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Rio President, Dr. Michelle Johnston, was invited to Washington D.C. for a discussion of Title IX issues with Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Johnston was one of three presidents in the country to participate in a small roundtable discussion.


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Rio President Attends Department of Education Discussion

Rio President Dr. Michelle Johnston was invited to represent higher education institutions from around the country in discussions about Title IX issues with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. A series of three “listening sessions” were held in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 13.

Secretary DeVos met with victims and victim advocacy groups in one session, due process advocates in another session, and higher education and K-12 education representatives in the third and final session of a daylong Summit on sexual assault response and prevention.

Dr. Johnston was one of three presidents in the country who participated in the Summit, and she had the opportunity to speak openly and directly to Secretary DeVos as the Department of Education considers aspects of compliance and support with regard to Title IX. Dr. Johnston was invited to attend the press briefing that occurred at the end of the Summit, and she was able to further share her perspectives with the national media on the safety and security of our campuses and our students.

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) advocated for Dr. Johnston to have a seat at the table, as she has been a strong voice for sexual assault response and prevention initiatives.

Westerville’s Migliore One of Mount Union’s First Nursing Grads

ALLIANCE, OH (07/11/2017)— The University of Mount Union celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of students in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in May.

At Mount Union’s Commencement ceremony on May 13, 14 students graduated with a BSN degrees. Kerri Migliore of Westerville was one of the degree recipients.

These graduates completed the 130 credit hours required for the program as well as intensive one-on-one instruction led by our highly qualified faculty in both the classroom and in health care environments to receive their degree.

In addition to the Commencement ceremony on Saturday, students also participated in an inaugural pinning ceremony on Friday, May 12. At the ceremony, each student received a pin to commemorate their place amongst the inaugural class of nursing students.

Students Receive Degrees at Miami University Spring Commencement

OXFORD, OH (06/26/2017)— Miami University awarded 3,683 degrees to students during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Yager Stadium.

Local students who received degrees are:

Westerville: Hannah Abner, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Biology; Esther Adu, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Kinesiology; Amanda Alvarado, Bachelor of Science in Engineering majoring in Chemical Engineering; Allison Borowitz, Bachelor of Science in Education majoring in Early Childhood Education University Honors Cum Laude; Grant Bruce, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Sport Leadership & Management; Tyler Buckley, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Accountancy; Elizabeth Churilla, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Accountancy; Liana Clareson, Bachelor of Music majoring in Music Education University HonorsCum Laude; Casey Eberly of Westerville, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Strategic Communication; Jacob Eckhardt, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Business Economics Cum Laude; Kent Ford, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Kinesiology; Stephen Ganobsik, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Finance Magna Cum Laude; Alex Good, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Kinesiology; Allison Henson, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Nutrition; Matt Lascheid, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Planning; Nolan Lee of Westerville, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Business Economics University Honors Cum Laude; Trace McDonald, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies majoring in Family Studies; Kate Miltko, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Kinesiology; Katelin Morgan, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture majoring in Architecture; Colin Pierce of Westerville, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Supply Chain & Operations Mgmt.; Garrett Rich, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Marketing; Austin Riggs, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies majoring in International Studies; Hayley Schutz, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Marketing; Amy Shomo, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health majoring in Nutrition; David Sullivan, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Biology Cum Laude; Daniel Touzinsky, Bachelor of Science in Engineering majoring in Mechanical Engineering; Erin Whatley, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Zoology.

Sunbury: Ian George, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Linguistics.

Galena: Meredith Lloyd, Bachelor of Science in Engineering majoring in Chemical Engineering; Elizabeth Meade, Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Interdisciplinary Bus. Managemt.; Alyssa Meier of Galena, Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics; Alexis Newman, Bachelor of Science majoring in Speech Path & Audiology Cum Laude; Lydia Schneider, Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology University Honors Summa Cum Laude; Lauren Tesi, Bachelor of Arts majoring in Biology Cum Laude.

Students Make the President’s List at Miami University

OXFORD, OH (06/19/2017)— Miami University students who are ranked in the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2016-17 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Local students named to the president’s list include: Abby Marshall of Sunbury; MacKenzie Vance of Galena. Westerville: Benjamin Baacke; Paige Quinton; Steven Ruane; Christopher Scheren; Joe Braun; Morgan Beck; Katherine Brandon; Caroline Kelley; Abbie Kotik.

