News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 18, 2013


Staff Report

TERRE HAUTE — The following local students graduated from Anderson University, in Anderson, on May 11. They are Hing Sing Chan and Aaron Joseph Hoff, both of Terre Haute.

The United States Achievement Academy announced that Gabrielle Elizabeth Comelleri, of Terre Haute, has been recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student Award winner.

Gabrielle, who attends North Vigo High School, will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

She is the daughter of Michael and Deborah Comelleri of Terre Haute.

Paige D. Teegarden has received a KGA/KACS scholarship sponsored by Houchens Industries and administered by the Kentucky Grocers Education Foundation.

Teegarden is a 2011 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School and will be a junior at Oakland City University in the fall. She is majoring in biology.

The KGEF and its sponsors presented 26 scholarships this year to students in the food industry, totaling $25,000. Eligible recipients are either employed by or have parents who are full-time employees of KGA/KACS member firms.

The Delta Dental Foundation recently honored Elizabeth Christine Foulkes, D.D.S., of Terre Haute, with its Student Leadership Award. Foulkes is a 2013 graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Foulkes was selected for the award based on her scholastic achievement, leadership and clinical skills, and involvement in community service. During her years at IU, she received several scholarships and served as the dental committee chair for the IUSD Student Outreach Clinic, which provides dental care to the underserved in a local Indianapolis neighborhood.

In 2012, Foulkes was one of 250 graduate school students chosen for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to help improve the health and well being of people in need. During her fellowship, she designed a year-long, 200-hour service project to improve the Student Outreach Clinic.

Foulkes also visited Kenya to work with students and faculty from Moi University on a school-based sealant program. While in Kenya, she and two dental students designed research projects and collected data.

Rex Gower, a graduate of Lincoln Trail College, was recently selected for a summer research program sponsored by Northern Illinois University.

As part of the 10-week research and study program funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robinson, Ill., resident will study evaluating renewable energy collection and consumption, through experimentation with professors Kevin Martin and Nicholas Pohlman.

Admission to the summer research experience is based on grade-point average, applicant statement of career interests and goals, and professor recommendations. Last year, only 11 students were selected for the program.

Program recipients receive room and board plus a living stipend. Gower received an associate’s degree in science and arts from LTC.

David Rudisel was inducted into the Alpha Phi Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on March 3 at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Rudisel, of Terre Haute, majoring in information technology, is the son of Toni and Terry Orman and David Rudisel Sr. of Terre Haute.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, U.S. territorial possessions and Peru. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.

Andrea Steiger, a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at The College of Wooster. To make it on the list, Steiger, a junior chemistry major, had to earn a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.    

Savanna Richardson, of Terre Haute, was named to the Dean’s List of scholars for the 2013 spring term at North Central College. To be eligible for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher and be enrolled full-time.

Joshua Lynch was honored as a College Scholar at Greenville College at the end of the spring semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, freshmen are required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average, and sophomores, juniors and seniors must have a 3.7 GPA. A College Scholar is a student who has made the Dean’s List for three or more consecutive semesters.

Lynch, a senior criminal justice major, is the son Mark and Pamela Lynch of Center Point.

Greenville College is a four-year accredited Christian liberal arts school, founded in 1892 and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. The college is in Greenville, Ill., 45 miles east of St. Louis.