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1/18/2024 2:33:00 PM

Dr. Jerry Davis, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, professor emeritus of counseling and founder of the clinical mental health counseling master’s degree program at Huntington University, published his first book in December 2023. Entitled “Grow in Grace Grow in Strength: Practical Wisdom from the Bible and Psychology,” the book is a devotional focused on self-care.

“For several years, many of the students in the graduate counseling program had encouraged me to write out the devotional thoughts I would share at the beginning of classes,” said Davis. “I have also had some of my mental health clients tell me the same. When I retired from HU, I began to take these requests more seriously. I now had more time and effort to put into the book.”

Although the idea originated in a counseling context, Davis notes that the devotional has a broad appeal for anyone who is serious about self-care, healing and growth — especially for anyone who is interested in practical instructions for improving self-care built on biblical principles.

Consisting of 52 devotions, the book is a collection of wisdom from the Bible and from psychology, drawing on Davis’ expertise he has accumulated over decades of work in higher education and clinical counseling settings.

“This book is absolutely a product of my work in the clinical mental health graduate program,” said Davis. “The university strongly encourages all faculty to integrate their discipline with Biblical thought and practice. The book would not have been written without the support and encouragement of Huntington University, including the administration, faculty and staff.”

Dr. Jerry Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lancaster Bible College, a Master of Education degree in counselor education from Millersville University, and a PhD from Purdue University. Prior to his retirement from Huntington University in 2021, his career at HU spanned more than a quarter of a century with various roles in both student development and the classroom. He launched the graduate counseling program in 2007 and was instrumental in shaping a new generation of Christian clinical mental health counselors.

“Grow in Grace Grow in Strength: Practical Wisdom from the Bible and Psychology” is available through Amazon.

12/20/2023 9:05:00 AM

Funds will expand teacher preparation and support reading proficiency among Indiana students

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University has received a grant of $500,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its initiative Advancing the Science of Reading in Indiana. The grant will leverage Huntington University’s current momentum in data-informed literacy instruction, expanding and enhancing the use of evidence-based instructional methods aligned with the Science of Reading in the University’s teacher preparation program.

Huntington University is one of 28 Indiana colleges and universities that received grants from Lilly Endowment to support efforts that integrate Science of Reading-aligned principles into teacher preparation programs.

"I believe that empowering teachers with knowledge is the key to helping students succeed in reading,” said Holly Ehle, assistant professor of education at Huntington University and a reading specialist. “The Science of Reading has demystified the process of how children physiologically learn to read and offers evidence backed by science to confirm that there are specific methodologies that more effectively teach students to read and write. At Huntington University, we seek to teach these important facts and findings to our preservice educators so that they are equipped to go out into Indiana classrooms and effectively teach all students to become proficient readers."

In support of this goal, Huntington University will train all pre-service teachers in methodologies that align with Science of Reading principles. Teacher candidates will receive support through a designated faculty member with specialized knowledge and academic credentials in Reading Science, a new teacher training and material resource center within Huntington University’s Department of Education for teacher candidates and clinical educators and a program-wide comprehensive training sequence on literary instruction. The University’s Science of Reading-aligned curriculum will undergo regular evaluations to ensure it is reflecting best practices, and there is potential for further growth as momentum continues to build, particularly in the area of offering training to current educators.

“This generous funding from Lilly Endowment will further equip Huntington University to fulfill our ongoing commitment to prepare pre-service teacher educators with proven, data-driven Science of Reading strategies,” said Luke Fetters, EdD, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Huntington University. “As part of this project, Huntington University will also come alongside area school systems to offer continuing education and other Science of Reading resources that align with statewide initiatives.”

In addition to supporting HU students, the Science of Reading department specialist will build relationships between HU faculty, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) support organizations, national Science of Reading experts, regional school districts and local educators. By connecting current educators and teacher candidates with available resources and evidence-based best practices, the University will contribute to Indiana educators’ shared goal of providing the highest quality literacy support and instruction for Indiana children.

