This year’s Olin-Fahle Award was presented to
Regan Gearhart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Olin-Fahle Award is presented to a
graduating senior who has taken Anthropology beyond the classroom through
volunteer activities, concern for ethnic minorities, unique field experiences
or inspiring fellow students.
The faculty were particularly impressed with
how much Gearhart has taken our motto “doing Anthropology, not just learning
Anthropology” to heart.
While taking classes at IUP, Regan has also
volunteered with the Indiana Arts Council, Disability Support Services at IUP,
the IUP String Project, International Archaeology Day, Conversation Partners
and as an ACE Tutor at the American Language Institute in the Office of
Regan has also demonstrated leadership in creating
“Soup for Justice” during a tense time of contract negotiations on campus as
well as developing a fundraiser to support the Native American encampment in
South Dakota expressing their concern for the location of the Dakota Access
Pipeline. She is also completing an Honors thesis project conducting
ethnographic interviews to understand parent’s concerns regarding childhood
vaccinations in rural Pennsylvania. Regan has presented preliminary results of
her research at two professional conferences this year.
Photo: Regan (right) and fellow recent graduate Nancy Lopez-Sosa at the 2016 American Anthropological Association annual meeting.
Department of Anthropology