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12/4/2019 3:53:00 PM

Huntington University’s agriculture footprint continues to grow as plans are finalized for the latest capital addition to the institution: The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center. 

The development of the nearly 10,000-square-foot structure was made possible thanks to a generous lead gift from Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services.  

Named in honor of the late Don Strauss, a fourth-generation member of the Strauss family in North Manchester and founder of Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services, the animal science education center will house many of the key livestock elements of HU’s agriculture degrees. 

“The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center will provide an outstanding opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge of animals as it relates to their key role in the agricultural sector,” said Nate Perry, coordinator of ag operations and external relations. “We are confident the observations done by our students alongside our faculty will be very rewarding to those majoring in agriculture. In this season of Thanksgiving, we are filled with joy and appreciation for the donors as they have contributed mightily to the continued growth of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.”

The structure will house a large flexible pen space and an on-site classroom and will act as a living learning space for students interested in animal science. The adaptable space will be equipped to host a variety of livestock to allow students up-close and personal, hands-on learning experiences.

“The lead gift from Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services was exactly what we needed to move this dream closer to a reality,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “We still eagerly anticipate forming additional partnerships to make the Animal Science Education Center everything it can be for our students.  This opportunity builds on our early program success, and doubles down on our efforts to provide a quality experiential animal science curriculum.” 

11/27/2019 12:12:00 PM

For the second year in a row, Huntington University Arizona was pleased to partner with and sponsor the Peoria Film Fest. The Peoria Film Fest is the work of nonprofit arts organizations the Phoenix Film Festival and the Phoenix Film Foundation.

In addition to HU Arizona’s partnership with the Festival, the University also hosted an interactive workshop and provided tours of their facilities to the community.

Additionally, four short films from HU Arizona students and faculty were screened at the Festival:

  • “Be There” - Directed by Stephen Davis, senior, and filmed by Lisette Perez, senior
  • “Kim” - Directed by Chloe Caufield, junior • “The Legend of Brodan” - Directed by Dabney Jackson, senior
  • “Rough Day, Jan” - Directed by Phil Wilson, Arizona Digital Media Arts program director “Rough Day, Jan,” a faculty-student collaboration project, was awarded “Best Short” at the Festival.

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a 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.

11/26/2019 3:39:00 PM

On Thursday, November 21, Huntington University hosted its third annual Day of Giving and raised $101,527.97. The goal was $100,000. All gifts to the University on November 21 went to the Forester Fund, which directly provides student scholarships for current and future students.

“With 100% of each gift directly benefiting students, I am so grateful for the Forester Family and their commitment to support fellow Foresters through HU's student scholarship program,” said Marcy Hawkins, director of the Forester Fund. With the help of 171 donors (up from 142 in 2018) from 28 states and the unlocking of several challenges, the 24-hour event was a huge success. The funds raised have a direct impact on this and the next generation of Foresters; 93 percent of Huntington University’s student body receives funding from the Forester Fund.

“The wonderful donors who participated on Day of Giving are helping to grow a Forest of Foresters in Christ, Scholarship, and Service,” said Hawkins.

The 4th annual Day of Giving will take place on November 19, 2020. To learn more about Day of Giving at Huntington University and to view the student-produced thank you video, visit

Gifts to Huntington University qualify donors for a special Indiana state income tax credit. Depending on the size of the gift, an amount of up to 50 percent of the gift comes back to givers in the form of a credit on their Indiana state income taxes. Visit to learn more about giving opportunities at Huntington University.

11/25/2019 4:12:00 PM

The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies will host its fourth annual Harvest Celebration on December 3. This year, there is something extra to celebrate: the first corn harvest from the Forester Farms plot at Thornhill Nature Preserve.

The Harvest Celebration will also include a presentation from special guest Johnny Park, PhD, and a silent auction that will benefit Huntington University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter.

Park is the CEO of Wabash Heartland Innovative Network, a consortium of ten counties across north-central Indiana devoted to developing the region through digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing.

His previous experience includes the founding and management of Spensa, an agriculture technology company focused on smart IoT devices and data analytics to help growers better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. Forbes named Spensa one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups in 2017. Park has also worked as a member of the faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

The Harvest Celebration is a part of the Corteva Agriscience Lecture Series and will take place on Tuesday, December 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the upper level of Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by November 26 to Michelle Bolton at (260) 359-4069 or online.

The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies opened in the fall of 2015 and promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture which recognizes the responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation. The Institute is intended to help meet the growing need for agriculture professionals and offers eight concentrations in agribusiness as well as an agricultural education degree. 

