The Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame is celebrating its 16th year with four new inductees who will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The AU Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1997 by former athletic director Barrett Bates to recognize former Raven athletes, coaches, and contributors to the university. They are chosen by the Hall of Fame committee.
The 2012 class includes Ken Dodson, Donna Fishter, Audra (Hodge) Kauffman, and Peter Pritchett.
Ken Dodson came to AU from Vero Beach, Fla., to play football for the Ravens in the fall of 1980. Ken earned four letters on the football field and left as one of Anderson’s most decorated players. He was a two-time All-Conference selection (1984-85) and a three-time NAIA All-American (1982, 1984, and 1985). Ken holds the season record for sacks with 16 in 1982 and the career record, with 45 over his four years (21 more than the next closest Raven). In addition, Dodson holds the record for most sacks in a game (5) and the school bench-press record (525 pounds). Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from AU and added his Masters of Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan in 2001. He returned to AU to earn his MBA in 2005.
Donna Fishter came to AU from Davidson, Md., to play soccer and softball for the Ravens in the fall of 1990. Donna was the goalie for the first varsity soccer team in 1993 and earned two letters in soccer. She holds the career record for saves per game (8.57) and 10.07 saves per game in the 1994 season, ranking second in school history. Fishter also earned four letters in softball and was All-Conference twice (1993-94) and the ICAC Most Valuable Player in 1994. She has a career batting average of .369 with 35 doubles, nine triples, 15 home runs, 119 RBI's, 248 total bases, 26 stolen bases and a .974 fielding percentage. She ranks in the top 10 in 16 different categories in softball. In addition to being a captain and Team MVP in both sports, she was also named the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 1994. Donna earned her bachelor’s degree from AU in 1995.
Audra (Hodge) Kauffman came to AU from Decatur, Ind., to play volleyball for the Ravens in the fall of 1998. Audra earned four letters in volleyball, was a three-time Team Captain, two-time Team MVP and All-Conference in each season from 1998-2001, leaving AU with 14 school records. She still holds school records for career kills (1,776), attack percent (.366), service aces (193), service attempts (1,952), points (2,246.5), and points per game (4.50), which measures kills, assists, and blocks. She also holds five season and game records, and was named the Outstanding Senior Female Athlete in 2002. Audra earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from AU in 2002.
Peter Pritchett came to AU from Portland, Ore., to run track and field and cross country for the Ravens in the fall of 1989. Peter earned three letters in cross country, along with three in track and field. In cross country, he was a three-time All-Conference selection (1989-91) and a two-time All-American (1990-91). In track and field, he was a three-time conference champion in the 3,000 steeplechase (1990-92) and a two-time winner of the 5,000 meter race (1991-92). He was a three-time All- American in the 3,000 steeplechase (1990-92) and onetime All-American on the distance medley relay team (1990). Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from AU in 1993.
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, music, nursing, and theology.