Real Life. Experienced.
Real learning comes from living life, not just studying it.
Life at AU
Discover. Grow. Share… Repeat.
Real life can’t be learned under a microscope. That’s why student life at AU is integral to the education journey. Every friendship, mentorship, and experience is part of the journey of discovering who you’re meant to be. Learning takes place best in the context of meaningful community, fun adventures, and challenging moments where you find out what you’re made of. To find out what Real Life: Experienced is like for yourself, schedule a campus visit or apply now!
Intramurals, live bands, and numerous social organizations are just the beginning of student life at AU! From Mocha’s, the campus coffee shop, to student-organized events like “AU Ninja Warrior,” the AU experience goes well beyond the classroom with plenty of fun and lifelong friendships to be made.
No matter where you are in your faith journey, there’s a place for you at AU to grow spiritually. Whether through dynamic chapel speakers, weekly floor focus groups, service with Campus Ministries, or mentorship with faculty and staff members, you can experience Real Life: Transformed at AU.
“When I first started looking for colleges, I found that AU’s community was different than any of the colleges that I visited. AU is really centered on service and this is reflected in the students, teachers, and in all of its programs. It’s influenced me as a person, as a nursing major, and in my spiritual walk with Christ.”
Average size of a mentor group in the Student Success program.
Students currently studying in AU’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
Students, faculty, and staff have participated in AU’s global Study, Serve, Share program (Tri-S).
Arts, sports, social activities, student organizations, campus ministries — these are just a few of the many adventures waiting for you at Anderson University. Here, being a student means living Real Life: Experienced.
MEET OUR STAFF
- Student Life
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 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.
Leanne Torres is the Director of the Center for Career and Calling. Leanne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry and Adolescent Studies from Judson University and a Master of Arts in Student Development, Counseling, and Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a Lark’s Song Certified Coach, and certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and The Strong Interest Inventory.
Leanne served as the Early Connections Coordinator in the Office of Admissions from 2008-2012. Prior to returning to AU, Leanne started her own Life Coaching practice, assisting students and adults through College, Career, and Life Purpose coaching.
As the Director of the Center for Career and Calling, Leanne assists undecided students in career/major exploration, leads workshops relating to resume building, networking, the job search, and interviewing. Leanne works with a team of Graduate Assistants and Career Peers in assisting students connect their time here at AU to successful and satisfying work. The CCC Office also helps connect students to internships through out their time at AU. Leanne is passionate about helping students identify calling and how it relates to their career life.
Leanne is married to Jose Torres and has two children, Eleana and Jose Jr.