Lake Erie College receives gift from alumni couple for fountain
Lake Erie College has received a significant donation for a new fountain to be placed in front of Kilcawley Hall from Dana and Sharon Dennis, both alumni of the College.
Dana is senior vice president of finance of Parker Hannifin and has held various accounting and finance positions during his 30 years at the company. He is past chairman of the Lake Erie College Board of Directors and has been a member since 1998. During alumni weekend at Lake Erie College in 2006, Dana was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award exhibiting strong ideals of learning and success throughout his adulthood. He also was the College’s commencement speaker in May 2007 and was presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Sharon has worked as a legal assistant following her graduation from Lake Erie College. She enjoys spending time teaching various classes for Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and is a volunteer with the Master Gardener Program, OSU Extension Lake County. The Lake Erie College Board of Directors named the fitness track in the Athletic & Wellness Center the Sharon Dennis Fitness Track in her honor in 2007.
Being involved in the College has been a priority for the Dennis’s for many years. Dana was the keynote speaker of Lake Erie College’s 142nd Honors Convocation in 1999, sharing his words and personal mantra to “Be patient, but never satisfied.” Sharon regularly attends the College events and also serves as a highly dedicated ambassador of the College. The couple has donated to the construction of the Athletic & Wellness Center, the Lake Erie College Fund and other College programs.
The fountain, which is approximately 30 ft. in diameter, is part of the landscaping process for the courtyard of the $8 million renovation of the Austin Hall of Science. This will create a Georgian façade and include state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The fountain project and naming are pending approval from the Lake Erie College Board of Directors. Mr. Dennis’s only request for the fountain design is that it includes Parker Hannifin components.
“We are pleased to receive another generous gift from the Dennis’s as part of their ongoing commitment to the College,” said President Michael Victor. “The fountain will provide a new focal point as we continue to transform our beautiful campus.”
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,300 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.