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Amelia Palacios, the daughter of Maureen and Jorge Palacios of La Crescenta, has been named to the dean’s list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year.

A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, Palacios was a junior at Macalester last fall.

The dean’s list at Macalester College is published at the end of each semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list a student must have been registered as a full-time, degree-seeking student and may not have been on a study away program. Furthermore, a student must have achieved a semester grade point average of at least 3.75, 12 or more credits on a regular grading option, no grades below C-, and no withdrawal or incomplete grades for the semester. Grades for activity, practicum, and technique courses in dance, music, and physical education are not factored into eligibility for the dean’s list.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,138 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at


Kyle Patterson has been named to the Champlain College dean’s list for fall 2015. Students who are named to the dean’s list have achieved a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Patterson is majoring in management of creative media.

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vermont. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master’s degree programs.


The University of Hartford announced that Kaival Parekh of La Crescenta has been named to its dean’s list for fall 2015.

The University of Hartford, centrally located in Connecticut, provides a distinctive educational experience across seven schools and colleges for one of the most diverse student bodies in New England. Hartford’s faculty are attracted by the opportunity to challenge and support students as they pursue degrees in more than 84 programs in the arts, humanities, science, business, engineering and technology, education, and health professions. Chartered in 1957, Hartford has more than 5,000 undergraduates, 1,600 graduate students, and 75,000 alumni worldwide. Visit for more information.


More than 3,500 Baylor University students were named to the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2015 fall semester. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Named to the dean’s list from Glendale 91208 were Brett V Feehan, Hankamer School of Business and McKenna Rose Middleton, College of Arts and Sciences; from La Crescenta was Elena Gabrielle Leon, School of Education.

A private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, Baylor is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This blends with Baylor’s international reputation for educational excellence built upon the faculty’s commitment to teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary research to produce outstanding graduates.


Symeon Stefan was named to the Miami University president’s list.

Miami University students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average for first semester 2015-16 have been named to the president’s list recognizing academic excellence.

Stefan, from La Canada, is earning a Bachelor of Art majoring in microbiology, premedical studies.

Miami University is a public university located in southwestern Ohio, offering more than 120 degree programs in humanities, science, engineering, business, education and fine arts.

The most recent complete president’s lists are always available for downloading at commencement, dean’s and president’s lists.


The University of Rhode Island announced that 4,986 undergraduates have qualified for the fall 2015 dean’s list. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, other states and 18 countries.

Among those named was Eduardo Hermosillo Guzman of Tujunga.

To be included on the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average qualify for the dean’s list. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.


Lauren Guzman of Glendale has earned placement on the Gonzaga University dean’s list for fall semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.

Liam Cascelli of Glendale and Monica Lyons and Abigail Salter of La Cañada have earned placement on the Gonzaga University president’s list for fall semester 2015. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

Gonzaga University is a humanistic, private Catholic University providing a Jesuit education to more than 7,500 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West’s best comprehensive regional universities.


Claire Kostelnik of Glendale was awarded dean’s list academic honors for the fall 2015 semester at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Dean’s list honors are awarded to full-time students at St. Mary’s College who earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on 12 or more graded credits.

St. Mary’s College is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only two public honors colleges in the nation. Dedicated to providing an affordable liberal arts education for a diverse student body, the college has one of the highest four-year graduation rate of any public college or university in the state.


Stephanie M. Green of La Cañada was among 2,600 students who were on the Wichita State University dean’s honor roll for fall 2015. To be included on the dean’s honor roll, a student must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours) and earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

WSU enrolls about 14,500 students and offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs in more than 150 areas of study in six undergraduate colleges. The graduate school also offers an extensive program.


Tufts University recently announced the dean’s list for undergraduate students enrolled for the fall 2015 semester. These included Anise Applebaum, Charlotte Leis, Olivia Markowitz, Jun Hyuk Sung and Samuel Whitefield of La Cañada Flintridge.

Dean’s list honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university is widely encouraged.


Zoe McWatters from La Cañada has been named to the 2015 fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average.

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