Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 12, 2012

On campus


Hamilton College news

Matt Therkelsen, son of Beverly and David Therkelsen, received a bachelor of arts degree from Hamilton College on Sunday, May 20. Therkelsen graduated cum laude with a degree in biochemistry/molecular biology. Matt Therkelsen had been named to the Hamilton College dean's list for the 2012 spring semester.

Also named to the spring semester dean' list was Alice Grant, daughter of Martha and Christopher Grant Jr. She is a junior majoring in biology and a graduate of Brooks School.

To be named to the Hamilton College dean's list, a student must have carried throughout the semester a course load of four or more graded credits with an average of 3.5 or above.

Li now Chicago dentist

Bowen Li graduated cum laude from SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in May 2012 with a doctorate of dental surgery. He will start practicing dentistry in Chicago in July.

Li is a 2003 graduate of Andover High School.

Graduates and scholars

The following students graduated from Merrimack College on May 20: Kyle Lighter, magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in communications studies; Kristina Martin, bachelor of science degree in business administration; Julie Ouellette, summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in political science; Victoria Quilliam, cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology; Benjamin Roberge, bachelor of arts degree in criminology; Paul Farnham, bachelor of arts degree in criminology; David Selima, cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in criminology and religious and theological studies; Linn Spitzer, bachelor of arts degree in psychology; and Michael Sukiennik, cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine.

Andover residents Tito Encarnacion and Katherine Rouff graduated from Assumption College on May 12 with bachelor of arts degrees.

Dennis Fleming graduated from Clemson University on May 11 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting.

Megan Richards graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in neuroscience and Chinese from Colgate University. Richards was one of 661 students to graduate with the Class of 2012, representing a graduation rate of 89.7%, which is among the highest in the nation.

The following students graduated from the University of Rhode Island: Betsy Cohen, bachelor of science degree in marine biology; Andrew Jannetti, bachelor of science degree in marine affairs and bachelor of science in resource economics and commerce; Kirsy Melo, bachelor of science degree in biological sciences; Matthew Pescatore, professional masters degree in Pharm D, magna cum laude; Jillian Winfield, bachelor of science degree in textiles, fashion merchandising and design; and Rebecca Wrightson, bachelor of arts degree in art history, summa cum laude.

Sean Conger and Kate Roman graduated from Providence College on May 20. Conger received a bachelor's degree in history. Roman received a bachelor's degree in psychology and biology.

Devin Geary, daughter of Joseph and Ann Geary of Andover and a 2008 graduate of Andover High School, was named to the Bucknell University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean's list recognition.

Sociology Prize winner

Elizabeth Sherman was honored for outstanding achievements at Trinity College Honors Day. Sherman, a member of Class of 2012, won The Sociology Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarship in sociology. The prize was established in 1984 by the department of Sociology and is awarded to a sociology major for achievement at the advanced undergraduate level.

Stonehill dean's list

The following students were named to the Stonehill College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Kirsten Arvidson, Class of 2014; Michelle Calabro, Class of 2012; and Timothy Lyman, Class of 2015. To qualify for the dean's list, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Blaxter honored for taking action

Lauren Blaxter, a human rights major, received a Community Action Award from the Bard Center for Civic Engagement.

Community Action Awards support student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally, and internationally by funding participation in internships that address issues impacting people around the world.

Students independently pursue placements in their chosen field or area of interest and apply for stipends to defray the costs from unpaid internships at community organizations; local, state, or national government agencies; international NGOs; and other media, public policy, educational, and non-profit organizations or projects.

Blaxter is working with the Palestinian Academic Society for the study of International Affairs, where she will utilize her language skills to work on research projects, roundtable conferences, and event planning.

Recent college graduates from Andover

Josephine Morgan received a degree from Ithaca College's School of Communications with a major in integrated marketing communications.

Allison Hyde graduated from Radford University with a bachelor of science degree in interior design and fashion.

Dominic Brown and Christos Theodorou graduated from Union College. Brown received a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Theodorou received a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Matthew Doherty and Gregory Pennington graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelors degree in political science on May 20, 2012.

