Title:Dr. Edwards: 'Life is not an easy teacher'
President James L. Edwards strove to focus on the promise of this school year during Tuesday morning's initial chapel service, while remembering several recent tragedies. "As we have learned in these last few days, life is not an easy teacher," he said. "Life is short." Last week, Brian A. Bell, who was finishing up his course work at the university this summer, died recently in a downtown apartment fire. Edwards said many members of the AU community traveled to Flint, Mich., to attend the funeral of the 24-year-old poet and musician. "Boldly outrageous is the way his friends described him," he said. Edwards said Bell was a wonderful friend to his classmates and demonstrated what students can look forward to during their journey through college.
"Brian was a remarkable collector of friends and he reminded us again that one of the greatest gifts we will receive on this campus is the friendships," he said.
Edwards also mentioned two students who died over the summer.
Stephen Hamer, an Anderson resident who would have been a freshman this year, lost his battle with cancer in August.
"He will be remembered in a lasting way in this city," Edwards said.
Jacob Heck, an Ohio resident, was killed in a car accident.
And Monday, the 13-year-old son of Charles Staley, the executive director of facilities and real estate programs at Anderson University, died when an automobile accidentally struck his moped.
"He was a special gift who they thought would be their only child. And then a girl came along," Edwards said.
But despite the difficult times, attending Anderson University is a journey blessed by God, Edwards said.
"Most of the time on this journey we teach each other," he said. "We also believe that journeys like this one change lives."
Edwards said students can look forward to preparing for a life of service with caring teachers to guide their way.
"This university is well-equipped to support the journey of those asking for God's blessing," he said.
The faculty members not only love the subject they are teaching, "they are here because they have convinced us they also care deeply about students," Edwards said.
During his address, Edwards also touched on the power of movements and the history of the Church of God movement.
"We want to be a movement that makes a difference in the lives of those who have come our way," he said.
--- Writer Amy Cahill is a reporter for the Anderson Herald-Bulletin.