International College Names October Student of the Month

North Naples resident Melissa Vandetti, 25, was named International College’s student of the month for October 2002. Vandetti, a business administration major, is well known by students and faculty for her leadership, volunteerism, and involvement in IC Ambassadors, a student organization.

Christine Barrows, an Admissions Coordinator, nominated Vandetti.

“I see Melissa practically everywhere students are needed for involvement. Melissa demonstrates an infectious enthusiasm and always has a smile on her face,” Barrows said. “She is a good role model for other students and literally is an ambassador for the college.”

Most recently, Vandetti volunteered during fall registration as an information resource and guide for new students. She volunteers because she enjoys helping people, believes in supporting her school, and wants to be more involved in community service. Vandetti enrolled at International College shortly after hearing an ad on the radio.

“When I went in for the interview process, I found everyone really positive, energetic and honest. That got me excited about going back to school,” she said, adding she had been out of school for six years. “I signed up that very same day.”

Another reason behind Vandetti’s decision to attend International College was its adult learner student base.

“It made me more comfortable knowing that everybody is here, because they want to further their education,” she said. “That gave me more of an incentive, too. If people in their 30s and 40s with all those other responsibilities can go back to school, then I could do it too.”

Vandetti works full-time as a Guest Services Manager at Resort Quest, a property management company. She recently was promoted to oversee 100 properties in Bonita Beach in addition to her responsibilities overseeing Fort Myers Beach properties. She credits what she’s learned in her classes at International College for her growth.

Katherine Dew, Ph.D., Business Administration Program Chair, was pleased to learn of her student’s honor.

“I’ve watched Melissa make substantial contributions not only in the classroom, but also to the student culture as an IC Ambassador and as a student representative on the President’s Outreach Planning Council,” Dew said. “We’re very proud of her.”
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