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Senior’s journey helps fuel LOC appeal to faith community

Tim Anderson has stayed the course and when members of the graduating class of 2011 at The LeMoyne-Owen College toss their caps into the air in celebration, Anderson will have earned the right to be among them. Special to the Tri-State Defender

Tim Anderson has stayed the course and when members of the graduating class of 2011 at The LeMoyne-Owen College toss their caps into the air in celebration, Anderson will have earned the right to be among them.

 
At The LeMoyne-Owen College, Tim Anderson said he found the supportive environment he wanted in a college. (Courtesy photo)

On Sunday at the Cannon Center downtown, Anderson’s artistic talents – along with the work of several other gifted and talented LOC students – will be on display during LeMoyne-Owen College Sunday (April 10). For the second straight year, Anderson is the chief videographer.

“If I wasn’t attending here, I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I have now, like participating in LOC Sunday,” said Anderson.

The Eleventh Annual LeMoyne-Owen College Sunday has the support via declarations of Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell. The mayors are asking the faith community to support the college by helping to recruit students and assisting in raising funds to support scholarships and school projects.

After he graduated from Carver High School in 2005, Anderson entered LOC the next year on an academic scholarship. An outstanding tennis player, Anderson had thoughts of landing an athletic scholarship. His grades, however, brought him an academic scholarship, much to his delight.

Getting to know Anderson involves learning to appreciate that he is multi-talented, having honed skills in music, graphics design and art.

 “I essentially taught myself to play several musical instruments while I was still in high school,” he said. “I started with the French horn, then learned to play the mellophone, and then the trumpet.

Anderson’s mother knew that he was interested in music, but he surprised her and other family members when he played the gospel hymn, “Amazing Grace,” at his high school graduation.

“A lot of people used to call me ‘nerd,’ and they would ask how I was able to teach myself to play so many instruments. I just tell them that I read a lot of books and that I practice.”

So how did he get started with graphics design?

“I was working with MAC computers and playing around with designs while I was still in high school. I did a little work with Microsoft Publisher, Photoshop, and then Illustrator and liked what I was doing,” said Andeson.

At LOC, professor Phil Dotson and instructor Ronald Johnson taught him new techniques in art and graphics design and Anderson enhanced his skills.  

“This College has been a big help to me. I don’t have to worry about being in a class with 60 or 70 students where the professor doesn’t have time to spend with students,” said. “I want people to know who I am when I walk into a classroom or any office on campus. That’s what I really get out of LeMoyne-Owen.”

LOC  Sunday kicks off with an art exhibit presented by students of the LOC Visual and Graphics Design department from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The doors to the auditorium will open at 3:30 p.m.

A “Celebration of Talent” featuring students from the LOC Division of Fine Arts and Humanities will showcase live performances of music, poetry, dramatic presentations, dance, and more!, Grammy Award Winning Vickie Winans will highlight the event as the special guest.

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