People Making News

Lucas Kim of La Cañada Flintridge is studying abroad during Union College’s winter break.

Kim is in Argentina studying social movements, human rights and other issues while traveling throughout the country. The college offers a variety of mini-terms, which are three-week programs running during winter break. This year, about 130 students will travel across the globe to one of eight locations, studying a variety of topics and cultures.

Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation.


Maisie Johnson of La Cañada Flintridge earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in global studies from California Lutheran University in August. Amoret Kaufman of La Crescenta received a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from California Lutheran University in August.

Cal Lutheran is a selective university based in Thousand Oaks with additional centers in Oxnard, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Santa Maria and Berkeley.


Jane Kim, Elijah McDonald and Charles Tobola of La Crescenta graduated from Azusa Pacific University on Saturday, Dec. 13. They joined nearly 900 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies.

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


Heloise Allison of Montrose graduated from the massage therapy certification program at National University of Health Sciences during commencement ceremonies held in Lombard, Illinois on Dec. 11.

National has more than 100 years of experience in graduating professionals in medical specialties such as chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, oriental medicine, acupuncture and massage therapy.


Matthew Schmutzer of La Crescenta has been named to the fall 2014 dean’s honor roll at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. Full-time students with a semester grade point average of 3.25-3.74 and no incompletes are listed on the KWU Dean’s Honor Roll.

Kansas Wesleyan University was founded in 1886 and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It accepts students of all faiths. Enrollment is approximately 700 students drawn from across the nation.