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!

Campus Life

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.

Spiritual Life

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.”

Mitchell King

NURSING MAJOR

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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.

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Juanita Taylor

Juanita Taylor

Diversity Retention Coordinator and Office Manager

Juanita Taylor
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

Director of Cultural Resource Center and Multicultural & International Student Services

Michael Thigpen

Michael J. Thigpen serves as the Director of the Cultural Resource Center at Anderson University. He also serves as Lead Pastor of Celebration Church at Arrow Heights (a local congregation in the city of Anderson).

A visionary and leader, Michael has worked in a variety of ministry areas both nationally and internationally. Michael is an Anderson University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. 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.

Pastor Thigpen is often sought after for his ability to speak to and to be heard by multi-generational audiences. He stays close to the pulse of youth and family issues as is made evident by his role as a former President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC), his service as an educational advocate and his propensity for community activism. His life's work is geared to all people and families. Michael’s greatest joys in life are his personal relationship with God, the love of his life, Melanie and their four beautiful children: Brittany, Shekinah, Gianna, and Destinee.

Michael has served at Anderson University since 2015.

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Leanne Torres

Director of the Center for Career and Calling

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Leanne Torres

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.