Local students receive honors, degrees

Blacksburg’s Emily Slusser was named to the College of Charleston Spring 2020 Dean’s List. Slusser is majoring in hospitality and tourism management .

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a GPA of 3.600 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.

Located in the heart of historic Charleston, S.C., the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the college is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life and affordability. Its beautiful and historic campus, combined with its contemporary facilities, cutting-edge programs and accessible faculty, attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.


The Emory & Henry College Department of Athletics, in conjunction with Chi Alpha Sigma (XA), the National College Athlete Honor Society, has announced the members of the inaugural induction class for the organization’s “Virginia Xi Chapter.”

Among the 30 athletes inducted into the first-ever academic honor society class are Mitchell Walters (football) and Peyton Williams (men’s soccer), both of Christiansburg.

The Department of Athletics, in coordination with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, uses the following criteria for induction into the honor society: the student-athlete must have earned at least one letter in a varsity intercollegiate sport and be in good standing with the team;

the student-athlete must have achieved at least junior academic status after his/her fifth semester; the student-athlete must have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40; he or she must have the endorsement from the head coach of their sport; the student-athlete must be recommended by the college’s chapter advisors; and the student-athlete must be of a good moral character.

Emory & Henry is one of seven institutions in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to sponsor a chapter in the nationwide organization. Founded in 1996 by then-DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis, Chi Alpha Sigma was established to recognize college student-athletes who excel both on and off the field of competition. The goal of the organization is to provide outstanding student-athletes with an opportunity to become connected within a fraternal association that aligns their educational and athletic successes for a lifetime. Additionally, Chi Alpha Sigma has established a postgraduate scholarship in honor of Coach Mourouzis and now recognizes a pair of Scholar-Athletes of the Year from the membership.

Located in the Highlands of Virginia, Emory & Henry College has devoted itself since 1836 to the belief that education can have a transformative effect on an individual, a place and ultimately the wider world.


Mason Colley of Blacksburg has graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

More than 5,000 students graduated with bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees from Ohio University in the spring semester of 2020.

The graduates represented many areas of the United States and an abundance of countries, including: Canada, Ecuador, China, Ghana, India and Japan.

Ohio University strives to be the best student-centered, transformative learning community in America, where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence, and alumni become global leaders.


Blacksburg’s Ethan McDowell has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester. McDowell is majoring in journalism and is a member of the Class of 2021. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

Based in Boston, Mass., opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The college has approximately 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries.


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