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WIU graduates

MACOMB/MOLINE - A total of 665 students earned academic degrees or post-baccalaureate certificates after the fall 2019 semester at Western Illinois University. Of these, 107 graduates’ primary attendance site was the WIU-Quad Cities campus.

Local students earning degrees were Mendota - Emily Byrne, Master of Science in Education, Professional Studies; Allison Hawbaker, (Summa Cum Laude), Bachelor of Music, Music; and Clarissa Hernandez, Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work; and Earlville - Jonathan McConville, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Science, and Stephanie Mersman, Master of Science in Education, Reading.

Academic distinction was awarded to baccalaureate graduates who achieved high grade point averages. This includes: Summa Cum Laude, 3.90 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale; Magna Cum Laude, 3.75–3.89 GPA; and Cum Laude, 3.6–3.74 GPA. 

McKendree University dean’s list

LEBANON - Shameka Butler of Mendota was named to the McKendree University dean’s list for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher as a senior during the fall 2019 semester. Butler, a senior, is majoring in psychology.

McKendree University is a “College of Distinction” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon campus is 25 miles from St. Louis, Mo. McKendree also has a campus in Radcliff, Ky. and offers programs online and at nearby Scott Air Force Base. 

Carthage College dean’s list

KENOSHA, Wis. - Carthage College has named Elizabeth Willis of Mendota to its dean’s list for academic excellence during the fall 2019 semester.

Dean’s list honors are accorded to Carthage students who achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average while carrying at least 14 credit hours during a semester.

Small by design yet boundless in impact, Carthage College is committed to take a different road. Carthage, a private institution that enrolls about 2,800 students, embraces an educational approach that is personal in focus and driven in action, exemplified in their multifaceted career development initiative: The Aspire Program. From their campus along Lake Michigan in the thriving Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, they actively direct their collective talents toward a common purpose wherever the need arises.

Augustana dean’s list

ROCK ISLAND - Augustana College has announced the names of more than 1,000 students who were named to the dean’s list for the 2019-20 fall semester. To earn this academic honor, students maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Local students named to the dean’s list include Abby Phalen and Cameron Phalen, both of Mendota.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for its innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. 

University of Kentucky dean’s list

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Elle Bottom of Mendota, a journalism major, was named to the University of Kentucky dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. She was among a record number of students (7,648) who were recognized for outstanding academic performance during the fall semester.

To be included on a dean’s list at one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes. Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the dean’s list.

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