Are you a Facebook member? If so, you might be interested in joining one of the Facebook groups related to Huntington University. Just log-in and do a search for one of these group names. You might even be able to connect with some long-lost friends and classmates.

  • Huntington University Supporters. Currently has 247 members.
  • Huntington College Alumni. Has 178 members.
  • Huntington University Supporters. Has 103 members.

The Huntington University Board of Trustees has approved a 4.5 percent increase for fulltime traditional undergraduate tuition and fees in 2008-2009.

To make college more affordable, Huntington has kept increases to only 2 percent and 3 percent the past two years. The increase for the 2008-2009 academic year means that a fulltime, traditional undergraduate student at Huntington will pay $435 more in tuition and fees per semester.

The annual tuition and fees at Huntington University is currently $19,430, nearly $4,300 less than the national average. Across the United States, the average tuition and fees at four-year private institutions in 2007-2008 is $23,712, representing a 6.3 percent increase of more than $1,400 over 2006-2007, according to College Board’s 2007-2008 Annual Survey of Colleges.

In addition to being ranked No. 7 among the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in 2008 by U.S.News & World Report, Huntington University also was named No. 5 among the “Best Values in Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Midwest.

livingston.jpgHuntington University’s new student residence (right) will bear a name from the past: Livingston Hall. The Board of Trustees agreed on that name during their January 26 meeting.

The original Livingston Hall developed from a home built in 1897 by President Charles H. Kiracofe and later sold to theology professor Samuel L. Livingston. The house was converted to a women’s residence in 1918 and later underwent two significant expansions and renovations. After additional student residences were built in the 1980s, Livingston Hall was converted to faculty offices.

The building was demolished in 1988 to make room for RichLyn Library. The new Livingston Hall iwll house 150 undergraduates, and is scheduled for occupancy next fall.

Huntington University is seeking a person to serve in the part-time role of Graduate School Admissions and Marketing Coordinator. This position involves representing Huntington University in a professional manner throughout the process of recruiting, admitting, and matriculating prospective graduate students, specifically in marketing the Graduate Ministry and the Graduate Counseling Programs.

Candidates must have a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, a desire to serve others and a commitment to being a faithful steward of university resources. The ideal candidate will have marketing skills and strong computer skills: primarily Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. The individual should have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, in one-on-one and group settings and must be able to work in a highly interactive and team-oriented environment. The role requires a candidate with self-motivation and initiative, creativity, attention to detail, and time management skills. The candidate must possess a high level of problem solving and organization skills, and must be able to execute multiple projects and tasks concurrently. A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.

If interested, contact:

Huntington University
Human Resource Office
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, IN 46750
Email to
Or fax to 260-359-4086

klopfenstein1.jpgRichard Klopfenstein, former athletic director and chair of the Physical Education Department at Huntington University, passed away January 21 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 85. His wife, Mary, continues living in Huntington, Ind.

The funeral will be held Thursday, January 24, at D. O. McComb and sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, Ind. at 11 a.m. Dr. Ray Seilhamer and Dr. Kent Maxwell wil officiate.

Klopfenstein is recognized as the “founding father” of the Mid-Central College Conference, the athletic conference in which the Foresters still compete. Klopfenstein helped start the MCC in 1959 and served as the organization’s first president.

Dick Kloopfenstein came to Huntington as a transfer student in 1942. He left to serve in the US Army during World War 2, earning a battle star and a combat infantryman’s badge. He then returned to Huntington, finishing his degree in 1948. After five years of teaching and coaching in Lafayette, Ind., he returned to HU in 1953 as the new athletic director.

During his years at Huntington University, Coach K coached a total of 80 seasons, including 33 years as golf coach, 15 years as men’s tennis coach, 13 years as men’s basket5ball coach, three years as baseball coach, and one year as women’t ennis coach. He was awarded professor emeritus status in 1987, but contiued to coach golf until 1992.

Read more about Coach K and his contributions to Huntington University.

Tom Brodbeck, former Central Conference superintendent, alerted us to news about his son, Tom, a student at Huntington University. “My son is about to be famous! About a year ago, he had to fill in as the sports anchor for HTV (HU’s TV station). He hates being on camera, and was really nervous. His ‘friends’ kept his goof-ups and posted a blooper video on YouTube. Some website has picked it up and it is now nationally popular. He is being interviewed by a radio station in Alabama today. The video will be aired on Best D*** Sports Show (Fox Sports) next week. And another website has contacted him about doing a weekly sports video for them.”

The YouTube video has had about 40,000 hits since Christmas.

Here’s the direct link. There are other HTV news videos on YouTube, which you can find by putting “HTV News” in the search box.

Ruth MerillatHuntington University honored the 178 Merillat Scholars at a dinner on November 6. The founders of the scholarship were represented by Dr. Ruth Merillat of Adrian, Mich. (right) and her son Dr. Richard Merillat of Naples, Fla.

The Merillat Scholar award is a scholarship primarily for students in these categories:

  • United Brethren in Christ Church members
  • Children of Huntington University alumni
  • Students involved in Youth for Christ in high school at the Student Leader level.

Since the Merillat Scholar award began in the fall of 1994, almost $10 million has been given to more than 1000 students. The first Merillat class consisted of 29 recipients.

A $2500 scholarship is awarded to students who have a 2.7 high school cumulative grade point average and a minimum 900 SAT or 19 ACT. An additional $1500 scholarship is awarded to students who have a 3.2 cumulative GPA and a minimum 1000 SAT or 21 ACT, for a total scholarship of $4000.

The Merillat Scholar program is also in the second year of stacking award categories. So, for example, a student who is a member of the United Brethren in Christ Church and also a child of an alumni would receive an extra $1000. If they also happen to be a Youth for Christ student leader, they would receive an extra $500 on top of that for a total of $1500 in additional aid. The Merillat Scholar award is not based on financial need.

Huntington University has a record enrollment of 1,153 students for the fall semester of the 2007-2008 school year. That includes a record 923 undergraduate students. The incoming class of freshmen, transfers, and readmitted students is the largest on record with 299 students. After celebrating its new satellite location in Wabash, Ind., on September 4, the EXCEL Program for Adults achieved a record enrollment of 141 students.

Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University, says, “Our Strategic Plan sets forth the ambitious target of 2,000 students by 2016. With our increase to 1,153 students this fall, we are well on our way to achieving our goal.”
The reach of the institution also is expanding. Distinctive academic programs, including new bachelor’s degrees in nursing, Spanish and Spanish education, digital media arts, economics and finance, political studies, social work, sports ministry and worship leadership, have attracted students from 29 states and Puerto Rico. This fall, 35 international students have come to Huntington University from 17 countries.

alexkock.jpgAlex Kock, a 2007 Huntington University graduate, has contracted to play professional basketball for BC Mess, a team in Luxemburg. This is the first time a former Forester has been signed to a professional team. Kock, a native of Auburn, Ind., left for Europe on September 8, and will play through April 17.

In 2007, Kock was named Division II National Player of the Year by the NAIA. In HU’s own Mid-Central Conference, he was named Player of the Year for three consecutive years (he played his freshman year at Wright State University before transferring to Huntington). As a senior, Kock averaged 23.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. Read more about him.

Huntington University’s has launched the Urban Scholarship and Mentoring Program, which will identify and support up to six urban students each year in a scholarship, mentoring, and urban leadership program. This start-up initiative is made possible by an $18,000 award from the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund. This program involves a partnership between Huntington University and Youth for Christ. The first scholarship recipients will enroll in the fall of 2008.