Applause

* Texas Land Bank has promoted Jesse Gaston to credit director of credit analysis of the financing cooperative.

Gaston started with the association in July 2011 as credit analyst. In January 2012 he was promoted to senior credit analyst.

A Waco native, he has a Bachelor of Science in applied science and business administration from Tarleton State University and a master’s degree plan in business administration with Texas A&M-Central Texas. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Woodway.

Class acts

* Area residents named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., are Abigail Hope, a junior education major from Robinson, and Kallen Amos, a senior psychology major from Woodway.

In the military

* Air Force Airman 1st Class Cameron C. Erkfitz, a 2011 graduate of Reicher Catholic High School, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. He is the son of Brian and Sherry Erkfitz of Waco.

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