Kristan Dziurzynski Graduates from Berry College

MOUNT BERRY, GA (06/03/2014)(readMedia)– Kristan Dziurzynski of North Stonington graduated from Berry College with a BS degree in Psychology.

Berry College recently celebrated 425 new graduates at the Spring Commencement on May 10.

Guest speaker Roxanne Spillett, president emeritus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the newest member of the Berry College Board of Trustees, gave the graduates an inspiring speech. Spillett was selected as one of the “Power 50″ by the Non-Profit Times for three consecutive years. She received the “Excellence in National Executive Leadership Award”, was cited as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great” and was appointed by George W. Bush to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

The graduation can be viewed on the web at www.berry.edu/webcast.

Berry College is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. College leaders from across the country chose Berry College as the nation’s number one “Up-And-Coming” liberal arts college, according to the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. www.berry.edu

Local residents make the spring 2014 Dean’s List at SUNY New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, NY (06/03/2014)(readMedia)– SUNY New Paltz proudly congratulates the following local residents for being named to the spring 2014 Dean’s List:

Matthew Alfultis, a resident of Waterford,  Alfultis’s major is Sociology.

Alec Johnson, a resident of Salem,  Johnson’s major is Marketing.

Thomas Whittico, a resident of East Lyme, Whittico’s major is Undeclared:Pre-Comm Disorders.

Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade point average in a semester with a full-time course load.

Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Fine & Performing Arts and Education.

New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.

James Madison University 2014 Spring Dean’s List

HARRISONBURG, VA (06/03/2014)(readMedia)– The following students qualified for the dean’s list at James Madison University during the spring 2014 semester.

  • Samantha Blake of Amston
  • Mara Fischer of Lyme

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.

Clark University awards degrees at 2014 Commencement

WORCESTER, MA (06/02/2014)(readMedia)– During its 110th Commencement exercises on May 18, Clark University awarded 544 bachelor’s degrees, 472 master’s, and 24 doctoral degrees. The following local students received degrees:

Felicia S. Bakaj of Lebanon; Bachelor of Arts in environmental science

Adam L. Kelley of East Lyme; Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy

Emily L. Newton of East Lyme; Master of Public Administration

Kristina Noelani Kalolo of East Lyme; Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change

Allison S. Fichtelberg of Niantic; Bachelor of Arts in psychology

Katie A. Freaney of Old Lyme; Master of Arts in Teaching

James M. Spina of Old Lyme; Bachelor of Arts in biology

Charles Francis Catania of Uncasville; Master of Business Administration

Clark Class of 1976 alumnus Ron Shaich, founder, chairman of the board, and CEO of Panera Bread Company, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and delivered the Commencement address.

“So here’s the question for today … what really matters in creating a successful career and a successful life?” Shaich asked the Class of 2014. “If there’s one lesson that I take from my 30 years as a business builder, it is this: Knowing what matters dramatically increases the probability that you will produce the outcome you desire.”

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, spoke at the master’s and doctoral degree-granting ceremony. Crow, who is nationally recognized for innovative leadership and his commitment to a “reinvention” of the American research university model, lauded Clark University for charting a different academic path. Crow told new graduates they need to do more than just criticize the status quo, they should identify problems from different perspectives and foster change.

Crow received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, as did Cynthia Enloe, research professor in Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department and a renowned feminist teaching and research on women’s politics.

More information about the 2014 Clark University Commencement is available online.

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, MA, Clark University is a small, liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark’s faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University’s motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.

 

Local Students Earn Degrees from the University of Vermont

BURLINGTON, VT (05/30/2014)(readMedia)– Some 2,904 students were awarded a variety of bachelor’s degrees during the University of Vermont’s 213th Commencement ceremonies on May 18. There were some 575 advanced degrees and certificates awarded by the UVM Graduate College and approximately 106 women and men took the oath of Hippocrates following the awarding of their M.D. degrees at ceremonies of the UVM College of Medicine. A list of local students and the degree earned by each follows:

Cody Aylward of East Lyme,  Bachelor of Science, Zoology, College of Arts & Sciences

Muriel Bell of Essex, Bachelor of Science, Social Work, College of Education & Social Services

Sage Bierman of Ledyard, Bachelor of Arts, English, College of Arts & Sciences

Janice Brewer of Mystic, Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Music Education, College of Education & Social Services

Courtney Burd of Old Lyme, Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Food Sciences, College of Agriculture & Life Science

Arianna Dayharsh of Essex, Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Preschool, College of Education & Social Services

Aaron Dean of Groton, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Jacob Dryden-Jaffe of New London, Bachelor of Arts, Film and Television Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Wanda Gortner of Uncasville, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Samuel Hellman of Norwich, Bachelor of Science, Geology, College of Arts & Sciences

Sean Kratzert of Old Lyme, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Administration, School of Business Administration

Karley Reising of Ledyard, Bachelor of Science in Education, Secondary Education Social Sciences, College of Education & Social Services

Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter. UVM now has 9,970 undergraduates in seven schools and colleges, 1,317 graduate students and 454 medical students. The University of Vermont combines faculty-student relationships most commonly found in a small liberal arts college with the resources of a major research institution.

