Mayor awards Huntington University

Mayor awards Huntington University

At the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary and awards banquet on June 14, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat announced Huntington University Arizona as this year’s Mayor’s Award recipient.

The Mayor’s Award is one of several annual awards that honor businesses, organizations and individuals who have a positive impact on the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and the community.

Every year, the chamber asks the mayor of Peoria to select a recipient for and present the Mayor’s Award. Carlat selects her chosen recipient by focusing on businesses, organizations and individuals that have an exceptional impact on and elevate the community, and serve Peoria’s residents well.

“Receiving the Mayor’s Award on behalf of Huntington University Arizona was really exciting and encouraging,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Huntington University Arizona’s operations. “Our mission as a Christ-centered university is to be active in our community and partner with a number of organizations to help bring positive changes. This is an important calling even when things are going well, as is the case with Peoria’s leadership and the growth of the city.”

Carlat added, “Huntington University is an incredible community partner. Since opening their doors in Peoria, the HU Arizona team has stepped up and involved themselves in many ways, by supporting our city and supporting many nonprofits throughout the Valley. I’m grateful they made the decision to become a part of our Peoria family, and it is an honor to present them with the Mayor’s Award.”

Huntington University Arizona opened its doors in 2016, welcoming students seeking a degree in digital media arts. The facility, a 30,000-square-foot building, houses bachelor’s degree programs in animation, film production, broadcast media and graphic design. The facility features film and TV studios, high-end computer classroom/labs, private editing suites, a state-of-the-art TV control room, Foley pit, a host of EFP and cinema cameras, and lighting gear for student production work.

“The city has been such a wonderful partner, and to have Mayor Carlat recognize our partnership in this manner is such a meaningful statement to our faculty, staff and students. In fact, it inspires us to do even more,” Berggren said.