Cheryl Shank is celebrating her 22 years of working as the director of conference and performance events for Anderson University. Her work may be behind the scenes but it should definitely not go unnoticed. Shank has transformed Reardon Auditorium from a place to hold Chapel two times a week, into a high demand and legitimate venue.
Upon arriving at AU, Shank had no supporting staff. However, she is not alone in planning the many events that campus holds anymore. At the beginning of each January, Shank and her staff start an interview process to hire seven students, ranging in all ages and majors, along with two student technicians, to help with the many events and conferences held on campus during the summer.
“Without these students the summer doesn’t work,” said Shank. “The summers are so comprehensive and students are given the opportunity to visually see how an event is run.”
AU is the host of many different events throughout the entire year with a short downtime from the third week in December to the beginning of February. During this downtime, Shank and her staff begin planning for the summer events. A packet is sent out at the beginning of the year to all clients from the previous year in hopes of a return. “About 95 percent of our clients return, which allow for new clients to experience what AU has to offer,” said Shank.
AU’s campus hosts a variety of events throughout the year. In the summer, which is the busiest time of the year, basketball, football, cross country and soccer camps are held along with Christ in Youth conferences. Another addition to the already busy summer schedule this year is the return of the Indianapolis Colts for training camp. Among the other events are the North American Convention, Business Entrepreneurship Camp, band camps and many more.
Shank has been able to help organize many CD releases on campus for artists like: Sandi Patty, Alana Story, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jon McLaughlin, Brenn Hinderson and Don Peslis.
“The best part of my job is being with people who trust us with meeting their goals,” said Shank. “We start out as clients and leave as friends.”
— Melissa Powers is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in Communication Arts. Powers is an associate with Fifth Street Communications writing on behalf of 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 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth 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.