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December 17, 2011

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More than 1,500 students completed their degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2011.

Undergraduate students who have attained a grade-point average of 3.9 out of a possible 4.0 received the summa cum laude award; those with an average of 3.55 received the magna cum laude award; and those with an average of 3.25 received the cum laude.

Area graduates earning bachelor’s degrees: Tiana Breitenbach (sport management), cum laude, Basehor; and Dusten Baalman (business administration), and Rosston Eubank (computer science), magna cum laude; Oskaloosa.

Lawrence graduates earning master’s degrees: Jessie Irvin (creative writing), and Brandon McGuire (public administration).

Lawrence graduates earning graduate certificates: Brandon McGuire (city and county management) and (public finance).

Wichita State University announces area students named to spring 2011 dean’s honor roll, by earning a grade point average of at least a 3.5.

Area students included: Tiana Breitenbach and Danielle Elliott, Basehor; and Tyler Kincaid, Mary Marshall, Arianne Suchy and Jennifer Taylor, Lawrence.

Emily Ferrier, Lawrence, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree May 22 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., announces area students named to the spring 2011 dean’s list by earning a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

Area students included: Jose Ray, Lawrence; Terry Barnett, Linwood; Rebecca Dreifuss; Tonganoxie; Andrea Etzel, Berryton; and Amber Jeannin, Bonner Springs.

Bridget Cary and Mark Stevens, both of Lawrence, graduated from Space 301 of Kansas Adventures in Outer Space July 16 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.

Bridget is a sophomore at Free State High School. Mark is a sophomore at Lawrence High School.

The week-long astronaut camp is for students entering grades 9-12 and emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. Developed by Cosmosphere staff, KAOS is a nationally-recognized camp that motivates campers to seek careers in science or aerospace-related industries. The camp builds on knowledge gained from Space 101 and Space 201.

Donovan McNeely, Lawrence, and Killian Galindo, Eudora, graduated from Investigate Space: Solar System program at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.

Donovan, who completed the program July 1, is a third-grader at Pinckney School. Killian, who completed the program July 15, is a second-grader at Eudora Elementary School.

Developed by Cosmosphere staff, the five-day camp for children entering second and third grades seeks to spark children’s interest in space and science. Throughout the week, students participate in activities including creating a mission patch and taking part in a demonstration that explains the distance of the planets in our solar system.

Kieran Martin and Hayden Brown, both of Eudora, graduated from Explore Space: Mars Academy program July 10 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Kieran and Hayden are seventh-graders at Eudora Middle School.

Mars Academy is a three-day residential camp for students entering sixth and seventh grades. Developed by Cosmosphere staff, the Mars Academy program introduces campers to space science. Mars Academy campers learn the geology, climate and conditions that exist on Mars. Campers also launch air-powered rockets and guide a student-programmed robot around an obstacle course. The camp culminates in a simulated robotic mission to Mars. Each team creates a mission patch before their simulated journey.

Colby Lawhorn, Eudora, graduated from Investigate Space: Lunar Base program July 1 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Colby is a third-grader at Eudora Elementary School.

Developed by Cosmosphere staff, Lunar Base is a five-day camp for children entering third and fourth grades that seeks to spark children’s interest in space and science. Throughout the week, students participate in activities including creating a space-themed painting, watching a rocketry demonstration and designing a lunar base. At week’s end, students work in teams to power up a mock lunar base. Using walkie-talkies, they communicate with each other and mission control to carry out their mission.

Parker Hays, Lawrence, graduated from Explore Space: Exploration Earth program June 25 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Parker is a fifth-grader at Schwegler School.

Exploration Earth is a four-day commuter camp with one overnight stay for students entering fourth and fifth grades. Developed by Cosmosphere staff, the Exploration Earth program introduces campers to space science. As part of the program, Exploration Earth campers learn how the various systems of the earth work together to support life. They engage in activities at local nature centers, zoos and wildlife areas. During camp, they build a solar oven and a water filter system. They finish camp by applying what they’ve learned to design a self-supporting habitat.

Midwest Dairy Association has selected Casey George, Baldwin City, as one of nine Kansas City Division recipients for its Midwest Dairy Educational Award. He will receive a $500 college scholarship specific to dairy farm families.

George will continue studying plumbing, heating and air conditioning and heavy-equipment operation at North Central Kansas Technical College.

Sally Konzem, Lawrence, was named to the 2010-11 dean’s list at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., for maintaining a minimum 3.4 grade-point average.

At the end of the spring 2011 term, 358 students earned technical certificates at Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka.

Area graduates are Joseph Falk (graphics technology), James Hughes (technical drafting), Jacquelyn Maline (child care), Justin Marino (commercial heavy construction), John Rodecap Jr. (practical nursing) and Kerry Neil (health care technology), Lecompton; and Robert Hodge (industrial technology), Jessica Ellis and Caitlin Hitt (practical nursing), and Jacqueline Nelson (culinary arts), Lawrence.

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