Education Briefs-Jan. 18

Mendota students on Olivet Dean's List

BOURBONNAIS – Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais has announced its Fall 2022 Dean’s List. Among the students making the Dean’s List are Francine Brandt and Noah DeLong, both of Mendota.

To qualify for inclusion on the Dean's List, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, 45 miles south of Chicago. Additionally, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies offers online education with offices and meeting spaces throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.


WIU names Fall Dean’s List students

MACOMB/MOLINE – A total of 1,103 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the Fall 2022 Dean's List. The total includes 98 students at the WIU-Quad Cities Campus.

Among the students earning the achievement are Wyatt A. Cole, Isabella M. Harp and Robert J. McCoy, all of Earlville; Elizabeth Bresley of Mendota; and Leah Metcalf and Elizabeth A. Orwig, both of Ohio.

To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0, which equals an A in a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded courses; pass-fail hours are not counted (e.g., student teaching, internships).


Local students make Bradley Dean's List

PEORIA – More than 1,800 students were named to Bradley University’s Fall 2022 Dean's List. To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Among those students achieving the honor were Meghann Harness of Earlville, majoring in Social Work; Caleb Sarff of LaMoille, majoring in Industrial Engineering Supply Chain Analytics; and Samuel Lawrence of Mendota, majoring in Civil Engineering

Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in Peoria, offering nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students opportunities, choices, and resources to build their futures. Innovation, action, and collaboration drive Bradley students to generate ideas and create solutions that remake the world around them. Our comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs includes business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and technology.


Mendotans on Marquette U. Dean’s List

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., has announced its Dean’s List for the fall 2022 semester.

Among the students achieving the honor are Brooke Carroll of Mendota, pursuing a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies, and Elly Buettner of Mendota, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

To make the Dean's List, students must have earned at least 12 credits for the fall 2022 semester and have no disqualifying grades. The GPA threshold varies by college – for the College of Education and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, undergraduate students must have at least a 3.7 to be named to the Dean's List.

The undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.5 for the following colleges: the Diederich College of Communication, the College of Business Administration, the College of Health Sciences, the Opus College of Engineering and the College of Nursing. All other programs have a 3.75 GPA minimum.

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university that draws over 7,500 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate and professional students from nearly all states and more than 60 countries. In addition to its nationally recognized academic programs, Marquette is known for its service learning programs and internships as students are challenged to use what they learn to make a difference in the world. Find out more about Marquette at


Area students named to NIU Dean's List

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University announces its fall 2022 Dean's List students. To earn this distinction, students must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology or a minimum of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale in the colleges of Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts.

Area students who achieved this honor include:

Earlville – Nelson Greer, Pre-Computer Science; Landon Larkin, Finance; Harrison Vallaro, Manufacturing Engineering Tech.

Leland – Courtney Cameron, ELED-Reading Teacher

Mendota – Hannah Ambler, Psychology; Katee Johnson, Environmental Studies; Kevin Lewis Jr, Mechatronics Engineering; Elizabeth Medina, Early Childhood Education; Evan Stielow, Biomedical Engineering; Katherine Wohrley, Mathematics Education.

Northern Illinois University is a student-centered, nationally recognized public research university, with expertise that benefits its region and spans the globe in a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, humanities, arts, business, engineering, education, health and law. Through its main campus in DeKalb, Illinois, and education centers for students and working professionals in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Oregon and Rockford, NIU offers more than 100 courses of study while serving a diverse and international student body of about 19,000. The 17 NIU Huskie athletic teams compete in the Mid-American Conference at the highest NCAA Division I level. For more information, visit


Mendotans earn degrees from NIU

DeKALB – Over 1,100 students received their degrees from Northern Illinois University in December.

Among the graduates are Tasha Arteaga, Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Lillian Rodrigues, Bachelor of Science, Nursing, both from Mendota.