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Spring 2024 AU Magazine

Spring 2024 - The Irrepressible Pursuit of Joy

“Joy,” wrote the Scottish evangelist and theologian Oswald Chambers, “means the perfect fulfillment of that for which I was created and regenerated, not from successfully doing something.”

Those words were taken from one of Chambers’ sermons, many of which were compiled and published after his death at just 43 years old. The resulting book, My Utmost for His Highest, is one of Christendom’s great daily devotionals.

In the book’s classic edition, published in 1924, the word “happiness” does not appear in its index. That’s probably not an accidental omission; indeed, Chambers seems to hold the word in contempt. “It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ,” Chambers said/wrote.

There’s nothing wrong with being happy, of course. But it’s an ephemeral experience, not a state of existence. It’s an emotion solely dependent on the fickle nature of changing circumstances.

This edition of Anderson University Magazine is meant to reveal joy through stories of those who embody Oswald Chambers’ definition of it.

Joy means the perfect fulfillment of that for which I was created and regenerated, not from successfully doing something.
-Oswald Chambers

Take the story of Dr. Tracy Jessup as an example. As Anderson University’s campus pastor and vice president for Christian life, he has dedicated his life and ministry to fulfilling the purpose for which God created him.

Then, you’ll meet Dr. Pamela Larde, a professor for the Anderson University Center for Leadership and Organizations. An author, public speaker, researcher and thought-leader, Dr. Larde believes hardship doesn’t have to be an impediment to personal growth, but rather a catalyst for it.

And you’ll hear how the Anderson University Women’s Golf team, among the best in the country, refuses to be bound by narrow definitions of success—and is using a heartbreaking loss as motivation to try again.

Thank you in advance for letting us share these and other stories about this special place we love. We hope it will help demonstrate that happiness is a good thing and a lovely feeling. But it doesn’t last.

Joy Lasts

Featured Stories

Tri-County Technical College and Anderson University Announce New Transfer Program

Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) and Anderson University (AU) signed an articulation agreement, outlining a new transfer program that will support students who are looking to advance their education in business, criminal justice, early care and education, media arts production and nursing.

How a Building Changed the Honors Program from a Curriculum to a Community

The Anderson University Honors Program has undergone a transformative shift, moving from a cramped space to a charming historic house. The Honors Commons, adorned with covered porches and a beautiful backyard, is now the vibrant home for interdisciplinary discussions on faith and scholarship.

Women's Golf: The Joy of Unfinished Business

The Anderson University Women’s Golf Team, determined to rebound from a challenging previous season, is gearing up for a triumphant spring.  Head Coach Denton Moore emphasizes the team’s commitment and hard work, highlighting their pursuit of success while recognizing that true accomplishment lies in becoming great representatives of Anderson University on and off the golf course.

Aerial Innovation: How AU is Leading the Way in Keeping Communities Safe With Drones

Campus does not look the same as it did just one year ago. Here is everything you need to know to get ready for September 2024—the first season of Anderson University Trojan Football.

AU Diary: Carson Cawthon

In this heartfelt AU Diary entry, Carson Cawthon reflects on her unexpected journey to Anderson University. Carson emphasizes the transformative power of love at Anderson, recounting experiences of unconditional support, intellectual growth, and meaningful connections. 

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Dr. Tracy Jessup

Guided by divine signs, Dr. Tracy Jessup became Anderson University's Vice President for Christian Life, emphasizing the importance of faithful service as he contemplates the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant."


Dr. Pamela Larde

Anderson University Professor of Leadership Dr. Pamela Larde, originally focused on trauma, shifted her research to explore joy and post-traumatic growth. Through personal experiences and her ministry of spreading joy, Dr. Larde empowers others to reclaim joy in the face of adversity.


The Gilreath Family

Inspired by Dr. Dennis Swanberg's metaphor of planting "spiritual shade trees," the Gilreath family reflects on their legacy and commitment to Anderson University, emphasizing the enduring impact of their journey that began on the campus in 1959.

Alumni Focus

Reflecting on the changes at Anderson University since my student days, I’ve seen numerous transformations, from “The Grill” in the midst of asphalt to the current Culinary Center and food trucks. While campus evolves, the mission and feel of the University remain steadfast, committed to a Christ-centered education.

Another Year, Another Record Enrollment Established

Anderson University continues its 20-year trend of growth, boasting over 4,200 students for the 2023-2024 academic year, making it the largest private university in South Carolina. With a 6.4% increase in first-year students from the previous year, the Class of 2027 hails from 31 states and 12 countries. 

For Fourth Year in a Row, Anderson University a “Great College to Work For”

Anderson University has achieved Honor Roll status in the Great Colleges to Work For® program for the fourth consecutive year, attaining top scores in all 10 categories. This recognition reflects the institution’s unwavering commitment to fostering a positive work environment.

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Philanthropy & Estate Planning

For information about giving to AU or setting up an estate gift, contact Associate VP of Philanthropy and Estate Planning Johnna Shirley at or call her at 864-622-6079.

If you missed the last three editions - check them out!