Anderson University senior Kelly Frye was awarded the 2012 Stevenson Outstanding Student Award on April 27 during a luncheon on campus. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the Biology Department and made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
“Each year we have the privilege to honor an outstanding senior in biology with the Stevenson Outstanding Student Award,” said Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities and chair of the Biology Department. “This award makes it easier for our best students to pursue further experiences in biology or help meet the expenses of that first year in graduate school.”
[Photo (l-r): Dr. Daniel Ippolito, professor of biology; Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, professor of biology; Dr. Jerry Stevenson; Kelly Frye; Patricia Stevenson; Dr. Michael Bailey, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities.]
Frye, from Elhart, Ind., majored in biology and communication arts. She will spend the next year teaching at a boarding school in Ghana, and also hopes to spend time in the local health clinic. Following her time in Ghana, Frye intends to pursue graduate studies toward a master’s in public health.
While at AU, Frye was a member of the Honors Program, the Center for Public Service, Alpha Chi, Sigma Zeta (also serving as secretary), and the AU debate team. She has worked as a teacher’s assistant for several biology labs and as a biology tutor at the Kissinger Learning Center. She was a staff writer for the Anderson Media Group, a student assistant for the Center for Public Service, a social media intern for the MBA program, and a copy and project editor with Fifth Street Communications™.
“The Stevenson Award has been a huge blessing to me. I’m honored that my biology professors selected me for this prestigious award,” said Frye. “I've combined two disciplines — biology and communication — so that I can pursue a career in public health. Specifically, I want to tackle issues of infectious disease control and containment, which require a unique blend of scientific, communication, and leadership skills. My time at AU — and the Stevenson Award along with it — has shown me that this type of career is possible to pursue, but the support from this award is outstanding. I am encouraged and energized for my experience abroad next year, and the education that will follow it.”
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.
[Photo (l-r): Dr. Jerry Stevenson, Patricia Stevenson, Kelly Frye, Melody Frye, and Richard Frye.]
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.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.