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Laurel Academic Honors: Gettysburg, Loyola, Villanova Dean's Lists

Notable accomplishments in the classroom by Laurel-area students.

The following honors and degrees were recently earned by students from Laurel (as reported by their schools and family members):

Denison University: Connor Ford, a Denison University student from Laurel, is studying off-campus for the spring 2013 semester. Ford, a member of the class of 2014, is studying with the College of Global Studies Program in Italy.

Many of Denison's undergraduate students choose to broaden their horizons through off-campus study each semester. In these programs, students continue to receive full credit toward a Denison degree while pursuing diverse research or academic opportunities. Denison offers hundreds of options for off-campus study programs both in the United States and overseas, ranging from traditional junior abroad programs in Europe to field project work in developing countries.

Gettysburg College: The following local students have been named to the Dean's Honor List at Gettysburg College for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2012 semester:

  • Lee Friedman of Laurel
  • Lauren Kauffman of Laurel

Gettysburg College students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester's work are placed on the College's Dean's Honor List.

James Madison University: Over 300 JMU students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. The students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group.

The following students participated in alternative spring break:

  • Alexandra Durso of Laurel
  • Jacqueline Sams of Laurel

Loyola University Maryland: Katelynn Ziegler-Hall, a member of the class of 2014 from Laurel, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 15 credits.

McDaniel College: The student honors exhibition at McDaniel College, Westminster, MD, features a variety of work from six female senior art students, including Dani Allen of Laurel.

Titled "smARTies," the annual exhibition runs Tuesday, March 26 – Friday, April 5, in McDaniel's Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Tuesday, March 26, 7-9 p.m.

Dani Allen works with mixed media and video. She said that her work, "explores the construction of sexual identity through examining sexual fantasy and a woman's relationship to her body." She added, "I use my own life experiences and sexual identity as material in order to open a dialogue about the boundaries imposed on personal sexuality and how to test those boundaries."

The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. Rice Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from noon-4 p.m., Thursday, noon-8 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Call 410-857-2595 for more information. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu for information about McDaniel College.

Notre Dame of Maryland University: Laurel resident Huyen Vu, a student at Notre Dame of Maryland University, was inducted into the Gamma Theta chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society at the University's 2013 Notre Dame Day Celebration on February 7.

Villanova University: Villanova University named the following students to the Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester:

  • Nicholas Donohue from Laurel is studying Finance in the Villanova School of Business
  • Kelly Holt from Laurel is studying Spanish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Villanova University Dean's List recipients are honored by their college's respective dean. To qualify, one must be a matriculated full-time student and earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.5.

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