People Making News

Frederic Brandt of Glendale started coursework at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 27. Brandt’s major is exercise physiology.

Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado is the Southwest’s crossroads of education and adventure. Its blend of small classes, academic programs, and a liberal arts perspective leads to transformative learning experiences that foster entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and life-long learning.


Kevin S. Park of La Crescenta enrolled at Colby College in Waterville, Maine this fall. Before classes began Sept. 5, Park took part in a weeklong orientation that included an introduction to academic and intellectual life at Colby, participation in an outdoor education trip (COOT), and an address by the Crawford family professor of religion Nikky-Guninder Singh at Colby’s 201st convocation. A graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, he is the son of Frank and Joyce Park of La Crescenta.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars.


Georgia Jane Cervenka of La Cañada enrolled in Clemson University in South Carolina for the fall 2018 semester. Cervenka’s major is general engineering.

Ranked No. 24 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success.


Sean Regan of Tujunga is one of more than 230 students who began the Doctor of Jurisprudence program at the St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio in fall 2018.

The law school enrolled 197 students in its fulltime J.D. program and 42 students in its evening program. The diverse incoming class included 50% of students who identify as Hispanic or Latino and 53% who are female.

Established in 1927, St. Mary’s Law is the only Catholic law school in Texas, and its mission is to graduate leaders in the law – advocates with the moral compass to make a difference and a commitment to service


Morningside College conferred 29 bachelor’s degrees and 121 master’s degrees in August. Mitchell Kellogg of Glendale received a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Morningside College is a private college in Sioux City, Iowa, with a total enrollment of 2,800 students. Morningside offers over 65 majors and pre-professional programs. It also offers online graduate programs in education and nursing and an online bachelor’s degree completion program for nontraditional students. More information is available at


Harvard-Westlake School graduate Katie Kim of La Cañada Flintridge is a member of the Colgate University Class of 2022.

Of the 9,716 applications to Colgate last year, just 25% were accepted. The average high school GPA for accepted students was 3.8 out of 4.0.

Colgate meets 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated financial need, and 42% of the Class of 2022 is receiving institutional grant funding.

Now in its bicentennial year, Colgate offers 56 majors to a diverse student body of approximately 2,900 undergraduate students and it supports 25 Division I athletic teams. The university’s 575-acre campus in rural central New York is renowned for its beauty and for the important role it plays in the student experience.


Beau Srinivasan of La Cañada Flintridge graduated this summer from Ohio Wesleyan University. Srinivasan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 25 NCAA Division III varsity sports.


Lucas McLeland of Sunland was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. McLeland is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at University of Southern California.

McLeland is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors 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.


Approximately 1,500 students were named to Biola University’s dean’s list for academic excellence in spring 2018. Students who achieved a grade point average of 3.60 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative grade point average is at least a 3.20 are placed on the dean’s list.

Those who earned a spot from La Crescenta were Ann Patrice Gomez, Kiana Karn, and Pauline Kim; from Sunland Christian Leonard, Young Chan Oh; from Montrose, David Yi.

Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education within the setting of an all-Christian community. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service.