Category Archives: Hometown

Huber, Zafar inducted into NIU honor societies

Linda Huber of Sugar Grove was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, an international honor society for juniors and seniors, at Northern Illinois University’s Honor Day ceremonies held in April.

Sofia Zafar of Sugar Grove was inducted into the Pleiades chapter of the Mortor Board Senior Honor Socitiety, one of the most distinguished honor societies in higher education. Induction into the Mortor Board signifies high achievement in scholarship, leadership and service to the community.

Pair of local students graduate from St. Ambrose

St. Ambrose University held its Spring Commencement on May 15 in Moline, Ill., and two local residents were part of the ceremony.

Steven Campbell of Maple Park graduated summa cum laude with a degree in radio and television journalism, Jessica Foody of Sugar Grove graduated cum laude with a degree in nursing, and Jennifer Howard of Sugar Grove graduated with a degree in nursing.

Western Illinois University announces spring 2010 dean’s list

Several local students were part of the more than 1,850 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University who were named to the 2010 Spring Dean’s List.

Local students include John Brennan and Sarah Goodrich, both of Maple Park, and Adam Engelskirchen and Dana Zimmer, both of Sugar Grove.

To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0.

Elburn resident named top AU student

Andrew Price of Elburn, an Aurora University organizational management major, received AU’s Spartan Award—the school’s top student honor—at an annual Honors Convocation at Crimi Auditorium on April 23.

The convocation recognized students and faculty for academic achievements and campus contributions. AU President Rebecca L. Sherrick presided at the event.

A graduate of St. Charles North High School, Price is the son of Cathy Ling and Paul Price.

Andrew Manion, AU provost, presented Price’s award. It recognizes a student’s scholarship and service to AU and the Aurora community. Faculty choose a senior for the honor based on outstanding contribution to university life during his/her university career.

To be nominated, a student must live the core values of AU—integrity, citizenship, continuous learning and excellence—attain a GPA of 3.5 or better and exhibit exemplary character.

“This student has been well known by the faculty throughout his time at Aurora University,” Manion said. “We feel this individual embodies the qualities necessary to deserve this award. He is a gifted and dedicated student and has a genuine intellectual curiosity. He demonstrates a passion for learning both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Price was selected for the Dunham Scholar Program, Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society for freshmen.

He has been a member of the football team for four years, served as captain of the tennis team for three years and was MVP for two years. He was named an NCAA Scholar Athlete, served on AU Sports Leadership Council, and was selected to represent AU at the NCAA Division III Leadership Conference.

Additionally, he was a peer advisor for three years, served as Pre-Law Club president and started a Phi Alpha Delta chapter at AU. His service projects include Angel Tree, a fundraiser for children whose parents are incarcerated; participated in the Wayside Cross Walk a Mile, a fundraiser for Wayside Cross Ministries; he co-led the Dunham Scholars, cooking brunch for Ronald McDonald House Charity; served as a tutor during his junior year at Herget Middle School; supported a benefit for Friends of the Park; and served as a Novak Park community volunteer, helping with landscaping, rebuilding docks and renovating the community pavilion.

Millikin JMS Scholars present research projects

Millikin University senior Michelle Buck of Elburn was among 22 students presenting their research projects during the annual James Millikin Scholars Senior Recognition Day program held on April 24 as a part of Millikin’s Celebrations of Scholarship.

Buck, a theatre major presented a research project titled, “Singing and the Tao Te Ching: A Return to the Natural Way”.

The projects presented represent the culmination of at least two years of research. Most of the topics were conceived by the students and then refined with the help of a faculty project advisor.

The students in the James Millikin Scholars program are some of the best students at Millikin University. The students have maintained high academic standards while being some of the most actively involved students on campus. They were chosen for the program at the end of their sophomore year at Millikin.

North Central names winter dean’s list

North Central College named Elizabeth Korth of Elburn, to its Dean’s List of scholars for the 2010 winter term.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. Part-time students are recognized at the end of each academic year if they meet the same criterion and have completed at least eight credit hours, the equivalent of one term as a full-time student.

Korth is the daughter of Dan and Mary Korth of Elburn.

Buck, Davidson recognized at Millikin

Michelle Buck, a senior majoring in theatre and music from Elburn, and Erika Davidson, a junior majoring in theatre from Elburn, were honored during Millikin University’s annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Honors Convocation program held April 22 in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Buck received the Mary B. Merris Award; it is presented to outstanding voice students on the basis of excellence and achievement. Davidson received the the Michelle Chartier Memorial Award. This award is presented to a student active in the Department of Theatre and Dance with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

Czepiel inducted to nation’s highest honor society

Tara Czepiel from Sugar Grove was among the Phi Beta Kappa inductees at Augustana University.

