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Ohio Wesleyan Graduates Class of 2018

News from Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE, OH (07/03/2018)— Ohio Wesleyan University’s 174th commencement ceremony, held May 12, was a day for celebrating accomplishments, for turning tassels and tossing caps, and for dancing like no one was watching.

Local residents earning their diplomas from Ohio Wesleyan included:

  • Bailee Bonanno of Galena, OH. Bonanno earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Alexander Carrico of Galena, OH. Carrico earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Shelby Elzinga of Westerville, OH. Elzinga earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Connor Glasgow of Westerville, OH. Glasgow earned a Bachelor of Arts* degree.
  • Nicholas Horton of Westerville, OH. Horton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Kelly Newell of Sunbury, OH. Newell earned a Bachelor of Arts** degree.
  • Kaden Thompson of Sunbury, OH. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

*Cum Laude; **Magna Cum Laude; ***Summa Cum Laude

Ohio Wesleyan’s Class of 2018 included a total of 323 spring, summer, and fall graduates with 52 cum laude, 25 magna cum laude, and 14 summa cum laude honorees. Five graduates were recognized for achieving perfect 4.0 grade point averages: Colleen P. Chernowsky of Goodrich, Michigan; Abigail E. Connell of Hilliard, Ohio; Chloe E. Dyer of Guysville, Ohio; Meaghan J. Teitelman of Concord, Massachusetts; and Hope M. Walls of Delaware, Ohio.

As for the dancing, keynote speaker Paul R. Schimmel, Ph.D., told the Ohio Wesleyan graduates, every day is a day for such daring dancing. Schimmel, a 1962 OWU alumnus and celebrated scientist, titled his remarks, “The Only Way to Be a Great Dancer.”

“When you dance as if no one is looking,” Schimmel said, “you keep moving. You keep going. You’ve broken out of dogma and consensus.”

During his remarks, Schimmel, a genetic research and biotechnology industry leader, discussed how some of the nation’s vital medical breakthroughs have been achieved by thinking critically, by moving forward in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and by looking beyond current dogma and consensus.

“Your greatest danger in life is dogma and consensus,” he said. “Just remember that.”

One such breakthrough, Schimmel said, was the development of a medication to treat infection-related sepsis. Since its introduction, the medication has helped to save more than 300,000 lives in addition to hundreds of thousands of arms and legs that previously would have required amputation.

During his career, Schimmel’s research has helped to support the development of new medicines, such as the sepsis treatment, and other biopharmaceuticals that seek to halt debilitating disease. His earlier work helped to enable the human genome project in the 1990s.

A pre-professional medicine major at Ohio Wesleyan, Schimmel today is the Ernest and Jean Hahn Professor of Molecular Medicine and Chemistry and a member of the faculty of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at the Scripps Research Institute.

Also sharing words of wisdom with the Ohio Wesleyan graduates was Class President Madeleine G. Juszynski of Atlanta, Georgia. Juszynski discussed the opportunities created for the Class of 2018 while at Ohio Wesleyan and the group’s responsibilities moving forward.

“From the moment I stepped on campus, Ohio Wesleyan gave me opportunities to learn, to travel, and to lead,” Juszynski said. “My classmates and I have had some incredible experiences here.

“Each of our professors worked to turn raw intellect into something more polished – into opinions that could be thoughtfully defended; into critical-thinking skills that allow us to engage with the world in a more mature way; into the ability to respectfully interact with members of other cultures.

“Ohio Wesleyan graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in organizations that mean something to us, to volunteer for causes we care about deeply, and to step in where help is most needed,” said Juszynski, who majored in economics and minored in accounting and Mandarin Chinese. This fall, she will enroll at Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.

President Rock Jones, Ph.D., also addressed the Ohio Wesleyan Class of 2018, stressing the need for the new graduates to serve as civic-minded leaders who help to address challenging issues throughout the world.

“As you receive your diploma and leave this campus today,” Jones told the graduates, “you move forward into a world looking for leaders who bring us together in pursuit of a shared vision for a better life for all people; a world searching for leaders who bring to fruition the ideas that strengthen our economy and create a more just society; a world longing for leaders with the moral ballast to lead us to the best possible use of scientific discovery, economic development, big data, and intellectual achievement in a society that honors the dignity of every human being and of all creation; a world yearning for a message of hope and confidence at a time when too many voices sow seeds of division and fear.

“Your education, grounded in the liberal arts and enhanced by experiences that connected you to the larger world and the pressing challenges that await your generation, has prepared you for just such leadership, in just such a world,” he said.

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

James G. Peoples, Ph.D., professor of sociology-anthropology received The Bishop Herbert Welch Award for Scholarly or Artistic Achievement and also the Adam Poe Medal in recognition of his retirement after 30 years of dedicated service to his students and his profession.

