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Student Spotlight

Graduating seniors recognized Lake Erie senior chooses Italy at Honors Convocation

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Think innovatively, whether it’s at your own company or the largest corporation in the world.” Academic excellence awards were presented to the following seniors: Rachel Riley, accounting; Anthony Belviso, business; Erin Byler, education; Stephanie Wills, English/communications; Katharine Stockdale, equine studies; Joseph Fath, legal studies; Amber Adache, modern foreign languages; Rachel Hanzak, science and mathematics; and Rachel and Sandra Nypaver, social sciences.

experience culture from a non-tourist perspective. You are assimilated into another culture, leaving you with no choice but to embrace it. “I saw things that were startling and intriguing, and I felt feelings that I never did before. You have to be willing to live outside of your comfort zone,” Perrill said. Along with Rome, Perrill visited Prague in the Czech Republic, specifically the picturesque John Lennon Wall.

President Michael T. Victor presented the prestigious President’s Award to Steven Abbott. “Steven upholds the three pillars of the College – excellence, tradition and service. He is a natural leader who was active in a number of organizations across campus, and he exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is so important today,” Victor said.

The Wall is filled with inspirational quotes from local and

Billie Dunn, dean of students, presented the Dean’s Award to Amber Adache. “Amber has served the College well academically, socially and culturally, including being president of the Spanish Club and membership chair for Mortar Board. She is a bright young woman with a natural call to do for others,” Dunn said.

the island of Capri, where she was able to go inside the

Students who achieved Latin honors, Mortar Board members, Scholars Program participants, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges undergraduate research symposium participants, and scholar athletes were also recognized. President Victor added some final words to inspire the students. “We often tell young people to follow their dreams. More importantly, act on those dreams. Turn bad into good, and good into great. Your ideas – and your actions – will produce the continuous change we all need. And that will be a dream come true for all of us.”


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international artists. Leaving behind her own mark, Perrill painted an inspirational quote, “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; love is better than silver and gold.” She also traveled to the cities of Sorrento and Positano and Blue Grotto, a sea cave filled with natural blue or emerald light.

“Opportunities like this should not be overlooked. These experiences are entirely too valuable. If you’re looking for happiness, truth, a place to allow your soul to search, studying abroad is the perfect option,” Perrill said. Perrill will graduate in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in Italian studies.

Fall 2011 Magazine  

Lake Erie College Magazine, Fall 2011 issue