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Amherst College

The following local students, listed by hometown, graduated May 16 from the college in Amherst:

Amherst: Anthony Andrews, child of Samuel M. Andrews, graduated cum laude, majoring in film and media studies and philosophy; Clay Andrews, child of Roy H. Andrews, majored in Spanish; Keri Lambert, child of Janet Cremins and Richard Lambert, majored in history and graduated magna cum laude; Mark Santolucito, child of Robin Oakes, majored in computer science and music, and graduated cum laude.

Easthampton: William Workman, child of Daniel R. Workman and Dina E. Fein, majored in history.

Granby: Sean Monaco, child of Jonelle E. Monaco and Mark R. Monaco, majored in political science.

Belchertown

Vincent Grimaldi received high honors for the spring term at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham.

Carleton College

The following local students were awarded bachelor’s degrees from the college in Northfield, Minn., on June 15:

Veronica Lynn, of Amherst, received a degree in computer science, cum laude.

Rachel Osofsky, of Northampton, received a degree in physics, magna cum laude.

Jennifer Piela, of Amherst, received a degree in geology, magna cum laude.

Easthampton

The Easthampton Little League U10 players participated in the local Jimmy Fund Tournament. They collected the most money for the Jimmy Fund in this district and will attend a baseball game in Boston on Sept. 22.

Florence

Emersyn E. Pullan, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester, has been named to the spring semester dean’s list. She is the daughter of Gordon Pullan and Mari-Jon Adams-Pullan.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

The following area students were awarded Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, on May 24:

Nyima Sherpa Smith of Amherst, who majored in fashion design; Elizabeth K. Harper, who majored in illustration, and Alexander Neil Rojas, who majored in painting, both of South Hadley; and Bridget Rose O’Haire, of West Hatfield, who majored in painting.

Villanova University

The following students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the university in Villanova, Pa.:

Nicholas Grupen, of South Deerfield, who is studying computing sciences; and Conor Fitz, of South Hadley, who is studying psychology.

Smith College

John Davis, who teaches art history and American Studies at Smith, was a featured speaker at the annual New Orleans Antiques Forum, held Aug. 1-4 in the French Quarter. The conference, built around the theme of “Opulence and Intrigue: Exoticism in the 19th Century,” examined the proliferation of non-Western motifs and styles in decorative arts and architecture. Exoticism was a defining trend in the 1800s as doors to new worlds were opened and interest in ancient and distant cultures flourished. Davis discussed American artists who traveled to Palestine, Syria and Egypt in search of history and exoticism, beginning with the earliest panorama painters who created massive cinema-like experiences of the Holy Land.

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