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Kaneland grads awarded UIUC engineering scholarships

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URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—Kaneland High School graduates Marissa Villafuerte and Michael Saucedo recently received scholarships from the The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering.

Villafuerte, studying civil engineering, was awarded both the Boeing Engineering Diversity Scholarship and the Engineering at Illinois Scholarship.

Saucedo, studying aerospace engineering, was awarded the Engineering at Illinois Scholarship.

Archibald named to The Webb School honor roll

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BELL BUCKLE, TENN.—Grace Archibald of Elburn was recently named to The Webb School’s B honor roll for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year.

Archibald is currently a 10th-grader at the school, which is an independent college preparatory day/boarding school for grades 6-12.

Elburn residents receive CABAA scholarships through Lewis University

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ROMEOVILLE, ILL.—Brian Zankowski and Kelly Kovacic of Elburn were two of nine Lewis University aviation students to recently receive scholarships from the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA).

Zankowski received the Flight Safety Professional Flight Award. The $18,000 scholarship will financially assist him in his extensive training at Flight Safety International, such as flight time in a simulator and ground school training. Zankowski graduated from Lewis University in 2010 with his Bachelor of Science in aviation flight management and economics. Zankowski continues to work on his master’s degree in finance through the university. In addition to being a flight instructor at Lewis University, he works for Blatti Aviation. Zankowski has over 1,950 hours of total time.

Kovacic received a $4,000 scholarship that is awarded to students with a devotion to the business aviation industry and high levels of achievement.

Kylie Siebert named to CCIW all-conference team

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ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—Augustana sophomore Kylie Siebert, a Sugar Grove native and Kaneland graduate, was recently named to the all-conference volleyball team in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Siebert, a 5-foot-5 libero, was the lone representative for the Vikings.

She led the team this year in digs with 567 in 107 games played for an average of 5.30 per game. Her average of 5.30 digs per game is the fourth highest single season mark in school history. She also had 28 service aces and 109 setting assists as she helped the Vikings record a 16-15 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the CCIW. It was the second-consecutive winning record for Augustana, which went 20-11 a year ago.

Siebert led the CCIW in digs this past fall with 125 in 21 league matches for a 5.95 average. She was also named to the all-tournament team at the Viking Classic.

A year ago, as a freshman, she was named “Freshman of the Year” for the Vikings when she played in 107 games and had a team-high 475 digs (4.44 average) with 39 service aces and 79 setting assists. So far in her career, she has played in 214 games with 1,042 digs, which is 11th on the Augustana all-time list. She has 188 setting assists and 67 service aces.

Kylie, a business and accounting major, is the daughter of Dawn and Trent Siebert of Sugar Grove.

NIU honors Erman of Elburn

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DEKALB—The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has selected faculty member James E. Erman of Elburn as one of four faculty honorees to receive a 2013 Distinguished Alumni, Faculty, and Staff Award. The awards celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in each category.

In making the award, the college cited Erman’s many decades of distinguished service to NIU as Presidential Research professor; Distinguished Research professor; interim director of the Institute for Nanoscience, Technology and Engineering; president of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation; interim vice president for Research; chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus; and Chair Emeritus.

Erman earned his undergraduate degree in physical chemistry from University of California Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His post-doctoral work included a National Institutes of Health Fellowship in biophysics and physical chemistry with the Johnson Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, and a position as senior research scientist with Chevron Research Corporation.

Erman came to NIU in 1970. In 1988, he was named a Presidential Research Professor, and then served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1998-2006. During his final year as chair, external research funding exceeded $1 million, and the number of undergraduate majors involved in research projects soared. Under his guidance, the number of chemistry majors increased from 87 in fall 2000 to 143 by fall 2005.

An early advocate of engaged learning, Dr. Erman helped create the context for NIU’s current emphasis on mentored research as a key aspect of the undergraduate experience.

After retiring, Erman not only continued to mentor students, but also maintained his research and publishing agenda. In addition, he answered NIU’s call to put his wisdom and experience to work again in key leadership positions. In 2008, he agreed to fill a “short-term” assignment as the interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies—that appointment ultimately stretched through 2010. Other administrative duties included serving as president of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation (2009-10) and as interim director for NIU’s Institute of Nano Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) (2010-11) during periods when both institutions were undergoing significant reorganization.

Throughout his career, Erman contributed to the college and the university in all areas—research, teaching, service, administration and program development. He is highly regarded in his field and widely recognized by the scientific community. His research grants have totaled over $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. He received the NIH Research Career Development Award, an extremely competitive and prestigious award reserved for only top-notch scientists. In addition, he has given the plenary lecture at the international meeting of The Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an invitation reserved for the best in the field.

Erman helped put NIU on the map as a leading center for research, scholarship and learning. The recognition brought to the institution and the college as a result of his research, lectures, teaching and service are immeasurable and make him most deserving of this distinguished recognition.

Dean Christopher McCord presented the 2013 awards on Friday, Oct. 11 at a reception, dinner and program held in Altgeld Auditorium on NIU’s DeKalb campus.

Speckman selected as a KU Student Housing Leader

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LAWRENCE, KAN.—Molly Speckman of Elburn was recently named a 2013-14 student leader by the University of Kansas’ Student Housing.

Leadership in the halls includes resident assistants for KU’s eight residence halls, proctors and food board managers for 12 scholarship halls, and top officers for the four housing government organizations. Speckman was one of more than 175 KU students selected for the positions. She is currently a resident assistant in Oliver Residence Hall.

