Otterbein Perrysburg resident finally gains university degree PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 16 August 2013 09:02
PERRYSBURG - Proving it's never too late to learn or earn a college degree, longtime Perrysburg resident Evelyn Campbell returned to school as a non-traditional student at Lourdes College, Sylvania, in the late 1980s.  Though she excelled in her studies, holding a nearly perfect grade point average, life circumstances prevented her from completing her bachelor's degree.
Realizing his mother was getting on in her years, Evelyn's son Craig contacted Lourdes to see what might be done. To his surprise, he found that his mother had completed enough coursework for an Associate of Arts degree.
Now, at nearly 90 years old, one of Evelyn's lifelong dreams has just come true. On Monday evening, President David J. Livingston, Ph.D., and Provost Geoffrey Grubb, Ph.D., presented her with an associate degree from Lourdes University.
Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak, one of Campbell's favorite Lourdes instructors and mentors, was on hand to personally congratulate her former student.
The surprise presentation took place at Avalon by Otterbein, the Perrysburg assisted living community at Rivers Edge Drive where Campbell currently resides.
Campbell was an art major while at Lourdes, and heavily influenced and inspired by Sr. Jane Mary. During the presentation, the retired instructor told a funny but touching anecdote about Campbell's student days.
She said that one day, after Campbell had finished - but not yet fired - a clay bust sculpture over which she had long labored, she arrived at class and all of the students who were there already were very quiet. Campbell finally asked what was going on and they pointed to her sculpture, which depicted her husband as a sea captain. It turned out she had forgotten to work out the bubbles in the clay, and his captain's hat had broken off in the night.
Heartbroken, Campbell went to Sr. Jane Mary who helped her fix the sculpture - saving it, so that it still stands perfect today.
Also present for Monday's ceremony honoring their mother were Campbell's children, Craig, Cheryl and Chuck.

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