Anderson, Indiana

AU Homecoming to bring alumni "Together Again"

Mon, 2010-09-27 08:36 -- univcomm
September 27, 2010

More than 1,000 Anderson University alumni and their friends are expected to attend Homecoming activities that begin Tuesday. This year’s theme is "Together Again."

On Tuesday, the Christian group Sidewalk Prophets will perform at a 10 a.m. Chapel session at Reardon Auditorium. [Editor's Note: Dave Frey and Ben McDonald are AU alum and started Sidewalk Prophets on the AU campus.]

The Homecoming football game will be between Anderson and Hanover College at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Among special events, Anderson University will present a multicultural alumni concert during Homecoming on Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sherman Street Church of God. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature the musical groups Fruit of the Spirit and the AU Gospel Choir, as well as a number of alumni soloists.

Alumni will be honored at 10 a.m. Thursday in a Homecoming Chapel service at Reardon Auditorium.

  • Dan Hamer, Distinguished Alumni Award, is senior associate pastor at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Wash., where he launched an orphan care initiative with his wife of 33 years, Kathleen.
  • Kyle Lacy, Distinguished Young Alumni Award. At 25, Lacy is the CEO of Brandswag, a company that offers business owners the help needed to build and connect with their customers through social media networking.
  • Pat Griffin, Distinguished Service Award. She retired in 2009 from Anderson University after serving 36 years in the nursing profession.
  • Sandi Patty, John H. Kane Loyalty Award. As one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and 11 million units sold.
  • Katelyn McKaig, Alumni Council Scholarship Recipient. She is the daughter of the Rev. Tim and Annetta (Harden ’84) McKaig of Logansport, Ind. Besides her high school activities, Kate enjoyed being involved in Special Olympics, mission trips to Mexico and 4-H. She comes from a family of AU grads, but more than that, she wanted to attend a small, Christian university where she would be challenged to grow both academically and spiritually.
  • Shelby Rhoades BA ’96, Outstanding Music Alumni Award. She graduated from AU in 1996 with a BA in piano performance. She has had a successful career as an opera coach, joining the faculty at Alma College and working for various institutions in Seattle.

New events for homecoming 2010 include class reunions located at Reunion Park. The Alumni Office will have a specially designated area near the Alumni Tent at the Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 for graduates from all years who are celebrating a Class Reunion. Along with the reunions, alumni are also inviting the years before and after the official reunion year as a "cluster reunion" concept:

  • 10-year reunion: Classes of 1999-2001
  • 25-year reunion: Classes of 1984-1986
  • 40-year reunion: Classes of 1969-1971
  • 50+ year reunion: Classes of 1961 and before

Returning this year will be the live Homecoming webcast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Street Fair. AU is also collaborating with AU alum Luke Renner’s to host a 5-kilometer “Walk for Haiti” through The Learning Village at 9 a.m. Saturday More details of how to register can be found online at

Also, The Anderson University School of Nursing will honor four individuals during its Homecoming alumni dinner on Friday, Oct. 1.

Award recipients will include Matilda Barber with Lifetime Achievement Award; she served at Saint Johns Hospital in Anderson to positions such as vice president of patient care service and vice president of community relations.

Lori Keith, who will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, serves as diabetes educator at Community Hospital in Anderson.

Jan Bingle, chief nursing officer for Community Health Network and network vice president for clinical standards, education, and research. will receive the Friend of Nursing Award.

Jeff Glover, a full-time FNP at CVS Pharmacy MinuteClinic in Westfield, Ind. will receive the Service to the Community Award.

Also, on Saturday, the annual Athletic Hall of Fame have four inductees this year including: Raven baseball coach Dr. Don Brandon, former Raven baseball player Dave Coolidge, former Raven football player Thomas Lee, and former Raven basketball player Susan (Berry) McVay. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

—Story republished with permission from The Herald Bulletin.

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.