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2/24/2021 9:28:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to announce that Joe Pretorius, controller at HU, has received the inaugural Spirit of a Forester award. This peer-nominated award is bestowed monthly upon a Huntington University employee who demonstrates the characteristics of a Forester.

What is a Forester? The simple answer is that a Forester is a Huntington University student. Any student at any location and any age. But the truer answer is that a Forester is a lifetime appointment of chasing truth, defying complacency, remaining curious, caring completely, embracing interconnectedness, and demonstrating grit and creativity. Together, these traits come together to point others toward Christ. We take great pride in being Foresters, but we realize that we are fallible. That doesn’t negate our efforts. Instead, our fallibility highlights our reliance on Christ, the importance of our relationship with Him, and our potential for growth.

In their nominations, Joe’s fellow HU employees said that “Joe’s care for Huntington University and commitment to fulfilling the mission of Christ, scholarship and service is clear. He humbly and quietly takes care of his responsibilities in a first-class manner,” and “Joe has worked countless hours since he started here in 2019, learning his job, finding ways to simplify and perfect other areas in the Office of Business and Finance, working diligently on the PPE loan — learning how to be a “Forester” and still taking the hours required to complete courses for his doctoral degree. Even though he’s just been here not quite two years, Joe has stepped up to the plate and has filled his role above and beyond what could have been expected, especially during this pandemic.”

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

2/23/2021 10:07:00 AM

PEORIA, AZ. — Huntington University Arizona is pleased to welcome Lauren Lee to the Forester Family. Lee joins HU Arizona as the associate director of student services; she will work with current students in every aspect of their journey at Huntington, including academic advising, creating personalized success plans, planning campus events, and more.

“We are looking forward to having Lauren as part of the HU Arizona team in part because she checks so many boxes that make her a great fit with our university community of creatives,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Arizona operations. “Lauren has a broad background in many forms of higher education like student support, counseling, mentoring, programming, and student success strategies. The energy and caring personality she brings to the role will be fully enjoyed by our HU Arizona students. Plus, she is an artist herself and a strong Christ-follower, so she embraces our Created to Create culture on all levels.”

Lee comes to HU Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a Master of Education degree in counseling and personnel services with a concentration in college student personnel.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. Since that time, students have created regionally and nationally awarded work, including ADDY awards, BEA Best of Fest awards, and Emmy Student Production Awards. The 30,000-square-foot building houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media, and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, a Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

2/4/2021 8:40:00 AM

PEORIA, AZ. — Huntington University’s Arizona location welcomed its first cohort of Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy students on January 22 with a White Coat Ceremony. This event was a joint experience for HU’s Fort Wayne-based doctoral program in occupational therapy cohort and the inaugural HU Arizona doctoral program cohort. To see the full event, visit huntington.edu/whitecoat_January2021.

The inaugural class includes:

  • Hannah Benson, Woodinville, Washington
  • Kristin Carr, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Lucas Godwin, Ramona, California 
  • John Hancock, Clay Springs, Arizona 
  • Kennedy Kelly, North Barrington, Illinois 
  • Megan Law, Scottsdale, Arizona 
  • Amber Ocampo, Los Angeles, California  
  • McKenna Scheldt, San Tan Valley, Arizona 
  • Caroline Soliman, Gilbert, Arizona 
  • Shannon Ware, Beaverton, Oregon

The White Coat Ceremony signifies each student’s commitment to deliver the best care to their patients, with compassion and empathy as the hallmark of their clinical practice. HU’s occupational therapy program equips students for professional service, promoting the development of skills in leadership, advanced practice and research while encouraging growth in faith.

Huntington University’s OTD program was one of the first of its kind in the country, and HU’s occupational therapy assistant program is the first bachelor’s-level program in the country. Occupational therapy was the first doctoral program offered at Huntington University and has been graduating impressive cohorts of students since May 2017.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. Since that time, students have created regionally and nationally awarded work, including ADDY awards, BEA Best of Fest awards, and Emmy Student Production Awards. The 30,000-square-foot building houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media, and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, a Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

1/27/2021 9:10:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to announce the receipt of a $400,000 matching grant from the Avis Foundation. This grant, which will be given to the University over a three-year period, will specifically provide monetary support for HU’s agriculture program.

