Like many Anderson University students, Nour Sadek views Operation Christmas Child (OCC) as a fun opportunity to buy Christmas presents for children in other countries and send them in shoeboxes during the holiday season. However, Sadek’s experience with OCC is unlike most: she once received her very own shoebox as a child while living in Lebanon.
Weekdays, Chase Batt dons the subdued wear of a well-dressed young banker. Weekends, he dons seat belts and a helmet.
"He's got three boys, and they all race," Chase said with a nod toward his father, Larry, earlier this week.
As he spoke, they were both in the office of Sunset Motors, the Gaston used-car lot the elder Batt owns and operates, a brightly lit place where the rolling hardware inside and outside can't help but draw the eye of car fans.
For some faculty and staff members at Anderson University, catching up with beloved family members is as simple as walking to the next office. Traditionally, AU has played host to generations of family members. The experience of some individuals at AU impacts their life in a way that influences family members to follow suit as students or staff members. Currently, AU employs three pairs of brothers who work in various departments on campus.
Anderson University graduate Steven Jones has been an officer in training with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police for only eight weeks. But there was no hesitation on his part when he and veteran partner Chris Weunsch responded to the call about a vehicle that had slid into a retention pond last week Wednesday.
Timothy Ponce had a clear message to Anderson University students when he spoke recently about his experiences working abroad.
“If you are interested in a career in foreign affairs,” said Ponce, “I’ve been in your shoes. Let me tell you now — you can do it from Anderson.”
Anderson University’s new program for freshmen, “First Year Experience,” provides guidance to new students through faculty mentors and peer leadership. This is AU’s first year implementing the program, and it has been well received by both faculty and students.
In the past few years, Anderson University Professor Dr. Maria Scott has written, presented, and published several articles. Some of the topics her work has covered include Latino-owned businesses in central Indiana, the integration of Portuguese Americans in American society, and the teaching of the Portuguese language in the U.S.
Anderon University junior Daniel Kelsey earned class credit, gained a different perspective on the world, and took important steps toward his future when he left Indiana to complete a summer internship.