University News – May 23

Columbus native graduates from Kansas

Mary Kutsko, of Columbus, received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, with a minor in religious studies, on May 15 from the University of Kansas.

Distinction for Columbus resident

The Missouri University of Science and Technology recently honored Craig A. Barnes of Columbus for professional distinction.

Barnes is a retired executive director of technology planning for Cummins Inc. and a part-time engineering consultant.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1978 and returned to school for graduate studies in 1983. He has worked at John Deere, Cummins and Fleetguard/Nelson. Barnes has stayed active as a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers for over 37 years, co-chair of SAE Off-Highway board of directors, chair of the 2011 SAE Baja Competition steering committee and numerous other groups.

Nolting broadens horizons

Heidelberg University junior Emily Nolting of Columbus will be spending this summer in Heidelberg, Germany, for the German and European Studies program.

Nolting is a business administration and economics major.

Students make Belmont dean’s list

Samantha Binnie, Kaden Eaton, Alexandra Leddy and Hannah Wittman, all of Columbus, were named to the Belmont University dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester.

Eligibility for the list is based on a grade-point average of 3.5 or better, at least a 12-credit hour course load and no grade below a C.

Hill on Evansville dean’s list 

Caitriona Hill, of Columbus, earned a spot on the University of Evansville dean’s list for the spring 2016 semester. Hill is studying neuroscience.

To make the dean’s list, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.