“We are humbled by the Avis Foundation’s faith in Huntington University and their investment not only in our current students but in future Foresters,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “This matching grant underscores the efforts and successes currently being enacted in our agriculture classrooms and bio-living labs but also creates space for HU to strategically plan for the next generation of students pursuing the agbiosciences.”

The grant comes in response to the University’s focus on applied learning and creation of new educational opportunities for secondary students related to agricultural studies. Huntington University intends to use the matching funds to explore ways to engage the community in agricultural education, create more paid opportunities for HU students to work during the summer, and fund the ancillary costs of running a livestock learning lab and plant science facility.

“Agriculture has long been a stronghold in the American economy, but new approaches to production, animal science, bioscience and agribusiness are necessary in a world where discovery and innovation are rapidly changing the way people work,” said Marty Songer, executive director for the Avis Foundation, Inc. “HU is positioned to not only cultivate interest in current agriculture studies, but through research projects and other educational programming, will be able to impact the future of agriculture as well. We believe that the education provided at Huntington University will undoubtedly enable its graduates to use their knowledge for the good of many communities — both at home and abroad.”

Born out of an understanding of the economic need to support Hoosier ag efforts and a desire to provide Foresters with the best-in-class, Christ-centered ag education they are seeking, Huntington University launched the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies in the fall of 2014 and admitted its first students to the program a year later. With agriculture contributing over $31 billion to Indiana’s economy, it isn’t a surprise that the next generation of Hoosiers is seeking ag-related careers and the education to support that. Additionally, HU’s ag program continues to evolve in response to the ever-changing demands and needs of this massive industry. For example, in March of 2020, HU announced that the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies had added two new programs: crop science and agronomy and animal science.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). 

1/20/2021 7:00:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University congratulates Barb Michel, associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art + Design, on being asked to judge the 2021 92 County Art Show for the Clark Gallery at the Honeywell Center.

“I am honored to be invited to serve as a juror of the 2021 92 County Art Exhibit,” said Michel. “I've entered my own work in the show in previous years and know how competitive each category is. To evaluate art created by fellow artists around the state was a privilege.”

The 92 County Art Show accepts artwork from artists all over the state and is juried. In addition to its size, this show accepts work in all media except photography, which makes it a visual masterpiece.

The 92 County Art Show, sponsored by Eclectic Shoppe, is on display from January 7 through February 15, 2021.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  

1/19/2021 8:38:00 AM
1/14/2021 9:34:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University’s January 2021Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD program) class will be welcomed into the occupational therapy profession on January 22 with a White Coat Ceremony. This event will be a joint experience for HU’s Fort Wayne-based doctoral program in occupational therapy cohort and the inaugural HU Arizona doctoral program cohort. The event will take place at 1:00 p.m. (MST) and 3:00 p.m. (EST) and will stream live via YouTube.

The White Coat Ceremony signifies each student’s commitment to deliver the best care to their patients, with compassion and empathy as the hallmark of their clinical practice. HU’s occupational therapy program equips students for professional service, promoting the development of skills in leadership, advanced practice, and research while encouraging growth in faith.

Huntington University’s OTD program was one of the first of its kind in the country, and HU’s occupational therapy assistant program is the first bachelor’s-level program in the country. Occupational therapy was the first doctoral program offered at Huntington University and has been graduating impressive cohorts of students since May 2017.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

1/14/2021 8:04:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to welcome Ray Chang, ministry associate for discipleship at Wheaton College, and Michelle Loyd-Paige, executive associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion at Calvin University, as panelists for Huntington University’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation on January 18. Chynna Presley, director of intercultural enrichment at Huntington University, will join Chang and Loyd-Paige on the panel as they discuss “The Road to Restoration — A conversation on cultural competency in action.”

As Huntington University strives to educate and prepare students for a world riddled with a variety of pandemics and spiritual adversities, it’s important to seize the opportunity to draw students’ attention to the significance of protecting the truth they glean while navigating through Christian higher education.

“I believe that the HU community is primed for such a time as this to focus on safeguarding the treasures that God has given us through His spoken Word,” said Presley. “Our University is committed to being a culturally competent institution. As we continue to examine our policies and practices, we are working to ensure that all we do aligns with our Declaration of Unity & Diversity, which states, ‘…Therefore in obedience to Christ and as Foresters, we will love, learn from, respect, stand alongside, protect, rejoice with, and grieve with one another. We reject biased apathy, willful ignorance and silent fear. We acknowledge our fallen nature and the failures that divide us; therefore, we seek God’s grace and mercy and we strive to embody the example of Christ. It is our purpose and responsibility to foster an environment that reflects the unity of the Boy of Christ and honors the eternal value of all people.’”

