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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Resident on President's List at Clemson
Hilary Christina McGrath of Plymouth Meeting has been named to the President's List at Clemson University for the fall 2012 semester.
She is majoring in health science (preprofessional health studies).
To be named to the President's List, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.
Ranked No. 25 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.

Students named to Chestnut Hill College dean's list
PHILADELPHIA, PA (readMedia)-- The following students were named to the Dean's List at Chestnut Hill College for the Fall 2012 semester:
Emily Barber, a human services major from Norristown;
Emily Belkoff, a psychology major from Lafayette Hill;
Deanna Bianchini, a biology major from Blue Bell.;
Patrick Campion, a management major from Norristown.;
Helena DeBald, a communications and Technology major from Collegeville;
Danielle DiWilliams, a elementary education major from Blue Bell;
Anna Eisenberger, a elementary education major from Plymouth Meeting.;
Seamus Finnegan, a accounting major from Collegeville;
Kyrstin Franz, a early education major from Blue Bell.;
Christopher Hess, a political science major from Conshohocken;
Stephanie Knecht, a biology major from Lafayette Hill;
Bishwa Lama, a computer and information science major from Plymouth Meeting;
Amanda Monroe, a psychology major from Lafayette Hill;
Amanda Myers, a psychology major from Blue Bell;
Christine Pankevich, a biology major from Conshohocken;
Drew Powell, a English literature and communications major from Schwenksville;
Teresa Reyes-Duran, a psychology major from Blue Bell;
Sabrina Smerecki, a early education major from Conshohocken;
Jillian Walsh, a communications major from Norristown;
Amanda Walter, a elementary education major from Lafayette Hill;
Students are named to the dean's list if they have achieved a G.P.A of 3.6 or higher, and were recognized at Honors Convocation on April 28, 2013 at the college.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Resident receives  degree  from Penn State Brandywine
MEDIA, PA (readMedia)-- Gayathri Chandrakumaran of King of Prussia, received a bachelor of
 science degree in business from The Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine campus duri
ng its fall 2012 commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.
Chandrakumaran was among more than 80 local students to receive a degree from the campus. "Make sure your career supports your goals, not the other way around," said fellow Penn Stater and Commencement keynote speaker Mike Arata.
Arata, an Upper Darby native, reminisced on his Penn State days, while assuring the graduates that graduation was just the beginning. "The scoreboard is reset for all of you today," he said. "Your degree will always be one of your greatest achievements.

Widener University Announces Dean's List
CHESTER, PA (readMedia)-- The following students from the area were named to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester at Widener University in Chester, Pa.
Robert Barth a business major from Norristown;
Jillian Benedict a English/creative writing major from Plymouth Meeting;
Olivia Burgese a psychology major from Collegeville;
Kimberly Capaldi a hospitality management major from Norristown;
Janelle Del Buono a biology major from Norristown;
Alexandra Faust a hospitality management major from East Norriton;
Nicole Gilette a biology major from Audubon;
Phillip Iaccarino a psychology major from Plymouth Meeting;
Karalee Lamorte a early years/special education major from Blue Bell;
Steven Mahoney a accounting major from Norristown;
Christian Mullins a hospitality management major from Schwenksville;
Matthew Shenko a business major from Plymouth Meeting;
Kanwal Siddiqui a elementary/early childhood education major from King of Prussia;
Andrea Stickley a political science major from Norristown;
Danielle Zaidel a mechanical engineering major from Plymouth Meeting;
Gregory McCummings a organizational development and leadership major from Collegeville;
David Woodward a hospitality management major from Conshohocken.
The Dean's List recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Local students named to dean's list at University of Delaware
From the University of Delaware
NEWARK, DE (readMedia)-- A number of local students have been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for fall 2012.
Those students include:
Jason Bilotti of Blue Bell,
Stephen Bono of Plymouth Meeting,
Kiersten Bonsall of Collegeville,
Casey Bowne of Conshohocken,
Emily Brooks of Collegeville,
Lauren Bryant of Lafayette Hill,
Sara Chambers of Collegeville,
Stephanie Chapman of Lafayette Hill,
Brittany Choplin of Audubon,
Katie Conicelli of Collegeville,
Kelly D'Addona of Norristown,
Bryan Damiano of Collegeville,
Brittany Enslin of Conshohocken,
Jessica Friedman of Lafayette Hill,
Lauren Galea of Blue Bell,
Kathleen Grimes of Collegeville,
Jessica Keller of Blue Bell
Nicholas Kirby of Lafayette Hill,
Matthew Klepacki of King Of Prussia,
Robert Kotheimer of Collegeville,
Jason Kushner of Norristown,
Alex Lauderback of Schwenksville,
Sean Leary of Collegevile,
Alexandra Leshner of Lafayette Hill,
Kristen Loomis of Collegeville,
Lauren Mancini of Eagleville,
Megan McCreesh of Plymouth Meeting,
Emma McMasters of Blue Bell,
Ronald Neilson of Audubon,
Kisha Oister of Collegeville,
Jeremy Plamondon of Blue Bell,
Alaina Prevot of Schwenksville,
Rebecca Radisic of Audubon,
Samantha Rooney of Lafayette Hill,
Allison Rosenberg of Lafayette Hill,
Deanna Roundy of Collegeville,
Emma Sidoriak of Collegeville,
Richard Stanton of Lafayette Hill,
Christopher Steele of Schwenksville,
Devon Swank of Schwenksville,
Weiwei Swei of Norristown,
Sara Torres of Lafayette Hill,
Julia Tuhacek of Norristown,
Pauline Zilch of Conshohocken,
To meet eligibility requirements for the dean's list, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above for the semester.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Resident graduates from James Madison University
HARRISONBURG, VA (readMedia)-- Collegeville
resident, Megan MacFarland, graduated with a master of occupational therapy degree from James Madison University during the December 2012 commencement exercises.
Mr. Jonathan R. Alger, who presided over his first commencement exercises as president of the university, conferred degrees to 782 graduates. Marine Corps Maj. Justin Constantine, an Iraq War veteran and advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project, spoke at the ceremony Saturday, December 15, 2012 in Harrisonburg, Va.
James Madison University is a comprehensive university that is part of the statewide system of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the only university in America named for President James Madison.

