Anderson University Centennial
Centennial Celebration Crescendos With Founders Week
Founders Week, the week commemorating the original charter of Anderson University, was full of memorable and historic events. The Anderson County Museum hosted a reception launching a fascinating exhibit chronicling the history of the University. The evening reception, attended by more than 150 community members, featured remarks by the president, food and music, and the first look at a host of artifacts dating back to the founding in 1911. Joyce Wood presented the museum with a signed copy of her new pictorial history of AU, and Anne Marie Martin did the same with a newly published volume on the life of Annie Dove Denmark, Anderson’s longest serving president.
Founders Day is always a key convocation in the life of the University, but the mid-week observance was obviously much more historic in light of the fact that it marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of Anderson’s charter. The ceremony featured music from AU’s choirs, remarks from President Whitaker, and well wishes and remembrances from several key leaders from the community. The pastor of The First Baptist Church of Anderson recalled how his church helped birth the University and provided leadership in the early years, the Mayor of Anderson spoke of how important AU has become to the city it calls home, and representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, The South Carolina Baptist Convention, AU’s donors, and others helped mark the occasion.
The next night, it was the students’ turn to celebrate the birthday as only students can. The 100th Birthday Bash attracted hundreds of students to the new Food for Thought restaurant in the Thrift Library for games, music, clowns, and even an interesting contest that could only be found at Anderson University, “Pin the Bowtie on the President.”
Founders Week concluded in a more dignified fashion as a centennial service at First Baptist Church featured the Anderson University Choir, remarks by Dr. Whitaker, and an eloquent tribute to AU by pastor, Dr. Jim Thomason.