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  

1/12/2021 11:21:00 AM

PEORIA, AZ. — Huntington University Arizona is pleased to announce its first animation graduates: Alexa Bland, Realiti Ibsen, and Kesmine Hickman.

HU Arizona added animation to its list of degree offerings in May 2017, and current and prospective students welcomed the program with enthusiasm. In the summer of 2018, Christian Washington, a 2013 graduate of HU’s Indiana campus, joined the HU Arizona team as the assistant professor of animation. His credentials and work experience added instant oomph to the young but growing program.

Of the three animation graduates, Washington was quick to say that “they're very hard workers and passionate artists, which has made them a joy to teach.”

During their time at HU Arizona, the graduates worked on a grand total of five animated films, including Bubble , which was featured in the Phoenix Film Festival, Tobeus and Tobey , which won Best of Fest at the National BEA Conference, and The Cactus Cat,  which was a semi-finalist at the Student Los Angeles Film Awards. They've also worked on a number of freelance projects through HU Arizona for companies including Theaterworks, AquaScooter, and the Maryvale Community School System.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. Since that time, students have created regionally and nationally awarded work, including ADDY awards, BEA Best of Fest awards, and Emmy Student Production Awards. The 30,000-square-foot building houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media, and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, a Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

1/11/2021 9:12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Dr. Tim Smith, FRHistS, professor of Non-Western History at Huntington University, has published an article concerning Cambodian Elephant Diplomacy.

The peer-reviewed article considers the many ways in which Cambodia (and similar kingdoms) have historically used elephants and elephant-related paraphernalia as diplomatic gifts to legitimize their international statecraft. The paper mentions an example during the American Civil War of elephant-based diplomacy being enacted by Siam towards President Lincoln. However, the main focus of the study is upon the period immediately following the Second World War, when the Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk relied upon romantic notions of the exotic — including elephant diplomacy — to navigate the dangerous diplomatic waters of decolonization and the early Cold War. In doing so, he used the allure of the exotic to entice the senior British diplomat Malcolm MacDonald into falling for the charms of the orient. This entangled Britain in the affairs of a non-British decolonization.

The article is titled “Malcolm MacDonald and King Norodom Sihanouk: a British diplomat and the allure of Cambodian elephant diplomacy” and was published in the Historical Yearbook (vol.17, 2020, pages 53-72).

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

12/17/2020 10:08:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University’s Department of Nursing students and faculty are pleased to participate in the facilitation of the COVID-19 vaccine for frontline healthcare staff in northeast Indiana.

“This is an exciting time in the history of health care, and our aspiring nurses are being given the opportunity to be a part of that history,” said Jodi Eckert, MSN, RN, CNE, assistant professor of nursing and director of nursing.

As part of the Indiana Department of Health vaccine distribution plan, Parkview Health was selected to receive one of the initial allotments of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. With many of Parkview’s clinical workers dedicated to patient care, Parkview Health requested the help of students and instructors at Huntington University to administer the vaccine.

“We are pleased to have the Huntington University student nurses and instructors step up to meet the needs of our community,” said Judy Boerger, chief nursing executive, Parkview Health. “Their service is in the tradition of the nursing profession to answer the call when help is needed for the benefit of human kind.”

The administration of the vaccine will take place at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation in Fort Wayne.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

12/3/2020 8:11:00 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Huntington University Foundation Distinguished Service Award is Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.

Established in 2002, the Distinguished Service Award honors an individual or an organization whose life or mission embodies the very principles associated with the mission of the University. Each year this award is presented to a person or organization that gives substance and credence to the University’s beliefs, serves as an effective role model for our students and is recognized for the tremendous contribution they make to Huntington County.

