University News – July 1

Indianapolis dean’s list

The following students made the spring dean’s list at the University of Indianapolis:

Bartholomew County: Andrew Carr, Erin Mack, Dylan Maschino, Mallory Myers, Meredith Ondrejack, Margaret Sanders, Cassidy Smith, Samantha Watters and Bethany Harper.

Jennings County: Hunter Sporleder, Kyleigh Nelson, Lyndsay Miller, Alyssha Cloud, Matthew Cornett, Ariel Galliher, Taylor Hauersperger and John Kelley.

Students named to the list have completed at least 12 hours during a semester and earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

North grad earns residency

Rachel Handt, a 2009 Columbus North High School graduate, recently earned a residency to specialize in neurological physical therapy from the University of Southern California and Rancho Los Amigos for the 2017-18 school year.

She will be teaching doctoral level students at USC, conducting research and seeing patients at Rancho Los Amigos.

Handt also graduated from Ball State University in 2013 and the Indiana University School of Physical Therapy in 2016. She is currently employed by Community Health Network.

Alabama dean’s list

Two local students were named to the University of Alabama’s dean’s list:

Tyler Woodrow Lyons of Columbus

Jordan Q. Miller of Hartsville

Students must have an academic record of 3.5 or above to make the dean’s list. The lists recognizes full-time undergraduate students.

Ball State dean’s list

Ball State University recognizes on its dean’s list undergraduates who earn at least a 3.5 grade-point average for 12 or more credits of graded course work during a semester, or for 6 or more credits of graded course work during a summer term.

Local students who made the school’s dean’s list include:

Columbus: Maddie Albright, Sarah Anderson, Sydney Anderson, Benjamin Baker, Katelyn Bastian, Victoria Bell, Miranda Blevins, Caroline Boyle, Noah Clack, Delaney Coles, Devin Cox, Gabriela Czereszko, Meredith Dickerson, Lexi Dykes, Erika Espinoza, Mariann Fant, Austin Fowler, Makenzie Gilliam, Sarah Gloeckner, Paige Grider, Ellen Hacker, Briana Hale, Kiersten Henderson, Alex Joslin, Justin Knox, Zack Laughlin, Adam Leclerc, Matt Massengale, Michael Mcconnell, Sam McQueen, Payton Nunemaker, LeAnne Oliver, Rachel Ollestad, Brian Pierson, Katie Prall, Braeden Raymer, Ericka Russell, Tayler Seymour, Gabby Sims, Logan Sowash, Makinsey Summa, Michael VanDeventer.

Hope: Abbey Ashbrook, Alex Ashbrook, Jordan Cain, Brooke Stafford.

Hartsville: Jonathan Isbill.

Elizabethtown: Courtney Stoner.

Scipio: Ross Brumett, Morgan Grant.

North Vernon: Sophie Edens, Ally Posey, Thea Purdue, Lane Sawyer.

Wittenberg dean’s list

Wittenberg University recognizes students who maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Karen Wildemann of Columbus was named to the dean’s list this Spring semester.

Ball State graduates

Multiple Bartholomew County students graduated from ball State University in the spring. They are:


Bachelor of Arts: Erika Espinoza (magna cum laude), Jacob Green, Ellen Hacker, Ericka Russell, Logan Sowash (cum laude).

Bachelor of Science: Katelyn Bastian (summa cum laude), McKenzie Davis, Jordan Foster, Christopher Gorbett, Courtney Kinnick, Justin Knox, Roth Lovins, Michael Wayant.

Master of Arts: Bethany Scruton.

Master of Arts in Education: Mark Schneider.

Master of Business Administration: Tyler Kimbrell, Travis Walters.


Bachelor of Arts: Alexander Saylor.

Miami graduates

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, awarded 3,683 degrees to students during spring commencement exercises. Two of the graduates were from Columbus:

Morgan Donnelly, Bachelor of Arts majoring in strategic communication

Mariel Padilla, Bachelor of Arts majoring in strategic communication (university honors, cum laude)