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Morris’ Wendling gets his bachelor’s from Valparaiso

Morris student acquires bachelor's degree

Ryan M. Wendling of Morris received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University on May 19.

Wendling graduated summa cum laude, having been named to the dean’s list all eight semesters as an undergraduate student at Valparaiso.

He served as president of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and treasurer of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. He is employed by Exelon Generation at their Byron Nuclear Plant in Byron.

Nearly 700 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the commencement ceremony May 19 and more than 150 law students graduated May 25. The ceremonies cap an academic year that was filled with record enrollment, campus improvements, prestigious recognition and continuing advancement for Valparaiso University.

Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Ind. Founded in 1859, it offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

Webster gets doctorate
of pharmacy degree

BRADENTON, Fla. – Matthew Webster graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy – Bradenton, Fla., Campus on June 9, earning a doctorate of pharmacy degree. 

Dr. Webster was a 2007 graduate of Coal City High School and attended the University of St. Frances, Joliet, where he completed his pre-pharmacy requirements.

Webster is the son of Daniel and Susan Webster, formerly of Morris and currently of Roswell, Ga.

He is employed as a pharmacist for Walgreens within their south Sarasota, Fla., district.

Two named to dean’s

list at Columbia College

CHICAGO – Two local students were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 spring semester at Columbia College in Chicago.

Israel Mendez, a film and video major from Minooka, and Kara Larson, a fashion business major from Morris, earned the academic recognition.

To be named to the dean’s list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or higher for that semester.

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution that offers innovative degree programs in the visual, performing, media and communication arts to nearly 11,000 students in 120 undergraduate and graduate programs. An arts and media college committed to a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, Columbia is dedicated to opportunity and excellence in higher education. For information, visit

9 local students earn
NCC academic honor

NAPERVILLE – Nine area students were named to the dean’s list of scholars for the 2013 spring term at North Central College.

The following local students, listed alphabetically by town, were recognized for the academic achievement:

• CHANNAHON: AnnMarie Bachmann and Emily Risher

• DWIGHT: Kyle Cahill and Claire Elsey

• MORRIS: Marc DesLauriers, Kelsey Feiden, Thomas Finnegan, Matthew Hussey and Carl Monk 

To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade point average of 3.6 (4.0 = A) for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. 

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in seven areas.

For more information about North Central College, visit

Ten local students
graduate from EIU

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Ten local students graduated from Eastern Illinois University following the spring 2013 semester.

Brittany A. Halliday of Coal City received her bachelor’s degree in special education, while Cameron W. Stone of Coal City acquired a bachelor’s degree in technology.

Jacob J. Meyerhoff of Minooka received his bachelor’s degree in history.

Seven students from Morris earned bachelor’s degrees from EIU, including Molly R. Connon (education), Kristen A. Dunbar (communication studies), Holly L. Gay (school family and consumer science, Teala M. Irons (art), Ashley M. Lamb (psychology), Matthew D. Smith (kinesiology and sports studies), Eric C. Wagner (technology).

Corrigan graduates from Bradley University

PEORIA, Ill. — Dana Renae Corrigan of Morris received her bachelor’s degrees from Bradley University during commencement ceremonies on May 18, 2013.

Corrigan graduated cum laude and acquired her Bachelor of Science degree.

To achieve cum laude honors, a student must achieve a 3.4 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.

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