Alternative spring break

Sarah E. Graves, daughter of Charles and Melissa Howe Graves of Darien, is one of 86 Hamilton College students participating in the college’s 23rd annual Alternative Spring Break. Participants will perform volunteer work in 10 locations in the east and southeast during Hamilton’s spring break, from March 12-27.

Graves, a senior majoring in English, is a graduate of Darien High School.

Alternative Spring Break is intended to increase students’ awareness and concern of social issues while generating a lifelong interest in community service. This year Hamilton ASB is sending students to Philadelphia for community outreach, Cumberland Trails, Tenn., Habitat for Humanity sites in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina, and other sites in West Virginia, Kentucky and Baltimore.

The Alternative Spring Break program began in 1993 when 20 students traveled to Miami to work on Hurricane Andrew relief with Habitat for Humanity. The following year the number of students doubled; each year since the number of participants has increased.

Participants in the ASB trips hold a number of fundraisers throughout the academic year to earn money for their expenses, which include van rentals, accommodations, meals and in some cases, site fees.

Washington University

Washington University in St. Louis named the following Darien students to the Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester:

Sarah Alptekin, School of Engineering & Applied Science. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 12 graded units.

Megan Gregory, College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Cameron Wong, College of Arts & Sciences.

Connecticut College

Nicole Williams, Class of 2017 at Connecticut College, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2015 semester, achieving Dean’s Honors in Behavioral Neuroscience.

Tulane University

Tulane University announced that Morgan Spar of Darien has been named to its Dean’s List for Fall 2015. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Roger Williams

Morgan Sawitsky, a resident of Darien, has been named to the Fall 2015 Dean’s List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Morgan is a Communication General major. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List that semester.