AU community welcomes freshmen

Fri, 2009-08-28 09:32 -- univcomm
August 28, 2009

Nemo had survived the 2,200-mile trip from Arizona, but Anderson University freshman David Cox was worried that the shock of transferring the beta fish into its new tank in the AU dorm might kill the blue and red beta. With his things unpacked and set up in his new home, Nemo was one of the last first-day-on-campus tasks Cox had yet to complete.

movein1Beyond the door of Cox’s room, other male freshmen ducked in and out of identical rooms, meeting their new dorm-mates for the first time. The freshman boys who lived on the floor would be known as the “Grease Monkeys,” freshman Zach Welborn explained, noting the checkered racing flags and Valvoline oil poster hanging from the dorm hallway wall. Each floor has a theme, he said.

Photos by Don Knight/The Herald Bulletin]

Outside, the lawn beyond the dorm was dotted with blue shirts worn by upperclassmen who volunteered to help out with new student orientation.

While the idea of his daughter being given help finding her classes and navigating campus was appealing, first-time AU parent Roy Godme of Indianapolis was most pleased with the moving help the blue-shirts offered. Before he got a chance to do it himself, a parade of students began unloading his car and carrying the items into his daughter’s new dorm room.

“All the help was great,” he said. His wife, Lora, was equally impressed. “All that the parents had to do was walk upstairs and start unpacking.”

Chris Williams, director of university communications for AU, said the student orientation volunteers are popular among parents. “For a family that may have a son or daughter on the third floor of a residence hall, that’s a welcome relief.”

movein21“I thought I was going to have to do this all on my own,” Welborn said, lounging in the lobby of his dorm. With his moving tasks completed, the freshman was free to watch the “Price is Right” with his new friends. He is one of about 600 new freshmen at AU this semester.

Drew Hall, a sophomore, helped the students find and get moved into their rooms Thursday and said a group of students helped him last year. Their shirts were a different color, he said, but the help was the same. Those first few contacts with AU students were helpful in reducing the freshman’s nerves, he said. Now, Hall pays the favor forward. “It’s just our way of reaching out. We want it to be an overwhelming amount of welcoming.”

– Story posted with permission from The Herald Bulletin

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 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.