People Making News

Troy University recognized students who graduated during the fall semester/term 2 for 2015. Local residents who graduated include:

Ian Lewis of La Crescenta, Bachelor of Science and Lisa Kenigson of La Crescenta, Bachelor of Science. Kenigson was also been named to the chancellor’s list. The chancellor’s list honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0.

Fall semester graduates include students at Troy’s campus in Troy, Alabama. Term 2 graduates include students at campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Alabama, and Global Campus, which consists of teaching sites outside of Alabama and online.

Lillian Lugosi of La Cañada Flintridge has been named to the provost’s list at Troy University for the fall semester/Term 2 of the 2015-16 academic year. The provost’s list honors full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who have a grade point average of at least 3.65.


Gavin Traber of La Crescenta recently returned from a three-month semester studying in Australia and Asia at Harding University in Australasia (HUA).

As part of the HUA curriculum, Traber spent the semester immersed in Australian and Asian culture. Students had the opportunity to experience Thailand, India, Australia and New Zealand, cultivating new relationships with fellow students.

Students in the program had a full course load available to them taught by visiting Harding professors. The professors also traveled with the students. The classes encourage exploration and interaction among the people of Australia and Asia.

Traber, a molecular and cellular biology major, is also among more than 1,300 university students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2015 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 22nd consecutive year as a top 25 school in the South. Harding also maintains study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit


Cambria Martin of Montrose was honored at the Southern Arkansas University fall commencement on Dec. 11.

Martin was an exercise science major and graduated from the College of Education with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Martin and the other recent SAU graduates now have a degree with the highest return on their investment from any Arkansas institution of higher education, according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. For more information, visit


Lindsey Espe of La Cañada qualified for the fall 2015 dean’s list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30% of Belmont’s 7,400 students qualified for the fall 2015 dean’s list.

Belmont University is celebrating its 125th anniversary in academic year 2015-16. Founded in 1890, the university consists of more than 7,400 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries.

Vance Adams from La Crescenta has been named to the fall 2015 dean’s list at McMurry University. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average while taking 12 or more credit hours.

McMurry University in Abilene, Texas was founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, and is a vibrant and comprehensive center of higher education. McMurry enrolls more than 1,200 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and over 77% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic field.


Sierra Rhoads from La Crescenta has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at the University of Vermont. Rhoads is a Class of 2017 dietetics nutrition & food sciences major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20% of their class in their respective college or school.

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 10,081 undergraduates in seven schools and colleges, 1,360 graduate students and 457 medical students.


Angela Gaignard, from Sunland, earned a spot on the fall 2015 president’s list at Southern Arkansas University. Gaignard, a senior, is an athletic training major.

Gaignard was one of 275 students named to the fall president’s List. To qualify, a student must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

Southern Arkansas University is fastest growing and most affordable university in Arkansas. SAU was also named the sixth most affordable small college in the U.S. by Although SAU maintains low cost to students, quality and student success are still the top priorities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, SAU has the highest return on investment among all Arkansas universities.

SAU has repeatedly surpassed enrollment records in part because of its comprehensive list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which includes exciting new offerings like the B.F.A. in Music Theatre, Engineering, Computer Game and Animation Design, Business Entrepreneurship, and Wildlife and Marine Biology.


Sidney Ro. of Tujunga was named to the dean’s list at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the fall 2015 semester. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For 149 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities.