi-be weighed fi much appreciated arrival, ties. packages are Boxes of casting material Speaking through an inter- shed belonging were also popular, Shea said. preter, Shea asked him to pro- ders, a "They live on the ice 10 vid~ ideas on what they really gram. months out of the year," Shea needed. He learned most of the said about the climate. Thatsmaller communities had a How to help means a lot of slips and falls public nurse, but they had to Although St and broken bones and, without work without even a basic first efforts have the materials to set bones, they aid kit. uation for a had to rely on old-fashionedReturning to America, Shea supplies and methods, and Rouse were prepared with- needed. Sutures to stitch wounds andin three weeks, to make anoth- For those who disinfectant were other sup-er trip with items that could be in assisting plies Shea and Rouse were found in the top 10 on an emer- ther able to supply, gency room list. su[ flies, She," In the last trip, Shea, realiz- With just a short time to as- can ,y on retirement from After returning home from three students have been se- Feather River College's corn- lected to the national USA To- mencement last Saturday, day First Team. Michael Dennis Cassity fondly Earlier this year, Cassity stored the ceremonial robes he was selected as the recipient of has worn for so many gradua- the prestigious Hayward tions. Cassity's retirement Award, given to only four fac- marked the conclusion of 36Ul~y rfi mbers in theCri- years as an educator, the past teria for the awar d,'considered 11 spent as an English instruc- to be the highest recognition tor and director of the college's for teaching excellence in the learning center, state of California, included Citing him as the "embodi- dedication to the mission of ment of the best and brightest the community college, and in the teaching profession," demonstrated commitment to the Feather River College Aca- education and student success. demic Senate recently honored His clear dedication to stu Cassity with a resolution rec- dents, at all levels of prepared- ognizing him for the respect ness, has been the model for us and admiration of his students all, noted one fellow faculty and coworkers which he has member. It is this devotion earned throughout his distim and strong sense of education- guished career. Additionally, al philosophy that made Cassi- he was presented with a ty a favorite among his stu. plaque from FRC Board Presi- dents and his peers. "He is per- dent Irene Burkey, who haps not only the best teacher thanked him for shaping the we have had in the past lives of so many students, decade, but is forever a trust- Among Cassity's major con- worthy friend and colleague," tributions to Feather River stated Joseph Munoz, a fellow College was his success in instructor and friend of more founding and leading the insti, than 30 years. tution's Phi Theta Kappa hon- Cassity and his wife, Joan- or society. Almost from its cre- nie, will remain in Indian Val- ation in 1993, the membership ley, where they have lived of Phi Theta Kappa has since 1970. His plans include a achieved state and national ac- lot of fly fishing with his five claim. For the past seven con- grandsons, and continuing to secutive years, FRC students teach a class or two each year have been named to Californi- in children's literature and na- a's Academic First Team, and ture writing. Veterans of " new officers The Veterans of Foreign ter; Scott Kelly, Judge Advo- Wars, Post 3825, held their an- cate; John Dobrinen, Surgeon; nual elections and installation George Yeager, one year of officers for 2001-2002 May 17, trustee; Gene Butler, two year in Quincy. The new officers trustee; Scott Kelly, three year will serve from July 1, 2001, to trustee; Jim Hedin, Adjutant; June 30, 2002. and Richard Turner, Service The new officers are: Stan Officer. Diamond, Commander; Mike If you are a veteran that Smith, Senior Vice Comm&n- served overseas during a der; Mel Blessing, Junior Vice wartime period, and are inter- Commander; Dee Lake, Chap- ested in the VFW, contact Jim lain; Jim Miller, Quartermas- Hedin at 283-2669 or 283-4919. 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