Fall 2020 - The Fabric of AU
This edition is about some of AU's heroes.
They aren’t the kind of heroes that immediately come to mind. They don’t wear capes or leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are the givers, the ones who sacrifice, the true friends, the encouragers, the prayer warriors and the ones who give without trumpets. Each are committed to the example of Jesus, who said, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.” (Matthew 6:3-4a)
We’re not going to recount everything you may be tired of hearing on TV and the internet. But before, during and after COVID-19, the folks you will read about in this edition of AU Magazine make up the Fabric of AU. They represent our most deeply held values: faith, hospitality, generosity, innovation, hard work and humility.
If you’re reading this magazine, you are an integral part of the fabric of Anderson University. Something within you inspired you to attend AU, send your child to AU, teach at AU, work at AU and perhaps give to AU. If any of the stories in this issue resonate, continue supporting the University through your continued prayers and gifts. You can support our shared mission with the enclosed envelope, or online at andersonuniversity.edu/giving.
AU Journey Ahead
Highly qualified professionals on the Anderson University COVID-19 Task Force work hard and well as a team of servant leaders. "Each member of the COVID team brought key skill sets to the table and worked...
Work and gift of the late Jane Ferguson-Clamp established Anderson University Clamp Divinity School.
Bobbie Jo Branyon
The late Bobbie Jo Branyon, whose endowment has funded more than 100 scholarships, demonstrated a life of sacrificial giving.
Retiring executive assistant to the President said she had best seat on campus to witness AU’s phenomenal growth.
JJ Harkness’s heart for people is just as powerful as his work ethic. “You got to let people know you love them,” he said...
From North Carolina to Gaza, Becky Walker has followed Jesus—and encourages students to do the same no matter where their journey takes them.
Dr. Bob & Nancy Hanley
Read about how this endearing couple met and grew together while helping turn AU into a home for students, staff and fellow faculty members.
Before he was teaching the next generation to paint, Peter Kaniaris bought a one-way ticket to France in 1969 and earned his way back by painting portraits of tourists.
Winfred Green established our intramural sports and fitness program during his more than 30-year AU career. And did you know that he and AU Postman Scott Taylor played on the same high school basketball team together?
Scott & Deb Taylor
Read about how this couple started ministry together and continue ministry on AU’s campus, from prayer and Twitter to establishing our Health Services department.
More Fabric of AU Stories
Basketball, ventriloquism, and faith: the unique Anderson University journey of Pam Bryant-Ross.
Q&A - Alexy Mollenhauer
AU alumna Alexy Mollenhauer is living her dream as a professional athlete.
Q&A - Linda Clark
Linda Clark has worked as a staff member in different departments since 1970.
The AU Diary
Katie Landry is a junior art major and a participant in the Honors Program.
Q&A - Tommy Watson
Alumnus Dr. Tommy Watson has trained national award winners and aspiring musicians.
Trojans in Motion
Check out the latest athletic new and updates.
Shirley James Findley
Shirley James Findley was a beauty pageant winner as well as a university contributor and grad.
Q&A - Dr. Joyce Wood
Dr. Joyce Wood is the author of Anderson University from The Campus History Series.
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 email@example.com or call her at 864-622-6079.