Platt to receive Distinguished Service Award

Huntington, Ind.—Steve Platt, retired head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, will receive the Huntington University Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual dinner Sept. 4.

Steve Platt receives the 2008 Distinguished Service Award presented by President G. Blair Dowden.
Platt will be recognized for his “outstanding leadership and service as well as the national attention he has brought to Huntington County,” according to the award citation.

As the 14-year head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, Platt guided the Foresters to five Mid-Central College Conference regular season titles, five MCC tournament championships, two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics final four appearances, and seven national tournament appearances in the last nine years. In 2006, the Foresters were runners-up in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

Platt retired in 2008 as the reigning MCC Coach of the Year, his second time receiving the honor. His players earned 23 All-America honors, including an NAIA Player of the Year, and on eight occasions a Forester has been named MCC Player of Year. Platt’s winning percentage of .697 is the highest in school history. He reached the 100-win plateau faster than any previous Huntington men’s basketball coach. On Jan. 30, 2007, he notched his 300th win with a 66-48 victory over conference rival Taylor University.

The Huntington University Foundation established the Distinguished Service Award in 2002 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the principles associated with the mission of Huntington University. Recipients give substance and credence to the university’s beliefs, serve as effective role models for students and receive recognition for the tremendous contribution they make to the Huntington County community.

The keynote speaker for the foundation dinner is Dr. Tim Elmore, founder and president of Growing Leaders, Inc. Elmore will speak on “Raising Up the Next Generation of Leaders.” The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by a 6 p.m. dinner upstairs in the Habecker Dining Commons.

The public is invited to attend the dinner. The cost of the program is $25 per person. Tables of eight may be reserved for $160. To make reservations, contact Cindy Vezeau at (260) 359-4042. The registration deadline is Aug. 29. Payment should be sent to Huntington University Foundation, 2303 College Avenue, Huntington, Ind., 46750.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


Heather Barkley
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Joanne Green
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