Huntington University has announced that, with generous help from Emmanuel Community Church, two board trustee members and other donors, it has received a new 35-passenger bus. The 2011 Turtle Top Odyssey Freightliner features interior double-row seating, steel roll cage with full perimeter steel floor, and exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) regulations.
The Forester Athletic Department will be just one of the campus constituents who will benefit from the new transportation.
“What a blessing to have another option for team travel, especially one that ‘shouts’ who we are and who we represent,” stated Lori Culler, Huntington University’s Athletic Director. Culler also expressed thanks and gratitude to all who donated funds and especially to “Vince Haupert, Greg Smitley and their respective departments who diligently worked out the myriad of details to make the use of the bus a reality.”
The new addition to the HU fleet will specifically save the athletic department approximately $10,000 a year in operating expenses. Huntington University paid nothing for the bus, but its athletes will feel the impact of the gift especially during the winter season when reliable transportation is essential. The university will realize an additional cost savings when teams are able to travel in the new bus versus renting charter buses for away contests.
Other campus groups, departments or organizations may also request to use the bus to transport students for special events, field trips, mission trips, etc.