Alpha Chi honor society inducts 20 members

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2009-10-29
Huntington, Ind.—Huntington University inducted 20 new members into the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi in a convocation held Oct. 2 in the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Students were recognized for their superior academics and exceptional character.

“Membership in Alpha Chi is the highest academic honor at Huntington University and represents both a recognition of scholastic achievement and a commitment to promoting academic excellence on and off-campus,” said Dr. Paul E. Michelson, distinguished professor of history and chapter sponsor for the Indiana Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi.

The following students at Huntington University received induction into Alpha Chi in 2009:

Jordan Binkerd is a history education major from Andrews, Ind. He is the son of Kevin and Lori Binkerd and plans to pursue a career as a high school history teacher.

Philip Black is a theatre performance major from West Lafayette, Ind. He is the son of Patrick and Cathy Black and plans to pursue a career as a professional actor in stage, screen and voiceover work.

Jimi Bonogofsky is a digital media arts with a focus on animation from Montgomery Creek, Calif. She is the daughter of Jay and Joni Bonogofsky and plans to pursue a career as a hand-drawn or stop motion animator.

Travis Frantz is an applied exercise science major from Fremont, Ind. He is the son of Neal and Connie Frantz and plans to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.

Jared Grandlienard is a mathematics major from Monroe, Ind. He is the son of Paul and Mary Grandlienard and plans to receive his master’s degree and Ph.D. and to pursue a career as a college professor.

Robert Hahn is a small business and business management double major from Whitehouse, Ohio. He is the son of Dennis and Carl Hahn and plans to pursue a career as an owner of a business or businesses.

Katrina Helmer is a broadcasting major from Noblesville, Ind. She is the daughter of Don and Sheryl Helmer and plans to pursue a career as a local or international reporter in a top-100 market, launch a business that deals with social justice, or by create documentaries around the world.

Melissa Hicks is an elementary education major from Fishers, Ind. She is the daughter of Scott and Lisa Hicks.

Amanda Kent is a public relations major from Williams, Ind. She is the daughter of Mark and Marilyn Kent and plans to pursue a career in business event-planning or public relations for a non-profit organization.

Ross Kilgore is an educational ministries major from New Castle, Ind. He plans to pursue a career in a basic ministry position after graduation and then earn a master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Emily Knapp is a graphic design major from Pittsboro, Ind. She is the daughter of Jim and Amy Knapp and plans to pursue a career as the artist for a non-profit or philanthropic organization and also to design merchandise for bands.

Andrew Martin is a computer science and digital media arts with an animation focus double major from Eaton, Ohio. He is the son of Clif and Jana Martin and plans open his own production studio for animated films.

Julie McCoy is an elementary education and intermediate language arts double major from Fort Wayne, Ind. She is the daughter of Karen McCoy and plans to pursue a career at an elementary school teaching in the inner-city.

Peter Molinero is a digital media arts major with a focus on animation from Potsdam, N.Y. He is the son of Anthony and Rhonda Molinero.

Vince Moore is a history major from Noblesville, Ind. He is the son of Dennis and Faith Moore and plans to attend law school after graduation.

W. Heath Pearson is a communication studies major from Huntington, Ind. He is the son of Brian and Sharalyn Pearson and plans to pursue a career as a pastor and a professor.

Nicolle Reid is an elementary education (non-licensing) major from Mansfield, Ohio. She is the daughter of Bryan and Michelle Sackman and plans to pursue a career teaching English abroad.

Cassandra Screeton is an economics and finance major from Rochester, Ind. She is the daughter of Terry and Linda Screeton and plans to pursue a career in the finance department of a corporation or banking institution.

Ashley Upchurch is a psychology major from New Castle, Ind. She is daughter of Curt and Karen Upchurch and plans to pursue a career as a school counselor after acquiring her master’s degree.

Kelci VanDam is an elementary education major from Muncie, Ind. She is the daughter of Kurt and Darcy VanDam and Dinah and Scott Breedlove. She plans to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.
 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. In 2008, Forbes.com listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” 2009 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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