AU mourns the loss of junior Shey Harris

Mon, 2011-11-28 09:09 -- univcomm
November 28, 2011

The Anderson University community is deeply saddened by the death of junior dance business major Shey Harris. Harris was killed in a small plane crash that occurred on the morning of Saturday, November 26, along with her father, sister, and one other person. Harris was from Marion, Ind.

shey-harris“We are deeply saddened by the sudden tragedy that took the life of our student Shey Harris, her father, sister and friend,” said AU president Dr. James L. Edwards. “Our love and prayers are with her family and many friends as we share in this sorrow. We hold one another on this campus in a confident faith that the abiding and everlasting presence of God will be the source of our strength and our hope.”

“As an academic community that learns together, plays together, worships together, we now grieve together the loss of one of our own,” said Dr. Marie S. Morris, Provost. “Shey Harris graced Anderson University with her artistry as a dancer and choreographer. Her most recent accomplishments in Fall Into Dance Five moved us with her beautiful dancing and her choreographed work, The Walk. Our lives have forever been touched by this gifted young woman. The AU community mourns the untimely loss of Shey and lifts her family up in prayer as they, and we, integrate this tragic loss.”

Shauna Steele, dance area coordinator at AU, said Harris was an “integral member of the dance program and a bright light among her fellow students and dancers. She was engaging, friendly and positive about her love of dance and its ability to minister to all. She had firm beliefs in both herself and those around her and took it upon herself to interact with all students making them feel truly welcome. She entered every technique class with an engaging grin and was happy to be dancing. She was an emerging choreographer with a strong voice who used her belief in dance ministries to connect with audiences, faculty, staff and students. She was a bright light and will be missed.”

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. 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.