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7/23/2019 1:46:00 PM

The North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) has announced that the 2018-19 NACCAP Rookie of the Year is Myra Vance, Huntington University admissions counselor.  

“We are thrilled to recognize Myra Vance’s exceptional service to students and her co-workers at Huntington University,” said Chant Thompson, executive director of NACCAP. “Myra exemplifies a humble spirit, an enthusiastic love for people, a commitment to hard work, a Christ-like attitude and a faithful walk with Jesus as she encourages and empowers others.”

NACCAP seeks to acknowledge outstanding effort to advance higher education and enhance the students recruited to NACCAP member schools, including Huntington University. They chose to recognize Vance for this award in part because she has demonstrated committed Christ-centered servant leadership in all that she does, a trait her coworkers at HU have noticed as well. 

“Myra is well-deserving of this recognition,” said Susanne Watson, director of undergraduate admissions at Huntington University. “The love and passion with which she serves her students is inspiring. Her heart for others is evident in everything she does. As a first-year admissions counselor, Myra made an immediate impact on our admissions team, and we are so proud that she is being recognized nationally as NACCAP Rookie of the Year!”

Thompson also points to Vance’s ability to engage visiting students as a valued quality in a Rookie of the Year. 

“Myra engages well with prospective students and their families as they are exploring the educational opportunities available to them at Huntington University,” said Thompson. “NACCAP seeks to identify award recipients who care for prospective students with excellence. Myra’s coworkers and NACCAP acknowledge her contribution to advancing the needs of others as she has served at Huntington University.”

Located in Huntington, Indiana, NACCAP is in its 49th year of service in Christian higher education. NACCAP’s mission is to be a leading and innovative organization recognized for effectively serving and engaging its members by providing professional development and initiatives that champion the cause for Christian education.

6/26/2019 9:53:00 AM

The Department of History and Political Science at Huntington University is pleased to announce that Jamie Conrad is the winner of the 2019 Jack P. Barlow, Sr., History Book Prize. 

Conrad, of Whitestown, Indiana, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurial small business management and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in international & development studies and history. She intends to graduate in May of 2020. 

“Jamie has produced an exemplary analysis of British decolonization in Malaya,” said Dr. Tim Smith, professor of history at Huntington University. “In doing so, she has had to analyze the multilayered motives for British-Malay economic and political development. Jamie wrestled with these issues with panache, which resulted in a sophisticated, highly lucid and scholarly research paper.” 

Each year, the Department of History and Political Science presents the book prize to an outstanding student or students in the department’s advanced research seminar. Smith’s seminar “Britain and the End of Empire” focused on the unraveling of the British Empire after the Second World War and the process of decolonization. 

The Jack P. Barlow, Sr., History Book Prize honors the memory of Professor Barlow, who served for over three decades as professor of American history at Huntington University. Prize recipients also receive a cash award made possible through the Ron Frank Fund, which rewards academic achievement and student participation at professional academic conferences. The fund was established in 1973 in honor of Ron Frank, who passed away unexpectedly in the spring semester of his senior year at Huntington University.

6/19/2019 4:44:00 PM

At the Peoria Chamber of Commerce 100th Anniversary and Awards Banquet on June 14, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announced that this year’s Mayor’s Award recipient is Huntington University Arizona!

The Mayor’s Award is one of several annual awards that honor businesses, organizations and individuals who have a positive impact on the Chamber of Commerce and the Peoria community. Every year, the Chamber asks the mayor of Peoria to select a recipient for and present the Mayor’s Award.   

Mayor Carlat selects her chosen recipient by focusing on those businesses, organizations and individuals who have an exceptional impact on the community, elevate the community and serve Peoria’s residents well. 

“Receiving the Mayor’s Award on behalf of Huntington University Arizona was really exciting and encouraging,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Huntington University Arizona operations. “Our mission as a Christ-centered university is to be active in our community and partner with a number of organizations to help bring positive changes. This is an important calling even when things are going well, as is the case with Peoria’s leadership and the growth of the city.”

