David Phelps, winner of multiple Dove and Grammy awards, will perform his Classic Christmas concert on Friday, December 8, at Huntington University’s Merillat Center for the Arts. Phelps is best known as the tenor with the Gaither Vocal Band. He has performed at numerous prestigious venues across the globe, including the White House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

The Classic Christmas concert is one of more than a dozen Phelps and his seven-piece musical entourage will make during November and December. This musical event will be a special evening of worship and will feature many of the songs included on Phelps’ O Holy Night recording, as well as his recently released Freedom recording.

The doors will open for the event at 7:00 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Reserved-seating tickets are $18 and $25, and VIP tickets will cost $50. VIP tickets include dinner with Huntington’s President, Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, at 6 p.m., attendance at Phelps’ sound check, and a question and answer session prior to dinner.

Tickets are available by calling (260) 359-4261 or purchasing online at www.huntington.edu/BoxOffice.

Huntington University’s fall enrollment is the largest in its 120-year history: 1,321 students. It also marks four consecutive years of enrollment growth, and an increase of 21 students over the 2016 total.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • 913 traditional undergraduate students at Huntington’s main campus in Huntington, Ind.
  • 87 undergraduate students at its Peoria, Arizona, location.
  • 79 adult students enrolled in professional programs.
  • 242 graduate students.

Looking a little deeper: the student body includes 131 ethnic minorities from the United States (12% of the total students), and 47 international students from 24 different countries.

With the launch of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies in 2015, there are now 39 declared agriculture majors. In addition, 100 students are currently studying toward the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy.

“What a joy to see so many students and their families seeing the value of a Huntington University degree!” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “This past year demonstrated a piqued interest in academic programs at Huntington, as evidenced by a 20 percent increase in campus visits. We look forward to continuing this trajectory and telling the Forester story.”

About 279 students will graduate from Huntington University on May 13. Commencement will begin at 2:30 Saturday afternoon in the Merillat Complex fieldhouse. This year will see the first graduates (32 of them) from the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, which began in 2014.

Honorary doctorates will be conferred on two persons.

Ms. Kelly Savage (left), who chaired the HU Board of Trustees 2011-2015, will receive a Doctor of Commercial Science degree. As the Chief Human Resources Officer with Amway, she is responsible for the company’s more than 21,000 employees worldwide.

Savage is a member of Banner of Christ UB church (Byron Center, Mich.) and currently serves on the denomination’s Higher Education Leadership Team. She graduated from Huntington College in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and in 1985 received a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University. She served on the HU Board of Trustees for 14 years.

Steve Platt (right) will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He graduated from Huntington College in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and played four years of varsity basketball. He was Indiana’s all-time leading collegiate scorer (3,700) points, and was the national leading collegiate scorer in 1973 and 1974. In 1994, Platt returned to Huntington College and became the Forester’s head basketball coach. During his 14-year tenure, he compiled 329 wins against 143 losses for a .697 winning percentage, the highest in school history.

On the set of "The Amazing Mortimer."

On the set of “The Amazing Mortimer.”

Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts is pleased to announce that its first short film,

“The Amazing Mortimer” won the Best of Fest award at the Southern Arizona Independent Film Festival. This is the first short film produced by Huntington University’s Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. The film also won the Best Story and Best Advanced Student Film categories. The awards ceremony was held April 21-22 in Willcox, Arizona.

“The Amazing Mortimer” is a 14-minute picture which tells the story of a once-successful ventriloquist who finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Because his act no longer brings in huge audiences, Mortimer is faced with a loss of his home and his livelihood. As he reminisces about the glory days of the past, he is befriended by Thomas, a troubled young boy who is also facing a frightening future. Their newfound friendship prompts an act of sacrifice and generosity that gives them both hope for the future.

The script was written by student Joe Stone of Glendale, Ariz. It was produced and directed by Phil Wilson, Arizona Digital Media Arts Program Director. Fifteen students from the Arizona Center for DMA played key roles including script supervisor, grip, assistant camera, boom operator, audio mixer, composer, set designer, assistant editor, and production assistant.

Huntington University’s Arizona campus opened in September 2016 with 18 students. The spring 2017 semester had 47 students enrolled. The Center offers bachelor’s degree programs in digital media arts, with majors in film production, broadcast media, and graphic design.

