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3/29/2019 8:46:00 AM

Join the Huntington University Foundation on April 10 in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons for the final Foundation Breakfast of the 2018-19 academic year. This month’s speaker will be Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC). 

Huntington University and the HCCSC have a mutually beneficial relationship that manifests in programs such as ABLE, the Academic Center for Excellence and classroom observation and student teaching through the HU Education Department. 

“One partnership that we started and one that will grow is our partnership is the ag program,” said Harris. “I also see more growth in internships. We can provide internships for HU students in the business of HCCSC. I think that can happen in both directions.”

Such partnerships between HU and the HCCSC not only benefit students but also impact the greater Huntington community. Harris’ presentation will expound upon these benefits and help further connect the community with the work of HU and the county’s K-12 schools. 

For more information or to RSVP for the breakfast, please contact Barb Baker at (260) 359-4069 or bbaker@huntington.edu. You may also RSVP online. 

The Foundation Breakfast Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May, and is open to the public. It begins at 7:45 AM in the Merillat Centre for the Arts and concludes by 9:00 AM. The cost of the breakfast is $10, a portion of which will help support local area students attending HU through the Huntington County Grant. First-time attendees enjoy a complimentary breakfast courtesy of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

Founded in 1938, the Huntington University Foundation exists to support the mission of the university by promoting education and fostering a synergistic relationship between the university and the Huntington County community and surrounding area. Learn more about the foundation’s history and ways to support its goals at www.huntington.edu/foundation.

3/28/2019 8:40:00 AM

Huntington University digital media arts and graphic design faculty and students heard the results of the Fort Wayne area American Advertising Federation annual competition at the Fort Wayne Advertising Honors on February 23. In addition to an awards program, the evening featured a gallery of submissions. As in past years, Huntington University left the awards presentation at the end of the night with plenty of awards to their credit. 

Twenty-one Huntington University students submitted entries for the 2019 competition, including nine graphic design students, 11 digital media arts students and one computer science student. The university faculty and students received 25 awards, including one Judges’ Choice Award, three Gold Faculty Awards, 11 Gold Student Awards and 10 Silver Student Awards. 

Participants in the competition included marketing and advertising professionals as well as students from other local universities, including the University of Saint Francis, Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College. A panel of judges from outside the Fort Wayne area judged each entry for outstanding design and content. 

“I was so proud of our School of the Arts students and faculty, who took numerous gold and silver awards of excellence in graphic design, animation and broadcasting,” said Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts and professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “This further reinforces in my mind that HU leads regionally in these areas and that we are continuing to lead both academically and professionally.” 

This is not the first year Huntington University has performed well in the Fort Wayne AdFed competition, but it was a momentous one. In fact, graphic design students set new Huntington University records, including the first student to win an award three years in a row and the first student to win five awards in one AdFed competition. 2019 also marked the first year Huntington University graphic design alumni received awards post-graduation and the first ever Huntington University freshman award winner. 

“Art + Design’s graphic design program is proud to announce that, again, we have brought back Gold and Silver awards for AdFed Honors Awards 2019,” said Rebecca Coffman, professor of art and Huntington University Art + Design department chair.

Tim Sprunger, a junior studying computer science, is the first Huntington University student outside of the traditional AdFed majors to win an award – he received two Gold awards in the Elements of Advertising Photography category. 

Winners from Huntington University include:

·      Judges’ Choice: Non-Profit Advertising Campaign, “Come Sing With Us” Sarah Lehman (Collaborative project between HU, PFW, USF and Ivy Tech) 

·      Gold Award: Off Site Outdoor Board, “The Blue Birds” mural, Bryan Ballinger 

·      Gold Award: Elements of Advertising Illustration, “Mangy Squirrel Moonshine” logo, Bryan Ballinger 

·      Gold Award: Elements of Advertising Illustration, “Hootbru Beer Tap” logo, Bryan Ballinger 

·      Gold Award: Collateral Material Publication Design, “Christmas Eve in the Dunes” book cover, Isaac Hatch 

·      Gold Award: Collateral Material Publication Design, “Color Theory” book design, Josh Matos 