Schaefer accepted to Ashland University

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ASHLAND, OHIO—Marina Schaefer, a Kaneland High School senior and Sugar Grove resident, was recently accepted to Ashland University for the fall semester of 2014.

Elburn residents participate in Butler’s volunteer project

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INDIANAPOLIS—Elburn residents Morgan Glowienke and Stephanie Maras recently participated in Butler University’s “Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS),” a large-scale single day of community service hosted by the Butler Volunteer Center.

This year’s event partnered with 17 Indianapolis organizations, including Gleaners Food Bank and Holliday Park. The 2013 event had the most student participants in the program’s 19-year history.

Martinelli playing football at Central College

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PELLA, IOWA—Zach Martinelli of Elburn, a wide receiver and recent Kaneland graduate, is a member of the Central College football team.

The Dutch are the third-winningest football team of any college or university in the U.S. since 1975 (.805 winning percentage) and have not had a losing season since 1960. Central has captured a record 30 Iowa Conference championships with 20 NCAA Division III playoff berths, including 17 in the past 26 years.

Coach Jeff McMartin entered his 10th season ranked 12th among active NCAA Division III coaches in career winning percentage, posting a 73-23 (.760) mark. Central returns 44 letterwinners and 19 starters (7 off., 8 def., 4 specialty) from last year’s 5-5 squad.

Local residents earn degrees from Purdue University

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Tricia Oakes of Elburn and Alecia George of Sugar Grove recently earned degrees from Purdue University following its spring semester.

Oakes earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Purdue’s College of Health and Human Science, while George earned a Bachelor of Science from the School of Nursing.

Local residents named to Purdue University dean’s list

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Laura Maida, Tricia Oakes and Mary Reynertson of Elburn, and Megan Cummins of Sugar Grove, were recently named to the Purdue University dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list, a student must have completed at least 12 credit hours, be enrolled at least half-time, have a semester grade point average of at least 3.0 and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Meuer makes impact through University of Evansville Freshman Service Project

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EVANSVILLE, IND.—The University of Evansville is proud to announce that Eric Meuer of Elburn participated in the Freshman Service Project on Aug. 26.

The project sent new UE students to 20 locations throughout Evansville—including parks, community centers, and other nonprofit organizations—to perform tasks ranging from painting to cleaning to landscaping.

The Freshman Service Project is part of Welcome Week, a program designed to help incoming students transition into college life before classes begin.

“The goal of the Freshman Service Project is to help new students such as Eric Meuer get acquainted with the community they’ll call home during their college years,” said Geoff Edwards, director of UE’s Center for Student Engagement and coordinator of the Freshman Service Project. “Last year, UE students contributed more than 19,000 hours of community service, and we hope the Freshman Service Project inspires students to continue making an impact on the Evansville community.”

Local residents recognized by Purdue University for academic achievement

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IND.—Laura Maida, Mary Reynertson, Tricia Oakes, Eric Eichelberger and Alexandra Tarr, all of Elburn; and Megan Cummins and Zachary Ganz of Sugar Grove; recently earned semester honors from Purdue University for the spring 2013 semester.

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.

Helm attends Robotics Camp

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RAPID CITY, S.D.—Maple Park resident McKayla Helm during the week of July 21 got the chance to get out of the classroom and explore opportunities that can come from a degree in electrical engineering and computer science when she attended Robotics Camp at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D.

Helm and 11 other campers from around the country attended the Robotics Camp.

The five-day curriculum included building, designing, coding and programming robots to perform a variety of complex functions automatically and with a remote control. Teamwork is a key element of the camp; students were required to solve problems collaboratively and encouraged to help each other.

Local residents earn degrees from Benedictine University

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LISLE, ILL.—Kevin Webster of Elburn and Erica Kelly and Rory King of Sugar Grove recently earned degrees from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.

Kelly earned a Master of Science in nursing. King earned a Master of Science in accountancy. Webster earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Cum Laude.

Baish attends National Career Exploration Camp

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Alexis Baish of Sugar Grove, a junior this fall at Central High School in Burlington, Ill., recently participated in Explore Your Future, a six-day career exploration camp at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT campus in Rochester, N.Y.

In its 28th year, campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, business, healthcare, laboratory science, computing, engineering, even participating in a “CSI robbery investigation.”

Explore Your Future not only helped the students and their parents decide what majors and careers may best interest them, the experience also allows many to meet others their ages who have similar backgrounds.

KHS’ Leyden accepted to University of Alabama Early College program

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Kaneland High School’s Kara Leyden was recently accepted to the University of Alabama Early College program. UA Early College students are high school students from across the United States who earn college credit online, and are eligible for the UA Summer Residential/Honors Ready Experience. The highly students may earn up to 30 hours of college credit from The University of Alabama, and still enter the school eligible for freshmen scholarships.

Bettag to attend University of Dayton

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DAYTON, OHIO—Elizabeth Bettag of Maple Park will attend the University of Dayton this fall as part of an incoming class that is the most selective in school history, as well as one of the most academically prepared and geographically diverse.

The university plans to welcome about 1,900 first-year students when classes start Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Only about one out of every two applicants was accepted, as competition to get into the private Catholic university continues to rise. At 52 percent, overall selectivity is up nearly 30 percentage points in just a decade.

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