AU honors faculty, staff during recognition luncheon

Thu, 2014-05-08 16:28 -- univcomm
May 8, 2014

Anderson University recently honored Dr. Rebecca Hull and Crysti Luna with John A. Morrison Awards for their commitment and service to AU. In addition, the university presented the MOSAIC Award to Dr. Marian Osborne Berky, and the Golden Compass Award to Professor Deborah Miller Fox. The awards were presented May 8 during the university’s annual faculty/staff recognition luncheon.

The John A. Morrison Awards recognize faculty and staff who go beyond excellence in performance and have demonstrated a commitment to something larger than self. Each year, one staff and one faculty member are selected from nominations by their colleagues and announced at the annual recognition luncheon. Nominees for the Morrison Award should demonstrate a commitment to the university’s mission and core values. Dr. John A. Morrison was Anderson University’s first president, serving in that role from 1925-1958.

[Photo: 2014 John A. Morrison Award recipient Dr. Rebecca Hull and her husband are pictured with AU Provost Dr. Marie Morris and President Dr. James L. Edwards.]

The MOSAIC Award was established in 2012 to recognize individuals within the university who embody the ideal of “modeling and promoting a work-learning environment in which all persons feel welcomed and affirmed on the journey toward intercultural competence.”

The Golden Compass Award was created in 2013 to honor a current faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching and development of the first year Liberal Arts Seminar.

For over 35 years, Hull has faithfully served the students of Anderson University teaching a variety of courses, mentoring many students and actively modeling Christian faith and care for body, mind, and spirit. Hull holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Ball State University, joining the Anderson University faculty at the young age of 28.

Over her tenure, she has served on numerous committees and task forces and has always been one who is willing to serve when asked. The impact of Hull's effective and caring teaching has been felt by many as it has rippled beyond the campus of Anderson University. She actively engaged in their professional organization gaining high regard for their contribution and was often elected to leadership roles within the professional organization. As a result, this individual served to increase visibility of Anderson University across the state.

A champion of excellence in her discipline, Hull was a three-sport student athlete, initiator of the Hoosier Conference for Women, Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987, led the development of the university’s physical education teaching program, established and facilitated a home school physical education program, and contributed as a strong leader in state, regional, and national professional organizations.

Crysti Luna[Photo: 2014 John A. Morrison Award recipient Crysti Luna and her husband are pictured with AU Provost Dr. Marie Morris and President Dr. James L. Edwards.]

This year’s staff Morrison recipient, Luna, grew up in South Dakota and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in education at Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD). She taught English, history and Bible in a multiple grade classroom for five years before moving to Kansas where her husband continued his education. She then earned a Master’s of Education degree at MidAmerica Nazarene College (Olathe, Kansas) where she was also employed as the Academic Coordinator for a degree completion program.

In August 1993, soon after arriving in Anderson, Luna joined the School of Education as an administrative assistant where she quickly established herself as an outstanding employee—“a hard worker with excellent planning and decision making skills, devoted to students and respected across campus” according to the then department chair, Dr. Barb Jones. In November 1998, Crysti joined the School of Adult Learning as the Assistant Director/Assessment Counselor for Adult Bachelor Degree program. Within a short time her excellent organizational skills, ability to work well with others and create a team environment were noted. In August 2001 Crysti began serving as Director of Education Support Services.

Luna is described as a one-of-a-kind individual by those that work with her. She puts others and their needs ahead of her own interests, often working evenings to make sure students receive needed assistance. She is known to track down students to make sure they are enrolled in the right classes. During her nearly 21 years of service to Anderson University, Crysti Luna has demonstrated her commitment to something larger than self.

MOSAIC award[Photo: Dr. Marian Osborne Berky pictured with members of MOSAIC.]

Berky teaches in the areas of Christian theology and ethics in the Department of Religious Studies, and she is finishing a six-year tenure as the Director of Anderson University’s Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program. In her teaching and in her work leading the PACT program, she consistently models and promotes the MOSAIC ideal of “a work-learning environment in which all persons feel welcomed and affirmed on the journey toward intercultural competence.”

Berky was an early advocate for Anderson University’s recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, and she has been active in planning and supporting the local activities that mark that occasion. With the Student Peace Initiative and through the PACT Program, she has provided opportunities for students and others to attend conferences and workshops, and she has brought speakers to campus for Chapel and other events, all of which contribute to “intentionally fostering the values of diversity and racial harmony which are so deeply rooted in the history and theology of Anderson University and the Church of God.”

From sharing her home in order to provide housing for international students, to opening her office to a wide range of students who have found there a safe place to explore new ways of thinking and living with regard to the big questions of faith, ethics, justice, and community, Dr. Berky has “extend[ed] hospitality by interacting in meaningful ways with persons (students, faculty, and/or staff) whose lives have been shaped by cultures different from their own.” Berky’s scholarship focuses on a range of issues involving equality, justice, and reconciliation. She has worked with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she regularly participates with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University through their Summer Peacebuilding Institute. In these and other ways, Dr. Berky is consistently “engaging in scholarship or professional development that will be helpful in educating the campus community on issues of reconciliation, cross-cultural teaching and learning, and/or racial justice.”

Berky was selected to participate in a Council of Independent Colleges Seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding co-sponsored by CIC and the Interfaith Youth Corps. In this week-long seminar, faculty from around the U.S. will consider ways in which interfaith understanding can be taught effectively in the college classroom. She also recently completed the requirements for and will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University's spring commencement.

Golden Compass Award[Photo: Professor Deborah Miller Fox pictured with AU Provost Dr. Marie Morris and President Dr. James L. Edwards.]

Recognized for outstanding service and leadership in the Liberal Arts Seminar this year’s recipient has consistently embraced the critical import of the Liberal Arts Seminar in launching first year students into their collegiate experience at Anderson University.

This Golden Compass recipient significantly contributed to the recent redesign of the course and consistently modeled critical thinking in both their personal life and in the design of assignments they use in class. Fox is an active member of university life and encourages students to actively engage in the classroom and various campus communities. A model communicator in writing and speaking she sets high standards for students and colleagues in their academic work. Fox is open to learning from others exhibiting intellectual humility, creating an atmosphere in the classroom that encourages honesty and the development of students in body, mind and spirit.

Our Golden Compass recipient embodies the virtues that the seminar is designed to cultivate mentoring students and colleagues in academic excellence, and in living intentionally and faithfully in the world.

Anderson University is a private Christian university 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, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.