Resources & Committee

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Committee Members

The student representatives in MOSIAC for the 2020-2021 academic year are Jesse Hernandez and Nia Carter.

The faculty and staff that serve on the committee are listed below. 

Nia Carter

Nia Carter

Student Representative

Jesse Hernandez

Jesse Hernandez

Student Representative

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Rebekah Baker, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Rebekah Baker

Associate Professor of Education

Rebekah Baker, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Rebekah Baker

Dr. Rebekah Baker is an Associate Professor in the Anderson University Department of Teacher Education. Currently, she teaches the elementary methods courses in mathematics and science and the multicultural education course for all elementary and secondary teacher candidates. Previously, Rebekah taught the introductory education, character education, and organization and management of the elementary classroom courses. She has led two Tri-S trips to Kodiak, Alaska.

Rebekah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Anderson University in 1987, and her Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision in 1997 from Butler University (Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals — E.P.P.S.P Group XV). Rebekah has completed her doctorate in elementary education (Ph.D.) at Ball State. Her areas of research interest include culturally relevant pedagogy, intercultural competence, and issues of equity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Rebekah has 18 years of public education experience. After graduating from AU, she began teaching with Fort Wayne Community Schools (Fort Wayne, IN). She served as a classroom teacher and principal with Anderson Community Schools before joining the faculty of Anderson University. As principal, Rebekah had the opportunity to work in a wide range of schools and open two new elementary facilities. She also worked for the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy as a team facilitator.

Rebekah enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid storyteller, specializing in African folktales. Rebekah has traveled internationally and within the United States. She finds time to participate in various community activities and civic organizations. Rebekah served on the Anderson University Alumni Council during the years of 1996-2001.

Rebekah Baker has been at Anderson University since 2006.

Contact Rebekah:
Phone: (765) 641-4405
ribaker@anderson.edu

Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Anderson University
M.S., Butler University
Ph.D., Ball State University

Dillon Lockwood, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dillon Lockwood

Resident Director, Apartments

Dillon Lockwood, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dillon Lockwood

Hello, I am Dillon, and I am the resident director of the on-campus apartments! I have spent the previous four years of my life on Anderson's campus as an undergraduate studying Youth Ministry. I spent three of those years residing on the 4th floor of Smith Hall, two of which I was an RA for the floor. I loved my experience in residence life and am super excited to be a part of this team once again in a slightly larger role.

I am the resident director, but I am also a graduate student at the Anderson's School of Theology where I am studying to get my Masters of Theology. Along with a love for theology and engaging in the deeper conversations that follow, I really enjoy playing all kinds of sports. My favorites of which are Spikeball and Basketball. It would not be uncommon to find me playing these sports with a group of students on any given night. I absolutely love Anderson University and am super appreciative to all of the experiences that I have had here and was not ready to say goodbye to this community so I am super excited that will get to be engaged in it for another couple of years!

Chris Luekenga, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Chris Luekenga

Assistant Provost & Dean of Students

Chris Luekenga, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Chris Luekenga

Chris Luekenga serves as assistant provost and the dean of students. He served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Colorado University for 6 years where he oversaw Residence Life, Security Services, Conduct, Title IX, Health and Wellness, University Center and Student Engagement/Orientation. Chris also taught Psychology courses for Western including General Psychology, Personality Theory, The History of Psychology, and designed and taught Psychology of Human Strengths.

Chris is an ordained Church of God minister and served congregations in Colorado for 25 years.

Chris graduated from Anderson University (College) with a B.A. In Psychology and minor in Bible and from Trinity Seminary with an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry.

Chris is married to Dr. Joani Brandon. Chris has two married children, Dayne (Brittany) who live in Florida, and Madison (Ben) Leatherman who live in Anderson. Chris attends Park Place Church of God and enjoys outdoor activities.

Chris has a passion for mentoring university students and young professionals in life transforming opportunities.

Stephanie Moran, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Stephanie Moran

Director of Engagement and Adult Student Experience

Stephanie Moran, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Stephanie Moran

Stephanie is an Anderson resident and an AU alum. She completed a BA with majors in sociology and government, as well as an MBA from AU. She received an MA in adult and community education and executive development of public service from Ball State University and is passionate about increasing individual and organizational capacity and effectiveness through education.  Stephanie is currently completing her doctorate in adult, community, and higher education.

As the director of the Office of Engagement and the Adult Student Experience, Stephanie has developed a network of education, business, and community partners that actively engage with faculty, staff, and students in identifying and creating career and educational pathways for all levels and categories of students.  She has implemented university strategies that not only strive to benefit adult students and assist them in achieving academic and personal success, but to also increase success and retention for all students.

Contact Stephanie:
Office of Engagement and the Adult Student Experience
smmoran@anderson.edu

Marie Morris, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Marie S. Morris

Provost

Marie Morris, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Marie S. Morris

Dr. Marie Morris was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Anderson University in 2009 and Provost in 2011. She previously served as Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Morris earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration from George Mason University.