·      Gold Award: Collateral Material Print, “Shifts,” Josh Matos 

·      Gold Award: Non-Traditional Advertising, “Poster,” Christian Garver 

·      Gold Award: Non-Profit Advertising Campaign, “Come Sing With Us” Sarah Lehman (Collaborative project between HU, PFW, USF and Ivy Tech) 

·      Gold Award: Self-Promotion Collateral, “Memories” poster, Savannah Olson 

·      Gold Award: Self-Promotion Collateral, “Taylor Marcussen” poster, Taylor Marcussen 

·      Gold Award: Self-Promotion Collateral, “Candy Vale” poster, Jesse Dore 

·      Gold Award: Elements of Advertising Illustration, “Captain Butterfish” comic, Nate Walker 

·      Gold Award: Elements of Advertising Photography, “Architectural #2,” Tim Sprunger 

·      Gold Award: Elements of Advertising Photography, “Architectural #3,” Tim Sprunger 

·      Silver Award: Sales Promotion Packaging, “S’mores Candy Bar” packaging design, Katie Springer 

·      Silver Award: Sales Promotion Cross Media Campaign, “Acadia National Park” poster, Sarah Lehman 

·      Silver Award: Collateral Material Publication Design, “Lonzo the Lonely Dragon” book cover, Michaela Stinson 

·      Silver Award: Non-Traditional Advertising, “Becker 205 in 360” 360 Degree Illustration, Carley Shepherd 

·      Silver Award: Video Internet Commercial, “DeBrand Commercial,” Benjamin Crane 

·      Silver Award: Self-Promotion Collateral, “Pig Tails” animated short, Caitlyn Chase 

·      Silver Award: Self-Promotion Print, “Self Promotion Package,” Sarah Lehman 

·      Silver Award: Self-Promotion Video, “Threaded Secrets” animated short, Kourteney Biddle 

·      Silver Award: Self-Promotion Video, “Kourteney Biddle Demo Reel,” Kourteney Biddle 

·      Silver Award: Elements of Advertising Logo & Icon Design, “Logo Mark,” Sarah Lehman 

3/26/2019 8:40:00 AM

Huntington University’s Robert E. Wilson Art Gallery is currently hosting the 29th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit. The exhibit opened on March 7 and will be available through April 10. On March 9, the Department of Art + Design held an awards reception to announce the winners of this year’s competition.   

“I am pleased with the quality of work that the students submitted to the 29th Annual Juried Student Art exhibit,” said Rebecca Coffman, professor of art at Huntington University. “It is a great sampling of the range of media and styles and concepts that the students have been engaged with this year in their creative production in the department of Art + Design curriculum. There are a number of works that stand out in this exhibit, reflecting the strong work that is being produced throughout the program, from freshmen to senior work.”

Emily Hubby claimed Best of Show for “Stages of Anxiety,” a digital photography piece. Hubby also received first place overall for “Smoke More Live Less.” Megan Duckworth took home the second place overall award for “Whimsical Fins,” and Kayla zurBurg received the third place overall award for “Little Brother.” 

The department also gave awards for outstanding work in each category. Brook Elston’s “King of the Junkyard” received the award for the sculpture category, Jesse Grimm’s “Skull” garnered the award for the drawing category and Sarah Lehman’s “Mysterious” and Sam Hammel’s “Looking Deeper” won in the digital photography category. 

This year’s juror was Brian Shaw, professor of art at Spring Arbor University. 

“It was my pleasure to be asked to judge this year’s exhibition,” said Shaw to the competitors. “You should be very pleased with your accomplishments, and special congratulations to this year’s award winners.”

In addition to the juried competition, the Art + Design faculty selected one exhibit for the Robert E. Wilson Purchase Award. The RichLyn Library staff selected one exhibit for the RichLyn Library Purchase Award. Megan Duckworth received both awards; her “Copper Penny Bowl” was the faculty choice, and her “Twisted Flower” was the library staff choice. 

