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Kyle Patterson of La Cañada Flintridge graduated from Champlain College with a degree in managing creative media on May 14. During his time at Champlain he was one of several senior students recognized by the College’s Robert P. Stiller School of Business for academic excellence. Students were honored at the Stiller School of Business Honoring Excellence Reception in April on Champlain College’s campus in Burlington, Vermont.
Patterson also participated in the 2016 Game Studio Senior Show at Champlain College. Game design, game art and animation, management of creative media, and game programming majors were all involved in creating nine different games that were presented to game industry recruiters from around the United States and Montreal. After the games were presented, recruiters had the chance to meet the seniors, try their games, and select candidates to interview the following day.
Typically, five to 10 seniors are hired in the game industry from this event.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates.
Jessica Rust of Glendale and Ryan Longoria of La Crescenta were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. They were initiated at California State University, Los Angeles.
Rust and Longoria are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
The Fort Lewis College School of Arts and Sciences held its annual Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Symposium on April 21. Student participants were selected by their departments to represent the best undergraduate research and performances done at Fort Lewis College this year. Each department selects two students to give talks, and up to five groups of students to present posters or performances. Many of these students have also presented at professional conferences in their disciplines.
Pam Bogust of Sunland was part of a team that presented a project titled “Development of an SAE Baja Racecar,” supervised by faculty mentor Devin Leahy. Bogust’s major is engineering.
The presentations can be seen on the Fort Lewis College You Tube channel via the archived live streams of the Morning & Afternoon sessions.
Vance Adams of La Crescenta has been awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and management cum laude from McMurry University. Adams is one of 194 graduates who received degrees during the commencement in Hunt P.E. Center on Saturday, May 7. Adams was also named to the spring 2016 dean’s list. 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.
Founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, McMurry University is a vibrant and comprehensive center of undergraduate education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates.
The following students graduated from Azusa Pacific University on May 7. They joined approximately 2,000 graduates at the spring commencement ceremonies.
From La Crescenta: David Aguilar with a Bachelor of Science in biology,
Katlyn Dalmas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting for the stage & screen, Elizabeth Gruss with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, Robert Walker with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, Camille Newbro with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology; Stephanie Fuentes of Montrose with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies; Jonah Kang of Tujunga with a Bachelor of Arts in computer information systems; Lana Mardirossian of Glendale with a Bachelor of Science in business: accounting; Vanessa Brooks of Sunland with a Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 71 bachelors’ degrees, 47 masters’ degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and three associates’ degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional campuses throughout Southern California.
Lindsey Espe of La Cañada qualified for the spring 2016 dean’s list at Belmont University. 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 38% of Belmont’s 5,600 undergraduate students qualified for the spring 2016 dean’s list.
Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, 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.
Sharon Kim of Glendale, majoring in media arts production, Lydia Lou of La Crescenta, majoring in marketing communications, and Emily Mccoy of La Crescenta, majoring in media arts production, have been named to Emerson College’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. The requirement to make the dean’s list is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.
On Sunday, May 8, Emerson College awarded approximately 970 undergraduate degrees and 350 graduate degrees during the college’s 136th commencement ceremonies.
Mollica of La Crescenta earned a BA in writing for film and TV, and Connor Smith of La Cañada earned a BS in marketing communications.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The college has 3,750 undergraduates and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries.
Beau Srinivasan of La Cañada Flintridge presented original work at Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2016 Student Symposium. The second-annual event, held April 20, allowed students to share the breadth and depth of their OWU academic work, hone their professional presentation skills, and foster communication about future research projects and artistic creations.
Srinivasan presented “Mars: Visualizing Ancient Hydrology with Software and 3D Models.” Srinivasan was mentored by Ohio Wesleyan faculty Nathan Amador.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers 87 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience.
Erik Larson of Sunland graduated from the School of Law with a Juris Doctor during Creighton University’s commencement ceremonies on May 14 at CenturyLink Omaha. More than 1,700 degrees were conferred during the morning and afternoon ceremonies.
Creighton University enrolls 4,000 undergraduates and 4,100 graduate and professional students among nine schools and colleges.
Oregon State University held its 147th commencement on June 11 in Reser Stadium. OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony.
Local students graduating from Oregon State include La Crescenta residents Kristen T. Mascheroni, Bachelor of Science, cum laude, human development and family sciences and Kyle J. West, Bachelor of Science, construction engineering management; Montrose resident Lylliam A. Oberlander, Bachelor of Arts, sociology; Sunland residents Erica D. Blanchard, Bachelor of Science, civil engineering and Michael Bonyad, Bachelor of Science, electrical and computer engineering.
The University of Dubuque held its 164th commencement ceremonies on May 14 in the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center as well as Heritage Center’s John and Alice Butler Hall on the UD campus. Degrees were conferred upon 413 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students.
Megan Siepler of La Cañada received a bachelor of science in nursing, cum laude.
Founded in 1852, the University of Dubuque is a private, coeducational, professional University with a focus in the liberal arts.
Gavin Traber, molecular and cellular biology major at Harding University from La Crescenta, is among more than 1,300 University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2016 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 22 consecutive years 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
Catherine Adams of La Crescenta was named to Fort Lewis College’s dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. Adams’ major is English.
To be eligible for dean’s list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.
Fort Lewis College is located in Durango, Colorado.
Angela Gaignard of Sunland earned a spot on the spring 2016 president’s list at Southern Arkansas University.
Gaignard is a senior athletic training major.
Gaignard was one of 225 students named to the spring president’s list. To qualify, a student must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester.
Southern Arkansas University is the fastest growing and most affordable university in Arkansas. SAU was also named the sixth most affordable small college in the U.S. by
St. Olaf College recently honored Caitlin and Margaret Connell for their induction into a national honor society. The girls are both residents of the Crescenta Valley, graduates of Crescenta Valley High School and daughters of Brian and Gail Connell.
Caitlin was inducted into Blue Key, a national honor society that recognizes students for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. She is majoring in environmental studies.
Margaret was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. She is majoring in political science, computer science.
One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf offers a distinctive education grounded in academic rigor, residential learning, global engagement, and a vibrant Lutheran faith tradition. St. Olaf provides an uncommon educational experience that fully prepares students to make a meaningful difference in our changing world.
Kirstie L. Shurie of La Cañada received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in chemical engineering, with a business minor, and a sustainable energy systems engineering minor from Clarkson University on May 7.
Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues.
During commencement ceremonies on May 23, Lehigh University conferred 1,159 bachelors’, 519 masters’ and 80 doctoral degrees. Of the nearly 1,700 graduates, degree recipients came from 39 states and 16 countries, majoring in 70 different disciplines.
Nicholas Stoffel of La Cañada Flintridge graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science & business, Kristy Koperski of La Crescenta graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Kyle Ostrom of La Crescenta graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry (AS).
For 150 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. Lehigh’s four colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.
Baylor University conferred degrees on more than 2,500 graduates during spring commencement exercises May 13-14 in the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus. Hailey Sue Myung of La Crescenta received a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing degree.
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts and research institution. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.
Chad J. Rahtz of Tujunga was one of nearly 600 students awarded bachelor degrees from St. Lawrence University during Commencement ceremonies held on May 22 in Canton, New York.
Rahtz is a member of the Class of 2016 and majored in economics. Rahtz received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Rahtz graduated from St. Francis High School.
Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet.
Anna McGregor, Class of 2018 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2016 spring semester, achieving high honors. McGregor is a theatre major.
Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1,900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit

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