Anderson University celebrates 100 years

Anderson Univesity alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends helped celebrate AU’s 100th birthday by shoveling dirt onto the first of 100 new oak trees on the university’s iconic front lawn.
Anderson University has been the college of choice for several folks in Barnwell County, including this writer.
The event was part of the school’s Homecoming festivities, Oct. 23, to honor the private Christian liberal arts college in Anderson, S.C.
The front lawn and the oak trees it houses are a symbol of Anderson University.
“There is no campus symbol dearer,” said AU President Evans P. Whitaker.
The front lawn has served as a place to study, play and relax.
The oaks and the front lawn, which was renamed “Alumni Lawn” that day as well, have been declared sacred and off-limits to development.
Most of the iconic oaks have been there since-even before-the school started in 1911.
However, many are becoming fragile and several were devastated in a strong storm earlier this year, which is why AU is planting 100 new oaks over the next decade.
AU was founded with $100,000 in Feb. 1911 as a small women’s college on 32 acres.
It is now a private, Christian, liberal-arts university offering a comprehensive list of degrees and majors to more than 2,100 students.