Date: June 26, 2008
Laurel Jean Teller, a BS speech-language pathology and audiology graduate of Andrews University (summa cum laude, May 2008), was one of 60 students throughout the United States to receive a $5,000 fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Eligibility for this fellowship is based on membership in Phi Kappa Phi and rigid competition with other applicants. When informed of this decision, Teller’s response was, “I am awed and humbled to receive such an honor.”
Teller will apply this fellowship toward her graduate studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, which is one of the four universities that have accepted her. Besides being a Phi Kappa Phi member, she was a J.N. Andrews Scholar and is a current member of the Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society (International Languages). She received the Myrtle Rice Scholarship for speech- language pathology and audiology majors and has consistently been on the Dean’s List.
Her honors research paper was about the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders, a special technique she had to learn by attending a conference. This research was accepted for poster presentations at the American Academy of Audiology Conference and the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Conference.
Teller has also been involved in leadership roles such as pastor of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Club (Sept. 2007–May 2008) and co-administrative assistant for Andrews University Outreach (Sept. 2007–March 2008). She spent one year as a student missionary to Honduras in 2005–2006 and went on a ten-day mission trip to the same place in January 2007. She volunteered in a drug rehabilitation program at Kettering Hospital Youth Services, served as a sign language teacher for the Pathfinder Club and participated in the English as a Second Language Ministry of Andrews University Outreach.
Phi Kappa Phi is an interdisciplinary honor society with nearly 300 chapters throughout the United States and the Philippines whose mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” The Andrews University Chapter has been active since its installation in 1989.