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News from The University of Akron

Andrew Philpott graduated from The University of Akron fall 2017

AKRON (02/01/2018) — With much hard work and determination, Andrew Philpott of Galena (43021), graduated from The University of Akron! In all, the 1,259 candidates from 23 states and 25 countries earned 44 doctoral degrees; 22 juris doctor degrees; 243 master’s degrees; 817 bachelor’s degrees; and 136 associate degrees.

Philpott successfully completed the program requirements earning the degree AAS in Land Surveying Land Surveying.

Congratulations, and welcome to a global network of more than 177,000 alumni. Best of luck to you in your future! #ForeverAZip

Akron names fall 2017 President’s List recipients

(01/31/2018) — Over 860 University of Akron students have been named to the President’s List. To qualify, students must be undergraduate, enrolled full-time, and achieve a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

  • Julia Baumann of Westerville (43081) majoring in Business Administration
  • Carly Maye of Westerville (43081) majoring in Food & Enviro Nutrition (PA)
  • Katie Perry of Sunbury (43074) majoring in Nursing (PA)

UA students named to fall 2017 Dean’s List

(01/31/2018) — Congratulations to more than 3,400 students who made the fall 2017 Dean’s List! To be eligible, students maintained a semester GPA of 3.500 – 3.999, and were enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

  • Reagan Fisher of Sunbury (43074) majoring in Nursing (PA)
  • Mitchell Habegger of Westerville (43081) majoring in Chemical Engr.-Coop. Edu.

  • Eric Hopkins of Westerville (43082) majoring in Computer Sci.-Systems
  • Elizabeth Mygrant of Westerville (43082) majoring in Psychology
  • Oyintarikeye Osuobeni of Westerville (43081) majoring in Political Science
  • Cheyan Pace of Sunbury (43074) majoring in Biology

The University of Akron (UA) 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 more than 22,000 students and 300+ associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and communications, to business and education, UA brings together distinct fields of study in ways that provide students with valuable real-world learning opportunities. (

Dean’s List Students Named for UA Fall 2017 Term

TUSCALOOSA, AL (02/01/2018)— A total of 12,594 students enrolled during the 2017 fall 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). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load. Those students include:

  • Chloe Denorme of Galena (43021), President’s List
  • Jason Lysinger of Sunbury (43074), President’s List
  • Cole Delaney of Westerville (43082), President’s List
  • Jessica George of Westerville (43082), Dean’s List
  • Abigail Steele of Westerville (43082), Dean’s List
  • Jessica Stroh of Westerville (43082), Dean’s List
  • Shelby Pappas of Westerville (43081), Dean’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; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

News from Ashland University

Sage Haines Member of AU TV-20 at Ashland University

ASHLAND (01/31/2018)— Sage Haines of Sunbury is a member of Ashland University’s AU TV-20.

Haines is majoring in digital media production. Haines is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School. Haines is the creative director for AU TV.

WRDL-TV is an educational non-commercial television station at Ashland University. The television station, which is cablecast on Channel 2 to more than 15,000 viewers in the Ashland area, features a nightly news program and coverage of community events.

Ashland University Honors Society Members

(01/29/2018) — The following students are members of the Honors Society at Ashland University.

  • Angelica Frye of Galena is a member of Ashland University’s Honors Society. Frye is majoring in history. Frye is a 2017 graduate of Olentangy Orange High School.
  • Kelly Fullin of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Honors Society. Fullin is majoring in mathematics. Fullin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville South High School.

The Honors Society is a student-run organization that plans a variety of social, educational and service events for Honors Program students, thereby strengthening the learning community by building friendships outside the classroom.

Emma Dumford Member of Kappa Delta Pi at Ashland University

(01/31/2018) — Emma Dumford of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Kappa Delta Pi.

Dumford is majoring in middle grades education. Dumford is a 2014 graduate of Westerville North High School.

Kappa Delta Pi – Kappa Nu Chapter’s recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education and to promote development of worthy educational ideals. The enhancement of professional growth is at the center of its mission. The group host several events including an annual fundraising event for Associated Charities, initiation ceremony and meetings on topics related to professional growth. Membership in Kappa Delta Pi requires a 3.5 grade point average in field of study with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 overall.

