AU Senior receives Nicholson Student Servant Leadership Award

Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University senior, Dominic Martin, has received the 2018 Nicholson Student Servant Leadership Award for his service on AU’s campus and in the community. Martin was selected through a campus nomination process to receive this award because of strong servant leadership skills.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert A. Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University, who passed away in November 2017. As a part of the award, made possible by donor funds, Martin will receive $500.

Martin grew up in Anderson with his parents Scott BS ’91 and Anjie (Kardatzke) BA ’93, where his father was the director of International Student Services at AU for 10 years. “I wasn’t the typical American kid,” said Martin. “I grew up with a couple hundred international brothers and sisters. That gave me more of a global outlook.”

Upon starting high school, Martin’s family moved to Indonesia, where he attended Mountainview International Christian School. The plan was only to stay in Indonesia for seven months, but Martin attended all four years of high school there, and his parents lived there for seven years total.

Martin chose to return to Anderson to attend college, where he is majoring in global business with a complementary major in business information systems. He has been a resident assistant in Smith Hall for three years, volunteers in the Cultural Resource Center, and performs spoken word and rap in AU Chapel and church congregations around the city. “I like to stop and get involved in whatever may be needed,” said Martin. “I don’t know how to not commit to something.”

Martin exemplifies servant leadership in many ways. Attending high school in Indonesia taught him a lot about their culture and how people love there. “Seeing love in tangible practice from a cultural standpoint was something special that I try to practice here as well,” he said.

When considering his service in the AU community, he explained that service has always looked a little different for him. “If we were to just go out and profess God, we would either be killed or deported. It was against the law and the culture,” said Martin of Indonesia. “We were affiliated with the school so people knew we were Christian, and so the way that we lived our lives was our witness.”

Servant leadership can sometimes mean moving across the world to witness in a place where Christianity is not allowed. But it can also be as simple as smiling at someone. Martin seeks to continue living his life as a daily witness to his faith, serving others however he can.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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