To Catch a Dream

As a part of Anderson University’s unique Residential Masters of Business Administration (RMBA) program, students are required to obtain a co-op position with a local organization. Current RMBA student Eli Alvey has the unique opportunity this year of working with The New Harmony Project, a not-for-profit organization that develops and promotes writers that seek to explore the human journey through scripts that offer hope and showing respect for the positive values of life.


When I first came to AU as an undergrad student, I came to study theater arts because I wanted to be a performer. After a year of classes and deep conversations with the director of the theater program, Ronn Johnstone, I decided that though theater was my passion, my skills were leading me to be involved in ways other than performing. I switched to Falls School of Business my sophomore year when my new dream became to unite the theater world at large with a more uniform, organized structure that would allow theaters to continue to operate in a world that is increasingly driven by a bottom line mentality.

When I joined the RMBA program at the end of my senior year, Dr. Frank Pianki assured me that together we would find a way for me to be able to work with a theater company for my co-op. Sure enough, a few weeks after we started the program, Dr. Pianki forwarded me an email from Ed Fry, the development director for NHP. The rest is history. I spend most of my time helping Ed develop a social media campaign that he can use to increase their drive to reach new potential donors. I will be sitting in on board meetings with Ed as we get closer to the two week summer intensive session that NHP offers a few writers a year and eventually will spend the last week of May 2014 in New Harmony with them. I have been so blessed to be offered this incredible opportunity and am truly grateful for the preparation that the Falls School of Business faculty and staff have given to me over the last 4 years.


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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