About 38 percent of Miami undergraduate students study abroad for credit by the time they graduate--ranking the Oxford, Ohio second among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad.

Miami University student Caroline McVey spent the spring 2016 semester in Spain as part of a study abroad group. McVey, from Darien, is majoring in strategic communication.

Among the graduates

Darien native Michael Tone recently graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located in Hamden, Conn.

Elizabeth Benitez of Darien graduated from Binghamton University during the 2015-16 academic year. Benitez earned a Bachelor of Arts in applied psychology at the State University of New York school.

On the dean’s list

Tulane University announced that Morgan Spar of Darien has been named to its dean’s list for spring 2016. To be eligible for the dean’s list at the New Orleans, La. school, students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

Binghamton University announced Darien native Elizabeth Benitez made the dean's list for the spring 2016 semester. This honor recognizes students who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Alerts on an app

Connecticut residents can now stay prepared as blizzards, hurricanes and other emergencies approach. On Thursday, Aug. 11, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the launch of a new app that will give Connecticut residents information and alerts on emergency situations.

Developed by Connecticut Interactive and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, “CT Prepares” can be downloaded to most smartphones and uses texts, emails and social networking to allow residents to alert friends and family of their safety during emergencies. Users will also receive notifications about emergency news, state office closings and public safety messages. It can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Apple store for Apple devices or from Google Play for Android devices.

The app also allows users to get alerts about weather and traffic, view National Weather Service forecasts, access Connecticut Emergency Management Agency news and events, view preparation guides for different types of emergencies and access emergency resources and contacts.

Annual Maritime golf classic

Birdies and eagles will connect schoolchildren with sharks and sea turtles during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 6th annual Maritime Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 12.

Foursomes and individual golfers can register now for the event at the Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. Proceeds support The Maritime Aquarium’s efforts to connect cash-strapped schools that need subsidies for Aquarium programs and for busing.

The Maritime Golf Classic includes carts, a barbecue lunch, refreshments, post-play hors d’oeuvres and dinner, a silent auction and other prizes. Registration/bag drop begins at 10:30 a.m. and lunch opens at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Opportunities range from $10,000 as naming sponsor with two foursomes and two hole sponsorships to $1,000 as an individual player or $1,000 as a hole sponsor.

Sign up or get more details at 203-852-0700, ext. 2277.

Wait till 8

With the summer months upon us, Energize Connecticut partners are asking customers to “Wait till 8” to help decrease energy consumption and demand during peak periods, which are weekdays from noon to 8 p.m.

Extreme peak demands occur only 100 hours each year, or about 1 percent of the time, between late May and early September during hot, humid weather. To accommodate demand, additional power plants are on standby, ready to operate during these hours. These back-up plants often run on dirtier fuels - such as oil - that produce more air pollution and offer power at a price that drives up the cost of electricity.

To reduce energy usage, Energize Connecticut representatives recommend lessening the use of discretionary appliances and electronics during peak hours. Examples include:

Running pool pumps earlier in the day or later in the evening

Using dishwashers and laundry machines and dryers in the morning or later in the day

Programming thermostats to increase the temperature when a home is not occupied

Using energy efficient products like Energy Star LED lights and Energy Star air conditioning

Yellow Pages distribution schedule

The updated Yellow Pages will be distributed in Fairfield County beginning on or about Sept. 22. Residents who have any questions or concerns regarding the distribution of Yellow Pages directories can email sbconcerns@teampdc.com. Provide the following details when contacting the distribution concerns email: name, address, contact information and specific details regarding the nature of the concern.

Additionally, residents have the choice about which directories they would like to receive or stop receiving in the future. Residents can request directories or opt-out of future phone book deliveries by visiting www.YellowPagesOptOut.com.