March 29, 2012
Once each February, the Campus Activities Board hosts an event called Lil’ Sibs weekend. This is a time where Anderson University’s campus warmly invites siblings, cousins, and friends of current AU students to experience the atmosphere on campus. This year from February 10-12, the campus was full of excitement and joy as siblings, relatives, and old friends reunited for a weekend of fun. Multiple events took place the weekend of Lil’ Sibs, including Avanti Boosters’ Encore and Dativus’ Cheap Thrills. The AU social clubs hosted these events to raise money for charities. Novus Dux’s Midnight Skate and open night swim in the natatorium were among other events that took place over the weekend. Leanne Torres, the early connections coordinator in admissions, focuses on younger generation students and getting them connected with AU early in their lives. Torres and the Office of Admissions placed a photo booth outside of the men’s basketball game and gave students a way to remember a good time. “I look forward to Lil’ Sibs weekend every February,” said Heidi Ledford, a three-year attendee of Lil’ Sibs and freshman at Monroe High School in Monroe, Ohio. Heidi Ledford is the sister of junior global business and Spanish major Ashley Ledford. While at Lil’ Sibs, Heidi attended many events including Cheap Thrills, Encore, and the men’s basketball game. Heidi also got the chance to experience the Haven. “The food was really good,” said Heidi. “I can understand how people would gain the freshman 15.” Attending Lil’ Sibs has made an impression on Heidi. “I love spending time with my sister and being able to experience the college life at the same time,” she said. “One of my favorite memories from Lil’ Sibs was when Ashley and I got tons of junk food and watched chick flicks all night. The students and faculty at AU were all so welcoming. AU is definitely a school I would like to attend.” Current freshman Greg Livingston was also a faithful attendee of Lil’ Sibs weekend. Greg’s sister, Gretchen Livingston, is a junior Spanish major at AU. Just like Heidi, Greg attended Lil’ Sibs for three years. Being able to experience campus from an inside view had an impact on him. “Lil’ Sibs weekend had a positive impact. I got to see and experience the weekend life of a college student,” said Greg Livingston. Greg grew up in the Church of God and was able to have a shared experience with other students at AU. Livingston also appreciated the smallness of the university and that it is located near his hometown of Westfield, Ind. Lil’ Sibs weekend is not only an opportunity for relatives and friends to experience campus, but it is also a time for AU to reach out and leave an impression. Dr. Joe Davis, director of admissions at AU, attended Lil’ Sibs weekend when he was a young kid. “I was the third of three to come to AU,” said Davis. “Being at AU with my siblings had a great impact.” --Tiffany Vega is a junior from Valparaiso, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Vega is an associate with Fifth Street CommunicationsTM, writing on behalf of 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.