Our Sunday Visitor was founded in 1912 by Fr. John Francis Noll, then pastor of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntington, to spread knowledge of the Catholic Faith through periodicals, books and parish resources. For over 108 years, OSV’s mission has been to help Catholics fulfill their calling to discipleship, strengthen their relationship with Christ, deepen their commitment to the Church and contribute to its growth and vitality in the world. Today, OSV is one of the largest Catholic publishing houses in the world and the largest supplier of offering envelopes to Catholic and Protestant churches in the United States. The company serves approximately 10 million people through more than 22,000 churches with over 563 million envelopes printed annually. Through products such as Increased Offertory Programs, Parish Capital Campaigns, Diocesan Appeals, Online Giving, OSV Church Manager, and websites, OSV continues to serve the Church in the United States.

With its dedication to the greater Huntington community, OSV has supported Huntington University through the HU Foundation, Annual Fund, and Capital Campaigns. In addition, OSV has provided employment and internship opportunities for local high school and Huntington University students.

“OSV, under the leadership of Kyle Hamilton, has been a strong supporter to so many organizations in the community for many years,” said Kay Schwob, director of development at Huntington University. “This award is a testament to their commitment to the Huntington Community as well as Huntington University. They do so much within our community, and many times, the work they do is behind the scenes. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to a great partner.”

Past Distinguished Service Award Recipients 

2002 Gene Snowden & Harold “Potch” Wheeler
2003 Kay LaMont and Ted Bendall
2004 Steve Zahn
2005 Ned Kiser
2006 Huntington Herald-Press
2007 Robert C. Brown, Jr.
2008 Steve Platt
2009 Emmaline Purviance Henn
2010 Parkview Huntington Hospital
2011 Elizabeth L. O’Donnell (posthumously)
2012 Pathfinder Services
2013 Ralph Johnson
2014   Carol Shuttleworth
2015   Ryan Warner
2016 Marj and Homer Hiner
2017 Brooks Fetters
2018   Dan & Barb Drummond
2019 Ed Vessels

Thank you to the sponsors of the Huntington University Foundation dinner. Due to the recent capacity restrictions, the Huntington University Foundation Board decided to cancel the annual dinner, but that does not diminish the investment of these community partners.

Platinum
Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
Heartland REMC
Novae Corporation
Huntington Sheet Metal, Inc.
First Federal Savings Bank
Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.
JJ's
Lake City Bank

Gold
HRG Law
Bippus State Bank

Silver
Apollo Caster/Matt Wilcox
WalkerHughes Insurance
Mettler Agency, Inc.
Edward Jones - Nicole Johnson
Huntington County Chamber

Recipients of the HU Foundation Distinguished Service Award must be:

  • Persons or organizations that have rendered outstanding community service and are recognized as leaders in our County
  • Persons or organizations that have been closely connected with the work of the University, who have made major contributions to the advancement of the community and University
  • Persons or organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of the University, serve as effective role models for our students, and whose lives illustrate their discipline and generosity

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

11/30/2020 9:05:00 AM

PEORIA, AZ. — Huntington University Arizona is pleased to announce that six films created by HU Arizona students were screened at the Phoenix Film Festival, a nationally recognized film festival. This is the fourth consecutive year HU Arizona student work has been accepted in the festival (every year of HU Arizona’s existence), but this is the largest group of accepted films.

“The Phoenix Film Festival has quickly become a fantastic partner for our Huntington University Arizona film program,” said Phil Wilson, program director and assistant professor of film. “Festival Director Jason Carney has come to HU Arizona a number of times, both as a part of the launch of the Peoria Film Fest and as a guest speaker to our Senior Film Production classes.”

The following HU Arizona films will be screened at the Phoenix Film Festival:

“The Legend of Brodan”
Written and Directed by Dabney Jackson and starring former American
Gladiator Don “Hollywood” Yates

“What We Become”
Written and Directed by Stephen Davis

“Stranger”
Written and Directed by Chloe Caufield

“Bubble”
Written and Directed by Briana Valenzuela

“Be There”
Written and Directed by Stephen Davis

“Security Blanket”
Written and Directed by HUAZ Senior, Chris Blackford.

“Bubble” is the first animated short film from the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts to receive this honor. “Stranger,” “What We Become,” “Bubble” and “Be There” are all BEA award-winning films. “Stranger” and “What We Become” have won Rocky Mountain Emmy Student Production Awards.

The Phoenix Film Festival will take place at Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatre from November 12-22, 2020.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. Since that time, students have created regionally and nationally awarded work, including ADDY awards, BEA Best of Fest awards, and Emmy Student Production Awards. The 30,000-square-foot building houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media, and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, a Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The nonprofit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).