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Posted 3/23/22

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U of I names graduates, Dean’s List students

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named is fall and winter graduates, and its fall semester Dean’s List students.

Fall 2021 graduates include Esmeralda Arteaga of Mendota, bachelor of science in psychology, and Bryar Lindenmeyer of Mendota, bachelor of science in civil engineering.

Fall 2021 Dean’s list members include Margaret Vaessen of Sublette, a freshman in the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences.

December 2021 graduates include Brigantia O’Sadnick of Sublette, bachelor of science in photography.

Manning attends Dubuque scholars program

DUBUQUE, Iowa – More than 50 high school seniors attended the University of Dubuque's Second Century Scholars Program on Feb. 18 on campus.

Among the students attending the program was Paige Manning, a senior at Mendota High School. She is the daughter of Steve and Valerie Manning.

The program awards two renewable full-tuition scholarships as well as significant one-time scholarships to incoming first-year University of Dubuque (UD) students who show a wide-ranging curiosity about their world, a strong capacity for self-discipline, and a passion for academic excellence in service to their communities.

"These are students who will perpetuate the Mission of the University of Dubuque in thought, word, and deed," said Lara Fluhr, director of admission at UD.

In order to be considered for a Second Century Scholars Award, students must have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.7 and participate in the scholars' day on campus. The day included a series of interviews and a writing exercise. Additionally, students learned about the UD's Scholar-Leader Honors Program and met with faculty and students. The day concluded with a dinner and recognition ceremony.

Students were presented a Certificate of Achievement by UD Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joseph Chlapaty (C'68, DHL'98) and his spouse, Linda, during the recognition ceremony.

Meloy chosen to IWU Fall 2021 Dean's List

BLOOMINGTON – Kennedy Meloy of Earlville was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2021-22 academic year at Illinois Wesleyan University. Meloy is a junior majoring in Nursing.

Meloy was among 734 students from 28 states and 17 countries named to the Fall 2021 Dean's List.

To qualify for the Dean's List, students must earn a GPA of 3.50 or better during the semester, based on 4.0 for straight As.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan is a nationally recognized, highly selective liberal arts university. The University is exclusively undergraduate and enrolls approximately 1,700 students from across the nation and around the globe. Illinois Wesleyan prides itself on producing graduates who are well-rounded, broadly educated individuals with a spirit of inquiry who can successfully adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing, complex world.

DeFore named to Mount Mary Dean’s List

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Mary E. DeFore of Utica, a 2021 graduate of Mendota High School, has been named to the Mount Mary University Fall 2021 Dean's List. She is studying business administration.

The Dean's List honors full-time students who have earned a 3.6 GPA or better while taking 12 or more credits during the recent semester. Part-time students are eligible for the Dean's List when they have earned a 3.6 GPA or better while completing at least 6 credits. 

Mount Mary University leads the Midwest for supporting and graduating students of all backgrounds. According to the 2022 Best Colleges Report by U.S. News and World Report, Mount Mary is ranked #1 in the Midwest as the top-performing school for social mobility, ensuring undergraduate women of all backgrounds succeed.

Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mount Mary is a diverse and inclusive urban Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wis., committed to social justice through more than 30 undergraduate majors for women and 10 graduate programs for women and men. Visit