Huntington, Ind.—The 36th Annual Forester Night was held Tuesday, May 8, in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts. Foresters of the Year, the Alpha Chi Award, and the Outstanding Senior Awards from various academic departments were all given to several Huntington University graduating seniors. Foresters of the Year are voted on by the Huntington University student body.
Emily Caley, a senior educational ministries major from Byron Center, Mich., was named Female Forester of the Year. Seth Caldwell, a senior communication studies major from Mansfield, Ohio, was named Male Forester of the Year.
Drew Clay, an accounting major from Van Wert, Ohio, was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award, given by vote of fellow Alpha Chi 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. Clay served this past year as chapter treasurer and contributed to the chapter’s Alpha Chi Forum program series.
For the Outstanding Senior Awards, faculty voted to select one outstanding senior from their respective departments and then presented a plaque to the individual on Forester Night. Departmental recipients included
Luke Erickson, a Bible and religion major from Moline, Ill.
Drew Clay, an accounting major from Van Wert, Ohio
Abby Gaier, a chemistry education major from Bluffton, Ind.
Todd Stapleton, a broadcasting major from Tipp City, Ohio
Daron Short, a graphic design major from Whiteland, Ind.
Greg Wardwell, a graphic design major from Beech Grove, Ind.
Katie Dinkens, an elementary education major from Francesville, Ind.
Tracy Schwerin, an English education major from Flanagan, Ill.
Rick Klindinst, a history major from North Liberty, Ind.
Molly Andrews, a mathematics education major from Franklin, Ind.
Dave Nearpass, a youth ministries major from Lansing, Ill.
Jennifer MacDonald, a choral education major from Huntington, Ind.
James Harpe, a philosophy and history double major from Tipton, Ind.
Rebekah Liston, a philosophy and theatre performance double major from Columbus, Mich.
Tiffany Malfait, a physical education major from Woodburn, Ind.
Katie Brautigam, a psychology major from Huntington, Ind.
Andrea Tobey, a recreation management major Caro, Mich.
Emily Risser, a social work major from St. Thomas, Pa.
Elissa Bridges, a sociology major from Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Kylie Edmonds, a theatre performance major from Bourbon, Ind.
Professor of the Year, an honor voted on by Huntington University student body, was given to Dr. Kevin Miller, associate professor of communication and advisor of the student newspaper, the Huntingtonian. Miller joined the communication faculty in 2002, coming from Christianity Today magazine where he was associate editor and writer.
His articles have also been published in Christian History, Your Church, Christian Reader, New Man, and Leadership Journal magazines. He was editorial associate for the academic peer-reviewed Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and has taught English and communication courses at Wheaton College and the University of Kentucky.
His Ph.D. in communication is from the University of Kentucky, where he also completed an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in social theory. He received a Master of Arts in journalism from The Ohio State University, and is a candidate for a master’s degree in the history of Christian thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Eastern Mennonite University, and a diploma in Christian ministries from Rosedale Bible College.