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Kristen Zalewski, Sunbury, has been named to the Anderson University 2014-15 Spring Semester at Anderson University. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester Grade-Point Average of 3.50 or higher on a scale of 4.00.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. It was established in 1917 by the Church of God. Anderson offers more than 60 undergraduates majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, education and theology.

Christopher Burger, of Galena, was honored at the Virginia Tech University Spring Commencement ceremony held May 15 in Lane Stadium.

Approximately 4,500 bachelor’s and associate’s degree candidates, along with their families and friends, attended the on-campus ceremony presided by former Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. The commencement address was given by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Burger received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree Summa Cum Laude from the College of Engineering.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

More than 3,400 students made the 2015 Spring Dean’s List at the University of Akron, area students honored include the following:

• Albert Caserta, Galena, majoring in Exer Sci-PrePhysical Therapy;

• Joshua Hayes, Galena, majoring in Pre-Sport;

• Natalie Mathews, Sunbury, majoring in Exer Sci-PrePhysical Therapy;

• Cecily Nelson, Sunbury, majoring in Sociology-Criminology & Law Enforcement;

• Cheyan Pace, Sunbury, majoring in Athletic Training;

• Kalin Breakey, Westerville, majoring in Nursing – Pre-admission;

• Clayton Tratter, Westerville, majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications;

• Jonathan Tucker, Westerville, majoring in Music – Woodwinds Performance;

• Trista Diersing, Westerville, majoring in Pre-Social Sciences;

• Eric Hopkins, Westerville, majoring in Computer Sci – Systems;

• Daniel Lawrence, Westerville, majoring in Sport Studies-Sport Management; and

• Elizabeth Mygrant, Westerville, majoring in Psychology.

The University of Akron (UA), Ohio’s Polytechnic University, is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly-skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

Trey Walden,Westerville, on YSU President’s List

Trey Walden, Westerville, has been named to the President’s List at Youngstown State University for the Spring 2015 Semester. Walden is majoring in Biology Pre Medical at YSU.

To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must carry a semester Grade Point Average of 4.00 and take a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.

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. The university’s 18 athletics teams, including the four-time national champion football team, compete on the Division I NCAA level, while the Dana School of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance offer a variety of performances on and off campus.

Local Ohio Wesleyan University graduates included the following:

Multiple local residents were among the 350 spring, summer and fall graduates earning diplomas May 10, 2015, when Ohio Wesleyan University held its 171st annual commencement ceremony. Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2015 included 62 cum laude, 20 magna cum laude, and 20 summa cum laude honorees.

• Alexis Blaylock, Galena, a Bachelor of Arts degree.

• Thomas Bain, Galena, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

• Kaitlyn Kropf, Westerville, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

• Kathryn Deringer, Westerville, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts * degree.

• Emily Stafa , Westerville, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

• Gregory Serpa, Westerville, earned a Bachelor of Arts * degree.

Award-winning journalist and author Wil Haygood delivered the keynote address.

(*) Indicates cum laude honors (3.50 to 3.74 GPA).

Local students named to Spring 2015 Dean’s List at Youngstown State University

The following local students have been named to the Spring 2015 Dean’s List at Youngstown State University:

• Ashley Salyers, Westerville, who is majoring in Undetermined Education; and

• Trey Walden, Westerville, who is majoring in Biology Pre Medical

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester Grade Point Average of 3.40 or better and take a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit.

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.

The following area students have been named to Ashland University’s Spring 2015 Dean’s List. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled full time at Ashland University and achieve at least a achieve at least a 3.50 Grade-Point Average on a 4.00 scale.

The students include the following:

• Daniel Bailey, Galena, is majoring in Accounting and Finance. Bailey is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Alyssa Cira, Galena, is majoring in Psychology. Cira is a 2014 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Justin Dowell, Centerburg. Dowell is a 2014 graduate of Centerburg High School.

• Rachel Grindle, Centerburg. Grindle, who graduated this past May, majored in Early Childhood Education, and is a 2011 graduate of Johnstown Northridge High School

• Morgan Harrison, Lewis Center, who is majoring in Nursing, is a 2014 graduate of Olentangy High School.

• Sarah Johnson, Westerville, is majoring in Early Childhood Education, is a 2012 graduate of Westerville South High School.

• Emily Maurer, Galena, is majoring in Nursing, is a 2014 graduate of Bishop Watterson High School.

• Bethany Meadows, Ostrander, is majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication. Meadows is a 2014 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School.

• Erin Rinehart, Centerburg, is majoring in Integrated Math. Rinehart is a 2013 graduate of Johnstown Northridge High School.

• Adam Shaheen, Galena, is majoring in Finance. Shaheen is a 2013 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

• Austin Stritmatter, Lewis Center, who graduated this past May, majored in Finance. Stritmatter is a 2011 graduate of Olentangy High School.

• Paige Trein, Westerville, who graduated this past May, majored in Integrated Math. Trein is a 2011 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

More than 800 University of Akron students have been named to the President’s List. To qualify, students must be undergraduate, enrolled full-time and achieve a 4.00 grade point average for the semester, area students include the following:

• Calen Williams, Sunbury, majoring in Speech – LP&A;

• Conner Jones, Westerville, majoring in Human Resources Management; and

• Kevin Adik, Westerville, majoring in Natural Sciences – BS / MD.

The University of Akron (UA), Ohio’s Polytechnic University, is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly-skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

More than 3,400 students made the 2015 Spring Dean’s List at the University of Akron, area students honored include the following:

• Albert Caserta, Galena, majoring in Exer Sci-PrePhysical Therapy;

• Joshua Hayes, Galena, majoring in Pre-Sport;

• Natalie Mathews, Sunbury, majoring in Exer Sci-PrePhysical Therapy;

• Cecily Nelson, Sunbury, majoring in Sociology-Criminology & Law Enforcement;

• Cheyan Pace, Sunbury, majoring in Athletic Training;

• Kalin Breakey, Westerville, majoring in Nursing – Pre-admission;

• Clayton Tratter, Westerville, majoring in Integrated Marketing Communications;

• Jonathan Tucker, Westerville, majoring in Music – Woodwinds Performance;

• Trista Diersing, Westerville, majoring in Pre-Social Sciences;

• Eric Hopkins, Westerville, majoring in Computer Sci – Systems;

• Daniel Lawrence, Westerville, majoring in Sport Studies-Sport Management; and

• Elizabeth Mygrant, Westerville, majoring in Psychology.

The University of Akron (UA), Ohio’s Polytechnic University, is the region’s most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly-skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.

Three Galena residents have been named to the 2015 University of Kentucky Spring Dean’s List.

Honored were junior Shelby Lynne Coulter, majoring in Social Work; freshman Marisa Leigh Greywitt, majoring in Undergraduate Studies; and senior Katherine Michele Spezzano, majoring in Biology.

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Information for this story came from respective university news releases.

Information for this story came from respective university news releases.