Pam Worlund’s face lit up when she arrived at Anderson University on Thursday morning to move her daughter into the dorms.
A dozen helping hands surrounded her family’s sport utility vehicle and instructed Pam to wait in the grass as they unloaded the vehicle.
“They told us they would move everything in,” Pam, from St. Louis, said. “My husband and I have back issues, so this is wonderful.”
Haley Beer, a sophomore, was part of the help moving the new students in.
“I am in the peer mentor program and this is a way to assist new students and help connect them to the AU community,” Beer said. “It’s really exciting to meet the new freshmen. This helps build community from the second they get here and lets them feel welcome.”
[Photo: Volunteers help Anderson University freshman Jenna Worland of St. Louis move into Rice Hall on Thursday. Credit: Don Knight/The Herald Bulletin]
Once inside the third-floor dorm room of Rice Hall, freshman Jenna Worlund began the task of inspecting furniture and unpacking.
“I knew the rooms would be interesting,” Worlund said, smiling. “But I wanted to be in the dorm with the other freshman girls to make friends and for the environment.”
In order to decorate the tiny room Worlund would soon call home, she sent pictures back and forth to her roommate.
“My roommate is from Washington, Ind.,” Worlund said. “She won’t be here until later. We have the same bedspreads in different colors. I guess purple, black, gray, and white is our theme.”
Helping Worlund get moved in was Mallory Johnson, a fellow freshman from the same hometown.
Johnson moved in Sunday as part of honors orientation.
“I really don’t have anything to do until the parents’ picnic so I am sort of hanging out,” she said. “It was a little freaky being in an empty dorm all week, but now that everyone’s getting here, it’s really exciting.”
Her first impression of her room was much like Worlund’s.
“I was like, oh wow, this dorm is old,” Johnson said. “Once we got stuff in it, it looked really great.”
Brent Baker, vice president for student life, said the university welcomed more than 550 new students on Thursday.
“In just one week, our campus has been transformed from Colts Training Camp to the home of nearly 1,300 residential students,” Baker said. “We expect a total institutional enrollment of approximately 2,600.”
Overall enrollment was about the same as last year; however, freshman enrollment was up about 5 percent, according to Chris Williams, director of university communications and community relations.
— April Abernathy is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.
NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
- 7:15-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast (Market Place)
- 9-9:45 a.m.: Worship (Reardon Auditorium)
- 9:45-10 a.m.: Welcome
- 10-10:45 a.m.: Learning Community
- 10:45-11:30 a.m.: Diverse Community
- 11:30-11:45 a.m.: Safety and security
- 11:45 a.m.: Rally in Reardon
- 12:15-1:30 p.m.: Lunch with mentor groups
- 1:30-3 p.m.: Farewell to families
- 4:45-6:15 p.m.: Dinner (Market Place)
- 6:30-7:15 p.m.: Mentor group meeting (assigned rooms)
- 7:15-8:45 p.m.: Ice cream social sponsored by SGA
- 9 p.m.: Meijer Extravaganza
- 8 a.m.-noon: Service project around the city
- Noon-1:15 p.m.: Lunch on campus
- 1:15-2:15 p.m.: Afternoon orientation sessions
- 2:15-3:15 p.m.: Church fair (Reardon Lobby)
- 3:15-4:15 p.m.: Mentor group meeting (assigned rooms)
- 5-6:45 p.m.: Dinner (Market Place)
- 6:45-8 p.m.: Prayer and reflection (Reardon)
- 8 p.m.: Residence life activities (residence halls)
- Morning: Visit a local church
- 12-1:45 p.m.: Brunch (Marketplace)
- 2-7 p.m.: Mentor home visits
- 8 p.m.: Outdoor movie
- All day: Classes start
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the eighth 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.