Celebrating 60!

 

Welcome to HuntingtonU!


This year Huntington University turns 60, and as one of oldest and most respected post-secondary institutions in Northern Ontario, our diamond anniversary is not one we were just going to let pass by.

 

Due to COVID-19, we’ve taken our celebrations online. We reached out to our alumni - from recent years to decades back - to see what they’re doing now and to hear some of their fondest memories.

 

We invite you to reminisce with us in celebration of the first 60 years of Huntington University.

Alumni Profiles

Lorne Atkinson

Lorne Atkinson

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Lorne Atkinson looks back fondly with amazing memories of his time at Hunti

Lorne Atkinson looks back fondly with amazing memories of his time at Huntington. He was part of that early cohort of students that took in those early studies held in two temporary sites located downtown before the original building was finished on campus.

 

“My roomie Jeff Cookson and I were the first residents in the corner room in K House,” says Lorne who also recalls all of the on-campus activities he was part of that made for so many lasting memories. “We had these great pioneer events and canoe races that Dr. Newberry organized.”

 

After graduating in 1966, Lorne enjoyed a very successful career in the insurance industry with Sun Life. And, like so many others, his Silas Huntington handmade paddle still hangs proudly on the wall at his home today.

 

Class of 1966
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Wendy Beauchamp

Wendy Beauchamp

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Wendy Beauchamp graduated from Huntington University in 1968. She chose Hun

Wendy Beauchamp graduated from Huntington University in 1968. She chose Huntington because she came from a small community and was the oldest of six children. She sought a school that had smaller classes where professors and students could interact, and the teaching would be more intimate. She looks back fondly at her time at Huntington and recalls some great memories.

 

“I remember living in residence and the boys and girls were separated by a big steel door,” says Wendy. “This very much met the approval of my parents at the time. I look back now, and it was such an innocent time. Being part of the Huntington community really gave each of us a good foundation. There was no internet, no email, and no texting. Communication was between people and we all shared this fantastic sense of comradery.”

 

As Wendy also recalls, all these decades later, some things haven’t changed.

 

“We had this rivalry with students from Thorneloe University just up the hill. There were always snowball fights and they even raided our residence with water balloons one time. We were all friends and there was this shared sense of optimism that just made the experience so great.”

 

Read more about Wendy’s memories and time at Huntington in a recently featured article in 50+ Seniors Lifestyle magazine!

 

Class of 1968
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Roy Eaton

Patrick Busby

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Patrick Busby moved into the Huntington Residence in 1999 and lived there u

Patrick Busby moved into the Huntington Residence in 1999 and lived there until 2003.  During this time, he proudly served as president of the Huntington University Residence Student Council (HURSC) from 2001 through 2003.

 

 “At Huntington, it’s where I met so many lifelong friends including my wife,” Patrick tells us. “Even today, I’m still linked to the same core group of close friends.”

 

After graduating, Patrick went on to further his education at other post-secondary institutions including Nipissing and Niagara University, but it was his time in Sudbury that he ranks as the best.

 

“I remember taking a course in Religious Studies, and there was never a problem talking to the professors, we’d even go out for drinks afterwards to keep the in-class discussions going. I can’t think of another place I’d want to be starting out my academic journey. I have several degrees, but when asked, I only mention Huntington when people want to know where I went to school.”

 

Patrick went on to pursue a career in education, teaching high school chemistry and physics. He is now a Vice-Principal in Georgetown,Ontario. 

 

Photo:  Patrick with his his wife Chelsea at Huntington, when they were dating (2000).

Class of 2003
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Roy Eaton

Ken Derrett

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If you’re a sports fan - Ken Derrett has had a hall of fame career. Before

If you’re a sports fan - Ken Derrett has had a hall of fame career.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration degree in 1978, he went on to work for the CFL, Labatt, the NBA in Canada and New York and spent 16 years in California as the Chief Marketing Officer for the San Diego Chargers. Today he operates his own company Ken Derrett and Associates helping brands, sports teams and organizations develop meaningful partnerships. 

 

Before he literally went to the ‘big leagues’, he was a young teen from Winnipeg who had never ventured east of Kenora.

 

“Huntington was a big part of my life and I look back at it very fondly,” says Ken. “Everyone was welcomed with open arms the first day there. Many of the people I met became lifelong friends. I’ve gone to numerous weddings in Sudbury, Toronto and across Northern Ontario - all of friends I met at Huntington.”

 

Ken offers this advice for anyone considering Huntington as their choice for a post-secondary journey.

 

“Huntington University is such an important component in the Laurentian community. It’s big enough but not too big. You get to learn about the people you’re going to school with. Where you live and reside is a big part of your learning curve and those relationships are a big part of that environment at Huntington."

 

Photo (1978 Huntington Banquet) - LtoR: Ken Derrett, Randy Morano and Dr. Ludo Winckel, Huntington University President

 

Class of 1978
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Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton

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Roy Eaton was part of the 1967 graduating class and remembers the universit

Roy Eaton was part of the 1967 graduating class and remembers the university played a part in one of the most important days of his life.

