Anne Ruybalid consults with businesses on growth/retention strategies and marketplace intelligence.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: SARAH HANSEN - Riverdale High School's freshman class started school ahead of other students to partake in a special day filled with information and activities designed to acquaint them with the school and each other. One fun activity was an 'Escape Room' simulation in the library. 'Every group had to work as a team and communicate well in order to find the clues and figure out lock combinations,' says Librarian/Media Specialist Sarah Hansen. 'And each team was successful in solving the puzzles and opening all the locks to escape!'

LOHS alumna to head Marylhurst business school

RUYBALIDLake Oswego High graduate Anne Ruybalid has been named director of Marylhurst University's School of Business.

"Business has the ability to transform societies, and in educating future leaders, business schools are uniquely positioned to shape the direction of that transformation," says Ruybalid, who officially started her new job in August. "Our business school is small, relatively speaking, and therefore can be nimble and responsive to student, employer and community needs. I'm excited to get started down this path."

Marylhurst's School of Business offers bachelor's degree completion programs in business management and hospitality management, as well as MBA programs in business management, health care management, real estate and sustainable business.

Ruybalid joined Marylhurst in 2013 as adjunct faculty in the School of Business, teaching and developing curriculum in courses such as human capital management, statistics and market research. She has also taught at the University of Washington.

Ruybalid holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a bachelor's in English from Emory University. She has held several positions at the YMCA, most recently as senior director of lifecycle marketing and insights at YMCA of Greater Seattle.

She says her teaching is informed by her concurrent work with consulting businesses on growth/retention strategies and marketplace intelligence.

"The world is changing so quickly that having instructors who are connected as practitioners in industry helps to keep the conversations relevant in a different way than at a traditional business school," Ruybalid says, adding that most Marylhurst business instructors are actively working in the areas they teach.

To read a Q&A with Ruybalid about her new role at Marylhurst — and how she sees higher education and business intersecting for the greater good — go to

LOHS grad wins $1,000 college scholarship

Lake Oswego High graduate and current Duke University student Sarah Kwartler has won a $1,000 college scholarship from the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB).

Kwartler led her LOHS team to fourth place in their first year competing in the NOSB. She designed an independent study oceanography class to prepare students for the competition — before she had even taken an oceanography class herself.

Kwartler was one of only five students awarded scholarships for NOSB competitors who have ocean-science-based career goals. Currently a student at Duke University, Kwartler plans to major in marine biology and marine science conservation leadership. She plans to study the ocean's role in the advancement of medical practices.

Apply now to be a U.S. Senate page

Sen. Jeff Merkley is accepting applications through Sept. 22 for the U.S. Senate Page Program, which offers Oregon high school students a close-up look at the inner workings of Congress.

Pages play a critical role in the daily work of the U.S. Senate by helping to deliver correspondence, legislative material, amendments and bills around the Congressional complex and during Congressional proceedings. Unlike interns who work in senators' offices, pages work for the Senate as a whole. They receive a stipend, live in a dormitory near the Capitol and attend classes in addition to performing their page duties.

Only 30 page positions are available among 100 senators.

Students who will be juniors during the 2017-18 school year can apply now to be part of the page program in spring 2018. Interested participants should apply online and must upload the following items:

— An official copy of your high school transcript(s);

— A current resume;

— A cover letter explaining why you wish to be a Senate page;

— A letter of recommendation from one of your teachers;

— A letter of recommendation from a supervisor familiar with your work on a job or in volunteer service; and

— A short essay (250 to 500 words) responding to the question, "Describe one major problem that the United States is currently facing and — if you were a U.S. Senator from Oregon — how you would try to fix that problem."

For more information about the page application process, go to or contact Merkley's office at 202-224-3753.

— The Review

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