“Last week was a life-changing week,” said Anderson University sophomore Aaron Rogers at the end of September as he reflected on a new experience. “I was put around 35 people who I barely knew and we all worked together to get through mentally tough tasks. I learned how to serve.”
Last month Rogers surged, which means he was in the process of joining one of the six social clubs that exist on AU’s campus.
Social clubs are groups that provide students with an opportunity to bond with fellow students in a brotherhood or sisterhood capacity while they learn how to serve the campus and local communities. The six clubs at AU are L’amifidel, Camarada, and Alacritas for women; and Dativus, Novus Dux, and Avanti Boosters for men. While the clubs have their differences and nuances, the most noticeable similarity between them is their commitment to service. [Photo on left: Members of Dativus work together at Park Place Community Center.]
An example of this commitment to service is evident in the Alacritas mission statement: “The Alacritas Social Club exists to discover and cultivate the beauty of God on the Anderson University Campus through unity, service, sisterhood, devotion to purity, and the establishment of relationships.”
The three pillars upon which the 75-year-old club Avanti Boosters stand, are service, tradition, and brotherhood. All six clubs strongly emphasize the Christian call to service.
A recent example came as Dativus worked 50 strong to help at Park Place Community Center. The club scraped paint off walls and benches, pulled weeds over the expanse of the property, cleaned storage rooms, and painted lines on the parking lot for parking spaces and four-square spaces.
Another example is Novus Dux, which works with the Maple Grove Church of God in multiple capacities ranging from the children’s program to basic housekeeping and grounds work. “Service is important in both the larger community as well as here on campus. We encourage our members to serve in multiple capacities on campus whether that be within club or independently,” said Dux President Logan Wilhelm.
Another social club, Camarada, took their abilities and willingness to serve to Anderson Elementary school, getting dirt under their fingernails as they landscaped for the school. L’amifidel served the AU community by replacing bricks outside Decker and emptying trash accumulated by residents in all of the dorms on campus.
This year all six clubs will work together for Teetering-for-Tots, a week-long event where students will teeter continuously for 100 hours on an industrial teeter-totter. Donations are given by local members of the community to support selected charities.
Anderson University facilitates a multitude of teams, groups, clubs, and activities that coexist and overlap. Social clubs provide a prime example of different groups coming together to work toward a common goal of service.
— Kyle Beckman is a senior from Auburn, Ind., double-majoring in communication arts and business-information systems and minoring in political science. Beckman 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 2,600 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.