The following Huntington University Art + Design students were selected to display their work in the 29th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit: 

  • Tanner Branscomb
  • Daniel Carpenter
  • Megan Duckworth
  • Brooke Elston
  • Jesse Grimm
  • Ashley Hall
  • Sam Hammel
  • Isaac Hatch
  • Emily Hubby
  • Sarah Lehman
  • Kara Mounsey 
  • Saige Norris
  • Ashley Preston
  • Kari Riehle
  • Kara Schrock
  • Sara Scott
  • Josiah Souine
  • Katie Springer
  • Kara Strabbing 
  • Kayla zurBurg
3/25/2019 7:47:00 AM

On March 1, Huntington University’s clinical mental health counseling graduate program excitedly welcomed the return of Dr. Jerry Davis to the program faculty. 

“We are very excited to have Dr. Jerry Davis returning to the graduate counseling program as the director of clinical experience,” said Dr. Aleksandar Drobnjakovic, graduate counseling program director and assistant professor of counseling. “Dr. Davis has served the university and its students for over two decades, bringing a wealth of counseling knowledge and experience as well as strong dedication to Christ-centered education.”

No stranger to Huntington University, Davis served in a variety of student development roles at HU from 1980-1994, then launched and taught in the graduate counseling program from 2007-2017. Most recently, he served as clinical programs manager at Parkview Behavioral Health in Fort Wayne. He is looking forward to sharing new clinical insights and experiences he has gained with students. 

“I am excited and energized to return to Huntington,” said Davis. “In many ways, I feel like I am coming home. I am so thankful that HU was willing to welcome me back.”

3/20/2019 2:42:00 PM

The Bible and Religion Department at Huntington University will host the 2019 Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Merillat Centre for the Arts’ Zurcher Auditorium. 

This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. David A. deSilva, trustees' distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, who will present a lecture entitled “Revelation and the Gospel of Rome: Empires in Conflict.”

“DeSilva's lecture is particularly relevant today as Christians are confronted with the political and social dynamics that are playing in the contemporary world,” said Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion at Huntington University. “DeSilva looks at how the earliest Christians interacted with forces beyond their control as the Roman Empire imposed their will upon the Mediterranean world.” 

The author of over 25 books, deSilva is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. In addition to publishing works on New Testament content and culture, he has been involved in several major Bible translation projects. He served as the Apocrypha editor for the Common English Bible and also helped revise the Apocrypha for the English Standard Version. 

“As an evangelical Christian liberal arts university,” said Fairchild, “Huntington University and the Bergdall Endowed Lectureship has from its inception brought to campus several of the world's top scholars who have made significant contributions to our understanding of the Scriptures and the biblical world through their research and discoveries.” 

The Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies is free and open to the public. 

3/19/2019 11:19:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to announce that Luke Fetters, Ed.D., has been named dean of graduate and professional programs. Fetters has been the interim dean since 2018. 

“It’s an honor to serve my alma mater by helping to lead in the development and delivery of programs that engage our non-traditional and graduate markets,” said Fetters. “I see this role as one through which I can help repay the investment that the university has made in me over the course of a lifetime while laying a foundation for future generations of students.”      

A two-time Huntington University alum, Fetters has a distinguished history of service and leadership at HU. In addition to teaching undergraduate classes in the ministry and missions department, he taught and wrote curriculum for EXCEL and professional programs from 2000-2014, earning an Outstanding Faculty award from the EXCEL/Professional Programs in 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

Fetters has also served as a professor of graduate ministry courses at HU and was the founding director of the university’s Institute for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Studies from 2009-2016. More recently, he used his expertise in intercultural communication and ministry to develop HU’s Global Studies office. 

“Education really can change the trajectory of a person’s life,” said Fetters, “and I’m excited to think that I’m part of providing that impetus for change for a growing number of students.”

3/18/2019 9:40:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to welcome GiANT, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship, to campus on April 1 for a Leadership Breakfast hosted by HU’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons. 