Paul S. Dean, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology-anthropology, received The Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for Encouragement of Teachers.

Jeffrey L. Nunemacher, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and computer science, received The Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.

President Jones concluded the 174th commencement ceremony with Ohio Wesleyan’s traditional benediction, encouraging OWU’s newest alumni to share their knowledge and compassion with a world in need.

“If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found freedom, take it with you into the world,” Jones said. “If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found peace, go and share it with others. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found some portion of truth, go and seek it all the more. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have dreamed dreams, help one another, and those dreams may come true. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have known love, give some back to a bruised and hurting world.”

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 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” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at

Dean’s, President’s Lists Students Named for UA Spring 2018 Term

News from The University of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, AL (06/26/2018)— A total of 11,347 students enrolled during the 2018 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).

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.

Students named to these lists include:

  • Megan Elizabeth Leonard of Columbus, OH (43235), President’s List.
  • Alexandria K Spence of Delaware, OH (43015), President’s List.
  • Lauryn N Woodyard of Delaware, OH (43015), Dean’s List.
  • Eric A Anandika of Dublin, OH (43017), President’s List.
  • Sydney M Burkhart of Dublin, OH (43017), Dean’s List.
  • Ashley Danielle Chonko of Dublin, OH (43017), Dean’s List.
  • Carolyn V Crane of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Catherine M Howard of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Elizabeth Ann Howard of Dublin, OH (43016), President’s List.
  • Lydia M Klein of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Joseph B Reis of Dublin, OH (43016), President’s List.
  • Jenna E Riedel of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Caroline Marie Scott of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Thomas Robert Scott of Dublin, OH (43016), Dean’s List.
  • Chloe M Denorme of Galena, OH (43021), Dean’s List.
  • Rachel M Carline of Powell, OH (43065), Dean’s List.
  • Max A Ward of Powell, OH (43065), President’s List.
  • Madison Taylor Horner of Powell, OH (43065), President’s List.
  • Cole Benton Delaney of Westerville, OH (43082), President’s List.
  • Jessica L George of Westerville, OH (43082), Dean’s List.
  • Shelby C Pappas of Westerville, OH (43081), Dean’s List.
  • Abigail M Steele of Westerville, OH (43082), 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.

Gwendolyn Kunz’s work showcased at Baldwin Wallace University’s Ovation Festival 2018

News from Baldwin Wallace University

BEREA, OH (07/05/2018)— Gwendolyn Kunz of Galena (43021) was among over 250 students whose exceptional academic work was showcased during Baldwin Wallace University’s Ovation Festival 2018. Kunz, a graduate of Olentangy High School majoring in theatre design and technical studies, presented a poster titled “The Relationship Between Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Various Religions.”

This year’s 18-day Ovation Festival recognized student success in research, scholarship, experiential learning, the arts and more. The signature event was the Day of Excellence, which featured student achievements from every school of the University. Students demonstrated 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. Participants in the Day of Excellence must complete the submission process and have a faculty mentor who sponsors their work and gives 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 more than 80 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 Make University of Dayton’s Spring 2018 Dean’s List

News from University of Dayton

DAYTON, OH (06/14/2018)— The following local residents earned a spot on the University of Dayton’s spring 2018 dean’s list for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA.

  • Emma Clark of Westerville
  • Kyleen Cody of Westerville
  • Rachel Collinsworth of Westerville
  • Allison Daugherty of Sunbury
  • Kyle Davidson of Westerville
  • Sierra Desiderio of Galena
  • Amy Feltz of Westervile
  • Abbey Fresco of Westerville
  • Nick Halloy of Westerville
  • Julie Hays of Westerville
  • Natalia Iannarino of Westerville
  • Quin Kane of Westerville
  • Connor King of Westerville
  • Andrew Lowis of Westerville
  • Kelly McGuire of Sunbury
  • Rachel Putnam of Westerville
  • Kayla Rhea-Bouscher of Westerville
  • Ragan Tuffey of Galena
  • Jenna Weithman of Galena

Local Residents Among Record 1,510 Undergraduates Receiving University of Dayton Degree

DAYTON, OH (06/12/2018)— A record 1,510 students received undergraduate degrees from the University of Dayton during the spring commencement ceremony Sunday, May 6, in University of Dayton Arena, including the following residents from your area.

