LEC students attend AICUO’s Independent College Day at Ohio Statehouse


On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Lake Erie College students Lydia Masar and Shelby Morgan represented LEC alongside Dr. Jennifer Collis, associate vice president for academic affairs, at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio’s (AICUO’s) Independent College Day (ICD). Held at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, the event was centered on promoting the importance of student aid for Ohio’s college students.

As explained in an AICUO press release, students and their advisors from Ohio’s private nonprofit colleges were invited to display tables featuring community projects, internship offerings and degree programs that set them apart from other campuses. The event involved over 90 students from 21 institutions, marking the largest ICD in the AICUO’s history.

In addition to representing LEC, Masar and Morgan had the opportunity to attend presentations discussing the legislature and government operations as well as opportunities for students to engage in the legislative process. They were able to meet with legislators, lobbyists and members of the AICUO while learning about career opportunities in government and options for internships and fellowships. Altogether, the event provided an excellent networking opportunity that allowed our students to share their ideas and concerns with representatives from the offices of LEC’s own local legislators.

The AICUO was organized in 1969 to represent the interests of its 53 members to Ohio's lawmakers, regulators and citizens. AICUO seeks to strengthen student financial aid programs and bring about a greater understanding of the benefits and contributions of Ohio’s independent colleges and universities. At the same time, the association works to promote the wellbeing of Ohio higher education as a whole, with special regard for the dual private/public nature of the responsibility to serve the educational, social, and cultural needs of the state and the nation. For more information regarding AICUO, visit their website at www.aicuo.edu.

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