Mike Oppedahl, managing partner, GiANT Worldwide, will be the guest speaker. Oppedahl will challenge his audience to become 100X leaders, based on the latest book by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram. Becoming a 100X leader begins with the understanding of self-leadership but continues with:  

  • The five circles of influence
  • Multiplication (X) Assessment
  • How to develop others
  • The science of multiplication
  • How to create a growth atmosphere

This event will weave together the vision of GiANT with themes supported by Dr. Heather St. Peters and HU’s MAOL program. 

“Leadership marks an essential skill to every profession! Knowing how to manage a team, facilitate difficult conversations, develop training materials, and advocate for change represent core competencies,” said St. Peters. “At Huntington University, we facilitate the development of professional competencies with social skills like emotional intelligence to produce insightful and well-trained leaders. Similarly, GiANT Worldwide also seeks to develop interpersonally-confident leaders who understand how to manage self and lead others in any context.”

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required (RSVP online!). Breakfast is complimentary, and the first 50 attendees will receive the book 100X Leader

3/12/2019 12:04:00 PM

Huntington University is pleased to announce plans to launch its Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy in Peoria, Arizona. The new launch will be an expansion of the well-established occupational therapy program (OTD) at Parkview Randallia in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Since Huntington University currently operates its Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, the Arizona occupational therapy program will share the Center’s facilities.   

“The current OTD Program in Fort Wayne attracts a number of students from the west coast,” said Dr. Beth O’Rourke, assistant director of academics, associate professor of OTD and acting director of the Arizona OTD program. “With the university’s unique mission, combined with the success and strong programming in Fort Wayne, there is a natural fit for the OTD program to expand to Peoria.” 

The Arizona Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy plans to begin OTD classes in January 2021 for a cohort of 32 students. In the meantime, the university is making arrangements to hire a full-time program director, academic fieldwork coordinator, faculty, and an administrative assistant.  

Huntington University has already gained approval to offer the Doctoral Program in Occupational Therapy in Arizona from the Higher Learning Commission accrediting body as well as the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. Huntington has also completed Step 1 of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Letter of Intent. Submission of Step 2 Candidacy Status Application will be submitted by April 15, 2020. The self-study will be submitted to ACOTE by March 1, 2022, for the next level of review. Candidates and students have an opportunity to have this further explained by phone or in person during an onsite visit. Step 1 of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Letter of Intent. Submission of Step 2 Candidacy Status Application will be submitted by April 15, 2020. The self-study will be submitted to ACOTE by March 1, 2022, for the next level of review. Candidates and students have an opportunity to have this further explained by phone or in person during an onsite visit. 

Huntington University’s OTD program began in 2014 and has been ranked #1 out of 450 OT schools in the United States by GraduatePrograms.com. In 2016, the OTD program was granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the doctorate degree for the next seven years. 

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a fully accredited degree in digital media arts. The facility, a 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, Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the Huntington University home campus is located in northeast Indiana. Huntington University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). 

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. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” 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 non-profit university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). 

3/11/2019 8:53:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to announce the promotion of Kay Schwob to Director of Development. 

Schwob has worked in various capacities with the university for 18 years, including a former position as the director of the Enterprise Resource Center (ERC), which connects students with internship and job shadow opportunities. She has spent the past two years in the Advancement Office as senior director of advancement operations. Most recently, she has served as interim director of advancement. 

In her new role, Schwob is responsible for working internally with advancement staff in addition to cultivating new and existing relationships with outside constituents. 

“I am very excited to be in my new role as Director of Development,” said Schwob. “I will be working with our team to connect with businesses and community leaders in understanding the importance of private higher education and how that impacts our regional economy.”

With exceptional leadership and business experience, Schwob has been closely involved with local service and business organizations, including the Huntington Rotary Club, Love INC, the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, the Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, and Tri Kappa. 

3/8/2019 9:46:00 AM

On January 17, 2019 Huntington University had 15 baby chameleons join the family. They are the babies of Grumpy and Cheyenne, two veiled chameleons (Chamaeleo Calyptratus) owned by Jason Ulerick.

Hailing from Peru, Indiana, Ulerick is a sophomore biology major who is working on putting together a C.A.P. degree (Customized Academic Program) which focuses on herpetology, a branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians. HU's C.A.P is ideal for students like Ulerick who have specific interests that align with programs already available at HU, but are, perhaps, more specialized. In fact, HU students have pursued C.A.P. degrees in Interactive Game Design, Ancient History and Religion, and Photographic Design.

