Local academic updates for area schools.



Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Christine Carol Lipscomb Gerwien, daughter of Torsten and Paula Gerwien of Alpharetta, graduated cum laude from the Peabody College of Education last spring with a degree in special education and cognitive studies. She is currently working as a special education teacher for Margaret Allen Middle School in Nashville.

United Theological Seminary

DAYTON, Ohio - Eleanor Brown, a resident of Suwanee, has been admitted into the Master of Divinity flex program at United Theological Seminary for fall 2013 semester. United Theological Seminary, located in Dayton, Ohio, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

University of Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Roberto Lorena of Alpharetta has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Lorena, majoring in marketing, joins an entering class of 543 students who represent 28 states and 20 countries.

University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia track and field athlete and 2010 Northview High School graduate Jared Dunn has been named a winner of the 2013-14 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award.

The award is presented to the male and female student-athletes with the highest grade point average upon entering the fall semester of his or her senior year, based upon academic hours rather than eligibility.

Dunn, a native of Johns Creek, is majoring in public relations and boasts a 3.93 grade point average. As a junior last season, Dunn clocked a season-best time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Auburn Invite. During the outdoor campaign, Dunn finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.88 at the Spec Towns Invite.

Purdue University

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

Those earning degrees include Christine Castek of Alpharetta, who earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Education, and James Castek of Alpharetta, who earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts.

In addition, the following students at Purdue earned Dean's List honors for the spring semester: Christine Castek of Alpharetta, Shannon Castek of Alpharetta, Kimberly Lutz of Alpharetta, Yeonseon Kim of Alpharetta and Kyle Gorman of Milton.

Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. - The following local residents graduated from Clemson University on Aug. 9: Erica Denise Hickman of Alpharetta graduated with a master's degree in human resource development. Benjamin Kyle Theisen of Johns Creek graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Pierce McBee Smith Jr. of Roswell graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Georgia Southwestern State University

AMERICUS, Ga. - The following local residents made the summer 2013 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and were among 401 students recognized for scholastic achievement: Amber Bahri of Suwanee, Aniko Horne of Suwanee, Emily Nhu Nguyen of Alpharetta, Michael Sanders of Suwanee and Erin Quinn of Roswell.

University of Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio - First-year student Meghan Nolan of Alpharetta took a stand to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions, pledging to leave her car at home for the first two years on campus at the University of Dayton.

In exchange, the university gave Nolan a new Linus bicycle at an outdoor festival on campus Friday, Aug. 30.

Georgia College and State University

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The following students completed courses with exemplary marks and made the 2013 summer President's List at Georgia College: Rick Bartra of Alpharetta, Ashley Campbell of Alpharetta, Courtney Coile of Alpharetta, Sheridan Smith of Cumming and Grace Cutler of Roswell.

In addition, the following local students earned Dean's List honors at Georgia College for the summer semester: Emily Bailey of Alpharetta, Ross Shaw of Johns Creek, Thomas Battle of Johns Creek, Donovan Pritzlaff of Cumming and Phillip Speer of Milton.

Columbus State University

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University announced Blakely Thomas-Aguilar of Cumming earned a place on the President's List for the 2013 summer semester.

Brenau University Women's College

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Marianne Kiran Sapra graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Academic awards and honors include Phi Kappa Phi, Omicrom Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Pi, Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and recipient of Brenau's Department of Humanities Liberal Arts Award. Sapra is a 2008 graduate of Centennial High School in Roswell.

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