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Rech is third recipient of Jeeninga Fellowship

Tue, 2010-09-21 08:00 -- univcomm
September 21, 2010

School of Theology Master of Theological Studies student Nicole Rech was named the third recipient of the Jeeninga Fellowship in Archaeology. Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity on Monday, Sept. 27, to hear a report of her research and experiences in Decker 133 from 6-8:30 p.m.

rechRech traveled to Tel Ramat Rachel in Israel from Aug. 15 - 28 for a two week dig. Rech said she "learned a ton about archaeology" from what kind of tools to use, weather conditions, how to dig a site, and the experience of finding artifacts in a dig.

After the dig, Rech was able to stay in the Jerusalem area to sight-see and also traveled to Masada and En-Gedi on the Dead Sea. "Everything I did was a learning experience, from flying overseas for the first time to digging at the site," said Rech.

Rech plans to further her education and work on a Ph.D., in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, with the goal of eventually teaching in the university setting.

"This experience was absolutely invaluable for my future. I now understand the process of an archaeological dig and how that informs the conclusions that one draws, I understand the history of the later Old Testament period better, I have pictures that I can use as teaching tools.I cannot count the number of ways this journey has been and will be beneficial to me," said Rech.

David Neidert, Jeeninga Museum Director and Fellowship Committee member, said, "In a recent conversation with Nicole, I could see in her eyes and hear in her voice the value of this experience. It brought together much of what she has been learning over the last few years. As a future biblical scholar and teacher, this travel was invaluable to her. It is a privilege to be involved with students through the Jeeninga Fellowship; to make life long dreams a reality."

The Fellowship was established by the late Dr. Gustav Jeeninga, founder and former director of the Bible Museum, for assisting students to study up to four weeks in the Mediterranean basin around archaeology or personalized research in periods from the Early Bronze Age to 1000 A.D.

The Selection Committee for the Fellowship consists of Dr. Blake Janutolo, Dean College of Science and Humanities; David Neidert, Jeeninga Museum Director; Dr. Alan Overstreet, Chair, Religious Studies Department; and Dr. Barry Ross, Professor of Old Testament in the School of Theology.

"Nicole was sparked to apply for this fellowship because of the presentation by last year's recipient, Haley McCracken," said Neidert. "Future applicants will gain a glimpse of what can happen for them through Nicole's experience at the presentation."

Rech's presentation on Sept. 27 is free and does not require reservation. Contact David Neidert at or (765) 641-4526 for more information.

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 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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 Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). The SOT offers a number of seminary degree programs for women and men, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).