Students Make the Dean’s List at Miami University

(06/19/2017)— Miami University students who are ranked in the top twenty percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2016-17 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Local students named to the dean’s list include: Cole Stark of Sunbury; Galena: Hannah Baney; Alexis Knight; Connor Kruse; Annie Moore; Garrett Reed; Logan Rupert; Emma Sima.

Westerville: Amanda Alvarado; Josh Brown; Casey Eberly; Lauren Eberly; Eshaan Kumar; Ian Nance; Annamarie Nocera; Carmen Stone; David Sullivan; Kevin Vestal; Jacob Eckhardt; Gabrielle Baker; Ethan Black; Elizabeth Churilla; Alaina Fliotsos; Stephen Ganobsik; Nolan Lee; Lauren Nobile; Garrett Rich; Keaton Steele; Nathan Thatcher; Lindsey Brandt; Kathleen Cavanagh; Kevin Hart; Amy Shomo; Samantha Waller.

Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. The university is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and is the number one college town according to Forbes.

UA students make the spring 2017 Dean’s List

AKRON (06/22/2017)— Congratulations to more than 3,300 students who made the spring 2017 Dean’s List at The University of Akron! To be eligible, an undergraduate student needed to maintain a semester GPA of 3.500 – 3.999, and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

Griffin Binkley of Galena majoring in Mechanical Engr – Coop Edu.

Sunbury: Kalynn Bowmar majoring in Nursing; Cheyan Pace majoring in Biology; Katie Perry majoring in Nursing – Pre-admission.

Westerville: Andrew Dunn majoring in Supply Chain/Operations Mgmt.; Mitchell Habegger majoring in Chemical Engineering; Eric Hopkins majoring in Computer Sci.-Systems; Audri’Anna Houston majoring in Nursing; MacKenzie Less majoring in Chemistry – Biochemistry; Oyintarikeye Osuobeni majoring in Political Science; Ross Palenik majoring in Electrical Engr – Coop Edu.

UA students make the spring 2017 Dean’s List

AKRON, OH (06/23/2017)— Congratulations to more than 3,300 students who made the spring 2017 Dean’s List at The University of Akron!

Westerville: Elizabeth Mygrant majoring in Psychology; Jared Edens majoring in Marketing Management Program.

Baumann named to the Spring 2017 President’s List

AKRON, OH (06/22/2017)— Julia Baumann of Westerville is among UA’s finest during the spring 2017 semester.

Baumann, a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration, earned a perfect 4.0 semester grade point average. The pursuit of academic excellence is truly inspiring.

UA Awards Degrees in Spring 2017 Ceremonies

TUSCALOOSA, AL (06/13/2017)— The University of Alabama awarded approximately 5,000 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7.

Degree recipients included:

Sela Garand of Sunbury, Bachelor of Science in Education.

Tonya Carter of Columbus, Doctor of Nursing Practice.

UA Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s and President’s Lists

TUSCALOOSA, AL (06/21/2017)— A total of 11,101 students enrolled during the 2017 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

Students named to the list include:

Sunbury: Sela P Garand — President’s List; Jason Lysinger — President’s List.

Westerville: Melissa G Cottone — President’s List; Cole Benton Delaney — President’s List; Taylor Nicole Dickens — Dean’s List; Jarrett T. Jarvis — Dean’s List; Michael Carlos Nazario — Dean’s List; Shelby C Pappas — President’s List; Aaron T Roe — Dean’s List; Jessica Anne Stroh — President’s List.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation.

Wittenberg University Congratulates 2017 Graduates

SPRINGFIELD, OH (06/07/2017)— Nothing but blue skies welcomed a standing-room only crowd in Commencement Hollow to celebrate the Class of 2017 as Wittenberg University hosted its 167th Commencement exercises on May 13.

The following area students were among those who graduated:

Sunbury: Lucas Clay; Zachary Cohn.

Galena: Jamison Pence.

Westerville: Jenna Applegett; Alexander Chugh; Camila Quinones; Jacob Sampson; O’Jeanique Washington; Mark Wright; Nathan Yoder.

