Student ideas lead to unique summer learning, Kemper Fellows announced

Wed, 2012-07-25 08:17 -- univcomm

Three of Anderson University’s best and brightest sophomores will be among selected students from eight different colleges and universities who not be taking a break once summer vacation begins. Instead, one will do intensive study in Spanish and Latin American culture in Costa Rica and volunteer at an orphanage; one will participate in a French immersion program at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada; and another will complete a medical mission in Honduras as James S. Kemper Fellows.

In all, 20 sophomores have been awarded Kemper Fellowships based on proposals they recently developed. As a Kemper Fellow, each will receive a $1,500 to $3,000 Imagination Grant, enabling them to undertake a project of their design, anywhere in the world, for at least five weeks.

The Kemper Fellows are to participate in this project sometime between May and August of this year. At the start of their junior years in September, the fellows will gather together in Chicago to share their “imagination” experience with each other.

During their junior and senior years, the fellows will meet with their respective campus presidents at least three times each year. The meetings will allow the presidents to help the students as mentors as well as demonstrate their commitment to the students’ futures.

The Kemper Fellows Program is funded by a $96,000 grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation to Manchester College and seven other colleges and universities: Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.; Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio; Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va.; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio; Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y.; McPherson College, McPherson, Kan.; and Northland College, Ashland, Wisc.

The presidents from the eight colleges and universities view the Kemper Fellows as future leaders in business, education, science, public affairs, and other sectors.

The following students have been named Kemper Fellows:

Douglas Beam, a music education major at Anderson University. Beam plans to participate in a French immersion program at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.

Jennifer Berndt, a biology/psychology major at Northland College, plans to conduct research on developmental study of influences of osprey in Turtle-Flambeau Flowage wilderness area of Wisconsin.

Roxann Biberstine, a music major at Bluffton College, plans to participate in a mission program in Indonesia, one to two weeks in the Philippines, and one to two weeks in Hong Kong or Macau.

Brad Bohnstedt, a biology-chemistry major at Manchester College. Bohnstedt, following a program in Haiti in July, will travel to Guatemala and spend a week each in four different medical settings.

Sarah Chilson, an art and psychology major at Elmira College, plans to launch an e-business, selling hand-painted message bags on eBay.

Hannah Ditmars, a sociology and French major at Manchester College, plans to attend a summer program in American Sign Language at Gallaudet University.

James Dwenger, a business administration major at Bluffton College, plans to examine how an athletic team (Toledo Mud Hens) affects the economic and social structure of a city.

Adam ElNaggar, a biochemistry major at Anderson University, plans to do a summer internship in medical ministry in Honduras and participate in biomedical research at Anderson.

Jamie Erskine, a nursing major at Anderson University, plans to do intensive study in Spanish and Latin American culture in Costa Rica and volunteer at an orphanage.

Megan Fiely, a history and communication major at Defiance College, plans to attend a Medieval Studies Summer School at Cambridge University and travel to England.

Lindsey Gorrell, a peace studies major at Manchester College, plans to attend the 2002 Latin American Student Symposium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Tee de Monterrey in Mexico.

Sandra Lagana, a communication studies and Spanish major at Bridgewater College, plans to volunteer at Soccer in the Streets, a program for at-risk children in Atlanta’s inner-city.

Shay McNeil, a biology major at Bridgewater College, plans to examine the water quality of Summersville Lake and the Gauley River in central and southern West Virginia.

Abigail Monosmith, a biology major at Defiance College, plans to participate in a missions trip to Maui, Hawaii, where she will volunteer for up to four weeks at a hospital.

Peter Mundey, a history and political science major at Bridgewater College, plans to participate in the summer program at Georgetown University in political journalism. In the program, Mundey expects to intern at a media outlet and participate in an at-risk youth program run by Rickey Bolton, a former NFL player.

Julie Neer, a speech and hearing major at Elmira College, plans to attend a summer program in American Sign Language at Gallaudet University.

Elizabeth Neipert, a biology/psychology major at Northland College, plans to conduct research on developmental study of influences of osprey in Turtle-Flambeau Flowage wilderness area of Wisconsin.

Lindsay Petrashek, an English education major at Northland College, plans to research and develop an education unit plan on Harriett Beecher Stowe with visits to Hartford, Conn., and Cincinnati.

Jacob Porter, a psychology, music, philosophy, and religion major at Elmira College, plans to travel to France and Switzerland to participate in programs at Taize (an ecumenical, international community) and L’Abri (a religious retreat center).

Laura Potts, a history major at McPherson College, plans to travel to Cuzco, Peru, to explore history, culture, and differences.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, and theology.