• The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Rolling Meadows native Claire Therese Reising was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Belgium in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Reising is one of 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
A graduate of St. Theresa School and Fremd High School, Reising attended the University of Notre Dame, majoring in English and French. She graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 2011.
In Belgium, she will work as a teaching assistant for classes in American culture and English conversation at the University of Mons, which is located just outside of Brussels.
• Using a nine iron, Joe Becker of Des Plaines had the good fortune to make a hole-in-one on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Mount Prospect Golf Club.
Becker hit a pin location on the back of the upper tier of the green on the 128-yard seventh hole.
• The Des Plaines Park District appointed Kelly Roback to director of the Creative Corners Terrific 3's Preschool. Roback is a Des Plaines resident and graduate of the District 62 and District 207 school system. She has a bachelor of science degree in education from Loyola University in Chicago, and over 14 years of teaching experience.
She spent eight years at the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization, based in Arlington Heights, an Illinois public school special education cooperative, working with students with disabilities. For the past several years, Roback was the director of Elementary Education for the Academic Tutoring Center in Park Ridge.