Anderson University seniors Elizabeth Barrow and Joanna Tilley were awarded the 2011 Stevenson Outstanding Student Award during a luncheon on campus Tuesday, April 12. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the Biology Department and made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson. The award was divided equally between the students, who both achieved a 4.0 GPA during their time at AU.
"We are pleased to recognize two outstanding seniors for this award," said Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities and chair of the Biology Department. "As evidenced by their 4.0 GPAs, both students were excellent in the classroom. They both served the department as lab assistants and tutors, and each one did a great senior seminar presentation. In addition, they were active in a number of campus groups and activities, and were both accepted to the medical school of their choice."
[Photo, from left: Michael Bailey, instructor of biology; Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, professor of biology; Dr. Daniel Ippolito, professor of biology; AU senior Elizabeth Barrow; Dr. Blake Janutolo, professor of biology and dean of the College of Science and Humanities; AU senior Joanna Tilley]
Barrow, from Dayton, Ohio, majored in biology and minored in chemistry. She plans to attend IU Medical School next year, with the goal of earning an M.D. During her time at AU, Barrow served as president of Sigma Zeta, president of Alpha Chi, and president of the Pre-Professional Health Society. She was a fellow in the Center for Public Service and participated in several Tri-S trips, including a medical mission trip to Honduras.
Tilley, from Kingsport, Tenn., majored in biology and minored in chemistry and Christian ministries. She plans to attend Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., with an interest in family practice. Tilley hopes to work in a rural, underserved region, possibly on a Native American reservation. Her long-term goal is to work in medical missions with rural minority groups in Asia. While at AU, Tilley was active in the Center for Public Service, Pre-Professional Health Society, Alpha Chi, and in campus ministries.
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, Stevenson served as a corporal in 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 1965-1970, 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 about 1970 to 1997.
The Stevensons currently reside in Estes Park, Colo. They have two children and four grandchildren.
The Stevenson Outstanding Student Award is a part of the $110 million Dreams. Discovery. Direction. campaign for Anderson University. The campaign is the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history. To date the campaign has raised $97 million. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment, and $25 million for operational support.
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.