At age 11, Joanna Tilley was liberated from constant stints in the hospital when a doctor found the cure for her respiratory illness. It was that moment that set the stage for her career choice.
But, it was her father’s work as a pastor and the medical ministry groups who flowed through her Tennessee home that gave her career choice a purpose.
“They (the groups) were the first to introduce me to this idea that there were people in the world who didn’t have the opportunity to visit a doctor; therefore, there were children in the world who wouldn’t be able to breathe as I could,” Tilley said at the Anderson University President’s 2010 Annual Appreciation Dinner for Fellows and Sponsors.
[Photo: James and Marilyn Ault are pictured with Anderson University President Dr. James L. Edwards.]
Tilley was one of the two award recipients at the dinner Saturday night. The dinner also featured a performance from the university’s percussion ensemble and a speech from President James L. Edwards about the state of the university.
Edwards explained to the approximate 275 diners that Anderson University has flourished, despite a reduction of $3 million in the times of a persistent downturned economy. He touted the students’ accomplishments, post-graduate school acceptance rates and high test scores.
“Anyone can do it in the easy times; we’re here to see if we can get it done in the hard times,” Edwards said of university personnel’s attitude towards the recession. “And, we got it done.”
Edwards also talked about the success of the Indianapolis Colts’ return to the university for training camp, saying that the return will forever identify the summer of 2010.
Tilley was awarded the Madison County Medical Society Distinguished Scholar Award, a scholarship given each year to a student who demonstrated high academic standards and commitment to the community.
The native of Kingsport, Tenn., who is a senior at Anderson University, told the audience that she will attend her first choice medical school — Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., — next fall.
Then, she said, she would like to be a missionary doctor, first on a Native American reservation and then in rural China.
The 2010 William P. Riethmiller Community Partnership Award was presented to James and Marilyn Ault.
The Aults met at Anderson High School. Married for almost 55 years, the Aults moved away from Anderson following high school. James worked for General Motors in multiple locations, finally retiring from Paris.
Upon retirement, the couple decided to return to the their hometown. Since, they have headed campaigns for Anderson University and in Anderson, including the fund to renovate Paramount Theatre two years ago.
“Maybe we have set a good example for the young generations,” Marilyn said, “that is fun to work together,” and the work is rewarding.
— Christina M. Wright is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.
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.