“Huntington University is an incredible community partner,” said Mayor Carlat. “Since opening their doors in Peoria, the HU Arizona team has stepped up and involved themselves in many ways, by supporting our City and supporting many non-profits throughout the Valley. I’m grateful they made the decision to become a part of our Peoria family, and it is an honor to present them with the Mayor’s Award. Congratulations, HUAZ!”

“The city has been such a wonderful partner,” said Berggren, “and to have Mayor Carlat recognize our partnership in this manner is such a meaningful statement to our faculty, staff and students. In fact, it inspires us to do even more!” 

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. 

6/17/2019 9:35:00 AM

The Ware Plant Science Production Facility at Huntington University is expanding its production from soil-grown flora and fauna to plants grown in water, thanks to the addition of an aquaponics system this semester. 

“Huntington University continues to look for ways to strengthen the presence of food and agriculture in the northeast Indiana regional economy,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Having an educational aquaponics system located in HU’s Ware Plant Science Production Facility allows faculty and students hands-on experience with the integration of the two.”

The aquaponics system will provide opportunities for students of the natural sciences to learn more about plant life, aquatic life such as fish and bacteria, aquatic agroecosystems and innovations in food production. Students will also be involved in the care and maintenance of the system, planting and harvesting plants and feeding fish.  

An aquaponics system replicates what happens in nature when plants grow on the surface of a pond. Each system contains water, fish, naturally-occurring bacteria and plants. Plants grow in a media bed that keeps them afloat but allows roots to float freely in the water below. Although plants and fish in a pond can grow simultaneously without human interference, an aquaponics system in a greenhouse first requires a human to feed the fish. The fish then produce ammonium-rich waste; the bacteria convert the ammonium into nitrates that provide food for the plants. They, in turn, filter the water for the fish. In short, by feeding the fish, agriculturalists are able to raise food for themselves.  

Aquaponics systems are similar to hydroponic systems in that they are both soilless ways to grow plants. While hydroponic systems require the addition of a carefully-regulated chemical combination to the water, however, the fish and bacteria in an aquaponics system naturally produce all the nutrients plants need to grow. As a result, an aquaponics system can use less water and requires less regulatory testing than a hydroponics system.

The current educational aquaponics system at Huntington University was donated by Fort Wayne Metals. With the capacity to hold 300 gallons of water, this system has an estimated value of $2,600.   

6/12/2019 8:00:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to announce the names of the ten students who will serve as Front Line Foresters in 2019-2020. The upcoming academic year will mark the eighth anniversary of the Front Line Forester program, which began in 2012 as a way to represent the student body and what it means to be a Forester.  

“I am very excited to be announcing this new group of Front Line Foresters,” said Kay Schwob, director of development. “They are the student ambassadors to our trustees, alumni and friends of the university. The students serve by hosting and showing appreciation to donors with thank you calls and letters.”

Incumbent Front Line Foresters include:

  • Rebecca Allen, a health science/OTA major from Mattawan, Michigan
  • Justin Ayres, a broadcasting major from Goshen, Indiana
  • Keila Funez, a nursing major from Honduras
  • Jesse Grimm, an art and graphic design major from Goshen, Indiana
  • Alessandra Haraguchi, a missions and international development studies major from Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Connor O’Malley, a Christian ministries and agribusiness major from Morgantown, Indiana
  • Matthew Raman, an animation major from Tipton, Indiana
  • Ashley Spirek, a history and philosophy major from Arvada, Colorado
  • Brooks Walker, a history and political science major from Columbia City, Indiana
  • Megan Weirrick, a social work and psychology major from Rockford, Ohio 

The goal of the Front Line Forester program is that the Front Line Foresters would grow in character and professional and leadership skills as they interact with various professionals and fulfill their duties as student ambassadors. They will have opportunities to develop gratitude and interpersonal skills and gain an introductory understanding of philanthropy and the workings of the Advancement Office and the university. 

“This vibrant group of students will act as hosts and hostesses at events such as HU Foundation breakfasts, participating in prayer ministry luncheons, hosting Homecoming and donor dinners and welcoming the Board of Trustees to meetings,” said Schwob. “They are a very vibrant and talented group of young men and women.”