Local Students Named to 2017 Spring Dean’s List at Wittenberg University

SPRINGFIELD, OH (06/28/2017)— Committed to academic excellence, Wittenberg University regularly recognizes students who maintain high educational standards. These students maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the 2017 Spring semester and earned a place on the Dean’s List.

Westerville: Marielle Beach; Jacob Gilmore; James Hagerman; Olivia Nortz; Camila Quinones; Allison Ruman; Jacob Sampson; Jessica Skoglund; O’Jeanique Washington; Thomas Zabonik.

Mackenzie Swank of Sunbury.

Elizabeth Wetterstroem of Galena.

Area Students Graduate from Capital University in May 2017

BEXLEY, OH (06/21/2017)— Capital University conferred degrees at the University’s 167th Commencement Ceremony in May 2017.

Galena: Leslie O’Donnell (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); Chelsea Sparks (Bachelor of Science in Nursing).

Westerville: Zlata Bogin (Bachelor of Arts); Sarah Bull (Bachelor of Arts); Lyndsie Cornwell (Bachelor of Arts); Lindsey Eversole (Bachelor of Arts); Juweria Haji (Bachelor of Arts); Lucas LeWinter (Bachelor of Arts); Vincent Marzullo (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); Courtney McCracken (Bachelor of Arts); Traci Pearson (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); Jacob Pulliam (Bachelor of Arts); Michael Sauder (Bachelor of Arts); Abigail Snyder (Bachelor of Science in Nursing); Korri Titus (Bachelor of Arts).

Capital Provost’s List Spring 2017

BEXLEY (06/16/2017)— Capital University is pleased to announced its Provost’s List honorees for the spring 2017 semester.

Westerville: Ellis Angelopoulos; Patrick Avellano; Hunter Dietz; Jake Downs; Sheldon Gordon; Lucas LeWinter; Jacob Pulliam; Michael Sauder; Drew Selegue; Madison Shutler; Abigail Snyder.

Capital Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

BEXLEY (06/16/2017)— Capital University is pleased to announce its Dean’s List honorees for spring 2017 semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, full-time, degree-seeking students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Galena: Caroline Hennebert; Chelsea Sparks.

Sunbury: Nicholas Masters.

Westerville: Laura Anderson; Monica Billings; Zlata Bogin; Abigail Bowmaster; Michael Dillmore; Emilee Gavan; Shengchang Jin; Zelpha Kolp; Jonah Lake; Antonia Lytus; Megan Patterson; Jarrett Williams.

Capital Announces President’s List Honorees for Spring 2017

BEXLEY (06/16/2017)— Capital University is pleased to announce its President’s List honorees for the Spring 2017 semester. Capital has three lists denoting academic distinction among full-time, degree-seeking students: the President’s List, Provost’s List, and Dean’s List. The President’s List indicates the highest level of academic distinction. To be named to the President’s List, students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.85.

Hannah Dieker of Galena

Westerville: Katlynn Bell; Lindsey Eversole; Hudson Haley; Kathleen Hammond; Makayla Jorgensen; Benjamin Prohl.

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.

Meghan Noonan was named to Augustana College’s spring term Dean’s List

ROCK ISLAND, IL (06/29/2017)— Meghan Noonan, a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Galena, was among the 977 students named to Augustana College’s 2017 spring term Dean’s List.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 170 Academic All-Americans, two Nobel laureates, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Local college students named to Baldwin Wallace University Dean’s List

BEREA (06/21/2017)— The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester at Baldwin Wallace University, according to Stephen D. Stahl, Provost. Students who receive at least a 3.6 GPA for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the Dean’s List.

Nicolas Principe of Galena, a graduate of Olentangy High School majoring in sport management.

Westerville: Crystal Delpin, a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School majoring in music therapy; David Fraley, a graduate of Granville High School majoring in business administration; Madeline Svitana, a graduate of Saint Francis de Sales High School majoring in marketing; Jessica Villacres, a graduate of Westerville South High School majoring in communication sciences and disorders; Olivia Watson, a graduate of Worthington Christian High School majoring in public relations.

