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American Red Cross honors Lake Erie College nominee

Lake Erie College former switchboard operator, Ruth Ann Spiesman, was honored at the 2010 American Red Cross Hero Awards Thursday, May 13 at the Quail Hollow Resort in Concord. She was nominated by President Michael T. Victor as a Lake County representative.

Spiesman began teaching Accounting at Madison High School in 1959, where she remained in that capacity until 1989. Upon retirement, she wanted to continue her commitment to helping others which led her to Lake Erie College where she became the College’s switchboard operator.

Spiesman was nicknamed “The Voice of Lake Erie College” and provided comfort and sage advice to countless students and faculty members. Spiesman has always gone the extra mile to make those around her feel special.

Although the event is new to Geauga and Lake Counties, it is a tradition for the American Red Cross to recognize local heroes who have performed extraordinary acts of kindness and humanitarianism. The event also featured Mark Nolan, WKYC-TV 3 News Today anchor.

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 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 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs 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.


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