Houghton College

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Houghton College
Motto Founded on the Rock
Established 1883
Type Private
Religious affiliation Wesleyan Church
Endowment $30.5 million[1]
President Shirley A. Mullen
Students 932 [2]
Undergraduates 916
Postgraduates 16
Location Houghton, New York, United States
42°25′34″N 78°09′19″W / 42.426111°N 78.155278°W / 42.426111; -78.155278Coordinates: 42°25′34″N 78°09′19″W / 42.426111°N 78.155278°W / 42.426111; -78.155278
Campus Rural
Former names Houghton Seminary
Colors Purple and Gold         
Nickname Highlanders
Website www.houghton.edu

Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts college in Houghton, in the Genesee Valley of southwestern New York State. It is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church.[3] The college is a member of both the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

History[edit]

Houghton College began in 1883 as Houghton Seminary, a coeducational high school founded by Willard J. Houghton, a Wesleyan Methodist minister. In 1899, the first few college classes were offered. James Luckey was appointed president in 1908 and Houghton College received its provisional charter from New York in 1923.[3] A permanent charter was granted in 1927, and accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools came in 1935. Stephen Paine was appointed president in 1937. When the former Buffalo Bible Institute merged with Houghton College in 1969, the West Seneca campus was created.[4] Wilber Dayton was appointed president in 1972 and he was succeeded by Daniel R. Chamberlain in 1976. The college initiated its first master’s degree program in 2004 and currently offers nine such degrees. Shirley Mullen was appointed president in 2006 and has presided over a great renewal of the institution. Under the direction of Dr. Rick Melson, the college has set new records of giving to the institution the past two years in a row.[5] Recently, Houghton College has faced severe financial hardship, prompting significant academic budget cuts for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.[6] These cuts include reductions and eliminations to faculty, decreasing departments from 18 to 11 or 12 and dissolving certain majors and programs altogether.[7] The college's distress is not unique among private liberal arts colleges and how Houghton will remain competitive and recover from these financial challenges remains unclear.[8]

Campus[edit]

Houghton College’s main campus is in the hamlet of Houghton, in Allegany County, New York, about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of Buffalo, New York and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Rochester, New York. The 1,300 acres (5.3 km2) of campus sit on the Allegheny Plateau at roughly 1,300 feet (400 m), on the site of the former Caneadea Indian Reservation. A new Adult Education program offers a B.S. in Management at a variety of locations. Houghton College opened two locations in Niagara County for their Adult Education Program in 2013,in the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and in Lockport, N.Y.

Academics[edit]

Houghton College grants two-year and four-year degrees in 46 majors. The college also offers six graduate degrees through the Greatbatch School of Music.

First Year Honors[edit]

A distinctive First Year Honors Program is for qualified first-year students. There are three options: Contemporary Contexts, East Meets West, and Science Honors. Contemporary Contexts is the replacement program for the London Honors program which began in 1996. Both Contemporary Contexts and East Meets West involve taking integrated classes during normal semester then traveling abroad during "Mayterm", exploring the roots of Western culture. Science Honors takes place both first-year semesters at Houghton involving research in recent real-world issues, such as fuel-efficiency. The theme for 2012-13 was Global Warming and ways in which to improve Houghton's efforts in environmentalism.[9] As part of this commitment, the school is about to build one of the largest solar arrays in the state of New York.[10]

Student life[edit]

There are four traditional residence halls and four townhouses residences. Two of the traditional residence halls, Gillette Hall and Lambein Hall, are female residences. Rothenbuhler Hall and Shenawana Hall are male residences. Junior and senior students have the option to live in the townhouses or "The Flats" apartment building. Houghton College is a distinctly residential campus but does allow for upper class students the opportunity to apply to live in approved off-campus housing, called Community Living Opportunities (CLOs) or specialized theme housing.[11] Many organizations and clubs are available for students to join or found their own.

Athletics[edit]

Houghton Highlanders
University Houghton College
Conference Empire 8
NCAA Division III
Athletic director H. Skip Lord
Location Houghton, NY
Varsity teams 18
Basketball arena Nielsen Physical Education Center
Nickname Highlanders
Colors
     Purple       Gold
Website athletics.houghton.edu

The Houghton Highlanders field 16 varsity teams. Women participate in soccer, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, track, and cross country. Men participate in baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, track, lacrosse, and cross country. The college will add men's and women's tennis for the 2013-2014 season.

Houghton is a full member of the NCAA Empire 8 Conference.

May 2012 graduate Danielle Brenon was the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field national champion in the marathon. .[12]

On December 1, 2011, the college announced plans to build the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex thanks to a $12 Million gift from 1991 graduate Kim Pegula.[13] The complex is named after Kim's father Ralph Kerr, an instructor in Houghton's PACE program, and her husband Terrence Pegula. The multi-sport turf field facility will be home to the Houghton Highlander baseball, softball, field hockey, indoor track, and lacrosse teams. It is expected to include lighted, regulation-size fields that can also be used to enhance the intramural program. The hope is that the multipurpose field house will provide dedicated practice space for outdoor sports over the winter and during inclement weather and also serve as a hub of involvement for the campus and the surrounding communities of Northern Allegany County and Western New York.

The college also offers club and intramural sports for men and women, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer. Co-ed club and intramural sports are handball, water polo, volleyball, and softball. Co-ed frisbee is also a popular sport.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Robert Beckford, a British academic theologian and a reader in black theology and popular culture at Oxford Brookes University
  • Ira S. Bowen, astronomer, director of Mt Wilson and Palomar Observatories 1946-1964[14]
  • Ronald Enroth, evangelical Christian author
  • Neil MacBride, Vice President of Anti-Piracy and General Counsel of the Business Software Alliance, formerly Chief Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary for twenty years, 1993-2013.
  • George Beverly Shea, Dove Award winning musician with the Billy Graham Crusade
  • Bruce Waltke, professor at Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Stanley Sandler, famous military historian
  • Neil MacBride, United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia
  • Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Seminary
  • Barbara Pinto, ABC News correspondent
  • Dr. Stanley Sandler, Command Historian, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Bill Howard, Executive Producer at Discovery Channel
  • Gregory Dickinson, Harvard Law School graduate and federal law clerk

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