2013 Returning Student E-News

Tue, 2012-02-21 10:23 -- prpljim


I hope you are finding just what you need this summer whether it be a relaxing time with family and friends, working as much as possible to help pay for school, or maybe a bit of both.

Here is what a few of your classmates are doing this summer:

Kayla Williams, class of 2015, is working and taking an online class, but is also finding time to relax.

Allanah Bartee, class of 2014, is having an eye opening experience as a counselor at a day camp in Indianapolis.  The camp aims to prevent loss of learning that happens to children during the summer as well as introduce the kids to different college and career options.

Sarah Hatfield, class of 2014, has been working on campus with some great faculty, and getting AU’s newest students ready to make the transition to college.  She has also been working at Cracker Barrel and taking online classes.

There have been a few changes taking place on campus this summer.  The one I think most will notice is our new food service provider, Chartwell’s. Chartwell’s is excited to introduce to you your new dining program this fall.  Starting in July, their new website: www.dineoncampus.com/anderson will be launched and they will begin to share their vision of dining at Anderson University.  Through their chef inspired menus and legendary guest service they will introduce a dining program that includes interactive programs that promote positive eating habits as well as memories that will last a lifetime.  When you return to campus you will notice renovations that have taken place over the summer in the Raven’s Haven, Café’ Ole and the Raven Express areas!

Campus housing is also experiencing significant changes this fall.  Martin Hall has become an all upper class women’s hall.  Morrison will continue to house freshmen and upper class women, but will be primarily a freshmen hall.  Myers Hall will not be utilized this fall for student housing.  Along with housing changes our residence life staff will see three new faces this fall including:

  • Maggie Platt an AU alum (2007) returns to AU as a Resident Director to lead the women in Rice Hall
  • Terry Blackford also an AU alum (2006) and currently in a graduate program at Spring Arbor University will move into the Resident Director role for the men in Dunn Hall
  • Erinn Bridgman will be joining the team in Morrison Hall coming to us from Indiana Wesleyan University (2012) and currently a grad student at Geneva College with plans to complete in May 2014

AU’s engineering program will officially launch this fall and become one of the few Christian colleges in the nation to offer an engineering degree program. We are excited to welcome professors Dr. Chad File, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Gunwoo Kim, Assistant Professor of Engineering who will work alongside our returning faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

During the spring semester a group of students, faculty and staff developed a campus theme for the upcoming year. The theme selected this year is Crossing Borders — Connecting Worlds (Luke 10).  Following is a poem written by our campus pastor Todd Faulkner to prime your thinking on the theme:

                             Crossing Borders—Connecting Worlds
                           (Luke 10)

Jesus was always crossing borders—
lines that others had drawn:

between themselves and God,
between themselves and others.

Jesus is still crossing borders—
Lines that we continue to draw:

between ourselves and God,
between ourselves and others.

For the purpose of

Entire realms of difference.
Oceans apart and just down the street.
Whatever keeps us divided.
Heaven and earth.
There and here.

Us and God.
Us and them.

Jesus crossed the borders—
connected the worlds.

Jesus crosses the borders—
connects the worlds.

Where we live
there is hope
that we 2 might cross

Beginning on Friday, August 30, 2013 we look forward to returning residential students moving into on campus housing.  As you get settled back on campus we want to welcome you back with opportunities to reunite with your friends and have some fun before classes begin.  We think you will find many opportunities to connect and cross borders during our Welcome Back Weekend Events.  Check out the video to find out about activities for Welcome Weekend.  A schedule can be found in the Returning Student E-News.


In addition to the activities that are planned some of your classmates are looking forward to:

Andry Rakotomalala, class of 2014, says, “Everyone is dispersed during the summer, so coming back to school allows me to see my friends again.”

Aaron Jones, class of 2015, says, “AU is not just a group of students but a family of people coming together and growing over the years.”
Whatever your reasons for wanting to come back to campus in just a few weeks we are looking forward to your return. AU is a special place because of the people who belong to this community.  If you have questions or there is anything we can do to help you as you transition back to school please contact us in the department of student life.  


R. Dean Branson
Dean of Students