Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been re-elected as chair of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (ACSFA). U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan first appointed Harper-Marinick to the committee in 2012.
Derek Weglarz, son of Dennis Weglarz and Maurna Winterer, has been named to the 2014 Lawrence University dean’s list for maintaining a 3.4 GPA or higher for the full 2013-14 academic year. Weglarz is a 2013 graduate of Desert Vista High School.
Cera Hassinan was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2014 semester at Johns Hopkins University. To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits.
The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he will pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Sue Sisley to the staff and the project.
Another school year is drawing to a close. If you have young children, you might be planning for their summer activities. But you also might want to look even farther into the future — to the day when your kids say “goodbye” to their local schools and “hello” to their college dormitories. When that day arrives, will you be financially prepared to pay for the high costs of higher education?
Even though it’s only February, college financial aid officers are already gathering documents, crunching numbers and otherwise working to determine grants for the school year that starts this coming fall. If you have children you plan on sending to college, how will your own savings and investments affect their chances of getting financial aid?
Haleigh Spurlock of Ahwatukee has been named to Graceland University’s honors list. Students with a perfect 4.0 GPA are named to the president’s list. Students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list.
Joseph Alongi of Ahwatukee has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. He demonstrated the academic excellence necessary to earn a place on the dean’s list for the fall semester of 2013 at Benedictine College. Alongi’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alongi.
Franklin Maimone Souza and Ashton Skinner, both of Ahwatukee, were named to the Whitworth University Laureate Society for spring semester 2013. They qualified for the academic honors society by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.75 during the semester.
Each fall, after crossing the hurdle of back-to-school fever, parents of high school juniors and seniors have the added burden of facing the confusing college application process. News stories remind parents of the spiraling tuition costs and increased unemployment among college graduates while colleges sell parents on the need for a degree in today’s changing American economy.
Jayne Cole, a Luther College senior from Ahwatukee, was named to the 2013 spring semester dean’s list. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a semester GPA 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). Luther is a selective four-year college located in northeast Iowa.
Jacquelyn Mahoney of Ahwatukee, a student majoring in business administration, was named to the Northeastern University dean’s list for the spring semester. To achieve the dean’s list students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a 3.5 GPA or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career. Each student receives a letter of commendation and congratulation from their college dean.
Benedictine College has recognized Joseph Alongi of Ahwatukee by naming him to the dean’s list for the spring semester. To achieve the dean’s list, students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and have a 3.5 to 3.9 GPA. Of the 1,716 undergraduate students on campus for the 2012-2013 academic year, 440 made the dean’s list.
For Valley residents driving along the Santan Loop 202 Freeway — specifically those heading eastbound toward Chandler and Gilbert — there’s a large billboard that comes into view approaching the Loop 101 interchange.
Another school year is drawing to a close — so if you have young children, they’re one year closer to the day when they head off to college. And both you and your children need to prepare for that day. Your kids can do so by developing good study habits. As for you, it’s never too soon to start preparing for the high costs of higher education.
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been named one of the most influential Hispanic business leaders in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine. As the executive vice chancellor and provost, Harper-Marinick is chief academic and student officer for more than 265,000 students who attend each year.
In his best-selling book “Outliers,” author Malcolm Gladwell examines the relationship between elite Canadian hockey players and the disproportionate likelihood of their birthdays coming in January, February or March.