Czepiel is a senior at Augustana and is majoring in biology and Spanish.

Only about one in every 100 college students nationwide is selected as a member of the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the nation.

Augustana students are selected for Phi Beta Kappa based on their academic standing and recommendations from faculty members. Members must be senior students who exhibit strong intellect and integrity and are committed to freedom of thought and expression. Augustana emphasizes that election to Phi Beta Kappa is more than an honor of past academic success. It is also recognition of a student’s outstanding potential for growth and achievement.

Kishwaukee College announces honors list

More than half the students at Kishwaukee College attend school part time, and many of these students have responsibilities that extend far beyond the classroom, including work and family obligations.

In honor of these students’ dedication and commitment to academic excellence, Kishwaukee College announced its Part-time Student Honors List for fall 2009.

Included on that list is Christina Witkowski of Maple Park.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must have completed a minimum of six, but less than 12, semester hours of college-level courses at Kishwaukee with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

McFadden named to Washington University dean’s list

Kaitlin Leigh McFadden of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. McFadden is a graduate of St. Charles North High School in St. Charles and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the dean’s list in Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

NIU announces fall 2009 graduates

Northern Illinois University announced the following local students who received degrees at its fall 2009 commencement ceremonies.

Earning bachelor’s degrees were Jessica Brummel, Leigh Davidson, Krista Escamillo, Eileen Gallagher and Justine Kesich, all of Elburn; Shane Davins, William Homan, Amber Morris, Kimberly Parry, Aisha Rahman and Brittany Schirmer, all of Sugar Grove; and Christopher Edwards, Michael Marlovits, Taylor Stephens and Danila Colosi, all of Maple Park.

Earning master’s degrees were Brian Aversa, Steven Galloway and Andrea Steinkuffer, all of Elburn; and Brett Burton, Andrea DiDonato and Stephanie Unger, all of Sugar Grove.

Waubonsee announces fall semester president’s list

Waubonsee Community College announced its president’s list for the fall 2009 semester, which includes full-time students who earn a 4.0 semester grade point average.

From Elburn: Rachelle Branca, Amanda Briggs, Brandon Clement, Ashley Clinton, Erin Flanagan, Lauren Gould, Alexa Hill, Gail Muranyi, Nicole Ristick and Theresa Terpstra.  

From Maple Park: Alexandra Domar and Jacquelyn Wells.

From Sugar Grove: Richard Banik, Sarah Harant, Anna Hofmeyer, Alyssa Rowland and Ashley Wilczynski.

WCC announces fall dean’s list

The Waubonsee Community College dean’s list celebrates excellence in full-time students who attain a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0. The dean’s list honors the following students for the fall 2009 semester at the college: from Elburn, David Bartel, Zachary Bohnenkamp, Jonathan Britz, Edward Chaney, Morgan Coburn, Ryan Dwyer, Joshua Gould, Erica Hankes, Erin Hanold, Amanda Hilton, Christopher Hosey, Adam Lindoo, Joseph Long, Nicole Prusinski, Ryan Rieger and Jana Roderova; from Maple Park, Madeline Brennan, Meghan Dienst, Danni Garcia, Rachael Herrick, Amanda Kummerow, Wojciech Mietka, Caitlin Nudo, Robert Sbarboro, Lindsey Stover and Samuel Swithers; and from Sugar Grove, Daryl Barnett, Melissa Breon, Erin Cinto, Emily Cui, Brooke Czekala, Brittany Dexter, Riley Hayman, Jenna Ivkovich, Bridget Kennedy, Zachary VerVynck and Paul Wood.

Aurora University announces dean’s lists

Area residents have been named to Aurora University’s fall semester dean’s lists, known as the Ivy Leaf lists. The high-honors list recognizes students who attain a 4.0 grade-point average. The regular honors list recognizes students who achieve a 3.60 to 3.99 grade-point average.

Named to the high honors list are Brian Claesson, Rachel Innis, Natalie Levita, Dawn Olson, Andrew Price and Ashley Ritter, all of Elburn; and Ashley Christman, Veronica Haenisch, Amber Harper, Scott Malewig and Elizabeth Marsh, all of Sugar Grove.