Huntington University’s agriculture footprint continues to grow as plans are finalized for the latest capital addition to the institution: The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center.

The development of the nearly 10,000-square-foot structure was made possible thanks to a generous lead gift from Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services.

Named in honor of the late Don Strauss, a fourth-generation member of the Strauss family in North Manchester and founder of Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services, the animal science education center will house many of the key livestock elements of HU’s agriculture degrees.

“The Don Strauss Animal Science Education Center will provide an outstanding opportunity for our students to expand their knowledge of animals as it relates to their key role in the agricultural sector,” said Nate Perry, coordinator of ag operations and external relations. “We are confident the observations done by our students alongside our faculty will be very rewarding to those majoring in agriculture. In this season of Thanksgiving, we are filled with joy and appreciation for the donors as they have contributed mightily to the continued growth of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies.”

The structure will house a large flexible pen space and an on-site classroom and will act as a living learning space for students interested in animal science. The adaptable space will be equipped to host a variety of livestock to allow students up-close and personal, hands-on learning experiences.

“The lead gift from Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services was exactly what we needed to move this dream closer to a reality,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University. “We still eagerly anticipate forming additional partnerships to make the Animal Science Education Center everything it can be for our students.  This opportunity builds on our early program success, and doubles down on our efforts to provide a quality experiential animal science curriculum.”

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