Anderson University Completes Called To Soar Initiative


Anderson, Ind. — Three years ago, Anderson University launched its Called To Soar focused fundraising initiative with the ambitious goal of raising $20 million. In conjunction with the end of 2021, AU has completed the initiative and was successful in raising the $20 million thanks to generous donors.

“We are so grateful for the more than 6,500 donors who helped us meet and exceed our goals for Called To Soar, our 3-year focused fundraising initiative to raise $20 million for scholarships, academic experiences, and campus renewal projects,” said Jen Hunt, vice president for advancement. “Because of their generosity, more students are able to afford to attend AU; more hands-on learning experiences are available for our students; and more areas on campus have been updated.”

Because of the campaign, AU was able to  accomplish many projects to impact the student experience, including the following:

  • Dunkin Digital Command Center: a high-tech classroom space in the Falls School of Business.
  • The Scholars’ Nest: a lounge and study area in Nicholson Library for AU’s honors students.
  • Electrical Engineering Lab: a fully-updated space in Hartung Hall with brand new equipment.
  • Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense: a high-tech lab in Decker Hall for security studies and cyber defense students to gain valuable work experience while completing their degree.
  • The Common Place: a lounge and study area for School of Theology students.
  • Cyclorama: a state-of-the-art floor-to-ceiling green screen in the Black Bird Media Lab.
  • Nursing Sim. Lab: added new equipment to the simulation lab.
  • Mocha Joe’s: new flooring and other improvements to the on-campus coffee shop.
  • Scholarships: additional funding to aid students throughout their time at AU.

“When you give to AU, you are really giving to students,” said President John S. Pistole. “You’re giving to real people who will go on to serve in many different capacities. But what they have in common is an AU experience where they have been grounded in values, ethics, and God’s love. Our hope is that they will continue to share these with others as they go out into the world.”

To see President Pistole’s thank you message to donors, visit Anderson University online.

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.