Campus News and Notes


Board Elects Mullen to Four-Year Contract

The Houghton College Board of Trustees formally elected President Shirley Mullen to a new four-year term during a Board meeting held at the college’s campus this past May 15 and 16. The new term will begin June 1 and run through May 31, 2019.

Renewable Energy Forerunner: Houghton College Installs New York’s Largest College Solar Array

Houghton College announces the completion of its 2.5 megawatt on-site solar energy installation, which is currently the largest on a college campus in New York State. The array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs, significantly reduce its energy costs and have a long-lasting positive environmental impact.

Houghton Conducts 9th Annual Summer Research Institute

This summer, Houghton College will conduct its ninth undergraduate Summer Research Institute which brings together motivated physics, chemistry, biology, math and computer science students in a more intense research environment. Topics of the research projects include inertial confinement fusion, biodegradable glycopolymers, thin silver films, deep learning and more.

Houghton Raises Over $1.1 Million in 24 Hours: The most donors to ever give in one day to Houghton College

Houghton College hosted its second 24- hour fundraising campaign entitled “I am Houghton: Houghton’s One Day Giving Challenge” on Friday, April 24, exceeding last year’s record giving day by garnering over $1.1 million from over 1700 donors.

Over 20,000 Pass Through KPAC During First 7 Months of Operation

Since opening in October 2014, the Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex has seen over 20,000 athletes, coaches, spectators, concerts goers and others on campus for events at the complex, including students from 95 high schools throughout New York State.


Gaerte is Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award

Houghton College awarded the 2014- 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award to Dr. Douglas Gaerte at the Excellence in Teaching Chapel on Monday, March 23. Gaerte is a professor of communication and chair of the department of communication and has taught at Houghton College for the past 27 years on both Houghton and Buffalo campuses.

Houghton Recognizes Employees for Years of Service

Houghton College recognized five retiring employees along with 22 staff and faculty members for their years of service at the annual Retirement & Recognition Dessert event on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Retirees honored were Daniel Moore, director of audio visual with 33 years of service; Jean- Louis Roederer ’64, associate professor of French and Spanish with 45 years of service; Lois Ross ’73, associate professor of accounting with seven years of service; Michael Walters ’86, associate dean for biblical studies, theology and philosophy with 33 years of service; and Thomas Kettelkamp, chair for the department of leisure studies with 38 years of service.


Houghton Named One of the Safest College Campuses in America

According to the 2015 Niche Rankings, Houghton College ranks 18th in the nation as one of the safest college campuses based on crime statistics and student opinions. Additionally, a new website hosted by New York State ( lists Houghton College as having one of the lowest crime rates among New York colleges and universities.


Houghton Enters Final Year of Provisional NCAA D-III Membership

This summer, Houghton College will enter its final year of provisional membership in NCAA D-III, on pace for full membership beginning fall 2016.

Winter/Spring Athletic Highlights

Highlander teams continue to transition to the Empire8 Conference and NCAA Division III. Highlighting the winter sports season was Nikki Garns ’18 being named the Empire8 Track and Field Rookie of the Year. Teammate Andrea Melhorn ’15 earned NCCAA All-America honors with a secondplace finish in the hammer throw at the NCCAA Outdoor National Championship.

The spring season saw Houghton baseball place fifth in the inaugural Empire8 postseason tournament. The softball team earned their first Empire8 conference win in program history. Twelve spring athletes earned conference or region honors, and 41 winter and spring student-athletes earned NCCAA All- America Scholar-Athlete honors. n

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