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When in Rome, Roam Over winter break, 50 members of the Adrian College Marching Band performed at the Rome New Year's Parade. Located in the eponymous Italian capital, this annual event continually draws more than 100,000 spectators from around the world. The march begins near the Castel Sant'Angelo (lit. Castle of the Holy Angel), runs along the Via della Conciliazione (lit. Road of the Conciliation) and concludes in St. Peter's Square. Though participating in the parade was the highlight of the band's week-long stay, the trip's itinerary contained a plethora of other things to do. The Bulldogs performed at multiple other venues, toured various Italian landmarks (such as the Sistine Chapel

and the City of Pompeii) and indulged at some of the finest eateries in the world. According to one member of the band, "it was nothing less than the experience of a lifetime." This experience could not have transpired if it were not for the attentive appraisal of Mr. Robert Bone, the executive director of the parade. He learned of the Adrian College Marching Band through their 2013 performance in London. Seeing that no ocean could stop the Bulldogs from demonstrating excellence, he sought their participation in his own grand festivities. Adrian College, of course, was more than happy to oblige.

Adapt and Conquer: Stephanie Hammerman They call her “The Hammer,” and it’s no wonder why; Steph Hammerman lives by the motto “Failure is not an option.” Born three months premature, Steph developed cerebral palsy shortly after birth; it was believed that she would never walk, speak, read or write. She has gone on to defy the odds and shift the paradigm of what it means to be “able-bodied,” becoming the first female certified CrossFit level 2 trainer in the world with cerebral palsy. On March 16, Stephanie Hammerman brought her motivational message to Adrian College for Disabilities Awareness Week. Steph Hammerman’s mission is not only to inspire others but also to compel them to action. Drawing from her experience, adapting for everyday tasks and challenges that are commonly taken for granted, Steph discussed the importance of living life to the fullest despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With charm and a robust confidence, Steph shared her story and invited listeners to discover, fulfill and, if needed, adapt to a life of purpose.

Champagne Spy Adrian College professor Oded Gur-Arie is just 12 years old when his father reveals to him he’s a Mossad secret agent and makes the boy swear to secrecy because his life depends on it. Oded breaks a long silence and journeys into his father’s real and covert identities, revealing the heavy price paid by his family, trapped in the shadows of espionage. On March 21, 2016, Adrian College brought the awardwinning documentary to campus for a reception and free screening of the film. Gur-Arie, who was present for the event, is a professor in the Accountancy, Business and Economics Department at the College.

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