Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend

Huntington University’s Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling is kicking off its first year by hosting an opening training event on August 29.

Registration for the event begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Merillat Centre for the Arts, with the welcome starting at 8:30 a.m.

New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Townsend will give counseling and leadership training on his Character-Plus-Competency model in the morning. It will be followed by a luncheon at College Park Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington. Townsend will speak on both topics again in the afternoon. The day ends at 5 pm with a meet-and-greet with Townsend, faculty, and Institute Fellows.

Townsend has assembled a few of his colleagues to be Institute Fellows, who are experts in their field and a few bestselling authors, to add value to Institute students. Institute Fellows Dr. Gary Oliver, Dave Lindsey, Wayne Williams, and Steve Arterburn will speak live at the opening event. The other five speakers–Kenneth Blanchard, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Henry Cloud, and John Ortberg–have each created a special video to be shown at the event.

“We are really excited that we can bring such world-class leaders to Huntington University to train not only our students in the Townsend Institute but area leaders,” said Scott Makin, Director of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling.

This is the first of monthly training events that will take place through the Townsend Institute. Upcoming events will take place on September 18, October 23, December 11, January 22, February 26, March 11, April 29, and May 12.

There is no charge to attend the opening event. However, reservations are required. There is a $12 charge for the luncheon, and seating is limited to the first 200. Reservations and pre-payments are required by Monday, August 24.

The first of its kind, the Townsend Institute offers degree programs based on his Character-Plus-Competency model. The curriculum is biblically based, addresses the internal world of the leader and client, and uses the latest neuroscience research. It focuses on training the adult learner to help others grow and heal in the personal, relational, behavioral, and professional aspects of life. It is designed to be practical and skill-based, allowing the student to become a practitioner who is competent both in theory and technique.

The Institute offers a Master’s in counseling, a Master’s in organizational leadership, and credentials in executive coaching, counseling, and organizational leadership. More than just learning the Townsend model, students in the programs will also be personally taught by Townsend. He will lead sessions that demonstrate the different modules from his character growth model. The program is offered onsite at the Huntington and Fort Wayne campuses, as well as online.

“Dr. Townsend and I have been so excited by the overwhelming response to the programs that the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling is offering this fall,” Makin said. “We have had three times the amount of students enrolling than our highest goals. We will have nearly 120 students in the fall, and we still have room for more if students contact us within the next three weeks.”

The program is drawing both national and international students. For the online programs, students from all across the United States and international students from Africa and Holland are enrolled. There is still space in the program, and applications are due by August.


Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (right), President of Huntington University

On Tuesday evening, July 7, an Economic Development Agreement between Huntington University and the City of Peoria, Arizona, was approved by the Peoria City Council with a unanimous “Yes” vote. Jeff Berggren, HU representative, reported that Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat smiled after announcing the vote and stated “Huntington University, welcome to Peoria!” The City of Peoria will provide up to $1.875 million dollars of financial support for the HU Digital Media Arts campus over the next three years.

It was almost three years ago, in August of 2012, that Dr. Ann McPherren and Jeff Berggren made the first trip out to Peoria on behalf of HU. Over that time, our relationships with the city have deepened and we have created connections with potential partners to assist us with a successful new campus location in Arizona.

We have also narrowed down our initial academic offerings to digital media arts, which immediately fills unmet demand in higher education in the state of Arizona. HU digital media arts will build on a strong training program within the Peoria Unified School District that will have over 1400 high school students involved in digital media this coming fall. This partnership creates a pipeline for students to study media from high school to college to a robust job market, all within the same community.

A school of DMA will establish HU as one of two universities (along with Trine) in a rapidly growing city (quickly approaching the size of Fort Wayne) that is part of the fifth largest metro area in the country (soon to be the fourth largest, trailing only New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago). They are very interested in other HU academic programs coming to Peoria as additional partnership opportunities present themselves.

There remain several key steps before we can officially commit to the Peoria expansion. HU has already been working on a number of these next steps necessary for our campus launch. The Economic Development Agreement was certainly a critical step.