11/22/2019 4:34:00 PM

Huntington University is pleased to announce the hiring of Keirsh Cochran as chief of campus police and security. Cochran returns to Huntington University only one month after accepting the 2019 Young Alumnus Award during Homecoming Weekend.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in broadcast media from Huntington University and starting his career as a broadcaster, Cochran joined the Fort Wayne Police Department in 2015. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and was awarded a meritorious service citation in 2017 from the Fort Wayne Police Department.

“We are so pleased to have Keirsh as our chief of campus police,” said Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for student life. “His experience as a Fort Wayne police officer and his philosophy of ‘community’ police work made him a great choice for HU. Also, as an alum of HU, Keirsh has great understanding of the University and its constituents.”

Cochran is a third-generation law enforcement officer with a strong family background in law enforcement administration. He looks forward to bringing his natural talents and skills in law enforcement to the Huntington University Police Department (HUPD).

“My vision for the HUPD is to develop an approachable and service-minded police department,” said Cochran. “I plan to utilize community-oriented policing strategies to connect with students, faculty and staff in a way that promotes trust and familiarity. We can stop crime before it starts with a positive community partnership.”

In addition to overseeing campus safety and security through a team of campus police officers, Cochran will teach in the University’s criminal justice program and has plans to grow the program.

“The opportunity to shape the next generation of Christian police officers is something I am especially excited about,” said Cochran.

11/11/2019 9:56:00 AM

Raiders of the Lost Ark had Indiana Jones, but The Last Apostle has Indiana Mark. Most know him as Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion at Huntington University, but his breakthroughs as a world-renowned archeologist might make the former name more fitting. On November 19, Huntington University is pleased to host the premiere of The Last Apostle, a full-length documentary that follows Dr. Fairchild as he explores ancient Turkey. In his more than 20 years of exploration, Dr. Fairchild has discovered several previously lost cities as well as his crowning achievement, the oldest synagogue in the world. The documentary is the work of Huntington University alumni Logan Bush and Matt Whitney, who served as producers and traveled with Fairchild to Turkey and Cyprus.

As children, Bush and Whitney were inspired by the adventures of Indiana Jones but were disappointed “that no real Indiana Jones walked dusty roads and explored ancient tombs, looking for lost treasures.”

And then they met Dr. Fairchild and felt like they met their childhood cinematic idol.

Dr. Fairchild has spent over 20 years exploring Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Greece and Egypt. He can read ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. He has trekked into the jungle to discover ancient cities and hidden ruins. He unearthed the oldest synagogue in the world.

Bush and Whitney agree that “if all that doesn't convince you that this legend of a man is a walking embodiment of Indiana Jones, he actually hails from Indiana, where he teaches archeology, language, and theology.”

Logan Bush graduated from Huntington University in 2015 with a degree in film production. Since then, he has worked for Paramount Pictures, an Amazon Prime series and independent films. Bush is currently a freelance editor, sells stock photography and periodically produces travel videos around the Holy Lands for Tutku Tours.

Matt Whitney graduated from Huntington University in 2015 with a degree in film production. After graduation, he briefly worked in Los Angeles as a production accountant before returning to the Midwest to film his debut feature film 4.0.

Most recently, Whitney directed the original musical comedy Moondance, which is scheduled for a limited theatrical release March 13, 2020.

Dr. Fairchild received his PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University. He also completed PhD coursework at Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Fairchild has twice received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Fairchild’s recent discovery of two previously unknown ancient synagogues in Turkey (including the world’s oldest known synagogue) was published in the Biblical Archaeology Review in 2012. Research at this ancient synagogue was also published in the Journal of Ancient Judaism in 2014. The Biblical Archaeology Review also published Fairchild’s research on St. Paul’s first mission from Perga to Antioch (2013) and another article on the biblical city of Laodicea (2017). Fairchild’s book on Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor (originally published in 2015) has been expanded, and a second edition is currently available with Hendrickson Publishers (2017).

The Last Apostle will premiere at Huntington University in Zurcher Auditorium in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. A Q&A with the filmmakers and Dr. Fairchild will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

11/8/2019 1:22:00 PM

On November 13, join the Huntington University Foundation for the next installment of the 2019-20 Foundation Breakfast Series, starting at 7:45 a.m. in Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. This month’s featured speakers will be the University’s own Stephen Weingart and Dr. Russ Degitz, who will provide insights into Huntington University’s vision for the future.

Weingart serves as Huntington University’s vice president for university advancement, and Degitz is the University’s chief operating officer. The two will share information about new developments, projects and goals at Huntington University.

It is a very exciting time at Huntington University,” said Michael Zahn, president of the Huntington University Foundation. “Join us in November as executives from HU share the ‘Vision for the Future.’”

Open to all who wish to attend, the Foundation Breakfast Series is held on the second Wednesday of each month, October-November and January-May. Each breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes by 9:00 a.m. in Habecker Dining Commons.

