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Announcements of Graduations, Dean’s List, Scholarships & Awards

Taylor Redner named to Dean’s List at Mercyhurst University

ERIE, PA (09/27/2013)Taylor Redner, a sophomore at Mercyhurst University, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Redner is a native of Norwich, CT. Major is Early Childhood/Special Education.

The Dean’s List is computed annually after summer term, which marks the end of the academic year. It is based on the completion of a minimum of 24 credits with a cumulative index of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0 each term.

“I salute all of our Dean’s List recipients for the dedication and commitment necessary to achieve this goal,” said Mercyhurst President Dr. Tom Gamble, Ph.D. “This is truly an outstanding accomplishment.”

About Mercyhurst University

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 archaeology. 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 www.mercyhurst.edu.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Taylor-Redner-named-to-Deans-List-at-Mercyhurst-University/7365793.

Chris Myers of Essex Receives Johnson Scholarship at Washington and Lee University

Chris Myers of Essex Receives Johnson Scholarship at Washington and Lee University

 

LEXINGTON, VA Chris Myers of Essex, Conn., has received a Johnson Scholarship to attend Washington and Lee University.

Myers, a graduate of Valley Regional High School, began classes at W&L in September. Myers was among 40 winners of the prestigious scholarships for 2013.

The Johnson Scholarship program was established in 2007 as a result of an historic $100 million gift to the university. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and candidates are chosen on the basis of exceptional academic and personal promise. The scholarships provide at least tuition, room and board, and allow students to graduate debt-free.

Myers won the scholarship in competition against about 190 other finalists who participated in on-campus interviews last spring.

The Johnson Scholarship is part of a program that includes a lecture and symposia series on topics in leadership, supports two professorships, and awards grants to about 30 students to conduct off-campus research during the summer before their junior or senior years.

Local Graduate Megan Devlin Participates in Network News Coverage of ‘March on Washington’ Anniversary

ITHACA, NY (09/10/2013)– A Lyme-Old Lyme High School graduate was able to share the stories of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with the nation. Megan Devlin, now a senior communication management and design major at Ithaca College, traveled to Washington, D.C. on Aug. 24 to interview participants in the Realize the Dream March and Rally commemorating the 1963 event. Her footage was used on that night’s broadcast of “NBC Nightly News.”

Devlin was one of 13 Ithaca College students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications selected to cover the rally. Led by associate journalism professor James Rada, the students worked with NBC to capture the emotions and reactions of people as they celebrated the historic occasion.

Devlin said the experience was more than worthwhile. “This was an immersive learning experience that put my reporting and videography skills to the test,” said Devlin. “It was rewarding to see how three years of learning and training generated professional footage of a national event that a news network aired on its nightly broadcast.”

The students’ footage was packaged and reported on by White House correspondent Kristen Welker. Their work can be seen on NBC’s website here.

Participants in the rally marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial. Nearly 200,000 people attended, many of whom saw Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in person 50 years ago. Devlin was able to hear their stories and capture the spirit of hope being passed on to the next generation.

Rada has also produced an hour-long documentary on the original march with the help of his students. “Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington” explores the historic event through interviews with historians and more than two dozen people who took part in it. The film aired on several PBS member stations as part of their March on Washington anniversary coverage.

For more information on “Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March on Washington” and the students’ work, visit http://meetmeatequality.com/ or contact Rada at jrada@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-3637.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Local-Graduate-Megan-Devlin-Participates-in-Network-News-Coverage-of-March-on-Washington-Anniversary/7279981.

Local Students Graduate from Western New England University

SPRINGFIELD, MA (09/06/2013) — The following students received degrees from Western New England University on August 15, 2013.

Christopher R. Perras of Norwich, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Perras graduated Cum Laude. This honor signifies scholastic excellence and is awarded at graduation to students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.30 and 3.60.

Sean B. Kydd of Niantic, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,700 students, including 2,550 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.

Tingjun Li named to dean’s list at Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (08/29/2013)– About 9,600 Purdue University students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Students named to the dean’s list list include:

Tingjun Li of Norwich

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours, be enrolled at least half-time, have a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering, and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity, and innovation. Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue’s role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering, and agriculture. More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that’s without rival.

On the web: http://meritpages.com/achievements/Tingjun-Li-named-to-deans-list-at-Purdue-University/7211620.

University of Connecticut College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Home & Garden Education Center

Fall Into Knowledge with UConn!

UConn 2013 Master Composters Program

UConn Master Composters enroll in a 5 class/1 workshop/2 field trip educational program and participate in volunteer outreach activities with the goal of encouraging fellow citizens to recycle food and yard wastes through composting.  Starting Oct. 8, 2013 at the North Haven Extension office.  More information and brochure with registration form at www.ladybug.uconn.edu.  Limited to 20 interns.

