AU senior Andrew J. Spracklen from Pekin, Ill. was recently awarded the Stevenson Outstanding Student Award for their academic achievement. As an outstanding student, Spracklen was selected for the $5,000 award by Dr. Blake Janutolo, Dean of the College of Science and Humanities, and the biology faculty. The Stevenson Award is made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
The competition for the award was tough this year--Spracklen will be one of 16 graduates in biology. According to Janutolo, one of the key decision points was an internship Andrew completed last summer at Penn State University from which he received the highest reviews and evaluation. Andrew plans to get married this summer, then enter into the doctoral program in the area of Molecular Biology at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Jerry Stevenson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Findlay in 1953, a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University in 1956, and an M.D. from The Ohio State University in 1960. In addition, Dr. Stevenson served as corporal for the Army and a lieutenant commander for the United States Public Health Service.
Patricia Stevenson attended both Anderson University and The Ohio State University, where she pursued an interest in occupational therapy and worked as a technician in the university’s Pathology Department.
From 1965-70, Dr. Stevenson served as Chair of the Biology Department at Anderson University. He was instrumental in building the current curriculum for the department and bringing distinction to the university’s pre-medical program. He worked full-time in the Pathology Department at St. John’s Hospital in Anderson from approximately 1970 to 1997.
Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson currently reside in Estes Park, Colo. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.
—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.
The Stevenson Outstanding Student Award is a part of the Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University. On October 6, 2006, the university launched a $110 million campaign entitled; Dreams. Discovery. Direction. The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the university's history. To date the campaign has raised $90 million. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment and $25 million for operational support.