Looking for hot chocolate, Scott Kennedy pulled his three young girls around in a red Radio Flyer wagon Saturday morning during Anderson University’s annual Homecoming Street Fair and Ravenfest. “They are having so much fun,” said Kennedy, assistant professor of chemistry. Each of the girls were munching on their own bag of warm popcorn with cheeks donning freshly painted rainbows and AU megaphones. Six-year-old Cassie sported a glow-in-the-dark necklace. When asked what she thought of the event, Cassie’s face lit up, “It’s cool,” she said with a bright smile.
Anderson University has announced the public phase of a $110 million campaign. The “Dreams, Discovery, Direction” campaign is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date and will raise support for endowment and scholarships; facilities and equipment; academic and student programs; and operational needs.
Anderson University senior Brandon Miller, 22, got his hands dirty in a fight for peace. He grabbed a handful of dirt and tossed it toward the root-ball of a weeping beach tree planted Tuesday in a ceremony at Anderson University. More than 100 others followed him. The tree was planted in the name of peace behind the Nicholson Library in the valley.
Saturday morning, Anderson University’s AU press will host a book signing and reception for Dr. Robert A. Nicholson’s new book entitled, “So I Said Yes.” As president emeritus of Anderson University and longtime community leader, he titled the book according to his customary reply whenever he was asked to take on new responsibilities at his alma mater. The public is invited to attend a special book signing and reception this Saturday, October 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Park Place Church of God in Anderson.
You may not have heard of his band, but you’ve probably heard of him. Todd Edwards, son of Anderson University President James Edwards, graduate of AU and creator of the animated film “Hoodwinked,” is returning to town to shoot a music video. And he wants the community to be a part of the excitement. Edwards’ band Blick Van Glory will be filming a video this weekend to accompany the song “The Sophomores” off the debut album titled “The Search for Quest,” due out by the end of the year.
[Editor's Note: Retired FBI agent and AU alum Bob Hamer discusses his undercover work to capture criminals on 'Oprah']. Bob Hamer has been a contract killer, a degenerate gambler and a sexual predator. Now he has added talk show guest to his resume. Hamer, a graduate of Anderson University and a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, will appear today (September 28) on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Anderson University will welcome Shane Claiborne to the campus for Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW), October 17-19. Claiborne is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a radical faith community that lives and serves in Kensington, Philadelphia. The Anderson University office of Spiritual Life and Counseling Services sponsors SEW once each year to offer students and the community an opportunity for worship and study with an off-campus speaker.
Anderson University will honor four alumni during the Homecoming chapel/convocation on Thursday, October 5, at 10 a.m. in Reardon Auditorium. Persons to be honored are Dr. Scott Green, M.D. (Distinguished Alumni Award); Dr. J. Douglas Nelson (Distinguished Service Award); Sarah Cook (Distinguished Young Alumni Award); Dorothy Blevins-Dicus and Mona Hoffman (John H. Kane Loyalty Award); and Christopher Green (Alumni Council Scholarship). Anderson University’s 2006 Homecoming celebration is scheduled for October 6-7.
The lights come up on an amusement park scene set in New England in the late 1800s. The stage is filled with fishermen, sailors and maids dancing and taking in the sights. With the upbeat and cheerful carnival-type music flowing from the orchestra pit, it’s enough to make anyone in the audience get up and dance. This is the opening to “Carousel” presented by the Boze Lyric Theatre at Anderson University that opens Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Anderson University broke ground to begin construction on a new 53,000 square-foot Flagship Education Center to be located on the southwest end of the Flagship Enterprise Center at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. Projected to be completed by summer, 2007, the Flagship Education Center will provide space to support education initiatives of both Anderson University and Purdue [pictured—l-r: Charles Staley, Dr. Niaz Latif, Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith, Dr. Terry Truitt, Dr. Dennis Depew, and Dr. James Edwards].