Worm Day!

Free and open to the public. Oct. 12, 2013 from 10 am – 3 pm. At the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon. Come hear UVM earthworm expert speak on local and invasive earthworms, learn about vermicomposting (worm farming) and make your own worm bin. (bring bin materials, info will be provided). Seating limited. Register at ladybug@uconn.edu or (877) 486-6271.

Free Fall Garden Fair

The 3rd Annual Fall Garden Day will be held Sept. 8, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich.  Free soil pH tests, garden walks and informational short talks on rain gardens, native plants, pollinator gardens and more. Plant sale.  (860) 885-2823 or 2822 for more information.

Free Lawn Care Seminars

September 19, 2013. 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Tolland County Extension Center. Seating limited. Register at ladybug@uconn.edu or (877) 486-6271.  More posted on www.ladybug.uconn.edu or contact: pamela.cooper@uconn.edu .

Contact: Dawn Pettinelli

dawn.pettinelli@uconn.edu (best)

(860) 486-4274

 

Local residents named to UMass Lowell dean’s list

LOWELL, MA (08/16/2013) — LOWELL, Mass. – Local residents were recently named to the dean’s list at the University of Massachusetts Lowell for the Spring 2013 semester.

Among those recognized for achieving academic distinction at UMass Lowell were:

Ryan Bennett of Colchester, majoring in sound recording technology

Megan Davidson of East Lyme, majoring in psychology

Jesse Ewing of New London, majoring in business administration

Anthony Gervase of Lebanon, majoring in sound recording technology

Mark Henry of Groton, majoring in mechanical engineering

Sarah King of Amston,  majoring in sound recording technology

Nicholas Schell of Norwich, majoring in information technology

Paul Tardif of Bozrah, majoring in physics

To qualify for the dean’s list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 grade point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. We offer more than 16,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers. www.uml.edu

Students Win Scholarships from Chelsea Groton Bank

Chelsea Groton Bank has awarded 15 scholarships to local high-school graduates, recognizing their community service, academic excellence, and strong leadership skills.
The recipients all live in the communities served by Chelsea Groton Bank. “It’s exciting for us to watch these students’ passion and commitment to their education take flight,” said Community Education Specialist Pam Days-Luketich. “Fostering educational opportunities is rewarding for everyone. We believe the more we can assist in terms of education and service, the more our community benefits and thrives. This is central to our mutual philosophy of shared trust, purpose and respect.”
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Scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, were awarded to: Yuna Jun, The Academy of the Holy Family; Puja Patel, East Lyme High School; Caitlin Noel, Fitch High School; Hariany Lopez, Grasso Tech; Brittany Schaffer, Griswold High School; Adedoyin Ladoja, Ledyard High School; Emily Liang, Montville High School; Dimitri Wallace, New London High School; Kyle Liang, Norwich Free Academy; Cami Morion, Norwich Technical High School; Mackensie Crowley, Stonington High School; Benjamin Whewell, Saint Bernard High School; Gabriel Morosky, Waterford High School; Emily Hamilton, Williams High School; and Victoria Adams, Wheeler High School.

Scholarships, in the amount of $500 each, were awarded to: Yuna Jun, The Academy of the Holy Family; Puja Patel, East Lyme High School; Caitlin Noel, Fitch High School; Hariany Lopez, Grasso Tech; Brittany Schaffer, Griswold High School; Adedoyin Ladoja, Ledyard High School; Emily Liang, Montville High School; Dimitri Wallace, New London High School; Kyle Liang, Norwich Free Academy; Cami Morion, Norwich Technical High School; Mackensie Crowley, Stonington High School; Benjamin Whewell, Saint Bernard High School; Gabriel Morosky, Waterford High School; Emily Hamilton, Williams High School; and Victoria Adams, Wheeler High School.

Siena College Announces May 2013 Graduates

LOUDONVILLE, NY (08/14/2013) — The following local residents graduated from Siena College in May:

Jonathan Molzan of Ledyard graduated with a master’s degree in accounting.

Olivia Phetteplace of Ledyard graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in English and philosophy.

Siena awarded 805 bachelor’s and 52 Master of Science in Accounting degrees at this year’s Commencement ceremony.

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private, Catholic Franciscan, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 3,000. Siena College offers 30 degree programs, 45 minors and certificate programs, and professional curricula in teacher preparation/education, pre-medical, pre-law and social work. A student-to-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, average class size of 21, rigorous academics, Division I athletics, intramural sports and widespread service and advocacy experiences nurture each student’s personal growth while providing the education of a lifetime.

