Back to Class with Audrey Weiger!

One month student, the next month teacher, has been the theme for Audrey Weiger, who recently graduated from the MBA Program after spending two years learning and studying as a member of the Indy Northwest cohort. This month, Audrey headed back to the classroom—to teach managerial economics as an MBA instructor.

This is not the first time Audrey has taken on a new role working for Anderson University shortly after graduation. In 2006, Audrey began her career working in the AU Admissions Office only a week after receiving her undergraduate diploma.

When Audrey graduated, she was involved in starting a nonprofit organization with a few of her classmates. In order to continue with that work, she planned to find full-time employment around the Anderson area. “I was actually offered three different jobs, but when AU offered me a job, I knew that was it,” said Audrey. “For a place that has poured so much into me, why wouldn’t I want to give back?”

The nonprofit organization eventually disbanded, but not without a few lessons for the future. “We had two different schools of thought on how to run an organization,” explained Audrey. “I realized that even good hearts and the best intentions might not translate into good organization and business sense.”

With the hopes of doing nonprofit consulting in the future, Audrey returned to AU to study for her MBA. “From my experiences, I’m hoping to put others’ dreams into reality and use the resources available to help them grow.”

Audrey’s most memorable time of the MBA Program was during her final semester as she created the business plan. While students often work in teams, she took a risk— singlehandedly developing a business plan for Park Place Community Center.

“I learned every single piece of the business plan,” said Audrey. “I feel like I could do it in my sleep! Actually, I’m just very grateful for the opportunity to dive deeper into the project; it was an incredible learning experience.”

Now, Audrey continues working in the Admissions Office in addition to teaching an MBA class. This year, she primarily serves as an event coordinator, leading five teams of students and large events, such as Discovery Days for potential AU undergraduate prospects.

The final class of the MBA Program is one taught on leadership. One way Audrey is applying what she learned in the classroom is by preparing leadership curriculum for her student employees this semester. “We can always learn more about leadership,” explained Audrey. “There are always more lessons—especially about Christ’s leadership.”

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The AU MBA program is a traditional MBA program designed for the working professional. Classes meet in the evening and mostly one night each week. Most students complete the program in less than 23 months. The MBA program is offered on the Anderson campus and in several locations in the Indianapolis area. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) nationally accredits the Anderson University MBA program, and Anderson University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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