Tuesday June 18, 2013

Rachel Konowitch, a sophomore majoring in psychology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y., has been named to the dean’s list for academic achievement for the fall 2012 semester.

Konowitch, a resident of Richmond, is the daughter of Wendy Laurin and Jeff Konowitch, and a graduate of Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington.

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Ariel Shrum of Housatonic has earned placement on the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston. To be eligible for dean’s list, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

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Amanda Klay, a member of the Connecticut College class of 2013, was inducted into the Connecticut College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on May 18.

Klay, a 2009 graduate of Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, is the daughter of Martha Klay of Great Barrington.

Phi Beta Kappa is the national honor society of undergraduate higher education. Admission to the society is based on exemplary academic scholarship over four years of college; members are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes.

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Rosa McKeon of New Lebanon, N.Y., a junior at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., is the recipient of the Krista Henry Award. This award is presented to a junior majoring in psychology whose overall grade-point average and grade-point average in psychology is at least 3.50 and who demonstrates -- through course work, internship or other experiences -- compassion, concern for others and an interest in entering the helping professions.

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Hannah Plishtin, a senior at Connecticut College in New London, recently presented a senior project for Connecticut College’s Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology Certificate Program. Plishtin’s project, "inside/out desire," was a video installation exploring the female gendered voice.

Plishtin is a 2009 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School and is the daughter of Maria Black and Bernie Plishtin of Lenox.

The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College gathers together faculty and students to explore and integrate technology and the arts. This certificate program incorporates an intensive research project, independent studies, course work, internships and research initiatives.

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Ruthie Kirchner of Hinsdale, a student at Emmanuel College in Boston, was chosen to represent Emmanuel College at Boston College’s annual poetry festival in April. Her poem, "Vernon," was selected by her English professor and was based on a recent trip to Vernon, Conn., with her college friends.

One student is chosen from each of the 50 participating New England Colleges to read their poem at a reception hosted by Boston College. Each poem recited is chosen based on content and writing style of the student.

Kirchner is the daughter of Joseph and Lisa Kirchner of Hinsdale. She will be entering her junior year at Emerson this fall and plans to continue her interest in writing, film and television.