Anderson, Indiana

Honors students give back during the holidays

Thu, 2013-01-03 09:09 -- univcomm
Honors Program service project
January 3, 2013

Servant leadership is one of the core values upon which Anderson University is built. Service is encouraged of students from the moment they arrive on campus until they graduate, with the hope that they will lead lives of service. During the holiday season, the AU Honors Program chose to serve two women from the AU community.

“While almost all of the members of the Honors Program participate in various service projects, we also try to do a project together with all the cohorts,” said Dr. Kimberly Lyle-Ippolito, co-chair of the Honors Program and professor of biology.

On Dec. 5, honors students held a card-making and gift-wrapping night to send packages to alumna Kelly Frye and a sophomore Honors student.

[Photo: AU Honors students participate in a service project during the holidays. Photo credit: Haley Burger]

“We are helping Kelly Frye, an Honors Program veteran, who is working in Ghana at a school in need of supplies. We also wanted to support a current member of the Honors Program who is taking the semester off for health reasons,” said Carrie Steinke, a senior Honors Program member studying secondary math education and Spanish.

Steinke organized the evening, had supplies available, and sent the packages out to both women. Lyle-Ippolito provided the space to decorate in and the food for the students, while the students provided all the supplies that would be given based on the need.

“We wanted to help an AU alum,” said Steinke. “When we found out that a member was taking time off, we also wanted to let her know that we were thinking of and praying for her and offer this as encouragement to both.”

Through these gifts, the Honors Program and its members strive to encourage an attitude of servant leadership.

“I am so glad that I joined the Honors Program,” said senior Marissa Phillips, a communication arts student. “I have made some of my closest friends as a result. The Honors Program has been flexible with my schedule, and I am thankful that we have a unique and helpful program at AU that offers opportunities to serve.”

The AU Honors Program integrates liberal arts requirements with a cohort-based learning experience. The program accepts 20 members from each new class of freshmen. A wide variety of majors are represented within the program, providing diversity within each cohort.

“One of the beautiful things about the program is this diversity, because you get to know the other members of the cohort really well throughout the four years, and you may never have gotten the chance to know them,” said Steinke.

— Kayla Meid is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and theatre arts. Meid is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 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, music, nursing, and theology.