Novak Fosters Dogs at Augustana College
On many college campuses you don't typically see dogs attending class with their handlers, but at Augustana College, in Rock Island, it has become a fairly common sight and a source of pride.
Viking Pups is a service, facility and therapy dog training club at Augustana. The one-year-old club fosters, socializes and trains dogs on campus in partnership with the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network Inc. (QC CAN).
The Viking Pups program is designed to take dogs from puppyhood to placement as a service dog. With a professor's approval, a dog can go to classes with a student, and dogs are commonly seen in the library, dining halls and at sporting events.
Viking Pups has been successful in recruiting many student volunteers on campus, including:
Lauren Novak, a senior from Grayslake, majoring in biology and pre-veterinary medicine. Novak is a school foster and handler for Viking Pups.
According to Mary Kiolbasa, a college sophomore and Viking Pups founder, "The campus is great because it's a mini-version of what the dogs are going to experience in the real world."
Viking Pups are on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VikingPups
Novak was recently named to the Dean's List at Augustana.
Orgon Recognized for 'Outstanding' Grades at University of Colorado
Neil Orgon of Grayslake was recently recognized for outstanding first semester grades at the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs.
Orgon was one of nearly 500 first year freshmen students recognized at the First-years Achieving Marks of Excellence reception on Feb. 6 for earning a 3.25 or higher grade point average during their first semester at UCCS.
Orgon is studying in the UCCS College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Wong Named to Dean's List at Northwestern College
Samantha Wong, daughter of Lary & Julie Wong of Grayslake, was named with Highest Honors to the Fall semester dean's list at Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn. The dean's list includes full-time students with a grade point average (GPA) during the semester of 3.65 (out of 4.0) or higher. Wong is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Northwestern.
Highest honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.90-4.0, high honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.75-3.89 and honors are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.65-3.74.
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