University of Dayton | Dayton, Ohio
Christin Grabinski was awarded a master's degree in chemical engineering May 3 at the University of Dayton. Her thesis, "In Vitro Toxicity of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials," described a simple model to predict in vitro toxicity based on physicochemical properties of potential hazardous nanomaterials that are being implemented in various fields of nanotechnology. Over the last two years, Grabinski has worked in the Air Force Research Laboratories at Wright Patterson Air Force Base through a fellowship granted by the Consortium Research Fellows Program. She received a full scholarship for her master's studies from the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute.
Grabinski completed her graduate work in April following a six-month assignment at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers in Chalons-en-Champagne, a research university located northeast of Paris, France. She had many opportunities to experience the culture of Europe by traveling throughout France, Germany, Switzerland and Romania.
Grabinski's accomplishments in graduate school include numerous presentations at regional and international conferences, earning the Dayton Engineering Sciences Symposium Best Presentation Award in Biomechanics. She published four research papers presenting her work in peer-reviewed journals.
Her parents are Jim and Debbie Grabinski, of Lowell.
Ivy Tech | East Chicago
Angelia Dean-Peterson, of Hammond, graduated cum laude May 10 from Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in business administration. Dean-Peterson was a Phi Theta Kappa chapter officer. She is employed as a table games supervisor for Resorts Casino in East Chicago. She plans to continue her education at Purdue University.
Simmons College | Boston
Jayne Bakker Barsic, of Crown Point, graduated as a doctor of physical therapy May 17 at Simmons College. She is working for Community Hospital at Community Therapy Center, in the Hoehn Medical Center, in Schererville.
Purdue | West Lafayette, Ind.
Colleen Drasga, of Crown Point, earned a doctor of pharmacy degree this spring from Purdue University. A 2002 graduate of Crown Point High School, she is working for CVS Pharmacy in Chicago. She is the daughter of Carol Drasga, of Crown Point.
VU | Valparaiso
The nation's leading association for religious journalism presented three awards to The Cresset, Valparaiso University's journal of literature, the arts and public affairs. The awards came during the annual Best of the Christian Press competition.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Associated Church Press awarded The Cresset the second place Award of Merit in the Best of Class category for the nation's best Christian journal.
The Cresset also won first place awards for two articles. Winning first place in the Devotional Inspirational: Long Format category was the essay "The Work of Our Hands: Two Farmers' Reflections," written by Fred Bahnson and Richard Church. The Cresset also took top honors in the Critical Review category for the essay, "Why Cook Dinner?" by Agnew R. Howard, who reviewed three books on food in contemporary culture.
The Associated Church Press is the oldest association for religious journalism in the nation and annually recognizes the best work of the Christian press. The Cresset is published five times each year and is edited by James Old, assistant director of Valparaiso's Lilly Project on the Theological Exploration of Vocation and an adjunct assistant professor of political science.
St. Francis | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Lisa Setnicker, of Hammond, was among students completing degrees in December 2007 and May 2008 at the University of St. Francis. Her major was pre-med.
Dordt | Sioux Center, Iowa
Danielle Zwier, of Dyer; Julie Ooms, of Lansing; and Sara Achterhof, of Highland, were among 273 Dordt College students awarded diplomas during commencement held May 9. Zwier, daughter of Rodney and Susan Zwier, graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work. Ooms, daughter of Kevin and Marilou Ooms, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in writing. Achterhof, daughter of Doug and Gail Achterhof, graduated with a bachelor's degree in English/language arts with an emphasis in middle school.
Lincoln Christian | Lincoln, Ill.
Timothy Barbee, of Merrillville, and Janelle Clark, of Hammond, graduated May 10 at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. They both received bachelor of arts degrees. Barbee graduated cum laude, and Clark graduated magna cum laude.
Butler | Indianapolis
Juli Doshan, a senior in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism at Butler University, was honored at Spring Awards Day. She received the Senior Journalism Award as the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to campus journalism. She also received the Robert K. Stalcup Award honoring dedication to a professional career in public relations. She is the daughter of Bill and Joanne Doshan, of Valparaiso.
Eastern Illinois | Charleston
Gina Lendi, of Lynwood, has received the Eastern Illinois University Betty J. Hawkins English Scholarship Award. The award is presented to a full-time sophomore or junior majoring in English with an overall grade point average of 3.2. The recipient must have strong character and potential for leadership, as well as demonstrate strong writing skills.
Lendi is a 2005 graduate of Marian Catholic High School. She is a junior at Eastern, majoring in English. Her parents are James and MaryEllen Lendi.