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Fall 2022 - Where our hearts are bound


Phrases that enter our collective lexicon do so, in part, because they are true.

Consider this one: Home is where the heart is. It’s trite, of course, and we hear it said so often it’s sort of lost its meaning.

The definition of the word home itself is woefully inadequate. Webster calls it “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.” Doesn’t home mean more to you than the place where you go to sleep each night?

After all, for many people Anderson University is home. If you’re reading this, you probably feel that way, too.

Home is what this edition of Anderson University Magazine is about. More specifically, it’s about how we think about the places to which our hearts are bound.

Our cover story features College of Arts and Sciences professor Dr. Rocky Nation’s research into the healing power of home. Until the glorious revealing of our eternal destination, the earth is where we live and love—a place created by God, in part, as a balm in troubled times.

For those of you who haven’t been back home to Anderson University in a while, you’ll learn about some of the exciting things happening on campus, such as:

  • AU’s inaugural Engineering Summer Institute, which is inspiring young people to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics;

  • our efforts through a newly formed partnership with AnMed Health are helping aspiring physicians learn how to prepare for—and be successful in—medical school; and

  • photo essays so that you, as a cherished member of the AU family, can do more than just read about our thriving community—you can see for yourself the remarkable transformation taking place at Anderson University.

Of course, words and pictures can only do so much. To truly grasp where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed, you need to see for yourself.

Is this where your heart is? If so, we offer you an invitation: Come home.
– Anderson University Magazine

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