A Brief History of Anderson University

A Brief History of Anderson University

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About AU's Past
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Anderson University is one of the many higher-education institutions that have existed in Anderson, South Carolina. As a student (and a bit of history nut), I have long had an interest in understanding Anderson’s rich past. I wanted deeply appreciate the University that I would be calling home for the next four years. What I discovered was an extremely colorful and interesting history. Here are my discoveries compiled for your reading pleasure.

One of the first things anyone learns after coming to AU, is that it used to be an all-female school. In fact, most historians agree that the school can be directly tied back to the earlier Johnson Female Seminary of Anderson, which existed from 1848-1862. The seminary was forced to close during the Civil War but it left an indelible mark on the community.

In 1910, the Anderson Chamber of Commerce decided that it would a good idea to start a women’s college. They quickly raised some $100,000, and procured the 32 acre piece of land that makes up the main campus. All of this was given to the South Carolina Baptist State Convention for the purpose of creating a college for women.

In 1911, Anderson College was born.

The college, however, was off to a unfortunate start. You see, despite the $100,000 that had been raised, funds were still extremely short. Local trustees managed to borrow $50,000 to keep things moving, but the college would be plagued by financial problems for years to come.

After three other short lived college presidencies, Dr. John E. White stepped down as the fourth president of Anderson in 1927. The board of trustees dutifully set about looking for a replacement, but they were hard pressed to find anyone who would accept the position. This turn of events would actually prove to be both fortunate and historic for Anderson. Taking office in 1928, Annie Denmark was elected president by the board of trustees. She was the first female college president in South Carolina.

Some felt that Dr. Denmark was out place doing a man’s job. She quickly proved them all wrong, demonstrating that she was far more competent than any her predecessors. By 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, she had paid off the school’s $60,000 debt.

Serving until 1953, Dr. Denmark did something else that was momentous in Anderson’s history (for which I am extremely thankful). Under her leadership, Anderson officially became a co-ed junior college in 1931. She built and strengthened much of the foundation of present day Anderson University.

In the years that followed, Anderson expanded and grew. In the early 1990s Anderson became a four-year institution once again. Then, in 2002, our current president Evans P. Whitaker took office. His vision and guidance have led to the building of the five Boulevard dorms, the Thrift Library and the soon to be completed new Student Center. Finally, in 2006, Anderson College officially became Anderson University.

And there you have it – everything that you will probably ever need to know about the history of Anderson University.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

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It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

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Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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