Anderson University students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through service learning, learning communities and internships.
Anderson University will conduct a special service of installation for Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins as the ninth dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. The installation service will be held in Park Place Church of God with a light reception immediately following at the church. The public is invited to attend.
Dr. Gary Agee, associate professor of church history, was chosen to write an installment of the “People of God” series for Liturgical Press. This biographical series features various lay Catholic individuals who have been influential in society. Agee’s installment will feature Daniel Rudd, an African American Catholic from the beginning of the 20th century.
Anderson University President John Pistole recently announced the appointment of Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins as the next dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Hawkins will succeed Dr. James Lewis upon his retirement. She will begin her responsibilities as the first female dean on July 1, 2016.
Q: What brought you to Anderson University? How many years have you been at AU?
A: I've been at AU for 36 years. I am an alumnus of both the undergraduate college and seminary. A literal translation of the Latin phrase alma mater is “fostering mother,” and that captures my undergrad experience here. My professors took me more seriously than I took myself, and I wanted to return to repay some of the debt I owe my alma mater.
During her lifetime, Pearl Toon Smith was passionate about Christian education. In her honor, her family established the Billie Roy and Pearl Toon Smith Endowed Christian Education Scholarship, which is awarded each year through the Department of Religious Studies at Anderson University to an outstanding senior. This is the most prestigious scholarship offered through the department.
Anderson University will welcome nationally known author, scholar and pastor Leonard Sweet as the guest speaker for commencement on Saturday, May 7. Commencement will occur at 3 p.m. (EDT) in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Anderson University will award two honorary degrees during commencement. Both Sweet and the Rev. Arnetta McNeese Bailey, executive director of Christian Women Connection, will receive Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. The event is free and open to the public.