“It is imperative that more of Indiana’s elementary students learn to read proficiently, and it is essential that current teachers and the next generation of teachers are prepared to use proven principles to teach reading in their classrooms,” said Ted Maple, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for education. “We are pleased therefore to help Indiana colleges and universities strengthen the use of these research-based principles to teach reading in their teacher preparation programs.”

Lilly Endowment launched the Advancing the Science of Reading in Indiana initiative in 2022. It complements a statewide effort undertaken in 2022 by the IDOE to improve reading achievement in K-12 schools by helping current teachers implement Science of Reading-aligned principles in their classrooms. In 2022, the Endowment made a $60 million grant to the IDOE to support that work with school districts and teachers across the Indiana.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.:

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

12/18/2023 8:50:00 AM

Sherna Alexander Benjamin’s appointment will further her work addressing violence against women

Huntington University alumna Sherna Alexander Benjamin has been named vice president of the Committee of Experts on Violence (CEVI) with the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. The OAS is a regional organization bringing together all 35 independent states of the Americas. Alexander Benjamin is the first representative from Trinidad and Tobago to be elected to the vice presidency in the CEVI.

The CEVI is comprised of state-appointed independent experts who provide analysis and evaluation of the implementation of the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women, which was adopted in Brazil in 1994 with the intention of addressing violence against women globally. Alexander Benjamin serves as the principal expert from Trinidad and Tobago on this committee.

“This is another milestone for the movement of justice, the Caribbean, and the excellent display of God's Grace,” said Alexander Benjamin. “Being at HU has shaped aspects of my journey that contributed to this appointment.”

Alexander Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Huntington University (Class of 2023) and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree from HU. She has over a decade of experience in the areas of social work, human capital and social development and is dedicated to the work of creating solutions that address, prevent and respond to violence in both public and private settings. She is the founder of the Center for Nonviolence, Research, and Development and a contributing author in “Gender and Domestic Violence in the Caribbean,” published in 2021.   

12/4/2023 2:02:00 PM

Savannah Hassler recognized at annual awards reception

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is pleased to announce that the Art Education Association of Indiana (AEAI) has awarded Savannah Hassler the 2023 Outstanding Art Education College Student award. The awards reception took place in Mooresville, Indiana, on November 3. Hassler is a senior art education major.

Other collegiate accomplishments for Hassler include serving in numerous leadership roles for HU’s National Art Education Association chapter and Kappa Pi International Art Society chapter, working as HU’s student assistant gallery director and having her college art exhibited in multiple art shows in the area.

“A call for nominations for the 2023 Outstanding College Art Education Student for the state of Indiana stated candidates for the award needed to demonstrate a commitment to excellence in art education and support the art education community. I thought of Savannah as soon as I read the criteria because she exemplifies both,” said Barb Michel, EdD, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art and Design at Huntington University.

According to its constitution, the purpose of the AEAI is “the promotion, advancement, and improvement of art education in Indiana through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership.” More information about the AEAI is available at AEAI.org.

11/30/2023 10:47:00 AM

Music, Games, Crafts, and Fun for All Ages

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Forester Radio and the Huntington University Department of Music are bringing the holiday cheer by hosting a Christmas carnival and concert in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on Thursday, December 7. Both events are free and open to the public.

The carnival, sponsored by Forester Radio and geared towards kids ages three and up, runs from 6:00-7:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. It features games such as a snowman ring toss and pin the nose on Rudolph. There will also be Christmas-themed crafts, winter treats and special appearances by beloved holiday characters. For more information about the carnival, visit facebook.com/ForesterRadio.

A Christmas concert by the Huntington University Symphonic Band, composed of HU students and Huntington community members, will immediately follow the carnival. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Zurcher Auditorium and features a variety of holiday favorites to inspire the Christmas spirit.

Carnival and concert attendees should also leave time to check out the ongoing Forester Festival of Trees inside the upper lobby of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The festival, which runs through December 11, features a display of over 20 lavishly decorated Christmas trees. This event is also free and open to the public and can be viewed during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite tree.