“Having Jason’s baby chameleons in the science building has been fantastic,” stated Dr. Collin Hobbs, Assistant Professor of Biology. “They are about the cutest things ever, and Jason does a great job at taking care of them.” 

The father chameleon, Grumpy, belongs to Jason. He adopted Grumpy from a local pet shop six years ago. 

“I just find it so remarkable how life can seem to appear for these little critters,” said Ulerick, student at Huntington University. “After being stuck inside an egg for several months and then hatching out to only see how massive the world truly is, can be quite scary and rewarding at the same time.”

The chameleon family is located in the science hall on the second-floor greenhouse. If someone that does not have a connection to one of the people caring for them and would like to see the babies, you may contact Dr. Collin Hobbs

3/7/2019 8:09:00 AM

Wake up with art on Wednesday, March 13, for a unique Foundation Breakfast experience. Dr. Lance Clark, Associate Dean of the Arts; Adam Widener, Assistant Professor of Broadcast Media and Josh Addessi, Instructor in Animation, will take over this month’s breakfast to showcase recent award-winning student work and offer tours of the broadcasting facilities.  

With the impressive showing by HU Indiana and Arizona students at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, the impressive reorganization of the broadcasting facilities, and the installation of the latest student art work in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery, this breakfast event will be full of visual delights. 

For more information or to RSVP for the breakfast, please contact Barb Baker at (260) 359-4069 or bbaker@huntington.edu. You may also RSVP online

The Foundation Breakfast Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, October through May, and is open to the public. It begins at 7:45 AM in the Merillat Centre for the Arts and concludes by 9:00 AM. The cost of the breakfast is $10, a portion of which will help support local area students attending HU through the Huntington County Grant. First-time attendees enjoy a complimentary breakfast courtesy of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

Founded in 1938, the Huntington University Foundation exists to support the mission of the university by promoting education and fostering a synergistic relationship between the university and the Huntington County community and surrounding area. 

3/6/2019 10:21:00 AM

For the second year in a row, Huntington University film, broadcast and animation students in Indiana and Arizona have garnered top awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. This year, Huntington University took second place in overall awards. 

With 15 total awards, Huntington University is the smallest school by population to make the top five awarded schools list. The top five awarded universities included Arizona State University (22 awards), Huntington University (15 awards), a tie between the University of Oklahoma (14 awards) and Missouri State University (14 awards), Liberty University (9 awards) and Pennsylvania State University (8 awards). 

This year’s competition included over 1,500 student entries from over 300 universities around the world. Of the 11 Best of Festival awards the BEA presents to students, Huntington University students claimed three, including the first ever Best of Festival award for Huntington University Arizona with Stephen Davis’ narrative piece Motions. Caitlyn Chase received a Best of Festival award for her animated work Pig Tails, and Jonathon Kane and James Ehle received the award for their narrative The Concourse

“Landing three Best of Festival awards along with the other 12 top awards in film, animation, and broadcasting at the BEA festival of the arts is an incredible achievement,” said Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts and professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “I’m reminded how blessed we are to have such excellent faculty and students in our DMA program, both in Huntington and now at our Arizona Center.”

In addition to the three Best of Festival awards, Huntington University students garnered two first-place awards, three second-place awards, one third-place award, and six Awards of Excellence. Adam Widener, assistant professor of digital media arts/broadcast media, received an Award of Excellence for his documentary film The Promise

“To have our DMA Center in Arizona contributing with four BEA awards again this year definitely helps legitimize the work that we’re putting in in the classrooms and out in the field,” said Phil Wilson, Arizona digital media arts program director. “We talk about that word ‘excellence’ at the Center and doing things with ‘excellence.’ It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another to have a panel of judges made up of industry professionals see the work that your students are doing and say, ‘yes, this is excellent.’”

The Broadcast Educators Association Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Competition ranges from dramatic narratives to non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia. This year’s awards presentation will take place during the BEA's annual convention on April 8 in Las Vegas.

