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HU celebrates faculty, staff milestones

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016

Huntington University’s Community Enhancement Council hosted its annual Celebration of Service luncheon on May 17. This event brings together the university’s faculty and staff for a time of fellowship and celebration. It also is a time for the university to recognize the Professor of the Year and Staff Member of the Year, and retirees, as well as those individuals who have reached milestone anniversaries in their careers.

Dr. Tim Smith, professor of non-western history, was named the 2016 Professor of the Year. This is the second time Smith has received this award. The first time was in 2010. He was honored on May 3 at Forester Night, a senior awards event.

“I am honored to have been recognized by our students with this award. But in truth, the opportunity for faculty to serve our students is a team effort by all at Huntington University. Thus, I’d like to recognize the joy of working with the History Department, the Registry, and institutional role models such as Martha Smith, Kris Chafin, Pam Rudy and Sarah Harvey, in permitting me to holistically work with our students to enable them to achieve their goals in life,” said Smith.

Smith joined the faculty in the fall of 2007. He previously taught history at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. His research and teaching focus on imperial and diplomatic history.

Connie Bonner, controller and director of financial services, was named the 2016 Staff Member of the Year.

“Serving in leadership with Connie Bonner is a joy,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, university president. “Connie embraces the challenges of the financial paradigm of private, Christian higher education as a calling to model excellence in our pursuit of Christ, scholarship and service.”

Bonner returned to the university in 2013 as controller and director of financial services. She previously worked in this position from 1991 through 1998. The Arizona native graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“I am humbled to be nominated and named Staff Member of the Year,” said Bonner. “There are so many who are deserve this recognition and I am honored to be the recipient this year. It is not difficult to be a hardworking, dedicated and caring employee when I work with so many incredible people in this Christ-focused organization. It is a true blessing to be part of the Huntington University family. To God be the glory!”

Shown in the photo are Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, left, with the Staff Member of the year, Connie Bonner.