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.
In memory of their son, Stephen Hamer, Thomas Hamer and Pam Shoot, have made it a point to help other Anderson University students complete their college degrees. This year’s recipient is Ian Lawrence.
Anderson University recently honored Dr. Bruce MacMurray and Kathy Young with John A. Morrison Awards for their commitment and service to AU. In addition, the university presented MOSAIC Awards to Dr. Aleza Beverly and Willi Kant and the Torchbearer Award to Dianna Stankiewicz. The awards were presented May 5 during the university’s annual faculty/staff recognition luncheon.
This year, two Anderson University students were selected to present at the national Alpha Mu Gamma conference in Spartanburg, S.C. Alpha Mu Gamma, the national collegiate foreign language honor society, recognizes students for outstanding achievements in academics. The society is made up of local chapters at private and public universities throughout the United States. As part of the society’s activities, a national conference is held every two years and involves cultural immersion, student speakers and professor presentations.
Anderson University recognized seniors Ashley Ebbert, Leanna Miller and Anna Schramm for achieving a 4.0 cumulative GPA during their years at AU during honors chapel convocation on April 14. Deborah Gardner and Jake Eaton were also recognized with the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award for their academic and athletic accomplishments, campus involvement and leadership.
Anderson University will welcome Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to campus on Wednesday, April 13. The Deputy Secretary is visiting at the invitation of AU President John Pistole.
“Deputy Secretary Mayorkas is a leader in immigration policy and practice,” said Pistole. “His address to the community and time on campus is an opportunity for all of us to broaden our thinking and to hear perspectives from someone directly involved in issues of national security.”