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Nicole Walters graduates from Trine University

ANGOLA, IN (05/31/2017)— Nicole Walters of Sunbury graduated from Trine University at its 2017 Commencement on May 13. Walters earned a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Miami University Student-Athlete Kent Ford Named Academic All-MAC

OXFORD, OH (05/31/2017)— Miami University student-athlete Kent Ford has been named to the Academic All-Mid-American-Conference team. A league-high 33 members of Miami’s track and field team earned a spot on this year’s team.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Ford, from Westerville, is earning a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology & Health majoring in Kinesiology.

Local student earns dean’s list recognition at Norwich University

NORTHFIELD, Vt. June 1, 2017 – The following student has been recognized on the dean’s list at Norwich University for the spring 2017 semester: Curt Ralph Fedoush of Prospect (43342).

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians.

Christopher Harris of Westerville Graduates from the University of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA (06/07/2017)— Christopher Harris of Westerville (43081) graduated from the University of San Diego on May 28.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

Local Residents Earn Ohio Wesleyan Dean’s List Recognition

DELAWARE, OH (06/01/2017)— Ohio Wesleyan University is pleased to announce its 2017 spring semester Dean’s List.

To qualify for OWU Dean’s List recognition, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes. Local residents earning this academic achievement for spring semester are:

  • Jessica Barrios of Westerville
  • Daniela Black of Westerville
  • Kelsey Bowling of Sunbury
  • Grant Gossard of Westerville
  • Nicholas Horton of Westerville
  • Lindsay Lown of Westerville
  • Kelly Newell of Sunbury
  • Harrison Nickels of Westerville
  • Nikolas Schiff of Sunbury
  • Kaden Thompson of Sunbury
  • Corey Van De Velde of Westerville
  • Sophia Winegard of Westerville

Learn more Ohio Wesleyan academic opportunities at www.owu.edu/majors.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

Brian Raiff graduates from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering

MARIETTA, OH (06/06/2017)— Brian Raiff of Galena, Ohio, was among approximately 250 students who received diplomas at Marietta College’s 180th graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. Raiff completed requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.

Raiff is also a graduate of Olentangy High School.

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 45 majors and has been listed among Barron’s Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and has been recognized as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review.

Students Named to Ashland University’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List

ASHLAND, OH (06/06/2017)— The following students have been named to the spring 2017 Dean’s List at Ashland University.

  • Elizabeth Lawyer of Sunbury, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Lawyer is majoring in intervention specialist.
  • Meghan Teeple of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Teeple is majoring in early childhood education.
  • Brianna Brdicka of Galena, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Brdicka is majoring in toxicology. Brdicka is a 2016 graduate of Olentangy High School.
  • Sage Haines of Sunbury, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Haines is majoring in digital media production and commercial art. Haines is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • William Summers of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Summers is majoring in religion. Summers is a 2015 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Ellie Jindra of Sunbury, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Jindra is majoring in sport management. Jindra is a 2016 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Mary Greene of Galena, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Greene is majoring in early childhood education.
  • Calvin Higdon of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Higdon is majoring in middle grades education. He is the son of Todd and Kathy Higdon of Westerville. Higdon is a 2014 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Camari Fadis of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Fadis is majoring in social work. Fadis is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.
  • Alyssa Cira of Galena, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Cira is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Greg and Cheryl Cira of Galena. Cira is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.
  • Paige McMenemy of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. McMenemy is majoring in middle grades education. McMenemy is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.
  • Emma Dumford of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Dumford is majoring in middle grades education. Dumford is a 2014 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Kelly Fullin of Westerville, was named to Ashland University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester. Fullin is majoring in mathematics and computer science. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time at Ashland University and achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

Bowling Green State University

Graduation Candidates List for Spring Semester 2017

(Last Updated – 06/02/2017)

Delaware, Andrew Langmeier, Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude presidents distinction

Delaware, Julia Godber, Graduate Certificate in Secondary Transition

Delaware, Julia Godber, Master of Education

Delaware, Meredith Heber, Bachelor of Science in Education

Delaware, Kelsie Woods, Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude

Delaware, Susan Thomson, Bachelor of Science in Education summa cum laude presidents distinction

Delaware, Rachel Reinhard, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Delaware, Tyler Stout, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Delaware, Blair Bishop, Bachelor of Science in Education summa cum laude

Galena, Angela Guidarelli, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration magna cum laude

Lewis Center, Grant Kirkey, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Lewis Center, Sara Dantuono, Bachelor of Science in Education

Powell, Emma Hall, Bachelor of Science in Education magna cum laude presidents distinction

Powell, Morgan Mallory, Bachelor of Science in Education summa cum laude

Powell, Jillisa Blake, Master of Arts

Powell, Lauren Cole, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration cum laude

Powell, Samuel O’Neal, Bachelor of Science cum laude

Powell, Lisa Kolp, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Powell, Patrick Allen, Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude

