academic

Optometry degree given: Stephanie Lew, O.D., was recently awarded a doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis. Lew graduated Beta Sigma Kappa, she was selected to receive the Bays Family Service Award and was a member of the Gold Key Optometric Society. She is the daughter of Frances and David Lew, of San Ramon. She is a graduate of California High School and UC Davis, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in genetics.

Dean's list: Elijah Sciammas, of Pleasanton, was named to the dean's list at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. for the spring semester.

Local graduate: Arjun Aletty, of San Ramon, received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Olin College in Needham, MA.

M.D. degree given: On June 2, Janelle Minter, M.D., graduated from Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine, in Portland. Later this month, she will start her residency in internal medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She is the daughter of Doreen and Jim Minter, of Castro Valley.

Students named to honors list: Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has named two local students to honors lists for the spring semester: Alexa Cavallo, a sophomore from Danville, and Darshan Patel, a sophomore from San Ramon, were named to the President's List, for which a full-time student must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

UC graduate: Ian Padilla Jong has received his bachelor of arts degree in criminology law and society from UC Irvine. He is the son of Olivia and Gary Jong, of Tracy, and a 2010 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School in Danville.

Local students make honor roll: Oregon State University, Corvallis, has announced its Scholastic Honor Roll for the spring 2014 term, which includes, from Alamo: Chase A. Jones, pre-mechanical engineering; Danville: Daniel J. Maupin, athletic training; Patrick C. Rim, microbiology; Tyler M. Susa, earth science and Jessica D. Warnken, human development and family science. From Dublin: Huarui Wu, computer science; from Livermore: Brian D. Engdahl, food science and technology; Danielle C. Lacombe, pre-business; Barret C. Neumayr, construction engineering management; from Pleasanton: Chase M. Hooper, biology; Sara D. Howard, pre-business and Tyler R. Sherman, digital communication arts. from San Ramon: Andrew Palma, pre-computer science; Rebecca E. Guise, biology and Kathryn N. MacLeod, human development and family science.

accomplishments

Assemblymember Joan Buchanan honors local business: Chuck Tyler and Dublin Cyclery were recognized as the 2014 Small Business of the Year for the 16th Assembly District at an awards luncheon in Sacramento celebrating California Small Business Day 2014.

New board members announced: Five new members have been elected to the Hope Hospice board of directors. They are: Kathleen Berriatua, a board-certified family nurse practitioner; Patrick Brown, the executive vice president/chief financial officer of the San Francisco Print Media Company, publisher of the San Francisco Examiner, Bay Guardian and San Francisco Weekly; William Harvey, certified financial planner with Spectrum Wealth Partners, a private company based in San Ramon; Christina Hopson, internist and infectious diseases specialist; and Phil Radlick, CEO and interim president of Cardima Inc. All five recently joined the 15-member board of directors, each of whom is elected to a two-year term for up to three consecutive terms.

MILITARY

Army Spec. Zachary V. Dullea has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. He is the son of Annette Dullea, of Danville, and a 2009 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School, Danville. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2013 from California Maritime Academy in Vallejo.

Test Pilot School graduate: Capt. Daniel Nelson has completed a year of training as a flight test engineer at Test Pilot School on Edwards Air Force Base, where he received a second master's degree, in flight test engineering. He also won the Raymond L. Jones Award -- presented to the flight test engineer who achieved the best overall record in report writing, flight test conduct and academic excellence. He is the son of Rochelle and Sheldon Nelson, of San Ramon, and a 2002 graduate of California High School.

He received a degree in aerospace engineering in 2007 from UC Davis and completed ROTC training for the Air Force while at UC Davis. He has a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by email at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.