Local students graduate from Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA (06/29/2017)— The following local college students graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio in May:

Westerville: David Fraley, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration; Douglas Ganim, a graduate of Olentangy Orange High School, graduated with a Master of Business Administration: Management; Kristen Lee, a graduate of New Albany High School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education; Olivia Watsone, a graduate of Worthington Christian High School, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts: Public Relations.

Baldwin Wallace University recognized the achievements of 665 graduates at BW’s 167th Commencement ceremony in May. Before taking a triumphant walk across the stage to receive congratulations, members of the BW Class of 2017 were inspired by the words of Dee Bagwell Haslam, a successful businesswoman, television producer and philanthropist.

Haslam, co-owner of the Cleveland Browns (with her husband Jimmy) and CEO of RIVR Media, told graduates they would “reap unimaginable rewards” by creating opportunities for service. “As you embark on your new path, I encourage you to think about how you can give back.” She also encouraged grads to find causes that resonate personally. “If you’re passionate about something, you will make an impact in a meaningful way,” she said.

Jacqueline Saker named to Baldwin Wallace University Dean’s List

(06/27/2017)— Jacqueline Saker of Westerville, a graduate of New Albany High School majoring in psychology and industrial and organizational psychology, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester at Baldwin Wallace University, according to Stephen D. Stahl, Provost. Students who receive at least a 3.6 GPA for seven or more graded hours in a single semester are named to the Dean’s List.

Sarah Gattis spends summer break 2017 volunteering in Cleveland

(07/06/2017)— Sarah Gattis of Westerville was among 27 compassionate Baldwin Wallace University students who gave up a week of summer break to make a difference through BW’s Alternative Break service program. The program facilitated three diverse experiences with student volunteers traveling to Cleveland, Minneapolis and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park in Michigan. Each journey was led by a BW student with support from a University faculty or staff adviser.

Gattis, a graduate of New Albany High School majoring in public health, volunteered to take part in the alternative break experience in Cleveland. The team of six students partnered with eight different non-profits and organizations to learn more about health disparities in the region. The BW junior worked with Environmental Health Watch, Invest in Children, MedWish, LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, First Year Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Foodbank, Circle Health Services and MetroHealth. The students learned about a variety of health disparities including infant mortality, lead poisoning, food insecurity, poor infrastructure and HIV services. Gattis also served as the trip leader with support from staff adviser Danielle Rosenberger.

The BW Alternative Break service program provides students with opportunities to make a difference, travel to another area, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests. Participants commit to a six-week, pre-trip curriculum including issue education, organization orientation, team building and a full-day retreat on social justice and cultural competency. Alternative Break is one of many community service programs organized by the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement to support BW’s mission of empowering students to become contributing, compassionate citizens. Community groups interested in partnering with BW can contact the Center at 440-826-2403 or BrainCenter@bw.edu.

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.

Local Residents Earn University of Dayton Degrees

DAYTON (06/15/2017)— The following local residents were among the nearly 1,400 University of Dayton undergraduates receiving bachelor’s degrees during the spring 2017 commencement ceremony.

Carson Chatterton of Galena

Westerville: Mason Boggs; Nicholas Hancart; Garrett Haywood; Jordan Hoffman; Mary Sabo; Sarah Schockling.

Local Residents Make University of Dayton Spring 2017 Dean’s List

DAYTON (06/15/2017)— The following local residents made the University of Dayton’s dean’s list for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA for the spring 2017 semester.

Galena: Jonathon Desiderio; Sierra Desiderio.

Sunbury: Allison Daugherty; Ryan Grieser; Kelly McGuire of Sunbury.

Westerville: Julie Hays; Mason Boggs; Mary Sabo; Jordan Hoffman; Sarah Schockling; Dante Pezzutti; Emma Clark; Julia Brown; Timothy Martin; Kyleen Cody; Natalia Iannarino; Kayla Rhea-Bouscher; Rachel Putnam; Nicklaus Halloy; Rachel Collinsworth; Abbey Fresco; Quinton Kane.

The University of Dayton is a top-tier, national, Catholic, research institution. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), we focus on educating the whole person, connecting learning with leadership and service. Through student clubs, campus recreation, education abroad, research, service-learning and career preparation, students are encouraged to engage the world, developing a critical mind and compassionate heart.

