Huntington, Ind.—The Herald-Press, Huntington County’s only daily newspaper, was presented the Huntington University Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual dinner Monday.
“The Herald-Press has been a fair and balanced reporter of news in Huntington County since its founding,” said Travis Holdman, president of the foundation. “The newspaper’s support of Huntington University in covering academic achievements, sports and the arts over the years has benefited the University and the community. The Herald-Press is a community player and friend of HU and is very deserving to be recognized for their distinguished service.”
Steve Kimmel, vice president and general manager of The Herald-Press, accepted the award from Holdman and Huntington University President Dr. G. Blair Dowden.
“I’m really humbled by this,” Kimmel said. “This is quite an award. I appreciate this and accept this with much gratitude and humility on behalf of our staff.”
At the banquet, before an audience of 110 regional business leaders, Holdman read a citation in honor of The Herald-Press.
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 foundation dinner’s keynote speaker, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, shared his thoughts about faith, government and finding personal identity.
“My point is this – if you spend your mind’s energy and creativity on who you are in the world, you will miss what God is doing when He’s standing right in front of you,” Pence said.
Following his speech, Pence took questions from the audience about the Republican Party, the United Nations and North Korea.
Dowden addressed the state of Huntington University’s enrollment, academics and spiritual life. He also discussed future plans, including the advent of the nursing program and two Spanish majors; potential projects for the next capital campaign; and possible collaborative ventures with community organizations.