Lake Erie College chosen as site for Summer Gifted and Talented Institute
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – The Ohio Department of Education has chosen Lake Erie College as one of its sites to host a “Summer Gifted and Talented Institute.” The program will bring together 50-100 exceptional high school sophomores and juniors together for a two-week period of courses and activities.
The name of the program is titled, “Exploring the Waves,” which consists of three main areas – Exploring Me, Exploring Community and Exploring Possibilities. These “explorations” are academic courses considered to be college-level and generally taught in full length on campus.
Courses centered around diversity, such as The Underground Railroad, Encountering Islam and Social Problems in a Diverse Society, are leadership-related; whereas, classes on financial literacy, horses and forensic investigation are chose by personal interest.
Kim Manning, Ph.D., a middle school science teacher who has researched and written on the topic of humor and laughter in education, will conduct a workshop on the role of humor as a people skill in leadership. An additional workshop will be in the form of a reflective talk on adversity and commitment led by Jim and Mary Lou Beers, who will speak to their journey together in overcoming Jim’s stroke and paralysis. Giving inspirational talks throughout Ohio, the couple was featured as the cover story in a recent book titled, Cleveland Couples.
Richard Bonde, Ph.D., chair of the Education Department, said that the grant application will cover many courses, speakers and activities all concentrating on leadership. Bonde indicated that in “Exploring the Waves,” students will also have an opportunity to take advantage of the unique and internationally recognized Lake Erie College equestrian program.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors and 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.