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Local residents named to Marquette University dean’s list

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MILWAUKEE—Amy Weigelmann, Hannah O’Conner and Megan Tonner, all of Sugar Grove; and Lindsay Bartel of Elburn; have been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Weigelmann is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. O’Conner is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Tonner is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish for the Professions. Bartel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/middle education.

Local students named to Lewis University dean’s list for fall 2011

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Magaly Navarro and Abby Michels of Sugar Grove were among those honored on the Lewis University dean’s list for fall 2011 semester.

To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.25 out of a possible 4.0.

Wright named to Knox College dean’s list

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GALESBURG, Ill.—Robyn Wright of Elburn has been named to the dean’s list at Knox College for the fall 2011 term.

Wright is a junior studying biology at the university.

Krauss named to Bryan College dean’s list

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DAYTON, Tenn.—Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove was among 194 undergraduates named to the Bryan College dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester.

Wendy, the daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss of Sugar Grove, was recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

Byron College students earn dean’s list recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Local residents named to IWU dean’s list

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Anna Rossi of Elburn and Lauren Contorno of Sugar Grove were named to the Illinois Wesleyan University dean’s list for the 2011-12 fall semester.

To be on the dean’s list, a student must have a grade-point average of 3.50 or better during the semester, based on a 4.0 scale.

Area students earn North Central College dean’s list honors

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NAPERVILLE—North Central College has named its dean’s list of scholars for the 2011 fall term, and a number of students are from the area.

The following area students were named to the dean’s list during fall term: Elaine Cannell, Elizabeth Koszulinski, Evan Miller and Ashley Szewczyk, all of Elburn; Jessica Arnold, Joseph Garner, Courtney Olson and Bryan Rezin, all of Sugar Grove; and Kathryn Hayes of Maple Park.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. Part-time students are recognized at the end of each academic year if they meet the same criterion and have completed at least eight credit hours—the equivalent of one term as a full-time student.

Elburn native’s artwork displayed at Beloit College

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BELOIT, WIS.—The artwork of Jenny Bauer of Elburn is on display now through March 7 at Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art.

Bauer is a senior anthropology major and a graduate of Kaneland High School. She is the daughter of Karen and Daniel Bauer.

Bauer’s artwork is part of a class exhibit titled “Seasons,” which explores the many different emotions and associations people have with the seasons.

For more information, see www.beloit.edu.

Local resident joins Castle Bank Mortgage team

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SUGAR GROVE—Kara Morris recently joined Castle Bank as a mortgage loan originator. She will be located at Castle Bank in Sugar Grove.

Morris’ seven years of mortgage experience, as well as an extensive sales background, has given her expert knowledge on what it takes to give quality service.

“I feel the most rewarding part of being a mortgage loan officer is assisting my clients in making their dreams of homeownership a reality,” she said.

Morris resides in the Elburn/Maple Park area and is the proud mother of three Kaneland students. She is actively involved in the community she calls home and volunteers with the Kaneland PTO and various church activities, including youth group and missions projects. She is a member of the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Fox Valley Realtors Association.

“We are very happy to have Kara on board,” Castle Bank Mortgage Sales Manager Brian Schrader said. “Her background and customer service skills will further enhance Castle Bank’s level of quality service to customers and the community.”

Local residents honored by AU for milestone service

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AURORA—James Lancaster, Deborah Stevens-Marchigiani, Amy Manion and Eileen Trnka—all of Sugar Grove, and Marilyn Campbell of Maple Park, were among Aurora University and George Williams College employees honored for five to 45 years of service at the annual fall convocation.

AU President Rebecca Sherrick presented the service awards in Crimi Auditorium to employees from the Aurora and Wisconsin campuses.

Campbell was honored for 30 years of service; Lancaster for 25 years of service; Stevens-Marchigiani and Manion for 10 years of service; and Trnka for five years of service.

Daughter of SG family complete U.S. Navy basic training

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North Chicago, Ill.—Navy Seaman Recruit Tahara Williams, daughter of Donna and Harvey Williams of Sugar Grove, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Williams completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Williams is a 2010 graduate of Utah State University and a 2006 graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati.