David Kline speaking at GO Week in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

David Kline speaking at GO Week in the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

On March 31, Huntington University wrapped up its Go Week – a time for students to consider how God might be calling them to be used in the work of the Great Commission, whether at home or abroad. This year’s guest speakers were all HU alumni currently serving with mission organizations, including Global Ministries’ own David and Melissa Kline.

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On April 20, Huntington University will break ground for the Ware Plant Science Production Facility, to be built next to the Dowden Science Building. The 2000-square-foot building is designed to be split into two independent zones, one for student instruction and one for research and production purposes.

“This new facility will provide needed space for students in agriculture courses to work with crop plants and learn about how they grow,” stated Dr. Raymond Porter, Director of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies. “Ag students will have hands-on learning and research opportunities in the area of plant and soil sciences, with the potential for aquaponics as well. Faculty and students in biology, chemistry, occupational therapy, and other programs can also benefit from the additional space for instruction and research. And the Horticulture Club or future ag-related clubs could use some of the space for plant propagation and production. We are enthusiastic about the possibilities.”

The lead donations came Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Ware of Chapel Hill, N. C. Carolina, who gave in honor of Douglas’ late father, Dale Ware, a long-time Huntington County educator and HU alum (Class of 1936).

The Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies opened in the fall of 2015 and promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture. It recognizes the responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation and to examine questions of sustainability and justice. 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. For more information on the Haupert Institute, please visit www.huntington.edu/agriculture.

hoogstra_shirley200Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D., will be the keynote speaker at Huntington University’s 119th Commencement on Saturday, May 13.

Hoogstra became president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) in September 2014. Prior to that, she served for 15 years as vice president for student life at her alma mater, Calvin College. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut.

“I am honored to be included in the most special day for the graduates and their families at Huntington. This university is a jewel in the state of Indiana. It makes me proud to be associated with them,” Hoogstra said.

Huntington University won 16 awards on February 25 from the American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne. The competition recognizes advertising creative excellence from students and area advertising and media professionals. HU students and faculty took home one Best of Show award, six Gold recognitions, and eight Silver prizes.

“We are very pleased to be competing at such a very high level with full-time industry professionals in the area,” said Dr. Lance Clark, Associate Dean of the Arts.

The Best of Show award and two of the Gold awards came in the Non-Traditional Advertising category. Other awards came in such categories as Video Internet Commercial, Advertising Photography, Public Service Campaign, Video Gaming, Non-Profit Advertising, and Non-traditional Online AdvertisingIndiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Huntington University is launching a new Master’s in Business Administration degree program, with support from Ambassador Enterprises of Fort Wayne, Ind. The first corporate cohort of students from Ambassador Enterprises will start their studies in January 2017. A full program launch for other interested students planned for August 2017.

The 36-credit hour program is designed to be completed in just two years and has both face-to-face and online components. Students will only be required to attend class one night each week, with the remaining coursework completed online.

The new program will feature an experience and project-based approach to education. All students will learn from advanced coursework, but they will also engage in practical, hands-on experience through Ambassador Enterprises, local companies, and Huntington University’s ventures—businesses Clear Insights, a corporate solutions enterprise, and Clear Distribution, a fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) company.

Graduate credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions may be transferable to Huntington University’s new MBA program. For to learn more and request additional information, go to www.huntington.edu/MBA.

High school students are invited to submit their film creations to the Forester High School Film Festival. It’s part of The Forester Film Festival on May 6, 2017. This yearly event is sponsored by the Digital Media Arts department of Huntington University.

Huntington University uses the festival to connect with creative high schoolers who want feedback on their work from industry professionals and are looking into continuing their education in either film, animation, or broadcasting.

Entries must be created by a current high school student. The deadline is April 1, 2017.

There are three categories:

  • A short film of 10 minutes or less.
  • A documentary or broadcasting piece created as part of a school news team, if the submitter is the featured reporter, anchor, or producer.
  • A stop motion or computer animation.

Winners will receive the “Forester Excellence Award” and are VIP’s to the Forester Film Festival black-tie screening event and reception. Winners also receive feedback on their work from professionals and may have their work screened at the reception.

Go here for more information.