Huntington University took home the following honors and awards:

Student Film & Video Competition Best of Festival 2019
Best of Festival: Caitlyn Chase, Huntington University; Pig Tails
Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category

Student Two-Year/Small College Competition Best of Festival 
Stephen Davis, Huntington University Arizona; Motions

Narrative/Live: Narrative Category
Student Film & Video Competition Best of Festival 2019

Jonathon Kane & James Ehle, Huntington University; The Concourse
Narrative Category

1st Place: Benjamin Crane & James Ehle, Huntington University; Refuge
Promotional/Educational/Non-Narrative Category; Student Scriptwriting Competition

1st Place: Mary Devore, Huntington University; System Error
Short Subject Category, Student Scriptwriting Competition

2nd Place: Kourteney Biddle, Huntington University; Threaded Secrets
Animation/Experimental/Mixed Category, Student Film & Video Competition

2nd Place: Emerald Leong, Huntington University Arizona; Mile 248
Narrative/Live: Narrative Category, Two-Year/Small Colleges Competition

2nd Place: Joe Stone & Nicole Wethington, Huntington University Arizona, Wonderfully Made
Promotional/Educational/Non-Narrative Category, Two-Year/Small Colleges Competition

3rd Place: Josiah Hunt, Huntington University Arizona, Eden’s Moon
Narrative/Live: Narrative Category, Two-Year/Small Colleges Competition

Award of Excellence: Richan Anderson, Sara Mark & Jon Mayer, Huntington University, The Reunion
Narrative/Live: Narrative Category, Two-Year/Small Colleges Competition

Award of Excellence: Jonathon Kane & James Ehle, Huntington University; The Concourse
Short Subject Category, Student Scriptwriting Competition

Award of Excellence: Jesse Maestrian & Alex Maestrian, Huntington University; Candy Vale Promo
Promotional Category, Student Film & Video Competition

Award of Excellence: Shelby Price, Charles Lowry, Sean McClelland & Emma Anderson-Wise, Huntington University; Ticket
Music Video Category, Student Film & Video Competition

Award of Excellence: Jacob Salsbury, Kendall Adams, Noah Stinson & Clint Sprunger, Huntington University, Habitat for Humanity Animated PSA #3
Spots Category, Student Film & Video Competition

Award of Excellence: Adam Widener, Huntington University; The Promise
Short Form Video or Film Documentary Category, Faculty Documentary Competition

Visit the BEA Festival of Media Arts website for a full list of awards.

3/4/2019 12:32:00 PM

Huntington University is pleased to announce the promotion of Connie Bonner to Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, effective March 1.  

“The selection of Connie for this role demonstrates the confidence that the Board of Trustees and I have in her ability to contribute to the University’s senior leadership team,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “She consistently models a Biblical approach to financial stewardship as she engages with University financial partners and the greater business community.”

Bonner has been an instrumental member of the Huntington University business and finance team, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President and Controller. She was the Controller for the University from 1991-1998; during that time, she spent eight months as Interim Vice President for Business and Finance. She later returned to her hometown in Arizona, working as an accountant for Willcox United Methodist Church, the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the City of Willcox, Arizona. After moving back to Indiana, she accepted a position at Huntington University as Controller and Director of Financial Services in 2013 and has been at the University ever since. 

Bringing extensive business and accounting experience to every position she has held, Bonner has played a key role in recent Huntington University projects and procedures. She assisted in implementing a five-year budget model in 2016 and added the balance sheet, cash flow and debt service statements to the model in 2018-19. Bonner worked closely with the President and the Vice President for Business & Finance to balance the budget annually and achieve a Department of Education score of 1.5 or higher. She also prepared and monitored pro formas for new initiatives such as the Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts and occupational therapy. 

Bonner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

“It is an honor to be offered the position of VP for Finance at Huntington University,” said Bonner. “The mission of the University is to educate and equip men and women for Christ through scholarship and service. It is a mission that I believe in strongly. This new role allows me to be a more integral participant in accomplishing that mission.”