Powell, Alyssa Lustgarten, Bachelor of Science in Education summa cum laude presidents distinction

Powell, Sarah Miller, Bachelor of Science in Education summa cum laude presidents distinction

Powell, Nicholas Waldrop, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Powell, Kevin Pellington, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Sunbury, Kristy Wathen, Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Westerville, Kelly Thompson, Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Westerville, Claire Schechinger, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Westerville, Molly Duraney, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration summa cum laude

Westerville, Samantha Higbie, Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Westerville, Lauren Bennett, Bachelor of Science in Education cum laude

Columbus, Mikala Mitchell, Bachelor of Arts

Bowling Green State University

Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2017

(Last Updated – 05/31/2017)

Ashley, Noah Eblin, Col of Tech, Arch & Appl Engr

Delaware, Andrew Langmeier, College of Arts and Sciences

Delaware, Lindsey Delong, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Brooklynn Fleming, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Samantha Piroska, Col of Tech, Arch & Appl Engr

Delaware, Avery Bauman, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Sarah Zeller, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Joseph Robinson, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Drew Buford, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Bridget Goble, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Kathryn Yoakum, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Halle Bender, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Amber Otten, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Joshua Hill, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Kamillia Forbes, College of Arts and Sciences

Delaware, Megan Rodgers, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Morgan Knight, Education & Human Development

Delaware, Rachel Reinhard, College of Business Admin

Delaware, Tyler Stout, Col of Tech, Arch & Appl Engr

Delaware, Corey Place, College of Arts and Sciences

Delaware, Danah-Madison Reda, College of Arts and Sciences

Delaware, Matthew England, College of Arts and Sciences

Galena, Jordan Betz, Education & Human Development

Galena, Angela Guidarelli, College of Business Admin

Kilbourne, Abbey Serena, College of Arts and Sciences

Lewis Center, Katelyn Griffith, Education & Human Development

Lewis Center, Sabrina Owens, College of Arts and Sciences

Lewis Center, Hannah Tavens, College of Arts and Sciences

Lewis Center, Cerina Russo, Education & Human Development

Lewis Center, Kaitlyn Russo, College of Arts and Sciences

Lewis Center, Taylor Budd, Education & Human Development

Lewis Center, Kaitlin Neer, Health and Human Services

Lewis Center, Maria Matyac, Education & Human Development

Lewis Center, Logan Augustine, College of Business Admin

Ostrander, Elizabeth Tobin, Education & Human Development

Powell, Vienna Ray, Education & Human Development

Powell, Gabrielle Garren, Health and Human Services

Powell, Tyler Kready, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Madelyn Miller, Education & Human Development

Powell, Caroline Harris, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Alyssa Marcarello, Education & Human Development

Powell, Rachael Warner, Education & Human Development

Powell, Lauren Cole, College of Business Admin

Powell, Stephanie Pfaff, Education & Human Development

Powell, Jocelyn Salupo, Education & Human Development

Powell, Paige Isovitsch, Col of Tech, Arch & Appl Engr

Powell, Molly Payne, Education & Human Development

Powell, Samuel O’Neal, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Brianna Boardman, Education & Human Development

Powell, Benjamin Casale, College of Business Admin

Powell, Erin Bowman, Education & Human Development

Powell, Allison Linn, Education & Human Development

Powell, Katherine Faircloth, Education & Human Development

Powell, Alexandra Hicks, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Miranda Fox, Education & Human Development

Powell, Madison Hartman, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Nicholas Waldrop, College of Business Admin

Powell, Emily Dyer, College of Arts and Sciences

Powell, Katherine Crider, Education & Human Development

Powell, Natalie Herning, Education & Human Development

Powell, Alexander Stroh, Col of Tech, Arch & Appl Engr

Powell, Austin Fee, Academic Enhancement

Sunbury, Samantha Hard, College of Arts and Sciences

Sunbury, Ashley White, Health and Human Services

Sunbury, Anastasia Kuebler, Health and Human Services

Sunbury, Kaela Ream, Health and Human Services

Sunbury, Jessica Crist, College of Arts and Sciences

Westerville, Courtney Rasberry, College of Arts and Sciences

Westerville, Jack Schmeling, College of Business Admin

Westerville, Taylor Freeman, Education & Human Development

Westerville, Molly Duraney, College of Business Admin

Westerville, Nicholas Bundy, College of Business Admin

Westerville, Emily Ambrose, Education & Human Development

Westerville, Kendel Shanks, College of Arts and Sciences

Westerville, Ann Howard, Education & Human Development

Columbus, Leigh Dunewood, College of Arts and Sciences

Columbus, Mikala Mitchell, College of Arts and Sciences

Columbus, Hayley Parnell, Health and Human Services

Students named to Dean’s List at Grove City College

GROVE CITY, PA (06/05/2017)— The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at Grove City College.

