Anderson University is asking students, faculty, staff and alumni for financial and prayer assistance to support the hurricane relief efforts in the Gulf Coast states. In addition, the institution will help displaced students attending colleges and universities that have shut down due to the recent disaster. Anderson University will support undergraduate students on a case-by-case basis with waived tuition and room charges to continue their studies on the Anderson campus during the 2005-06 academic year. Interested undergraduate students should contact the university through the AU Office of Admissions (toll free at (800) 428-6414) as soon as possible to make arrangements. Classes on the AU campus began, August 29 [Photo credit: David Phillip/Reuters].
"We have a nation-size crisis needing a neighbor-like response," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "We all care and want to make a needed difference. Anderson University has among its students, faculty and staff enormous resources for caring. The least we can do is to share space and time for those who have been displaced at some point in their college career. We will find a way to help. It will be an honor to have some of these students on our campus."
The Anderson University Office of Campus Ministries is considering sending student work teams for aid and relief in the coming months. AU student groups also intend to support the relief effort throughout the academic year with various fund-raisers and campus activities. Anderson University faculty, staff, students and alumni have also been encouraged to give of their financial resources to agencies such as The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Church of God Ministries and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
"In the face of such tragedy, it is both a privilege and a responsibility to respond with love and care," said Brent Baker, vice president for Student Life and dean of Students. "We look forward to helping students find ways to give from their own generosity and compassion."
Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 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 business, education, nursing and theology.