PEORIA, ILL.—Daniel Taylor of Elburn and Ryan Austin of Hinckley recently received degrees from Bradley University during commencement ceremonies on Dec. 15, 2012.
WAVERLY, IOWA—Amber Urich of Elburn was recently named to the Wartburg College dean’s list for the fall 2012 term. Students on the dean’s list earned a 3.5 grade point average or better (on a 4.0 scale) in at least four course credits for the term.
Amber, a freshman at Wartburg, is the daughter of Robin Urich.
SUGAR GROVE—Dr. Karen Stewart, Waubonsee Community College vice president of Quality and Strategic Development, has been reappointed to another three-year term on the Board of Directors for Presence Mercy Medical Center.
A Maple Park resident, Stewart has been a board member since 2007. She currently serves as board secretary while also sitting on the group’s finance and quality and safety committees.
BELOIT, WIS.—Stephanie Rosenwinkel, of Elburn has been named to the Beloit College dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester. Rosenwinkel is a freshman.
DAYTON, TENN.—Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove will play a lead role in the Bryan College Hilltop Players’ production of “The Spitfire Grill” beginning Friday, Jan. 25.
Krauss, who is the daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss, will play the part of Shelby the cook.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.—Lane Davis of Sugar Grove recently received the Midwest Achievement Award and Residence Life Leadership Award to attend Southeast Missouri State University for the 2013-14 academic year.
Davis will graduate with Kaneland High School’s class of 2013. He is the son of Missy and Bryan Williams of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Chad and Jaime Davis of Sycamore, Ill.
SPRINGFIELD—Nicole DiSandro, 14, of Elburn, will compete on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield. She was named the first-place winner in the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, Junior Division, in July 2012, for her performance of the theatrical vocal solo “Gimme Gimme” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” DiSandro received a $200 first-place prize.
PEORIA, ILL.—The following Elburn residents were named to the Bradley University dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Haley Euting, Ann Hodal, Vincent Micek, Perren Palpant and Andrew Raver.
To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for the semester.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—Emily Butts and Rhys Childs of Elburn, and Anna Novotny of Sugar Grove, were participants in the Christmas at Augustana concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
More than 300 students in the Augustana’s choirs, brass ensemble and orchestra joined together to share music during the two sold-out shows.
MACOMB, ILL.—The following students were named to Western Illinois University’s 2012 fall dean’s list: Matthew Stuve of Elburn; Sarah Goodrich and Molly Trafton of Maple Park; and Austin Robinson and Cody Stults of Sugar Grove.
To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a 4.0 scale with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graded courses.
NAPERVILLE, ILL.—The following local residents were named to North Central College’s dean’s list of scholars for the 2012 fall term: Elaine Cannell, Evan Michalic, Melissa Schmidt and Ashley Swanson of Elburn; Jessica Arnold, Lauren Companiott, Drew French, Joseph Garlinsky, Madison Limbrick and Brooke Patterson of Sugar Grove.
To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 for the term while enrolled full-time.
Platteville, Wisc.—Ryley Bailey, a student at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville, was named to the 2012 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team.
Bailey, an Elburn resident and Kaneland graduate, is a junior wide receiver on the team.
RENSSELAER, IND.—Elburn resident Tyler Callaghan was one of 46 students recently inducted into Saint Joseph’s College chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in their freshman year are invited to join the honor society.
NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Sugar Grove resident Eric McLaren, Ph.D., received North Central College’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award during Homecoming Convocation Friday, Oct. 26, in the Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville.
McLaren has devoted his career to advancing the mission of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), most recently as its principal and vice president for academic programs. In that role, he has been responsible for ensuring quality instruction and the integrity of the overall academic and residential program. A charter staff member, McLaren began as a resident counselor in 1986 and was subsequently promoted to head resident counselor, coordinator of residential life, assistant principal/coordinator of community learning and principal. He was named vice president for academic programs in 2004.
His leadership style is characterized by his ability to motivate others by building a shared sense of purpose. In fall 2010, McLaren was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“Find something that feeds your sense of purpose and be willing to look low for that purpose as well as high,” McLaren said to IMSA students in a video revealing his diagnosis. “It’s one way to learn how to be more fully human as you press beyond ‘being good’ to ‘being good for something.'”
