Scholars: June 30, 2018

The Northeast Times would like to congratulate the following college graduates, students who were named to their school’s dean’s list, and area residents who recently received special honors.

University of the Sciences recognized graduates as part of its 197th commencement celebration. Local graduates were Sherin Abu (cum laude with a doctor of pharmacy degree), Susan Arnold (PhD in cell and molecular biology), Judy Fang (magna cum laude with a biochemistry degree and a minor in mathematics), Michael Forgione (doctor of pharmacy), Navya George (summa cum laude with a biomedical sciences degree and a minor in social science), Nageen Gill (pharmaceutical and healthcare business), Taylor Lichtenhahn (magna cum laude with a pharmaceutical and healthcare business degree), Elizabeth Luczyszyn (MS in biomedical writing), Rachel Lyons (summa cum laude with a master of occupational therapy), Neha Mohan (pharmacology and toxicology), Jeannie Nguyen (doctor of pharmacy), Arshad Nisaar (MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business), Michael Nocito (pharmacology and toxicology), Parth Patel (cum laude with a doctor of physical therapy), Evana Patel (MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business), Monica Sirotovitz Palmer (physician assistant studies), Swana Thomas (doctor of pharmacy and master of public health), Sharon Varghese (magna cum laude with a master of occupational therapy), Michael West (doctor of pharmacy), Shifa Zachariah (magna cum laude with a doctor of pharmacy).

••

Pascal Napoleon recently traveled to China as part of a short-term academic and cultural immersion trip offered by Widener University. While in China, Napoleon and classmates studied the economy and politics of China, learned about the differing types of Chinese martial arts, learned about Chinese calligraphy and studied and socialized with Chinese and other international students. They also learned to speak basic Mandarin phrases. The group toured famous sites, including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden Village and Tiananmen Square, and took a weekend trip to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which was created to imitate the natural habitat for giant pandas to encourage breeding and rearing their young. When the Chongqing students visit Widener University in the fall, the Widener students who traveled to China will serve as their campus hosts. Napoleon, a political science major, is a member of the Widener University Class of 2019.

••

The following local students graduated from the University of the Sciences: Alicia Alex (magna cum laude, pharmaceutical and healthcare studies degree), Victoria Ngo (health science), Jeffrey Pocoroba (health science), Mei Ling Rong (pharmaceutical and healthcare studies), Merlin Thomas (pharmaceutical and healthcare studies).

••

More than 600 students were named to the dean’s list at Widener University. The following local students made the list: Melissa Walker (early childhood and special education major), Jara Arroyo (elementary education), Theresa Glackin (psychology), Kailea Schwartz (biology), Anthony Dicicco (accounting), Mathew Thomas (accounting), Evan Davis (analytics), Liam Curran (management), Brittany Bucher (nursing), Kerri Burns (nursing), Danielle Franks (nursing), John Ho (nursing), Aisha Nunez (nursing), Hannah Wilde (nursing), Kristen Macias (nursing), Yasming Stallworth (nursing). The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 or above for the semester.

••

Springfield College (Massachusetts) has named Kristian Rhim to the dean’s list for academic excellence. Rhim is studying communication/sport journalism. Criteria for selection to the dean’s list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500.••