AU Press introduces Nicholson memoir

Wed, 2006-10-04 07:40 -- univcomm
October 4, 2006

Saturday morning, Anderson University’s AU press will host a book signing and reception for Dr. Robert A. Nicholson’s new book entitled, “So I Said Yes.” As president emeritus of Anderson University and longtime community leader, he titled the book according to his customary reply whenever he was asked to take on new responsibilities at his alma mater. The public is invited to attend a special book signing and reception this Saturday, October 7, at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Park Place Church of God in Anderson.

“Robert Nicholson’s life and long-term commitment to Anderson University is an inspiration,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “We greatly value his leadership and welcome this insightful memoir.”

Two interesting features set the book apart from traditional autobiographies and memoirs. First, “we took advantage of technology and put together an audio disk of music and song bites from the past,” explains Nicholson. The CD, tucked into each copy of the book, contains performances by the 1957 Anderson College Choir, the Park Place Sanctuary Choir, and the Heritage Sing at the 2005 convention of the Church of God, all under the direction of Nicholson. Also recorded is a meditation that Nicholson delivered at the 1986 Candles and Carols Christmas program.

“The second unusual feature of the book is an attempt to incorporate voices of a different type,” says Nicholson. “I invited colleagues and friends to do some reflecting of their own and add their thoughts on some of the key times and events that I cover in the book. Unlike family members who might work straight through the pages, other readers may prefer to skip and skim, looking for places where my memories intersect with theirs,” says Nicholson, who claims he is the chief beneficiary of the writing project.

After graduating from Anderson University, Nicholson received an offer to teach music at his college alma mater. In 1945, after a year of graduate work at New York University, Nicholson returned to AU as a professor. He taught music theory and private voice, led musical groups, founded the Anderson College Choir, now Anderson University Chorale, and was instrumental in establishing the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

“Through it all, it continued to amaze me that the insecure, limited boy I was in my growing-up years was the recipient of such incredible experiences and opportunities,” writes Nicholson. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed rummaging around in the past and discovering how one memory sparks another.”

Nicholson also edited two editions of the Hymnal of the Church of God and served as music director for the radio broadcast known as the Christian Brotherhood Hour. Nicholson was inaugurated as the third president of Anderson University in 1983 and served until his retirement in 1990. The Robert A. Nicholson University Library was named in his honor in 1992. Following retirement, Nicholson served as interim president of Community Hospital: Anderson and president of the Board of Directors for the Madison County Community Foundation among many leadership roles with local boards and organizations.

So I Said Yes can be ordered by sending $19.95 plus $3 shipping and handling to Anderson University, University Relations, 1100 E. Fifth St., Anderson, IN 46012.To review other available titles published by Anderson University Press, visit the AU Press Web site at