Area Students Recognized for Academic Achievements

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Area college students graduated and/or have been recognized for the following academic achievements:

Beloit College Dean's List

 The following local students have been named to Beloit College's Dean's List for the spring semester:

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher and take a minimum of 3 letter-graded units for the term.

Benedictine University Recognizes Students for Academic Achievements

One hundred seventy-seven students were honored for their outstanding academic achievements at the Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony held in early May at Benedictine University. 

Eraj Din, whose parents are Shuja and Furqana Din of Algonquin, was named the recipient of the Thomas J. Dyba Leadership Award, the American Legion Award and to the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society.

Lewis University Computer Science Students Recognized

Non-profit organizations Advocate Family Care Network and Seeding Change recently benefited from Lewis University Computer Science students applying their skills to help others. 

David Tennant of Algonquin was among the undergraduates enrolled in Dr. Cynthia Kersey's Software Engineering course that built contact management software for the community service providers.

"This course is a very valuable experience for students because they gain some real-world experience by developing software for clients," said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lewis University.

The projects required the students, divided into two teams, to gather and document system requirements, design software to meet those requirements, design and develop database backends, and write the software to implement the required functionality.

Both teams wrote their solutions in PHP, Javascript and CSS. Both teams created useful solutions that immediately benefited the organizations.

Pre-Health Augustana College Students Head to Nicaragua

Thirty-four Augustana College students will travel to Nicaragua for two weeks in July.

Students in pre-health fields will work with a combination of physicians from the United States and Nicaragua to provide services in areas of the country which do not have permanent medical facilities.

Bryan Zarek, a junior from Algonquin, Ill., majoring in biology and pre-medicine, will participate on this trip.

According to Dr. Allen Bertsche, director of international/off-campus study, "These students will receive a truly international experience that will expand their understanding of medicine and life outside of the United States."

William Woods University Student Recognized

During her time she as a student at William Woods University, Dani Moritz has displayed a talent for journalism and a love for horses. The American Horse Publications (AHP) Association agreed and named her the 2012 AHP Student Award Winner.

The senior from Algonquin, Ill., received the award at the AHP conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., June 1.

As the winner, she receives a cash award of $1,000, plus an all-expense-paid trip hosted by Publishers Press to one of their two-day customer education seminars in Louisville, Ky., to learn the printing process.

Moritz earlier was named one of three recipients of the AHP annual travel awards to attend the conference. The others were from the University of Maryland and Rice University. A non-profit association for the equine publishing media industry, AHP gives travel awards to students who exhibit exceptional abilities and potential in the equine publishing industry.

Students Receives Scholarships

Among the twenty nine recipients of Auxiliary of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital scholarship is Lake in the Hills resident Slawomir Bilanicz who is studying to become nurse anesthetist.

Slawomir is a nurse specialist at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

Other area recipients are nursing students Nicole Peckels (Lake in the Hills), Jessica Curran (Cary), Sarah Fisher (McHenry), Kamille Martinez (Carpentersvillle), Tess Rutkowski, Paige Schumacher and Rachel Tampa, all of Crystal Lake, and Candace Rilling (Fox River Grove) will receive a degree in Public Health. 

Algonquin Student Creates Android Application

A weekend course on iOS development in which students will learn how to create apps for iPads, iPhones, and iPods will be offered Oct. 19-20 at Lewis University. Dr. Cynthia Kersey, assistant professor of Math/Computer Science will be teaching the course.

Last semester, she taught Mobile Application Development course in which students learned how to create applications for Android devices, including Android phones and tablets. 

David Tennant of Algonquin was among the 19 students divided into teams to create games and productivity software for Android devices.

A version of the classic game Keno, a tower defense game, a personal fitness tracker, a Disney quiz game, a treasure hunt and a mobile campus guide are some of the apps the student teams created. Students used Eclipse, an Android emulator, and Android tablets to develop, deploy and test their games.

Dean's List at Rockford College

Jeffrey Cook a resident of Algonquin, IL, was named to the Dean's List at Rockford College.

Students attending Rockford College were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2012 semester who earned at least a 3.5 GPA with no grades below "C."

Rockford College Distinguished Scholar

Laura Rosenwinkel, a resident of Lake in the Hills, IL, was announced as a Distinguished Scholar at Rockford College.

Students attending Rockford College were named Distinguished Scholars for the Spring 2012 semester who earned at least a 3.75 GPA with no grades below "C."

Marquette University Dean's List

Ushma Patel of Lake In The Hills, IL has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2012 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.

Patel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences.

University of Hartford Dean's List

The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the following local students have been named to the Dean's List for Spring 2012.


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