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Alex Nackenoff

Alex Nackenoff successfully defended his dissertation, “Determining the Role of Serotonin in Antidepressant Action, as Revealed Utilizing the SERT Met172 Mouse Model,” in a public lecture at Vanderbilt University on March 14. His parents, Carol Nackenoff and Jim Greer of Swarthmore, were in the audience. Alex will receive his Ph.D. in pharmacology in May.

Samantha Newell of Rutledge, an early childhood education major at Widener University, was named to the President’s List for the fall semester.

Katharine A. Rutkowski of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Slippery Rock University.

Abby Dawes of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list at Susquehanna University. Abby is the daughter of Jodi and Bob Dawes.

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The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has awarded the firm of Menke & Menke, LLC, the 2016 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award for their work on the Laurel Hill Cemetery Pedestrian Access Restoration Project.

Bill Menke, an owner of the Swarthmore company, tells us that, “The original arrival point to Laurel Hill Cemetery was often by boat on the adjacent Schuylkill River. Long divorced, the master plan (of which we were a part) recommended removing a slip lane and concrete traffic island at Hunting Park Avenue and Kelly Drive, and replacing it with an entrance park. Adjacent to the world class Schuylkill River Trail, it provides a new arrival point to ‘Millionaires Row’ and the rest of the National Historic Landmark site.”

Menke & Menke, LLC, were landscape architects on the master plan, this award winner, and a previous Grand Jury award winning Shrubbery or Medallion garden at the cemetery. Along with the Fairmount Water Works, this is the third award to the firm from this group. As most of the awards are architectural in nature, this is a special honor.

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Mother of Providence students presented the “Living Stations” last Tuesday, March 22, at St. John Chrysostom Church in Wallingford. The 7th and 8th grade students performed the re-enactment of the passion of Christ.

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Making a full day out of a half-day at school, seven students from the 1st, 2nd and 4th grades at Swarthmore-Rutledge School volunteered at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken. “They had a great time doing meaningful and fun work that helped kids in need,” said trip organizer Jeannine Anckaitis. “Our group sorted clothes and put together bags containing a week’s worth of outfits for underprivileged kids aged 0-12, who desperately need them. Every volunteer over age 6 is welcome, easily occupied with a variety of tasks and will feel very proud of their contributions to a good cause.” Donors can also help Cradles to Crayons by leaving new or lightly used clothes, shoes, toys and books in Girl Scout Troop #5694’s collection box at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. More information is at

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