In 2001, Dr. Michael Frank came to Anderson University to teach political science. Just two weeks after starting at AU, the country experienced the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. Frank hardly knew anyone at the university, and he was put in a position to try to reassure and comfort the students. The event led Frank to realize how united the campus was and how welcome he was.
Almost 12 years later, Frank has the same feeling about the campus.
“Seriously, I love my job. I enjoy coming to work. My colleagues are great, and I love the people in my department,” said Frank. “This is a welcoming environment in a variety of ways. I don’t detect any animosity. I know that there can be a sort of ‘student versus teacher dynamic’ at many schools, but it’s not like that here. I feel very blessed to be here.”
This past fall, Frank had the opportunity to teach a communication seminar with Dr. David Baird, professor of communication arts. The two had the chance to get to know each other through the class. Baird is not only teaching students and furthering their education, but he also sharpened his skills in video and editing by creating a multimodal biography about Frank.
“I thought he was incredibly well-prepared and professional in what he did,” said Frank. “He was very concerned about getting everything right. When we were first talking about the project, I asked if he had any questions to prepare me, and of course he had them right there.”Although Baird primarily teaches journalism classes, his expertise translated well to planning, shooting, and editing the video. “Preparing me for the interview made his job easier when it came to editing. He came into two of my classes, staying the whole time,” said Frank. “He had a vision and, as you can see, it turned out well.”
Frank was impressed with Baird’s initiative. “Here’s a guy who is doing more than wanting to tell a story. He is searching for the next best shot,” said Frank. “I could see the fruits of that in his final piece. He is really devoted. It was a pleasure to work with him."
Baird is currently working on more videos featuring AU faculty. Follow AU social media this summer for more videos.
— Leah Streeval is a junior from Edinburgh, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in entrepreneurship. Streeval is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the AU Office of University Communications.
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.