Last spring, Anderson University senior Honors Program students were given the opportunity to present what they learned throughout their time in college during Scholars' SOAR (student orientation, advising, and registration). Countless hours of research, work, and heart went into creating a message that would appropriately share their discoveries.
“Admissions really sees this as a big win for incoming scholars,” said Dr. Joe Davis, director of admissions. “Incoming students are able to get a glimpse into their futures at AU, allowing them to see how they will be challenged and encouraged to grow in their academic discipline.”
By allowing future AU students the opportunity to listen to current students’ research, AU admissions helps shed light on what life will be like once those students start college in the fall. “The scholars seemed excited about the events of the day, and the energy around the presentations was exciting,” said Davis.
Honors seniors presented their research on an array of topics. From “Man is Born for Trouble: The Thematic and Stylistic Influences of Modern Folk Music on My Art," presented by Joshua Powell, music business major and writing minor, to “The Evolution of Copyright Law in the Music Industry as it Pertains to Current Copyright Issues” presented by Heather Gruber, also a music business major with a minor in biblical studies, SOAR participants were introduced to a variety of topics.
“I researched adolescent pregnancy in light of adoption,” said family science major Brook Veselsky. “Trends have shown that one to five percent of unintended pregnancies end in adoption, and I wanted to know why this was the case. At the end of my presentation, incoming students had many questions. It is evident that the SOAR students were curious and using critical thinking skills. Because of this, I am hopeful for the future of the Honors Program.”
Along with Veselsky, Marissa Phillips, majoring in communication arts with a concentration in public relations, presented her project called, “A Study on the Effectiveness of Public Relations Methods at Anderson University.” Gathering the information she needed through surveys, Phillips found that personal communication, like letters and phone calls from admissions counselors, were the most influential on the student’s interest in enrolling at AU.
Through these presentations, AU Admissions, along with the Honors Program, has helped bridge the gap between current and future honors students, allowing communication to occur.
“We see Scholars' SOAR as the jumping-off point for our incoming students,” said Davis. “Hopefully, they will go away from the weekend picturing themselves as successful and engaged AU students who will develop deep relationships with faculty, embrace the friendships they find, grow deeper in their faith, and truly engage their academic discipline at a deep level. Attending the Honors Program presentations is an important piece of the weekend that helps facilitate some of these connections.”
— Hannah Schumacher is a 2013 graduate of Anderson University, majoring in communication arts and writing. Schumacher 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 about 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.