Former University of Pittsburgh head football coach Mike Gottfried sent a clear message to the parents of the youth who were honored at the Celebration of Character on Sunday evening [co-sponsored by the Center for Character Development at Anderson University]. “You should be proud,” Gottfried said. The now 17-year veteran of cable TV sports network ESPN’s football analysis staff gave the keynote address at Character Counts of Madison County’s annual banquet at Reardon Auditorium.
Anderson University recently announced to the Board of Trustees that the institution has reached the $72 million mark toward the $110 million goal of the “Dreams, Discovery, Direction,” campaign. The public phase of the “Dreams, Discovery, Direction,” campaign for Anderson University was officially launched on October 5, 2006, and is the university’s largest fundraising effort to date.
Asking the hundreds of Anderson University’s new graduates to become “prophetic citizens,” commencement speaker Cheryl J. Sanders told them Saturday to retain their Christian values while forging their new careers and building their post-collegiate lives. “Prophetic citizens are not gullible; they are not easily deceived,” said Sanders, senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C., since 1997. “Prophetic citizens don’t suspend their outrage when people in high places do the wrong thing. “They see hospitality as a virtue, not a burden.”
For Anderson resident Temple Miller—a newly minted Anderson University graduate—it was worth waiting 27 years to get her bachelor’s degree. Miller, 48, and hundreds of other Anderson University students received their diplomas during a two-hour ceremony Saturday inside the Ward Fieldhouse at the Kardatzke Wellness Center. While most of the 20-somethings getting their sheepskins have yet to fully begin their lives, it was life changes that postponed Miller earning her bachelor’s degree in English.
Anderson University recently announced that longtime benefactors Dr. James and Dr. Elizabeth York will resource the construction of a new recital hall at Anderson University. Preliminary plans call for the construction of a recital hall at a cost of approximately $2 million that accommodates between 150-200 patrons with excellent acoustics and a raised platform. The scope and location of the facility as well as the timeline for construction are to be determined.
Anderson University seniors Colin Wiens and Drew Runion recently won a $15,000 award during the 2007 INvision AU Entrepreneur Award Competition. With the award, the students intend to invest in their winning business proposal called adpur. The goal of adpur is to become the premier provider of data collection, analysis and presentation for the teen market in the United States. In the first two years of operation, adpur will market primarily to enrollment management departments at Christian universities.
[Editor’s Note: The following is a column written by Maggie Platt, a graduating senior from Carmel, Indiana. Platt served as a student blogger for Anderson University during the 2006-07 academic year].
I could not have asked for a better last weekend of my college experience! A bunch of us seniors have been taking advantage of every moment to play frisbee in the Valley, have one last dinner at Perkins, compete in some intense euchre match-ups, and watch movies (mainly chick flicks!) late into the night.
Graduating senior Janelle Good recently received the Stevenson Outstanding Student Award for her work as a biology student. As an outstanding student, Good was selected for the $5,000 award by Dr. Blake Janutolo, dean of the College of Science and Humanities, and the biology faculty. The Stevenson Award is made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
AU alum Lawrence Brownlee looked at the list and it was lengthy. More than 100 family and friends will be in the audience Thursday night when the tenor makes his Metropolitan Opera debut.
Ethel Willard is 74, retired and admits she could use some help from time to time. So when a group of Anderson University students knocked on her door approximately three years ago, she was overjoyed.
“They’ve helped me in many ways,” said Willard. “I had difficulty getting my gutters cleaned, and they did that. When I had eye surgery, they just came by to check on me. I think they are just wonderful.”