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Castillo named Huntington ambassador


Huntington University (HU) has launched a student ambassador program to represent the student body to alumni, family and friends of HU.

Nine students will serve as Front Line Foresters this year by hosting foundation breakfasts, participating in prayer ministry luncheons, hosting homecoming and family weekend events, welcoming the board of trustees to meetings, and showing appreciation to donors with thank you calls and letters.

HU’s Front Line Foresters are junior Kyle Geiss, senior Lance Wood, junior Stephanie Morin, junior Will Stauffer, sophomore Becca Perhai, junior James Parker, sophomore Antonio Castillo, junior Jake Essig and sophomore Brian Menzie.

Castillo is a biology/pre-med sophomore student from Shipshewana. He graduated from Westview High School in 2008.

The goal is to have these Front Line Foresters grow in character through interactions with various professionals as they fulfill their duties as student ambassadors. They will develop leadership skills, gratitude and interpersonal skills as well as gain a basic knowledge of philanthropy and the workings of the Advancement Office at HU.

“Since beginning my role in advancement more than a year ago, I’ve had a strong desire to engage with and involve students in a more significant way in donor relations,” said Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement. “We asked our esteemed faculty to recommend students to us that are spiritually grounded, academically successful and display a professional demeanor. We certainly didn’t lack for qualified students.”