Anderson University recently honored Tom Bruce and Dr. Linda Swindell with John A. Morrison Awards for their commitment and service to AU. In addition, the university presented the inaugural MOSAIC award to Dr. Donald Boggs. The awards were presented May 3 during the university’s annual faculty/staff recognition luncheon.
The John A. Morrison Awards recognize faculty and staff who go beyond excellence in performance and have demonstrated a commitment to something larger than self. Each year, one staff and one faculty member are selected from nominations by their colleagues and announced at the annual recognition luncheon. Nominees for the Morrison Award should demonstrate a commitment to the university’s mission and core values. Dr. John A. Morrison was Anderson University’s first president, serving in that role from 1925-1958.
The MOSAIC Team at Anderson University established the MOSAIC award in 2012 to recognize individuals within the university who embody the ideal of “modeling and promoting a work-learning environment in which all persons feel welcomed and affirmed on the journey toward intercultural competence.”
Tom Bruce has served Anderson University for 35 years. “Called” to service at AU in 1977 by then-President Robert H. Reardon, Bruce has served with three of the university’s four presidents, and has filled many roles, including assistant director of development, director of information services, director of university relations, executive director of university relations and alumni affairs, and currently as executive director of university advancement. In his current role, Bruce manages a wide range of programs in the areas of public relations; electronic, print, and mass media; church relations; development; and alumni relations.
[Photo: Tom Bruce (left) with his wife, Marlyne, and AU President Dr. James L. Edwards.]
In addition to his service at Anderson University, Bruce has served on many local community boards and committees, including the Madison County Leadership Academy, Anderson Fine Arts Center, Boy Scouts of America, Wilson’s Boys and Girls Club, Saint John’s Hospice Program, Junior Achievement, Madison County Management Club, the Mayor’s Human Needs Commission, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Anderson YMCA, United Way drives, WIPB-TV, and Visiting Nurse Health Care.
Bruce earned a degree in business administration from Anderson University in 1971, a Master of Science in mass communications in 1977, and a master’s degree in business administration in 1987.
In nominating Bruce for the award, his colleagues shared that “his years of quality service to Anderson University, the community, the church, and individuals has been a unique form of ministry. Tom Bruce, with a ‘blessed quietness,’ has managed to infuse his many campus activities with a contagious spirit of warmth and sensitivity that lingers in one’s memory.” Another colleague stated that Bruce “serves fully and without reservation wherever needed. He is a man who engenders trust and respect. His very life and personality embody what Anderson University values most — faith, service, generosity, excellence, and humility.”
Dr. Linda Swindell, professor of psychology, has served Anderson University for 19 years and recently announced her retirement this spring. Over the years, Swindell has demonstrated a commitment to research and scholarship, and a deep caring for the long-term good of Anderson University. She has provided leadership of the Liberal Arts Seminar and Honors Program, and founded and developed an honor society on campus.
[Photo: Dr. Linda Swindell (center) with Provost Dr. Marie Morris and President Edwards.]
Swindell has served as an example to her colleagues of perseverance and courage through great personal trials, intellectual rigor combined with a strong Christian faith, modeling and encouragement of professional development, generosity of time and resources in helping colleagues and students grow intellectually, helping to create a sense of community on the AU campus, and diligent committee work that has contributed to a revitalized mission of the university.
Embodying the institution’s core values of excellence, integrity, servant leadership, responsibility, and generosity, Swindell daily strives to seek truth, live faithfully, and to be useful as a servant of God.
Swindell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Dr. Donald Boggs, professor of communication and general manager of Covenant Productions®, came to Anderson University in 1978. During his tenure he has traveled to more than 40 countries, providing consultation in the area of communications. Boggs directed the award-winning documentary, A Ripple of Hope, which tells the powerful story of race relations, leadership, and the nonviolent impact in Indianapolis of boldly acknowledging the tragedy of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. His most recent trip was to Haiti to expose the weaknesses in Haiti’s infrastructure and to work with the Haitian people in improving communications through a nine-station network.
[Photo: Dr. Donald Boggs with Dr. Marie Morris and President Edwards.]
Over the years, Boggs has impacted the lives of countless members of the community and his own students in following the truth in a story wherever it may lead and always respecting the people group with whom he is working. In this process of storytelling, Boggs actively enlists his students, giving them “real world” professional experience.
Chris Witt, a 2003 AU graduate and award-winning film editor, traveled to Honduras and Brazil with Boggs on a documentary project. Witt said, “I was able to work on my storytelling and I gained perspective on cultures outside of AU.” Darcy Noonan, a 2009 AU graduate, traveled to the Philippines in 2008 to produce a documentary for Children of Promise. Noonan said, “When you tell someone’s story, it changes how you look at where you are and what you’re doing.”
Boggs holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
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.