Summers at Huntington University

On Thursday, July 31, we had a BBQ cookout on the front campus at Huntington University. We treated all of the staff working during the summer, and gave them the rest of the afternoon off, with pay. It was a well-deserved break and a great way to recognize our staff for the terrific work they do all year and throughout the summer months.

Summers at the University are always busy. Students may be away for a few months, but here on campus, everyone is engaged with preparing for the coming year. I thought I’d give you some glimpses of what happens here during the summer.

Much work is done to prepare for our students’ return in the fall:

  • Registration Weekend is the third week of June. Students and their families arrive, register for classes, and begin to sample the “Huntington experience.” This year, we had a record number of participants, and we are looking forward to strong enrollment this fall.
  • The Student Development staff stays busy making room assignments for resident students.
  • Staff members in the financial aid and registrar’s offices help students with course registrations, scholarships, grants, and loans.
  • The Maintenance team works hard to prepare campus for the fall. This summer, we’re finishing the new Livingston Hall, preparing it to open for the fall semester.
  • Representatives from the Advancement Office meet with donors and friends of the University, raising funds for scholarships. They also support the summer tour of Godspell.
  • HU faculty and staff also host camps, including a theatre camp and a basketball camp. In addition, we host many outside groups that use our campus for retreats and conferences.

It has been a busy summer for me, as well. In the past few weeks:

  • I met with the senior administrative team on several occasions to review last year’s accomplishments and to develop goals for the upcoming year.
  • I traveled extensively on behalf of the University and participated in a conference for leaders in Christian higher education.
  • I prepared a chapel sermon for the first week of the school year.
  • I began work on my State of the University address, which I will present to faculty and staff in September.
  • And, of course, we enjoyed some vacation time. This summer, Chris and I were privileged to participate in my mom’s 90th birthday celebration in New Jersey.

It has been a rich and full summer, and now we are all eager for the school year to begin.

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