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Students Make the College Dean’s List

Several of SLO County’s sons and daughters were named to the academic Deans’ Lists at Azusa Pacific University for the Spring 2017 Semester. These students needed a grade point average of 3.5 or better to make the Dean’s List and they were joined by 1,988 students receiving the same honors.

The honored students were: Makenna Fuller of Arroyo Grande a psychology major; Lexie Neumann of Grover Beach a business-accounting major; Lauren Porcher of Grover Beach a communication studies major; Hunter Roberts of A.G. a biology major; Danielle Daymude of San Luis Obispo an allied health major; and Julia Johnston of SLO a liberal studies major.

Azusa Pacific is an evangelical Christian university committed to “God First” and excellence in higher education, according to the university’s news release. With 61 bachelor’s degrees, 40 master’s degrees, 17 certificates, 11 credentials, eight doctoral programs, and four associate degrees, Azusa Pacific University, located in Valencia, Calif., offers its more than 10,000 students a quality education on campus, online, and at seven regional campuses throughout Southern California.

Another SLO daughter, Beatrice Spinola, made Dean’s List at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Qualifications for Seton Hall’s Dean’s List include being a full-time, matriculated student, with a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits, completing all courses with a GPA of 3.4 or above, and with no grades lower than “C.”

Seton Hall, founded in 1856 has nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offers more than 80 majors. Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Seton Hall prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring global citizens. Its main campus is in suburban South Orange, N.J., and is 14-miles by train, bus or car to New York City.

And SLO’s, Jacob Alltucker, made Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Alltucker is majoring in biology. To make the list, students must carry at least four classes, have a GPA of 3.5 or greater and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college careers. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is the recognized leader in experiential learning, powered by the world’s most far-reaching and innovative cooperative education program.

Northeastern offers opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning with more than 3,000 employers in more than 100 countries; focusing on issues for maximum impact, including physical and cyber-security, drug discovery and delivery, coastal sustainability, and global resilience.

Northeastern has campuses in Charlotte, N.C.; Seattle, Wash.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Toronto, Can.

San Luis Obispo High graduate, Erni Whitaker, was named to the Dean’s List at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, for the winter semester that ended in April, the school announced. Whitaker had to have a cumulative GPA of 3.71 or higher to receive the honors.

Whitaker is the daughter of Drs. Stephen and Elizabeth Whitaker of SLO and a 2016 graduate of SLOHS. She is majoring in philosophy and chemistry at Bates. The school is internationally recognized “as a leading college of the liberal arts,” according to the announcement. It attracts 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Established in 1855, Bates has been “dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community.”

Arroyo Grande’s, Daniel Beadle, earned Lehigh University’s Allegiance Award for the Spring 2018 semester, the school announced.

The award “is presented to seniors to recognize their dedication and continuous improvement focused within a specific organization,” the school said. “Outstanding performance in this area includes the senior’s impact on the organization; being an organizational member for a substantial portion of their time at Lehigh; serving in a variety of roles within the organization; and being instrumental in overall organizational management such as visioning, goal setting and yearly transition for the organization.”

Beadle was among just three students who received the Allegiance Award this spring.

For more than 150 years, Lehigh University (see:, located in Bethlehem, Penn., “has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research,” according to the school. “The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities.”

Lehigh’s four colleges — Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science — provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.

Marco Antonio Murillo, a senior from San Luis Obispo, was named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s Honors List at Campbellsville University, in Campbellsville, Ky.

The academic honors’ list recognizes students who achieve GPA of 3.50 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours. The Spring 2018 academic honors’ list included a total of 651 students, with 286 named to the President’s List for achieving a 4.0 GPA, and 365 named to the Dean’s List for achieving a 3.5 to 3.99 GPA.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 10,000 students offering over 90 programs of study, including 20 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville, Ky., with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Summersville and Liberty, and one in Costa Mesa and the Silicon Valley in California, plus a full complement of online programs. See: for complete information.

San Luis Obispo’s Rennie Heza graduated from Bucknell University on May 20, the school announced. The announcement didn’t give Heza’s major or degree but Bucknell “is a highly selective private liberal arts university that offers majors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and social and natural sciences,” according to the school’s news release. With just 3,600 undergrads, the students enjoy a student to teacher ratio of 9:1. Bucknell is located in Lewisburg, Penn.

Victoria Maretti of Pismo Beach and Grant Johnson of Morro Bay graduated May 27 from the University of San Diego. Maretti earned a bachelor’s degree in English, and Johnson got a bachelor’s in biology. The University of San Diego is a contemporary, Catholic university “where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges,” according to the school’s news release. “With more than 8,000 students from 77 countries and 44 States, USD is the youngest, independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of Top-100 universities in the United States.”

USD boasts a College of Arts and Sciences, a School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

San Luis Obispo’s Margaret Van Scoy, earned a spot on the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Tufts University. Van Scoy needed at least a 3.4 GPA to make the honor roll. The announcement didn’t state her major. Tufts University has campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Mass., as well as Talloires, France and is among the premier research universities in the U.S.

Sam Colwell of Morro Bay was named to the Deans’ List/Explore Center List of Distinguished Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for spring semester 2018, the university announced. Colwell, a junior political science major, was named to the Dean’s List for the College of Arts and Sciences and was among more than 4,900 students at Nebraska named to the Deans’ List for the spring semester. Colwell needed to have a GPA of at least 3.7, one of the highest GPA requirements out of the school’s nine colleges.

Louis Putman of San Luis Obispo was named to the Spring 2018 Dean’s List at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Mass. Students must be full-time, with a GPA between 3.3 and 4.0. Putman is majoring in international business.

Founded in 1885, American International College is a private, co-educational, doctoral-granting institution in Springfield, Mass. It has a School of Business, Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences.

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