College awards and honors

Amanda L. Mezick, daughter of Betty and Donald Miller of Medford, has received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Her extracurricular activities included working as a hospice volunteer, working at Rogue Valley Manor and playing the clarinet, piano and guitar.

She is interested in working with hospice, as well as the field of management of aging seniors and would like to pursue a master's degree in social work.

Mezick is a 2006 graduate of North Medford High School.

The following students from Ashland have graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove:

Rebecca Elgin, master's degree, writing; Sarah Hawkinson, bachelor's degree, anthropology and sociology; Benjamin Wright, bachelor's degree, business administration: economics; Keely Zodrow-Novak, doctorate, physical therapy.

The following local students were named to the spring 2011 term dean's list at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.

Brianna Rae Collishaw of Medford, a senior, majoring in educational studies; Morgan Anthony Montagnino of Ashland, a senior majoring in classics.

Ariana Cudiño, daughter of Leanna and Agustine Gudiño of Central Point, graduated with an associate in arts degree on May 15, from Cottey College in Nevada, Mo.

Cottey College is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization. Cottey is the only nonsectarian college in the nation owned and supported by women for women.

Marie Cox of Medford was recently recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lamba, a national leadership and honors organization at the University of Arizona.

Sigma Alpha Lamba is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and professional fulfillment.

The following local students graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville on May 29.

JACKSONVILLE: Denise Alane Davis, bachelor's degree, nursing.

MEDFORD: Elissa Anne Blackhurst, bachelor's degree, elementary education (cum laude); Jade F. Severson, bachelor's degree, anthropology (magna cum laude).

TALENT: Dustin Smith, bachelor's degree, psychology.

  • Auburn S. Santo of Medford received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Boston University in Massachusetts in May.
  • Dane Happeny, son of Mark and PJ Happeny of Medford and a graduate student at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., has been recognized by the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation as a Founders Fellowship award winner for spring 2011. The Founders Fellowships recognize the fraternity's most accomplished members who are in graduate school or who will enter graduate school this fall. Academic standing, leadership and character are primary considerations. The fellowships carry with them awards of $4,000. Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and have notable contributions to their campus, community and fraternity chapter. Only six students are recognized each year.
  • Christina Bonelli of Medford was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. Bonelli, a junior majoring in marketing, earned dean's honors list status by maintaining a term grade-point average of at least 3.65 on a scale of 4.0.
  • The following Ashland residents graduated from the University of Portland in May:

Andrew Christlieb, bachelor's degree, political science; Natalie Hemphill, bachelor's degree, life science, and bachelor's degree, Spanish; and Corey Thomas, bachelor's degree, life science.

Downtown Denver Campus has announced that Holland Foley of Medford has been awarded the Denver Bound Scholarship, beginning this fall.

For the seventh year, the Downtown Denver Campus of the University of Colorado, Denver has awarded scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $17,000 per year to academic, high-achieving, nonresident freshmen and transfer students. More than 300 students applied for the scholarship, with 59 recipients for the fall.

Tessa Elaine Yondorf graduated cum laude with a major in French and a minor in sustainability from Portland State University during the spring 2011 commencement ceremonies. She was honored with a Certificate of Recognition at the World Languages Departmental Ceremony for her work in pioneering a teacher training program at the French American International School in Portland. Yondorf spent one academic year studying in France at l'Universite Aix-Marseille III, where she was recognized as the most outstanding student in her class. She is a 2007 graduate of Ashland High School.

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