Anderson University is preparing to welcome new students to campus from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 as a part of New Student Orientation. The campus theme this year is, "Root. Grow. Bloom."
According to Dean Branson, director of student programs, the purpose of new student orientation is "to provide new students and their parents with a structured, comprehensive introduction to opportunities at Anderson University, to assist new students in their transition to the institution, and to integrate them into the life of the institution."
Several exciting changes have been made to the program this year. Branson said, "For the first time ever, New Student Orientation will include a service project. We are sending all of our new students and over a 100 other volunteers into the City of Anderson to serve the local community. We are partnering with about 10 local agencies to get students out into the community."
Students will help clean and beautify Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., North Anderson Elementary, Anderson Animal Care and Control, and the area between College Dr. and the Athletic Park. Other work projects will take place at Triple L Youth Ranch, the Christian Rescue Center, Wilson Boys and Girls Club, Operation Love and Dove Harbor.
Students can also expect more engaging and exciting sessions this year. "There are always a few "how to's" and logistical information that has to be shared, but that doesn't mean we can't find creative ways to do so. Through the use of skits, monologues, Q&A, video presentations, and even a few YouTube videos, our students will encounter the most hands-on orientation we have ever hosted," said Branson.
"We want the students to think about what it means to be a part of a community that is engaged in learning for a lifetime, in ways that are both academic and co-curricular," Branson said. "We are encouraging them to explore their faith commitments and to express them through their actions."
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—David Hynds is the Web Content Specialist for Anderson University.
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 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.