Student news

May 28, 2012

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — On May 21, Thomas Stanley Alexander of Hagerstown received his Ph.D. in criminology/criminal justice from the University of Maryland in College Park in ceremonies at the Comcast Center.

Alexander was formally hooded by Charles F. Wellford, his doctoral adviser and committee chairman.

Alexander’s dissertation was successfully defended on Feb. 28, and his dissertation was titled, “Homicide Clearances: An Examination of Race and Police Investigative Effort.”

CLEMSON, S.C. — Sarah Louderback of Hagerstown was honored by the Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science at its annual awards ceremony.

Louderback, who majored in marketing with a minor in psychology, received the Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars program award.
She is the daughter of John and Kris Louderback.

BALTIMORE — On May 18, Timothy Stanley Alexander participated in the 121st commencement exercise at Goucher College.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Judaic studies.
BUCKHANNON, W.Va.  —  The following area students were named to the 2012 spring semester President’s Academic Recognition list at West Virginia Wesleyan. The criteria for inclusion on the list is a 4.0 grade-point average with a minimum of 12 earned hours for the semester.

Emily Ahalt of Boonsboro

Kyle Andrews of Ranson, W.Va.

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The following area students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the University of New Haven:

Payton Berry of Hagerstown

Danielle Morgan of Greencastle, Pa.

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The following area students received degrees from Bucknell University on May 20 for studies in liberal arts and professional programs in engineering, education, management and music:

Gretchen E. Schoeck of Hagerstown, daughter of Vincent and Teresa Schoeck and a 2008 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, graduated cum laude with an Interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts.

Natasha N. Sukerkar of Chambersburg, Pa., daughter of Niteen and Prarthana Sukerkar and a 2008 graduate of Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.

BALTIMORE — Caitlin Smith of Frederick, Md., received the Academic Achievement in Leadership in Teaching: Reading Specialist Award at Notre Dame of Maryland University’s annual College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies recognition ceremony on May 23.

RIPON, Wis. — Valerie Cousins of Oakfield, Wis., joined fellow seniors during the 146th commencement of Ripon College on May 13. Cousins majored in biology.

She is the daughter of Tracy L. Michon of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Stephen W. Cousins of Falling Waters, W.Va.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following area students were awarded degrees at the University of Vermont’s 209th commencement ceremonies on May 20:

Michael C. Barbour of Frederick, Md., received a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in mechanical engineering.

Melissa J. Meyers of Frederick received a Bachelor of Science cum laude in early childhood preschool.

Laurie G. Lesage of Emmitsburg, Md., received a Bachelor of Science cum laude in animal sciences.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The following area students graduated from Lycoming College on May 6:

Michelle Feinstein of Williamsport, Bachelor of Arts in business

Stephanie Robinson of McConnellsburg, Pa., summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in business

Marcy McLaughlin of Mercersburg, Pa., summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in economics

Julie Feinstein of Williamsport, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The following area students are members of the graduating class at Eastern Mennonite University:

Joel DeWald of New Market, Md., bachelor’s degree in history and social science

Leah Ott of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., bachelor’s degree in theater

Leda Werner of Mercersburg, Pa., master’s degree in conflict transformation

Kimberly Slee of Orrstown, Pa., master’s degree in nursing

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Michael Depp of Fayetteville, Pa., recently graduated with distinction from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with an Associate of Arts in liberal arts.

CHICAGO — Emily Steiding of Lemasters, Pa., was named to the dean’s list for the winter quarter at DePaul University. 

AURORA, N.Y. — Wells College recently awarded its Academic and Student Life awards at the annual honors awards dinner ceremony.

Prizes are given out each year to students who show exceptional work, commitment or leadership in a specific area, or those who demonstrate skill or specialization within their field.
The prizes are announced by faculty, staff and student leaders at a dinner for the campus community.

Hannah Sterling, Class of 2012, a biological and chemical sciences: biochemistry and molecular biology major from Mount Airy, Md., earned the Wells Women in Science Prize, awarded to the member of the graduating class who has done outstanding work in at least two of the sciences, and who has demonstrated an interest in and an ability for a career in graduate work and research, and/or teaching, together with a commitment to the advancement of women in science.

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