Anderson, Indiana

Biology major studies sustainable agriculture through Au Sable Institute

Tue, 2011-02-15 09:30 -- univcomm
February 15, 2011

When senior biology major Joanna Tilley chose to attend Anderson University four years ago, she not only considered the excellent caliber of the school’s science program but the importance of community both on and off-campus. Last summer through the Center for Public Service, she took courses at the Pacific Rim Institute in Washington in conjunction with the Au Sable Institute, an academic program promoting Christian environmentalism.

joanna-tilley-1The program's community-based nature, according to Tilley, provides “a holistic approach to learning, inside and outside of the classroom.” While studying in Washington, she took courses in sustainable agriculture and global development of environmental sustainability.

[Photo: Joanna Tilley and her classmates work in a field at the Pacific Rim Institute.]

To help with her career goals, she looked to Au Sable to learn about agricultural and global development. Dr. Daniel Ippolito, professor of biology at Anderson University, works at the Au Sable headquarters in Michigan each summer and has been a strong proponent of the program.

“I’m interested in the environment and sustainable lifestyles,” said Tilley. “That was a big emphasis during our time at Au Sable. We had our own garden, and a lot of the food we ate was local. One of our projects was to apply what we knew and plan an entire community garden.”

Tilley will be attending medical school next fall but has plans beyond becoming a doctor. She wants to use her knowledge of medicine and environmentally sound agriculture to work in rural medical missions abroad.

— Kelly Frye is a junior from Elkhart, Ind., majoring in biology and communication arts. Frye is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 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.