University News: Local Students Recognized

Local students recognized for their achievements.

Alexander Polk, of Crystal Lake

NORTHFIELD, Minn.-- Alexander Polk, of Crystal Lake, is a member of the Carleton men's outdoor track and field team for the 2013 season. Polk is a graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School and currently is a sophomore at Carleton.

Carleton is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and NCAA Division III. Since 2000, the Knights have had 34 All-MIAC and 5 All-American outdoor performances.


Rebecca Strandberg, of Crystal Lake

ROCK ISLAND  -- The Augustana College Symphonic Band recently returned from its 2013 tour of the Midwest. The tour included stops in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska.

Among the students who performed:

Rebecca Strandberg, a sophomore from Crystal Lake, majoring in elementary education and music.

Designed to appeal to a variety of listeners, the band's program is a balance of new and standard pieces to both entertain and educate the audience.


Carrie Keahl, of Crystal Lake

ROCK ISLAND  -- 50 Augustana College students studied and worked in Sydney, Australia, for the first two months of 2013. The international study program known as "Augustana in Australia" places students in career-relevant positions in Sydney and immerses them in Australian culture. Over 250 students have participated in the program in the last seven years.

Carrie Keahl from Crystal Lake, was among the participants. Keahl is a junior at Augustana and is majoring in biology. Keahl interned at Avian Behavioral Ecology Group.

The students completed a five-week on-campus internship seminar and a complimentary class in either intercultural communication or business ethics before leaving for Australia on January 2. Once in Australia, students worked for a variety of employers in numerous fields – from healthcare to education and from hospitality to non-profit work.


Christina Mikulka, of Crystal Lake

BELOIT, Wis.  -- Christina Mikulka, a senior from Crystal Lake recently presented research on The Origins of Prion Family Protein Shadoo Predate the Bony Vertebrates at the 37th Annual Beloit College Student Symposium. Mikulka majors in molecular, cellular, and integrative biology.

Symposium Day at Beloit College is an academic forum at which students publicly present their research to the college community. All classes are cancelled to allow students, faculty and staff to attend the presentations.





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