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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - Motivated students who are interested in entering a college honors program are invited to attend the Lake Erie College Honors Day, scheduled for Friday, September 22 from 1-5 p.m.

The Honors Day program kicks off at 1 p.m. in Coe Conference Room of the Arthur S. Holden Center with a motivational speech by retired General Michael Dunlavey entitled, "Leadership in a Troubled World." This speech will be followed by informational sessions about the honors program, a campus tour and a reception with President Michael Victor and current honors students.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the honors program enjoy many benefits. In addition to the honors designation on the diploma, other benefits include: a $1,000 Merit Scholarship for every year in the Honors Program; priority registration for every term after the first semester; special research and social opportunities with faculty; special internship opportunities and special study abroad tours. Students who meet the program's admission requirements will be sent a letter of invitation and an application from the director after they have applied to Lake Erie College.

"The Honors Program at Lake Erie College allows students to show their academic strength and leadership abilities," said Eric Felver, director of admissions. "We currently have an excellent group of students enrolled in the program and hope to grow the number of students exponentially each year."

Students and their families interested in attending the event can register by calling the Admissions Office at 800-916-0904. General Dunlavey's speech is also open and free to the public.

Speaker, Judge Michael E. Dunlavey graduated from the University of Notre Dame and served in the United States Army for four years. He later received his Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo and established a private practice in Pennsylvania concentrating in complex civil litigation. Dunlavey also served as an assistant District Attorney for Erie County, Pa., was elected to the Court of Common Pleas and later served in the Army Reserve where he was promoted to Brigadier General and was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the Army's Intelligence and Security Command. He was later promoted to Major General, and then General at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md. Shortly after 9/11, Major Dunlavey was personally chosen by the Secretary of Defense to create and establish an interrogation center and system to house al Qaeda, Taliban and other terrorists from around the world in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. General Dunlavey successfully completed that mission in November of 2002 and returned to the National Security Agency. In August of 2003, he was assigned to the new Terrorism Threat Integration Center as the associate director for Homeland Security. He has recently retired from the Army and returned to civilian life.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as 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, visit the college website at or call the Admissions Office at 800-916-0904.


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