Wilson’s key responsibilities include community worship and teaching, spiritual development and growth for students and staff, pastoral care, and leading campus ministries and outreach opportunities. As a member of the senior leadership team, Wilson will also be involved in the University’s strategic and long-term planning.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity God has given me to collaborate with staff and faculty in keeping Christ-at-center here at Huntington University,” said Wilson.

In 2004, Wilson graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with a degree in pastoral ministries. In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University.

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On Saturday May 14th, Huntington University honored 247 graduates during its 118th Commencement ceremonies.

  • 25 Master of Arts degrees.
  • 6 Master of Education degrees.
  • 61 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • 4 Bachelor of Music degrees.
  • 116 Bachelor of Science degrees.
  • 18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
  • 10 Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
  • 7 Associate of Science degrees.

The Commencement speaker was Dr. Larry Mercer, vice chairman of the board at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

On May 3, awards were presented to various members of the Huntington University family during the annual Forester Night. Here are a few of the awards.

Foresters of the Year (voted on by the student body). Niles Berry, a senior social work major from Rochester, Ind., was named the Male Forester of the Year. Krista Wood, a senior nursing major from Waterville, Ohio, was named the Female Forester of the Year.

Paul and Jean Michelson Alpha Chi Outstanding Scholar Award. Alpha Chi members selected Bronwen Fetters, a senior English writing and literature major from Huntington, Indiana. She is the daughter of former Macau missionaries Luke and Audrey Fetters.

Professor of the Year. This honor went to Dr. Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, who joined the HU faculty in the fall of 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Smith is particularly interested in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Kashmir.

Twenty-two seniors also were honored by their respective departments with Outstanding Senior Awards, which are voted on by faculty. You can read about them here.

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Legendary Huntington University cross-country and track coach Tom King announced will retire from coaching at the end of the 2016 track season.

King came to HU in 1970 as Dean of Men, and also took over the track teams and began building a cross-country program. During the next 40+ years, his track teams won 15 league titles. In the early 1990s, the women’s track program won four consecutive national championships in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Since 1987, over 80 of his student-athletes qualified for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships, and earned 56 All-American honors. They include four-time national shot-put champion Jim Arnett, two-time national champion John Ngure, and national runners-up Danielle Vohs and Jenny Keil. He has also coached well over 100 All-American Scholar Athletes.

Accolades from his 47-year tenure:

  • 33 times: Conference Coach of the Year 33 times.
  • 7 times: District 21 Coach of the Year.
  • 2 times: NCAA Coach of the Year.

King also served as HU’s athletic director 1987-1995, and in 2001 was inducted into HU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Huntington University is opening a campus in Peoria, Arizona. It will offer bachelor’s degree programs in Digital Media Arts, with majors in film production, broadcast-fusion media, and graphic design. Classes start with the fall 2016 semester.

The university leased a 30,000 square-foot, three-story building. It will be home to all kinds of high-end toys, including computer labs, private editing suites, film and TV studios, a state-of-the-art TV control room, lighting equipment, high-end cameras.

Students will be prepared for careers in such fields as motion picture production, editing, audio/studio recording, podcasting, broadcast journalism, sports broadcasting, and commercial graphic art.

Twenty students from the Huntington University attended a weekend retreat for adults with intellectual disabilities January 22-24. Each student was paired with a camper and helped them through all of their daily tasks and activities. The students were part of HU’s doctoral program in Occupational Therapy, class of 2018.

This is the second year the OTD program has partnered with Camp SonRise to provide students with a service experience. Camp SonRise is an overnight camp for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities that provides respite for their caregivers for a few days. The camp is a ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Ministries, a Christian organization that provides homes for people with developmental disabilities across the country.

At Sonrise, the volunteers participate in Bible studies, worship, and prayer sessions. On the last day, the students met to discuss the experience and how they had seen God work during their time at the camp and in their interaction with campers.

“HU is already distinguishable from other programs in our mission to educate students through the teachings of Christ,” she continued. “The foundations of occupational therapy align well with a Christian view in that we make a commitment to serve others. Our understanding of the Christian faith and our incorporation of faith in the classroom and in experiences like SonRise provide students with a well-rounded and empathetic foundation on which to build their identities in the OT field and in their communities.”

The complete Huntington University chapel program on November 19, 2015, when four generations of the Merillat family–including matriarch Ruth Merillat–participated in a panel discussion led by HU president Sherilyn Emberton.

Ruth Merillat will celebrate her 95th birthday on January 18, 2016. Over the years she and her late husband, Orville, who passed away in 1999, have been a huge blessing to Huntington University and to many United Brethren churches and ministries across the world. Orville and Ruth started a cabinet company in 1946 which grew to become Merillat Industries, the world’s largest cabinet manufacturer.

On December 29, Ruth suffered a minor stroke. The family announced, “After a brief hospital stay, Ruth is now at home and getting some much-needed rest to help with her recovery. She has received countless flowers, cards, and well-wishes from her vast network of friends, and would like to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts, kindness, and prayers. As you can imagine, this is an important time for Ruth and our family as we work toward providing her with the 24-hour care she now requires.”

On November 19, Huntington University hosted four generations of the Merillat family on campus. Ruth Merillat, Richard & Lynette Merillat, and Tricia (Merillat) McGuire, along with her two daughters, were part of a panel on the subject of giving. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of HU, led the panel discussion during the morning chapel. The video above includes the entire chapel.

The Merillats, members of Trenton Hills UB church in Adrian, Mich., first gave to Huntington University in 1968–a gift of cabinets for a house the college owned. In 1972 they led the campaign for the new Merillat Physical Education Complex, and gave toward nearly every building constructed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Three buildings on Huntington University’s campus are named after the Merillat family: The Merillat Complex (PLEX), the Merillat Centre for the Arts (MCA) and RIchLyn Library (a combination of the names Richard and Lynette).

The Merillats have contributed toward many other Christians organizations, and to numerous United Brethren causes–missionaries, church construction, church staff, national office staff and equipment, and much more.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (third from left) and other Huntington University staff wishing Ruth Merillatt a happy 95th birthday.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (third from left) and other Huntington University staff wishing Ruth Merillat a happy 95th birthday.

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A group of Huntington University Occupational Therapy students decided to spend their January Term in Haiti. This trip is about offering mobility options and fittings to Haitians in need. This is the second year that a group of Occupational Therapy students have made this trip.

Nate Short, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, has accompanied the students during both trips. HU partners with Wheels of the World, a program created by Joni and Friends International Disability Center, for this project.

HU mascot Norm the Forester.

HU mascot Norm the Forester.

Huntington University is participating in a student-led food drive called “U Can Crush Hunger,” which has a goal of raising 125,000 pounds of food. It is sponsored by the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.

The Oct. 19-31 drive is a friendly competition between five colleges and universities: Huntington University, IPFW, Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech, and Saint Francis. The goal is for each school to collect 25,000 pounds of food.

Although Huntington University is the smallest of the participating schools, they hope to win this “food fight” while helping to alleviate food insufficiency in Huntington County.

Students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, community members and friends are encouraged to donate to the campaign. There are three options:

  1. Drop off canned food in the barrels located in the lower level of the Habecker Dining Commons or the first floor of the Loew-Brenn building.
  2. Donate. Each $1 = 3 pounds of food!
  3. Text HUcrush to 74574. You’ll receive a response text that will direct you to an online form where you can text to give. Again: $1 = 3 pounds of food!