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Senator Visits Fort Wayne Campus

Oct 08, 2013

On Thursday, September 26, Senator Dennis Kruse took time to visit the Fort Wayne Campus.  Senator Kruse is the chairperson of the education committee in the state senate.

Senator Kruse took a tour of the campus with campus director Dan Sattison and the career center director, Patricia Knaebe.  He interacted with the staff, faculty, and students.  He engaged the staff with questions about the admissions process, the campus population, and the history of American National University.

Senator Kruse also visited a Written Communications class.  The class enrollment included students from the business, medical, and information technology programs.  While speaking to the class, he mentioned that the State of Indiana is a top state in the nation for allocating a portion of its budget to education.  He stated that 62% of the state’s entire budget is given to education from kindergarten through post-secondary education.  He confirmed that there is funding available to American National University students through the Frank O’Bannon Grant, the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI), and other state grants.  He urged students to speak with student services about participating in these grant opportunities.  While visiting the class he entertained the students, faculty, and staff present with his auctioneering skills.  He drew an enthusiastic round of applause for his example of calling an auction.

Patricia said, “It was a pleasure having Senator Kruse visit the Fort Wayne campus and providing campus staff, faculty, and students with important information about how the State of Indiana supports education.”

(A)-Pictured (l) to (r) are:  Senator Dennis Kruse with campus director, Dan Sattison.

(B)-Senator Dennis Kruse (center) with the Written Communications class.