A typical Anderson University student sees May as graduation month and a time to start their career. Some may travel with Tri-S, others move back home or to a new city, still be job hunting, or pursue a graduate degree.
Hannah Adams, a senior at Anderson University majoring in Bible and Religion, from Nineveh, Ind. was recently selected as the 2009 recipient of the Rev. Billie Roy and Pearl Toon Smith Endowed Christian Education Scholarship Award. The $5,600 scholarship was recently presented to Adams by the Religious Studies Department during a special luncheon on the Olt Student Center.
Anderson University will honor four distinguished persons with honorary degrees during commencement exercises, Saturday, May 9. The 3 p.m. program will be held in the Ward Fieldhouse of the Kardatzke Wellness Center. Speaking during Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will be Rev. Dr. Kerry Robinson, senior pastor of East Side Church of God in Anderson, Ind., and member of the Anderson University Board of Trustees. Baccalaureate will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. All events are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, AU School of Nursing students had some hands-on simulation experiences that broke the mold of a stereotypical classroom setting. Through an up-close tour of a Dove Flight helicopter and the "disaster lab," students had the opportunity to learn first-hand what experiences may await them in the field.
After applying for The Joseph J. Malone Fellowship with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) in February, Dr. Joel Shrock, associate history professor, was notified that his application was chosen among nine others to leave March 10 to Oman.
"We don't study our art in isolation," said Ronn Johnstone, assistant professor of communication at AU, "but as a dynamic component to the community we are a part of." AU recently finalized plans for Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project, an entirely student-run, professional theatre company that enable students to produce live theatre in local venues.
Ben Hayhurst, a graduating senior majoring in Finance, was recently presented with The Wall Street Journal Award during the annual banquet for the Falls School of Business (FSB) at Anderson University. The award is presented each year to an outstanding senior and is the highest honor an FSB student can receive.
Eight students were in honored in Reardon Auditorium on April 22 for achieving a 4.0 cumulative GPA during their years at Anderson University. Amy Bader, Andrea Brinkley, Raymond Kenney, Katie Kinman, Rachel Koontz, Candice Lane, Erica Narwold and Carrie Thomas all received awards for their outstanding academic achievement. Jeremiah Townsell and Melenda Hawthorne were also recognized with the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award for their academic success, character, contributions to the campus community, personal growth and athletic achievement.
AU senior Andrew J. Spracklen from Pekin, Ill. was recently awarded the Stevenson Outstanding Student Award for their academic achievement. As an outstanding student, Spracklen was selected for the $5,000 award by Dr. Blake Janutolo, Dean of the College of Science and Humanities, and the biology faculty. The Stevenson Award is made possible through a gift by Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson.
Alyssa Schermerhorn saw the good work done in Ligonier when residents got together to clean up neighborhoods in her hometown.
She brought the idea back to Anderson University, where students will launch the week-long “Operation Foundation: Project Anderson” beginning Monday.