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Introducing the 2016 Harold Snyder Fellow: Adrienne Funderburg of Huntington University

Apr 29, 2016

The Harold Snyder Fellowship was created in 2014, marking the 50th year since Dr. Harold Snyder first brought college students from Taylor University to what was then the Au Sable Trails Camp for Boys, first to serve as camp counselors, and later as students in their own college courses. The Camp began in 1956 when Snyder purchased the northern Michigan land and, over the course of the next two years, shaped ‘Au Sable Trails’ into an outdoor science camp. Inspired by his position as a faculty member at Taylor University in Indiana, Harold expanded his vision for the camp to include curriculum for college students. By 1979, Au Sable Trails had become The Au Sable Institute, and through all the years since Harold Snyder has continued to guide Au Sable to grow in educational excellence and professional reputation.

Now in its third year, the Harold Snyder Fellowship provides a US $2,500 award to a student who embodies the values of Snyder himself, recognizing and rewarding a student of exceptional academic ability who demonstrates a commitment to science teaching. In this year of 2016, the Institute is pleased to present the Harold Snyder Fellowship to Ms. Adrienne Funderburg of Huntington University (Indiana). With a curiosity for all areas of study, a passion for talking with others about the tough issues of faith and science and an aptitude for exceling at anything she puts her mind to, Adrienne is a worthy recipient of the Snyder Fellowship.

Now completing her sophomore year at Huntington as a major in Biology, Adrienne will be studying this summer in Au Sable’s courses in Wildlife Ecology and Lake Ecology at the Great Lakes Campus. Although still undecided as to where her Biology degree will take her, Adrienne has a deep interest in education and environmental issues, along with a reputation on her own campus for doing essential “dirty work” that others might not want to do, and asking the questions that others might hesitate to ask.

Adrienne has worked as assistant to Dr. Collin Hobbs, Assistant Professor of Biology at Huntington University, who also serves as Adrienne’s academic advisor. Dr. Hobbs says of Adrienne, “Among her peers she has already built a reputation as a person on a mission to educate others about the role Christians should play in environmental stewardship. She wears the Christian attributes of meekness and humility well, is academically very sharp, and reaches people where they are at.” These traits mark Adrienne as someone aligned with Dr. Harold Snyder’s legacy of teaching others about the natural sciences as an expression of God’s good creation.

At Huntington, Adrienne is a member of the Horticulture Club, a student organization whose club constitution she co-authored. As a Teaching Assistant, Adrienne completes laboratory prep work for multiple courses and helps maintain the campus greenhouse. Adrienne is already a person of influence in environmental stewardship on Huntington’s campus. Heavily involved in volunteer efforts at school and at church while maintaining active interests and talents in athletics and the arts, Adrienne is an individual of multi-dimensional ability whom Au Sable looks forward to having on campus. Her inquisitive nature, determination to create positive change, and strong Christian character will make Au Sable’s Great Lakes Campus a better place with her on it. It is with great pleasure that Au Sable extends its congratulations to Adrienne Funderburg, the 2016 Harold Snyder Fellow.