Peoria will be a great city to serve as we extend our mission to impact our world for Christ 2,000 miles to the Southwest.

Middle East expert Dr. Mark Fairchild, Professor of Bible at Huntington University, will lead this unique trip through Israel and Turkey. He will be accompanied by HU President Sherilyn Emberton and Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement.

Date: October 27 – November 7, 2015.

Registrations are needed by July 1, and space is limited. If you’re interested in taking part in this tour, reserve your spot now.

“I have had the pleasure of being in Israel in the last few years and loved my time there,” Emberton said. “I look forward to traveling with such a wonderful leader and teacher as Dr. Fairchild.”

The tour will take place from October 27 to November 7. During that time, participants will visit multiple sites throughout the Holy Land, including Ephesus, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem.

Fairchild, who discovered the oldest known synagogue, has explored many sites in Turkey and will serve as the trip guide.

“When people visit the Holy Lands (Israel and Turkey), we begin to understand how life was really lived back then,” says Fairchild. “There are hundreds of insights that people gain from a trip to the Holy Lands with the result that we deepen our appreciation for the forefathers of our faith and we deepen our commitment to our Lord. I almost never see students or adults return from a trip like this without experiencing a profound change in their lives.”

The trip is $3,990 per person, including international airfare (leaving from Chicago) and hotel stay.

Did you know there are more people learning English as a new language than there are people who speak English as their first language?

For many churches, teaching English to internationals is an exploding ministry opportunity. Many Christians want training to provide this English teaching, but don’t know where to turn.

Huntington University’s Institute for TESOL Studies is a place to turn. Specifically, July 20 – August 7, 2015.

You can earn certification to teach English as a foreign language in just three weeks, beginning on July 20. Join HU for this affordable and convenient intensive course on TESOL methodology, training, and practice.

For more details, contact Shoshannah McKinney by email or by calling 260-359-4296.

Ray Hilbert

Ray Hilbert

Ray Hilbert, CEO of Truth@Work, will be the keynote speaker at Huntington University’s 117th Commencement on Saturday, May 16. That day, the university will award master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees to 285 graduates.

Huntington will honor graduates in the fieldhouse of the Merillat Complex at 2:30 p.m. The graduate hooding ceremony will take place at College Park Church at 10:15 a.m.

Ray Hilbert is the CEO and co-founder of Truth@Work, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., which he co-founded in 1998. Through its monthly roundtable groups, Truth@Work equips Christian business owners and leaders in building their organizations on proven biblical principles, while integrating their faith into their daily operations.

Truth@Work is one of America’s fastest growing marketplace ministries, with nearly 700 participating members in 25 chapters across the country.

As CEO of Truth@Work, Hilbert has coached more than 500 business owners/executives in a wide variety of industries (both public and private companies). His faith-based approach covers such areas as hiring, firing, marketing, personal integrity, and organizational development.

His 20007 book “The Janitor – How an Unexpected Friendship Transformed a CEO and his company,” has been published in six languages, and is an international bestseller with more than 1 million copies sold worldwide. The book features the story of a young CEO mentored by a wise old janitor who teaches the struggling young business executive the true definition of success and business.

Previously, Hilbert was a regional director for Promise Keepers, where he facilitated large conferences and developed training programs for churches and other ministries. He has co-founded an inner-city church and food pantry and worked with some of America’s top corporations in sales and marketing.

Hilbert holds degrees from Anderson and Taylor universities. While in college, he played for the traveling Athletes-in-Action baseball team.


Interested in nursing? Huntington University is hosting a summer nursing camp from July 13 – 17, 2015, for high school students entering their junior or senior year.

The Huntington University Nursing Career Academy is a week-long nursing camp which explores the field of nursing in a hands-on environment. Participants will have the opportunity to become CPR certified and learn basic first aid and nursing skills in HU’s Nursing Simulation Center and classrooms. Campers will also tour area hospitals and trauma centers, and interact with a variety of nursing professionals.

