Scott Underwood: Visit to AU feels like a homecoming

Mon, 2013-10-28 15:51 -- univcomm
October 28, 2013

Anderson University is a special place to thousands of people.

The beauty of the campus, particularly the Valley area, has swayed many a high school student trying to choose between small Christian schools to attend AU. Expanded academic offerings, new facilities, and church and family connections can also be decisive factors.

Above all, I think, it's the spirit of AU that attracts new students and keeps graduates coming back to campus for events like this past weekend's homecoming festivities.

The university's administrators, faculty, other staff and students are, almost without exception, interested in the greater good. They're friendly, engaging and genuine.

One of the things I've enjoyed most since coming back to work at The Herald Bulletin in 2007 is the opportunity to spend more time on campus and to interact with AU folks.

Saturday, my 12-year-old son, Simon, and I visited AU to attend a volleyball match. Walking across the east side of campus, I pointed out Smith Hall to him and explained that my freshman year living at Smith was one of the funnest years of my life.

I feel special connections to other places at AU, as well, most notably O.C. Lewis Gym, where I had the privilege of playing for the Raven basketball team back in the late 1980s.

That's where Simon and I settled in to watch the volleyball match Saturday. The Ravens were playing Hanover College, a rivalry that dates back well past my AU/AC days.

We went to the match to watch Kyanne Stewart and Krissy Whiteley — both friends of our family — play for AU. But we had the good fortune of running into others with whom I have AU connections. It felt good to chat and reminisce a bit about the old college days.

It felt a lot like a true homecoming.

— Scott Underwood is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story republished with permission.

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.