HU to celebrate ‘Foresters’ at Homecoming

2013 Homecoming Norm
 Chaney Bergdall 2010
Dr. Chaney Bergdall
 Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle
 Virginia Allison headshot
Virginia “Ginny” Allison

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University is celebrating the fact that “We Are Foresters” at the annual Homecoming & Family Weekend on Oct. 4-5. The festivities will include a parade, king and queen coronation, class reunions, Powder Puff football games and a special 20th birthday celebration for the mascot, Norm the Forester.

“Homecoming & Family Weekend 2013 will celebrate the Forester legacy, spirit and pride. Activities and events have been designed to integrate our alumni with students, families and the community,” said Margi Roush, director of alumni. “New this year, students are planning entries for the Homecoming parade which will proceed down the main campus mall at 5 p.m. Friday. We are looking forward to a great weekend.”

The university will also honor three alumni for their contributions to their professions or other areas of service. Dr. Chaney Bergdall, retired professor of Bible and religion at HU and a 1969 alum, will be honored with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Citation for his service to HU and the United Brethren Church. Stephen Doyle, a 2001 alum who is now the director of health promotion operations and account management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been named the 2013 Alumnus of the Year for his accomplishments in his career and in his church. Virginia “Ginny” Allison, a 2005 alum, will be presented with the 2013 Young Alumnus Award because of her service to others through World Race. World Race is a mission trip to 11 countries in 11 months to “serve the least of these.”

They will be honored during a ceremony at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 5 in the upper level of the Habecker Dining Commons.

For the full schedule of events during the weekend, visit

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 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).


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