Area residents make the dean's list at Coastal Carolina University
CONWAY, SC (readMedia)-- The following local residents were among the approximately 1,800 students from Coastal Carolina University who made the Fall 2012 Dean's List:
Sara K. Brasch, an undeclared-undergraduate major of Conshohocken;
Steven P. O'Donnell, a finance major of Blue Bell;
Alexis H. Robbins, an undeclared-undergraduate major of Plymouth Meeting.
To qualify for the Dean's List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 grade point average, and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade point average. To qualify for the President's List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. All students must be enrolled full time.

Local students Named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven
WEST HAVEN, CT (readMedia)-- The following students were named to the Dean's List at the University of New Haven for the fall 2012 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the Dean's List.
Shanna Armbrust of Norristown;
Jessica Macphee of Trappe;
Elizabeth Olzinski of Schwenksville;
Katherine Wolfe of Norristown.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Champlain College names dean's list

From Champlain College
BURLINGTON, VT (readMedia)-- Matthew Harrison, a resident of Collegeville, has been named to the Fall 2012 Champlain College's Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Harrison is majoring in Creative Media.
About Champlain College
Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges: 2013 Edition." Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2013 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit

Area residents on dean's list at DeSales University

From DeSales University
CENTER VALLEY, PA (readMedia)-- The following local residents were among more than 500 traditional day and adult evening students from DeSales University who made the fall Dean's List:
Charles Seiders, a marketing major and a resident of Norristown;
Kevin Durkin, an English major and a resident of Norristown;
Danielle Desimone, a dance major and a resident of Norristown;
Lindsay Dender, an elementary education major and a resident of Plymouth Meeting;
Matthew Longua, a TV/film major and a resident of Schwenksville;
Justine McNulty, a criminal justice major and a resident of Collegeville;
Cora Fulmer, a criminal justice major and a resident of Plymouth Meeting.
DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 480-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,000 includes undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students. DeSales has approximately 100 full-time faculty members and offers more than 30 bachelor's degrees and six graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. The university also offers the ACCESS Program, the region's leading accelerated degree program for adults.

Fort Hays U names dean's list student

From Fort Hayes University
HAYS, KAN. (readMedia)-- Shannon Nishimura, Norristown,  an elementary education major, has been named to Fort Hays State University's deans honor roll for the fall 2012 semester.
The roll includes only full-time (12 credit hours or more) undergraduate students who have at least a 3.60 grade-point average for the semester.
 Both on-campus and FHSU Virtual College students are eligible.

Local students make dean's list at Messiah College

From Messiah College
GRANTHAM, PA (readMedia)-- The following students were named to the dean's list for the 2012 fall semester at Messiah College:
Collegeville resident Adam Arditi is a senior majoring in studio art.
Collegeville resident Andrew Bigelow is a senior majoring in mathematics and music.
King Of Prussia resident Clair Cundill is a junior majoring in education dual certification preK-4 and special education.
Audubon resident Emily Laird is a senior majoring in psychology.
Norristown resident Adam Spinozzi is a sophomore majoring in education certification grades 4-8.
Collegeville resident Abbie Stonelake is a junior majoring in studio art.
Dean's list is earned by receiving a 3.6 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.