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2016 Returning Student E-News

Dear Students,

I am so excited for you to return this fall! There has been a lot going on here this summer, and we have been making many preparations for your return. The campus is looking great! In Dunn Hall, the showers have been renovated and divided so that there is a separate shower entrance for both showerheads. Facility Services has been hard at work all summer cutting down and pruning trees across campus. They have also paved/resurfaced the Valley sidewalks, and they look brand new!

Betsy Reiff, former RD of Rice Hall, has relocated to her new Myers Hall apartment over the summer and she has been making preparations for the ladies that will join her in a few short weeks.

While you’ve been away, we also welcomed new Dunn Hall RD Stephen Milliken to campus. Stephen holds a Master of Higher Education from Geneva College and has worked as the assistant dean of student life and resident director at Montreat College in North Carolina. Stephen is joined by his dog, Indiana (which was a much more hip name when living in a different state). With a love of music, woodworking, and Italian cinema, Stephen is excited to add some new ingredients to the community life here at AU.

We also have the opportunity to welcome into our community Jason Stephens as the director of residence life and student conduct. Jason will oversee the majority of student conduct related issues starting this fall. Jason was raised in Pendleton, Ind. where he lived until he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University. While there, he met Kendra, whom he married upon graduation. In 2013, he and his family moved to Houghton College where Jason worked as a resident director and assistant director of student programs. In 2015, Jason and Kendra welcomed their first child, Caleb, and they absolutely love being parents! Jason and his family are excited about moving back to their Hoosier roots and leading the Anderson University Residence Life Team!

This summer we have enhanced our partnership with Community Hospital. They have been gracious to us in partnering to provide a nurse practitioner as our director of health services and an overseeing physician who will come to campus once a week, much like Dr. Scott Green. The nurse practitioner will have the ability to prescribe medication and will bring a level of enhanced expertise to this role. Our hope is that we will also be able to bring continuity of care for those of you who connected so well with Nurse Nancy. We will all miss Nurse Nancy greatly, however I have great hope that these folks who join our team will pick up the legacy left by Nurse Nancy. The visits will continue to be provided free of charge to students, so we hope that if you are not feeling well, you would take advantage of this service. The clinic will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and there will be an opportunity to schedule appointments online so that your wait time is minimized. We will share more about this in the coming weeks.

Many changes and updates have been made to the Student Handbook over the summer as well. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the 2016-17 Student Handbook at The new handbook is currently being finalized but will be online prior to your return to campus. Many of the changes that have been made are due to regulations by the Federal Government and some additions to our Title IX Policy. The judicial process has also been revised to include a Court of Appeals that will be chaired by our Chief Justice. The Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policies have also been revised. Please take some time to read through the entire handbook because you will be held accountable for material that has been published in the new handbook.

As we announced in the spring, Tamara Shelton will become our new Campus Pastor this fall. She has been hard at work outlining a dynamic chapel schedule and speakers for this year. We firmly believe that God is doing some great work here on campus and are excited to see the spiritual formation and transformation that will take place on campus. Our prayer is for chapel not be seen as an inconvenience, but serve as a launching point for connections throughout the week - in classes, in small groups, in floor Bible studies, and in late night conversations. To this end, even the first chapel of the year has been redesigned to set a better tone for the rest of the semester. You won’t want to miss it!

As you know, each year we select a campus theme to help guide the programs within the Department of Student Life as well as chapel. This year’s theme is “Lighting the Path.” This phrase comes from the notion that both light and a path are important in finding direction in the middle of the night. 1 John 1:7 says “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” This theme is shared with our AU Centennial Celebration, which will run from Homecoming 2016 - Homecoming 2017. There will be many exciting celebrations on campus and in chapel this year that reflect the faithfulness of God in the first century of service that AU has witnessed. It will also be a time of charting a course for the next 100 years. As a student of AU you have already become a part of this historic journey and I am excited to see the continued impact you will make.

I look forward to welcoming you back to campus near the end of Orientation. You are welcome to move back on campus on August 26 and 27 with classes beginning on Monday, August 29. There will be a Movie on the Lawn on the 27th, so we hope you will come back a little early and reconnect with your friends before classes begin.

Have a great rest of your summer!


Dr. Chris Confer
Assistant Provost and Dean of Students
(765) 641-4219 •