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Elhardt Named BSS Distinguished Alumna of the Year
Jamuna Gautam - 12/4/2020

Elhardt Named BSS Distinguished Alumna of the Year


Katie Johnson Elhardt received the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award for the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. This honor was announced during Lee's virtual Homecoming celebration.


"In addition to being a perfect student, Katie was one of those undergraduate students that sought out every opportunity to learn and serve," said Dr. Murl Dirksen, professor of anthropology and sociology at Lee. "Whether it was learning various gardening techniques or studying the role music plays in cultures, there was nothing Katie could not or would not do."


Elhardt graduated from Lee with a degree in anthropology in 2010. As an undergraduate, she helped organize the Greenway Table, a local community garden, and assisted in establishing gardens in several housing projects in Cleveland.


While at Lee, she also served as a travel guide in Lee's Global Perspectives program and was a summer intern in ethnomusicology at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, she received training in tropical agricultural development from ECHO International, a Christian nonprofit agricultural support agency committed to reducing hunger and improving the lives of small-scale farmers worldwide through agricultural training and networking.


Currently, Elhardt works with the BeerSheba Project, an agriculture training and discipleship center in Senegal.

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