6/11/2019 8:52:00 AM

During the annual Celebration of Service luncheon on May 28, Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton announced the 2018-19 Staff Member of the Year: Kay Schwob, director of development. 

“Kay is a true example of what it means to be a Forester. She excels at everything she tackles,” said Stephen Weingart, vice president for University Advancement. “She played a major role in helping me get up to speed and learn what it means to be a Forester.”

Schwob has been a member of the Huntington University staff for 18 years. Her time as a staff member has encompassed various roles, including director of the Enterprise Resource Center for 14 years, senior director of advancement operations and interim director of advancement. In each role, Schwob has demonstrated strong leadership abilities as well as a willingness to serve others.   

Choosing the annual staff member of the year is a joint effort of Huntington University faculty, staff and the senior leadership team. Faculty and staff nominate the recipients who they feel are deserving of the distinction, then the senior leadership team selects the recipient from the list of recommended nominees. 

6/10/2019 4:18:00 PM

Psychology, social work, sociology and criminal justice students from Huntington University recently attended the annual Butler Undergraduate Research Conference in Indianapolis. On April 12, these students presented research projects alongside fellow undergraduates from a variety of disciplines and universities. 

The HU students presented research projects they had designed and conducted in teams as part of a two-semester social sciences research methods course. This year’s research topics included fundamentalist religiosity and mental health, pornography use and relationships, altruism and empathetic concern, bullying, birth and spiritual disciplines. 

“While this was the first experience these students had with designing, conducting, and presenting research, they represented HU well and learned a lot in the process,” said Dr. Rebekah Benjamin, associate professor of psychology. “It was great for students to see what other students across the state and country were doing as well.”  

5/30/2019 9:19:00 AM

Lake Sno-Tip is even more beautiful after the addition of two new fountains over the summer, bringing the total number of fountains on the lake to three. 

There are ecological benefits to having three fountains on the lake, in addition to the aesthetic benefits. Fountains provide aeration, improving oxygen levels in the water that will benefit the creatures and plants that live there. 

“Fountains aren't just a decorative addition to small lakes like Sno-Tip,” said Adrienne Funderburg, Huntington University biology alumna and current Research Coordinator for the Lily Center for Lakes and Streams. “They can also positively impact the lake's health. Fountains circulate deep water to the surface, replenishing oxygen at the lake bottom and keeping surface water in motion to discourage algae growth.”

Funderburg conducted research on the health of Lake Sno-Tip last year and concluded that fountains would be a worthwhile investment. 

“In the lake health study I performed in 2017,” said Funderburg, “I saw evidence that deeper points in Lake Sno-Tip are low in oxygen, which allows muck to build up and reduces living space for fish and other animals. I hope the additional fountain will help combat these effects and be a blessing to Sno-Tip and all that live in and around it.”

One of the brand-new fountains was made possible through the generous donation of Dr. Lars and Kathy Andersen, longtime supporters of Huntington University. Both Andersens attended Huntington University, and Lars is a 1969 alum. 

The Andersens’ 50-year romance began at Huntington University when they met on the first day they were on campus together. Although they are both from Lansing, Michigan, they attended separate United Brethren churches and had not knowingly crossed paths. From that day on, however, their lives would never be the same. In addition to a budding relationship with each other, they were building a relationship with their university. 

Today, Huntington University holds a special place in both of their hearts, and they think other alums feel the same way. No matter how long a Forester has been away from campus, memories come flooding back the moment alumni catch a glimpse of familiar sights like Becker Hall and Lake Sno-Tip.   

“We feel a connection with it every time we’re here,” said Lars. “There’s such a great atmosphere when you get to campus – you can feel the Christian atmosphere.” 

“It’s always a nice place to come back to,” added Kathy. “Anyone who attended here feels a connectedness here.”

After studying at Huntington, the Andersens moved back to Michigan and were not closely connected to the university for a few years. By the 1990s, they had become more active in the university’s governing societies. Lars joined the President’s Advisory Council on Excellence (PACE) and later served as Alumni Board president for two years. Today, he is a member of the Board of Trustees. 

