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Office of Leadership and Student Development

Taking the Lead

Focus on: Elizabeth Sunderhaus
Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
Status: Class of 2012
Major: Genetic Engineering, Concentration in Forensics

Campus Activities:

  • Big Sis/Lil Sis student mentorship program
  • Treasurer, Genetic Engineering Club
  • Student Activities Board
  • Treasurer, Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Captain, Cedar Crest Falcons basketball team
  • Orientation assistant
  • Forensic Science Student Organization

Academic Achievements:

  • 2011 winner of the Jostens Trophy for Div. III student-athlete of the year
  • Dean’s list student
  • Instructor assistant for introductory biology courses
  • Internship, University of Washington genomics department, summer of 2010

Leadership: "Cedar Crest has definitely helped me develop my leadership skills. This year, for basketball, we were a very young and inexperienced team. It was a lot of fun to help those who werenít so well developed to develop their basketball skills and give them encouragement. I tried to support all the underclassman and stay positive in practice when things werenít going so well for us."

Favorite Quote: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and IóI took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." (Robert Frost)

Her Take: "Coming to Cedar Crest, for me, was striking out on my own. At Cedar Crest, I see and befriend people from very different walks of life from me, but all of the different paths we have taken have converged here at Cedar Crest. Being nine hours away from home has really helped me to develop into a more globally aware, independent, and better person. "

“Elizabeth 360”: Elizabeth is a great example of what Cedar Crest College is all about. She won the prestigious Jostens Trophy for best Division III student-athlete in the country. She has excelled in the challenging genetic engineering major and as captain of the basketball teamófor which she has already scored 1,000 points and is closing in fast on 1,000 rebounds.

Her Take: "I chose Cedar Crest because of the forensic science program, and also because I could play basketball here and still be a good student. I get to play basketball, which is a lot of fun, and interact with my teammates and go different places. Iíve also got a lot of lab experience from Cedar Crest, and I know that at some colleges you donít get the hands-on (experience) like you do here."