On Nov. 16 Huntington University held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at its new Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center, with Gov. Eric Holcomb wielding the oversized scissors.

“It’s just a proud day for all Hoosiers,” Holcomb said in remarks celebrating Huntington University’s most recent accomplishment.

The new facility, which is visible from U.S. 24, was announced in December 2019, and construction began in early 2020. Named in honor of the late Don Strauss, a fourth-generation member of the Strauss family in North Manchester and founder of Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services, the 10,000-square-foot space will house many of the key livestock elements of Huntington’s agriculture degrees, including large flexible pen space and an on-site classroom. The adaptable space will be equipped to host a variety of livestock to allow students up-close and personal hands-on learning experiences.

Huntington University began its agriculture program in fall 2014. According to the university’s website, “Huntington University’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies promotes a Christian perspective on agriculture, which recognizes a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation and to examine questions of sustainability and justice.”

Agriculture degree programs at Huntington include: agribusiness (including several specializations); agricultural education; animal science; crop science and agronomy; and pre-veterinary.

Huntington University is a Christian, liberal arts school that U.S. News & World Report ranks among the best colleges in the Midwest. Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges.

Madison Riggle, field sales representative, DEKALB Asgrow, was one of 11 students in the inaugural year of the ag program. She spoke at the ribbon-cutting, saying “I’m excited to see what the next five years will look like.”

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