Pair of Huntington residents among those to be honored at HU h-coming

Brooks Fetters (left), David Nicholls (center) and Tom King.
Brooks Fetters (left), David Nicholls (center) and Tom King. Photos provided.

Two Huntington residents are among those to be honored during Huntington University's homecoming and family weekend Oct. 5 and 6.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters will be feted as HU's 2012 Alumnus of the year.

And HU track coach Tom King will see the school's newly renovated track and field stadium named in his honor.

Fetters, who earned degrees from HU in 1981 and 1987, will be recognized during an awards ceremony on Oct. 6 at 12:45 p.m. in the fieldhouse of the Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Complex.

Fetters earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1981. He later returned to earn a Master of Christian Ministry degree in pastoral ministries in 1987. Fetters worked as a funeral director in Huntington for many years before being elected mayor in January. He previously served as the president of the HU Foundation Board and was a member of the university's board of trustees.

Two other alumni awards will also be presented.
Dr. David Nicholls, an Ohio pastor who graduated in 1974, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Citation.

Nicholls, who holds a Bachelor of Science in business education, worked as a teacher, administrator and superintendent for more than 30 years. He now serves as executive pastor at New Hope Community Church in Bryan, OH.

Jeff Edgel, a 2004 graduate and member of the Christian rock band Attaboy, will be honored with the 2012 Young Alumnus Award.

Edgel earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from HU. Through the band, he ministers to teens around the country while promoting HU.
The King Track and Field Stadium will be dedicated on Oct. 6 at 11:30 a.m.

King came to Huntington in 1970 as the dean of men at HU.

Over the next four decades, he coached more than 94 All-America Scholar Athletes. His athletes have earned more than 53 All-America honors, including four-time national shot put champion Jim Arnett, two-time national champion John Ngure and national runners-up Danielle Vohs and Jenny Keil.

Teams and individuals coached by King have competed at the national level many times. He has also been named MCC Coach of the Year in 32 of the past 44 years.

In a ceremony at 10 a.m. the same day, the university will dedicate the Martin Center for Digital Media Arts on the third floor of Becker Hall.

The digital media arts center was renovated in 2010 to include a film studio with green screen, stadium seat theater, faculty offices and an equipment cage.

The name honors Jerry and Elsie Martin for their support of the university's recent capital campaign.

The dedication ceremonies are open to the public.
The theme for the weekend is "Remember the Past, Live Today, and Embrace the Future." Festivities will include class reunions, a parade through the center of campus, coronation and the annual Davis Hall Follies, among other activities.

The full schedule is available online at