[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].
The Anderson University Department of Music recently announced the launching of a Master's degree in Music Education (M.M.E.), the first graduate degree program to be offered by the Department of Music. Since the University’s founding in 1917, music has always played a major part in the life of the campus community. The new program will be geared to elementary, middle school and high school music educators throughout central Indiana.
When Anna Shults (a 1996 graduate of Anderson University) was just a child, she dreamed of someday being a teacher – presiding over a classroom, instilling in others the same love of education she possessed. Still, in all her years playing “teacher” in her basement she never dreamed that she would be named the 2007 Indiana Teacher of the Year. In a surprise ceremony at Fall Creek Elementary School in Fishers, Indiana, that is exactly what happened.
College applications, scholarship information, financial aid forms, campus visits, and many other steps to entering college can be an overwhelming process to any parent or college-bound student. But for 18 incoming freshmen to Anderson University one extra step was made possible to them for the first time to outstanding academic students and leaders in their communities. New to AU this year is a program that will integrate students into campus life in a different way.
Ben Utecht, tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, recently spoke during chapel convocation on his testimony in life and on surrendering to God everyday “I am here today not as a football player but as a Christian,” said Utecht. Utecht brought a message that challenged chapel attendees to find the true meaning of surrender and how to look at our own experiences to see what God is trying to tell us individually.
“Surrendering is not a weakness or a passive act… but an active choice to run after God and to give everything to Him,” said Utecht.
A special event celebrating the U.S. Constitution will be conducted at Anderson University on Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Reardon Auditorium. The featured speaker during the event will be Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Judge Shepard’s address will be entitled, “Why America Needs Fair, Impartial and Accountable Courts.” The public is invited to attend this free event.