Huntington University will award three honorary degrees at its 2006 Commencement Exercises on May 13, 2006.
Dr. Robert C. Andringa, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, will be honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters for his distinguished record of leadership and service in both public policy and higher education. He will also give the Commencement address.
Char BinkleyMrs. Charlotte (Char) Binkley, executive director of the WBCL Radio Network in Fort Wayne, Ind., will also receive the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Her voice is familiar to Christian radio listeners throughout the area.
Bill EakinRev. Charles Billiam (Bill) Eakin will receive the Doctor of Divinity degree. He has served nearly 60 years with Youth for Christ, a term longer than any other staff member in the organization’s history. He continues serving as a Campus Life coach in Indianapolis. During the 1980s, he spoke at the United Brethren Youth Convention. He and his wife established 30 Youth for Christ clubs in Akron, Ohio. Later, as the international field director, he managed all overseas activities for Youth for Christ, a position that took him to 40 countries. In 1974, Eakin and his family moved to Indianapolis, where they have remained.
You can read more about these award recipients on the Huntington University site.

Robert AndringaDr. Robert C. Andringa (right), president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), will give the Commencement address at Huntington University on Saturday, May 13. Dr. Norris Friesen, Huntington’s vice president and dean, will deliver the baccalaureate address to graduates and their parents at 10:30 a.m., in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Commencement will be held on the campus front lawn at 3 p.m. You can read more about them on the Huntington University site.
The CCCU is an association of 105 member colleges and universities, plus 71 affiliated institutions of higher education located in 24 countries. Dr. Andringa will retire from the presidency of the CCCU this summer.
As vice president and dean, Dr. Friesen (right) is the chief academic officer of Huntington University. He supervises the faculty, assistant and associate deans, the RichLyn Library, academic registration, and adult and graduate education. He came to the university in 1985 as Dean of Student Services, was named Vice President for Student Development in 1993, and accepted his current role in 2002.
Read more about Dr. Andringa and Dr. Friesen.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team started as the Number 2 seed in the NAIA Division II national tournament in Branson, Mo. They made it fairly easily to the championship game. But then they ran into College of the Ozarks, a school which basically had home-field advantage.
In the final game Tuesday night, March14, Huntington’s poorest shooting performance and lowest offensive output of the season led to its demise. They fell 74-56 to College of the Ozarks.
Read more about the game here.

The Huntington University men’s basketball team has reached the Final Four of the NAIA national tournament in Branson, Missouri. The entered the tourney as the number 2 seed, and the number 1 seed has already bowed out.
The Foresters defeated #10 Morningside (Iowa) on Saturday, March11, to reach the Final Four. They trailed most of the first half, but overcame a five-point half-time deficit to eventually win 82-70.
The tournament continues at 6:00 p.m. (CST) on Monday, March 13, as Huntington faces MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (25-10) in the semifinals. The game will be broadcast live from Branson by Huntington University Radio WQHU 105.5 FM. MidAmerica is the only unseeded team to reach the Final Four. The other two teams left in the tournament are 4th-seed College of the Ozards (27-6) and 8th-seed Lindenwood Univeristy (26-9). HU’s season record is 31-5.

HUBBall_300.jpgThe Huntington University men’s basketball team is ranked second in the national in the NAIA Division II, with a 28-5 record. They are now in Branson, Missouri, for the national tournament, and were given the number 2 seed. The top seed went to Embry Riddle, a Florida college, with a 30-2 record.
The Foresters will play their first game on Thursday, March 8, against Fisher College (16-14) of Boston, Mass. The game begins at 4 pm, and can be heard over the internet on HU’s radio station, WQHU. Go here for the link.
The Foresters are led by Alex Kock, MCC co-player of the year, who averages just under 21 points per game. Kyle Ganton leads the Division II in 3-point field goal percentage at 51%, and averages 18 points per game. Both are juniors. HU enters the tournament with the best team free throw percentage in Division II, at 78.6%.
On February 28, HU squared off against 8th-ranked Taylor University for the Mid-Central Conference championship, and won easily, 68-44. The photo on the right was taken after that victory.

The Fall 2005 HTV News team
Every Thursday, Huntington University’s HTV airs a news broadcast which focuses on happenings at the university. You can now view those broadcasts via the internet if you have the free Quicktime 7 player installed, and can even download the video clips. The news program is written, directed,produced, and performed by HU students.

