Kevin Kurtz, a 2010 Kingston High School graduate, graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C., with a master’s degree in economics.
He previously graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a dual degree in economics and business administration.
Kurtz accepted a position with the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission in Washington, D.C., as a financial institution specialist.
••• Two Rhinebeck residents attending St. Lawrence University in Canton — Paul A. Henke and Daniel R. Pollis — are participating in the university’s off-campus study abroad program. Henke is participating in the university’s fall off-campus program in New York City. A Rhinebeck High School graduate, he is a member of the Class of 2017 and is majoring in economics-mathematics.
Pollis is participating in the university’s fall off-campus program in London. A Millbrook School graduate, he is a member of the Class of 2018.
••• Lizeth Lopez of Highland, a student at the State University of New York at Oneonta, contributed to an award-winning book in which 29 Latino students and recent alumni of SUNY Oneonta recounted their experiences growing up with two languages and two cultures, and similar life struggles.
“Mi vida en los Estados Unidos, jovenes hispanohablantes cuentan sus experiencias” (or “My Life in the United States, Young Hispanic Heritage Language Speakers Write About Their Experiences”) won two awards at the Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards.
Maria Cristina Montoya, assistant professor of Foreign Languages & Literature at SUNY Oneonta, edited the book, which won first place in the Most Inspirational Nonfiction category and second place for Best Autobiography.
The student writings came out of Montoya’s “Spanish for Bilinguals” course for native Spanish speakers.
Lopez is majoring in Child and Family Studies at SUNY Oneonta.
••• Theresa Brown of Ellenville was named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies in Circleville, Ohio, for the fall 2015 semester.
Students earn dean’s list status by achieving a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.