The following students graduated from American International College on May 20: Maria Hamilton, moderate disabilities major, master of education degree; Elizabeth Klayman, reading major, certificate of advanced graduate studies degree; Nancy Minigell, elementary education major, master of education degree; Joan Veznaian, reading major, master of education degree.

Lindsay Stanley received a bachelor's degree from Bard College on May 26, 2012.

The following students graduated from Wake Forest University on May 21: James Crockett, Joshua Jacobs, John Nugent and Daniel Pouliot.

Dean's list honors

Shelby Pustis was named to the Wheelock College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester.

Nicholas Sievers was named to the Fitchburg State University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. A student is placed on the dean's list for the semester if an average grade of 3.20 or better is attained, and the student is attending the college full time.

Kevin DiPasquale was named to the University of Notre Dame's College of Engineering dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. Students who achieve dean's honors at Notre Dame represent the top 30 percent of students in their college.

The following students were named to the Boston University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Zachary DeLuca, Shawn Jin, Chelsea Johnston, Michael Kasparian, Joseph Mcniff, Brian Mcquaide, Kerryn McNamee, Alexa Moccia, Hannah Nichols, Felisha Perry Smith, Daniel Regner, Nicholas Schumacher, Dante Smith and Michela Smith.

The following students were named to the Clemson University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Christian Benedix, a marketing major; John Caveney, an architecture major; and Michael Freedman, a computer science major. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

The following students were named to the Colby College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Jesse Goldman, member of the Class of 2012, son of Bruce and Margo Goldman, graduate of Andover High School; Samuel Grant, member of the Class of 2012, son of Christopher and Martha Grant, graduate of Lawrence Academy at Groton; and Elisabeth Ekman, member of the Class of 2015, daughter of Anders and Susan Ekman, graduate of Andover High School. Students whose grade point averages were 3.68 or higher were named to the dean's list.

Term honors at Skidmore

Kelsey Thorn, member of the Class of 2012 and daughter of Andrea Thorn, and Hannah Pratt, member of the Class of 2014 and daughter of Christopher Pratt and Meryl Atwood, earned term honors for the spring semester at Skidmore College. Term honors are awarded for a quality point ratio of 3.650 from a possible 4.0, for students who have completed 14 credit hours.

UConn dean's list

The following students were named to the University of Connecticut dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Catherine Gross, Kelsey Hodas, Nicole Horsman and Melissa Laracy.

To make the dean's list, students must be taking at least 12 credits, finish the semester with a grade point average that is among the top 25 percent of students enrolled in their school or college, and have no grade below a "C."

Law school graduate

Timothy Mauritz received a Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Radford dean's list

Allison Hyde, a senior fashion major, was named to the Radford University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. To be named to the dean's list, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a "C."

The following students graduated from North Shore Community College this spring: Dana Hayward, Dana Hirst, Janae Lundstrom, Brittany Peck and Jonathan Shapiro.

Locals make deans lists

The following students were named to the Saint Michael's College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Caroline Biles, daughter of Linda Biles, junior business administration major; Brianna Conlon, daughter of Hugh and Nora Conlon, sophomore exploratory major; Alexander Lennon, son of J. Matthew and Mary Ann Lennon, junior history major; and Steven Zelubowski, son of Steven Zelubowski, a junior classics and economics major.

Students who complete a minimum of 12 credits and achieve a grade point average of at least 3.4 at the end of a semester are recognized for their scholarship by inclusion on the dean's list.

Shelby Pustis was named to the Wheelock College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester.

Kristina Giangrande, a second year student at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, was named to the dean's list for the second semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. She is the daughter of Karen and David Giangrande of Andover. Giangrande majors in psychology.

Luke Miller, a fourth year student at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, has been named to the dean's list for the second semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. He is the son of Bill and Robin Miller of Andover. He majors in economics.

Harvard dental school graduate

Adrienne B. Weisner graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on May 24. Weisner is a graduate of Vassar College and Brooks School. She will continue her clinical studies as an Orthodontic Resident at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Weisner, who resides in Beacon Hill, is the daughter of Dr. Stephen and Maureen Weisner of Andover.

Recent graduates

The 72nd commencement exercises of Endicott College were held on Saturday, May 19 with Salome Thomas-EL as the commencement speaker and recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. EL is a national education expert and consultant, and author of the best selling books, I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence.

