Justin Chaffin, son of Michael and Karen Chaffin, graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in chemistry. He now is a master's student at the University of Toledo working at UT's Lake Erie Center on his thesis project, Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms.
As an undergrad, Chaffin conducted research at UT and Ohio State's Stone Laboratory. His research was featured in Ohio Sea Grant's publication, Twine Line. Chaffin is a 2002 graduate of Western Reserve.
The University of Akron's 2007 spring commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on the campus. The residents who were degree candidates were: Stefanie Crecelius of Milan, master of science in education; Kathleen Jennings of Norwalk, bachelor of science in accounting; Danielle Davis of Wakeman, bachelor of science in accounting; Carlo Domingo of Willard, bachelor of science in nursing; Carmina Domingo of Willard, bachelor of science; Elizabeth Frye of Willard, bachelor of science in nursing; Linnea Hahler, bachelor of arts.
More than 2,400 students were named to the academic honors list at Owens Community College for the spring semester 2007. Students must achieve at least a 3.5 grade point average to be eligible for academic honors. Owens Community College uses a 4.0 scale in grading.
The following local residents have been named to the list: Amanda Salmons of Berlin Heights, pre-dental hygiene program; Abby Cillo of Norwalk, AA general concentration; Dawn Olvera of Norwalk, occupational therapy assistant.
Judy Aldrich of Sandusky has joined the Firelands Symphony School of the Arts faculty.
Aldrich is a 1991 Sandusky High School graduate, and was part of the Ohio State Marching Band before being selected as a bugler in the 3rd U.S. Infantry's Old Guard Fife and Frum Corp (The President's Escort). As a 12-year member, she has performed for presidents Clinton and Bush at numerous White House Arrival Ceremonies for dignitaries such as Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Chinese President Jiang Zemin and South African Civil Rights Leader Nelson Mandela.
In addition to teaching trumpet, Aldrich teaches private in-home computer lessons and art classes for children in a program she designed called CREATIVE KIDS.
To register for trumpet, or any other private lessons offered by the Firelands Symphony School of the Arts, call (419) 621-4800.
Tyler Walter of Norwalk was named to the Grove City College dean's list with high distinction for the spring 2007 semester.
To qualify for the high distinction dean's list, a student must have an average of 3.85 to 4.0.
Tyler is the son of Christopher and Ann Walter of Norwalk. He is a 2005 graduate of Norwalk High School. He is majoring in English.
The following area residents completed their Ashland Theological Seminary degree requirements and received a degree during the commencement ceremony on June 2:
Patricia Abel, 1279 County Road 16, New London, earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Joseph Green, 114 N. Main St., North Fairfield, received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree.
Kirsten Smith, 238 S. Old State Road, Norwalk, graduated with honors with a Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling degree.
Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University, is the largest seminary in Ohio and the 12th largest seminary in the United States and Canada.
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