Education for citizenship
Raina Rotondo seemed destined for a career in engineering. "As a child, I always gravitated toward toys or DIY programs (on television) that focused on construction and problem solving," she recalled. "Civil engineering is part of who I am."
The fourth year senior from Green, Ohio, also believed strongly in service to others. A member of Ohio State's Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program, she regularly volunteered for community service projects on campus and beyond. Now, as a newly-named Sesquicentennial Scholar, she and 149 fellow students will further demonstrate Ohio State's land-grant mission of service to the community through leadership development and service-learning opportunities.
Created to honor the university's 150th year, the Sesquicentennial Scholar Program's membership features students from nine countries, 22 states and 42 Ohio counties. In a statement to the campus community, Ohio State President Dr. Michael V. Drake described the Scholars as "the next generation in Ohio State's proud tradition of service and excellence."
Once selected, Raina was eager to begin her tenure in the program. "This is an exiting opportunity for me and all Buckeyes to embrace the ongoing mission of global citizenry, leadership and education," she stated. She intends to pursue a career as a civil engineer while honoring her commitment to improving the quality of human lives and the environment. "I am bursting with pride over being a Buckeye," she offered. "I hope to succeed as a meaningful campus ambassador and community leader who will exemplify the values and commitment to others that Ohio State has fostered in me."
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