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Elizabeth Saxe, a senior from La Cañada Flintridge, presented research on “Fairy Tale Treats: An Intersection of Food and Story” at the 37th Annual Beloit College Student Symposium on April 11. Saxe majors in literary studies.

Symposium Day at Beloit College in Wisconsin is an academic forum at which students publicly present their research to the college community. All classes are cancelled to allow students, faculty and staff to attend the presentations. Topics range from scientific studies to interpretations of literary works.


Anush Arutyunyan of Glendale earned a Bachelor of Science with a focus in child development from Union Institute & University.

Union Institute & University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a non-profit, accredited, private university specializing in adult and distance education since 1964. Union strives to engage, enlighten, and empower students in a lifetime of learning and service.


Matthew Anderson of Glendale, Peter Ivory and Alexandra Knell of La Cañada, Robin Page and Carlos Robles of La Crescenta and Daniel Turnipseed, Michelle Ghoukasian and Amy Gelert of Montrose were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.


Kyle Patterson, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, has been named to the spring 2013 Champlain College dean’s list for academic achievements and achieving a semester grad point average of 3.5 or higher. Patterson, son of Antoinette LeBel and Roger Patterson, is majoring in managing creative media.


The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Dec. 15, 2012. They joined approximately 750 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.

Glendale resident Natalie Buickians graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. La Crescenta resident Kimberly Cox graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian ministries; La Crescenta resident Jacob Walker graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education.


Elizabeth Charky, a senior at Connecticut College, was awarded the Film Studies Creative Production Prize. The prize is awarded to a senior film studies major for outstanding achievement in film production or screenwriting. Charky was presented with the award at the annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Connecticut College on May 8.

Charky, a 2009 graduate of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, is the daughter of Angie and John Charky of Montrose.

At the ceremony, the awards were presented by President Leo I. Higdon Jr. and Carolyn C. Denard, dean of the college. Cherise A. Harris, associate professor of sociology, gave the keynote address.


Boris Sagal of La Cañada Flintridge graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology. Sagal is a 2009 graduate of La Cañada High School.

About 350 degrees were conferred during Whitman’s Commencement ceremony on May 19 in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 family members, faculty, staff and guests.


Vance Adams, a freshman Marketing major from La Crescenta, has been named to the spring 2013 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.

Offering a diverse academic curriculum to more than 1,400 students, McMurry University is a small Christian liberal arts school in Abilene, Tex.


Rebecca Gaynon of La Cañada Flintridge received a BA degree and John Thomas Treadwell of La Cañada received a BA degree cum laude from Skidmore College. The Class of 2013, with 605 baccalaureate candidates, participated in the college’s 102nd commencement on Saturday, May 18 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in New York.
Rebecca Krefting, assistant professor of American Studies, was chosen by the graduates to deliver the commencement remarks.


Matthew Klint of La Crescenta earned his juris doctor degree from the Drexel University Law School in Philadelphia on May 17. Previously, he completed his undergraduate studies in three years at UCLA, earning a degree in International Relations and American Politics. He established and runs a burgeoning travel consulting group ( and has visited more than 100 countries the last six years. He will sit for the California Bar Exam.


John Tan of Glendale and Adam O’Toole of La Cañada Flintridge each earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb. Creighton University enrolls more than 4,100 undergraduate and 3,200 professional school and graduate students.

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