HTV News recently won first-place for TV Studio Production from the Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters. The station’s website,, also won first place for Web Site Content and Design. HU placed in five of the 11 categories in the awards contest. The other first-place award came in TV Field Production for the film “Love is a four Letter Word.” HU students also took third-place honors for a radio drama, “He Walks With Me,” and for a music video, “Good Thing.”

On January 25, Bishop Emeritus Paul Hirschy began a new job as a development officer at Huntington University. PaulHirschy_small.jpgHis primary responsibilities are to cultivate relationships and generate financial resources for the University. Hirschy will travel the tri-state area meeting with alumni and friends to share the Huntington University story.
“Paul is a sincere, compassionate, committed Christian man whose love of and historic ties to Huntington University make him a natural fit with the Advancement staff,” says Troy Irick, vice president for Advancement. “Paul and his wife Barbara have 40 years worth of ties to HU as students, alums, parents of alum,s and as a UB pastor and bishop of the church.”
Hirschy served from 2001-2005 as bishop of the United Brethren in Christ Church, USA. Prior to that position, he was the director of the Department of Church Services for the United Brethren in Christ Church beginning in 1982.
“I hope to serve Huntington University by making good contacts with people who believe in the University’s mission, and I plan to help build church and University relations through my extensive contacts with pastors and churches,” Hirschy said.
Hirschy and his wife, Barb, a schoolteacher, attend College Park Church in Huntington, Ind.

During this year’s Homecoming activities, Huntington University gave out its annual outstanding alumnus awards.

  • Kathleen Krum, a 1971 graduate, was given one of the two Alumnus of the Year awards, which recognize outstanding achievement during the past year. She was honored for her work in environmental education programs.
  • The other Alumnus of the Year award went to Doug Slaybaugh, who graduated in 1978 with a degree in Psychology. Since 1995, he has served with Saddleback Church and its related Purpose Driven ministry. He is now CEO and President of Purpose Driven Ministries.
  • Dr. Emmett Lippe was selected to receive the University’s Distinguished Alumni Citation, which recognizes achievement over an extended periof of time. Lippe, a 1964 graduate, has received a variety of honors for his educational contributions in Michigan.

Huntington University will accept up to 20 college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Tuition, fees, room, and board will be waived for these students for the Fall 2005 semester. Students may enroll in classes, either full- or part-time, on a special emergency transfer basis until September 17.

Transcripts will not be required, but students are asked to present a current, valid ID from an accredited college or university damaged or closed by Hurricane Katrina. Students interested in enrolling should contact the Registrar at (260) 359-4011.

Huntington University is also organizing volunteers through the Joe Mertz Center to assist with clean up and recovery. Plans are being made to send work teams to the Gulf Coast region in October, January, and March. A special fund has been established to support these volunteer efforts. Interested donors should contact the Advancement Office, or direct their gifts to Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, Huntington University, 2303 College Avenue, Huntington, Indiana 46750.

Huntington University students and personnel are raising funds and collecting supplies for a variety of relief organizations and churches serving storm-stricken areas.

  • Huntington College will officially re-open as Huntington University with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special chapel service on Thursday, September 1. The public is invited to attend. The ribbon-cutting will take place at the campus’ main entrance at the intersection of Guilford Street and Merillat Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. on September 1. The ceremony will be followed by an all-campus convocation at 10 a.m., in Zurcher Auditorium.
  • Ned Kiser, HU’s Vice President of Advancement since 1995, has accepted a position with Asian Access, a mission agency that seeks to develop leaders for churches across Asia. Kiser’s new position will allow him to continue living in Huntington.
  • Taking part in the Volunteer Plunge has become a rite of initiation for new students at Huntington University. For the past 12 years, Huntington University’s new students have participated in the Joe Mertz Center Volunteer Plunge. This year 18 teams of freshmen and transfer students will volunteer at various places in the Huntington community, bringing to life HU’s campus mission of impacting the world for Christ. The annual Volunteer Plunge is held in conjuction with the two-day new student orientation. Students will help clean, paint, participate in yard work and other various indoor and outdoor projects throughout the Huntington community. Service locations for the 2005 Volunteer Plunge include the Youth Services Bureau, the American Red Cross, Eastbrook Ranch, Connecting Friends, Love Inc., Horace Mann and Riverview Elementary Schools, Lincoln Elementary School, YMCA, Kid’s Kampus, the Dan Quayle Center, Huntington Head Start, Lancaster Elementary School, the Boys and Girls Club, Huntington House, Good Shepherd Church, and the Park Department.