A message from the Provost:

Greetings,

Welcome to Anderson University where we are committed to educating the whole person for a life of faith and service! We are living in exciting times that are both stressful and hopeful.

As Provost, my personal mission is to create an environment for growth and learning where together we deeply engage the learning process. I am passionate about preparing students for a complex global society and a future we can hardly imagine. Today's graduates may be working at a job that does not yet exist. Where best to prepare students for the future than in a Christian liberal arts university, with a strong liberal arts program, among faculty mentors who guide students in exploring their vocational calling, where there is a deliberate attempt to connect theory with practice, the opportunity to develop real life skills through hands on learning, and all within the context of academic and Christian discovery. I see it as my calling to foster such an environment and I'm honored to work with the exceptional faculty and staff at Anderson.

The Office of Provost is here to serve and lead the academic endeavors of the university. For academics at Anderson to be at its best then all of us must give our best to one another. Mutuality in the learning process is essential for a vibrant learning community. In the spirit of mutuality we invite your comments (affirmations and/or suggestions).

Together we will create a vibrant learning community where all are challenged to reach their fullest potential. Together we lift one another to higher heights.

Dr. Marie S. Morris
Provost

Sarah Neal, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Sarah Neal

Professor of Nursing

Sarah Neal, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Sarah Neal

Dr. Sarah Neal teaches Community Health Nursing at Anderson University in the School of Nursing, where she teaches concepts related to population health and global health issues. She collaborates with local health and social service organizations to provide clinical experiences for students in which they care for aggregates facing disparities in health. She coordinates Service Learning activities to meet critical health care needs of the community, including mass vaccination clinics and targeted health promotion programs in schools, churches, and community agencies. Prof. Neal routinely takes senior nursing students to the Jewish communities in Indianapolis, IN and Skokie, Il for a 2-week intercultural trip focusing on the religious and cultural traditions that affect nursing care given to patients in the Jewish culture.

Professor Neal has presented at State and National conferences on areas related to public health, nursing education, and Service Learning. Dr. Neal recently graduated from Indiana State University from their Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a focus on public health.

Sarah Neal has been at Anderson University since 2000.

Contact Sarah:
smneal@anderson.edu
Hartung 371
Ext. 4386 (765) 641-4386

Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., B.S.W., Anderson University;
M.S.N., Indiana University
D.N.P., Indiana State University

James Newton, an employee of Anderson University

James Newton

Assistant Professor of Sport Marketing

James Newton, an employee of Anderson University
James Newton

James Newton, MBA - Kent State University, comes to Anderson University Falls School of Business with a combined 25 years in the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Mr. Newton was an executive at Red Bull Energy Drink, The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Harley-Davidson Motor Company. In the private sector, he owned and operated a small chain of action sports retail stores, a motorcoach company, and a social media influencer marketing agency. Married to his college sweetheart, Melanie, they have five children; Tabitha, Griffin, Samiya, Zayda, and Sebastian and reside in Fishers, Indiana.

Maggie Platt, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Maggie Platt

Director of Residence Life & Student Conduct

Maggie Platt, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Maggie Platt

Maggie is the Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct at Anderson University. In this role, she provides leadership for the resident directors, residence life vision, housing, and the student conduct process. Maggie believes that each of these areas provides transformational opportunities for students as they learn and grow both in and out of the classroom.

Maggie is a 2007 graduate of Anderson University. She lived on campus all four years, serving as a Discipleship Coordinator, working in Admissions, traveling with Tri-S, participating in social clubs, and enjoying every moment she could be outside in the Valley. After graduation, she worked in a variety of church, camp, and business settings before returning to AU in 2013.

Maggie served as a Resident Director for five years, leading the women of Rice and Martin halls. She earned her Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University in 2016. She visits Mocha Joe's as often as possible, loves leading trips for the Tri-S program, and is the self-proclaimed #1 fan of AU athletics (Soar, Ravens, Soar!).

Contact:
maplatt@anderson.edu
Decker 209
(765) 641-4192

Lynn Schmid, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Lynn Schmidt

Dean, School of Nursing & Kinesiology

Lynn Schmid, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Lynn Schmidt

Dr. Lynn Schmidt received her RN degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, a BSN and MSN from Ball State University, and a PhD from Indiana University. Following her initial clinical career in Medical/Surgical, and later in Outpatient Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology, and School Nursing, Dr. Schmidt has been a nurse educator for the past eight years, teaching didactic courses in the area of nursing research, nursing theory, and diversity in healthcare to prelicensure and graduate students.

Her dissertation focused on an evaluation of the impact of an intercultural learning experience on the development of transcultural self-efficacy of senior level baccalaureate of science nursing students. She is certified as a nurse educator. Dr. Schmidt is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Kinesiology.

Lynn Schmidt has been at Anderson University since 2010.

