Before graduating in May from Anderson University, Lisa Kahl, a double major in Christian Ministries and Bible and Religion, was named the fourth recipient of the Jeeninga Fellowship in Archaeology. Students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity on Monday, Sept. 26, to hear a report of her research and experiences in Decker 133 from 6-8:45 p.m.
Kahl, originally from Richfield, N.C., traveled in August to Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Elah Valley, Israel. "I applied for this fellowship for many reasons, the most straightforward being for the adventure," said Kahl. "As a student of the Bible and religions, this opportunity fit into my passion for learning more about myself as a Christian and about a few of the religions I spent my time at AU studying."
After the dig, Kahl spent a lot of time in Jerusalem, with her favorite location being the Mount of Olives. She also enjoyed going to Qumran, the Dead Sea, the Sun Rise tour of Masada, Hazor, Megiddo, Dan, Korizim, Caesarea, Capernaum, Bethsaida, and Banias. Kahl said, "The highlights to each of these places was when I could relate them to a specific event that happened in the Bible."
"AU helped me prepare for this dig, historically get my bearings, and not be lost when the directors would throw out different time periods, people, or events. This experience has given me a new appreciation for the Bible, my studies, my faith, and has given me a new passion to learn," added Kahl.
Kahl is currently working at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fountain Hills, Ariz., as the children and family education director. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school in a few years.
The Jeeninga Fellowship in Archaeology was established by the late Dr. Gustav Jeeninga, founder and former director of the Bible Museum, for assisting students with study for 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 includes Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities; David Neidert, Jeeninga Museum director; Dr. Alan Overstreet, chair, Religious Studies Department; and Dr. Kimberly Majeski, assistant professor of Biblical Studies, School of Theology.
"I remember when Lisa began the application process," said Neidert. "She was nervous about the venture and the writing of the essays. But that work and courage gave her the opportunity of a lifetime. Lisa has gained a knowledge of things she only read about in the past. This Fellowship changes people's lives, and for that I am grateful."
Kahl's presentation on Sept. 26 is free and does not require reservation. Contact David Neidert at email@example.com or (765) 641-4526 for more information.
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 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the eighth 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.).