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Area students among St. Francis freshmen

JOLIET – The University of St. Francis welcomed more than 440 new undergraduate students to its Joliet campus for the 2013-14 academic year. Area students in the largest and most selective freshman class in school history include:

• Airrha Alcanar of Morris

• Alex Popidinski of Morris

• Jens Kennedy of Dwight

• Maverick Nave of Morris

• Samantha Carpenter of Morris

• Lauren Roe of Morris

• Haley Collins of Diamond

• Emmi Krause of Morris

• Carley Day of Morris

• Celia McCormick of Seneca

• Brooke Sassenger of Dwight

• Mary Frasl of Diamond

• Jessica Elliott of Seneca

• Victoria Condon of Morris

• Emmitt Planeta of Coal City

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work.

For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

Purdue students honored for academic achievement

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – About 13,600 Purdue University students earned semester honors for the 2013 spring


To earn semester honors, students must be attending at least half-time, have at least a 3.5 semester grade point average and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Students earning semester honors include:

• Judith Johnson of Diamond

• Jennifer Jill Leake of Diamond

• Rochelle Claire of Morris

• Blair Goley of Dwight

Purdue University is a vast laboratory for discovery. The university is known not only for science, technology, engineering, and math programs, but also for our imagination, ingenuity, and innovation.

Founded in 1869 in West Lafayette, Indiana, the university proudly serves its state as well as the nation and the world. Academically, Purdue’s role as a major research institution is supported by top-ranking disciplines in pharmacy, business, engineering, and agriculture.

More than 39,000 students are enrolled here. All 50 states and 130 countries are represented. Add about 850 student organizations and Big Ten Boilermaker athletics, and you get a college atmosphere that’s without rival.

Area students receive degrees from Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University awarded about 7,100 degrees to students following the spring semester.

Those earning degrees include:

Rochelle Claire of Morris, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts.

Joshua Kaluzny of Morris, who earned a MS in Engineering degree from the Graduate School.

Jennifer Jill Leake of Diamond, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Nursing.

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