The cost of the breakfast is $10, a portion of which will help support area students attending HU through the Huntington County Grant. First-time attendees enjoy a complimentary breakfast courtesy of Chris and Janelle Love of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

To attend the November 13 breakfast session, please RSVP to Michelle Bolton at (260) 359-4069 or, or by going online to

11/7/2019 8:28:00 AM

The Huntington University Theatre Company is proud to present its performance of Angel Street (Gaslight) November 14-16. Angel Street (Gaslight) is a mystery set in 19th century Victorian London; despite its initial appearance of tranquility, the story unfolds to reveal that things are not always what they seem.

Huntington University’s performances will star Nicholas Robinson as Mr. Manningham, Justine Hensley as Mrs. Manningham, Alex Koontz as Detective Rough, Amanda Fielding as Nancy, Eleni Hanson as Elizabeth and Carson Cunningham and Daniel Isaacs as police officers.

“Gaslighting is a term that has been in the common consciousness lately as our discussions about abusive situations have become more open,” said Ryan Long, assistant professor of theatre and the play’s director. “Because this show is where it originated, I thought it was very timely and relevant. I hope the audience enjoys the thrilling ride this show takes them on as they try to figure out what the truth is; I also hope they realize how subtle certain types of abuse can be and how many abuse victims cannot see what is happening to them. But, ultimately, I want them to experience hope as they witness Mrs. Manningham’s journey through the course of this play.”

Long also sees the value of Angel Street (Gaslight) as a tool for training her students in their craft.

“Written in the 1930s and set in the late 1800s, there is a distinctive acting style to this play,” said Long. “Learning to act in this more melodramatic style adds to our students’ repertoire and gives them more versatility as a performer. We are also utilizing various British accents in this performance, so students are getting the opportunity to learn that skill as well.”

Angel Street (Gaslight) will have four performances: November 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and November 16 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the Merillat Centre for the Arts in Zurcher Auditorium. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for children, $10 for HU faculty/staff and $5 for HU students. They can be purchased in person at the Huntington University Box Office, by phone at (260) 359-4261, or by going to

Parental discretion is advised for young viewers, as some scenes may be intimidating for children.

For more information about Huntington University’s performances of Angel Street (Gaslight), visit Angel Street (Gaslight) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

11/1/2019 3:59:00 PM

On Saturday, November 2, the 30th annual Realizing the Dream banquet celebrated 30 students from Indiana’s private non-profit colleges and universities. Among the award recipients was Huntington University student Brooke Bolinger, who hails from Fort Wayne.

Now sophomores, Bolinger and the other award recipients have realized the dream of being the first in their families to go to college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and are successfully advancing towards completing their bachelor’s degrees.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families. The event took place at Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing and included a reception, dinner and a keynote address from Sally Reasoner, the vice president of talent identification at Ascend Indiana.  

Each honored student received a $3,000 check to help with college costs, and each student’s selected “most influential” teacher/mentor received a $1,000 professional development grant. Bollinger named Amy Swartz of Greenfield Intermediate School in Greenfield as her most influential teacher/mentor. Martha Smith, dean of student services and director of career development and counseling, also attended the event with Bolinger as the Huntington University campus liaison.

One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation college student. Generous financial aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.

“We are so grateful to the Lilly Endowment for making this inspirational program possible,” said David W. Wantz, ICI president & CEO. “We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are significantly more likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”  

Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 30 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. More information about ICI is available at

10/24/2019 8:22:00 AM

It’s time, once again, for Huntington University and five other area universities to do battle in a fun competition to crush hunger in northeast Indiana. #UCanCrushHunger 2019, sponsored by the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc., began on October 21 and runs through November 5.

“It’s important for students to understand that our campus is an extension of our community,” said Dr. Norris Friesen, director of volunteer service and outreach ministry. “That is, 1 in 7 people in northeast Indiana are food insecure. We can have an impact in our immediate community by helping meet the needs of our neighbors. The food we collect during the campaign and the money we raise will be donated to Love INC to help provide immediate assistance.”

The purpose of this intercollegiate competition is to collect food to be distributed to the over 84,000 people in northeast Indiana who are food insecure. Huntington University’s collected food will go directly to Love INC. Last year, Huntington University collected 3,536 pounds of food for Love INC and came in fourth place in the competition; combined, the area colleges collected 40,704 pounds in 2018. HU’s Friesen Center is asking students, faculty, staff and friends to donate cans or dollars ($1 = 4 pounds) for the cause. Needed items include peanut butter, canned meat, canned tuna, canned vegetables and canned fruit.

“For many students, I’m not sure they realize how diverse Huntington is. We seek to get students involved in local agencies, and this is another way students can see how they can have an impact,” said Friesen. “As a Christian liberal arts university, I think we need to reinforce the message of Jesus to feed the poor and care for those who have need. This is a practical and easy way to underscore the importance of this message.”

