The Chinese visitors with Brooks Fetters, HU alum and currently mayor of Huntington, Ind.

The Chinese visitors with Brooks Fetters, HU alum and currently mayor of Huntington, Ind.

A a Komet hockey game in Fort Wayne, Ind.

A a Komet hockey game in Fort Wayne, Ind.

At the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, with HU professor Luke Fetters (right).

At the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, with HU professor Luke Fetters (right).

The farewell meal at Pizza hut.

The farewell meal at Pizza hut.

On January 14, a group of students from Tong Sheng Hu Experimental School in China arrived in Chicago for the first leg of their 28-day trip to the United States.

The group was able to spend a few days in Chicago and Washington DC and day in Indianapolis, in Shipshewana, and at Lenawee Christian School in Michigan, but what was most exciting for HU was the time that this team spent on campus!

“The purpose of this trip was to connect students from one of our partner schools in China to HU and Huntington,” says Shoshannah McKinney, associate director of the Institute for TESOL Studies/International Admissions Counselor.

“All of these students are considering HU for their future, and this was a great way to expose them to the university and what their life as a student could feel like. We want them to leave feeling connected to this place and this university, to feel like they already have a family here so that they want to come back. The tears as they said goodbye to their host families tell me that we’ve accomplished some of that.”

A farewell dinner was held February 8 at Pizza Hut in Huntington. The dinner included all of the guests and host families, a teacher and her family from Huntington North High School, four HNHS students who guided the visitors around during their stay, and a few representative students, faculty, and staff from Huntington University.

The new Huntington University ice rink.

The new Huntington University ice rink.

Kalischuk-Tyson200On January 26, Huntington University held a grand opening for its new ice rink.
The portable rink covers the outdoor basketball court in front of the Merillat Complex Fieldhouse and will remain in place during the winter months. The Athletics Office purchased skates, along with hockey sticks and pucks, for students to use. The Fort Wayne Komets, a pro hockey team, are the lead sponsor of the facility.

This was totally a student-led and student-executed project.

Tyson Kalischuk (right), a junior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, presented the idea through the student sennate’s Think Tank competition in November. His ice rink proposal was voted students’ favorite idea to improve the campus, and he was awarded $700 to help fund the project. He embarked on a fundraising campaign for the remaining resources needed to purchase and maintain the ice rink. To date, Kalischuk has raised $6,850 from student organizations and campus offices, and from outside sponsors. That $675 more than the projected amount needed to cover the costs.

Huntington University students in Vitoria, in the Basque region of Spain.

Huntington University students in Vitoria, in the Basque region of Spain.

A group of Huntington University students is spending January Term in the Basque region of Spain. Donna Hollopeter, associate director of Global Ministries, is leading the trip.

The baseball team in Nicaragua.

The baseball team in Nicaragua.

Pitching...

Pitching…

...and batting.

…and batting.

The team was able to watch the Colts-Broncos playoff game on Sunday.


The team was able to watch the Colts-Broncos playoff game on Sunday.

A baseball team, most from Huntington University, is in Masaya, Nicaragua. They are conducting baseball clinics for kids during the day, and (often) competing against Nicaraguan baseball teams at night.

The HU students in Paris.

The HU students in Paris.

HU students with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

HU students with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

A group of 12 Huntington University students are spending January Term in Paris, France. They are staying about a mile from the Charlie Hedbo office, where 12 people were killed on Wednesday, January 7. However, because of a flight delay, they hadn’t yet arrived. They were supposed to land several hours before the Charlie Hedbo attack, but were delayed 24 hours in Indianapolis because of ice; that’s where they learned about the attacks.

Caitlin Trainer, a senior who is on her fourth trip to Paris, is leading the trip. “I for sure went through a period of second guessing our trip once I found out about the shooting, but upon affirmation from our Paris site coordinators that it’s completely safe to travel, I made the decision to stick with the plan,” she said.

Their first full day in Paris came on Friday, the day French police killed three gunmen and freed hostages. That day, they did a prayer walk around Paris, but stayed away from the Kosher store where a hostage situation was in progress. They report that they have never felt unsafe. They’ve been able to go shopping and sightseeing.

“We are totally fine,” said Trainer. “We’re not being affected by the attack whatsoever. Really, the only big thing that we noticed is different is that we just see more armed policemen with guns, which is actually kind of normal for Paris. A lot of times they do walk around fully armed with big guns. This time around there’s just more of them. So you’ll see groups of like 10 instead of just two walking around the city.”

Added freshman Hannah Barrett, “There are a lot of police officers out and about in the city, but it’s really not bad at all. Everyone is still going about their days just like normal. I haven’t been nervous at all. They really have it under control and are making people feel safe.”

For the trip, the students teamed up with an organization called Envision Paris. They are feeding the homeless, doing young adult discipleship, hosting an art exposition, and teaching English. They will return to the US on January 20.

Dr. Paul Michelson plans to retire from Huntington University in May 2015. He has been a history professor at HU since 1974. When he retires next year, it’ll be 41 years, one of the longest tenures of any professor in the school’s history.