Students eligible for the Dean’s List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Dean’s List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean’s List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

  • Wei-En Lu, a Mathematics major has been named to the Dean’s List with Distinction. Wei-En is a 2015 graduate of Home School and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Chao-Wen Lu (Ching-Shiang) from Westerville.
  • Ben Dumm, a Biochemistry major has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction. Ben is a 2014 graduate of Saint Francis De Sales High School and is the son of Dr. Timothy Dumm from Westerville.

UF Announces Fall and Spring Graduates

FINDLAY (06/06/2017)— More than 1,100 graduates were recognized for earning degrees from the University of Findlay for the academic year 2016-2017.

Students earning doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees were invited to walk in the University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6.

Local students include:

  • Julie Fruchey, of Westerville, received the following: Master of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kevon Gray, of Westerville, received the following: Doctor of Physical Therapy.
  • Henry Kunze, of Westerville, received the following: Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • Kendall Kwiatkowski, of Worthington, received the following: Master of Occupational Therapy.
  • Melanie Lowers, of Galena, received the following: Doctor of Pharmacy.

The University of Findlay is one of the largest private colleges in Northwest Ohio. With a total enrollment of more than 4,000 students, the University of Findlay has nearly 80 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. UF has been nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu.

News from Baldwin Wallace University

Sarah Gattis’s exceptional work showcased at Baldwin Wallace University’s Ovation Festival 2017

BEREA, OH (06/06/2017)— Sarah Gattis of Westerville was among over 180 students whose exceptional academic work was showcased during Baldwin Wallace University’s Ovation Festival 2017. Gattis, a graduate of New Albany High School majoring in public health, gave an oral presentation titled “2016-2017 Brain Fellowship.”

Now in its 10th year, Ovation is a 10-day festival that recognizes student success in research and scholarship, the arts, experiential learning and leadership, and athletics. The signature event is the Day of Excellence, which features exceptional student achievements from every school of the University. Students demonstrate their achievements by performing original musical compositions or short plays; reading original essays, stories or poems; giving video or slide presentations; exhibiting artwork; or presenting research posters. To participate in the Day of Excellence, students must complete the submission process, and have a faculty mentor who sponsors their work and gives final approval to present.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in 75 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

WC Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

WILMINGTON – Several area residents are named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List honor, a student must be enrolled fulltime and maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Wilmington College is an independent college in Wilmington, Ohio, with a hallmark for hands-on learning opportunities. Founded in 1870 by Quakers, WC hosts 1,100 students at its main campus and another 200 at two satellite locations in Cincinnati. The College competes in 20 sports as a member of NCAA D-III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. Additional information may be obtained at www.wilmington.edu.

Area residents named to the Dean’s List from the main campus are listed with their status and major; those attaining a 4.0 are noted:

DELAWARE COUNTY

POWELL – Sarah M. Bender of Addington Place, freshman, theatre.

SUNBURY –Annika J. Lieurance of Orchard Lane, junior, education.

WESTERVILLE – Abigail Engelhart of Grist Run Road, senior, political science.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

GROVE CITY – Andrew J. Russell of Holt Road, junior, sport management.

HILLIARD – Rachel A. Reinhart of Vintage Woods Drive, junior (4.0), athletic training.

MADISON COUNTY

SOUTH SOLON – Kylie N. Walker of SR 38, senior, communication arts.

MARION COUNTY

CALENDONIA – Trisha M. Seckel of County Road 59, sophomore, agriculture.

MORROW COUNTY

CARDINGTON – Alisha N. Hayes of Township Road 26, senior, athletic training; Emily M. Waters of SR 529, senior, agriculture.

EDISON – Ellyse J. Herr of Township Road 128, junior, Spanish.

MOUNT GILEAD – Nathan R. Bush of East High Street, senior, business administration; Tylor P. Cooper of Township Road 118, senior, agriculture.

UNION COUNTY

Marysville – Lexi R. Peterman of Robinson Road, sophomore, biology-nursing prep; Whitney N. Brofford of Wheeler Green Road, senior, communication arts; Kayla N. Ogan of SR 739, senior, athletic training.

Doermann named to Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, OH (06/02/2017)— The University of Mount Union has announced that William Doermann , of Westerville, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester.

Doermann was one of 602 students named to the Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours of traditionally graded coursework while achieving a grade point average of 3.550 or better with no letter grade below a B.

University of Mount Union The University of Mount Union, founded in 1846, is a four-year, private institution grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The University is located in Alliance, OH, 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Mount Union offers an array of broad-based and career-specific undergraduate and graduate programs to its 2,200 students who experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation. Among members of the 2014 graduating class, 99% of those self-reporting started a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school, all in an average of 20 days after graduation. The University is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience. For more information, visit mountunion.edu.

Mairin Duffy of Westerville named to JMU dean’s list

HARRISONBURG, VA (06/01/2017)— Westerville resident, Mairin Lynn Duffy, has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2017 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899. Duffy is scheduled to graduate in 2019 and is majoring in media arts and design.

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