Showers enrolls at University of Evansville

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Shain Showers of Belmont has enrolled at the University of Evansville. Showers, majoring in finance, joins an entering class defined by its strong academic ability and diversity. Members of the freshman class averaged 1,176 on the SAT’s critical reading and math components. (The national average, as reported by SAT, is 1,011.) They also scored an average of 26 on the ACT, compared to a national average of 21. Members of the University of Evansville’s 2012 entering class represent 31 states and 17 countries. “For more than 150 years, the University of Evansville has provided life-transforming educational experiences, preparing students for lives of personal and professional service and leadership,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Motivated students such as Shain Showers, who have a strong commitment to academics and personal development, are a pleasure to welcome to the University and the Evansville community.” Founded in 1854 and located in Evansville, Ind., the University of Evansville (UE) offers nationally renowned programs in liberal arts and preprofessional disciplines for its student body of approximately 2,400 full-time undergraduates. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UE in the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the Midwest, as well as the top three “Great Schools at Great Prices.” UE also has been named a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, ranked among the top master’s universities by Washington Monthly, and declared one of the nation’s “Coolest Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Magazine. To learn more about UE, please visit

Western Michigan University announces graduates

September 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

Students from Rockford are among those who earned their degrees from Western Michigan University (WMU) in the spring 2012 class. Matthew Troyanowski earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary professional education. Paul Christopher Werkema earned a bachelor of arts in history. Amy Marie Goei earned her master of arts in counseling psychology. Nick Gene Perry earned his bachelor of business administration in food and consumer package goods marketing. James RP Chelone earned a bachelor of arts in public history. Lindsey Anne Williams earned a master of arts in counseling psychology. Donald Lee Montroy earned a master of business administration in business administration: marketing. David Paul Martella earned a master of science in engineering management. Kacie Christine Klos earned a bachelor of science in interdisciplinary health services. Two Rockford students graduated from WMU with honors this spring. Ashley F. Harper earned her bachelor of arts degree in English, creative writing, and earned cum laude honors. Danielle Mary Downs earned a bachelor of science degree in family studies. She also graduated cum laude. Morgan Lindsey Kasmer of Rockford is among the spring graduates of WMU, where she graduated with high honors. Earning her bachelor of science degree in nursing, Kasmer graduated with magna cum laude distinction. Kristina Loznak of Belmont graduated cum laude. She earned her bachelor of science in interdisciplinary health services in occupational therapy.

Schroder earns bachelor degree

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Hans Schroder, a 2008 Rockford High School graduate, received a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology from Michigan State University (MSU) in May. Schroder will continue at MSU as a graduate student in clinical psychology, a six-year program. His research focuses on how the brain responds to mistakes and the implications this has for understanding psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression. He has published two research articles, which have been featured in major media outlets such as Wired, The Wall Street Journal, and

Students release salmon as end to unique classroom project

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

by CINDY M. CRANMER East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) students ended a unique classroom experience with a field trip to the Rogue River and the release of about 30 Chinook salmon smolts into the river. The program, Salmon in the Classroom, was funded by the Grand River Fly Tyers and involved a partnership between the seventh-grade biology classes at ERMS, the Fly Tyers and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). The Grand River Fly Tyers provided all the aquarium equipment and financial support for the program. Jeff Bryant, a seventh-grade teacher at ERMS, took the training and involved his biology and science students in the program. “The culmination of this science project with the release of the salmon has been great,” Bryant said. “The students selected have been so excited.” Approximately 130 students in five different classes were involved with 25 being randomly selected to attend the field trip to release the salmon smolts in the Rogue River. The DNRE participates in the year-long program by providing the teachers who are involved in the program with training and fertilized salmon eggs from a DNRE fish hatchery. The students hatch the eggs out, feed and raise the small fry in a tank, and then release the three- to four-inch young salmon smolts into the Rogue River. The salmon will eventually make their way to Lake Michigan, where they will live for three to four years before returning to the Rogue River in Rockford to spawn. About 200 Chinook salmon eggs were placed into the tank on November 8, 2011 and about 30 were released into the Rogue River at Richardson-Sowerby Park on May 9, 2012. Losing so many salmon in the first year is not unusual and also teaches the students a lesson about nature and survival. “This was really fun to see them everyday and now to release them,” said Grace Kropiewnicki, seventh-grader. “I was really excited to be selected.” Kropiewnicki said the students may see the salmon again someday, or at least maybe people like her brother who fish in the Rogue River. The Salmon in the Classroom program has been running for several years. It teaches students about everything from the life cycles of salmon to life history of fish to […]

Great Start Readiness program to be offered at Rockford

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Starting in fall 2012, Rockford Public Schools will partner with Kent Intermediate School District (ISD) to provide a new option for at-risk preschool students. The Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP) will be housed in the Community Services Building, located at 350 N. Main Street. The program, administered and managed by the Kent ISD, provides services to at-risk four-year-old students for qualifying families. Students must be four on or before December 1. The program will have a morning session beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. The afternoon session will run from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Rockford welcomes the opportunity to expand its preschool offerings through this consortium. Executive Director of Community Services, Lisa Jacobs, welcomes the opportunity, stating, “GSRP will be a great program to bring to the families of Rockford. The preschool option fills a void in the diverse range of preschool programs provided by the district.” In addition to the GSRP, Rockford offers Community Education Preschool, Child Development Lab Preschool, Hola Amigos Preschool, Montessori Programs, and Preschool Enrichment Child Care to our youngest learners. For information on the Great Start Readiness Program, please contact the county-wide preschool intake line at (616) 447-2409. For more information on any of Rockford’s preschool or child care programs, please contact the Community Services Department at (616) 863-6560.

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