Anderson University recently recognized several students, faculty, and staff for their dedication to community service during the past year. In addition, the university honored two community partners, St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and Community Hospital Anderson for their support of Anderson University.
Several AU students (pictured) were recognized during the Service Awards chapel April 16 for a variety of activities.
- Hannah Monroe spent many hours working with a young student diagnosed with autism. She encouraged, listened, valued and brought meaning to the student she worked with over the course of her time at AU.
- Ashley Walters and Yara Hairston were both involved in making Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations a success. They spent many hours developing the living timeline that share moments and events from the life of MLK with campus and community members.
- Kara Hadley, Sarah Michaels, Brittany Schroeder, Mallory Johnson, and Emily Rubash served through campus ministries above and beyond their assigned roles and made the impossible possible throughout the year.
- Kevin Sheward served as a Community Partnership Center intern and participated on the MLK Day committee, Kids Against Hunger Food Packaging Drive, Operation Foundation, Anderson Beautification Project, and Red River Gorge Trail Crew Member. Sheward was instrumental in writing grants for MLK Day expenses and bike shelters that are being installed on campus.
Inge Baird, assistant professor of German and Spanish, works with migrant children each fall on Saturdays to provide educational and social support. Baird integrates classroom learning into the community for her Spanish students in areas including social work and medicine.
[Photo: Dr. Scott Carr and Inge Baird]
Dr. Scott Carr, professor of chemistry, coordinates science classes for homeschool and community school students. Carr integrates classroom learning into the community through these programs.
Suahil Housholder, associate accountant, supports intercultural students on campus with needs and challenges. Housholder started the Benje Fund after the loss of her unborn baby to assist other grieving families with funeral expenses.
[Photo: Suahil Housholder and Art Leak]
Art Leak, university registrar, has served in the U.S. Army for more than 37 years. He is a command sergeant major and has supervised more than 8,000 men and women.
In 2009, St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital donated funds for the purchase of the first advanced SimMan® which allowed the AU School of Nursing a competitive advantage. In the same year, Community Hospital Anderson provided resources for the Pyxis® MedStation® System, further advancing the nursing program.
"These gifts helped set our School of Nursing apart from many others and increased our capacity for training and skill development," said Dr. Marie Morris, provost. "Both hospitals contribute to our educational excellence by sharing staff with AU as adjunct faculty and trainers. And we are pleased to partner with both hospitals in providing training updates for their nurses. Recently, these two community partners agreed to offer priority clinical placement for AU nursing students."
Morris noted the support offered by Community Hospital Anderson immediately following student Xavier Walton's passing.
[Photo: Leah Campbell, director of marketing and community relations at Community Hospital Anderson; Dr. Marie Morris, provost; and Tom VanOsdol, president of St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital]
"When we lost Xavier this year Community Hospital was the responding hospital and took great care of the AU family as well as Xavier’s family. They provided services and housing during the most critical time of Xavier’s death providing rooms for them to spend the night at no charge," said Morris.
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.