Campers will stay in the dorms with current and past HU nursing students, which will give them a chance to interact with actual students, as well as get the college experience of dorm living.

The cost is $350.

Delegations from Lenaweee Christian School and Huntington University.

Delegations from Lenaweee Christian School and Huntington University.

President Emberton and President Ma Chunlin of Liaocheng University signing cooperative agreements.

President Emberton and President Ma Chunlin of Liaocheng University signing cooperative agreements.

President Emberton meeting with Principal Sun at Tong Sheng Hu Experimental School in Hunan Province.

President Emberton meeting with Principal Sun at Tong Sheng Hu Experimental School in Hunan Province.

Administrators from Huntington University and from Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, Mich., are currently in China. They are spending ten days exploring partnerships with Chinese institutions.

The HU delegation includes :

  • Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president.
  • Dr. Mike Wanous, vice president for academic affairs.
  • Dr. Luke Fetters, director of HU’s Institute for TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Institute.
President Emberton with Alex Zhang at Tongshenghu Experimental School.

President Emberton with Alex Zhang at Tongshenghu Experimental School.

Lenawee Christian School representatives are Trevor Cook, president, and Joy Carl, director of international studies.
The various stops include:

  1. Visit Liaocheng University in Liaocheng, Shandong Province, to discuss opportunities for agriculture, business and English programs, as well as student and faculty exchange programs.
  2. Meet with officials from Tong Sheng Hu Experimental School in Changsha, Hunan Province, about a potential partnership.
  3. Visit China Hong Kong English School in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, to dialogue about a Foundation Year program that would allow Chinese students to experience HU in China before attending the university in the U.S. Also, discuss summer programs.
  4. Visit Jilin University – Zhuhai College in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, to discuss growing the summer TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program and finalizing a joint degree program agreement. Also, discuss a faculty exchange program.

This is the third trip to China that Huntington University administrators have made within a year to pursue partnerships. Huntington University has a seven-year history with China, having hosted summer English camps there since 2007. Those camps have expanded significantly with last summer’s programs involving 180 Chinese students, 80 Chinese teachers, 32 U.S. team members, and six weeks of camps in three locations.

In addition, last fall, five HU alumni established an office at China Hong Kong English School and are teaching English classes there. In fall 2014, 10 percent of the international students enrolled at HU were from China.

Learn more about HU’s Institute for TESOL Studies.

Dale and Elaine Haupert

Dale and Elaine Haupert

Last fall, Huntington University launched a major in agricultural studies. It promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture, recognizing a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation and to examine questions of sustainability and justice. The institute will admit its first students in the fall of 2015.

Now the program has a name: the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.

The Institute was named in honor of Dale and Elaine Haupert, who have a long history with farming, Huntington University, and the United Brethren Church. The Hauperts attend Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Huntington University’s plan to start an agriculture program resonated with the Hauperts, whose involvement in farming has spanned 52 years. Their family farm in South Whitley began as a 40-acre operation and grew to 2,800 acres. Dale also grew up on a farm.

The Hauperts gave the lead gift that launched the Institute. Additionally, Dale serves as a charter member of the university’s Agriculture Task Force, and Elaine has hosted fundraising events for the institute in their home. Dale also has been a member of HU’s Board of Trustees for 26 years, so it’s a perfect blend of two long-time passions–farming, and Huntington University.

“The Hauperts are known as a farming family in this community, and they are highly respected in the agriculture community statewide,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Dale’s persistence in making contacts and being the chief cheerleader for the agriculture initiative have been a key to the success of the program.”

Dale and Elaine decided to contribute their time and resources to Huntington University’s new program after having conversations with young people interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.

“Many of them are interested in agriculture but don’t want to go to a big university,” Elaine said. “They see the advantage of being at a smaller school, and it’s exciting to see how many are responding to being in an atmosphere like Huntington University. It’s so important that they’re in a Christian environment.”

The Hauperts were surprised when Dr. Emberton told them the institute would be named after them.

