2011 Forester Night honors students, faculty


HUNTINGTON, Ind.— The 40th annual Huntington University Forester Night celebrated the accomplishments of students from across campus, as well as the recognition of the Foresters of the Year, the 2011 Outstanding Scholar Award, the Impact Initiative Scholarship and the Professor of the Year. The event was held May 3.

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Philip Black, Male
Forester of the Year
Gloria Bonilla, Female
Forester of the Year
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Jared Grandlienard,
Outstanding Scholar
Dr. David Alexander,
Professor of the Year
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Chad Shellabarger,
Impact Initiative
Scholarship recipient
Daniel Binkoski, new
Student Body President

Philip Black, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named the Male Forester of the Year, and Gloria Bonilla, a senior public relations major from La Ceiba, Honduras, was named the Female Forester of the Year. Foresters of the Year are voted on by the Huntington University student body.

The 2011 Outstanding Scholar Award was given to Jared Grandlienard, a senior mathematics major from Bluffton, Ind. This award is 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.

Dr. David Alexander, assistant professor of philosophy, was named the 2011 Professor of the Year. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and Master of Arts in philosophy from Baylor University in 2008 and 2005, respectively. He has served as an assistant professor of philosophy at Calvin College and an instructor in philosophy at Baylor University. His areas of specialization include ethics and metaphysics. He also has achieved competence in the philosophy of religion, epistemology, the history of modern philosophy and medieval philosophy.

The 2011 Impact Initiative Scholarship was given to Chad Shellabarger, a sophomore nursing student from Rockford, Ohio. The award is presented by the Student Senate to a student who has had an impact on the university and the greater community. The student receives a $1,000 scholarship for his or her junior and senior years.

Daniel Binkoski, a sophomore business management and economics and finance major from Adrian, Mich., was named the Student Body President for the 2011-12 school year.

Twenty seniors were also honored by their respective departments with Outstanding Senior Awards. The Outstanding Senior Awards are voted on by faculty. Recipients were presented plaques for their accomplishments at Forester Night.

Departmental recipients included:


Art: Jamie Thurston, a senior graphic design and art education major from Van Wert, Ohio. 
Bible and Religion: Dustin Flores, a senior Bible and religion major from Oak Harbor, Ohio.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Bible.jpg 
Biology: Brandon Tanner, a senior biology-pre-med major from Angola, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Biology-Brandon-Tanner.jpg 
Business: Robert Hahn, a senior entrepreneurial small business management and business management major from Whitehouse, Ohio.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Business-Rob-Hahn.jpg 
Communication: Amanda Kent, a senior public relations major from Williams, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Communication-Amanda-Kent.jpg 
Computer Science: Andrew Martin, a senior animation and computer science major from Eaton, Ohio.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/CompSci-Andrew-Martin.jpg 
Digital Media Arts: Katrina Helmer, a senior broadcasting major from Noblesville, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/DMA.jpg 
Education: Alissa Prichard, a senior elementary education and middle grades education major from Van Wert, Ohio.  
Exercise Science: Travis Frantz, a senior applied exercise science major from Fremont, Ind.  
History Education: Jordan Binkerd, a senior history education major from Andrews, Ind.
History: Susanne Shepherdson, a senior history and entrepreneurial small business management from Maitland, Fla.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/History_Susanne_Shepherdson.jpg 
Political Studies: Elizabeth Holtrop, a senior political studies major from Huntington, Ind.  
Music: Ashlyn Brady, a senior music education major from Macomb, Mich.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Music-Ashlyn-Brady.jpg 
Math: Jared Grandlienard, a senior mathematics major from Bluffton, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Math.jpg 
Nursing: Courtney Watkins, a senior nursing major from South Whitley, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Nursing.jpg 
Ministry and Missions: Ross Kilgore, a senior family and children ministry and youth ministries major from New Castle, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Ministry-Ross-Kilgore.jpg 
Philosophy: Nick Colgrove, a Bible and religion and philosophy major from Berea, Ohio.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Philosophy.jpg 
Psychology: Ashley Upchurch, a senior psychology major from New Castle, Ind.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Psychology-Ashley-Upchurch.jpg 
Social Work: Alissa Pienkowski, a senior social work major from Hampshire, Ill.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Social-Work.jpg 
Sociology: Lydia Simon, a senior sociology major from Delta, Ohio.  /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Sociology.jpg 
Theater: Philip Black, a senior theater performance major from Fort Wayne, Ind. /uploadedImages/News/News_Release_Images/2010-2011/Forester_Night_2011/Theatre-Phil-Black2.jpg 
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, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. 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).


Heather Barkley
Director of Communications
Joanne Green
Sports Information Director