Chemistry professor Dr. Ruth Nalliah offers instruction to Lane Allen in the chemistry lab.
Huntington, Ind.— During a student’s senior year at college, attention is typically focused on finishing required classes, polishing resumes and worrying about future employment. But Huntington College senior Lane Allen has taken a different approach. With leadership skills she developed at HC, Allen – a chemistry major and six-foot two-inch center on the women’s basketball team – has combined her academic and athletic abilities to set a positive example for her classmates and teammates.
A lab assistant in the chemistry department, Allen lends her knowledge and advice, such as how to integrate faith with education, to newer students.
“I think in science it is easy to focus on the intricate facts of how things work and are made,” said Allen, a Richmond, Ind., native who plans to pursue a degree in nursing after graduation. “It’s easy to get so detailed that you forget the big picture of God’s creation.”
At Huntington, though, Allen has been able to stay focused on God’s presence in science while developing leadership skills to enhance her education and Christian impact on others.
When it comes to basketball, the “big picture” for Allen doesn’t include details of wins and losses. It does, however, include the experiences of being a part of a team that works to excel and develop the skills God has given. As this year’s lone senior on the squad, Allen has used her veteran experience and leadership skills to help lead them to the one of its best records during Allen’s tenure.
“To me, leadership is leading by example and putting the team first,” she said. “I have to focus on what our team needs. Even if I’m feeling down, I have to be encouraging because that is what’s necessary for the team. With 10 underclassmen, I’m the only one who knows how things have been in the past and can really play a part in making positive changes.”
“I was ready to lead this year,” continued Allen, who was the Mid-Central Conference’s top rebounder last season. “My top goal was to be a good leader. I try to keep in mind that this is my last chance to be on a team, and I’m trying to do my best to soak up every part of it.”
Allen credits Huntington College with helping to develop the leadership skills necessary for her roles in the chemistry lab and on the basketball court. She is thankful for how the spiritual atmosphere at Huntington has helped guide her in shaping those skills around a foundation of faith.
“Since being at Huntington, I’ve grown so much in my faith,” shared Allen. “Huntington has been the best school for me.”
Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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