Area students excel at University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — More than 6,100 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa were named to the dean's list for the 2019 fall semester.

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Tippie College of Business, and University College who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded coursework during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of "I" (incomplete) or "O" (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the dean's list for that semester.

Students from the region qualifying include:

Ashton, Iowa: Brian Niles, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. George, Iowa: Myles Master, Computer Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rock Rapids, Iowa: Andrew De Noble, Health and Human Physiology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Elisabeth Petersen, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Zachary Springer, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Kristina Vogt, Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sibley, Iowa: Rachel Poppen, English; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

WHS senior Hyvari earns honor for music composition

WORTHINGTON — Classical MPR has announced that Ethan Hyvari, a senior at Worthington High School, has been selected for the 2020 Minnesota Varsity Featured Artists and Composers round.

Hyvari, a featured composer, resides in Worthington and submitted an original composition entitled “Sankey's Requiem.” He will now join 15 other musicians and composers in the Featured Artists and Composers Round, where he will attend a Workshop Day with esteemed composer Edie Hill. Each student will receive assistance in polishing and presenting their compositions, and have their work performed by an ensemble.

Hyvari will vie for a spot in the Showcase Round, with opportunity to have his piece performed at University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall (broadcast live on Classical MPR) this spring.

Two WHS grads on St. Cloud dean’s list

ST. CLOUD — St. Cloud State University has announced its 2019 fall semester dean's list. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Earning spots on the list are Smile Bu, a music teaching major from Worthingon, and Tanya Cruz, a nursing major from Worthington.

Two teachers from region among TOY finalists

ST. PAUL — The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be chosen from a field of 134 candidates. These candidates have accepted their nominations and completed the required materials to become eligible for the honor.

This year’s program will name the 56th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Eligible candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.

The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 3, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.

Area candidates for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year include Erica Colby of Jackson County Central School District and Tim Bobeldyk of Murray County Central Schools.

Two area students earn UND honors

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota has announced its dean’s list and president’s honor roll for the fall 2019 semester.

To qualify for the president’s honor roll, a student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher. The student must also have earned a minimum of 24 semester hours and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades.

The dean's list contains the names of students who are ranked in the top 15 percent of their college. The students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at the close of the semester, eight of which must be for traditional letter grades. The minimum term GPA needed to receive the award will vary from semester to semester.

It’s possible for a student to make the president's honor roll and not the dean's list. This happens because the dean's list is based on the student's performance for that particular semester only.

Making the president’s honor roll from southwest Minnesota was Addison Beaty of Westbrook. Making the dean’s list from the region were Beaty and Max Langerud of Worthington.

Miller is nominated for statewide educator honor

WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota State Board of Trustees will honor a faculty member as an Outstanding Educator — an honor acknowledges and rewards exceptional individual professional accomplishment and encourages ongoing excellence in teaching.

Minnesota West Community & Technical College has chosen to represent the college for the statewide award of outstanding educator. She will now compete with approximately 40 other nominees from fellow Minnesota State institutions from across the state.

Nominations were based on criteria such as innovative program delivery, cooperation and partnerships within and outside of the college, campus involvement/leadership, and community involvement/leadership.

“Rita is truly an outstanding educator, going above and beyond to serve her students and program,” commented Jackie Otkin, Dean of Allied Health. “She has shown unwavering commitment to Minnesota West and her students over the last 20-plus years, and is highly respected by fellow colleagues and the healthcare industry. She consistently demonstrates patience, kindness, and dedication to her students.

“Most importantly, she has the drive and dedication to continue learning, serving and growing professionally. Rita demonstrates that excellence in teaching is an ongoing process, and something to be sought after over a lifetime.The students and faculty strongly support Rita and believe she embodies excellence in teaching, and is truly deserving of this award.”

Honorable mention to the other Minnesota West Community & Technical College instructors who were also nominated for the award: Eric Parrish (music and theatre), Paul Seifert (physics), Jay Vargas (social sciences) and Michael Wesselink (math and sciences).

Students from region on NDSU fall dean’s list

FARGO, N.D. — Area Minnesota students were among the 4,069 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the fall 2019 dean’s list.

A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits to qualify for the dean’s list. Those making the list from the area include:

Beaver Creek: Avery Wysong, human development and family science. Chandler: Michael Christoffels, mechanical engineering. Heron Lake: Taylor Johanning, exercise science. Jackson: Austin Nunez, social science education. Lakefield: Hunter Gustin, biological sciences. Mountain Lake: Mari Janes, dietetics; Braden Rempel, computer engineering; Karen Soutthivong, management. Pipestone: Rachel Stiles, industrial engineering and management. Windom: Camryn Thom, veterinary technology. Worthington: Brianna Kempema, pharmacy.

Lakefield student on RCTC list

ROCHESTER — Emily Paplow of Lakefield was recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at Rochester Community and Technical College.

To qualify, a student must successfully complete 12 or more letter-grade credits in the same semester and achieve a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99.

Koller makes Luther College dean’s list

DECORAH, Iowa— Rachel Koller, a senior from Worthington, has been named to the Luther College 2019 fall semester dean's list.

To be named to the list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D).

Three from region on St. Mary’s dean’s list

WINONA — Three undergraduate students from southwest Minnesota were recently named to the first semester 2019 dean's list at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The list includes 355 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Among the students making the list were Isaiah Olsem of Fulda and Jae Faber and Signey Stoesz of Mountain Lake.

Two area students graduate from U of W-Stout

MENOMONIE, Wis. — A pair of southwest Minnesota students graduated in December 2019 from University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie.

Among the graduates were Katrina Stoltenberg of Jackson, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in industrial design, and Hayley Vaske of Windom, who received an EDS in school psychology.

Two from Lismore on USD dean’s list

VERMILLION, S.D. — Dustin John and Dakota John, both of Lismore, have been named to the fall 2019 semester dean’s list at the University of South Dakota.

Full-time, undergraduate students are named to the list if they received a 3.5 GPA for courses they took in the fall 2019 semester and had no incomplete or failing grades.

JCC graduate inducted into nursing honor society

ROCHESTER — Emily Paplow, a graduate of Jackson County Central High School, was recently inducted into Rochester Community and Technical College’s Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

Paplow is a 2018 JCC graduate.

Four from region on Kirkwood dean’s list

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Kirkwood Community College has released its dean's list for the fall 2019 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college.

Kirkwood students from the area earning this distinction include Austin Metzger of Rock Rapids, Iowa and Ciera Cerny, Owen Coburn and Blake Tillotson of Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Worthington resident on Winona State list

WINONA — Dillon McDaniel of Worthington has been named to the fall 2019 semester dean’s list at Winona State University.

To be named, a student must be an undergraduate enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours for a grade) and achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.5.