Huntington University will be collecting food at the men’s basketball scrimmage against DePauw University on October 26 at 2:00 p.m. in Platt Arena at the Merilat Complex & Fieldhouse. Canned food will be accepted in lieu of an admission charge. Monetary donations can also be made online.

Another way the university is contributing to the food drive is through Olympiad, a large campus event hosted by the Student Activities Board where students compete in various activities. There will be a “can-struction” event where teams will compete to build a structure out of canned foods. Teams must collect their own cans, which will all be donated to the food drive. The event will be held on October 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the upper level of Habecker Dining Commons.

For more information about the #UCanCrushHunger food drive, please contact the Friesen Center for Volunteer Service at (260) 358-3696 or

10/21/2019 10:08:00 AM

Huntington University will be welcoming Daryl Davis as the speaker for the next Forester Lecture, entitled “Klan-Destine Relationships,” on Tuesday, October 29.

Daryl Davis is a nationally acclaimed race relations expert and internationally known musician, actor and author. His work involves applying a wealth of knowledge and experience in transcending racial and cultural barriers, acquired through study and time spent in 51 countries, to the racial issues currently facing the United States.

Davis’ work as a musician and desire to understand the root of racism in the United States has brought him into the inner circles of the Ku Klux Klan. Since first seeking out a meeting with members of the Klan, Davis has found conflict but has also gained the respect and friendship of Klan members. He once received a standing ovation at a Klan Rally. Some members of the Ku Klux Klan, with Davis’ influence, have given Davis their robes and hoods when they voluntarily renounce the Klan and their beliefs.

“Daryl Davis has spent years practicing the nearly lost art of humanizing his enemy,” said Dr. Becky Benjamin, Forester Lecture coordinator. “He has unique life experiences that include sitting down and listening to, laughing with, and considering the perspectives of individuals, even when he strongly disagrees with their views. While there is debate about his methods, the question that Davis’ lecture asks – ‘What does it mean to love my enemy?’ – promises to provide incredible lessons for every person in our community.”

The “Klan-Destine Relationships” Forester Lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 29 in Zurcher Auditorium, located inside the Merillat Center for the Arts. The Forester Lecture series is free and open to the public.

10/18/2019 8:17:00 AM

On October 17, Huntington University officially announced that it is in the midst of a comprehensive $40,000,000 campaign. The campaign, called Step Forward, was the cause for celebration on campus Thursday.

“The comprehensive campaign has already instituted new programs and built state-of-the-art facilities,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Since 2014, we have added a doctoral program in occupational therapy, an agricultural studies program, an undergraduate occupational therapy assistant program and a Master of Business Administration program and have established the Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts in Peoria, Arizona.”

Huntington University has also renovated Forest Glen Park, built the Welcome Center and Office of Admissions space and added the Ware Plant Science Production Facility to the Dowden Science Hall through the campaign.

“The University has experienced considerable momentum in the campaign that has increased the University’s program offerings, brought in new students and enabled us to best serve Foresters in Indiana and Arizona,” said Emberton.

With the campaign ongoing, however, there is even more work still underway.

“With the public launch of the Step Forward campaign, we are ready to take some of our biggest steps yet to usher in the future of Huntington University,” said Stephen Weingart, vice president for university advancement. “Construction will soon begin that will reimagine the Huntington Union Building (HUB), creating a beautiful and inviting gathering space for Foresters for years to come.” The HUB has been at the heart of Huntington University’s campus since the building was completed in 1968. While the space has changed to suit shifting needs over the years, the reimagined HUB will establish the HUB as a student center for organized and impromptu student gatherings, the original intention of the building.

Plans are also underway to transform the Merillat Athletic Complex & Fieldhouse (Plex) into a space with increased accessibility and functionality for athletes, spectators and student, staff and community users. For more information about the Step Forward comprehensive campaign, please visit

10/15/2019 8:26:00 AM

Huntington University has once again hosted elementary school students from Huntington County as part of the Huntington County Promise’s Walk into My Future event. This was the sixth year the University has taken part in the event.

The University hosted 450 kindergarten students from the Huntington County Community School Corporation and Huntington Catholic School. Students toured stations hosted by academic departments that introduced them through engaging activities to the discipline of the host department. The event included a “mobile” photo booth, where Norm, the Huntington University mascot, and University athletes took photos with students as a way to commemorate the day.

Huntington University is proud to have had this opportunity to engage with the larger Huntington community through fun and education.

“This event is just a small portion of all of the events, activities, and initiatives planned to encourage students and families to start looking ahead toward their student’s future,” said Tyanne Bailey, Huntington University’s director of graduate and undergraduate teacher education. “This is such a great opportunity for all involved, including our own campus!”