Tragedy cast a dark cloud over Anderson University Friday. Students and faculty made their way to class with heavy hearts, mourning deaths in AU’s extended family. Six people were killed and 29 injured early Friday morning when a bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team ran off a highway overpass near Atlanta. Bluffton plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and has an athletic and academic relationship with Anderson that dates back more than 35 years.
Anderson University’s Falls School of Business is accepting applications for its new Residential MBA (RMBA) program set to launch in August, 2007. The RMBA is an innovative program designed for individuals who desire graduate level studies immediately following completion of their undergraduate program.
The AU Department of Religious Studies will host the upcoming Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, March 5-6, 2007. Under the theme, “Forming Formative Communities: Christian Learning and Learners,” the two-day lecture will feature three speakers: Dr. Marva Dawn and Rev. Tom Beagan. The series was established to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries.
AU alum Christine Schaub, best-selling author of historical fiction and creator of the popular “Music of the Heart” series, will visit the Anderson University campus March 5 and 6 to speak in several classes and in chapel/convocation. Schaub’s books include Finding Anna (October 2005); that tells the story behind the classic hymn “It Is Well With My Soul,” as well as The Longing Season (July 2006) that shares the story behind “Amazing Grace.”
The Anderson University areas of Publications, University Communications and Covenant Productions® recently received several ADDY awards for marketing and advertising efforts. All three areas were honored by the Advertising Federation of East Central Indiana during the 2007 ADDY award competition. In all, Anderson University came away with 9 ADDY awards for creative execution in the areas of print, broadcast, Web, direct mail and DVD projects. The ADDY awards honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards in the industry.
Anderson University held a ceremony on Saturday to name the six-lane, 200-meter, regulation indoor running track of the Kardatzke Wellness Center after Larry Maddox, longtime cross country and track and field coach.
Father, grandfather, husband, community leader, college president, teacher, visionary — there is no end to the roles Dr. Robert Reardon played in his lifetime. One role resounded repeatedly during his funeral service Saturday held at Park Place Church of God: Faithful servant of God. “We are grateful for the journey with him and the example he set before us,” said Dr. James Edwards, president of Anderson University, during a prayer.
Whether the reason was returning to their normal schedules or just missing the interaction with friends, the majority of Anderson University students at the Olt Student Center on Thursday were glad to return to school [Editor's Note: A recent storm dropped nearly 15 inches of snow on the campus forcing the university to close offices and classes for two consecutive days].
The Anderson University Wind Ensemble is preparing for a special spring tour throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Indiana, March 9-18. Under the direction of Dr. Susan Taylor and Professor John Huntoon, the Wind Ensemble was established in 1969 and is a select group of approximately sixty-five woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists.
To his staff, he was the executive always ahead of the game. To his friends, he was a Christian who touched lives in positive ways. To the little girl down the street and later a generation of college students, he was known, affectionately, as “Uncle Bob.” However he was regarded, Anderson University lost a dear friend and trailblazing leader when former president Dr. Robert H. Reardon, 87, died at his Anderson home Saturday, February 10, of complications from pancreatic cancer.