Anderson University will celebrate the cultural diversity of the campus during the week of April 8-16, as a part of an annual celebration known as Heritage Week. Events will celebrate the many cultures and countries that Anderson University professors, student and staff represent. An annual community festival during AU Heritage Week will be conducted on Friday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The festival will host approximately 550 local elementary students and faculty who use the day as a cultural field trip. During the festival, cultural diversity is celebrated through music, fun, dancing and games. The departments of Foreign Language and Student Activities, along with multicultural and international students set up educational booths and perform variety shows throughout the day.
“Heritage Week is an opportunity for the university to share its diversity,” said Scott Martin, AU Director of International Student Services. What makes these activities unique is the fun and excitement attached to them that celebrate heritage.”
AU international and multicultural students have organized daily campus events and activities which focus on different parts of the world. Events on Monday will highlight Asian and Australian culture; Tuesday's events focus on The Americas; Wednesday's activities will put the spotlight on Africa; and the events on Thursday highlight Europe and the Middle East.
“Our hope is that participants will catch the vision of what the festival is designed to accomplish,” said Brent Baker, Vice President for Student Life. “This is really an educational experience and we look forward to welcoming guests from the community to participate in this annual festival on our campus.”
AU Offices of Multicultural and International Student Services along with the AU Campus Activities Board, The International Student Association, Multicultural Student Association, and the Department of Modern Foreign Language are sponsoring the 2005 Heritage Week. For more information and details, please call 765-641-4214 or 765-641-4193.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, and education.