High school students are invited to submit their film creations to the Forester High School Film Festival. It’s part of The Forester Film Festival on May 6, 2017. This yearly event is sponsored by the Digital Media Arts department of Huntington University.

Huntington University uses the festival to connect with creative high schoolers who want feedback on their work from industry professionals and are looking into continuing their education in either film, animation, or broadcasting.

Entries must be created by a current high school student. The deadline is April 1, 2017.

There are three categories:

  • A short film of 10 minutes or less.
  • A documentary or broadcasting piece created as part of a school news team, if the submitter is the featured reporter, anchor, or producer.
  • A stop motion or computer animation.

Winners will receive the “Forester Excellence Award” and are VIP’s to the Forester Film Festival black-tie screening event and reception. Winners also receive feedback on their work from professionals and may have their work screened at the reception.

Go here for more information.

Huntington University’s fall enrollment is the largest ever, at 1300 students. That’s an increase of 27 students from 2015. The numbers include:

  • 916 residential undergraduate students.
  • 85 students enrolled in professional programs.
  • 299 graduate students.
  • 48 international students.
  • 25 students in the new Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.
  • 34 new students in the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program, for an overall total of 98 students.

Nancy Richison (right), HU instructor of nursing, is teaching student Caitlin Brown how to start an IV.

Nancy Richison (right), HU instructor of nursing, is teaching student Caitlin Brown how to start an IV.

The Huntington University nursing program received a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This builds on the initial five-year accreditation received in 2010. Since graduating its first class in 2011, the nursing program has conferred 91 Bachelor of Science degrees to nurses who now work around the world.

“Huntington University has one of the top nursing programs in the region and we believe this has been validated by CCNE accreditation,” said Dr. Diana Shenefield, assistant professor of nursing. “The nursing faculty and staff work hard to ensure this is a premier nursing program for our students and we graduate the best trained nurses possible.”

Wilson’s key responsibilities include community worship and teaching, spiritual development and growth for students and staff, pastoral care, and leading campus ministries and outreach opportunities. As a member of the senior leadership team, Wilson will also be involved in the University’s strategic and long-term planning.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity God has given me to collaborate with staff and faculty in keeping Christ-at-center here at Huntington University,” said Wilson.

In 2004, Wilson graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with a degree in pastoral ministries. In 2012, he earned a Master of Arts degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University.


Interested in becoming a nurse? Are you a high school student entering your junior or senior year? Come to Huntington University July 11-15 for the Nursing Career Academy.

This week-long, college-like, nursing camp explores the field of nursing in a hands-on environment. Participants will have the opportunity to become CPR certified and learn basic first aid and nursing skills. They will also tour area hospitals and trauma centers and interact with a variety of nursing professionals. Campers will stay in the dorms with current and past HU nursing students. Here are photos from the 2015 camp.

The cost is $300. That covers all educational supplies, meals, housing, field trips, activities, and camp shirt.

The Huntington University website has complete information (what to wear, what to bring, etc.), plus a link for registering. Below are some photos from the 2015 camp.


On Saturday May 14th, Huntington University honored 247 graduates during its 118th Commencement ceremonies.

  • 25 Master of Arts degrees.
  • 6 Master of Education degrees.
  • 61 Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  • 4 Bachelor of Music degrees.
  • 116 Bachelor of Science degrees.
  • 18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees.
  • 10 Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
  • 7 Associate of Science degrees.

The Commencement speaker was Dr. Larry Mercer, vice chairman of the board at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

Krista Wood and Niles Berry, Foresters of the Year.

On May 3, awards were presented to various members of the Huntington University family during the annual Forester Night. Here are a few of the awards.

Foresters of the Year (voted on by the student body). Niles Berry, a senior social work major from Rochester, Ind., was named the Male Forester of the Year. Krista Wood, a senior nursing major from Waterville, Ohio, was named the Female Forester of the Year.

Paul and Jean Michelson Alpha Chi Outstanding Scholar Award. Alpha Chi members selected Bronwen Fetters, a senior English writing and literature major from Huntington, Indiana. She is the daughter of former Macau missionaries Luke and Audrey Fetters.

Professor of the Year. This honor went to Dr. Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, who joined the HU faculty in the fall of 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Smith is particularly interested in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Kashmir.

Twenty-two seniors also were honored by their respective departments with Outstanding Senior Awards, which are voted on by faculty. You can read about them here.

Breaking ground for the new Welcome Center.

Breaking ground for the new Welcome Center.

On April 21, Huntington University broke ground for new Welcome Center, which should be completed by late fall 2016. It’s a 3000-square-foot addition to the Merillat Centre for the Arts, and will cost around $700,000. A member of the HU Board of Trustees gave a $500,000 lead donation to get the project underway.

The Welcome Center will mostly house the Admissions office, which is currently located in the lower-level of the Livingston Residence Hall.


Legendary Huntington University cross-country and track coach Tom King announced will retire from coaching at the end of the 2016 track season.

King came to HU in 1970 as Dean of Men, and also took over the track teams and began building a cross-country program. During the next 40+ years, his track teams won 15 league titles. In the early 1990s, the women’s track program won four consecutive national championships in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Since 1987, over 80 of his student-athletes qualified for the NAIA National Track and Field Championships, and earned 56 All-American honors. They include four-time national shot-put champion Jim Arnett, two-time national champion John Ngure, and national runners-up Danielle Vohs and Jenny Keil. He has also coached well over 100 All-American Scholar Athletes.

Accolades from his 47-year tenure:

  • 33 times: Conference Coach of the Year 33 times.
  • 7 times: District 21 Coach of the Year.
  • 2 times: NCAA Coach of the Year.

King also served as HU’s athletic director 1987-1995, and in 2001 was inducted into HU’s Athletic Hall of Fame.