Fred Miller may have left the Indiana heartland for New Mexico and Texas, but he hasn’t left the classroom. Miller, a native of Lagro, Ind., and a 2000 Huntington grad, had already finished a second degree in only a few short years after graduation and was fast approaching the completion of a third.
While at Huntington, Miller earned his B.S. in exercise science and balanced his studies with his athletic endeavors; he managed to participate in four sports at Huntington University, including cross country, golf, track and field and baseball. Now an avid marathon runner, Miller is also going the distance in his education. After graduating from Huntington, Miller headed to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M., to pursue a master’s degree in physical education.
From ENMU, Miller then traveled to Houston, Texas, to study at the University of Houston, to obtain his Ph.D. in kinesiology. He also worked as a teaching fellow for the health and human performance department at UH, and also helped on a $3.1 million dollar study called TIGER (Training Interventions and Genetics of Exercise Response Study). At the Baylor College of Medicine he worked on another study called FLOW (Family Lifestyle Overweight Prevention). Miller was also an adjunct instructor at Houston Community College and San Jacinto College.
Miller had hoped his continued education, coupled with the foundation he laid at Huntington, would prepare him for a classroom of his own. He says his Huntington professors provided the model for the kind of professor he hopes to be and gave him a spiritual perspective on his academic field.
“The professors in my field of exercise science instructed in a way that taught me to care about my job, co-workers and environment from a Christian perspective,” said Miller. “They taught me that relationships are important and to always follow what God would want, not what the world desires. One day, I want to be a professor and teach from a Christian perspective, and Huntington has taught me how.”
“Huntington showed me the ‘big picture’ in that life is more than getting a degree and then finding a well paid job,” Miller adds. “It taught me the importance of finding joy in what I do and to rely on God.”
Miller says the learning culture created at Huntington inspired him to go to graduate school.
“Without Huntington, I don’t think I would have pursued my Ph.D.,” said Miller. “The friendly, fun and Christian environment at Huntington allowed me to see learning as enjoyable and important. This is one reason I am still in college. Because my Huntington education was good, I was able to get accepted and do well in graduate school.”
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