Graduation profile 2011: Lorie Anne Acio

Lorie Anne Acio, 22, received bachelor's degrees from the School of Journalism and Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media and from the Robert D. Clark Honors College on June 13 from the University of Oregon. Acio is from Waipahu, Hawaii. "I not only learned from textbooks, but I learned from experiences," she says.

Extracurricular/leadership activities: National Broadcasting Society, DuckU, Oregon News, Kaleidoscope (Robert D. Honors College Diversity Club), Colleges Against Cancer.

I chose to attend the University of Oregon because … it was far enough from home, but not as far away (as the East Coast). I was also attracted to the stellar journalism program and the prestigious Robert D. Clark Honors College. Moreover, the school generously awarded me the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.

My most rewarding experience or proudest accomplishment at the UO was … winning awards for my documentaries from The Christophers Annual Video Contest – twice in a row! In 2009, I received third prize for “Making a Difference: Paul Harvey and the Gummi Bears,” as well as honorable mention for “Mike Langley – Hosea Youth Services: A Refuge of Faith, Hope, and Love.” It was the first time the contest awarded prizes to the same student filmmaker. In 2010, I won second prize for “Cottolengo Filipino: Children of the Providence.”

The greatest obstacle I encountered while earning my degree was … preparing for my undergraduate thesis for the Robert D. Clark Honors College. It was challenging to produce quality work that could contribute to the field of journalism, but it was exciting to showcase the knowledge I gained from my field.

My greatest inspiration at the UO came from … my professors and advisors. They inspire me to do better and to reach my true potential.

The UO moment I will treasure most was … hearing that I passed my Honors College thesis … with distinction!

My education at the UO has changed the course of my life because … it’s an honor to learn from award-winning professors, as well as work side-by-side with talented individuals who will become my colleagues some day.

I plan to use my UO degree to … become a documentarian with a focus on global and humanitarian issues.