Calvin Higdon Member of Club Swimming at Ashland University

(01/31/2018) — Calvin Higdon of Westerville is a member of Ashland University’s Club Swimming.

Higdon is majoring in middle school grades education.

He is the son of Todd and Kathy Higdon of Westerville. Higdon is a 2014 graduate of Westerville South High School.

Competitive sport clubs compete with other university or town sponsored sport clubs, or teams, and travel to different events/games throughout the year. Competitive sport clubs are more serious in nature, similar to varsity athletics, and may involve playoff components to conclude their season.

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 ( 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.

News from Cedarville University

Jonah Baden Achieves Dean’s Honor List

CEDARVILLE, OH (02/01/2018)— Jonah Baden of Sunbury was named to Cedarville University’s Dean’s Honor List for Fall 2017. This recognition requires a 3.75 GPA or above for the semester, and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Student Achieves Dean’s Honor List

(02/05/2018) — Cedarville University has named the following students to its Dean’s Honor List for fall semester, 2017. Students achieving this recognition maintained a 3.75 GPA for the semester while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours:

  • Joshua Smith of Westerville
  • Charles Stover of Westerville

Cedarville University, located between Dayton and Columbus is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study.

Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

JMU announces fall 2017 dean’s list

HARRISONBURG, VA (01/30/2018) — James Madison University is pleased to announce the following students made the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester:

  • Mairin Lynn Duffy of Westerville
  • Lynsey Marie Meeks of Westerville

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.

James Madison University offers each student a future of significance — not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success.

Local residents named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at John Carroll University

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (02/05/2018) — John Carroll University announces its Fall 2017 Dean’s List.

Students eligible for the Dean’s List must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours within one semester and have a quality grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Area residents who earned the academic honor are listed below:

  • Kathryn Hoepfner of Westerville (43081)
  • Luke Melsop of Westerville (43082)
  • Joseph Murnane of Westerville (43082)
  • Derek Rymers of Westerville (43082)
  • Olivia Talamo of Westerville (43082)

John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. Its Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world. John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Jeffrey G Clark Named to McDaniel College Dean’s List

WESTMINSTER, MD (01/31/2018) — Jeffrey G Clark of Westerville (43082) has been named to the McDaniel College Fall 2017 Dean’s List with High Honors.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher, high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and honors for a 3.50-3.69 average.

For more information about McDaniel College, visit

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus more than 20 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.

Miami University Students Study Abroad in Fall

OXFORD, OH (01/30/2018) — Miami University Students Study Abroad for Fall.

The following local students were part of the fall 2017 Miami University study abroad class:

  • Hayley Harmon of Galena (43021) spent fall 2017 studying in Luxembourg.
  • Gabrielle Baker of Westerville (43082) spent fall 2017 studying in Luxembourg.

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

Gillian O’Daniel, Named to the Fall 2017 President’s Honor Roll at Oklahoma City University

OKLAHOMA CITY (02/05/2018) — Oklahoma City University is proud to announce that Gillian O’Daniel of Galena, OH has been named to President’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2017 semester.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours during a semester and maintain a GPA of 3.9 or higher to meet the President’s Honor Roll requirements.

Founded in 1904, Oklahoma City University is a non-profit, comprehensive, private United Methodist university that is consistently ranked among the best in its category. OCU students pursue academic excellence through a rigorous liberal arts & sciences core curriculum that focuses on their intellectual, moral and spiritual development.

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Oklahoma City University is a coeducational, urban private university located in Oklahoma City, in the Uptown district. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts, fine arts, sciences and business. The only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master’s-level university category by U.S. News & World Report, Oklahoma City University is also listed in Forbes’ “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys.” OCU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate degrees (including a law degree, MBA and doctoral programs in nursing).

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

SPRINGFIELD, OH (01/29/2018)— 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 Fall semester and earned a place on the Dean’s List.

  • Elizabeth Wetterstroem of Galena
  • Kathryn Wetterstroem of Galena
  • Marielle Beach of Westerville
  • Hope Bruce of Westerville
  • James Hagerman of Westerville
  • Sydney Perry of Westerville
  • Allison Ruman of Westerville
  • Jessica Skoglund of Westerville
  • Deion Woodson of Westerville
  • Thomas Zabonik of Westerville

Repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg was recently named one of Forbes’ Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges. Additionally, the university currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit

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