“We didn’t do this for recognition,” Elaine said. “The more the Lord gives you, the more He requires. We believe it’s not what you take with you that has significance. It’s what you leave behind.”

“It floored me,” Dale said. “I didn’t expect anything. I just wanted to do something to support the program.”

For Dale, the opportunity to become involved with the institute came at a serendipitous time. Just hours before he was approached about supporting HU’s agriculture program, he had read Jeremiah 29:11 after wondering if, at age 81, he could still make an impact. The verse says, “‘For I know the plans for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Like his wife, Dale was stunned that their step of faith resulted in an acknowledgement.

“We feel very humbled by this recognition,” Elaine said. “We’ve been involved with HU for the past 28 years because we believe in the mission. Agriculture has been an important part of our lives and is an important part of the economy. To offer this program in a Christian atmosphere is so exciting. This will give students more opportunities, especially those who have a passion for agriculture. God has blessed us more than we deserve, and anything we can do to help young people is a blessing. We have seen so many young people who have been impacted by HU and who go out and impact the world for Christ.”

Launched in the fall of 2014, HU’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture, which recognizes a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation and to examine questions of sustainability and justice. The institute will admit its first students in the fall of 2015.

To learn more, go to huntington.edu/agriculture.

HU students at the iNRB convention. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, is front-center.

HU students at the iNRB convention. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, is front-center.

The Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) recognized seven Huntington University students with awards for outstanding examples of radio, TV and film production. One team captured the “Film Award of Excellence.”

The students, all from HU’s Digital Media Arts Department, received the honors at the iNRB Student Production Awards Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday. February 25, 2015.

Juniors and film production majors Cassie Kasicki of Rockford, Ill., and Eric Luce of Salina, Kansas, won first place in the documentary film category for their entry titled “XO: What Defines You?” Their project also received the “Film Award of Excellence” within all the film categories.

Junior Eric Luce and senior Brianna Santiago, a broadcast-fusion media major from Goshen, Indiana, won first place in the TV/video: student production category for their “FDN News” entry.

Seniors and film production majors Rachel Larson of Lakeville, Minn.; Luke Myers of Franklinville, N. Y.; and Ethan Burch of Bloomington, Ind., won first place in the film: short film category for their entry titled “Infamy.”

Senior Carissa Taylor, a film production major from Angola, Ind., won second place in the TV/video: web production category for her entry titled “Thankful.”

“I am so proud of our students and how much work they put into their projects,” said Dr. Lance Clark (right), department chair and professor of digital media arts, film and communications. “Broadcast-fusion media students have stepped up their game with FDN News, and our Film Production student film ‘Infamy’ is a great, heartfelt story about forgiveness and moving on set in the post-World War II era. It shows an excellence in our digital media arts program and that our students can compete and win at the national level.”

First-place winners in each category were awarded $150 in prize money to be divided among team members, plus the opportunity to attend the 2015 NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to prize money, all first-place winners received a trophy and a certificate, along with $300, divided among team members, to cover transportation costs to the convention.

Twelve students traveled to the NRB convention this year along with Dr. Lance Clark and Dawn Ford, associate professor of digital media arts. All of the students competed in an onsite 24-hour media contest in film, TV news, and public relations.

The Huntington University website can tell you a lot more about the Digital Media Arts Department.

INDIANAPOLIS HOUNDSIndiana residents: renewing your license plate in March? Consider getting a Huntington University license plate. For each plate you purchase, HU receives $25 for the Forester Fund, a scholarship fund that benefits more than 90% of our students. Last year, it generated over $13,000. Plus, the plates help raise people’s awareness of Huntington University.

The state requires that at least 500 plates be sold each year. HU is in danger of losing its license plate because of low numbers, so your support is welcome. Anyone can order a Huntington University plate for passenger cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, and motorcycles.

Current students who buy the HU license plate get the annual $50 campus parking fee waived for the year.

You can learn more about this program on the HU website, and you can order through the BMV.