Kemper Fellows explore unique summer learning

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:15 -- univcomm

Three of Anderson University’s best and brightest sophomores were among selected students from eight different colleges and universities who did not take a break from their studies this past summer. Instead, one will did intensive study in Art and Language Studies in Costa Rica; one worked with a team of doctors in Third World countries; and another studied Art and the practice of Japanese print-making as James S. Kemper Fellows. The AU students awarded Kemper Fellowships were based on proposals they recently developed as sophomores during the 2002-03 academic year.

“The Kemper Fellows program is a marvelous opportunity for some of our brightest students to become proficient in research,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “What is exciting about the program is that it comes early in one's academic career and includes a time to share the work with other top-level students in similar colleges and universities.”

AU Kemper Fellows were Amy Evers, a Graphic Design major from Norfolk, Va.; Matt Runyan, an Athletic Training major from New Haven, Ind.; and Sarah Crosley a Graphic Design major from Noblesville, Ind.

As a Kemper Fellow, each received a $1,500 to $3,000 Imagination Grant, enabling them to undertake a project of their design, anywhere in the world, for at least five weeks. The Kemper Fellows were to participate in this project sometime between May and August, 2003. In the coming days, the fellows will gather together in Chicago to share their “imagination” experience with each other.

“We believe our best students can compete with the best of students at high profile academic institutions anywhere,” added Dr. Edwards. “This program can be a first step toward future grants and outstanding achievements.”

During their junior and senior years, the fellows will meet with their respective campus presidents at least three times each year. The meetings will allow the presidents to help the students as mentors as well as demonstrate their commitment to the students’ futures.

The Kemper Fellows Program is funded by a grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation to Manchester College and seven other colleges and universities: Anderson University, Anderson, Ind.; Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio; Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va.; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio; Elmira College, Elmira, N.Y.; McPherson College, McPherson, Kan.; and Northland College, Ashland, Wisc.

The presidents from the eight colleges and universities view the Kemper Fellows as future leaders in business, education, science, public affairs, and other sectors.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, and theology.