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HU welcomes 15 new faculty, staff

Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fifteen new faculty and staff have joined Huntington University for the 2011-12 school year.

James Bischoff comes to the university as the new head bowling coach. Bischoff is no stranger to Huntington County. He started the Huntington North High School bowling program in 1999 and quickly developed it into one of the premier programs in the state. He will be helping to facilitate the new men’s and women’s bowling program which will begin in 2012.

Jennifer Carrell joins HU as the new head cheerleading coach. After a successful cheerleading career at Huntington North High School where she was a member of the 2003 state stunt group championship team and selected to the Viking Wall of Fame, Carrell has continued to impact the local community through her sport as a coach. Carrell served two years in the Huntington County Community Schools, one year as the head cheer coach at Crestview Middle School and another year as the junior varsity cheer coach at her alumna mater, Huntington North.

Sheila Counterman is beginning this fall as an instructor of nursing. Her nursing education includes an associate degree in nursing from Lutheran College, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saint Francis, and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. Her specialties include labor and delivery, maternal/infant health, and surgery. She is also a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

Kreg Eckert brings his experience to the men’s tennis program as the new head coach. Eckert brings six years of coaching experience to the Forester program, having served as the boys’ and girls’ head coach at Bethalto Community High School. A state finalist during his high school days, he continues to play tennis competitively and will look to combine his past coaching experience and playing expertise to carry on the program’s winning ways.

Molly Edgel began earlier this year as a financial aid counselor. In her position, she serves as a resource for EXCEL and graduate students to navigate through the process of financial aid. In addition, she is responsible for packaging and awarding financial aid.

Anita Gray took over this summer as the director of library services. She is also an assistant professor of library science. She earned a bachelor's degree at Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and a Master in Science degree in Library Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has worked in the library at Grace College and Seminary, Taylor University, Fort Wayne and Southern Wesleyan University.

Jonathan Hicks joins HU as the new assistant professor of theater. In the theater department, he is the theatrical designer, and he also teaches the design curriculum. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Lighting Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Levi Huffman joined the Enterprise Resource Center at HU this summer as an experiential learning coordinator. In this position, he works with students to create internship and study abroad opportunities. Huffman, originally from Pandora, Ohio, graduated from Malone University with a degree in communication arts/public relations. He then received his Master of Education in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University.

Anita Hughes comes to HU in a new shared role of switchboard operator/Advancement Office receptionist. Hughes shares this role with Linda Schmitz. Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in organizational leadership/supervision.

Melissa Laraway joins of the Office of Student Success as the coordinator of new student services. In this position, she oversees HU’s new student orientation and summer freshmen registration programs as well as assisting students throughout the year so that students may excel, persist and graduate on time. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (marine concentration) from Gordon College and a Master of Arts degree in education/college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University (APU). She is currently working on her Ed.D. in higher education leadership at APU with an anticipated completion date of May 2013.

Dr. Carrie Lloyd comes to HU this fall as an assistant professor of psychology. Before coming to Huntington, she taught for two years at Carroll University in Wisconsin and two years at Northern Illinois University. Prior to teaching, she worked at Arizona State University for five years as a researcher going into jails, prisons, and probation offices, talking with women, men and children about their past traumatic experiences including drug and abuse histories and then referring them to treatment. She has also conducted research with parents and children of divorce and investigated causes and effects of poor mother-infant interactions. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Arizona State University and Ph.D. in psychology from Northern Illinois University. Her doctorate specialized in developmental psychology.

Dr. Joni Schmalzried joins the faculty this fall as an assistant professor of education. For the last 10 years, she has been the director of special education for the Wabash Miami Area Program for Exceptional Children, a four-school corporation special education cooperative. Prior to that, she was a full-time assistant professor at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne. She also taught for many years in multiple areas of special education in both Huntington and Whitley counties. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College and her master’s degree from Ball State University. In December 2010, she completed her doctoral degree at Ball State University in special education and educational leadership.

Linda Schmitz comes to HU in a new shared role of switchboard operator/Advancement Office receptionist. Schmitz shares this role with Anita Hughes. Schmitz holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in child development and teaching. She previously taught kindergarten and second grade and more recently homeschooled her two children.

Dave Solloway joined HU earlier this year as the transfer admissions counselor. His responsibilities revolve around students interested in transferring to Huntington. His role is to make the transferring process a positive experience in order that students may focus on the continuation of their education. He is a 2010 graduate of HU.

Dr. Matthew Wright begins this year as an assistant professor of mathematics. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in math and computer science from Messiah College and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. His mathematical interests include applied topology and combinatorics.