“I’m going to be 70,” he said. “I think that’s probably a good time to call it a day. …. I’m still in reasonable condition. I need to get my book done before I turn completely senile.” He has written or co-edited six books. This will be his seventh.

In addition to his service at Huntington University, Dr. Michelson was a member of College Park UB church in Huntington and served 12 years on the denomination’s Executive Leadership Team, 1993-2005.

Michelson earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, and considered positions at Taylor and LeTourneau universities before choosing HU.

“For one reason or another, this one to me looked more interesting,” he said. “I applied, they invited me up for an interview. I liked the people I met, who seemed serious but fun loving.”

He added, “For a very small school, Huntington had a lot of hard-working but first-class people – people who were here obviously for the teaching side of it and who were active in their fields.”

Michelson and Jack Barlow, the only other history professor at the time, formed a legendary team. Dr. Dwight Brautigam, who joined the team 27 years ago, said of Michelson, “He cares deeply about students and wants them to become the best Christian thinkers they can be, a pretty noble and significant goal if there ever was one. Of course, all of this comes in a package of sometimes bizarre humor.”

For more about Dr. Michelson, read this article published in the student newspaper, the Huntingtoninan.

HU is going to a Fort Wayne Komets hockey game! UB youth groups and others in the northeast Indiana area may want to join the fun.

The game is on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m.

Komets tickets are only $6 when you purchase from Marcy Hawkins in Alumni Relations. All tickets purchased through HU directly benefit the Forester Fund. That’s right, 100% of our ticket sales will be used to help provide student scholarships!

Contact Marcy Hawkins by email at mhawkins@huntington.edu or directly at 260-359-4097. Don’t forget to wear your green!

Dr. Kevin Miller, professor of communication at Huntington University, wrote the best article of the year in the Christian Scholar’s Review. That was the verdict of a panel who read every article published in Volume 43. Miller’s article (brace yourself), “Reframing the Faith-Learning Relationship: Bonhoeffer and an Incarnational Alternative to the Integration Model,” appeared in the Winter 2014 issue.

In his essay, Miller noted that the faith-integration model, with its working assumption that “All truth is God’s truth,” has become the standard approach for many scholars at evangelical universities as they seek to understand the relationship between faith and learning. He offered an alternative incarnational model of scholarship that drew from the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ideas about a “religionless Christianity.”

In offering an evaluation of Miller’s essay, one juror wrote that it “is a lucid essay with a bold thesis that deserves to be read and discussed widely.” A second juror notes that the essay “is clearly written, easily accessible to people from a variety of fields, and engages directly with an issue that is essential to all Christian scholars, namely, the relationship between their faith and their work….Shifting the discussion away from thinking ‘Christianly’ to thinking ‘humanly’ provides a new way to account for what we do, one that works equally well within and outside Christian circles, and so is also of use to Christian scholars working in secular communities.”

Miller earned a Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Journalism at Ohio State University, and Bachelor of Arts in English at Eastern Mennonite University. Before teaching, he was associate editor at Christianity Today magazine. He joined the HU communication faculty in 2002.

Indiana governor Mike Pence visited Huntington University on Thursday, November 6.

During the visit, he met with an economics class full of seniors. He addressed and fielded questions about a wide range of issues–the midterm elections, unemployment, Indiana’s economy, and his own presidential ambitions.

“Just his genuineness came forth in the classroom today,” said Sam Thompson, a senior. “Having the chance to sit down with students in an informal matter with all of the cameras off to talk with the governor.”

Aaron Tan asked if Pence was interested in running for President in 2016 or 2020. “He didn’t really give an answer. He says he wanted to focus on Indiana. That’s where his heart is and his passion is.”

Pence also met with a business class in an open-forum setting. At the end, the students prayed with the governor. 

A press conference was held at the university, during which Pence said, ““This is a great school, and it has a national reputation among Christian institutions around the country. I wanted to come here and encourage, but I also want to learn and look for ways that the state of Indiana can provide additional support for all the good work that’s being done here.”

CC_FiveStar_SchoolSilver_hiresFor the sixth consecutive year, Huntington University’s athletic program has been named a recipient of the Champions of Character Five Star Award. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2013-2014 awards in October.

The award uses a point system and consider a variety of factors: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion, plus the five Champions of Character core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. The Foresters also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and minimal ejections during competition.

To receive this award, institutions must score at least 60 out of 100 possible points. HU earned 76 of the possible 100 points to rank among 60 schools named to the silver level (66th overall).

Eight of the ten schools in the Crossroads League received Champions of Character awards, putting Crossroads among 17 conferences to be recognized as a Champion of Character Conference.

St. Francis, a Catholic university in Fort Wayne, Ind., was the only Crossroads school among the 12 Gold Medallion winners (scoring 90 or above). HU, Bethel, Goshen, Spring Arbor, and Taylor received the Silver Medallion. Two other Crossroads schools, Grace and Indiana Wesleyan, qualified for the Bronze Medallion. Only Mt. Vernon Nazarene and Marian University didn’t make the list.

Huntington University competes in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 All-America Scholar Athlete honors.