Cochran, Brautigam honored with Peer Awards

Huntington, Ind.—Recipients of the Huntington University Peer Award for the month of November are Barry Cochran and Dr. Dwight Brautigam.

Jean Michelson, circulation coordinator for the RichLyn Library, passed the Peer Award to Barry Cochran. Cochran is director of campus police and has been with the university for 13 years.

In recognizing Cochran, Michelson said, “When you work in a building that has many doors, a gate, and lots of student workers, and you are in charge of equipment which is attractive to thieves, you interact with Barry a lot. He is always pleasant and comes when we need him, whether it’s to investigate why somebody got locked IN the library or who left what unlocked. But he also has a wonderful side when it comes to students and bikes. He has helped quite a few students with bike problems, helping to provide one international student with a bike. Just recently the son of a graduate student needed new brakes. Barry fixed it for free, and the little boy is riding again. Thanks, Barry, for caring about HU property and people in so many interesting ways.”

Jim O'Donnell (right) passes the Peer Award to Dr. Dwight Brautigam.
Jim O’Donnell, associate professor of business and executive-in-residence, passed the Peer Award to Dr. Dwight Brautigam. Brautigam is professor of history and has been with HU for 20 years.

In recognizing Brautigam, O’Donnell wrote, “Dwight is, in my eyes, a real peer – peer I admire. He’s an admirable historian who, among other things, educated all of us on campus back in the fall of 2000 about the Electoral College. He’s also a loving husband, devoted father, an involved citizen – an elected official in our community, no less – a thinker on matters extending beyond his discipline, a willing contributor to campus debates who, unflinchingly, takes a stand, not only on the popular side of an important debate, but also on the not-so-popular side. He was my buddy in the 2003 debates here on campus leading up to the Iraq War. We were known as ‘Shock’ (Dwight) and ‘Awe.’ Yet, in spite of all his smarts, hard work, overloads and involvement, there always seems to be a smile on Dwight’s face. As a two-time (so far, that is) winner of Professor of the Year honors and, as well, as a colleague I had the privilege to work with on Faculty Concerns Committee during some of the most trying times in HU’s history, I’m glad to be a colleague and friend of Dwight Brautigam’s.”

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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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