Friday, Aug. 30, was a banner day for the Anderson Community School Corp. About 400 incoming Anderson University freshmen arrived by the dozens at various schools throughout the district. Orange shirts dotted the landscapes as the many students engaged in activities from painting dugouts at Anderson High School to painting soccer goals at Valley Grove Elementary.
Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) once again earned a place in the top tier among Midwest regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 guidebook. The exclusive rankings, which include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today online, and will also be published in U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting September 24. This marks the tenth consecutive year AU has been ranked among the nation’s best colleges.
Anderson University will host the fifth annual Elizabeth York Children’s Literature Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the York Performance Hall. The all-day event (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) is free and open to the public.
This year’s festival will bring to the Anderson University campus a number of individuals, including author/illustrator Chris Raschka, poet and picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich, author/illustrator Nathan Clement, and 2014 Caldecott Medal Committee member Dennis LeLoup.
The Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance begins a full season of performing arts events on Thursday, Sept. 19, with the renowned all-male vocal ensemble Cantus. The nine-member group performs across a broad selection of eras and genres. The performance, part of the Bengtson Concert Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in York Performance Hall.
The Bengtson Concert Series, now in its second year, will also include performances by:
The Anderson University Falls School of Business, members of Delta Mu Delta, received two honors recently. Current student Casey Thomas and 2013 graduate Andrew Beechler were both awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the 2013 Delta Mu Delta Scholarship.
Delta Mu Delta is the National Academic Honor Society for business subjects.
Dried blades of grass crunched beneath the feet of J.B. Bilbrey and Isaac Sliger as they crossed the school grounds of Eastside Elementary.
The teens were braving blistering heat on Friday armed with only water bottles, disposable gloves and a clear industrial sized garbage bag.
And these Anderson University students were on a mission — to collect garbage.
“It’s good to help others and this program will help to build our relationship with the community,” said Bilbrey, 18, from New Castle.
The leaves were starting to turn along University Avenue. The main campus of Anderson University still had that sleepy feeling on Thursday, but approaching Colts Way, the mood changed entirely.
There was the low thump of the band’s drum beat. The sound of Mumford and Sons, punctuated by the occasional blast of a vuvuzela, blared. You might have found yourself ducking for a Frisbee.