Huntington, Ind.—The 37th Annual Forester Night was held May 6 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Huntington University Merillat Centre for the Arts. Foresters of the Year, Alpha Chi honor society’s Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award, and the Outstanding Senior Awards from various academic departments were all given to several Huntington University graduating seniors. Foresters of the Year are voted on by the Huntington University student body.
Sara Kessie, an entrepreneurship/small business major from Columbia City, Ind., was named Female Forester of the Year. Adam Shoemaker, a not-for-profit management major from Sheridan, Ind., was named Male Forester of the Year.
Christianne Gates, a history major from Hodges, S.C., was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award, 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.
Criteria taken into account for the award include academic excellence, contributions to the academic climate of Huntington University, contributions to Alpha Chi and its activities and personal excellence. Gates served as vice president of Alpha Chi for the spring 2008 semester.
For the Outstanding Senior Awards, faculty voted to select outstanding seniors from their respective departments and then presented plaques to the individuals on Forester Night. Departmental recipients included
Department of Bible and Religion
Christina Warner, a Bible and religion major from Bloomington, Ind.
Department of Biology
Travis Schamber, a biology/pre-med major from Van Buren, Ind.
Katie Jo Brown
Department of Business
Chris Hoffman, an entrepreneurship/small business major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Department of Chemistry
Levi Wilson, a chemistry/pre-med major Knightdale, N.C.
Department of Education
Katie Jo Brown, an elementary education from Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Department of Communication
Tyler Welker, a digital media arts major from Wooster, Ohio
Department of English and Modern Languages
Brett Jenkins, an English major from Pierson, Fla.
Anna Grace Jeter, an English education major from Findlay, Ohio
Department of History
Christianne Gates, a history major from Hodges, S.C.
Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Sarah Kaufman, a recreation management major from Ada, Mich.
Rachel Warrick, an exercise science major from Wooster, Ohio
Heidi Christner, a physical education major from Shipshewana, Ind.
Anna Grace Jeter
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Andrew Hetrick, a computer science major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Kevin Keller, a mathematics major from Strasburg, Pa.
Department of Ministry and Missions
Kyle Brenneman, a worship leadership major from Spencerville, Ohio
Department of Music
Aaron Eberly, an instrumental music education major from Ligonier, Ind.
Department of Psychology
Carmen Schlatter, a psychology major from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Department of Social Work
Jenna Rumple, a social work major from Warren, Ind.
Department of Sociology
Emily Horne, a psychology major from Columbia City, Ind.
Department of Theatre Arts
Kristen Kohaut, a theatre performance major from Mount Olive, N.J.
Department of Visual Arts
Trista Watson, a visual art education major from Chambersburg, Pa.
Professor of the Year, an honor voted on by Huntington University student body, was given to Dave McEowen, assistant professor of business. He has taught at the university for 11 years.
McEowen has 25 years of significant business experience with companies such as Eastman Kodak, McJon Photo, Fuji USA and ranging from large multi-national to entrepreneurial, sales and operations management to owner-president. He was owner-president of McJon Photo in Fort Wayne, Ind., with eleven locations before selling the company to Fuji TruColor, and becoming an executive with Fuji USA, including most recently vice president and general manager of the Eastern Region.
He held significant leadership positions in the Photo Marketing Association International, which has 16,000 members in 87 countries, becoming president of the PMA after having served as international treasurer and vice president; he was a PMA convention speaker on many occasions.
McEowen has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in economics and management (1970) and an MBA from St. Francis in finance (1984). He has completed additional graduate study from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Dave McEowen, assistant professor of business
Dave McEowen, assistant professor of business, (left) receives the Professor of the Year Award from Dr. Norris Friesen, vice president and dean of the university.
Travis Schamber (left) receives the Department of Biology Award from Dr. Bruce Evans, associate professor of biology.
Kyle Brenneman (left) hugs Dr. Bob Myers, assistant professor of worship leadership, after receiving the Department of Ministry and Missions Award.
Carmen Schlatter receives the Department of Psychology Award from Dr. Wayne Priest, associate professor of psychology.
Jenna Rumple (left) receives the Department of Social Work Award from Carla MacDonald, assistant professor of social work.
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