Riverside resident Constance Guardi has been selected by the Olmsted Network Board of Directors as this year’s recipient of the Caroline Loughlin Volunteer Service Award, which was established in 2005 to recognize “extraordinary dedication and commitment to the preservation of the Olmsted legacy.”
Named after Caroline Loughlin — a trustee, officer and longtime supporter of the National Association for Olmsted Parks — the award has been given to trailblazers such as Charles Beveridge, Newt Levee, Susan Rademacher, Gerry Wright and Lucy Lawliss for their efforts to promote and protect the Olmsted legacy.
The National Association of Olmsted Parks, now rebranded as the Olmsted Network, received a bumper crop of nominations from around the nation, but Guardi surpassed them all.
In the congratulatory letter, the president and CEO of the Olmsted Network wrote, “I can think of no more worthy recipient and look forward to bestowing it on you!”
Guardi is a longtime member and a leader in the Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside. She also has been a member of the Riverside Historical Commission for 38 years and served for many of those years as its chair.
She is co-author of the Arcadia book “Riverside” and facilitated the PBS program “10 Towns That Changed America,” hosted by Geoffrey Baer.
Guardi worked closely with the Illinois Institute of Technology to create the display at the Riverside train station, which features a permanent pictorial exhibit on Riverside history titled “Picturing Riverside” and coordinated and implemented Riverside celebrations for the Olmsted 200 anniversary.
The award will be presented at the Sept. 21 awards dinner in Milwaukee at the Grohmann Museum.
Brookfield resident Kristin Reingruber in July was named director of assessment, instruction and evaluation for Hinsdale School District 181.
Reingruber, who was elected to the Brookfield-LaGrange Park District 95 Board of Education in April, previously was principal of Monroe Elementary School in Hinsdale, which is also in District 181.
Johnathan Wells, of Riverside, was among the 900-plus students at Bradley University in Peoria receiving degrees during commencement ceremonies in May. Wells graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and music.
Riverside resident Louie Marcou in May graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in media arts and game development from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Skyler Nash, of Brookfield, graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in community and international development.
Kiera Notz, of Brookfield, was among the roughly 620 members of the Carthage College Class of 2023 receiving degrees at the school’s commencement festivities in May in Kenosha. Notz graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and was also named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list.
Among those named to the Bradley University dean’s list for the 2023 spring semester for achieving a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale were Brookfield resident Anthony Kelly and Riverside residents Danika Apostolovich and Victor Tierrafria-Marte.
Austin Halfpenny, of Brookfield, was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Hamilton College on Clinton, New York, for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.5. A rising junior majoring in economics and Hispanic studies, Halfpenny is a Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate.
Augustana College in Rock Island announced last month that among those named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5 were Brookfield residents Alexander Ardisana (biology/Spanish for professional use) and Elizabeth Considine (psychology/public health), Riverside residents Grace Fuechtmann (music education) and Sylvia Harvin (mathematics/middle grades math) and North Riverside resident Olivia Blood (communications sciences and disorders).
Brookfield resident Matthew Agnew and North Riverside resident Liliana Favela were named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Carthage College in Kenosha for achieving semester GPAs of at least 3.5.
Liam Fahey, of Brookfield, was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.5 and Dawsey Fahey, of Brookfield, was named to the school’s honor roll for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.0.
Colin Griffin, of Riverside, was named to the 2023 spring semester president’s list at the College of Charleston (South Carolina) for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.8. Griffin is majoring in business administration.
Brookfield resident Nathaniel Rulich was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Kalamazoo (Michigan) College for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.5.
Riverside resident Katie Culloden was named to the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at Emerson College in Boston for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.7.
Sophie Bowie, of Brookfield, made the 2023 spring semester dean’s list at the Georgia Institute of technology in Atlanta for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.0.