For some faculty and staff members at Anderson University, catching up with beloved family members is as simple as walking to the next office. Traditionally, AU has played host to generations of family members. The experience of some individuals at AU impacts their life in a way that influences family members to follow suit as students or staff members. Currently, AU employs three pairs of brothers who work in various departments on campus.
The newest set of siblings in the AU family is Collin and Curtis Trent, both AU graduates. The brothers, who also met their wives on campus, both started working at AU this fall. Not only are they both proud alumni, but their mother, Mary Trent, also works at the university as a financial aid counselor. [Left to right: Collin and Curtis Trent]
"It's nice starting here in the fall because first semester was one of my favorite memories on campus," said Curtis. "It is the start of a fresh year with a fresh attitude."
Collin is excited to be back on campus, as well. "Working in college admissions gives me chance to be a part of one of the most exciting times in students' and parents' lives," said Collin.
Both of the Trent brothers have fond memories as students at Anderson. Curtis recalls a mind opening experience with Dr. Merle Strege in Liberal Arts Seminar and fun memories of brotherhood in Dativus, which both brothers were involved in. "My most unique memory was singing hymns with Professor Paul Saltzman at local nursing homes," recalled Collin. "We were actually asked to sing at a funeral of one of the patients."
"In the back of my mind, I knew I would end up back here," said Curtis.
Joe and Ben Davis are another pair of brothers who both attended AU and ended up working on campus. Joe is in his twelfth year in admissions and was named director of admissions this fall. Ben, director of alumni relations, has worked for the university nearly three years. As a student, Ben was involved in men’s chorus, the Andersonian, and intramurals. [Left to right: Joe and Ben Davis]
"I loved the campus life as a student," said Ben. "Some of my favorite AU memories were dorm life, forming those tight friendships, playing pranks, and making memories."
Like Collin, Ben said he always felt like he would come back to AU.
"I have always cared deeply for the people and mission of the institution," said Ben. "The best part about being back is the relationship-oriented work I do in the alumni office, which all benefits the institution."
While on campus, Joe primarily focused on participating in Dativus and the men's soccer team.
"I started working in Admissions the summer after I graduated from AU and I had no idea that it would turn into a career,” said Joe. “I love AU and I'm passionate about Christian higher education."
Drs. Tim and Jerry Fox are also brothers with family ties to the university. Tim, a professor of Spanish, has worked at the university for 13 years and has numerous fond memories on campus from his time as a student. He was involved in a social club and the track team, which was coached by James Macholtz.
“One of my favorite memories was in the spring of 1980, when the track team won the conference meet for the first time ever in our history,” said Tim. “I was proud of our team for all our hard work and very happy for Coach Macholtz, who was so deserving of a conference championship.” Macholtz stadium was named in his honor in 1985 after his passing. [Left to right: Dr. Tim Fox and Dr. Jerry Fox]
Tim and Jerry, a professor of business and economics, were both also part of God Squad, an athletic outreach program that impacted lives around the world.
“I went to the Philippines as part of the program,” said Jerry. “We rebuilt churches and led youth trips while we were there.”
Tim recalled a trip the group made to Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. “As a multiracial group, we all had our stereotypes challenged by our experiences of hospitality and God’s grace as shared through his people of all colors,” said Tim. “The experiences brought us together in ways we could never have foreseen.”
Jerry started his career at AU the same year he graduated from the institution in 1979. He began working in the development office and is now a faculty member in the Falls School of Business.
“One of my favorite aspects about working at AU lies in the involvement with students, inside and outside the classroom,” Jerry said.
The brothers’ grandfather was a part of the second graduating class of the university, which was known then as Anderson Bible College. Jerry’s wife, Deborah Miller Fox, is also a professor at AU in the English department.
Through these families’ stories it is evident that Anderson University is a place of tradition and camaraderie. The university is a place where many people hold countless cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
— Joseph Matas is a senior from Anderson, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Matas is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
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 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh 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.