Anderson University recently announced that alumnus John Pistole, deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will address the graduating class of 2006 during commencement exercises, May 6. The 3 p.m. EDT program will be conducted in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Rev. Dale Fontenot, senior pastor of New Life Church of God in Palmetto, La. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Walking into the Kardatzke Wellness Center at Anderson University, the lobby was filled with colorful booths offering games, food and history from countries surrounding the globe. The walls were decorated with flags from faraway lands and the air was filled with exotic music to get people moving. The wellness center was completely transformed for the annual Heritage Festival. Ronke Okeniyi, senior, enticed students to learn about her native country of Nigeria by inviting people to taste zobo, a drink made from the native sorrel plant as well as to sample a sweet cracker called chin chin.
A new space for the Kissinger Learning Center was recently dedicated in the Nicholson University Library at Anderson University. The Kissinger Learning Center started as a center for students with documented learning challenges. Starting with six students, the program continues to grow as a place for students in need of help academically can go and receive help where needed. Today, between 300 and 500 students come to the Kissinger Learning Center each semester for tutoring, study groups, or help with classroom assignments.
Using lots of jokes and anecdotes interspersed with Scripture, Steve Arterburn delivered a powerful message to Anderson University students during chapel [listen to this chapel on the new AU podcast through ITunes or watch the AU Chapel Webcast]. Arterburn is founder and chairman of New Life Ministries, the nation’s largest faith-based broadcast and treatment ministry and is the host of the nationally syndicated New Life Live!
The AU Department of Religious Studies will host the upcoming Pearl Toon Smith Memorial Christian Education Lectures, March 6-7, 2006. Under the theme, "Sanctuary and Classroom: Partners in Faith Formation," the two-day lecture series is open to pastors, teachers in congregations, and the public. The purpose of the series is to support, enhance, and promote the academic study of Christian Education and assist Christian Education professionals in the areas of teaching and related ministries.
Tony Dungy, the Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts, recently spoke during chapel/convocation to AU students, faculty, staff, and community members about his past experiences from college, his life in the NFL and the importance of Christ.
Anderson University is preparing for the construction of the first phase of a seminary housing project south of Decker Hall. The seminary housing project is made possible through the generous support of Dr. James and Elizabeth York. The project will provide apartment units for students studying through the Anderson University School of Theology and their families. Construction of the seminary housing project will be located on Walnut Street, between 6th and 7th Streets in Anderson.
Anderson University recently announced the launch of a new Honors Program. The mission of the Honors Program at Anderson University is devoted to fostering within its scholars a passionate dedication to intellectual inquiry and spiritual development so that they may serve as vibrant leaders in their professions and in their communities.
Anderson University has engaged in conversations with the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, a public charter school based in Indianapolis, to explore the development of an Early College High School connection between the two institutions. If successful, the articulation agreement between Anderson University and the Charles A. Tindley School would be the first of its kind in the State of Indiana.
Almost 20 years ago Coretta Scott King brought her message of nonviolence to Anderson University. Many local residents vividly recall her visit and the significance of her words to the graduating class. King, 78, the widow of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died Monday at a clinic in Mexico. During her commencement address at AU in 1986, King urged students to be activists in nonviolent causes. She said her late husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was dedicated to the responsibility of Christian service and was actively resistant of evil and injustice.