LACEY COPE transferred from the United States to the American University in Bulgaria in 2009 and immediately became involved in cultural events, charitable drives, and university recruitment activities. She successfully graduated AUBG in May, 2012.

Her interest in music led to involvement with several AUBG musicals and the founding of Svetlina, a women’s folklore vocal ensemble. Although not a born Bulgarian, Lacey has the Bulgarian spirit in her vocal cords and in her feet, in her mind and in her heart. They say she can dance 70 dances, most of them Bulgarian. She is the founder, manager and conductor of a female folklore ensemble, called “Svetlina” (or “Light”).

Cope was also named Presidential Medalist for 2012 in recognition of her outstanding academic record, respect for the liberal arts tradition, and clear commitment to community service. Cope has served as a volunteer in East European Folklife Center (EEFC) for the last seven years. She is an active supporter of AUBG, working in the admissions office and in the university’s relations office to recruit new students and promote the university’s mission. Most recently, Cope did an internship in Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at United States Department of State.

She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Anthropology and is planning to have a career in cultural diplomacy.

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