Third Trimester Honor Roll for Sacred Heart School, Taftville

Sacred Heart School

 Grade 8:    Honors:  :  Peter Gravelin, James Miskiewicz, Drew Preston  

 Grade 7:   High Honors-  –    Laura D’Elia        - Honors:  Sydney Collins,   Christopher Consiglio, Erica Dinneen, Regina Grant, Summer Pelligrini, Arthur Thibeault, Rebecca Wood, Sarah Wolak      Honorable Mention:   Zahena Dieujuste

 Grade 6:  High Honors  Ashlee Cardin, Anna Kukulka   ––Honors:   Madeline Brady, Meredith Godere , Christopher Maffuid, Tristan Naples   Honorable Mention:   Stena Zhang

Grade 5:  High Honors:     Katarina Bromkamp, Lilia Burdo, Emelie Gallow, Eric Heaton,  Marissa Kaika,  Brendan Phaneuf, Madison Ramsey, Luke Tischio, Jillianne Trott       –Honors:   Deanna Bernard, Cierra Caron, Christian Gonzalez, Hayleigh Huhtala, Anthony Sylvia, Cade Wolak   Honorable Mention  -    Denard Dunlap

Matthew Rathkey Graduates from Carleton College

NORTHFIELD, MN (08/12/2013)– Matthew Rathkey received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Music, magna cum laude, from Carleton College during its 139th Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, June 15.

Rathkey is the son of Julia Rathkey of Old Lyme, CT

Two seniors spoke at the ceremony. Charlie Bentley, a linguistics major from Springfield, Mo., presented a speech entitled “The Problems That Don’t Yet Exist.” Chloe Zelkha, a religion major from Woodside, Calif., gave a speech entitled “Try.”

Carleton also presented two honorary degrees during the commencement ceremony. Bruce Alberts, a professor of biochemistry at the University of California at San Francisco, is the editor-in-chief of the academic journal Science and one of President Obama’s first three Science Envoys. Alberts was awarded the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa. Michael S. Harper, a professor of English at Brown University and poet laureate emeritus of Rhode Island was awarded the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. Both Alberts and Harper briefly addressed the graduating class, as did Carleton College’s eleventh president, Steven Poskanzer.

Ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts institutions, Carleton is a private, co-educational college of 2,000 students located 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. High academic standards, an excellent teaching faculty and a diverse student body contribute to Carleton’s outstanding reputation.

 

 

Local high school students win Saint Michael’s College Book Award For Leadership in Volunteer Service & Academic Achievement

COLCHESTER, VT (08/06/2013) — The following local high school students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience:

Eric Behringer of Old Lyme, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Rachel Carey of Colchester, a student at Bacon Academy.

Hanna DeBruyn of Old Lyme, a student at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

John Dong of Pawcatuck, a student at Stonington High School.

Gracye Dyer of New London, a student at Saint Bernard School.

Arianna Fustini of Gales Ferry, a student at Ledyard High School.

Zakkiyya Griffin of Groton, a student at New London High School.

Zachary Higgins of Gales Ferry, a student at Ledyard High School.

Lauren Hodkinson of Taftville, a student at Norwich Free Academy.

Samantha Horner of Niantic, a student at East Lyme High School.

William Jeckel of North Stonington, a student at Wheeler High/Middle School.

Dillon Johnson of Uncasville, a student at Montville High School.

Kevin Lei of Niantic, a student at East Lyme High School.

Grace Martino of Waterford, a student at Waterford High School.

Alyssa Mattison of Uncasville, a student at Montville High School.

Joseph Meese of Lebanon, a student at Lyman Memorial High School.

Jessica Morgan of North Stonington, a student at Wheeler High/Middle School.

Evin O’Shea of Norwich, a student at Norwich Free Academy.

Sarah Pavlich of Lebanon, a student at Lyman Memorial High School.

Neel Shah of Waterford, a student at Waterford High School.

Keith Verdini of New London, a student at New London High School.

Rochelle Wang of Pawcatuck, a student at Stonington High School.

Casimir Woznica of Voluntown, a student at Saint Bernard School.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael’s, located in Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top 10 college towns, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael’s College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In “First They Killed My Father,” Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child’s perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family’s survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung’s on-going crusade for a landmine free world.

About Saint Michael’s

At Saint Michael’s College www.smcvt.edu students are challenged to do their best, find their niche, take on opportunities to grow, and immerse themselves in academic pursuits. Intellectual rigor, compassion, teamwork, caring-these characterize a Saint Michael’s experience. A residential Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is steeped in the social justice spirit of its founding priests, the Edmundites. Saint Michael’s is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top 10 college towns. Headed by President John J. Neuhauser, the college has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Identified by the Princeton Review, 2014 as one of the nation’s Best 378 Colleges, and included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014, Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Goldwater, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants and awards. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings.