Anderson, Indiana

AU prepares to welcome students for fall semester

Tue, 2013-07-16 08:43 -- univcomm
July 16, 2013

Anderson University welcomes new students on campus during New Student Orientation beginning Thurs., Aug. 29. This year’s campus theme, "Crossing Borders – Connecting Worlds," will focus on Luke 10.

"We cannot wait to welcome the incoming class of 2017," said Abby Knowles, assistant dean of students, director of FYE, and director of student leadership.

New Student Orientation is comprised of many activities and programs designed to welcome students to campus, inform them of opportunities and campus policies, and create environments for students to begin building relationships with one another. These informational programs include sessions that inform students about university culture, community expectations, and campus activities.

For the sixth consecutive year, new students will participate in a service project ministering to the City of Anderson as well as other organizations in the community. At least 400 new students and university volunteers will participate in this effort.

Recognizing the difference in needs between new freshmen and transfer students, AU has a separate orientation program for transfer students. Transfer student orientation is focused on assisting these students in the transfer of academic records and helping to acclimate to life at Anderson University. Separate orientation activities are also available for multicultural students and international students. Parent orientation will include a time with the president's leadership team and small group meetings with resident directors.

"These are events that are months in the making and it is all worth it when we begin to get to know our new students over the course of this weekend," added Knowles. "So many important relationships and life long connections will begin during these days! "

View detailed schedules of orientation events online.

On Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m., the weekend will include a worship concert featuring John Mark McMillan and Alanna Story. AU sophomore and Orangehaus recording artist Gabby Grubbs will open he concert.

McMillan was the author of “How He Loves” which was recently listed by Integrity Music as one of the 25 most influential worship songs in the past 25 years, and has spent the last 14 months on CCLI’s Top 25 chart, indicating the songs most often used in North American churches. The song has also been covered by David Crowder Band, Kim Walker of Jesus Culture, Todd Agnew, Flyleaf and several others. For more information:

Born in Bellingham, Wash., into a family with a deep faith and musical heritage, Ally and Anna Long were captivated by the musical arts from an early age. In 2009, Alanna Story released an 8-song EP entitled “Keep Breathing.” The sisters—along with band members Stephen West (guitar), Joel Burkhead (bass), and Ben Hodge (drums) came back in 2012 with a with a 9-song EP called “Flickering Spark.” Both projects have earned high praise from music critics and listeners alike. For more information, visit: www.

General admission seating is available at or by calling the Reardon Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday, between 12 – 5 p.m. at (765) 641-4140. Group rates will only be available at the Reardon Box Office. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.