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Spears named to Mercy College of Health Sciences President’s List

DES MOINES — Breanna Spears of Waverly, has been named to the President’s List for the spring 2019 semester at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines.

To qualify for this academic recognition, students must attain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75, in their most recent semester, for a minimum of six credit hours.

To learn more about the health science programs offered at Mercy College, visit our website at Mercy College is the only Catholic college in Central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tocco graduates from Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. — Matthew S. Tocco, of Shell Rock, was among more than 850 graduates honored at Michigan Technological University’s Spring Commencement held on the Houghton, Michigan campus May 4.

Tocco received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a certificate in Global Technological Leadership.

Former astronaut and combat fighter pilot Gregory H. Johnson, who lives part time in Traverse, City Michigan, was the commencement speaker. The student address was delivered by Monica Brechting of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Local students receive degrees from Iowa State

AMES — Iowa State University’s largest-ever graduating class (5,248) received degrees during four spring commencement ceremonies May 9 and 11. Iowa State awarded 4,439 undergraduate degrees, 527 master’s degrees, 132 doctor of philosophy degrees and 150 veterinary medicine degrees.

Robert Easter, president emeritus and professor emeritus of animal science at the University of Illinois; and Simon Estes, Iowa State’s F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, addressed the undergraduates during morning and afternoon ceremonies, respectively. Debra Stewart, a senior fellow at NORC and president emerita of the Council of Graduate Schools, delivered the Graduate College commencement address. Iowa State alumnus and veterinary pathologist Vincent Meador spoke at the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine ceremony.

Following are graduates from the Waverly Newspapers area:

Denver: Joseph Nitcher, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine; Michael Steege, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering.

Fredericksburg: Morgan Steege, Master of Education, Education.

Greene: Brylee Landers, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education; Brady Ott, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business.

Ionia: Victoria Schilling, Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture-Professional Degree.

Nashua: Kaitlyn Bonzer, Master of Science, Agricultural Education; Sharice Lindeland, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Health; Spencer White, Bachelor of Science, Marketing.

Plainfield: Brandon Bahlmann, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Engineering, Summa Cum Laude.

Readlyn: Kassidy Kuhlmann, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, Cum Laude; Abrah Meyer, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Business and Supply Chain Management, Summa Cum Laude.

Shell Rock: Collin Chesnut, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Studies.

Sumner: Kyl Huebner-Lane, Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude; Tessa Meyer, Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Life Sciences Education; Jason Speed, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Cum Laude.

Waverly: Jeffrey Davis, Bachelor of Science, Construction Engineering, Magna Cum Laude; Haley Eckenrod, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Cum Laude; Joshua Forest, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude; Zachary Hansen, Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture-Professional Degree, Cum Laude; Jessica Heine, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science; Megan Pitt, Bachelor of Science, Marketing.

Henderson admitted to Cornell College

MOUNT VERNON — Students from around the country have been admitted to Cornell College for the fall 2019 semester, including Greta Henderson of Denver, with a Promise Scholarship for Iowans & Music Scholarship.

Cornell College’s picturesque campus is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. One of the “Colleges That Change Lives,” Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. Students take one class for 18 days, which provides students the chance to dive into their studies and focus more intensely on the classes of their choice. Cornellians learn with the unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom-studying off-campus, pursuing research, or accepting an internship-all without missing out on other classes.

With a student body from 47 states and 19 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.

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Natalie Lohmann initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

AMES — Natalie Lohmann, an Iowa State University student from Denver, was initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society on May 5, 2019, in Ames.

Lohmann was one of 73 Iowa State students with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) who were initiated into the prestigious honor society. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement in a broad curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences.

In addition, five LAS students received special individual awards during the ceremony:

Natalie Teclaw, recipient of the Jerry Shakeshaft Phi Beta Kappa Award in the social sciences or humanities.

Gavin Nop, recipient of the Edward Allen Award in the mathematical disciplines.

Chirayu Shukla, recipient of the Jean Day Lassila Award for best undergraduate academic program.

Sarah Bartlett, recipient of the Barbara Mack Award.

Alaina Berg, recipient of the Ruth and Clayton Swenson Award in the sciences.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University was granted its Phi Beta Kappa chapter charter in 1973.

ISU graduates recognized for completion of educator preparation program

AMES — Graduating Iowa State University students seeking teacher licensure were corded at a ceremony on Friday, May 10, in C.Y. Stephen’s Auditorium. As part of the celebration, each student received honors cords that were placed around their shoulders by the influential mentor of their choice.

The following graduates were corded at the ceremony and will begin their careers as educators.

Kassidy Kuhlmann, an Agricultural and Life Sciences Education major from Tripoli, is now prepared to teach agricultural education.

Tessa Meyer, an Agricultural and Life Sciences Education major from Sumner, is now prepared to teach agricultural education.

Iowa State’s cording ceremony celebrates the official entry of graduating students into the impactful and challenging teaching profession.

Iowa State graduates are prominent among area educators. They teach and lead children, youth, and adults from prekindergarten through 12th grade and beyond at schools and colleges located in all 99 Iowa counties.

Teacher education students at Iowa State learn the latest and most effective techniques for ensuring their future students and schools will become their best. They are prepared for the diverse and demanding school environments by professors who research and continually improve effective educational practices and technologies.