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Students From Elmhurst Earn Dean's List Honors and More at College

Honors and degrees pave the way for Elmhurst students' careers.

Lots of college students from Elmhurst are making news around the country for earning good grades, degrees, musical recognition and more. Proud of your college student and want to share the good news? Send an email to Elmhurst Patch editor Karen Chadra at karenc@patch.com.

The following Elmhurst students were recognized at their respective universities:

Gabriela Williams, a 2012 York graduate, made the dean's list for the fall term at Western Illinois University.

Jessica Labunski earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Three students from Elmhurst made the honor list for the fall semester at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.: Elizabeth Irene Nolte, a sophomore studying ceramic engineering; and freshmen William Dining and Trevor Robert Jordan, both majoring in engineering.

Matthew Mordini, a senior political science major at Augustana College in Rock Island, toured the East Coast with the Augustana Choir last month. Established in 1931, the Augustana Choir has performed in some of the most storied venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and the Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden. Unique to this tour is the choir's participation in the Maryland Music Educators Conference.

The Augustana College Symphonic Band recently returned from its 2013 tour of the Midwest. Luke Lampo, a sophomore majoring in geology, participated in the tour.

Morgan Pruitt was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Aurora University.

Catherine Navarro was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

Marco Cufar was named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Michigan Technological University, Houghton. He is a computer science major.

Sara Becker, Megan Polsley and Tracy Van Zandbergen were named to the dean's list for the fall term at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais.

Austin Abelarde and James Sullivan were named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Abelarde is a fourth-year student in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and Sullivan is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lewis University in Romeoville opened its newly constructed art gallery with the President's fifth annual art show featuring the work of Lewis students and alumni. Audrey Heiberger and Kendra Mills participated in the show. Heiberger's "Monarch" earned honorable mention, as did Mills's "Origami Eruption and Roger Federer."

The following Elmhurst students were named to the dean's list at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb: Nicholas Fisette, Rebecca Griffith, Marielle Ostling, Benjamin Tregler, Yvonne Utomi, Jeremy Van Denack and Jessica Vandyck.

Matthew Johnson, son of William and Debra Johnson, performed in Lawrence University's Fred Gaines Student Playwright Series, which features three student-written, one-act plays. Johnson portrayed a cheerful bookstore employee in "Shifts," a heartfelt examination of relationships set in a used book store.

Kathryn Leigh Grimmer, a business major, was named to the president's list for the fall semester at the University of Iowa. Students on the president's list achieved a grade point average of at least 4.0. The following students were named to the dean's list for the fall term at UI for achieving a 3.5 GPA or higher: Jacob Calvin Bogolia, business; Ryan Scott Cronister, liberal arts and sciences; Rachel Lynn Gentile, liberal arts and sciences; Lauren Elise Grimmer, business; Kathryn Ann Sadowski, liberal arts and sciences; and Elizabeth Wise, liberal arts and sciences.

Matthew Graziano was named to the dean's list for the winter quarter at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

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