Campus to dedicate Prayer Alcove

Mon, 2012-07-30 13:09 -- univcomm
Anderson University will dedicate a special Prayer Alcove in honor of Ronald W. Moore, senior development consultant for Anderson University and former vice president of Advancement, on Wednesday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Kardatzke Wellness Center concourse. The Prayer Alcove is envisioned to be a place where students and faculty can pray and reflect. In 2003, donors Ron and Carol Baker of Ohio made a contribution in support of the project. Students were given an opportunity to design the alcove, presenting their ideas to a committee. The ideas selected were those of AU students Jennifer Ferguson, Sarah Crosley and Kim Weller with the majority of the committee and donors preferring a space off of their plans in mirroring the elements of nature. The event is free to the public with tours being provided after the dedication program.

The Prayer Wall is the focal point of the Prayer Alcove with the purchase of almost six tons of stone for the wall and Frederick’s Construction in Anderson piecing the wall together with mortar. The cross itself is made out of wood while Frederick’s employees chipped away pieces of the wood to make the cross appear more rugged. The wood was then assembled and stained. It serves as an alter for those coming to pray, but is close enough for patrons to reach out and touch it.

The Tree of Life is a stained glass window filtering light from the outside bringing color and creating a feeling of reverence and tranquility to the Prayer Alcove. Taking a life-size sketch of the window by the design students and passing it along to Moss Stained Glass in Anderson, this became the most involved task for the project. It took more than a month to assemble the window using hot lead and less than two hours to install the glass pieces.

The Prayer Alcove project started in the fall of 2003 as a class assignment for students in the A.U. Department of Art and Design under the teaching of Arlon Bayliss, Brad McKinney and Kevin Rudynski. After the president, donors and committee of the prayer alcove saw the presentations and discussed the different avenues the students presented; the project was started in December 2004 and completed in March 2005.

Ron Moore began his distinguished 38-year career with Anderson University as chief accountant of his alma mater immediately following graduation in 1966. Between the years of 1969 and 1977, he quickly rose from the position of controller to treasurer and director of Development. In 1983, he was named vice president for Finance and Treasurer while retaining his duties as director of Development. In 1989, Moore assumed the title of senior vice president for Finance and Advancement. The university repositioned Moore once more in 1996 with the assignment of executive vice president and chief advancement officer.

In 1990, Moore received the John H. Kane Loyalty Award from the Anderson University Alumni Association and, in May of 2001, the university honored him with the John A. Morrison Recognition Award.

Moore currently serves Anderson University as senior development consultant. In this role, Moore manages strategic donor relationships and provide guidance for planned giving initiatives Moore is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the National Planned Giving Group, the National Association of Fundraising Executives and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

“He [Ron Moore] is very humble, but very committed to his work with the university,” Ron Baker says. “He believes in what he is doing and I can understand why the Lord would use someone like that.”

“The Baker’s expressed interest in making a contribution that would honor my years of service,” explains Moore, who has since returned to the university as senior development consultant. “I was very surprised, but also very grateful for their gift.”

The event is free to the public with tours being provided after the dedication program. For more information contact the office of Media and Electronic Communications at 641-4235.

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 in business, education and theology.