 

“Back then, I was heavily involved with the United Church – so Huntington was the best fit,” explains Roy. “As well, the campus was just such a great experience. From the pub, to where we ate – everything about the environment was ideal.”

 

While studying at Huntington, Roy developed those relationships he sought. He soon befriended the Rev.Dr. Ed Newbery who would go on to officiate Roy’s wedding in the Huntington Chapel, in 1968.

 

Read more about Roy’s memories and time at Huntington in a recently featured article in 50+ Seniors Lifestyle magazine!

Class of 1967
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Sarah Kaelas

Sarah Kaelas

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Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2015 an

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2015 and then attended Cambrian College the next year to obtain her Graduate Certificate in Public Relations.

 

She has enjoyed an already busy career as a communications professional working with the Union of Ontario Indians in North Bay, the Corporate Communications department at Health Sciences North, and now she is a full-time Multi-Media Marketing Specialist with the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

 

“If I could summarize what I learned during my four years at Huntington University in the Communication Studies program, it would be this: question everything. My studies at Huntington taught me to observe media, politics, theory, rhetoric and even interpersonal interactions with a critical eye; to always dig deeper to uncover the agenda and intent of the message. I credit my experience at HU for shaping my perspective of the world, and encouraging me to become an independent thinker and person.

 

In 2017, I had the pleasure of returning to HU as a panel guest to speak to students on my experience at HU, at Cambrian College, and my career. It was incredible to come full circle and be the one at the front of the class talking to students about the importance of building professional relationships, being punctual, meeting assignment deadlines and respecting professors. What a great experience!”

 

Class of 2015
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Dan Racicot

Dan Racicot

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Dan Racicot was part of the first full class at Huntington University study

Dan Racicot was part of the first full class at Huntington University studying English and Philosophy. He recalls classes being held at the local funeral parlour, with suture needles on display and the drain right there in the middle of floor for all to see!

 

Dan was deeply involved in campus life, he was the author of the original school song and designed the school’s original crest. He is also the proud recipient of the 1962 Philosophy Award.

 

“On our school’s design written in Hebrew ‘He shall grow like a tree’ has stayed with me my whole life,” explains Dan. “My life is like the rings of a tree. Rings of a tree do not go away. The tree does get more and more complicated - life doesn’t get easier but it does get more meaningful.”

 

Dan also recalls fondly the lifelong friends he made and still keeps in contact with. In fact, as a gift for his 70th birthday, Jack Watson, who attended Huntington at the same time, carved him his very own Huntington paddle to remember the amazing days and memories they shared so long ago.

 

Today Dan lives in Sudbury, returning home to settle after spending more than 30 years teaching in southern Ontario.

 

Class of 1963
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The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair

The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair

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Malcolm attended Huntington University from 1964, and graduated in 1967. Af

Malcolm attended Huntington University from 1964, and graduated in 1967. After graduation he followed his calling to become a United Church Minister for more than half a century.

 

“I remember our group being the first students to have classes in the new building,” recalls Malcom. “The walls were still dripping with wet paint, there were wires with bare bulbs and the desks had old wooden tops with inkwells.”

 

Malcolm highlights the tight-knit community feeling that had such great spirit among friends. He recalls the cold Sudbury winters; the Silas Huntington parades that brought out the fun and often mischievous competition between Huntington and University of Sudbury students.

 

“My lasting experience was meeting Dr. Newberry on my first night,” says Malcolm. “I didn’t know anybody in the north, and even lived in his attic for the first few weeks of school. He was a true saint in every sense of the word.”

 

Class of 1967
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Kelly Swartz (Hoffer)

Kelly Swartz (Hoffer)

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When Kelley Swartz isn’t busy splitting her time between Burlington, Ontari

When Kelley Swartz isn’t busy splitting her time between Burlington, Ontario and Manhattan where she works as a successful executive with Bank of America – she often thinks back to her time living as a Huntington resident in 1993, until she graduated in 1995.

 

“Huntington was all about relationships, it had almost a fraternity or sorority feel with how close everyone was,” she recalls. “It was such a small and comforting environment and we all stuck together even after graduating. A group of us all continued to live together and we watched each other grow, and follow life’s passage of careers, marriage and kids. We were all in different programs but stayed so close. We still raise a glass together and look back at our great memories

 

Class of 1995
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John (Jack) Watkins

John (Jack) Watkins

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Jack Watkins was a member of the founding class at Huntington University. H

Jack Watkins was a member of the founding class at Huntington University. He attended Huntington between 1961 and graduated in 1963. He is proud to hold the title as the first recipient of the Huntington paddle and the inaugural president of the student association.

 

“I remember planting that spruce tree that is so prominent today, before the building was even built,” recalls Jack. “There were about 10 of us, we were all so close knit and so very proud to be part of something so special.”

 

One of Jack’s fondest memories was where the first classes were held – it’s left a lasting imprint on his time at school.

 

“Classes were held at the Jackson and Barnard funeral home back then. I remember our Philosophy classes, and the mortician’s table was right there and we all sat around it.”

 

Watkins went on to enjoy a very successful career with over 40 years working as an executive director of family service agencies in Kingston, Fredericton, Moncton and Guelph. Today, he still has a private practice working as a therapist.

 

Class of 1963
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