Anderson University juniors Sara Peard and Michael Douglass recently received the 2008 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 Anderson University donors.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert A. Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University. Peard and Douglass 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. Peard has chosen TAPP (Tumaini Aids Prevention Program) located in Anderson, and Douglass selected the Mustin Shelter, a homeless shelter based in Anderson, Ind.
Sara Peard is a Bible and Religion major from Hinsdale, Illinois. Sara has been involved in Acting on AIDS, Advocacy+Awareness, Prison Ministry, and the Christian Center in Anderson. For many years, Sara has worked with homeless communities in Chicago and Indianapolis. In addition, she traveled to Calcutta, India with Tri-S during the summer of 2006 to serve at Shanti-Dan, a women’s shelter connected with the Sisters of Charity. This May, Sara will travel to Uganda and stay with Church of God missionaries Tim and Colleen Stevenson while working to persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the town of Kasubi. Sara attends Evangelical Christian Church in her hometown of Hinsdale.
Michael Douglass is an Exercise Science major from Kirklin, Indiana. As a student at Anderson University, Michael has been involved in Prayer Ministry, Wilson Boys and Girls Club, Christian Center Rescue Mission, Prison Ministry, Acting on AIDS and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Michael currently serves as a court justice within the AU Student Government Association. While providing ongoing counsel to the Student Senate and the Executive Branch of the Student Government Association, the Court Justices also manage The Jason Fund, a fund which supports students with emergency financial aid relief. Michael attends Mercy House in Anderson during the school year and Kirklin Christian Church in his hometown.
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.