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Teaching excellence

Dr. Dianne Chambers of Oak Park was recently awarded Elmhurst College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Two faculty members are selected each year for the award. Dr. Chambers, an associate professor of English, began teaching at Elmhurst in 1993. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University and her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Grads and academic honors

The following Oak Park students earned positions on the Spring 2008 Dean's List at Northern Illinois University: Mark A. Maslauskas, William Scott Miller, Lauren M. Mulcahy, Taryn L. Parham, Michael A. Thinnes and Daniel Albert Zima.

Frances Mei Hardin and Jeffrey Robert Narkis, both of River Forest, graduated in May from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Peter E. Levrant, son of Seth and Lauren Levrant of Oak Park, received a B.A. degree in modern languages and cultures in May from the Virginia Military Institute. Levrant was a Distinguished Graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Levrant goes to Vandenberg Air Force Base in August.

JohnMark Allen Edwards and Rachel Glancy Edwards, both of Oak Park and married to each other, were recently honored during ceremonies for students enrolled in Samford University's Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies in Birmingham, Ala. JohnMark was recognized as the senior secondary education major with the highest academic average. Son of Karen and Mark Edwards, he also received the award given to the student judged to show the most promise to be an exemplary teacher in secondary education. Rachel, daughter of Devra and Chris Glancy, received the Velma Wright Irons Memorial Scholarship in recognition of excellence in academic achievement.

David Rubin of Oak Park has been named one of 52 Emerson scholars and will receive a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Camp for music this summer. Rubin, a violinist, graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School and will attend Lawrence University in the fall.

Megan Prossnitz, daughter of Howard and Elizabeth Prossnitz of Oak Park, recently graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Prossnitz's major field of study was French.

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