With more than 18 months of planning, developing, surveys, revision, and production, Anderson University announced the launch of a redesign to the public Web site (www.anderson.edu ) effective Aug. 14. Chris Williams, director of University Communications, and Julie Tuttle, webmaster, had the challenge of creating a site that not only had to mirror the times of today’s technology, but also to look four to five years into the future.
The Anderson University Board of Trustees recently approved the construction of a new Education Center that will be connected to the southwest end of the 40,000 square-foot Flagship Enterprise Center located at I-69 and Pendleton Avenue (exit 22) in Anderson. Projected to be completed in the summer of 2007, the 53,000 square-foot Education Center will provide space to support education initiatives of Anderson University and Purdue University.
For the past nine years, Anderson University has seen a surge in the student population. Students from across the U.S. and the world have been making AU their home. In celebrating the incoming 2006 new student orientation, the new theme of “Congruence: Looking In. Living Out.” will be examined throughout orientation and the school year.
Lawrence Brownlee, a graduate of Anderson University has won a 30-thousand-dollar award for singing. Brownlee makes his Metropolitan Opera debut next year. He's the winner of this year's Richard Tucker Award, named in honor of the great American tenor. Brownlee received a bachelor of arts degree from Anderson University and a master of music degree from Indiana University. He began singing professionally more than four years ago and has sung at La Scala; the Vienna State Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and the Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain.
Not all Anderson University students can wait until graduation to change the world. That’s exactly how Bound for Freedom, a student-owned business began. Audrey Mattingly explains that the project started with a conversation with six friends. "As we were talking with each other and dreaming together of how we could impact our world, … of our hearts for social injustice, and of our desire to see people set free and truth spread, we realized that our hearts were drumming complementary beats," she explains.
Taking typhoid pills and tetanus shots, a few AU students traveled to Third World countries through the nonprofit organization Word Made Flesh (WMF), which enables people to serve the poorest of the poor in Third World countries through building relationships.Browsing online one day, Megan Barnett, a studio art major, had the idea to travel to Sri Lanka with WMF. With support from her friends and family, she raised $3,400 to go on the trip. "I got $300 in the mail from my little sister and other people who just don’t have the money to give," she says.
It was cold even for December, and snow had piled up on the Anderson University campus. While most students prepared for final exams and Christmas break, for an audience inside Byrum Hall, it was still September — Sept. 11, 2001.
The Anderson School of Theology recently honored three persons during the recent North American Convention (NAC) of the Church of God in Anderson. Honored were Susan Hardman, teacher in Central Asia; Rev. Edward Bowman, senior pastor of the Southridge Church of God in South Charleston, West Virginia; and Dr. Theodore Stoneberg, professor emeritus of Pastoral Care. Susan Hardman received the Distinguished Alumna Award, Rev. Bowman received the Distinguished Ministries Award and Dr. Stonberg accepted the Distinguished Service Award.
The Ministries Council of the Church of God and the Anderson University Board of Trustees recently announced the sale of 37.7 acres of property from Church of God Ministries to Anderson University. It is anticipated that the sale of property, located east of the university campus, will occur in the fall of 2006 and will be funded by private donations to the university for this purpose. The sale of approximately $4.2 million includes the appraised value of land and other considerations.
When asked about their father’s message in his life and work, the three Sterner sisters answered almost in unison. “Love,” they said. The Anderson University Heritage Award honored the evangelical author, broadcaster and missionary Rev. Dr. R. Eugene Sterner Sunday. Though failing health prevented the 94-year-old Sterner from attending the ceremony, his three daughters talked about his life.