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Von Streber Receives Charles Paul Conn Award

Guilherme Von Streber has been named Lee University’s 2017 recipient of the Charles Paul Conn Award and was recognized by Lee President Dr. Paul Conn for this achievement during Honors Chapel on Tuesday, April 11.

“The Department of Language and Literature is proud of Guilherme,” said Dr. Jean Eledge, chairperson of the Department of Language & Literature at Lee. “He is a promising scholar leaving us to enter graduate study in a PhD program in Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies at Emory University, where we believe he will make important contributions to his field of study and will positively impact the programs and the people that he will engage in the process.”

Von Streber Named Award Winner
Guilherme Von Streber

This award is given to a Lee senior who demonstrates the greatest promise of achievement in graduate or professional studies after graduating from Lee. Established in 1996, it is named after Lee’s 16th president. Each department may nominate one student for the award. From these nominees, a winner is selected by a faculty vote.

“I am delighted to be this year's Charles Paul Conn Award recipient,” said Von Streber. “Receiving such a prestigious award is a way of honoring the professors who have intellectually formed me, the Department of Language and Literature, and my family for whom I am very thankful. I aspire to be a good representative of Lee University by always pursuing academic excellence at the graduate level.”

During his time at Lee, Von Streber has served as president of Sigma Delta Pi and Leetinos, as well as been a member of the Modern Language Association, the Ekklesia-Association of Student Presidents and Campus Leaders, and the Diversity Council.

He has been a recipient of the Henry Crosby Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, John D. Nichols Scholarship, Esther Blaska Scholarship, and he also received the Colombian Government Grant for teaching English.

Von Streber has presented at the Annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin and Iberian Studies, the Latin American Studies Symposium, and the TESOL Training Workshop. He is in the processes of translating a reflections book from Spanish to Portuguese for Lee’s Dr. Alexander Steffanell. Von Streber was also the manuscript assistant for the creation of ILPOR’s (Instituto da Lingua Portuguesa de Assunção) Spanish to Portuguese dictionary.

“Guilherme is a talented scholar with the rare ability to speak three native and two foreign languages,” said Steffanell, Von Streber’s faculty advisor and an associate professor of Spanish. “He is a determined, hardworking, and honorable individual who shows seriousness and devotion to all academic challenges provided within our department. He exhibits a great deal of academic interdisciplinary excellence, a commendable intellectual curiosity, and an impressive tenacity to follow a line of academic research which will greatly help him in graduate school.”

Von Streber will graduate from Lee Magna Cum Laude this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. After being accepted into graduate programs at Emory University, Temple University, University of Florida-Gainsville, University of Georgia, Bowling Green State University, and Middle Tennessee State University, Von Streber has decided to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy at Emory University with a full-tuition scholarship this fall.
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