Lisa Rusen '05
B.A. History and Education; Fairlawn, Ohio
Phi Alpha Theta (History Honorary); Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary); Mortar Board; Denison Community Association - President, Vice President; Denison Summer Scholars Program - Researcher; Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage - Guatemala City - Volunteer; Wilson Middle School - Student Teacher; Copley-Fairlawn Middle School - Student Teacher; St. Gregory of Nyssa Eastern Orthodox Church - Sunday School Teacher; STAY Tutoring Program - Tutor; Center for Service Learning - Student Worker; Denison Costume Shop - Student Worker; Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week - Group Leader; Comfort Cottage - Volunteer; Newark Education and Literacy Community Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters - Mentor; Helping Hands: Garden of Hope; Bread for the World; New Beginnings Battered Women's Shelter
Supporting comments: "At the beginning of her Denison career, on a Service Orientation trip to Washington, DC, I discovered Lisa's rare gift for mentoring and teaching. Ever since that beginning, she has volunteered in campus organizations that gave her opportunities to further develop these talents and her quiet but steady leadership qualities continued to grow. Her inspiring record of community service is a product of who Lisa is. The heart of her volunteer work has been outreach to disadvantaged youth and this passion for bettering the lot of the young is mirrored in Lisa's academic work. In seven years of teaching at Denison, Lisa perhaps more than any other student has clearly brought together academics, co-curricular activities, and work experience in pursuit of her chosen vocation."