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Ithaca College named Erica Son of La Crescenta and Conner Wells of La Cañada Flintridge to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester.

Founded in 1892, Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York is a residential college dedicated to building knowledge and confidence through a continuous cycle of theory, practice and performance. Home to some 6,500 students, the college offers more than 100 degree programs.

Danika C. Christensen of La Cañada was named to the dean’s list at Clemson University in South Carolina for the spring 2018 semester.

Christensen is majoring in biological sciences.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.


Lauren Michelle Shilling of La Cañada was named to The University of Alabama president’s list for spring 2018. A total of 11,347 students enrolled during the 2018 spring semester at UA were named to the dean’s list with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the president’s list with an academic record of 4.0 (all As). The UA dean’s and president’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.

Madison Rose Johnson of La Cañada received a B.S. in commerce business administration from The University of Alabama. UA awarded some 5,436 degrees during spring 2018 commencement May 4-6.

The University of Alabama is the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education.


St. Olaf President David R. Anderson, ‘74, presided over the college’s 129th commencement ceremony held May 27.

Yishu Dai of Glendale graduated with a degree in philosophy. Dai is a graduate of Glendale High School.

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by tradition.


Viviana Sandoval-Walsh of Montrose was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at Quinnipiac University.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than a C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.

Quinnipiac, located in Hamden, Connecticut, is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston.


The following students earned a place on the scholastic honor roll spring term 2018 at Oregon State University.

A total of 4,261 students earned a B-plus (3.5) or better to make the listing. To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Students on the honor roll included Sami I. Daher of Glendale, a senior studying psychology, Lucy Newcombe of La Cañada, a junior studying human development and family science and Tessa Coffey of La Cañada Flintridge, a sophomore studying nutrition.


Jack Temple of La Cañada Flintridge was named to the dean’s list at Miami University for the 2018 spring semester.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top 20% of undergraduate students within their division for second semester 2017-18 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic performance.

Temple is majoring in university studies.

Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.


Martin Green of La Cañada graduated with a BA in computer science from Carleton College at its 144th commencement exercises held on June 9.

Green is the child of Reginald and Margaret Green of La Cañada.

Founded in 1866, Carleton College is a national top 10, private liberal arts college in the historic river town of Northfield, Minnesota, 45 miles south of Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Carleton offers 37 majors and 15 concentrations in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.


Caroline Raney and Corey Loevinger of La Cañada Flintridge and Biannca Smissen of La Crescenta who attend Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania earned placement on the dean’s list in spring 2018. 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 more than 150 years, Lehigh University ( has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research.


Wheaton College congratulated May 2018 graduate Christine Hyewon Kim of Montrose. Kim graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Wheaton College graduates join a worldwide network of 45,000 alumni.

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college noted for its rigorous academics, integration of faith and learning, and consistent ranking among the top liberal arts colleges in the country. For more information, visit


Russell Marki of La Canada Flintridge was named to the University of New Hampshire’s dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. Marki is majoring in mechanical engineering.

Students named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.


At the University of Rhode Island’s 132nd commencement, held on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, about 3,300 undergraduate and 750 graduate students became the University’s newest alumni.

Erica Yoo Kyung Lee of Montrose received a Doctor of Pharmacy magna cum laude. Students who received the honor magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of at least 3.50.

The University of Rhode Island’s boasts 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students.


Drew University student Julia Morreale of La Cañada, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in psychology, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located in Madison, New Jersey.


Lily Wu of La Cañada Flintridge was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2018 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Wu is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the dean’s list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Washington University draws students to St. Louis from about 100 countries and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The total student body is more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students with a faculty of approximately 3,800.


Colin Apel, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2021, has earned the spring 2018 Dean’s Award with Distinction. Apel is a graduate of Capistrano Connections Academy from La Cañada Flintridge. Apel’s current major is biology.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses during the spring 2018 semester earn the Dean’s Award with Distinction.

Colgate offers 56 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students, and it supports 25 Division I athletic teams. Since 1819, the university’s campus in rural central New York has been renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.


Gracen Hansen of Glendale graduated from Hofstra University in May, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

Hofstra University, located in Hempstead, New York, is a nationally ranked and recognized private university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services,