  • Andrew Buser of Westerville
  • Kyleen Cody of Westerville
  • Allison Daugherty of Sunbury
  • Ryan Grieser of Sunbury
  • Julie Hays of Westerville
  • Kelly McGuire of Sunbury
  • Dante Pezzutti of Westerville
  • Rachel Putnam of Westerville
  • Jamie Stumph of Westerville

Local Residents Among Record 1,510 Undergraduates Receiving University of Dayton Degree

News from University of Dayton

DAYTON, OH (06/12/2018)— A record 1,510 students received undergraduate degrees from the University of Dayton during the spring commencement ceremony Sunday, May 6, in University of Dayton Arena, including the following residents from your area.

  • Aidan Bean of Powell
  • Charles Benton of Johnstown
  • Thomas Benton of Johnstown
  • John Bulman of Columbus
  • Andrew Buser of Westerville
  • Caroline Canute of Dublin
  • Danica Catron of Dublin
  • Kyleen Cody of Westerville
  • Allison Daugherty of Sunbury
  • Emma Francois of Dublin
  • Ryan Grieser of Sunbury
  • Julie Hays of Westerville
  • Kylie Huesman of Dublin
  • Mackenzie James of Dublin
  • Libby Jobe of Dublin
  • Mia Karam of Dublin
  • Hannah Kyle of Dublin
  • Connor Larkin of Dublin
  • Rachel Limes of Columbus
  • Taylor Lutz of Dublin
  • Michael Marrocco of Dublin
  • Kelly McGuire of Sunbury
  • Dante Pezzutti of Westerville
  • Julie Pochodylo of Dublin
  • Rachel Putnam of Westerville
  • Katy Sartain of Dublin
  • Elisabeth Spector of Dublin
  • Kerry Speed of Columbus
  • Benjamin Stechschulte of Dublin
  • Jamie Stumph of Westerville
  • Joseph Vinci of Dublin
  • Lindsey Whittemore of Columbus
  • John Wolf of Dublin
  • Kathryn Zimlich of Dublin

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.

Marinice Bauman Named to Dean’s List at Georgia Tech

News from Georgia Institute of Technology

ATLANTA, GA (07/02/2018)— Marinice Bauman of Galena, OH, made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 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

Ithaca College Students Named to Spring 2018 Dean’s List

News from Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY (06/27/2018)— Ithaca College congratulates students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The following local students were named to the Dean’s List:

  • Amy Kruzan of Columbus (43235)
  • Samuel Hillmann of Galena (43021)

Galena Native Samuel Hillmann Named to Dean’s List at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY (06/27/2018)— Samuel Hillmann, an Ithaca College student from Galena, OH, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester.

Founded in 1892, Ithaca College is a residential college dedicated to building knowledge and confidence through a continuous cycle of theory, practice and performance. Home to some 6,500 students, the college offers more than 100 degree programs in its schools of Business, Communications, Humanities and Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Performance, and Music.

Students, faculty and staff at Ithaca College create an active, inclusive community anchored in a keen desire to make a difference in the local community and the broader world. The college is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly schools in the country, and one of the top 10 colleges in the Northeast.

Students Make the Dean’s List at Miami University

News from Miami University

OXFORD, OH (06/27/2018)— Miami University students who are ranked in the top twenty percent of undergraduate students within each division for second semester 2017-18 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence.

  • Melaney Peters of Westerville (43082)
  • Hannah Baney of Galena (43021)
  • Tyler Chinsky of Galena (43021)
  • Ben Finfrock of Westerville (43081)
  • Charlie Malone of Westerville (43081)
  • Cassidy Marino of Galena (43021)
  • Corinne McGoldrick of Westerville (43082)
  • Tyler Milliren of Westerville (43082)
  • Garrett Reed of Galena (43021)
  • Will Sampson of Westerville (43081)
  • Erin Wilt of Galena (43021)
  • Taylor Bleedorn of Galena (43021)
  • Ryan Burghart of Westerville (43081)
  • Monica Chang of Westerville (43081)
  • Martha Cody of Westerville (43082)
  • Alaina Fliotsos of Westerville (43082)
  • Ava Howell of Westerville (43081)
  • Connor Kruse of Galena (43021)
  • Emily McAlister of Westerville (43082)
  • Lauren Nobile of Westerville (43082)
  • Grace Roby of Galena (43021)
  • Imani Steele of Westerville (43081)
  • Nathan Thatcher of Westerville (43082)
  • Hannah Worley of Westerville (43082)
  • Olivia Fryman of Galena (43021)
  • Katherine Brandon of Westerville (43081)
  • Kriston Kapan of Westerville (43082)
  • Ally Mack of Westerville (43082)
  • MacKenzie Vance of Galena (43021)
  • Kylie Blovits of Westerville (43081)
  • Jenni Bojanin of Westerville (43082)
  • Alex Borowitz of Westerville (43082)
  • Nick Gereg of Westerville (43082)
  • Matthew Mac Manus of Westerville (43081)
  • Emma Richards of Westerville (43081)
  • Becca Knapper of Westerville (43082)

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 nearly 19,500, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

Abigail Durheim of Sunbury named to spring Deans’ List/honor roll at Nebraska

News from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LINCOLN, NE (06/13/2018)— Abigail Durheim of Sunbury has been named to the Deans’ List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

Durheim, a freshman agricultural and environmental sciences communication major, was named to the Dean’s List for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

More than 4,900 students at Nebraska have been named to the Deans’ List for the spring semester.

