Riverside resident Dr. Susan Dowd opened her new veterinary practice in LaGrange Park – Arbor Animal Hospital – with a grand-opening event on March 3.

The business, located at 14 E. 31st St., is a full-service hospital with the capability to provide in-house diagnostics using digital radiography and ultrasound. It also has an onsite lab and provides routine, preventative care for pets.

Arbor Animal Hospital’s website is www.arborvets.com

Cheerful givers

The Riverside Township Lions Club has announced that it will share more than $11,000 in funds it has raised with 34 organizations in Riverside Township, the Chicago suburbs and the city of Chicago.

The Lions donate to organizations providing services to the blind and deaf, organizations that assist children and adults with special needs and other local charities.

Riverside Township organizations receiving funds this year include the North Riverside and Riverside public libraries to purchase materials for the hearing impaired and visually impaired, the anti-drug program at Hauser Junior High School in Riverside, Boy Scout Troops 24 and 92, Explorer Posts 390 and 126, PeopleCare, the Riverside Township Food Pantry, Girl Scout Troops 4590 and 657, the Riverside Historical Commission, the North Riverside Historical Society, the Riverside Friends of the Fourth and Riverside-Brookfield Young Life.

Speak up

Pamela Bylsma, the principal at Riverside-Brookfield High School, has been chosen as the featured speaker at the Illinois Women in Education Leadership’s 26th Annual Million Dollar Luncheon on April 18 on Oak Brook. Her topic will be “Ethics as a Decision-Making Framework.”

The event is for women who are administrators or aspiring to be administrators. Details are available at www.iwel.org

On campus

Riverside resident Caitlin Cervenka and Brookfield resident Sara Patek were recently inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, an international Jesuit honor society at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Cervenka, a social welfare and justice major, and Patek, a writing-intensive English major, underwent a rigorous application process to become members of the society, which chooses students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. Members must demonstrate a commitment to Jesuit ideals of higher education and must rank in the top 15 percent of their class. No more than 4 percent of the junior and senior class is inducted. Both Cervenka and Patek are seniors.

Riverside resident Alexandria Cleveland has been awarded the St. John Baptist de La Salle Scholarship from Lewis University in Romeoville, which will provide her full tuition. Cleveland was one of five students chosen from hundreds invited to participate in the scholarship program.

Cleveland, a senior at Riverside-Brookfield High School, plans to study environmental science at Lewis when the fall term begins.

Brookfield residents Alexander Cebular and Kaylie Clark and North Riverside resident Kristen Schaefer have been named to the fall 2011 dean’s list at Aurora University. Students must achieve a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4-point scale to be named to the dean’s list.

Andreja Siliunas, a Riverside resident and graduate of Trinity High School in River Forest, was named to the dean’s list at the College of Wooster (Ohio) for the 2011 fall semester. A sophomore, Siliunas, achieved a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Jesse Mezera, of Brookfield, was named to the dean’s list for the 2011 fall semester at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais by earning a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Brookfield resident Alan Bringman was among the members of the Augustana College (Rock Island) Symphonic Band who toured the Pacific coast performing concerts in California, Oregon and Washington in late February and early March. Bringman is a sophomore majoring in music education.

Bringman also performed in February in a concert at Augustana College featuring the men’s and women’s choruses. Also preforming at the concert was Brookfield resident Natalie Viscariello.

Brookfield resident Emily D. Arp and Riverside resident Tyler C. May were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dean’s list students had a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.