The Anderson University Town and Gown association recently honored Ms. Mona Marjorie Morrison Hoffman with the 2006 Wanda Savage award. Hoffman received the Wanda Savage award in honor of the longtime member who died in November 1998. Wanda's husband, Russell, desired to find a way to remember his wife and established an annual award in her honor.Mona Marjorie Morrison Hoffman, daughter of President Emeritus John Morrison, graduated from Anderson University in 1940. Following graduation, Mona married fellow AU alum Art Hoffman. Eventually, Art and Mona moved to New York City, where they served as youth director and choir director at the Bronx Missionary Church. While raising their two children, they moved between Chicago and North Manchester, Ind., before living in Germany for four years. They had a third child there and began singing as a family with the older two.
Eventually, the Hoffman’s returned to Anderson and Pendleton. Art taught at IUPUI and Mona taught elementary music and played piano for community events. They continued to sing as a family for about ten years, becoming known as the “Happy Hoffs.” They joined Park Place Church of God, the site of Art and Mona’s wedding, and Mona continues to occasionally sing in the choir today. They sent their three children and a granddaughter to Anderson University, watching the institution’s growth with pride. They continue to support the university and its leadership.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.