Forester Night recognizes outstanding students, faculty

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2009-05-15
Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for student development, presents the Female Forester of the Year award to Kathryn (Katie) Crandall.
Huntington, Ind.—The 38th Annual Forester Night was held recently at Huntington University. Foresters of the Year, the Alpha Chi Award and the Outstanding Senior Awards from various academic departments were given to several Huntington University graduating seniors. Foresters of the Year are voted on by the Huntington University student body.

Kathryn (Katie) Crandall, an exercise science major from Anderson, Ind., was named Female Forester of the Year. Adam Widener, a broadcasting major from New Whiteland, Ind., was named Male Forester of the Year.


Kathryn (Katie) Crandall
Naomi Woods, a political studies major from Hillsdale, Mich., was honored with the prestigious Alpha Chi Award, given by vote of fellow members to the outstanding graduate in the Indiana Beta chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society at Huntington University.

Criteria taken into account for the award include academic excellence, contributions to the academic climate of Huntington University, contributions to Alpha Chi and its activities and personal excellence.

For the Outstanding Senior Awards, faculty voted to select outstanding seniors from their respective departments and then presented plaques to the individuals on Forester Night. Departmental recipients included

Department of Bible and Religion

Jordan McClain, a Bible and religion major from Greenwood, Ind.

Department of Biology

Karisa Donaldson, a biology/pre-med major from Peru, Ind.


Adam Widener
Department of Business

Spencer Batt, a business management major from New Haven, Ind.

Department of Chemistry

TaeSoo Kim, a chemistry major from Malang, Indonesia

Department of Communication

Adam Widener, a broadcasting major from New Whiteland, Ind.

Digital Media Arts Program

Brian Thompson, a digital media arts major from Maplewood, Minn.


Dr. Paul Michelson, distinguished professor of history, presents Naomi Woods with the Alpha Chi Honor Award.
Department of Education

Kaicy Guthrie, an elementary education from Roanoke, Ind.

Department of English and Modern Languages

William Braun, an English major from St. Cloud, Minn.

Department of History

Matthew Schownir, a history major from Huntington, Ind.

Jill Roughia, a history education major from Bryant, Ind.

Naomi Woods, a political studies major from Hillsdale, Mich.


Naomi Woods
Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Kim Geiger, a recreation management major from Andrews, Ind.

Sam Ryan, a physical education major from Huntington, Ind.

Lauren Davenport, an exercise science major from Andrews, Ind.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science


Dr. Wayne Priest, associate professor psychology, gives his acceptance speech after being named Professor of the Year.
Matt Wright, a computer science major from Davis Junction, Ill.

Joshua Zinnel, a mathematics education major from Kendallville, Ind.

Department of Ministry and Missions

Anna Stampfl, a missions major from Kenosha, Wis.

Department of Psychology

Wayne Stephan, a psychology major from Huntington, Ind.


Dr. Wayne Priest
Department of Social Work

Stacie Cheek, a social work major from Franklin, Ind.

Department of Sociology

Whitney Abbott, a psychology major from Roanoke, Ind.

Department of Theatre Arts

Abigail Allwein, a theatre major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Department of Visual Arts

Ben Hopper, a graphic design major from Huntington, Ind.

Professor of the Year, an honor voted on by Huntington University student body, was presented to Dr. Wayne Priest, associate professor of psychology. He has taught at the university for 12 years.

Before joining the Huntington University faculty, Priest served as a clinical psychologist in Carmel, Ind. He completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and gerontological assessment at Ball State University in 1993. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and religion in 1980 and his Master of Arts degree in religion in 1983 from Anderson University. He has been an adjunct professor in general psychology and other psychology courses for Anderson, Purdue and Indiana universities for several semesters. He has had several additional years of counseling experience at various clinics. Priest has participated in more than three dozen workshops on a range of topics, including aging, Alzheimer treatment, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory interpretation and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. He has made presentations on similar topics at various conferences and has published in Clinical Gerontologist.

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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).  
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