Campus News: Portage students earn recognition from colleges and universities

Staff Report

Students earn academic awards at John Carroll University

The following Portage County students earned academic awards at John Carroll University's College of Arts & Sciences during the 2020-2021 academic year:

Jonathan Blue, of the Sociology and Criminology department, from Aurora, earned the John R. Carpenter Criminology Award for outstanding academic and field work experience in criminology.

Dan Droder, of the Mathematics & Computer Science department, from Aurora, earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes significant and exceptional research activities in the department's disciplines.

Lydia Holman, of the Psychology department, from Aurora, earned The Service Recognition Award, which is given in recognition of substantial service to the Psychology Department, the university, and/or the community at large, during their tenure as students in the psychology department.

Alexis Torer, of the Classical & Modern Languages & Cultures department, from Aurora, was named to the Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society. The highest academic honor in the field of French and the oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the United States, inducted students must have completed at least one course of upper-division French and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in French as well as a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Portage students graduate from University of Alabama

The University of Alabama awarded some 5,860 degrees during its spring commencement ceremonies April 30-May 2. Among those who graduated were:

Brooke Crawford of Aurora, who earned a bachelor of arts in communication & information sciences.

Mara Pasquarella of Ravenna, who earned a bachelor of science degree.

Macey Ward on Edinboro University dean's list

Macey Ward of Reminderville was named to the dean's list at Edinboro University for the spring 2021 semester.

In order to attain this highly regarded academic honor, students must maintain a quality point average of 3.4 or higher, complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit and receive no grade lower than a C in any course.

Ward, whose major is speech and hearing sciences, was among nearly 1,200 students named to the spring 2021 Dean's List.

Portage students named Top Terriers at Hiram College

Every year, Hiram College celebrates student leaders and campus community members for their work and effort to foster a vibrant campus. The Top Terrier Award is given to 20 students based on their impact in the classroom, on the field, or across campus. Recipients demonstrate the college's core values of diversity, innovation, community, learning and responsibility.

Recipients included Amber Davis of Ravenna, Kellie Ristau of Hiram and Kathryn Slates of Aurora.

Portage students on Dean's Honor List at Cedarville University

The following students were named to the Dean's Honor List at Cedarville University in southwest Ohio for spring semester 2021:

Victoria Fullerton of Mogadore

Madison McKee of Kent

Ethan Wang of Kent

Benjamin Pelletier of Aurora

This recognition requires the student to obtain a 3.75 GPA or higher for the semester and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Portage students graduate from University of Findlay

Several Portage County students were among the nearly 900 who recently earned degrees at the University of Findlay. Local students include:

Cynthia Barber of Rootstown, who received a Master of Occupational Therapy.

Chrysta Blechschmid of Aurora, who received a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Emily Shultz of Mogadore, who received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.

Riley Shultz of Mogadore, who receiveda  Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Finance.

Portage students on Capital University President's List

Ariel Geesey of Diamond, Tyler Novak of Aurora and Victoria Wohlwend of Mogadore were named to the President's List for the spring 2021 semester at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. To be named to the President's List, students must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.85.

Armbrecht, Siedel on Capital University Provost's List

Kyle Armbrecht of Streetsboro and Sam Siedel of Aurora were named to the Capital University Provost's List for the spring 2021 semester. To be named to the Provost's List, full-time, degree-seeking students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.70 to 3.849.

Madelyn Rennecker named to dean's list 

Madelyn Rennecker of Aurora was named to the Dean's List at Capital University for the spring 2021 semester.

In order to be named to the Dean's List, full-time, degree-seeking students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.69.

Students earn degree from University of Maryland Global Campus

Tyler M. Hornbeck of Streetsboro earned a Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in computer Networks and Cybersecurity

James E. Irving of Aurora earned a Master of Business Administration

University of Maryland Global Campus is formerly University of Maryland University College.

Chrysta Blechschmid graduates from University of Findlay

Chrysta Blechschmid of Aurora has graduated from the University of Findlay with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Blechschmid was invited to walk in the university's commencement ceremonies on May 8. Nearly 900 graduates earned doctoral, master's, bachelor's or associate degrees for the academic year 2020 - 2021.

J.T. Vaughan honored at Heidelberg University

J.T. Vaughan of Aurora, a senior majoring in political Science, earned the Robert E. Oleson Outstanding Student Leader Award at the conclusion of the spring semester at Heidelberg University.