For three days, Aug. 27-30, AU campus will be abuzz with incoming freshmen, fun and fellowship as part of New Student Orientation. This year’s campus theme, "Exercising Freedom," is taken from Biblical passage, Galatians 5:13.
According to Dean Branson, director of student programs, this year’s orientation will have little new activities, but will focus on the more popular events from previous years. New students can look forward to traditional favorites, such as the freshman hike, ice cream social in the valley and the Meijer Extravaganza. This year’s initial night reception will be held at Pioneer Rock, with a section of the adjacent street closed to traffic.
Other than the fun and games, however, students will also participate in a number of activities that directly benefit themselves, the college and the local community.
The local service project, started in 2008, will continue with a focus on city-wide beautification, working with the downtown Christian Center and with Liberty Christian School, to name a few. Events held in Reardon Auditorium will instill new students with the importance of being a member in the AU community. Various church-related activities, such as worship services, prayer meetings and a church fair are also on this year’s agenda. [Photo at right: 2008 New Student Orientation Service Project.]
This year also marks the founding of a new mentoring program. Along with family group leaders, older students will take positions of peer mentoring. These organizers will extend the work of family group leaders throughout the school year, offering advice and camaraderie to new students.
The weekend ends on Sunday, August 30, with students visiting their family group mentors followed by an outdoor showing of the recent "Star Trek" film.
For a detailed schedule of orientation events, check out New Student Orientation.
—John Tapley is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Mass Communications.
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.