About Forester Radio:

With over 20 years of broadcast history, Forester Radio is a community-focused station that serves as a live classroom for students at Huntington University. The station plays Christian rock and alternative hits from the 1980s through today, featuring artists like DC Talk, Switchfoot, Disciple, Anberlin and Superchick. Forester Radio broadcasts on 105.5 FM in the Huntington, Indiana, area and worldwide at ForesterRadio.com or via the TuneIn Radio app.

11/27/2023 8:55:00 AM

Dr. Tim Smith examines mid-20th-century British military officers’ diplomacy and business interests in “Vacation Diplomacy and Business Fracas.”

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Dr. Tim Smith, professor of history at Huntington University, has published a new article about retired British military officers’ diplomacy and business interests related to Vietnam, Cambodia and Pakistan.

Smith’s new peer-reviewed article considers the advantages and disadvantages of using retired British military officers to enact “unofficial” soft-power diplomacy in areas of Cold War international turmoil — in particular General Sir Douglas Gracey’s 1951 tours of Vietnam, Cambodia and Pakistan.

Gracey’s visits to the battlegrounds in Cambodia and Vietnam were highly profitable and provided the British military with valuable insights concerning the French management of the First Vietnam War (1945-54). However, Gracey’s business interests, and a proposed visit to Pakistan, were more contentious, as the legacy of the First Kashmir War (1947-9), and Gracey’s role therein, was still a source of acute tension in Anglo-Indian-Pakistan relations.

“General Gracey used various approaches to Allied peacekeeping and peace enforcement as the general responsible for managing the power vacuum in Cambodia and the south of Vietnam at the end of the Second World War,” said Smith. “He was also controversially responsible for the Pakistan Armed forces during the First Kashmir War. Despite several historians taking an interest in Gracey’s role in these conflicts none appear to have spotted his later efforts at ‘unofficial’ retirement diplomacy. This piqued my interest, and it revealed not just the benefits of using a retired general in a conflict zone for British diplomacy but also the inherent weaknesses of doing so depending upon the circumstances.”

Dr. Tim Smith, FRHistS, joined the University faculty in 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the UK. He has produced four books concerning imperial and diplomatic history in Asia. 

“Vacation Diplomacy and Business Fracas: General Sir Douglas Gracey’s Tours of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Pakistan, in 1951” was published in volume 20 of the Historical Yearbook and is available through the Central and Eastern European Online Library at https://www.ceeol.com/search/journal-detail?id=1073.

11/13/2023 2:20:00 PM

Broadway musical brings the novel to life

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The Huntington University Theatre Company and Department of Music are proud to present “Tuck Everlasting,” a musical based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Babbitt.

“Tuck Everlasting” introduces audiences to eleven-year-old Winnie Foster, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence. After she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck family, however, she gets more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tucks’ unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life.

As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.

The novel was originally written for children, but those involved with the Huntington University production are quick to point out that the story offers something for all ages.  

“I think everyone is going to love this show, but I think those who appreciate family and have lived life with someone special will be drawn to this story,” said Director Mary Beth Frank.

Originally produced on Broadway, the musical has plenty of spectacular music and choreography and action-packed adventure, but it also raises deeper questions about life, family and forgiveness.

“The story is full of fun adventures, humor and life lessons and is brought to life by an amazing cast of singers and dancers,” said Music Director Melanie Carter. “This show will make people think about and appreciate the different phases of life and be grateful for our memories.”

“A surprising number of people have only seen the movie, which is often described as being serious or heavy,” said Choreographer Amya Floor. “The musical focuses more on the happiness found in life and is much more exciting and upbeat throughout.”

“Tuck Everlasting” opens in Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on November 16 and runs through November 18. Show times and tickets are available at huntington.edu/Tuck.

