Mount Prospect resident Frank Splitt presented his recently published writings on education, the environment and technology, titled "An Odyssey of Reform Initiatives," to Loyola University, Chicago, as a memorial to the late Arthur J. Schmitt, founder of the Fournier Institute of Technology, Splitt's alma mater. Splitt, a vice president emeritus of educational and environmental initiatives for Nortel Networks, holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, where he served as the McCormick Faculty Fellow of Telecommunications for the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. This is the latest honor for Splitt, whose book is becoming part of collections in prestigious university libraries across the country.
• Megan Klein, an assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Oakton Community College was awarded Loyola University's President's Medallion. The President's Medallion, one of the Chicago university's most prestigious student honors, is given to outstanding students for leadership, scholarship and service -- intended for those who excel in the classroom and are dedicated to helping others. Klein is working on her doctorate degree in sociology at Loyola.
• Cook County Sherriff Thomas J. Dart honored 71 students representing 33 different high schools with the Cook County Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor for volunteering more than 100 hours to the betterment of their community in the past year. The 2016 recipients included: From Hoffman Estates: Angela Choksi, Liana Fuller, Peter Hammel, Kaitlyn Henke, Maanasa Kanimilli, Morgan Kelly, Frances Lee, Madeline Lorch, Ali Naqvi, Parin Shah, Ryuta Tsukahara and Cissy Xiao; from Inverness: George Baldassano, Katharine Cocciemiglio and Maggie Tippe; from Park Ridge: Katelyn Kahn and Thomas O'Conner; and from Streamwood: Nicholas Hall. The awards were presented during a ceremony held Dec. 1 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.
• U.S. Air Force Airman Jessica M. Vasquez, daughter of Lupe Fernandez and Mark Vasquez of Fernley, Nevada, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Vasquez is the niece of Vanessa Morales of Bartlett and granddaughter of Ricci and Rick Powel of Schaumburg and Isabel Morales of Bartlett.
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