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City Hall Coffee Shop regular and local university professor Ashley Burrowes has been awarded a 2013 Erskine Fellowship in accountancy and information systems at the University of Canterbury. As provided in the 1960 bequest of John Angus Erskine to the Universities of Cambridge, Canterbury, and Oxford, this Fellowship is awarded to distinguished international scholars.

Douglas Chen of La Cañada graduated from Rice University in Houston, Tex., on May 11. Chen received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.
This year Rice awarded 1,801 degrees, including 964 undergraduate and undergraduate professional degrees and 837 graduate degrees (master’s and Ph.D.s).

Cara Green, a member of the class of 2015 at Connecticut College and a resident of La Cañada, has been named to the dean’s honors list for the 2013 spring semester.
At Connecticut College, dean’s honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.65, and dean’s high Honors is a recognition for students who have earned a grade point average of at least 3.78.
Connecticut College is a private, highly selective liberal arts college with 1,850 students and more than 40 majors in the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as the option for students to self-design majors.

Erik Larson of Sunland graduated with a Bachelor of Education in sport management and Luke Webster of La Crescenta graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science, Honors in biology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
They participated in graduation exercises during the commencement ceremony held on Sunday, May 12 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena.
Gonzaga University is dedicated to its Jesuit, Catholic and humanistic roots, educating the mind, body, and spirit to create women and men for others.

Eric Matthew Suarez of Tujunga, a graduate of Saint Francis High School, will attend Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. as a member of the class of 2017. Suarez, who will be majoring in chemical engineering, will begin studying at Clarkson in the fall.
High school students can schedule a personalized visit to Clarkson, which includes a campus tour tailored to their interests, the opportunity to sit in on a class, a visit with an admissions counselor, and a one-on-one meeting with a professor. Contact the Admissions Office at (800) 527-6577 or

Maria D. Leon of La Crescenta who attends Baylor University School of Education was one of 3200 students named to the dean’s academic honor list for the 2013 spring 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.
John Courtney Duncan of La Cañada was one of 2,200 graduates at spring commencement exercises May 17-18 at Baylor University in Texas. Duncan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology.
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with “high research activity.”

William Chung, from Montrose graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering during a spring commencement ceremony held on May 19.
Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others.

Megan Victoria Wiechmann has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the spring 2013 semester. Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of between 3.5 and 3.899. Wiechmann is a senior whose major is health sciences – BS.
James Madison University is a comprehensive university that is part of the statewide system of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the only university in America named for President James Madison.

Ryan Flynn of La Crescenta graduated from La Salle High School summa cum laude and received the highest award for math and science in addition to placing on the gold honor roll. He received a merit scholarship from the LAFD and will be leaving in August for Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, where he received a full academic scholarship, the Ann P. Nuepauer Scholarship. He was accepted in the scholars program at Stevens.

Loyola Marymount University has announced the following students named to the dean’s list for the spring semester: from Glendale – Yusef Trad and Hasmik Simidyan; from La Cañada – Sarah Duncan, James Robbins, Kelsey Glidewell, Gregory Lee, Ian Balisy, Collin Chersi, Matt Mulfinger, Derek Georgino, Nicole Yonan and Daniel Huh; from La Crescenta – Jazmin Infante, Priscilla Casper, Matthew Cervera, John Jabbra, Evanne Drucker and Karina Alvarez; from Tujunga – Shirley Drange, Steven De Las Casas, Andrew Kowalczyk and Nareh Nazaryan.
Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours at LMU and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an F in any course.
Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering 60 major programs, 36 masters’ degrees and a doctoral degree in education from four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School.

La Cañada residents Kristine Locker, sophomore, and Daniel Trujillo, junior, were named to the Southern Methodist University undergraduate honor roll with distinction, which includes students in the top 10 percentile, for the spring 2013 semester.
SMU’s spring 2013 enrollment included 10,541 students.
La Cañada resident James Christensen received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance during SMU’s May commencement.
Christina Martin, a resident of Glendale, received a bachelor of arts in psychology and a bachelor of business administration in marketing during the May commencement.
After the university-wide Commencement, SMU’s schools and departments held individual receptions throughout the day to honor graduates.
SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago.

Springfield College in Massachusetts has named Chantalle Abdelkerim of La Cañada to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2013 term. Abdelkerim is studying health science/occupational therapy.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball® and for the guiding principles of its humanics philosophy-educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

Daniel Goetz, the son of Richard and Christine Goetz of La Cañada, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry and chemistry on June 9 from Lawrence University at the college’s 164th commencement. Goetz is a 2009 graduate of La Cañada High School.
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education.

Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. named Katherine Johnson to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. Katherine is the daughter of Todd and Susan Johnson of La Cañada.
To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Daniel Gordon of La Cañada graduated from Gettysburg College on May 19. Gordon majored in Music Performance.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences.

Alexis Slater from La Cañada was named to the spring 2013 dean’s list at Wake Forest University.
Students who achieve a 3.4 and no grade below a C were named to the list.

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