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Mediator and family law attorney Mark B. Baer, with offices in Pasadena, has been named “Best Collaborative Divorce Practitioner – California” in Acquisition International’s 2015 AI Legal Awards. Presented each year to “the key figures who have, through the quality services they provide and their commitment to moving the sector forward, established themselves as thought leaders and assumed their position at the head of the legal pack” in all areas of law. In addition to this international award, Baer was recently selected “Best Family Law Mediator 2015” for the “Official Best of Los Angeles Awards.”


Vance Adams from La Crescenta has been named to the fall 2015 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.

McMurry University in Abilene, Texas was founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, and is a vibrant and comprehensive center of higher education. McMurry enrolls more than 1,200 students and has an average class size of 16. No graduate assistants teach courses and over 77% of our professors have achieved the highest degree in their academic field.


Sierra Rhoads from La Crescenta has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester at the University of Vermont. Rhoads is a Class of 2017 dietetics nutrition & food sciences major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20% of their class in their respective college or school.

Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter. UVM now has 10,081 undergraduates in seven schools and colleges, 1,360 graduate students and 457 medical students.


Angela Gaignard, from Sunland, earned a spot on the fall 2015 president’s list at Southern Arkansas University. Gaignard, a senior, is an athletic training major.

Gaignard was one of 275 students named to the fall president’s List. To qualify, a student must earn a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

Southern Arkansas University is fastest growing and most affordable university in Arkansas. SAU was also named the sixth most affordable small college in the U.S. by Although SAU maintains low cost to students, quality and student success are still the top priorities. According to the U.S. Department of Education, SAU has the highest return on investment among all Arkansas universities.

SAU has repeatedly surpassed enrollment records in part because of its comprehensive list of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which includes exciting new offerings like the B.F.A. in Music Theatre, Engineering, Computer Game and Animation Design, Business Entrepreneurship, and Wildlife and Marine Biology.


Sidney Ro. of Tujunga was named to the dean’s list at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the fall 2015 semester. This status is granted to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

For 149 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.


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.