Three alumni honored at HU’s Homecoming

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Huntington University honored three alumni at today's Homecoming luncheon for their work in advancing the institution's mission to impact the world for Christ.

Janet Clark of Huntington, Ind., received the Distinguished Alumni Citation for devoting her life to educating and ministering to children. For 17 years, Clark has directed the children's ministry at College Park Church of the United Brethren in Christ in Huntington. She previously served as a teacher and principal. Clark earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the university in 1963.

In part, the citation about her reads, "Her dynamism and faith have inspired countless individuals. Children are drawn to her, whether they are extroverted or introverted, because of her genuine care and love for them. She purposefully places herself in situations where she encounters hurting people, trusting that Christ will give her an opportunity to minister to them."

Rachel Tinon Rempt, who is serving through Youth With A Mission in Europe, was honored with the Alumnus of the Year Award. In addition to her mission work, she also is an author, having published her first novel before graduating with a bachelor's degree in literature in 2005. She has just completed her third novel, which was accepted for representation by noted publisher Chip MacGregor.

A portion of her citation reads, "Mrs. Rachel Tinon Rempt stood out to the faculty as an undergraduate student at Huntington University. One professor referred to her as 'one of the finest students I have had in 30 years of teaching.' Described as personable, highly capable, and gifted, Mrs. Tinon Rempt exhibited a passion for academic excellence in her disciplines, literature and missions. She integrated her strong faith thoughtfully into her areas of study and continues to do so in her career."

Jonathan Brenneman, who is pursuing his master's degree at the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, was acknowledged as the Young Alumnus of the Year. After earning his bachelor's degree in history and philosophy in 2012, Brenneman served with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Palestine. Passionate about peace and justice in Palestine, he plans to return to the country for an internship and then rejoin Christian Peacemaker Teams there once he earns his master's.

The citation lauds Brenneman for "his service to others in Palestine, his continued studies in peace and justice, and his efforts to fulfill Christ's call."

Clark and Brenneman attended the alumni awards luncheon, but Tinon Rempt was unable to as she is currently serving in Europe.