Tara Cassidy of Aurora was named to the dean's list at Youngstown State University for fall 2016 semester. She is a special education mild moderate disorders major. The dean's list recognizes students each semester who achieve academic excellence.

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Miami University student Ayla Cabi of Aurora spent the fall 2016 semester in Luxembourg as part of a study abroad group. She is majoring in supply chain and operations management.

With 49 percent of Miami undergraduate students studying abroad for credit by the time they graduate, Miami is ranked first among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad.

Including students on internships, non-credit and service-learning programs, international students who study in a third country, and all other overseas programs completed by graduate and undergraduate students, 57 percent of Miami students study abroad.

In addition to Miami's Luxembourg campus, students can study abroad in more than 90 locations. Miami offers more than 350 co-sponsored study abroad programs that permit scholarship transfer.

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The following area students have been named to the fall 2016 semester dean's list at Mount Union University: Aurorans Tracy Asplin, Ryan Gambatesa III, Emily Keller and Rachel Markle and Reminderville resident Brenna Kelly. At least a 3.55 grade-point average is needed to make the list, with no grade below a B.

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The following Aurora residents were named to the fall semester 2016 semester dean's list at the University of Akron for achieving at least a 3.5 grade-point average:

James Asplin (applied science and technology), Zachary Buckeye (civil engineering/cooperative education), Jarret Burris (organizational supervision), Alexander Cole (political sciecne), Timothy Cuckow (biology), Kelly Kline (child development), Connor Lamb (sales management), Peter Loferski (music / percussion performance), George Mallinos (chemical engineering), Matthew Rausch (computer IS), Jeffrey Smith Jr. (mechanical engineering), Lauren Spape (integrated mathematics) and John Wallette (chemical engineering / cooperative education).

Over 800 U of A students were named to the president's list for a 4.0 grade-point average. Aurorans are: Cory Adamic (mechanical engineering technology), Michala Dauterman (biomedical engineering) and Wanwan Qu (nursing RN-BNS).

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The following Aurora students were named to the fall 2016 semester dean's list at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea for achieving at least a 3.6 grade-point average: Rachel Garrett, a graduate of Aurora High; Olivia Pollack, a graduate of Aurora High majoring in international studies with a focus on international affairs and public health; and Zachary Sluzala, a graduate of Strongsville High majoring in neuroscience psychology and psychology.

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Officials at some public and private colleges in Oho say they don't plan to take action on a new state law taking effect this spring that allows permit holders to carry a concealed firearm on campus.

A Cleveland.com survey of every private and two-year college in Northeast Ohio and every public university in the state , including Kent State and the University of Akron, found that officials at several schools don't plan to take further action.

Under the bill signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich last month, firearms are allowed only if a college's board of trustees agrees to allow concealed carry on campus. The law takes effect March 19.

Notre Dame College's board of trustees will discuss the issue Feb. 17.

-- The Associated Press