News From The Halls Of Ivy

Two local students graduated from Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., during the commencement ceremony held May 5:

Imari Brooke Nystrom of North Warren received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice studies and sociology .

Ryan Scott Pepper of Youngsville received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry (with secondary education certification) . Pepper is a member of the Thiel Honors Program.

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Kelli Fasenmyer, a junior at The Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus, and a 2010 graduate of Warren Area High School, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. She is currently majoring in bio-behavioral health with minors in health development and family studies and dance. She currently plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

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The following local students were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Lycoming College, Williamsport:

Brittany Summers of Warren, a junior majoring in psychology.

Drew Tompkins of Warren, a May graduate majoring in political science.

Students make the dean’s list if they complete at least 12 semester hours and earn a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for the semester.

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Saint Francis University students had the recent privilege of participating in a fifth-year anniversary celebration of the study abroad program in Ambialet, France. Joining in the celebratory open house was Nicole McClement, an exercise physiology major from Warren, who is among the 22 students currently studying in Ambialet. The event supported the le Prieure d’Ambialet, the name of the restored monastery where Saint Francis students study and stay. The students celebrated with the town’s residents, greeted visitors and explained academic programs. Mayors from nearby villages and regional dignitaries were among those who came to see the remarkable transition of the once-decrepit monastery.

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Brittany Summers of Sheffield, a sophomore at Lycoming College, Williamsport, was inducted into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, on April 8. Membership is open to undergraduate students who are majoring or minoring in psychology and demonstrate high academic performance, according to Dr. Tina Norton, assistant professor of psychology. Students belonging to Psi Chi have at least a 3.00 grade point average and are expected to complete a service learning project and several other academic-related activities. The society was founded in 1929 with the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.

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Vanessa Sweeney of Warren received a master of science degree in information design & technology at SUNYIT’s 39th annual spring commencement May 11 in the Wildcat Field House on the SUNYIT (SUNY Institute of Technology) campus in Marcy, N.Y. More than 660 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded in 2012-2013 were eligible to participate in the ceremony.

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Reid Christine Yarzabek of Warren has been accepted at Gannon University, Erie, and will begin classes in the fall 2013 semester as a pre-physical therapy/sports and exercise science major. Yarzabek is the daughter of Thomas and Christine Yarzabek and is a graduate of Warren Area High School. Yarzabek was a member of National Honor Society. She was on the merit and honor roll. She received an academic letter. Yarzabek was a member of French club, varsity club and art club. She participated in soccer and track.

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Marlee M. White of Warren has been accepted at Gannon University, Erie, and will begin classes in the fall 2013 semester as a pre-physician’s assistant/biology major. White is the daughter of Joe and Karen White and is a graduate of Sheffield Area High School. White was a member of National Honor Society, student council and recipient of the Excellence in Chemistry Award. She was a member of art club, Home Ec. club, cheerleading and volleyball. White was on the prom committee and the homecoming court.

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Katharine T. Ressler of Warren has been accepted at Gannon University, Erie, and will begin classes in the fall 2013 semester as a pre-med major. Ressler is the daughter of Terry and Janice Ressler and is a graduate of Warren Area High School. Ressler was the secretary of National Honor Society. She was a class officer and part of student council. She volunteered at Warren General Hospital. Ressler also won the Golden Dragon award for her volunteer work.

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Kennedie Ebersole, daughter of Casey and Kevin Warner, Youngsville, has been accepted at Edinboro University for the fall semester. A senior at Youngsville High School, she has been vice president of SADD, vice president of choir and madrigals, editor of the yearbook and cheerleading captain. Ebersole plans to major in speech pathology and participate in cheerleading.

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Lindsey Schwanke, daughter of Bonnie and David Schwanke, Russell, has been accepted at Edinboro University for the fall semester. A senior at Eisenhower High School, she has participated in cheerleading, student council, Key Club and sports support. Schwanke plans to major in biology, pre-dental.

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Coll Dininny, son of Kevin Dininny and Amy Dininny, Youngsville, has been accepted at Edinboro University for the fall semester. A senior at Youngsville High School, he has been active in basketball. Dininny has not declared a major.

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Maryanne Kay Elder, a sophomore web development major and a resident of Warren, was among the 284 students from Thiel College, Greenville, who were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list. Elder has been on the Thiel dean’s list one time. A student at Thiel College must attain a grade point average of 3.40 on a 4.0 scale while being enrolled full time to be eligible for the dean’s list.