Returning to campus for the October 2018 Trustees meeting, the Andersens had their first opportunity to see the fountain at work on Lake Sno-Tip. They were pleased to see all three fountains on the water. 

“They make the lake look very inviting,” said Lars. 

Although not everyone has the opportunity to donate a fountain to their alma mater, the Andersens believe supporting Huntington University is important because it allows the university’s mission to endure. As a result, students will continue to graduate and impact the world for Christ through scholarship and service. 

Being a Forester, the Andersens agree, means that you are part of a family that will stick with you no matter where life takes you after graduation.

“[Huntington University’s] size allows you to be involved in more activities,” said Lars. “On a big campus, that doesn’t happen.”

“It’s more like a family,” said Kathy. “When you come back, you see a lot of familiar faces.”

Lars, for example, bumped into one of his former coaches on a previous trip to campus. Such spontaneous reunions have taken place between Foresters across the glove for generations, and with the continued support of alumni and friends like the Andersens, they will continue long into the future.

“As an HU alum,” said Funderburg, “I'm thankful to see my alma mater supported in its growth and development, and as an alum now working in environmental science, I'm especially excited to see this support extended not only to HU's academic programs, but to campus's natural spaces as well.”

Lars has a similar perspective. 

“It’s nice to see how people support the university,” said Lars. “I want to see it keep going and see more alumni involved.” 

5/15/2019 12:46:00 PM

Two years ago, unusual circumstances prompted a group of transfer students to become lifelong members of the Forester Family. When ITT Technical Institute closed in September 2016, Huntington University announced that it would accept transfer credits from students wanting to complete their degrees. Several former ITT Tech students who had been pursuing associate degrees in nursing decided to take HU up on its offer and enrolled in the university’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. 

This May, nine members of the nursing graduates from the Class of 2019 will be former transfer students from ITT Tech: Elena Andorfer, Courtney Boley, Ariana Ellis, Eunice Hahn, Tammy Hamilton, Katina Kline, Daphne Musser, Karissa Oldham and Malorie Thompson. 

“I can’t express how happy I am that God guided my path to attend HU,” said Hamilton. “I am graduating with a knowledge in nursing that I don’t believe I would have received had I went anywhere else. The curriculum and instructors have pushed me to be the best new nurse that I can be, and they have given me the tools to do it. My faith has strengthened and has grown immensely, and I owe it all to HU.” 

While their path to Huntington University was unique, these soon-to-be grads found the same home at HU that students have cherished for over a century. 

“The moment we stepped foot in the HU grounds, it felt like home, like were meant to be here,” said Hahn. “I had never felt so included and as part of a community as I have in HU. In fact, we all fit in so well that one wouldn’t differentiate between the original HU and the transfer students.” 

Professors and classmates have become family, helping one another on the rigorous journey to becoming a nurse and completing the HU degree program. 

“Our professors are the most knowledgeable are highly qualified in their field of study,” said Hahn. “They give us knowledge in our field but also in our faith. They genuinely care about us all and want the best for us.”

“The road has been long and hard,” stated Hamilton. “HU has challenged me to be the best me I can be, and there has been self-doubt and a lot of tears, but in the end, I wouldn’t change anything about this journey, because I ended up here, right where I was supposed to be.”

5/13/2019 8:01:00 AM

Five students from the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at Huntington University recently competed in the four-year division of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Annual Judging Contest. 

The competition, which Murray State University hosted this year, proved to be an ideal event for Huntington University’s first collegiate livestock judging team. Team members Kaleb Bickel, Johnna Cummins, Allyson Fenicle, Callie Lemper and Luke Reust placed third in oral reasons and third overall. Kaleb Bickel also placed among the top ten individuals in the competition. 

“I am incredibly proud of these students,” said Dr. Jessica Baggerman, assistant professor of agriculture. “They have started a tradition of representing HU and the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at national competitions. We hope to continue this in the future by increasing the number of students involved and the diversity of events entered.”

Besides helping agriculture students hone their technical and communication skills, NACTA aims to use contests such as this one to spark camaraderie between students and between schools. Judging contests also provide practical experiences for students.   

