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April 7, 2006

Still Given Geneva Lecture Committee Faith And Learning Award

Erica Still, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of English, today will become the first student to receive the Geneva Lecture Series Committee's annual Faith and Learning Award.

The Tenth Annual Faith and Learning Award will be given to Still, a daughter of William Still Jr. and Pearl Still of Philadelphia, Pa., at 7 p.m. today (Friday, April 7) just prior to the Geneva Lecture, which will be made by poet and writer Luci Shaw beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room C20 of the UI's Pomerantz Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The award is presented to a member of the UI community who has made significant contributions to the life and work of the UI through the integration of his or her Christian faith with learning and service. Contributions may take the forms of teaching, research, mentoring, writing, speaking, developing programs, involvement in Christian or other organizations, and other activities that demonstrate the life of the mind as an important context for the service of God.

While pursuing her doctor of philosophy in English literature at the UI, Still first served as the prayer coordinator and later as the president of the InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, which was recently nominated and selected as a 2005 Hawkeye Outstanding Student Organization. She was nominated for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2003 and 2005 and received a number of fellowships in recognition of her accomplishments, including a fellowship to participate in the Pew Summer Seminar (aimed at the integration of faith and scholarship) at Notre Dame and a grant to conduct preliminary research on contemporary literature in South Africa. 

During the sabbatical absence of the Graduate InterVarsity staff leader during the fall 2004 semester, Still served as an acting member of InterVarsity's pastoral staff. She also served alongside the Graduate InterVarsity staff leader on the Prayer Ministry Team at Urbana 2003, InterVarsity's national student retreat in Urbana, Ill. 

Currently, Still is the leader and facilitator of two distinct graduate women's Bible study fellowships, one of which is the first of its kind at the UI, focusing on the spiritual empowerment and development of African-American women.  In February she was commissioned as a Stephen Minister at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church (her home church in Iowa City), to provide one-on-one care and guidance to people who are hurting or in need of Christian companionship. 

Still expects to complete her dissertation and receive her doctoral degree in 2007.

"Erica Still is a delightful and extraordinarily dedicated woman of faith with demonstrated academic and spiritual achievement," said Ed Laarman, director

of Geneva Campus Ministry, which sponsors the lecture series. "Her academic and spiritual leadership roles both on and off campus are exemplary of her godly lifestyle, genuine character, and passion for Christ.  She is truly a woman of excellence and a well-deserved nominee."

More information about the Geneva Campus Ministry and Geneva Lecture Series is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~geneva/

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