Allissa Porter was one of 389 scholar-athletes for the 2013-14 school year

ERIE, PA (07/23/2014)– Allissa Porter of Mystic (06355) was one of 389 Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes in the 2013-14 school year. A student-athlete must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average to qualify for the list.

All 24 teams landed at least six student-athletes on the list. The total is a school record, topping last year’s 356 scholar-athletes. Sixty-two percent of Laker student-athletes were Mercyhurst Scholar-Athletes this year.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Mercyhurst student-athletes earned a 3.17 cumulative GPA. Twelve Lakers posted a 4.0 GPA this school year.


Mercyhurst University, founded in 1926 by the Sisters of Mercy, is a fully accredited, four-year, Catholic comprehensive institution in Erie, Pa. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors and concentrations as well as unique post-baccalaureate, advanced certificate and eight master’s degree programs. In 2013, the university introduced its first doctoral program in archeology. In addition, Mercyhurst provides certificate and associate degree offerings at branch campuses in North East, Corry and the Booker T. Washington Center. Learn more at

Kent School graduate Elly Hilton conducts summer research at Colgate University

HAMILTON, NY (07/17/2014)– More than 200 Colgate students are conducing innovative research across academic disciplines on campus in Hamilton, N.Y., this summer.

Kent School graduate Eleanor Hilton is conducting Biology research.

Examples of some research projects this year include the examination of exoskeletons in barnacles, the genealogy of Confucianism, the flow of flexible filaments, and assessing the antibacterial activity of traditional medicinal plans used by some Native Americans.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by the dedication of its 294 full-time faculty-scholars, and its commitment to global engagement, student-faculty research, off-campus study, sustainable practices, and utilizing technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Colgate offers 54 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.

Local Residents Make Nichols College Dean’s List

DUDLEY, MA (07/17/2014)– Four hundred and four students at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts have earned Dean’s List or Dean’s High Honors during the just-completed spring term. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have achieved high grades during a single semester.

In order to be included in the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit-hours and receive no grade below a C+ during the semester. A student who earns a grade point average of 3.6 or higher is awarded Dean’s High Honors.

Irving Eggleston of Norwich (06360) achieved Dean’s List for the spring, 2014 term.

Kayla Jessing of Bozrah (06334) achieved Dean’s List for the spring, 2014 term.

Matthew Pochal of Mystic (06355) achieved Dean’s High Honors for the spring, 2014 term.

Ashley Souza of North Stonington (06359) achieved Dean’s List for the spring, 2014 term.

Yota Topalis of Old Lyme (06371) achieved Dean’s List for the spring, 2014 term.

Within a supportive community, Nichols College transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. We develop communication and critical thinking abilities, ethical and cultural perspectives, and teamwork skills that are required of leaders in a global economy.

Local Students Named To Dean’s List At Loyola University Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD (07/15/2014)– Loyola University Maryland has announced the members of its spring 2014 Dean’s List. In order to qualify for the Dean’s List at Loyola, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 15 credits. The following local students have achieved this honor:

Jessica Kenny, a member of the class of 2017 from Niantic

Caroline Mills, a member of the class of 2014 from Groton

Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, home to the University’s arts and sciences programs; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 3,700 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students from across the country.

Madeline Ferrara of Stonington Earns Honor Roll Distinction at Pomfret School

POMFRET (07/15/2014)– Madeline Ferrara of Stonington, a member of the Pomfret School class of 2015, has been named to the Honor Roll at for the 2014 spring semester. Honors are earned with a 3.0 grade point average and no grade below a B–.

Founded in 1894 and coeducational since 1968, Pomfret School is an independent college preparatory boarding and day school for approximately 360 students in grades 9 through 12 and postgraduates, and the more than 40 faculty members involved in their lives. Set on 500 acres in the celebrated Last Green Valley of Northeastern Connecticut, Pomfret offers eight academic disciplines, 19 AP and 16 Honors courses, over 100 elective courses; 25 sports options, and numerous opportunities to participate in community outreach and service programs. At Pomfret we endeavor to teach, guide, and above all, inspire.