Joshua Bruno majored in international studies, and received a bachelor's degree. He was one of more than 750 students to receive a master, bachelor or associate degree from Endicott that day. He is the son of Ferdinando Bruno and Jeri Bayer of Andover.

Kristina Elizabeth Fuerst received her bachelor's degree in chemical and biological engineering with minors in biochemistry and applied math, from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Engineering and Applied Science. Fuerst was in the Engineering Honors Program and received the Active Learning Award, which recognizes participation in three different kinds of hands-on learning: discovery, service, and professional learning. She is the daughter of Tom and Inga Fuerst of Andove

The following students graduated from Boston University: Gregory Boumil, master of engineering in mechanical engineering; Venkat Busanelli, master of business administration in business administration and management, honors; Rachel DeBiase, master of arts in teaching in mathematics education; Nima Haghighi-Mood, bachelor of science in electrical engineering; Chelsea Johnston, bachelor of arts in biology; Arjun Kannan, bachelor of arts in philosophy and classical civilization, cum laude; Michael Kasparian, bachelor of science in electrical engineering, cum laude; Kathleen Machet, master of science in leadership; Christopher McDonough, bachelor of arts in philosophy; Alexa Moccia, bachelor of science in health science, magna cum laude; Hannah Nichols, bachelor of science in health science, magna cum laude; James O'Connor, master of business administration in business administration and management; Janis Rice, master of public health in maternal and child health and social and behavioral sciences; Dante Smith, bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, cum laude; and David York, master of arts in chemistry.

Elyzabeth Earnley, daughter of Nancy and Bruce Earnley of Andover, received her masters degree in environmental management in December 2011 from Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Earnley is a 2000 graduate of Andover High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree in biology/French from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and is currently working as an environmental consultant in the Washington DC area.

Tommy Fuerst has been named to the dean's list for the fall of 2011 and spring 2012 semesters at the university of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science. Tommy is a junior in the engineering Honors Program and is majoring in chemical engineering with minors in physics and applied math. He is the son of Tom and Inga Fuerst of Andover.

Colin Ng, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, and Timothy Duffy, a junior majoring in finance, were named to the Virginia Tech dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. To qualify for the dean's list, students must attempt at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average during the semester.

Amin Addetia and Diane Sun were named to the Emory College dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.859 grade point average or higher to be named to the dean's list.

Aradhna Masih was named to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts dean's list for the spring 2012 semester. To be eligible, matriculated students must be enrolled in six or more credit courses, attain a grade point average of 3.25 or higher and have no incomplete grades.

The following students graduated from Cornell University on May 27: Christopher Long, bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering; Stacey Saba, bachelor of science degree in materials science; Katherine Weidlein, bachelor of science degree in human development; and Katherine Zimmerman, atrium baccalarius degree in government.

Jennifer Black, Justin Penney and Mary Pettoruto graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The following students graduated from Emory University this spring: Fang Liu, bachelor of business administration from the Goizueta Business School; Charlotte MacMillan, master of public health from the Rollins School of Public Health; and Zheyan Wang, bachelor of business administration from the Goizueta Business School.

The following students were named to the Fairfield University dean's list for the spring 2012 semester: Shannon Cooney, Jillian Himmer, Carolyn Jenkins and Carli Markus. To be selected for the dean's list, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5.

The following students graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell on May 26: Shallane Agramonte, Melissa Alfonso, Andrea Boshar, Junhee Cho, Charly Darius, Jason Dickinson, Carthy Fabre, Gregory Finger, Brittany Hallstrom, Lisa Hwang, Jeffrey Kohr, Eric Landers, Jacqui Levesque, Megan Lewis, Meghan Martin, Raysa Mateo, Satyam Modi, Karine Nabbout, David Nader, Matthew Perry, Daniel Piercy, Alexander Rindone, Claire Russell, Nicole Sambursky, Samantha Samoiel, Sindhuri Sannapureddy, Julio Santos, Harrison Shulik, Ann Sullivan, William Tryder, Jesus Villarreal, Emily Welsh, Salwa Zakaria and Tudor Zetea.