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Hospital adopts therapy dog 

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis recently welcomed therapy dog Sammy, who has been brought onboard to comfort hospital staff members.

Sam joined the Good Samaritan team from Project POOCH, a nonprofit training program for shelter dogs. Youths incarcerated at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn care for and train the dogs for adoption.

At 3 months old, Sam was found by Project POOCH along the side of a road. He was covered in fleas and weighed only 3 pounds. Two youths took him in and cared for him, restoring him to full health. Three months later, Sam joined the Samaritan team.

Sam’s adventures can be followed on Facebook @GoodSamHospital.

OSU in top 1% in college rankings

Oregon State University recently was ranked in the top 1 percent out of more than 27,000 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide in this year’s CWUR (Center for World University Rankings) World University Rankings.

The CWUR rankings are the largest academic ranking of global universities. Oregon State came in at 257.

This year, 27,770 degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide were evaluated. The top 1,000 research-intensive institutions received rankings. The rankings measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Oregon State was given a national rank of 99, and ranked high in quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications and influence, as well as citations, broad impact and patents.

Corvallis adviser gains designation

Sten E. Carlson, a private wealth adviser for PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, recently obtained the Behavioral Financial Advisor professional designation from Kaplan University and think2perform.

PacWest Wealth Partners is a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Carlson completed the requirements, including training and an examination, teaching ways to mentor clients in their financial decisions and increase the value provided in a holistic advice relationship. The program emphasizes how financial decisions are influenced by psychology and neuroscience.

Carlson graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in business administration. He has 25 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial.

Carlson provides financial advice anchored in an understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in one-on-one relationships with his clients. Further information is available from Carlson at 541-757-3000 or the office at 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Suite 101.

Marteeny appointed to standards board

Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny recently was approved as a new member of the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.

Marteeny was approved by Gov. Kate Brown and the Senate to represent the Oregon District Attorneys Association on the board, effective Feb. 14. In this first term, he will serve two-and-a-half years remaining in the position previously occupied by former Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins, now appointed to Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court.

The board consists of 24 members representing Oregon’s public and private safety professionals, and includes a representative from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a private citizen. All members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

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