News From The Halls Of Ivy

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford named 60 juniors and seniors to the 2013-2014 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” Local students named to the edition were Judy Albaugh, an accounting major from Warren; Tobin Anderson, an environmental studies major from Warren; Elyse Clement, an accounting major from Pittsfield; Jude Harter, a social studies education 7-12 major from Clarendon; and Barbara Highhouse, a psychology major from Warren. Students were selected for this honor based upon a combination of the following criteria: leadership and participation in co-curricular activities; service to the college community; and academic achievement.

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Doven M. Tack, a senior at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pa., has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 term. Tack is a bachelor of science candidate in the athletic training program and is a graduate of Eisenhower High School. To be named to the list, students must earn a grade average of 3.5 or better.

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Several local Slippery Rock University students were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester 2013. To qualify for the SRU dean’s list, a student must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or higher on a 4-point scale while taking 12 or more graded hours of course credit.

Students from the local area named to the list were:

Craig R. Fitch of Sheffield;

Kathleen E. Lawson of Sugar Grove;

Sabrina N. Anderson, Jaclyn M. Barrett, Erika L. Siliano, Julia M. Thomas, Anna M. Williams and Nathan S. Zigler of Warren;

Alexander J. Dunn of Youngsville; and

Lauren T. Blanco of Bear Lake

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The faculty-student research of intelligence studies associate professor Kristan Wheaton, J.D., and graduate assistant Melonie Richey have earned Mercyhurst University a Performance Excellence Award from Boeing. Jayson Billstone, of Russell was one of 120 Mercyhurst intelligence studies students who joined Wheaton and Richey as subcontractors of The Boeing Company to study the effectiveness of digital games in mitigating cognitive biases. In the intelligence industry, falling prey to cognitive biases can lead to egregious errors in judgment and have far-reaching effects on U.S. security.

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The dean’s list for fall semester at The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio, has been announced. The following students have attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale: Darren Wenzel of Russell and Alexis Morrison of Tidioute.

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Members of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Mercyhurst in Erie were honored with a Project Achievement Award from the national honor society for their Literacy Alive project, a program members will implement for the second consecutive year at Carpe Diem Academy March 24-27. Tessa Ellsworth, one of 56 members in the honor society, will promote literacy among at-risk children, grades kindergarten to second, through the progressive afterschool program. Literacy Alive, funded in part by a Mercyhurst University Diversity Grant, qualifies as a capstone project for the education majors involved. Ellsworth is from Warren.

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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Regan Olsen of Warren was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Olsen was initiated at Duquesne University. Olsen is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.