UNH ROTC Student Awarded Legion of Valor Achievement Award

WEST HAVEN, CT (05/30/2014)(readMedia)– Brett Rankowitz, a University of New Haven senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of the UNH Reserved Officer Training Corps program, has been awarded the Bronze Cross Legion of Valor Achievement Award.

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Brett Rankowitz

Brett, a Niantic resident, was awarded the cross for outstanding performance throughout his junior year at UNH. Fewer than 50 cadets and midshipmen nationally receive the cross each year.

“Brett’s constant desire and willingness to achieve a higher standard warranted this prestigious award,” said Capt. Sean Ritchie of the UNH ROTC program. “Every single day he performed to the best of his abilities, and he consistently set a positive example for others within the program.”

Brett, who will be the company commander of the UNH ROTC cadets beginning this fall, has served as an ROTC team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and company first sergeant. “His peer and leadership evaluations, without a doubt, demonstrated his knowledge and frequently earned him a score of ‘excellent,”‘ Ritchie said.

As a member of the Nathan Hale Battalion Ranger Company, Rankowitz conducted physical training five days a week, and each Thursday he conducted road marches ranging of up to 12 miles while carrying a 50 pound backpack. “Brett’s willingness to push himself and, subsequently, to achieve a higher standard, motivated and inspired his subordinates and peers daily,” said Ritchie.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

UNH ROTC Student Awarded Legion of Valor Achievement Award

WEST HAVEN, CT (05/30/2014)(readMedia)– Brett Rankowitz, a University of New Haven senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of the UNH Reserved Officer Training Corps program, has been awarded the Bronze Cross Legion of Valor Achievement Award.

Rankowitz, a Niantic resident, was awarded the cross for outstanding performance throughout his junior year at UNH. Fewer than 50 cadets and midshipmen nationally receive the cross each year.

“Brett’s constant desire and willingness to achieve a higher standard warranted this prestigious award,” said Capt. Sean Ritchie of the UNH ROTC program. “Every single day he performed to the best of his abilities, and he consistently set a positive example for others within the program.”

Rankowitz, who will be the company commander of the UNH ROTC cadets beginning this fall, has served as an ROTC team leader, squad leader, platoon sergeant, platoon leader and company first sergeant. “His peer and leadership evaluations, without a doubt, demonstrated his knowledge and frequently earned him a score of ‘excellent,”‘ Ritchie said.

As a member of the Nathan Hale Battalion Ranger Company, Rankowitz conducted physical training five days a week, and each Thursday he conducted road marches ranging of up to 12 miles while carrying a 50 pound backpack. “Brett’s willingness to push himself and, subsequently, to achieve a higher standard, motivated and inspired his subordinates and peers daily,” said Ritchie.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.

Laura Young of Colchester Named to Dean’s List at Lebanon Valley College

ANNVILLE, PA (05/29/2014)(readMedia)– Laura Young of Colchester was among the 623 Lebanon Valley College students named to the Dean’s List for high academic marks in the spring semester. Dean’s list students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0.

Young, a graduate of Bacon Academy, made the list while pursuing a bachelor of science in early childhood education and special education.

Lebanon Valley College(R) in Annville, PA, welcomes 1,648 full-time undergraduates studying more than 30 challenging and sophisticated majors, as well as customized self-designed majors. Founded in 1866, LVC has graduate programs in physical therapy, business, music education, and science education. Learn more at www.lvc.edu.

Annville is 15 minutes east of Hershey and 35 minutes east of Harrisburg; Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are within two hours.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List

WORCESTER, MA (05/29/2014)(readMedia)– The following local students have been named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the Spring 2014 semester.

Alexander Kopchik of Niantic is a junior majoring in chemical engineering.

Andrea Goldstein of Colchester is a sophomore majoring in architectural engineering.

Andrew Rathbun of Pawcatuck is a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.

Andrew Han of Pawcatuck is a sophomore majoring in computer science.

Bryce Dumas of Norwich is a senior majoring in interactive media and game development.

Eric Fast of Stonington is a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.

Julia Scott of Mystic is a freshman majoring in environmental engineering.

Kevin Ouellette of Colchester is a freshman majoring in robotics engineering.

Kyle Young of Bozrah is a freshman majoring in robotics engineering and computer science.

Matthew Clark of Oakdale is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

Paul Esteve of Colchester is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

Peter Guarino of Quaker Hill is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

Ronald Mazurkiewicz of Norwich is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

Ryan Pollin of Ledyard is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Trae Jennette of Groton is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

A total of 1,380 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s Spring 2014 Dean’s List. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

“WPI’s academic programs are remarkably rigorous, so being named to the Dean’s List is a testament to hard work, a sharp mind, and a commitment to excellence,” said Provost Eric Overström. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to learn subjects ranging from engineering to science to business and the humanities, and through our innovative project-based curriculum they conduct professional-level research and solve important problems all over the world. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled at facing such demanding challenges, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 35 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

Elizabeth Larson Named to Dean’s List at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, SC (05/29/2014)(readMedia)– Elizabeth Larson, a Senior Biblical Counseling major of Norwich, was among approximately 1,400 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2014 Dean’s List.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average.

Located in Greenville, SC, Bob Jones University is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ. BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development. We are committed to the truth of Scripture and to pursuing excellence in all we do.

BJU provides over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in religion, education, fine arts and communication, arts and science, and business. BJU has nearly 3,000 students from every state and more than 40 countries.