About the Production:

TUCK EVERLASTING is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

TUCK EVERLASTING

Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle

Music by Chris Miller

Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

11/7/2023 1:13:00 PM

Huntington University Announces Spirit of a Forester

      Scholarship Competition Winners

               Ingle awarded top scholarship


HUNTINGTON, Ind. — On October 20-21, Huntington University hosted its third Spirit of a
Forester Scholarship Competition. The competition included an onsite extemporaneous essay and an
interview with faculty and staff.


As a result of the competition, Huntington University awarded scholarships ranging from full tuition
to $16,000. The recipient of the full tuition scholarship is Elijah Ingle from Bluffton, Indiana.

Additional scholarship recipients include the following:


● Claire Benton; Lowell, Indiana
● Gabrielle Brown; Detroit, Michigan
● Addie Conner; Greentown, Indiana
● Elizabeth Feiock; Brownsburg, Indiana
● Elnora Flores; Bremen, Indiana
● Gracie Gilbert; Garrett, Indiana
● Grace Hammond; Columbia City, Indiana
● Hailey Hardesty; Valparaiso, Indiana
● Cole Hively; Middlebury, Indiana
● Dakota Hudson; Fort Wayne, Indiana
● Annabelle Johnson; Bluffton, Indiana
● Emily Karcher; Van Wert, Ohio
● Lynlee Malkey; Winchester, Indiana
● Lorin Miller; Columbia City, Indiana
● Lillian Norris; Ossian, Indiana
● Ali Riley; Markle, Indiana
● Theoren Twitchell; Elkhart, Indiana
● Kierra Wilson; Wabash, Indiana


For more information about upcoming Spirit of a Forester Scholarship Competition events, visit
huntington.edu/Admissions or email admissions@huntington.edu.

10/23/2023 3:18:00 PM


Bridge Program Launches for Occupational, Physical Therapy Assistants


PEORIA, Ariz. — Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physical therapy assistants (PTA) now
have the opportunity to continue their education at Huntington University Arizona through the
Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD) – OTA/PTA to OTD Bridge, a program designed
for busy professionals seeking career advancement.


“The OTD faculty and I are excited to be able to offer this opportunity for practicing OTAs and
PTAs,” said Dr. Evelyn Andersson, program director for OTD Arizona. “Since the start of our OTD
program, we have received many inquiries about offering a bridge program. We believe our program
will be a great opportunity for OTAs and PTAs who want to build on their extensive clinical experience
to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy.”


This doctoral program, which has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for
Occupational Therapy Education and the Higher Learning Commission and licensure from the
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, builds on HU Arizona’s current strengths in
healthcare education, opening doors for OTAs and PTAs to pursue a doctoral degree in occupational
therapy.


The OTA/PTA to OTD Bridge program follows the same rigorous curriculum as the existing
Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy. This ensures all students receive a comprehensive and
high-quality education, whether in the traditional or bridge cohort, while meeting the unique needs of
individuals with prior experience as OTAs or PTAs.


Key features of the new program include:
1. Nine-Semester Duration: Unlike the traditional program, which is completed in eight
semesters, the bridge program spans nine semesters to help students balance their academic
and professional responsibilities.
2. Online Learning: Didactic content is delivered through the user-friendly Moodle teaching
platform, allowing students to access course materials conveniently.
3. In-Person Labs: To enhance practical skills and ensure a well-rounded education, students in
the bridge program will gather in person for three weekends per didactic semester. These
weekends will include laboratory sessions, practical exams, and presentation skills training, all
delivered by experienced HU Arizona OTD faculty.


Admission criteria for the Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy – OTA/PTA to OTD Bridge
are as follows:
● Graduate with an associate degree as an occupational or physical therapy assistant
● Initial certification as an occupational therapy assistant or successful completion of the
National Physical Therapy Examination or a state-specific exam for physical therapy assistants
● One year of experience as an occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant
● Completion of 90 undergraduate credits or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0
cumulative undergraduate GPA
● Attainment of a grade of B- or higher in all prerequisite courses, which may be met from the
OTA or PTA associates degree programs
● Prerequisite courses, including Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab, Anatomy and Physiology
II with Lab, Lab Science (Biology, Physics, or Chemistry), Introduction to Psychology,
Abnormal Psychology, Social Science, Statistics or Research, and Medical Terminology

Expanding educational offerings underscores Huntington University’s commitment to advancing
healthcare education and ensuring students from diverse backgrounds and experiences access
high-quality learning opportunities.

