and Campus 1973 Scholarship Recipient Returns as Guest Speaker
Robert Smolinski was honored at the 2016 Town and Campus Spring Brunch with a
scholarship granted in his name to a current University of Findlay student. A
1974 UF summa cum laude graduate, Mr. Smolinski received the Town and Campus
Scholarship at the Spring Brunch Meeting studying comprehensive social science
and history in 1973. During his junior and senior years, he was employed by
Findlay College as a student worker in the history department. His duties were
assisting the professor with classroom preparation, grading examination and quiz
papers including essays, and conducting library research. He worked for Dr. Wilfred Black, his faculty
advisor and professor of history and Ms. Sharon Bannister, assistant professor
of history. “Working closely with these professors proved valuable for my
future employment opportunities and job know how. The faculty in every college
department at Findlay made themselves personally available to the student body
on campus and, on some occasions, as guests in their homes. It was quite a
learning experience,” said Mr. Smolinski.
that he was recruited at his high school and liked the picture of Old Main, as
he was looking for a small college. While at Findlay College he said, “My
experiences at Findlay helped me to grow and change."
Smolinski closed with the interesting story of how he came to be a T&C
scholarship recipient. It seems a friend asked him to attend a T&C Spring
Brunch, where he was completely surprised to receive a scholarship. He and his
parents really appreciated the financial help. He shared a photo of him, his
friend Tim, and T&C member Mrs. James Federici.
retired teacher and principal after serving 35 years in the Euclid, Ohio
schools, Mr. Smolinski says he always wanted to be a teacher, and now his big
challenge is caring for his two grandchildren during the week so his daughter
can teach, noting that she is expecting again!
sitting down, Mr. Smolinski presented our treasurer a check to pay-it-forward
for another UF student to receive financial aid.