Dennison, Harner named Foresters of the Year

Professor of the Year and Departmental awards given at annual event

HUNTINGTON, IN – The 31st annual Huntington College Forester Night was held Tuesday, May 7, at Huntington College. Forester of the Year and Professor of the Year were announced as well as the Outstanding Senior Awards in various departments. Forester of the Year and Professor of the Year are chosen by a student body vote, taken the week before Forester Night. Departmental awards are chosen by the professors of each department.

Ryan Dennison, a youth ministries major from Madison, Iowa, was named Male Forester of the Year by his peers. While at Huntington, Dennison has been a Resident Assistant and a Dean’s List honoree multiple times.

Katie Harner, a theatre-performance major from Rockford, Mich., was named Female Forester of the Year by her peers. While at Huntington, Harner was a four-time letterwinner on the women’s basketball team, a member of the campus praise and worship band, Joyful Noise, a Dean’s List honoree multiple times and participated in numerous theatre performances.

Dr. John Sanders, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, was named Professor of the Year by the Huntington College student body. Sanders’ was most recently the Extraordinary Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion. He earned his Th.D in systematic and philosophical theology from the University of South Africa. Prior to coming to Huntington College he served as head of the religious studies program at Oak Hills Christian college in Minnesota. Sanders has authored or edited three books, which have been listed in the top 20 of Christianity Today magazines book of the year awards. One of these, The Openness of God, he co-authored with Professor Hasker (among others). The other two award winning books are No Other Name and What About Those Who Have Never Heard? His latest book is The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence from InterVarsity Press. He has also published several articles and chapters in books. Most recently, his paper, “The Assurance of Things to Come,” was published in Looking to the Future: Evangelical Studies in Eschatology, ed. David Baker, (Baker Book House, 2001). Sanders and his wife, Jody, have been married for 24 years and have five children.

Departmental awards for Outstanding Senior went to the following students:
Department Student  Hometown
HistoryRussell DegitzFort Wayne, Ind.
Mathematics/Physics    Gregory Byrum Twelve Mile, Ind.
Theatre Sarah Stanek Indianapolis, Ind.
Music Sarah Stanek Indianapolis, Ind.
Business/Economics Jonathan Ringger Decatur, Ind.
Physical Education Cris Rupp Blissfield, Mich.
Computer Science Hristina Dimitrova Karlovo, Bulgaria
Communication Sharra Sieminski Charlottesville, Virginia
Biology Jennifer Bowman Peru, Ind.
Educational Ministries Trista Guillaume Roanoke, Ind.
Bible and Religion Christina Glick Bloomfield, Mich.
Sociology Linda Neely Cochranton, Pa.
Philosophy John Wait Lake Odessa, Mich.
Recreation Management Alicia McElhaney Marion, Ind.
Psychology Erin Steury Fort Wayne, Ind.
Education Jill Johnson Huntington, Ind.
Art Julie Magrum Northwood, Ohio
English Tai Mauney Anderson, Ind.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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