McLaren has continued in his leadership role at IMSA for an extended time as vice president for academic programs, helping establish a connection between the academy and ALS research efforts. In 2011, he and his family, along with IMSA, hosted an ALS Awareness Night Gala to advance a partnership between IMSA and Project ALS that will focus on programs and research. The proceeds went to the McLaren Family Research Fund at Project ALS and to a fund at IMSA called Cure A Dreaded Human Ailment (CADHA).
McLaren earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Central College in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
AURORA—Attorney Michael C. Funkey of Aurora was included in the recently published Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers, distributed with the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal.
Funkey, whose offices are in Aurora, grew up in the Elburn and Sugar Grove area, graduated from Kaneland Junior High School and Marmion Military Academy in Aurora. He graduated from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, La., earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University’s College of Law in 1970.
He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1970, and was employed by Chicago Title Insurance Company as a title examiner. In 1971, Funkey entered the general practice of law as an associate, and on Jan. 1, 1977, became a partner in the Aurora Law Firm of Alschuler, Putnam, McWethy, Funkey & Grometer. Since 1996, he has been the principal and owner of The Funkey Law Offices in Aurora.
Funkey is presently engaged in the general practice of law in Aurora, with primary emphasis on civil litigation and criminal defense. His experience covers many different types of cases, including insurance defense, plaintiff’s personal injury, extensive experience in family law cases, commercial and business litigation, eminent domain and other types of litigation.
He served as village attorney for the village of Elburn for 12 years, township attorney for Aurora Township for eight years, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University’s College of Law from 1996 until 2008.
He is active in the Illinois State Bar Association, was a member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council from 1992 to 2005, served as Chairman from 2003 to 2004 and was a member of the Tort Section Counsel of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Funkey is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Aurora and resides in Aurora with his wife, Sandra H. Funkey. They have four children and five grandchildren.
KANELAND—Kaneland High School administration and staff would like to congratulate Katelyn Dray for being named a semifinalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is among 1,600 semifinalists in the 58th annual installment of the program.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Eric Eichelberger and James Langeness of Elburn, and Megan Lindley of Sugar Grove, joined the Boilermaker community by participating in the annual Boiler Gold Rush program at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.
The mission of Boiler Gold Rush is to orient new students and their families during their transition to Purdue by creating a fun and stimulating environment, providing access to opportunities on Purdue’s campus and in the Lafayette/West Lafayette community, and by offering meaningful activities and leadership opportunities to encourage student success.
Cliff and Maribeth Crawford of St. Charles are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer, to Dan Block, son of Doug and Edie Block of Pearl City, Ill., on May 26, 2012, at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, Ill.
The reception was held on the resort’s point patio.
The maid of honor was Christine Chmelar. Bridesmaids were Alyssa Logsdon, Madyson Block and Jordyn Block.
The best man was Nick Block, brother of the groom.
The bride is a 1991 St. Charles East High School graduate, and attended Iowa State University and Northern Illinois University.
The groom is a 1990 graduate of Pearl City High School, and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
The couple resides in Elburn and Sycamore, and looks to grow their family very soon.
WAUKESHA, WISC.—Amy Fabrizius, an athletic training major, was named to the dean’s list at Carroll University for the spring 2012 semester. Amy is a 2011 graduate of Kaneland High School and daughter of Keith and Julie Fabrizius of Maple Park.
To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average for the semester of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
Malta, Ill.—Kishwaukee College recently announced the signing of Kaneland High School graduate Grace Fabrizius to its volleyball team.
Fabrizius earned two varsity letters in volleyball at KHS. In 2011, she helped lead her team to earn second in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference. She earned an honorable mention in the NIB-12 in both her junior and senior years.
“Grace is a positive, hard-working player whom I had the privilege to coach against across the net for three years,” Kishwaukee volleyball head coach Stephanie Gooden said. “Grace is a smart attacker who can see the court and comes from a strong program at Kaneland High School. Grace will create a challenging atmosphere in our gym and help our team become stronger here at Kishwaukee College.”