Theresa Lashway '04
B.A. Psychology (Studio Art Minor); Clayton, Ohio
Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary); Charles J. Ping Award for Leadership and Service; Heritage Scholar; Dean's List; President's Award for Excellence in Service; Sharfstein Summer Psychology Research Grant; Columbus Children's Hospital - Research Assistant, Child Life Volunteer; Psychology Department - Course Assistant; HOPE for Autism - Founder and Chair; Office of Campus and Residential Life - Residential Assistant; E.S. Weiant - Special Education - Teaching Assistant; Assault Prevention Program; Blank Canvas Art Club - Co-President; After School Drama Club; Creative Movement Program - Movement Instructor; Art Department - Course Assistant; Study Abroad Cortona Art Program
Supporting comments: "Theresa is one of the hardest working, most compassionate, truly dedicated students with whom I have had the opportunity to work. Theresa founded and continues to direct HOPE for Autism, an all-volunteer group that helps families of children with autism carry out time-consuming behavioral training with their children. She has become so prominent in her efforts to support families with children with autism in the Newark/Granville area that she is often called upon for information and services that should be directed to professionals in the field. She has managed to help many obtain needed services because she has been able to provide information that no one else had provided these families. She has also helped so many Denison students realize the value and rewards that come from working with these children and families. Numerous students' lives have been changed through their involvement with Theresa and Project HOPE and several of them have now identified a career path based on these experiences. Theresa's interests are varied and eclectic; they have in common both an interest in helping others, and a willingness to put her considerable talents to work in organizing, planning, and doing the hard work required to show results. In the many years I have been at Denison, I have had only a handful of students as gifted, perceptive, and pleasant as Theresa. I have never had one as selfless and charitable."