The inaugural cohort of the Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy – OTA/PTA to OTD Bridge
begins in January 2024.

To learn more about the Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy – OTA/PTA to OTD Bridge,
visit huntington.edu/OTDBridge or request information here.

10/4/2023 8:12:00 PM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University has received a $100,000 gift toward the transformation of the Merillat Complex & Fieldhouse (PLEX) from Bippus State Bank.

“A strong and vibrant University is key to our local economy,” said Eric Fawcett, president and chief executive officer of Bippus State Bank. “Huntington University and Bippus State Bank have partnered together numerous times over the years. Both of our institutions know the importance of collaboration, and that collaboration is vital to both of our successes going forward.”

He continued, “This gift shows our commitment to not only the University but to our community. The bank is grateful for the opportunity to financially assist with this project. The newly renovated PLEX will certainly be something our entire community can be proud of.”

Work began on the PLEX transformation in 2022. The $18.7 million project will upgrade the 90,000-plus-square-foot facility to a best-in-class venue. Once complete, the PLEX will feature three large arena and gym spaces, substantially expanded weight and cardio areas, a large entry lobby, hospitality suites, a pro shop, a hall of fame and larger classrooms, serving not just Huntington University student-athletes but all HU students and the greater Huntington community.

“We are grateful for the significant support of Bippus State Bank,” said Stephen Weingart, vice president for university advancement. “The community aspect of the PLEX project makes support from community partners all the more significant for Huntington University.”

To learn more about the PLEX project or to be a part of the PLEX campaign, visit www.huntington.edu/PLEX.

About Huntington University

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering award-winning graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. Founded in Huntington, Indiana, in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University has over a century of experience educating graduates who are ready to impact the world for Christ through scholarship and service. The nonprofit university operates at three academic locations, including the original home campus in Huntington, a doctoral program in occupational therapy location in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and an undergraduate and doctoral program location in Peoria, Arizona. Online programs are also available. Huntington University’s home campus offers 17 men’s and women’s athletic programs, and the university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). For more information, visit the website www.huntington.edu.

About Bippus State Bank

Bippus State Bank is a community bank that creates meaningful customer relationships, fosters employee development and maintains shareholder confidence by providing premium financial products and services. For more information, visit the website www.bippusbank.com.

9/26/2023 3:46:00 PM

One classroom. Your choice. Huntington University has been distinguished as one of the Top 10 Online Colleges in Indiana, by Forbes. 

"The rising popularity of distance learning has eliminated many hurdles limiting access to higher education, allowing student learners to attend top-tier institutions and learn from expert faculty without having to uproot their lives," shared Forbes.

It is our goal to make flexible education attainable to those that desire to receive it.

Read Forbes' full article for more information.

Learn more about HU's flexible HUGO programs: 

 



 

9/25/2023 11:12:00 AM

Huntington University is celebrating another record enrollment for fall 2023. Official numbers mark the highest enrollment in University history with over 1,504 students, up from 1,428 in 2022.

“The fact that more than 1,500 students are participating in our residential, online and graduate programs is a significant milestone for Huntington University,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president. “We are encouraged to see the growth that is happening in historic areas and through some of our most recent initiatives and new programs.”

Welcoming 994 undergraduate students on HU’s home campus in Huntington, Indiana, and 242 undergraduate students at the HU Arizona location in Peoria, Arizona, the University continues to be encouraged by the student populations at both locations, the Parkview-Randallia OTD program and in new programs, including two new partnerships: an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program in partnership with Indiana Tech and Parkview Health and an animal health and veterinary nursing dual-degree program in partnership with Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  Other academic majors with a strong or record enrollment include animation, business, film, MBA, nursing, OTA and agriculture programs.