Sierra Hollingsworth of Uncasville named to Harding University Dean’s List

SEARCY, AR (07/11/2014)– Uncasville resident Sierra Hollingsworth, a senior at Harding University, is among more than 1,200 University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2014 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, University provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,295 students. The University also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit

Roger Williams University Announces 2014 Graduates

BRISTOL, RI (07/14/2014)– The following local residents were among more than 1,035 students from Roger Williams University to receive their degrees as part of the Class of 2014.

Shelby Dumond of Colchester (06415) received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Alexandra Whipple of East Lyme (06333) received a Master of Architecture in Architecture.

Alexandra Whipple of East Lyme (06333) received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.

Robert Devens of Niantic (06357) received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Zachary Bushwack of Waterford (06385) received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Kaila Madera of Norwich (06360) received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Gabrielle Ciotto of Amston (06231) received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

Bryan Levine of Mystic (06355) received a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies Program.

Meghan Ortegon of Amston (06231) received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology.

Jessica Reed of Essex (06426) received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Mariah Marquis of Pawcatuck (06379) received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Thomas Cook of East Lyme (06333) received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Sarah Stamm of Stonington (06378) received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Alexis Barnes of Mystic (06355) received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

David Peterle of Pawcatuck (06379) received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.

The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Selected as the university’s Commencement speaker in celebration of the growing array of projects in which RWU students and faculty have partnered with organizations to improve quality of life in the State, Governor Chafee called upon Roger Williams, the University’s namesake and the State’s founder, as an example for today’s graduates – and particularly his role as a peacemaker in his era.

“To build an age of lasting peace for your generation will require concentration and will,” Governor Chafee told the graduates. “Perhaps we can draw inspiration from the examples of Roger Williams. If you learn languages, as he did, you can engage the world on its own terms. If you start new enterprises, as he did, you can invite others into the experiment and provide jobs and opportunities for many others… If you speak truth to power, as he did, you will be faithful to your conscience and you will help our society to stay strong. If you work to achieve consensus, as he did, you will become a meaningful part of whatever community you choose to join and you will plant your ideals in the hard soil of everyday reality.”

About RWU: Roger Williams University, located in Bristol, R.I., is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. Offering 43 majors and a plethora of co-curricular activities as well as study abroad options, RWU is dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of core values, the pursuit of affordable excellence and to providing a relevant, world-class education above all else. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.

Local residents graduate from Choate Rosemary Hall

WALLINGFORD, CT (07/10/2014)– The following area residents were among the 246 graduates who received diplomas at Choate Rosemary Hall‘s 124th Commencement on June 8:

Grant Hamilton of Old Lyme, CT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hamilton, III. Hamilton will attend Hamilton College in the Fall.

Stephanie Leonardo of Hadlyme, CT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fernando R. Leonardo. Leonardo will attend Gettysburg College in the Fall.

Emma Raddatz of Essex, CT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell R. Raddatz. Raddatz will attend Wesleyan University in the Fall.

Choate Rosemary Hall is an independent secondary school enrolling 865 boarding and day students from over 40 states and 40 countries.

Daniel Mayne is studying abroad through a Union College program

SCHENECTADY, NY (07/08/2014)(readMedia)– Daniel Mayne, of Old Lyme, is studying abroad this summer as part of a Union College study abroad program.

Daniel, a junior Biology major, is studying in the United States, Canada, England and The Netherlands, studying each society’s health care systems and the context of their historical development.

Union offers a diverse array of study abroad programs for its students. In 2013, the College was ranked #5 by the Princeton Review for the Most Popular Study Abroad Program. About 60 percent of Union students will do a term abroad.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation. Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society.

Dana Tricarico, of East Lyme, CT, graduates from Siena College

LOUDONVILLE, NY (07/07/2014) Dana Tricarico graduated from Siena College at its 74th Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Tricarico received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. Tricarico was the recipient of the Environmental Studies major award.

The College awarded 758 Bachelor’s and 54 Master in Accounting degrees to the Class of 2014.

Siena College is a learning community advancing the ideals of a liberal arts education, rooted in its identity as a Franciscan and Catholic college. Located in Loudonville, N.Y., two miles north of the state capital, the 176-acre beautiful, suburban campus is home to 3,000 undergraduates. Siena offers 27 majors in the Schools of Business, Liberal Arts and Science. In combination with its minors and certificates, Siena provides students with more than 1,200 program combinations. Siena College: Providing the education of a lifetime for more than 75 years.