academics

Local Students make the Grade. Carroll College, of Helena, Mont., has announced the California students named to the dean's list for spring 2013. From Dublin, Justine Songey; and from San Ramon, Kelly and Mark Rostratter.

accomplishments

New Chairman. Visit Tri-Valley announced that Dave Ackerman, the director of marketing at Livermore Premium Outlets, has been named chairman of the board of directors. Ackerman's term will run during the current fiscal year -- 2013-14.

Visit Tri Valley is the sales and marketing organization that represents Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon as a preferred destination for visitors, meetings and events.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111.