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 International Education.
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