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Luther College Announces Student Leadership Awards for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Wilmes   
Friday, 13 July 2012 12:11

DECORAH, IA (07/13/2012)(readMedia)-- The Launching Luther Leaders program announced the recipients of Luther College's Student Leadership Awards to individuals and groups for their contribution to the college's mission of service.

Award recipients for 2012 were honored at the second annual L3 Student Leadership and Service banquet held May 6. During the banquet, certificates were also presented to students who completed the Leadership Certificate program.

Award recipients include: the Friends Organization, Outstanding Student Organization; Beta Theta Omega's "It Only Takes One" event, Outstanding Event or Activity; Student Athlete Advisory Committee's second grade mini clinic, Outstanding Service Project; and Jonathan Grieder, Outstanding Student Leader.

The Friends Organization, created and led by 2012 Luther graduate Andy Peck, is a student led organization that focuses on establishing long lasting relationships between Luther students and local children with special needs. Friends Organization participants include children ages 5-19 afflicted by mild, moderate and profound developmental disabilities.

The organization facilitates monthly large group events and encourages pairs to participate in independent activities. By partnering with Luther faculty and other community leaders, the Friends Organization provides children with unique opportunities they might otherwise never experience.

Beta Theta Omega's "It Only Takes One" event, organized by student leader Briejeswari Chauhan and organization advisor Wintlett Taylor-Brown, was a series of all-day workshops and activities for Upward Bound students. Junette Maxis, guest speaker and BTΩ alumna, spoke to UB students about individuals - old and young, daring to take the risk to stand up for a cause and made a difference.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee's 16th annual All-Sports Second Grade Mini Clinic, organized by Shari Huber and Mackenzie Pierson along with 60 student athletes, brought in approximately 120 second graders from the Decorah community to experience a variety of Luther sports. The clinic promotes sportsmanship and wellness and allows the students to interact with positive role models.

Jonathan Grieder, a 2012 Luther graduate from Council Bluffs, Iowa, demonstrated strong leadership skills through his many roles on campus. He was president of Student Senate and Believing and Achieving, a mentoring program for elementary school children in the Decorah community. He served as a student representative to many events and activities throughout the year, most notably to the Luther Board of Regents and to the King and Queen of Norway.

Award winners were selected by members of the L3 selection committee, including Luther student Alexander Tomesch, 2012 Luther graduate, Mandy Wubben, residence life representative, Brad Chamberlain, associate professor of chemistry, Wintlett Taylor-Browne, director of student services in the Diversity Center, Mary Weis, administrative assistant for student activities, Ann Highum, former dean of student life, and Jane Hildebrand, assistant dean for student life.

Nameplates have been added to the plaques in Williams Lounge, Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus to honor the award recipients.

The Launching Luther Leaders program is designed to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students to learn about leadership theories and practices, to apply and develop their leadership skills, and to reflect on the significance of leadership and service experiences across campus. The L3 program supports students as they use their talents to unite career with vocational calling.

Students who work toward a Leadership Certificate complete and document learning in four areas: organizational leadership, service to others, leadership skill building and education, and personal development.

Local Students Earned Academic Honors PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 July 2012 12:03

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN (07/12/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local students have earned academic honors at Purdue University for the spring 2012 semester:

James Pastrnak, of Davenport, IA

Kyle Schwinn, of Orion, IL

Roy Fisher, of Taylor Ridge, IL

To earn honors, students must have had at least a 3.5 semester or cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known for its science, technology, engineering and math programs and its spirit of imagination, ingenuity and innovation. It's a place for those who seek an elite education balanced by the drive to make their ideas real.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Ind., the university 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, and 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.

Amelia Schoeneman Named to Dean's List at St. Olaf College. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marie Frederickson   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:40

NORTHFIELD, MN (07/12/2012)(readMedia)-- Marci Sortor, Dean and Provost of St. Olaf College, has named Amelia Schoeneman from Rock Island, IL to the St. Olaf College Dean's list for the Spring 2012 semester. She is a Political Science and Environmental Studies major. Schoeneman is the daughter of Megan Quinn.

The Dean's list recognizes students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale. Dean Sortor stated, "These students have distinguished themselves among a talented and highly qualified student body. We celebrate their success in gaining recognition for academic excellence."

St. Olaf College

As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Olaf prepares students to become responsible citizens of the world by fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit. Widely known for its programs in mathematics, the natural sciences, and music, St. Olaf also provides dynamic opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Committed to global education, more than three-quarters of St. Olaf students participate in off-campus study programs. Over the years, St. Olaf College has been a national leader among liberal arts colleges in producing Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers.

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Written by Richard Martin   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:28
Greenville, IL. -- Greenville College has released the names of 264 students who qualified for honors at the conclusion of the spring semester. The list includes Ansley DeVrieze, Junior, Biology, College Scholar, daughter, Jay DeVrieze of Moline, IL
To qualify for the Dean's List, freshmen are required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average (4.0 scale). Sophomores, juniors and seniors must have a 3.7 GPA. A College Scholar is a student who has made the Dean's List for three or more consecutive semesters.
Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school with more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the college is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles east of St. Louis.

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Written by Jody   
Thursday, 12 July 2012 14:26
The University of Iowa awarded an estimated 4,300 degrees at the close of the 2012 spring session. Among the students from the (hometown) area who received degrees at the UI commencement are:

from Moline IL:
Hilary Ann Callas, BBA, Management
Sophie Marie Doroba, JD
Alana Christine McGinnis, BSN, Nursing
Michael Edward Turczynski, BA, Theatre Arts
Allison Kay Vannatta, JD

from Rock Island IL:
Shawna Christine Elmore Cassidy, MBA, with distinction
Casey Patrick Cunningham, BBA, Economics, Finance
Drew William Dezeeuw, BSE, Mechanical Engineering
Steven Robert Resch, BBA, Management, Marketing
Marissa Lynn West, BLS

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