AU Alumni News: Homecoming, September 2018
Check out this month's Alumni Newsletter!
Homecoming is almost here!

Earlier this week, a reporter from the Herald Bulletin asked me why Homecoming is significant at AU. My response came easily: I said that this place, this campus, has provided a safe place for many lives over the years to begin their transformation. This place, for many of us, was a "growing up" place, where we began as teenagers and stepped into adulthood. Transformation occurred amidst a Christian community where relationships were formed, many of which continue today.

Knowing and believing this, it seems only natural that we would have an annual gathering, a time of coming home to a place where many of our journeys were ignited and relationships were born.

We will look forward to welcoming you back on Sept. 28 - 29! Don't forget to register today to receive added discounts for your weekend.

We also recognize that many of you live a distance away and are unable to join us on the campus. Because of this, we have created a "Have Your Own Homecoming" kit online for you to invite other AU alums who live in your area to celebrate with you in your own town.

Please take a moment to see the many activities and events taking place during our 2018 Homecoming festivities.

God bless, Go Ravens!

Friday, Sept. 28
Helios and Luminaries
School of Music & Dance
7-9 p.m.
The Valley
Join us for donut holes, cider and good friends amidst the ambiance of luminaries lighting the Valley!

7:30 p.m.
Park Place Church

Enjoy great music and dance and celebrate the 2018 Alumni Music Award recipient, Jon McLaughlin.
Alumni Worship
Cheap Thrills
8:30 - 9:15 p.m. Outside the Nicholson Library
Join us for a time of worship led by Alanna Story and Sarah Scarborough McLaughlin.

9:30 p.m
Reardon Auditorium

Cheap Thrills is back, sponsored by Dativus.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Anderson City Market
Affinity Breakfast
8 a.m. - Noon
Park Place Community Center

Stop by and check out the fresh produce as well as some of the great items produced by many Anderson area artisans, including some of our own AU alums!

1960's African American Group
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Heritage Dining Room

Those attending this breakfast will go through Affinity serving line and take food to Heritage for gathering.
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Olt Student Center, $5 per person.
Reconnect with many other alums, profs, coaches, and others!

Boosters Breakfast
9 - 10 a.m.
Kane Dining Room, $5 per person

Celebrate the tradition of the Booster's breakfast! Boosters will go through Affinity serving line and take food to Kane for gathering.

Cafe' con pan
Bates Locker Room Dedication
9 - 10 a.m.
Cultural Resource Center (2nd floor Decker)

Hosted by the Hispanic Latino Student Association and the Cultural Resource Center.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
O.C. Lewis Gymnasium

Join the celebration to dedicate the men's basketball locker room updates, made possible by faithful donors.
Alumni Registration Gazebo
10 a.m.
Street Fair

If you have preregistered for the events/activities for the weekend, stop by the Alumni Gazebo to pick up your registration packet.

Reception for Art & Design
10 - 11 a.m.
Krannert Fine Arts Center, Wilson Gallery

Join other art and design alums to reconnect and hear and see what's happening today.

Homecoming Street Fair
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
University Blvd

You won't want to miss the long-standing tradition of the Homecoming Street Fair where our various clubs and groups on campus will be offering a variety of food and handmade items for purchase.
For the "little Ravens" we will have inflatable games, face painting, balloon art, and photos with Rodney!  
Athletic Hall of Fame

AU Baseball Alumni family
10:45 a.m.
York Performance Hall

Meet and Greet Reception in York lobby. The program begins at 11 a.m.

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
South, grassy area (look for the sign) behind Street Fair

Join baseball alums from all decades and enjoy a casual cookout time.

Centennial Prayer Labyrinth Dedication
Fall Musical: "Violet"

1 p.m.
Old Warner Auditorium location: follow sidewalk east from Fine Arts building

As AU continues to build upon our rich, Christian history, this Prayer Labyrinth is intended to be a place of prayer and contemplation for current, past, and former AU students
2:30 & 7: 30 p.m.
Byrum Hall

Set in 1964 during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet follows the inner journey of a young, disfigured woman. In hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young, black soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage, and what it means to be an outsider.
Alumni Showcase Production
7:30 p.m.
Reardon Auditorium

Join the laughter, fun, film, and music as alums Trent Bruce '12 and Mark Sipka '12 offer some comedy and the debut of their film "Itinerary." Produced and developed by Bruce, Sipka, Thom Newell '09, Sarah Brown Carter '10, and Tye Edwards '95. Luke Stafford '16, along with other AU alums will provide some great musical moments during this event. FREE admission
10 p.m.
Reardon Auditorium

Don't miss experiencing the incredible musical talents of our current AU students at this traditional event sponsored by Boosters.

Sunday, Sept. 30
Fall Musical "Violet"
2:30 p.m., Byrum Hall. (See description above.)
Athletic Schedule for Saturday, Sept. 29

We hope you will cheer our Ravens on to victory amidst a very full day of athletic competition!

God Bless,
Go Ravens!
If you can't join us.... have your own Homecoming!

Although it would be great to have all of our AU alumni return for Homecoming 2018, we know that's not realisitc. If you are unable to join us, you don't have to miss Homecoming altogether. We have created printable materials for you to plan your own Homecoming gathering wherever you may be Sept. 29!

You can check it out on the AU Homecoming Registration page
. Scroll down until you see the "Host Your Own Homecoming" tab. If we can assist you in making this happen, please let us know. You can contact us at
In other news....
AU Engineering Program earns ABET Accreditation
We are so excited to announce that Anderson University's bachelor’s degree program in mechanical engineering has been accredited by ABET, in a peer-review process sought by college and university STEM programs worldwide! The accreditation also applies retroactively to our Class of 2017 and 2018 mechanical engineering grads.

Congrats to our School of Science and Engineering faculty, students, and alumni!
Upcoming Webinar
Element 212 employs many AU alumni. We are grateful for their desire to continue to support and employ our students for internships, which often turn into full-time jobs. On Oct. 11, Element 212 will offer a webinar, "What Should My Website Do for Me? - Three Key Elements of a Useful Website." We hope many of our AU alums will take advantage of this practical, 30-minute webinar! For further details, go to Webinar: What Should My Website Do for Me?
Graduate Degrees 100% online
Falls School of Business 100% Online Degree

School of Theology and Christian Ministry 100% Online Degree

Contact us
For questions, suggestions, and networking, contact the Alumni Office!

(765) 641-4100

Anderson University, 1100 E. Fifth St, Anderson, IN 46012, United States

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