by Kaleb Greve and Rebekah Lynn Hisle
On Homecoming Saturday morning, Anderson University hosted The Street Fair on University Boulevard. It boasted many booths and stands brought by clubs, organizations, residence halls and university programs. The event was attended by students, faculty, staff, families and alumni.
Present, was the Anderson American Model United Nations booth. The student representing the group was Christopher. “I think it’s interesting to have a community event because the thing about Anderson is, it’s a close community, but also has its own little cliques,” he said. “So when it comes to different groups it’s good to bring them all together.”
The idea of many different groups coming together is fundamental to Anderson University as a whole. The American Model United Nations is just one of these groups that contribute to an ecosystem of diversity and inclusion. Another vendor at the street fair was Student Government Association (SGA).
Junior Korey Rees (pictured below on the right), who is a member of SGA, said, “We are here because we think it is a great opportunity to show our presence and show that we’re involved and engaged. And besides, it’s just great to hang out with alumni and Ravens to be as well.”
The street fair brings Ravens of all generations together. Rees is the son of two AU alumni. He said, “It’s a very special feeling to get to walk the same streets that my parents walk and get to meet the friends they had.”
The street fair has “Reunion Village” set up for alumni to reconnect. Kevin Sheward (‘13) met with a few of his fellow graduates under the 2010s alumni tent.
“It feels like a lot has changed for the AU community, but the things that are important has stayed the same. The relationships still feel meaningful and relevant,” Sheward said. “I felt like our professors in the classrooms like cared about us then, and for them to still come up 10 years later and know who you are and ask about how life is going and those kinds of things, that feels very reminiscent of my AU experience.”