Huntington University’s Alpha Chi chapter honored at national convention

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Alpha Chi chapter received numerous recognitions at the Alpha Chi Super-Regional/National Convention in March.

The Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi at Huntington University sent nine students and two chapter sponsors to the convention which was held in Little Rock, Ark., March 25-27.

At the convention, HU senior Claire Bates, from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was honored for her presentation titled, “Many Religions, One Ultimate Real? Evaluating Hicks Explanation of Religious Similarities and Differences.” Three other HU students also presented at the convention.

Dr. Paul Michelson, distinguished professor of history, was also elected secretary-treasurer of Alpha Chi Region V for 2010-2014, which makes him a member of the Alpha Chi National Council. Michelson was previously secretary-treasurer and a National Council member from 1986 to 1998.

Most notably, Christianne Gates, a 2008 Huntington graduate from Hodges, S.C., was named the recipient of the $5,000 Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship, Alpha Chi's largest award. The award is given to graduate students and active Alpha Chi alumni. The money is to be used for full-time graduate or professional study.

Gates is currently working toward her PhD at the University of East Anglia in England. She also has a master’s degree in modern history from the University of East Anglia. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Huntington University.

The chapter was also presented with an Alpha Chi Star Chapter award for the 15th consecutive year. The HU chapter was one of only four chapters out of Alpha Chi's 300-plus chapters to receive the award every year since its inception.
 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. 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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