All 21 Huntington University students from Dr. Wayne Priest’s Applied Research Methods course have had their research projects published in the online Undergraduate Research Journal of the Human Sciences. The students, who worked in teams of three, have seven papers in the journal’s seventh volume.

“Having practical experience in research and presentation is essential for students seeking application to graduate school,” said Woods, a history major from Hillsdale, Mich.

The seven papers are:

  • “Death and Social Life: How Death of a Loved One Impacts Social Style.”
  • “Self-Esteem and Class Standing in Liberal Arts Undergraduate College Students.” 
  • “The Relationship of Fear of Negative Evaluation and Perfectionism in College Students.”
  • “Divorce, Its Implications on Children: The Onset of Sexual Relationships in Adolescents.” 
  • “The Impact of Sleepiness Levels on Academic Achievement for College Students.” 
  • “The Relationship Between Stress and Eating in College-Aged Students.”
  • “The Relationship between Body Mass Index and Self-esteem in Female College Students.”

The students also presented their research projects at the 21st annual Michigan Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference on April 19 at Albion College in Albion, Mich.

Huntington University and Ivy Tech Community College have signed an agreement that will streamline the process for students transferring from Ivy Tech’s Associate of Science in business administration program to Huntington’s Bachelor of Science in business administration program.

Students may transfer into any of the bachelor’s degree programs offered through Huntington’s EXCEL program, including business administration, accounting, human resource management and not-for-profit leadership. The agreement is in effect for courses taken beginning in the fall of 2008. More.

G. Blair Dowden, President of Huntington University
On September 29, I reported about a new worship opportunity on campus, “The Divine Hours.” Held on Friday mornings at 11:00, “The Divine Hours” is a modern worship service based on centuries-old liturgical forms. It blends prayer, scripture, meditations, creeds, and times of silence.

The program has been very popular and very successful. We began offering “The Divine Hours” in Longaker Recital Hall, and attendance quickly grew to standing-room-only. Last week, we added a “second service” at the same time in Room 150 of the Merillat Centre for the Arts to accommodate all the students, faculty, and staff that want to attend.

It’s exciting to see the tremendous response of today’s believers to these ancient forms of worship. Contemporary souls hunger for such rich beauty, theological depth, and personal meaning.

Steve Dennie, Communications Director

Huntington University is plunging into the world of online learning. They got their feet wet during the last several years with a Masters in Youth Ministry Leadership. Now, various other courses are being added through the EXCEL adult education program.


Julie Goetz (right) oversees Huntington University’s online classes. She spent three years working part-time with the online youth program. In June, she came aboard fulltime as the Coordinator of Online Programs. Which means she:

  • Manages and reviews course content.
  • Helps faculty transition their syllabus to an online course (which can be easy or difficult, depending on the course).
  • Trains faculty on how to conduct an online course.
  • Does strategic planning to advance the online programs.
  • Works with, which hosts HU’s online classes.
  • And does other stuff. Don’t we all.

Julie is a learner, too. Currently, she’s pursuing a Master of Education with a specialization in “instructional design for online learning.” Sounds relevant, don’t you think? So when online students contact her with questions or problems, she can respond with empathy, since she encounters some of the same issues.

Huntington University has launched into online education by offering a variety of courses through the EXCEL adult education program.

The EXCEL courses are designed to fit the busy schedules of working students. No driving to campus. Instead, take classes in the comfort of your own home. Since the classroom is open 24/7, you “attend” class and participate in class activities and discussions when it’s most convenient for you.

Some details:

  • Courses are 100% online, and typically last 7 weeks.
  • Tuition is $310 per credit hour, plus a $150 technology fee for online courses.
  • Students must participate in class activities each week.
  • Classes “meet” at a website. Students receive a login and password to access the site, where they can find assignments, discussions, quizzes, and other classroom activities.
  • Students do the work at their convenience.
  • Instructors are available during office hours or by email. There’s a 24/7/365 help desk to answer technical questions.
  • Some scholarship money is available to adult students. You might also qualify for government grant money.
  • Books are mailed to your home two weeks before the class starts.
  • Homework averages 8-10 hours per week.
  • Your diploma is the same as the diploma traditional students receive (nothing indicates it was online education).
  • You can finish an Associate of Science degree in 2.5 years, even with no previous college credits.

Two classes are in progress right now: “Introduction to Psychology” and “Life Science.” More classes will start in January, all worth 3 credit hours.

Online Classes January 27 – March 16

  • Introduction to Computer Applications
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Biblical Covenants

Online Classes March 16 – May 4

  • American History since 1945
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Social Problems
  • Professional Presentations

Huntington also offers a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership, which is mostly online. The course includes a three-day meeting at one of four locations around the country.

Huntington University is hosting a one-day workshop on “Strategic Planning for the Local Church.” It’s limited to 30 persons–the first 30 to register.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.
Cost: $89 (or $69 each if 3 or more persons come from the same church). Includes lunch.
CEU Credit: .5 CEU

The class will focus on:

  • Change and change strategies
  • Kick-start strategies
  • Strategic initiatives
  • Vision and values

As part of the workshop, you’ll work on ideas for your own congregation.

To register, contact Rick Upchurch at:

Phone: 740-412-3808

You can download a PDF flyer with all the information you need.

In February, Huntington University’s EXCEL Adult Degree Programs will begin offering classes in Fort Wayne, Ind. That makes four EXCEL locations, the others being Huntington, Columbia City, and Wabash.

EXCEL offers evening classes tailored to the schedule of most working adults. Classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time. Classes last 5-8 weeks and lead to an associate degree in organizational management or bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, human resource management, or not-for-profit leadership.

Psalm 96 invites us to “Sing to the Lord a new song… proclaim his salvation day after day.” Our generation has been blessed with many “new songs” to worship our Lord. I am grateful that our Campus Ministries team and Joyful Noise student worship band work diligently to lead us in worship experiences that are fresh and alive.

Sometimes, that means learning some “old songs.”  Earlier generations of believers also understood how to worship the Lord in vital, meaningful ways. Those old songs and forms of worship can become “new songs” as they are rediscovered by today’s college students.

This year, on most Friday mornings at 11:00 a.m., our campus community will celebrate “The Divine Hours,” a contemporary liturgical form of worship that blends prayer, scripture, meditations, creeds and silence into a modern worship experience based on centuries-old church practices. “The Divine Hours” will be part of our regular accredited chapel program and will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. Brief reflections will be presented by faculty members each week.

If you happen to be in Huntington on a Friday morning, please feel free to drop by Zurcher Auditorium and worship with us. You can see what’s planned for “The Divine Hours” – as well as for our Tuesday and Thursday chapels and Wednesday night Ekklesia services – on our campus calendar. Just visit and click the “Spiritual Life” tab.