Hands-on learning experiences at the University of Mount Union can happen on campus, in the community or in this case, a few hundred feet in the air.

Ryan Studer of Aurora was part of a team that built an electric-powered paraglider from scratch as a project in Dr. Chad Korach's product design and development course, which integrates business skills and creative design together through an established relationship between the Departments of Engineering and Economics, Accounting and Business Administration.

Studer is a graduate of Aurora High. The "pEgaSUS Electric Powered Paraglider" had a defined mission of "providing powered paragliding pilots with a sustainable, portable and easy to use paraglider comparative to IC Engine counterparts." Its differentiators included being electric, lightweight and portable.

The group went further than simply conceptualizing the idea, as the paraglider had a successful first flight before the end of the spring 2017 semester.

The group presented its idea at the first Engineering Design Expo in April on Mount Union's campus in Alliance. The event was sponsored by the Department of Engineering and the Center for Student Success and it featured 11 group projects that were brand new ideas or successful continuations on ideas from previous years.

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Joseph Orlando of Auorra has been named to the spring 2017 semester dean's list at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is a 2013 Aurora High graduate who is a senior pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in digital medi and multimedia development.

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Two Aurora students recently received degrees from Youngstown State University. They are Vishnu Bhola, bachelor of science and a combined science C major; and Teale Bennett, a doctor of physical therapy and a physical therapy major. More than 1,300 students received degrees after the spring semester.

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Capital University in Columbus has announced its president's list for the spring 2017 semester, and Vasia Williams of Aurora and Benedict DiFranco of Reminderville are on the list, which requires a grade-point average of at least 3.85.

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The following local residents were among the nearly 1,400 University of Dayton undergraduates receiving bachelor's degrees during the spring 2017 commencement ceremony: Jenna Baechle, Robert Corrigan, Matthew Gardner, Elizabeth Holecek and Amanda Safko.

The following local residents made the University of Dayton's dean's list for achieving a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the spring 2017 semester: Baechle, Gardner, Samantha Miller, Megan Phillips, Katherine Allen, Holecek , Alexander Kimes, Safko and Parker Griff.