Anderson University will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by connecting with a city-wide celebration on Monday, January 15, and conducting a special celebration during the university’s weekly chapel-convocation in Reardon Auditorium on Tuesday, January 16. The Anderson city-wide celebration will take place on Monday, January 15, at the Paramount Theatre at 12 noon and feature Anita J. Harden, president of Community Hospital East. Harden will relay her experiences breaking through glass ceilings in a competitive career market. The AU campus will welcome Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress, medical director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for Community Health Network of Indianapolis, as the guest speaker during chapel/convocation on Tuesday, January 16, at 10 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
An accomplished physician specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and educator, Lauren Dungy-Poythress, MD, was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. She is the daughter of two educators, Dr. Wilbur Dungy, who began teaching at Jackson Community College in 1953 as the college’s first African-American professor and Mrs. Cleomae Dungy, an educator with the Michigan Public Schools for more than 30 years. She earned her medical degree from The University of Michigan’s Medical School. This was followed by residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ann Arbor, Michigan and subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Currently, she serves as Medical Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine for the Community Health Network of Indianapolis, where she promotes the health and well-being of mothers and their unborn babies. Dr. Dungy-Poythress has held faculty appointments as associate and/or assistant professor at several university medical programs, and serves on many community boards and programs associated with perinatal care.
Throughout her career, Dr. Dungy-Poythress has held a number of positions in obstetrics, gynecology and perinatology areas where she has received teaching and research awards. She has been recognized by Who's Who in Black Indianapolis in several publications, and received a Merit Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Aesculapian Medical Society of Indianapolis, but these are only the most recent in a number of honors and awards. She also enjoys opportunities for motivational speaking and throughout her distinguished career she has been honored with a key to the city from the mayor of Jackson, Michigan, distinguished university commencement speaker honors, invited Christian church speaking engagements and honors and special citations from the Governor of Michigan and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Dr. Dungy-Poythress has presented lectures at numerous conferences and medical schools, has been published in a number of medical journals and newspapers and has appeared on local network and public access television to promote health topics.
Established in 1986 by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.