University of Rhode Island spring 2013 dean's list

KINGSTON, R.I. — University of Rhode Island announces more than 3,700 undergraduates have qualified for the spring 2013 dean's list. The students represent all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, many other states and more than a dozen countries. Local students included are Derek C. McConnell of Rockland and Asa H. Peats of Camden.

To be included on the Dean's List, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.

News from Trinity College

HARTFORD, Conn. — Molly Parent of Warren, a member of the class of 2015 at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., has received faculty honors for the 2013 spring semester.

To earn faculty honors, a student must achieve a semester grade point average of at least a 3.667 with no individual letter grade below B-minus.

Jackson completes carpentry program

BOSTON — Rockland native Victoria Jackson has graduated from the North Bennet Street School after completing a two-year training program in preservation carpentry.

In June, Jackson joined the staff of Beacon Hill Restorations in Holliston, Mass. as a preservation carpenter.

One of the country’s oldest institutions for craftsmanship training, the school is known internationally for its rigorous teaching methods, and for its role in promoting the preservation of traditional hand skills.

Graduates of the preservation carpentry program go on to pursue intriguing careers, such as working for a contractor who specializes in conserving historic buildings using carpentry techniques that are authentic to original methods.

Jackson graduated from North Atlantic Regional Schools in 1998.

Massage therapists graduate

WALDOBORO — The Downeast School of Massage held commencement exercises for seven new massage therapists from the 51st graduation class and approximately 50 guests July 20 at the school in Waldoboro.

Each student represented their class by speaking to the audience at graduation. Memories surfaced with laughter, gratitude, and tears representing the deep bonding shared by this class over the course of this year.

Emily Waltz Lash, BS, licensed massage therapist and vice president of the school, delivered an inspiring speech that challenged the graduates to be soulful with their practice and recognize the calling of their vocation. She quoted Robert Frost’s poem "The Road Not Taken" and suggested that they all take a path that will make a difference in many people’s lives that they touch; to remember that in massage therapy they will have an opportunity to have an impact on the client’s whole person including body, mind and spirit. Director of Education Suzanne Ash assisted with diplomas and a reception followed.

Graduating were: Willow Cordes-Eklund, Monroe; Meghan Cronin, Brooks, DeAnna Fletcher, Plymouth; Paul Gagnon, Walpole; Lacey Merrifield, S. China; Joel Oyer, Newcastle; and Sarah Taylor, Washington.

Peters completes national service program

ROCKLAND — They responded to Hurricane Sandy, fought fires, provided relief to disaster-devastated communities, mentored disadvantaged youth, coordinated thousands of volunteers, and developed into the nation’s future leaders. AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps or NCCC graduated 479 members this July who completed more than a half million hours of service and over 275 projects, including 78 disaster serves projects. One local individual was part of this effort and completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need: Shaunacy Peters of Rockland.

Peters, who arrived at NCCC’s Pacific Region Campus in Sacramento, Calif. in October 2012 to begin her term of service, graduated from the program on July 23.

Peters was part of a team of about 10 other members who completed a series of six- to eight-week-long projects in different communities across the country.

Before joining NCCC, Peters attended Rockland District High School. She is the daughter of Jamacan Penney-Vassey.