“Through these strategic partnerships and innovative delivery models, we are offering programs that meet workforce needs.” said Emberton. “These majors, in collaboration with our public and private sector partners, provide new opportunities for our students and the communities we serve. We are excited to see the work for Christ that students will accomplish with these opportunities.”

Students across the University hail from 65 of the 92 counties in Indiana, 41 states (including Alaska and Hawaii), and 38 countries. They represent all four corners of the United States, from Washington to Florida and California to Maine.  

Minority students make up 23% of the 2023-2024 student body, which is an increase for the University. Indiana continues to be the biggest pool for students, with Arizona, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois also being significant contributors to the record growth.  With the continued renovation of the University’s health and wellness complex and new athletic programming, over 341 student athletes will participate on 18 different NAIA athletic teams.

9/7/2023 8:25:00 AM

Huntington University mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus of Bible and Religion Chaney R. Bergdall. Admired throughout his career as a respected and caring colleague among the faculty, he was also seen as a beloved educator and friend to students and alumni. He served as part of the teaching faculty of the University for 37 years.

Dr. Chaney Bergdall was from a family of alumni whose associations with the University date back to the early 1930s. His father, George, and aunts Irene and Mary were all graduates of the University. His aunt Irene Bergdall was professor of mathematics at Huntington College for 33 years. Chaney graduated from Huntington College in 1969 and as a student was active in tennis, baseball, choir, student government, Clericus, and the Gospel Volunteers. He received a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Bergdall joined the faculty in 1975 with the purpose of preparing young people for ministry and leadership. Through his love of Scripture, he instilled in his students a desire to dig deeper into the Word of God. Comments from former students praise his “intellectual excellence and Christlike humility.”

Ryan Austin (2012) wrote that he was “forever grateful for the beautiful ministry of Dr. Chaney Bergdall and how his eyes lit up as he would teach, not giving simple answers, but always inviting more questions.”

“Dr. Bergdall spoke of the Bible with such excitement that he practically vibrated as he taught through texts. Part of my passion for the Word of God has its roots in this man's lectures” commented Heather Lane Sylvia (1999). The student body selected Dr. Bergdall as Professor of the Year twice.  

His colleagues held him in high respect. According to Dr. Jeff Webb, professor of history, he was the best example for young faculty: “He was an outstanding educator, thoughtful colleague, and committed follower of Christ. I audited Beginning Hebrew to get a taste of the language and see what made him such an effective teacher and came away inspired to model his proficiency with the subject, his generous spirit, and his obvious love for his students. By his example, he taught younger faculty what it meant to be devoted to the college’s educational mission of broadening and sharpening the minds of those entrusted to our care.”

Professor of Christian Thought and Practice Dr. Karen Jones gave special tribute for the way he worked with his colleagues and his ability to “think outside the box.” One of the collaborative changes she made with Dr. Bergdall was to institute a faculty and staff worship service at the start of every new year. A tradition that continues to this day.

Jim O’Donnell, associate professor emeritus of business and economics, described him as “the spokesperson for the faculty, speaking sense, grace and truth.” Dr. Dwight Brautigam, professor of history, indicated that he “was a constant, abiding anchor member of the faculty.”

Along with his work for the University, Dr. Bergdall was an ordained minister in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and pastored congregations in Illinois and California. He also served on several study committees for the United Brethren Church that dealt with social and theological issues.

Dr. Bergdall retired in 2012 and received the distinguished alumni award in 2013.

Dr. Chaney R. Bergdall will be remembered as an outstanding educator and friend of the University. Upon his retirement, he said, “I’m a teacher and minister of the Gospel, I’ll never retire from that,” and he never did. Please remember in prayer his wife, Patricia (1972), and sons Bruce (2002) and Steven at this difficult time.