Three new brick colonial buildings became available to seminary students this academic year, completing the group of apartments located on Walnut Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. The first phase of the village was dedicated in August 2006.
The village’s seven buildings contain 18 apartments for students and their families, as well as a community center with a walkway encircling a central plaza.
David Sebastian, dean of the School of Theology, praised the apartments for being decent, affordable and accessible. Good housing that is inexpensive and close to campus allows students to live as a community and focus on their course work, meaning they are more successful and often graduate faster, he said.
Seminary student Shannon Spangler said she and her husband were grateful for the three-bedroom apartment they moved into last year. They could only afford a one-bedroom in Pendleton before.
University officials credited James and Elizabeth York for making the housing an affordable alternative for students.
The Yorks, longtime AU donors, were honored at the dedication and presented with a framed photo of their eponymous village.
The couple has also established an endowed scholarship fund through AU’s school of theology and created a fund to support a Christian lecture series and an annual award to a graduating seminary student.
They have also pledged support of a new recital hall and a rare book and special collections area of Nicholson Library.
Speaking at the ceremony Saturday, they both commented on how the village will impact the lives of its inhabitants and their future congregations.
“What a transformation over three years,” James York said, “just as the people (living here) will transform lives over years.”
Elizabeth York said the buildings looked nothing like the boring dormitories she first envisioned.
“There’s a lot of history here,” she said, “and I have a feeling that there is going to be a lot of history that’s going to be a part of Seminary Village.”
Anderson University also announced Saturday that it had raised more than $75 million towards its capital campaign goal of $110 million. The “Dreams, Discovery, Direction” campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the school’s history, was launched on Oct. 6, 2006. It is set to conclude on May 31, 2010. Major components of the campaign include $51 million for capital projects, $34 million for endowment and $25 million for operational support.
–Barrett Newkirk is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.