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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - To mark the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Lake Erie College, sesquicentennial medals were awarded to 12 individuals in recognition for their dedication and support to the College.

Honored as Sesquicentennial Fellows were:

Dr. Paul and Susan Belanger. A member of the Lake Erie faculty since 1976, Paul has taught 32 courses in biology, environmental science and physical science and has served on numerous standing faculty and College committees. A part-time faculty member since 1977, Susie has taught 23 different courses and has made the Environmental Science Resource Information Center (ESRIC) a wonderful resource for area teachers. Paul and Susie are most proud of the impact they have made on their students, who as alumni are now involved in a variety of important work while sharing their appreciation of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

Suzanne H. Coen. Sue Coen began teaching at Lake Erie College in 1987 and has been associate dean of equine studies since 1997. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Sue has taught a variety of classes in equine studies, including course design, judging and various levels of riding classes, and has served on a wide variety of faculty and College committees. She is most proud of the part she has played in assisting students to attain their academic and career goals and the achievements of the equine studies faculty in changing the program to keep up with the needs of the industry.

Robert Dickinson. Bob Dickinson served as a trustee of Lake Erie College from 1970 to 1988, was chairman of the board for five years, and is currently an emeritus trustee. He has generously supported a variety of projects at the College, including a named scholarship endowment, with significant gifts of time and financial resources. He and two of his daughters constituted the nucleus of the riding program when the Morley Farm was acquired by the College, and he was instrumental in the building of the George M. Humphrey Equestrian center and development of the equestrian program.

William Irrgang. The late William Irrgang, chairman and chief executive officer of the Lincoln Electric Company, was a trustee of Lake Erie College from 1960 through 1985 and chairman of the board from 1967 through 1985. He was instrumental in leading Lake Erie College through times of change and growth and generously donated his time and financial resources to help keep it strong. During his tenure on the board, the Austin Hall of Science, James F. Lincoln Library and Jane White Lincoln Center for Physical Education and Recreation were built, Phillips School was instituted, and Garfield Senior College became the first senior college in Ohio to award bachelor's degrees to students with associate's degrees. Accepting the award for Mr. Irrgang are his daughter Dorothy Irrgang Beall's children, Katherine Beall and Christopher Beall.

Richard J. Kessler. Dick has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2001 and a chairman of the board for the past two years. During his tenure, Tracy Dickinson Hall and the Athletic & Wellness Center were built, enrollment has increased substantially, new records in giving have been achieved and a new president has been appointed. Dick has been intricately involved in the life of the College throughout this time of change and his leadership has been instrumental in moving the College forward.

The Roddick Fund. The Roddick Fund was established in 1987 through a bequest of Catherine Roddick who, with her sister Georgia had been a lifetime Painesville resident and extremely active in the community. Since 1988, The Roddick Fund has given annual gifts to Lake Erie College for Catherine Roddick Endowed Scholarships, special projects and operating support. We are pleased to recognize The Roddick Fund for its ongoing and generous commitment and support of Lake Erie College. Accepting the sesquicentennial medallion for the Fund is Richard Johnson, president.

Dr. Charles E.P. Simmons. Charles Simmons was the seventh president of Lake Erie College, serving from 1977-84. During his presidency, the Jane White Lincoln Center for Physical Education and Recreation (which preceded the Athletic & Wellness Center) was opened, the weekend college and master of business administration programs began and the twins' scholarship was initiated. Throughout his tenure, Simmons was committed to advancing the liberal arts as the foundation of a well-rounded education.

Margaret L. Simmons. Peggy was the first principal of the Phillips School, which was opened in 1972 in what was then called Garfield Center. The private school, which educated students from nursery age through eighth grade, was operated by Lake Erie College until 1990 when it became the independent Phillips-Osborne School. When Margaret Simmons was principal, she hired Lake Erie students as classroom assistants to provide them with practical experience that supplemented their studies in education.

Dr. Clodus R. Smith. As the ninth president of Lake Erie College from 1986-92, Clodus Smith led the successful comprehensive $10 million capital campaign that resulted in improvements to College Hall, the Fine Arts Center, Morley Music Building and the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center and directed an advancement program that led to increases in unrestricted and endowment gifts to the College. He spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in a detailed plan covering the period from 1989-1994 titled "Meeting the Challenges of a New Era."

Paula Chaat Smith. Paula has worn many hats during her lifetime-those of wife, mother, teacher, first lady, volunteer, and advocate for women and Native Americans. A member of the Comanche tribe, Paula's heritage has had a strong influence on her life and the paths she has taken. While in Painesville, she was active with Forbes House, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), where she served as state president, the Indian Museum, and the Women's Policy and Research Commission for the State of Ohio. She entertained extensively at the Manor House and, with Clodus, traveled to meet with alumni across the country.

Dr. Marilyn S. Jones. Marilyn Jones was interim president of Lake Erie College from 1984-85, serving in the time of transition between Charles Simmons and Clodus Smith. She spent 10 years at Lake Erie College prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame College in 1988. In 1997 she was named vice president for academic affairs at Notre Dame. Marilyn continues her service in higher education today as associate provost for student & learning services at Lakeland Community College. In this position she oversees the learning center, library, part-time faculty affairs, faculty professional development, assessment and curriculum management.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education, offering 22 undergraduate majors and master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students. For more information about the College, visit the College website at or call 800/533-4996.


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