Contact Lynn:
lmschmidt@anderson.edu
Hartung 380
Ext. 4388 (765) 641-4388

Dean, School of Nursing & Kinesiology
A.S.N., Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing
B.S.N., M.S.N., Ball State University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Hyeon Joon Shin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Associate Professor of Economics

Hyeon Joon Shin, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Hyeon Joon Shin

Dr. Shin teaches in the subjects of economics. He obtained his master’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and completed his Ph.D. degree in economics at Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining the FSB, he devoted himself as a senior researcher carrying out international economics research and providing consulting services to governments and private firms on international business strategies at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. His research interests lie in global development issues, such as foreign aid, poverty reduction and the economics of nonprofit organizations.

Hyeon Joon Shin has served at Anderson University since 2014.

Contact:
hshin@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Economics
B.A., Korea University
M.I.S., Seoul National University
M.A., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Tim States, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Tim States

Director of Work Life Engagement

Tim States, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Tim States

Contact for Staff Employment Opportunities, Wage & Salary Administration, Employee Relations, Clery Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Ray Sylvester, employee at Anderson University

Dr. Ray Sylvester

Associate Professor of Marketing and Personal Branding

Dr. Ray Sylvester, employee at Anderson University
Dr. Ray Sylvester

Dr. Ray Sylvester is associate professor of marketing and personal branding. He was a senior lecturer and leader of two music business programs at Buckinghamshire New University. He co-wrote the first music business program in Europe in 1996. Ray has presented across both Europe and the US on the topic of personal branding. He is also published through academic books, in both the US and the UK. He is a Chartered Marketer and holds an MSc in Behavioral Science and an MA in Management. As a personal branding coach, Ray works with executives, professional athletes, and chart-topping artists/musicians. Ray's doctoral research was in personal brand management.

Associate Professor of Marketing and Personal Branding
Director of Personal Brand Management
Director of Music Business (Entertainment Business)

B.A (Hons)., Business (Marketing), Middlesex University
M.Sc., Behavioural Science, City University (London)
M.A., Management (Community Cohesion), Coventry University
Ph.D., Brand Management, Brunel University London

Juanita Taylor, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Juanita Taylor

Diversity Retention Coordinator and Office Manager

Juanita Taylor, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Juanita Taylor

Juanita is the Diversity Retention Coordinator and Office Manager for the CRC. She has enjoyed working in the Division of Student Life since joining the AU family in 2016. Prior to moving into this role in the Cultural Resouce Center, Juanita served as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Provost & Dean of Students and also as the point of contact in the Office of Chapel Attendance. Juanita received her B.S. in Christian Ministries from Mid America Christian University.

Michael Thigpen, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Michael Thigpen

Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Cultural Resource Center and Multicultural and International Student Services

Michael Thigpen, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Michael Thigpen

Michael Thigpen is the Director of the Cultural Resource Center, International and Multicultural Student Services. He was also appointed Chief Diversity Officer by Cabinet in 2020. He is passionate for serving and resourcing a very diverse population of multicultural and international students from around the world. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Madison County Youth Center. A visionary and a leader, he has served communities for nearly thirty years. He has worked in a variety of organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Mike is an alum of Anderson University, having completed both a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration. From children to the most mature individuals, Mike has the unique ability to capture and connect with all types of audiences.

Michael has a great passion for the lost and those who have been disenfranchised or otherwise disconnected from their local expression of the body of Christ. He seeks to disciple a generation of servant leaders, enabling them to make a greater impact on the world by sharing the authentic love of God. He also seeks to teach believers to develop and sustain a strong growing relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ. Under the anointing of God, he operates in a dynamic teaching gift in addition to several other spiritual gifts and vocations. He is a preacher who rightly divides the Word of truth with a fresh revelation from God. Mike seeks to encourage, empower, and motivate audiences to become passionate servant leaders, creating spaces for development and authentic transformation. Michael’s greatest joys are being a husband, father of four daughters, and a servant leader in areas where there is a need.

Helpful External Resources

Please note that Anderson University cannot be certain to share the values of each of these other organizations, but we hope these resources can contribute in a positive way.

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Resources for Reconciliation Book Series:
  • Reconciling All Things
  • Living Gently in a Violent World
  • Welcoming Justice
  • Friendship at the Margins
  • Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven
  • Living without Enemies
  • Making Peace with the Land
Books
  • Being White (IVP)
    by Paula Harris and Doug Schaupp unpacks what it means to be white and how to build authentic relationships with people from other races and ethnicities.
  • A Transforming Vision: Multiethnic fellowship in college and in the Church
    by Paul Sorrentino (Doorlight Publications) demonstrates why Christian communities should be multiethnic and provides a practical vision of how that can take place.
  • More Than Equals (IVP)
    by Spencer Perkins and Chris Rice describes their journey of racial healing for the sake of the gospel.
  • “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”
    by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
  • “Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation”
    by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.
  • “Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America”
    by Michael Emerson & Christian Smith
  • “The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change leads to Social Change”
    by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • “A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race”
    by Brenda Salter McNeil
  • “Neither Jew nor Gentile: Exploring Issues of Racial Diversity on Protestant College Campuses”
    by George Yancy