Ohio Wesleyan Graduates Class of 2017

DELAWARE, OH (07/11/2017)— Ohio Wesleyan University held its 173rd commencement ceremony on May 13, 2017. The OWU Class of 2017 included 383 spring, summer, and fall graduates, with students representing 20 countries from Afghanistan to Venezuela.

Locally, Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2017 included from Westerville: Lindsay Lown, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude; Matthew Schultz, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree; Corey Van De Velde, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The class also included 62 cum laude, 28 magna cum laude, and 11 summa cum laude honorees.

As the graduates celebrated their commencement May 13, they also were encouraged to use their liberal arts educations to become global problem-solvers.

President Rock Jones, Ph.D., also stressed the civic responsibilities of the new graduates – and his optimism for the positive impact they will have on the world.

During the ceremony, the University also honored four outstanding faculty members with special awards:

  • Kim A. Lance, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, posthumously received the Daniel E. Anderson Campus and Community Conscience Award.
  • Robert M. Olmstead, M.A., professor of English, received The Welch Award for Scholarly or Artistic Achievement.
  • Christopher L. Fink, Ph.D., associate professor of health and human kinetics, received The Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers.
  • Bradley R. Trees, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy, received The Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.

In addition, retiring faculty member Karen H. Fryer, Ph.D., professor of geology, was presented with Ohio Wesleyan’s Adam Poe Medal in recognition of her 31 years of dedicated service to her students and her profession.

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.

James Named to Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Lake Erie College

PAINESVILLE, OH (06/19/2017)— Lake Erie College’s Erron James of Westerville has been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List.

Any degree-seeking student who has earned at least nine semester hours of credits at the college during a single academic term and achieved a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher in a given semester is recognized as a Dean’s List student for that semester.

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.

Local students named to University of Iowa’s spring 2017 Dean’s List

IOWA CITY (06/28/2017)— The following local students were named to the University of Iowa’s spring 2017 Dean’s List:

Felicia Circelli; Christopher Wieneke; both of Westerville.

The University of Iowa is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity.

The UI is known around the world for its leadership in the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to the first and best creative writing program in the world, a world-class academic medical center and one of America’s top teaching hospitals, and a can-do culture that fosters a campus-wide dedication to student success.

To learn more about the University of Iowa, visit https://uiowa.edu/.

McIntosh Named to Wheaton Dean’s List for Spring 2017 Semester

WHEATON, IL (06/22/2017)— Wheaton College student Molly McIntosh of Westerville was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester.

To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, an undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.

Wheaton College is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit wheaton.edu.

Marinice Bauman Named to Dean’s List at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, GA (06/22/2017)— Marinice Bauman of Galena made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

One of the nation’s leading research universities, the Georgia Institute of Technology is in the business of creating the next – the next idea, the next technology, and the next legion of agile minds well equipped to imagine and engineer our future. More than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled, and Georgia Tech is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit www.gatech.edu.

Zimdars named to Dean’s List at UW-Whitewater

WHITEWATER (06/30/2017)— Brian Zimdars from Galena has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester.

These students have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.

“Making the Dean’s List is a tremendous honor for our students. It is a recognition for their hard work and commitment to success,” said Susan Elrod, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We are proud of all of the students on the list and hope to see their names there again!”

The Registrar’s Office reports 3,148 students were selected for the Dean’s List for the spring semester. About 12,000 students are currently enrolled at UW-Whitewater.

Harris of Westerville Graduates from the University of San Diego

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

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students. The University of San Diego has a long history of public service and is recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The university’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business, The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, The School of Law, The School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

Silvestri Participates in UF Exhibition

FINDLAY, OH (06/08/2017)— Valerie Silvestri of Westerville recently participated in the 2017 Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition at the University of Findlay.

Silvestri showcased her creativity in film photography and digital photography.

Any UF student was eligible to enter artwork for consideration. Categories included painting, drawing and mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, design, digital photography, film photography and visual communication.

Javery Performs in University of Findlay’s Spring Orchestra Concert

FINDLAY (06/13/2017)— Joshua Javery, of Westerville and a member of UF’s orchestra, recently performed in “A Spring Concert.”

