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.
Anderson University, Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and the Anderson University Emotional Intelligence “Think Tank” will sponsor the first Midwest forum on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) on Wednesday, October 4, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Entitled, “Emotional Intelligence and Personal Success,” the forum will focus on personal success in corporate and academic settings (click here to download conference brochure and registration form). The speaker will be Dr. Steven J.
Servanthood. It’s an important word on the Anderson University campus, often heard during a chapel convocation or read in one of many campus brochures. It’s part of a heritage that connects today’s thriving university with its Church of God foundation and vision for Christian unity. And it’s at the heart of AU’s mission to prepare students “for a life of faith and service in the church and society.”
Homecoming 2006 will be filled with the usual exciting activities, from RavenFest4 to the football game. But two special events are being planned this year for music lovers and for Dativus alumni. A second Celebration of Song is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 in Park Place Church of God. And throughout the weekend, Dativus alumni will be celebrating the club’s 35th anniversary through service and fellowship.