AU students Tiara Nash and Matthew Ingalls recently received the 2007 Nicholson Student Servant Leadership Award for services on campus and in the community. The awards were made possible by a grant from the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation as well as matching funds directed to the university by donors Lowell ansd Dorothy Williamson. The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert A. Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University. Ingalls and Nash were selected by representatives of the Student Life Department to receive this award because of their involvement in service activities. Each student personally received $750 and also designated a charity of their choice to receive $250. Ingalls has chosen the Neighbors program at Anderson University while Nash has selected Angel Flight Central, an organization that arranges charitable flights for health care and other humanitarian purposes.
Tiara Nash is a Spanish and Psychology double major at Anderson University. A native of Milwaukee Wisconsin, she has served in various capacities while a student at Anderson University. She is active in the Anderson University Multicultural Student Association and the Anderson University Gospel Choir.
Within the community, Nash participates in “Generation to Generation,” a campus ministry that connects students with residents of nursing homes in the City of Anderson, as well as Special Olympics of Madison County. She is active with the Wilson Boys and Girls Club, a community organization that reaches out to area children and youth in Madison County providing programs promoting character development, education development, health and life skills, the arts, and recreation just to name a few. Recently, Nash was selected as the campus coordinator for the Wilson Boys and Girls Club ministry for the 2007-2008 academic year.
Nash is active at East Side Church of God in Anderson and participates in the Circle of Friends, a ministry at East Side Church God that ministers to the practical needs of special needs children within the church. Friends are matched with children and provide support and encouragement to the child and their family on a consistent and regular basis.
“A servant leader is someone who leads by example,” says Nash. “A servant is someone who is willing to go out of their way to tend to the well-being of others. Through service activities, I see how blessed I am. I receive a great deal of joy through service and this honor is confirmation that I am where God wants me to be.”
Matt Ingalls is a Christian Ministries major at Anderson University from Columbia City, Indiana. He has served the community and the AU campus through Study Buddies, Prayer Ministry and various Anderson University sponsored work projects. During the spring semester of his sophomore year, Matt was a student coordinator for AU Neighbors, a new program through the office of Campus Ministries that reaches out to residents of neighborhoods surrounding the Anderson University campus.
Ingalls has distinguished himself both academically and athletically. He is a member of Alphi Chi, an academic honor society comprise of the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors maintaining a grade point average of 3.70 or higher; he is the 2007 undergraduate recipient of the Gustav Jeeninga Memorial Scholarship, an annual scholarship given to an undergraduate in biblical studies by selection of the Department of Religious Studies; and he has made the Anderson University Dean’s List every year since the fall, 2004, semester.
Ingalls is a member of the Anderson University Cross Country and Track and Field teams. He was named a Cross Country All-Regional athlete and an Academic All-American by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, division III. He was also named an All- Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete—three times for cross country and once for track.
“Service has been my way of telling God I love him,” said Ingalls. “Service has also been God’s way of telling me that I am no better than any person on this planet, it takes just as much grace to save me as anyone else. Service is where I find community and realize that I cannot do it alone. God has planted me among strong, faithful, and perseverant people, only together have we made any impact.”
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.