Hansen, Swieca join Aurora University chapter of national honor society

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AURORA—Sophomores Jordan Hansen and Natalie Swieca, both of Sugar Grove, were among 103 Aurora University sophomores inducted into the AU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Hansen is a nursing major and is a graduate of Rosary High School. Swieca is a special education major who graduated from Kaneland High School.

Candidates must be full-time students for two semesters and earn a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for at least one semester during their freshman year.

Waubonsee exhibit features faculty work

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will host its annual art faculty exhibition now through Jan. 14 in the Dickson Center’s Arrowhead Room on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit features 23 works, including sculpture, ceramics, paintings, drawings and photographs.

The 13 faculty artists include Doug Jeppesen of Sugar Grove and James Kearns of Montgomery.

Sugar Grove’s Quinn, Weigelmann, White Illinois State Scholars

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AURORA—Three Sugar Grove seniors at Marmion Academy were named Illinois State Scholars: Stuart Quinn, Reid Weigelmann and Bradley White.

Rankings are based on a combination of ACT and/or SAT test score results and class rank in the top 10 percent of the state’s graduating seniors at the end of the junior year of high school—unless the students achieved a score at or above the 95th percentile for Illinois students on one of the standardized tests.

Sugar Grove’s Zauner receives gold medal in preschool teaching

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SUGAR GROVE—Samantha Zauner of Sugar Grove was awarded the Gold Medal in the Preschool Teaching competition (post-secondary/college level) at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., during a competition earlier this year.

Zauner has been a member of SkillsUSA since her senior year in high school and has placed first in the state in 2008, 2010 and 2011.The 2008 Kaneland High School graduate is currently a student at Illinois State University, where she is pursuing a double major in special education.

While in high school, she received her education in Early Childhood from the district’s Fox Valley Career Center’s Early Childhood Program, where she realized her calling as a teacher and specifically to help those with special needs.

In order to qualify for the national competition, students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships.

Elburn’s Maras, Butts featured in Christmas at Augustana

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Senior Kailey Maras and sophomore Emily Butts, both from Elburn, were featured in the fourth annual Christmas at Augustana College’s holiday concert during the first weekend in December.

More than 300 students in the college’s choirs, brass ensemble and orchestra performed to share music with audience members in what was a warm and memorable holiday experience for all.

Maras is majoring in music education vocal and Butts is majoring in elementary education.

Local resident serves as student senator at Benedictine University

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LISLE, Ill.—Kevin Webster, a political science major from Elburn, is a member of the Student Senate at Benedictine University.

Serving as a liaison between the student body and the administration, the Student Senate is a powerful influence on campus. It seeks to enhance the school’s cultural and social environment, promotes academic honesty, and pushes for improving technology in the classroom and throughout campus.

Navy Seaman Justus completes basic training

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North Chicago, Ill.—Navy Seaman Benjamin Justus, son of Julie A. and Jody A. Justus of Sugar Grove, completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Naval Base, in North Chicago, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Justus completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.

Justus is a 2010 graduate of Kaneland High School of Maple Park, Ill.

Singing Greetings

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Local residents were among Aurora University student singers presenting annual Christmas concerts at 3 and 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium on Dec. 4. University Chorale members Brooke Gramm, Plainfield (from left); Felicia Camacho, Plainfield; and Sarah Ward, Sugar Grove. The University Chamber Choir, University Chorale, AU Flute Ensemble and a new men’s quartet were showcased under the direction of Lisa Fredenburgh. Artist-in-residence David Schrader was featured on the university organ and harpsichord. Courtesy Photo

Waubonsee jazz musicians earn awards

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Sugar Grove—Four members of Waubonsee Community College’s jazz band earned honors at the 2011 Skyway Jazz Festival held Oct. 29 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill.

Saxophonist Walt Howard of Sugar Grove, trumpeter Nate Pritt of Geneva, drummer Matt Matczuk of Yorkville and bassist Matt Erion of Batavia were all named outstanding musicians.

Waubonsee’s jazz band will perform its annual free winter concert on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

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