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Rocklin residents named to Dean's List at Biola University

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Samantha Hopping and Dirk Tiche, both of Rocklin, were among 1,306 students named to Biola University's spring 2012 Dean's List for academic excellence:

Biola students are placed on the Dean's List to honor those with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units and whose cumulative GPA is at least a 3.2. This past spring, 33 percent of Biola students achieved this academic goal.

"Inclusion on the Biola Dean's List is an indication that this student is performing exceptionally well in a rigorous academic program," said Patricia Pike, vice provost for undergraduate education. "Our Dean's List students are bright, motivated, engaged, competent and personable. They are already demonstrating the characteristics of success that results from applied intelligence and that will support future endeavors in society, community, career and family life."

Biola's GPA requirement for the Dean's List is one of the highest among Southern California Christian universities. Biola is a private Christian university in La Mirada. For more than 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With the highest enrollment in Biola's history of 6,250 students, the school offers 145 academic programs in six schools and degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.