Graduates

Huntington University honored 279 graduates on Saturday, May 17, during the 116th Commencement ceremonies.

Huntington University awarded:

  • 17 Master of Arts degrees.
  • 3 Master of Education degrees.
  • 58 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • 2 Bachelor of Music degrees.
  • 167 Bachelor of Science degrees.
  • 20 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
  • 8 Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
  • 7 Associate of Science degrees.

Commencement speaker Sue Ellspermann, Indiana’s lieutenant governor, challenged students with her message on “Make Your Career a Personal Novel To God.”

2014 graduates from the HU nursing department, along with faculty and staff. (click to enlarge)

2014 graduates from the HU nursing department, along with faculty and staff.


Seventeen Huntington University graduating nursing students were honored in a traditional pinning ceremony today.

The Class of 2014 is the fourth graduating class from the Department of Nursing.

The history of the pinning ceremony comes from the Crimean War when Florence Nightingale took 38 women to Turkey to nurse sick and wounded British soldiers. As she cared for her patients by the light of a lamp, Florence Nightingale became known as the “lady with the lamp.” As a tribute to Florence’s dedication, the lamp icon became symbolic of nursing. In the traditional ceremony, the nursing pin is used to signify this same dedication, the end of formal education and the beginning of practice. It is a way of welcoming graduates into the nursing profession.

At the ceremony, students received the Huntington University Department of Nursing pin with the department’s emblem.

“The pinning ceremony has a distinctive meaning to graduating nursing students as it signifies the end of an intense and rigorous education leading them to the socialization into their chosen careers,” said Dr. Margaret Winter, director of nursing.

You can view photos of the individual students on the HU site.

Amy Biegel accepting her award as Professor of the Year during Forester Night on May 6.

Amy Biegel accepting her award as Professor of the Year during Forester Night on May 6.

Amy Biegel, assistant professor of social work, was named the 2014 Professor of the Year during the May 6 Forester Night recognitions. Biegel has worked in the field of social work for more than 13 years, working mostly with children, adolescents, and their families. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and social work from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. She has worked in the foster care industry, in private practice, and as a mental health consultant. Before coming to HU in 2012, she was the clinical director at Youth for Christ.

Beigel and her husband, Ryan, have been married 14 years and have two children.

The Dowden Science Hall

The Dowden Science Hall

Dr. G. Blair and Chris Dowden speaking at the dedication service on April 24. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, current president of Huntington University, is on the right.

Dr. G. Blair and Chris Dowden speaking at the dedication service on April 24. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, current president of Huntington University, is on the right.

The newest major building on the Huntington University is the Science Hall, which opened in 2002. However, it hasn’t had a name…until now.

On April 24, the building was named the Dowden Science Hall, in honor of Dr. G. Blair Dowden and Chris Dowden, who led Huntington University for 22 years before retiring in May 2013. The Board of Trustees had announced in April 2013 that the Science hall would be named in their honor. Now, the new sign bearing their name has been unveiled.

Nursing is now HU’s largest major, with 90 students. The 91,000 square-foot facility is also home to the nursing, math, computer science, chemistry, biology, pre-med, and environmental science programs.

After a national search, Huntington University has named Greg Smitley (right) as vice president for business and finance/treasurer. Smitley graduated from HU in 1980 with a degree in business administration, and later earned a master’s in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Smitley spent 33 yeas in the banking industry, most recently as COO for iAB Financial Bank and as president/CEO for MarkleBank. He is currently president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana.

Over the years, Smitley has served Huntington University in a variety of ways, including as president of the alumni board and membership on the board of trustees.

A variety of positions are open at Huntington University. They just announced an opening for Director of Alumni Relations. Other openings include:

Faculty Positions

  • Digital Media Arts Faculty.
  • Occupational Therapy Faculty.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Technical Director.

Staff Positions

  • Director of Alumni Relations/Director of the Forester Fund.
  • Resident Director – Livingston Hall.
  • Resident Director – Meadows and Miller Halls.
  • Coordinator of Student Activities / Multicultural Activities.
  • Admissions Counselor.

sue-ellspermann200Sue Ellspermann (right), Indiana’s Lt. Governor, will deliver the Huntington University Commencement address on May 17. Ellspermann was elected to that position in November 2012. In her position, she manages six state agencies and serves as president of the Indiana Senate.

The Commencement ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm in the fieldhouse of the Merillat Complex at 2:30 p.m. The graduate hooding ceremony will occur at 10:45 am at the Church of the Nazarene in Huntington (1555 Flaxmill Road). The university will award master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees to 288 graduates.

The day of Commencement also will include a breakfast for graduates and their parents, an awards ceremony for Professional Programs students, and the president’s luncheon.

Huntington University students filling sandbags.

Huntington University students filling sandbags.

In the midst of rising rivers and flooding streets, 16 Huntington University students chipped in to help Huntington County residents fill sandbags and deliver them across the area. The effort was the result of a Volunteer 911 request through the Friesen Center for Volunteer Services.

The call for help from the city came at 5:30 pm on April 3. The student leader of Volunteer 911 contacted the dorms, and within an hour a team was ready to serve.

The students spent several hours filling sandbags, and made deliveries to residents unable to pick up the sandbags themselves.

Doug_Moo-118x163Dr. Doug Moo (right), world-renowned New Testament scholar and author of several important works in Biblical studies, will be the speaker for the second-annual Bergdall Endowed Lectureship on Biblical Studies at 7 p.m. April 22 at Huntington University.

His presentation, titled “The Hope of Righteousness: The Christian and Final Justification,” will take place in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Date and Time: 7 pm April 22, 2014.
Location: Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.
Address: Huntington University, 2303 College Ave., Huntington, Ind. 46750.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark R. Fairchild or call 260-359-4235.

The Bergdall lectureship is named in honor of Dr. Chaney Bergdall, professor emeritus of Bible and religion, who retired from the university in 2012.