“These contests allow students to apply knowledge gained from their classes into situations that can be applied to the real world outside of the classroom,” said Baggerman. “They also develop skills that can aid in their future careers.”

5/8/2019 11:56:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to announce that Jodi Eckert has been named the new director of nursing. 

Eckert has been a member of the nursing faculty at Huntington University since 2013. Prior to adopting a teaching role in academia, Eckert worked in the nursing field through two Parkview hospitals. She has experience in surgical-trauma ICU and has been a house supervisor and a case manager. Eckert holds a master’s degree in nursing and is a registered nurse. 

“We are fortunate to have Jodi Eckert step into the role of chair for our nursing program,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Jodi was nominated by her colleagues and will become the third leader of this very successful program. She exemplifies the highest standard of professionalism in her profession and demonstrates a strategic vision to broaden the program’s scope.”

In this new role, Eckert will take on administrative responsibilities and will be responsible for overseeing the direction of the already well-established Nursing Department and its degree programs.  

“I look forward to building upon the momentum of the currently growing program while still maintaining the quality and integrity of our nursing program, said Eckert. “As our program continues to grow, I anticipate the implementation of additional nursing programs to meet the needs of the healthcare industry.”

5/7/2019 8:25:00 AM

For the first time ever, Huntington University Arizona students will be among the ranks of the Huntington University graduating class, marking a new era in HU history. The six Arizona members of the Class of 2019 will receive their diplomas during an official ceremony in Peoria on May 23.  

“Watching our first group of graduates receive their Huntington University diplomas is going to be a truly rewarding moment,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Arizona operations. “It will be mixed emotions, of course, because most of them were with us when we started our Arizona location three years ago, and we will miss them. But having them graduate was the shared goal all along!”

These graduates are a testament to the success of the HU Arizona location, now completing its third academic year of operations, and the caliber of its students. The graduates finished their HU bachelor’s degrees in three years or less because they transferred from other institutions or from the HU main campus. Together, they represent three of the original academic programs HU Arizona offered.  

In their time as HU students, the graduates completed internships at places like the Peoria Sports Complex, TheaterWorks, Woodcraft, the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and television stations. They also completed numerous class projects for philanthropic or nonprofit organizations. Along the way, they garnered six Broadcast Education Association awards, four Rocky Mountain Association Student Emmys, one Professional Rocky Mountain Association Emmy, two Arizoni Awards and three Arizona Film Festivals

“One of the most meaningful things for me about these graduates is that they took a bit of a risk with us when we were literally just starting out,” said Berggren. “They have excelled. They are passionate and talented. They have helped put Huntington in the position of being the #2 most awarded media university in the country. That’s a pretty cool legacy they are taking out into their professional careers.”

Huntington University Arizona is pleased to introduce the six members of the Class of 2019:

  • Josiah Duka, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Katie Hopp, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Emerald Leong, Santa Monica, California
  • Joe Stone, Glendale, Arizona
  • Matthew Torres-Gomez, Glendale, Arizona
  • Nicole Wethington, Tipton, Iowa

The six graduates were some of the first students to ever take HU classes in Peoria. Josiah Duka, Katie Hopp, Joe Stone and Matthew Torres-Gomez have been a part of HU Arizona since its inception. Torres-Gomez, officially the first HU Arizona graduate, finished his coursework in December and is currently working at Fervor Creative. 

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. 

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). 

5/6/2019 8:15:00 AM

Huntington University is pleased to announce that Ted McKinney, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, will be the featured speaker for the 121st commencement ceremony on May 18, 2019. 

McKinney currently serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. Prior to accepting this national appointment, he was the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and spent 19 years with Dow AgroSciences and 14 years with Elanco, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, where he was director of global corporate affairs. He has also served on various committees and boards committed to the growth of agriculture.  

“As Director of Agriculture for the State of Indiana, Ted McKinney played an inaugural role of helping Huntington University celebrate the launch of an agribusiness program,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of the university. “He was a guest speaker for our opening class and will have the privilege of being the commencement speaker as we graduate those students four years later.”

In recognition of McKinney’s continued dedication to agriculture and service, Huntington University will present him with an honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree during the commencement ceremony.