Huntington University has received a $100,000 commitment from Warsaw-based Lake City Bank to grow the school’s agricultural education programs.
The money is earmarked for the Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center and the university’s Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.
Huntington announced construction of the 10,000-square-foot education center last December. Work got underway in the spring.
“Like Lake City Bank, Huntington University recognizes the critical importance of the agricultural community in Northeast Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Huntington’s practical, hands-on program brings students directly into the ag sector throughout their academic experience,” said David Findlay, president and chief executive officer of Lake City Bank.
The ag building is named in honor of the late Don Strauss, who founded of Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services of North Manchester.
Huntington says the $100,000 gift will be made over four years, with $10,000 committed to support HU’s department of agriculture and $15,000 committed to the Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center each year.
“We covet the gifts and support of community partners like Lake City Bank,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “Their investment in this space is an investment in HU’s ag and biology students today and in the future.”