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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.

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!”

10/8/2019 2:53:00 PM

Dr. Ruth Nalliah, professor of chemistry at Huntington University, has helped shape chemistry education through the new laboratory experiment methods she recently described in the Journal of Chemical Education. Her paper, entitled “Reaction of FD&C Blue 1 with Sodium Percarbonate: Multiple Kinetics Methods Using an Inexpensive Light Meter,” was published in summer 2019.

Nalliah’s paper outlines an inexpensive, practical way to monitor degradation and undegraded concentration in dyes. Her new experiment methods also include an environmentally friendly reaction that degrades dyes in a way that follows mathematical equations well, making it easier for students to calculate and predict concentrations of undegraded dye.

“Without a lot of expensive equipment,” said Nalliah, “students can get much-needed practice with concepts that may later be used in other applications – to try to predict the concentration of medication remaining in a patient’s body, for example, or the concentration of a pharmaceutical pollutant remaining in river water, at any given time." 

Now that Nalliah’s methods are available to lab manual publishers and lab instructors, students in entry-level college chemistry classes or advanced placement chemistry classes in high school will benefit.

“For years, similar experiments done in colleges and high schools have involved either reactions that take a long time or that require the preparation of many solutions,” said Nalliah. “We have optimized an easily-prepared reaction to be fast enough that students can explore more aspects of it in a shorter period of time while learning about the potential to develop a formulation from non-chlorinated bleaching products to start degrading not only dyes but also pharmaceutical pollutants prior to their release into the environment.”

10/7/2019 9:32:00 AM

A record-breaking Emmy nomination year for Huntington University Arizona got even better on Saturday, September 14, when the University took home four Student Production Awards from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Prior to the awards presentation, Huntington University Arizona student projects had received 11 total award nominations in seven categories for 2019: College Short Form Fiction, College Short Form Non Fiction, College Animation/Graphics/Special Effects, College Audio/Sound, College Director and College Photographer.

On September 14, six HU Arizona students and one 2019 alum claimed awards for College Audio/Sound, College Music Video, College Photographer and College Short Form Non Fiction.

“I think this is a direct reflection of the quality of our current programs and the hard work of our students,” said Phil Wilson, program director & assistant professor of film at Huntington University Arizona. “I am grateful to Lara Gates and the Rocky Mountain Emmys for continuing to offer this opportunity to validate our students and their work – many of whom have put in many, many hours on these projects.”

“Huntington's broadcast media students worked as a team using audio production and storytelling techniques to craft a unique story. Being acknowledged for their craft is a great way for students to gauge their work against that of their peers,” said Sean Gates, director of broadcast media at Huntington University Arizona.

Award Winners:

  • College Audio/Sound: “Road Trip” – Olivya Bryant, Janet Rashell, Samantha Halvorsen and Madelyn Benavidez
  • College Music Video: “Will He” – Kenny Gondales and Jayson Miller College Photographer: “Kenny Gondales – Photography” – Kenny Gondales
  • College Short Form Non Fiction: “Hollywood Don Yates” – Joseph Stone

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.

10/3/2019 9:20:00 AM

On October 5, during Huntington University’s Homecoming Weekend celebration, the University will host a dedication service for “Tree of Life,” an original stainless steel sculpture by artist Dianna Thornhill Miller with collaborator Branden Thornhill-Miller. 

“Tree of Life” comes to Huntington University as a gift from the Class of 2017 and will be situated outside the lower-level doors to the Merillat Centre for the Arts. In addition to referring to a historic religious design form that represents all creation, the “Tree of Life” at the University represents evolving growth in education and branches of creativity that mature and stretch into the future. 

The base of the sculpture will also feature a quotation of Colossians 2:7, further connecting the sculpture to the mission of the University and the Class of 2017’s wishes.   

Dianna Thornhill Miller is the president of Omni Art Design LLC. She is a nationally recognized artist based in the Midwest. With commissioned works located in public and corporate settings in both cultural environments and private collections in the United States and abroad, Dianna was the first woman artist to have a solo exhibition in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. 

Huntington University’s dedication service for “Tree of Life” will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, outside the lower level exit of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. 

10/1/2019 3:36:00 PM

Huntington University and the Fort Wayne Komets have forged a corporate partnership that will benefit both Foresters who enjoy attending Komets games and Komets personnel who are pursuing higher education.  

“We are thrilled to partner with Huntington University to promote the exceptional academic and growth opportunities available to undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree students so close to home,” said Scott Sproat, executive vice president, CRO, CMO and co-owner of the Fort Wayne Komets. “The Komets are committed to enhancing life in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas, and Huntington University plays a vital role in the development of students from both near and far who become crucial to the propagation of excellence that our area enjoys.”

Through this partnership, Huntington University ID holders – including faculty, staff and students – will qualify for discounted Komets tickets to any game. Huntington University will also host charity nights at specific Komets games. 

Komets employees and their families, including players, will now qualify for discounted tuition rates at the University. Huntington University has also become a key sponsor of the Komets’ podcast.  

“This is a true symbiotic relationship for both the University and the Komets,” said Nathan Hawkins, director of graduate and adult admissions. “We are working cooperatively with the Komets to provide a benefit to both sides. As a University, we look forward to the opportunity to help Komets players, their spouses, and other Komets personnel pursue the next step in their education. This is truly a partnership.” 

“With a recent HU graduate in my immediate family, I can promise you that Huntington University represents the very best in the promotion of a winning culture and a nurturing environment,” said Sproat, whose son was a 2019 Huntington University graduate. “We hope to help them tell their story and get as many of our fans and followers to integrate with their programs as possible. The future is bright at Huntington University, and we’re proud and thankful that they’ve chosen us to help push their mission forward.”

9/30/2019 12:03:00 PM

Join the Huntington University Foundation on October 9 in the Dowden Science Hall for the first Foundation Breakfast of the 2019-20 academic year. The speakers for this month will be Jodi Eckert, director of the nursing program, and Dr. Nicole Scheiman, director of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program. The breakfast will be held in Hiner Hall and will include a tour of Huntington University’s state-of-the-art nursing and occupational therapy assistant labs.

This breakfast and presentation are ideal for anyone who is interested in learning more about the strong health sciences programs at Huntington University and who would like to see firsthand the unique spaces that enable occupational therapy assistant students practice helping home residents navigate daily occupations or nursing students simulate real-life scenarios in hospital rooms. 

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, and is open to the public. Each breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. and concludes by 9:00 a.m. 

The breakfast is typically held in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons; in October, breakfast will be held in Hiner Hall of the Dowden Science Hall. 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.

To attend the October 9 breakfast session, please RSVP to Michelle Bolton at (260) 359-4069 or, or by going online to

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

9/27/2019 9:00:00 AM

Bryan Ballinger, professor of digital media arts at Huntington University, will be among the local authors featured during the 2019 Pioneer Festival in Huntington on September 28 and 29. 

Ballinger will present an author session in the Antiques Barn (First Merchants Bank Heritage Hall) on September 28 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Eight other authors will give presentations over the course of the weekend in the Antiques Barn. 

A Huntington University professor since 2005, Ballinger specializes in 3D computer graphics, cartooning, children’s media and photography. He authored and illustrated Animal Gas, a scratch and sniff children’s book, has over 25 years of experience as both a freelance illustrator and a children’s book author and illustrator and has published cook books on “Kooky Cookery.”  

Ballinger holds a bachelor’s degree in illustration and a master’s degree in creative writing for children. 

For more information about Ballinger’s appearance at the 2019 Pioneer Festival, please go online.