Qualifications for the Deans’ List varies among the eight undergraduate colleges. Listed below are the minimum requirements for each entity and the name of its respective dean or director. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum of 12 graded semester hours. Students can be on the Deans’ List for more than one college.

• College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 3.75; Dean Steven S. Waller.

• College of Architecture, top 10 percent of the students in the college; Dean Katherine S. Ankerson.

• College of Arts and Sciences, 3.7; Dean Joseph Francisco.

• College of Business, 3.6; Dean Kathy Farrell.

• College of Education and Human Sciences, 3.75; Interim Dean Beth Doll.

• College of Engineering, 3.5; Dean Lance C. Perez.

• College of Journalism and Mass Communications, 3.7; Interim Dean Amy Struthers.

• Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, 3.7; Dean Charles O’Connor.

• Explore Center for undeclared, pre-engineering, pre-health and pre-law students, 3.6; Senior Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Education Amy Goodburn.

For the full Deans’ List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students, visit

Eleanor Sarle of Galena Named to St. Lawrence University’s Dean’s List

News from St. Lawrence University

CANTON, NY (07/02/2018)— Eleanor C. Sarle of Galena has been selected for inclusion on St. Lawrence University’s Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Spring 2018 semester.

Sarle is a member of the Class of 2021. Sarle attended Saint Francis de Sales High School.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

About St. Lawrence University: Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit

Joseph Saperstein Performs in Wheaton College (Ill.) Commencement Celebration Concert

News from Wheaton College

WHEATON, IL (06/14/2018) — Wheaton College student Joseph Saperstein of Westerville, Ohio, recently performed in the 2018 Commencement Celebration Concert. Saperstein played cello with the Symphony Orchestra.

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music provides students with comprehensive instruction that cultivates creativity, proficiency, and achievement in a Christ-centered environment. For more information, please visit

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) 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

Wittenberg Dean’s List Spring 2018

News from Wittenberg University

SPRINGFIELD, OH (07/02/2018)— Wittenberg University congratulates the following local students who made the Spring 2018 Dean’s List:

  • Anna Aylor (Biology and Earth Science major), of Westerville (43081)
  • Timothy Bates (Communications major), of Westerville (43081)
  • Marielle Beach (German major), of Westerville (43081)
  • Jacob Gilmore (Exercise Science major), of Westerville (43082)
  • James Hagerman (English major), of Westerville (43081)
  • Olivia Nortz (Marketing and Communications major), of Westerville (43082)
  • Jessica Skoglund (Chemistry and Mathmatics Major), of Westerville (43082)
  • Elizabeth Wetterstroem (Art major), of Galena (43021)
  • Kathryn Wetterstroem (English major), of Galena (43021)
  • Erin Wetzel (Biology major), of Galena (43021)
  • Deion Woodson (Marketing and Art major), of Westerville (43081)
  • Thomas Zabonik (German, and International Studies, and Educational Studies major), of Westerville (43082)

Wittenberg is proud to congratulate the more than 400 students who earned this achievement.

For more information, visit

YSU releases President’s List and Dean’s List

News from Youngstown State University

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (06/15/2018)— Youngstown State University reconizes student academic success with the President’s List and the Dean’s List.

Area students being recognized include:

  • Galena – Alyssa Pinkston, Criminal Justice – Dean’s List
  • Sunbury – Jeanna Bondurant, Medical Laboratory Science – President’s List and Dean’s List
  • Westerville – Trey Walden, Nursing BSN – Dean’s List
  • Westerville – Kathleen Schad, Nursing RN to BSN – Dean’s List
  • Galena – Kara Raines, Pre-Business Management – Dean’s List

The honorees named to the President’s List are full-time undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 average for not less than 12 semester hours of credit in the semester just ended.

Dean’s List recognition is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who have earned at least a 3.4 average for not less than 12 semester hours of credit in the semester.

Part-time students (less than 12 hours of credit each semester) are eligible to be recognized during the Spring semester if they earn a combined GPA of at least 3.4 for the Fall and Spring semesters and have an accumulated minimum of 12 hours of credit for the two terms.

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

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by readMedia Newswire and Cole Hatcher of OWU.

Information for this story was provided by readMedia Newswire and Cole Hatcher of OWU.