Peabody Students Earn Honors At Assumption, Lasell, Scranton

Scott Souza

PEABODY, MA — Three Peabody students made the Assumption University Dean's List this fall amid the challenges of the coronavirus health crisis.

Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 for a five-class, 15-credit semester to be included on the prestigious list, which is announced at the completion of the fall and spring semesters.

Due to the pandemic, this fall semester was divided into two accelerated seven-week terms.

Junior Courtney Ball, junior Isabella Ricciardi and sophomore Claudio Rocha were the three Peabody residents to qualify.

"This semester, our students faced unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic," said Francesco C. Cesareo, president of Assumption College. "Following a rapid transition to remote learning, students adapted to the new form of education delivery amid difficult circumstances. The Assumption community is proud of these students who, despite the distractions of the COVID-19 situation, were able to remain focused and maintain a commitment to their academic programs."

Lasell University's Fall Career Readiness Symposium featured presentations of research, visual art, and more in December. The Fall Symposium was made possible in part by a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

Brianna Ricker of Peabody was the art editor for Polished, Lasell's award-winning, student-produced fashion and culture magazine. The Fall issue of Polished was released during the symposium.

Shannon Grafton of Peabody shared a presentation called "Creative Ways for Restaurants to Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic" as part of a course on food and beverage management in hospitality.

Sofia Rodriguez of Peabody was a member of the University's course on Black Psychology, and helped to organize African Diaspora Day educational activities for Symposium. Rodriguez presented a series of education stations as a virtual method of sharing takeaways with attendees.

Jaqueline Cordeiro of Peabody was a media director for Polished, Lasell's award-winning, student-produced fashion and culture magazine. The Fall issue of Polished was released during the symposium.

The December 2020 event showcased the work of more than 150 students in a dynamic digital format, a triumph for flexible teaching and learning amid COVID-19. This year's event was reimagined to celebrate and showcase the ties between career preparedness and Connected Learning, thanks to a three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

All Symposium presentations focused on four of the National Association of Colleges and Employers' career-readiness competencies: Global and Intercultural Fluency, Professional and Work Ethic, Leadership, and Career Management.

"The Fall Career Readiness Symposium showcased student work and experiences, especially ways in which students have applied Connected Learning to develop their careers through internships," said Provost Eric Turner. "The event highlighted competencies in leadership and global/intercultural fluency with an emphasis on ways our students lead and serve by example."

Courtney A. Kline of Peabody was among more than 1,800 students named to The University of Scranton's Dean's List for the 2020 fall semester.

The Dean's List recognizes students for academic excellence. A student must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours during the semester to make the Dean's List.

Kline is a sophomore criminal justice major in the University's College of Arts and Sciences.

The University of Scranton is a Jesuit university located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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