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Pittsburgh, June 23, 2009 – During the May 9 commencement program, La Roche College’s administration recognized two students and a faculty member for their academic and professional excellence.

Sabbir Amin, who earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics, received the 2009 President’s Award for Leadership and Scholarship. The award, which is the most prestigious award offered to an undergraduate student of La Roche, was presented by College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D. It is given annually to a graduating student with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 who exemplifies the values and characteristics of the college’s mission and who is an effective leader on campus, in the workplace or in the community. Amin is from Bangladesh.

Nicholas Sauer, of Allison Park, Pa., graduated in December 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in professional writing. He received the Richard G. Kotarba Outstanding Honors Presentation Award. Sauer was acknowledged for his consistent place on the dean’s list throughout his undergraduate career, as well as his involvement at the college as a consultant at the Writers’ Center, editor-in-chief of La Roche’s Nuances Literary Magazine, host and producer of classical music program Classics on Campus on La Roche’s web radio station, and his internship with WQED FM.

Sauer presented his honors thesis in history at the college’s honors awards program prior to graduation. His presentation was titled Icons and Olympians: Constructing a “Russian” Cultural and Aesthetic Order in the Work of Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, and Pasternak. He is the son of Larry and Diana Sauer of Allison Park and is a graduate of Hampton High School.

Edward Bobinchock, M.A., a visiting religious studies/philosophy professor and director of the La Roche Experience, received the Brother Gregory Nugent, F.S.C. Award for Teacher Excellence. Brother Gregory Nugent, F.S.C., was a member of the Middle States team responsible for the initial accreditation of La Roche College. He wrote that the future of La Roche depended on quality and dedication of the faculty. In keeping his vision, this award is given annually to a faculty member who, in the estimation of the students, is an outstanding teacher and dedicated mentor. Bobinchock is a resident of Cranberry Township, Pa.

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