For the past nine years, Anderson University has seen a surge in the student population. Students from across the U.S. and the world have been making AU their home. In celebrating the incoming 2006 new student orientation, the new theme of “Congruence: Looking In. Living Out.” will be examined throughout orientation and the school year.
“AU New Student Orientation is a wonderful opportunity for new students to meet other students, begin to understand the AU culture, and become aware of resources and opportunities that will be a part of their experience of the next several years,” said Brent Baker, vice president for Student Life.
Last year a record 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students came through AU’s doors to start a new school year with a near record 670 plus freshmen. This year, the population is expecting another record, marking the tenth year for a record institution enrollment.
“‘Congruence: Looking In. Living Out.’ is an invitation to a conversation about what internal things really drive the external ways we live,” said Baker. “Further it will be an opportunity for students to consider some of the ways God has written important things on their hearts and how they can embrace and live out of a personal sense of gifting and calling.”
Each year the theme corresponds to and is supplemented by a particular book -- this year Parker Palmer's book “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” was selected.
Regarding the new theme, the following was written by Stuart Erny, Director of Campus Ministries, for the Student Leadership Reception in April 2006:
"The theme is an invitation to dig deep, sit for a long time with the silence of who we really are - that original person that God has created us to be and Christ continually beckons us to. To settle down into this reality of self-in-God and then to allow everything that we are and do to emanate from this center. This is congruence. Put another way: this is Holiness - to not be a myriad of fractured parts but to be whole."