Conducted by Thomas Carey, the program of light classics included works by Tschaikovsky, John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and other orchestral favorites.

The University of Findlay Orchestra is comprised of more than 50 students, staff and community string players. It performs twice a year on the UF campus.

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.

Youngstown State University announces Spring Semester Dean’s List

YOUNGSTOWN (06/07/2017)— Youngstown State University’s best and brightest students have been named to the Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2017. The following local students, all from Westerville, are on the list: Michael Lee, Criminal Justice major; Trey Walden, Nursing BSN major; Ashley Walden, Exercise Science major.

The Dean’s List includes full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 GPA for not less than 12 semester hours’ credit in the semester.

Top YSU students named to prestigious President’s List

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (06/09/2017)— Youngstown State University has announced the names of its top students who were named to the President’s List for Spring Semester 2017. To qualify, students must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

The following local YSU students, both from Westerville, were among those named to the prestigious list: Trey Walden, Nursing BSN major; Ashley Walden, Exercise Science major.

Morgan Burke of Westerville awarded degree at YSU Spring Commencement

YOUNGSTOWN (06/14/2017)— Morgan Burke of Westerville, Nursing BSN G major, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Youngstown State University’s Spring Commencement.

Burke was one of more than 1,300 students awarded undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in morning and afternoon ceremonies on May 6 in Beeghly Center on the YSU campus.

Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.

Shuler named to Spring 2017 Dean’s List at Marietta College

MARIETTA, OH (06/12/2017)— Marietta College’s Melvin Shuler of Westerville has been named to the Spring 2017 Dean’s List.

Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74 is recognized as a Dean’s List student for that semester.

Shuler is a member of the Class of 2019, and is majoring in Marketing. Shuler is also a graduate of Tree of Life Christian School.

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.

News from Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (06/30/2017)— Ellen K. Denzel of Westerville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2017 semester. Denzel is majoring in Industrial Engineering.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Robinson of Westerville makes the Dean’s List at RIT

ROCHESTER, NY (07/10/2017)— Gabrielle Robinson of Westerville, who is studying ASL-English interpretation, made the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

Congratulations to Delaware County Spring Term 2017 Dean’s List Students at MTC

June 29, 2017 — Marion, Ohio — Marion Technical College announces that 512 students made the Spring Term Dean’s List. Congratulations to these hard-working students on their success! A total of 199 full-time and part-time students were from Marion. The Dean’s List includes 332 full-time students with at least 3.5 out of a possible 4.0 academic average:

Delaware: Alexander Lindman; Brandon Ladd-Murfield; Alicia Rittenour; Caitlin Newman; Taylor Sweet; Brandy Bauer.

Galena: Calvin Lawson.

Lewis Center: Kayla Burk.

Sunbury: Bailey Mattis; Garrett Pauley.

Marion Technical College has named 332 part-time students (less than 12 credit hours) during Summer, Fall and/or Spring Semesters of an academic year are named to the Dean’s List after Spring Semester by achieving a minimum accumulative 3.5 GPA with 12 or more credit hours included in the calculation for the three-semester period:

Ashley: April Dennis; Berenice Watts.

Columbus: Amanda Williams.

Delaware: Anika Casanova; Whitney Bringle; Eric Maes; Anthony Taglione; Angelique Coffey; Laura Planisek; Lauren Yates; Bailee Hart; Noah Woods; Nicholas Caudill; Lydia Grum; Elizabeth Bowman; Reagan Olson; Allison James; Annette Remlinger; Ethan Watts; Ayegbeni Igonor; Kristen Puthoff; Katelyn McKee; Olivia Shroyer.

Lewis Center: Lindsay Ferrell; Rodney Geyer; Rebecca Geyer; Jonathan Stilp.

Ostrander: Kayla Kramer.

Powell: Karen Mittendorf; Sarah Shaneyfelt.

Sunbury: Zachariah Shryock; Alison Vincent.

Westerville: Shara Dutko.

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Rio President, Dr. Michelle Johnston, was invited to Washington D.C. for a discussion of Title IX issues with Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Johnston was one of three presidents in the country to participate in a small roundtable discussion.
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