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May 07, 2012

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May 7, 2012

The Talon replaces Monday Messages

The only constant is change, and Monday Messages is changing with this edition to The Talon, a quick glimpse at Huntingdon news, which will be published periodically (but not necessarily weekly) and posted online in the same place as Monday Messages.

The Classes of 2012 graduate

Tiffany Dean '12 was announced as the winner of the Margaret Read Scholarship Medal, the Loyalty Award, and the Willard D. Top Award during Commencement Exercises for the traditional day program Saturday, May 5.  Jane Williams, director of travel and event planning, who plans to retire in June, was recognized with the Presidential Medallion honoring nearly 40 years of service to the College. Renee Carlisle '76 accepted the Rhoda C. Ellison Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Service Award on behalf of her late husband, Dr. Anthony J. Carlisle '76Dr. James Truman, associate professor of English, was given the Chappell Award for excellence in teaching.  The Julia Lightfoot Sellers Award, voted upon by members of the junior and senior classes, was given to Dr. Roxanne St. Martin '94, assistant professor of athletic training.

Students and graduates cross the pond

Groups of Huntingdon Plan travelers will leave for trips to England (May 9–17) and Germany (May 11–20).   Meanwhile, if you'd like to read about the adventures of Honduras travelers earlier this spring, check out their blog here:

Hawk's Nest adds equipment

Thanks to the Student Government Association and the Office of Campus Recreation, new equipment arrived in the Hawk's Nest in April.  A Horizon fitness treadmill, two Olympic curl bars, ab wheels, Perfect Push-ups, table tennis rackets, and a sand volleyball court boundary are in place for your recreational pleasure.

New York Times seeks student photography

Have you snapped an image that says "back to school" visually?  Send your photo and a 200-word or less back-story to the New York Times by June 1.  You might get published!  For more information and to submit:


Blue Lake United Methodist Assembly is accepting resumes for the position of Full-time Program Director.  If you're interested in learning more, contact Su Ofe or Brian Smith and we'll forward the job description to you.

Other openings in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church:


Robin Davis '06 has been offered admission to the graduate program in genetic counseling at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Caleb Floyd '12 was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force on May 4 and will leave for intelligence officer training school this fall.

At the annual meeting of the Alabama Library Association in April, Brenda Kerwin, associate professor and systems librarian, was elected as member-at-large of the Technical Services and Systems Roundtable; Nordis Smith, professor and librarian for reference and inter-library loan, was elected secretary of the Reference and Adult Services Roundtable; and Eric A. Kidwell, professor and director of the library, co-presented with Dr. Janice Franklin, library dean of Alabama State University, the program "The Library Building Project: A 20+ Year Perspective on Two Academic Library Construction Initiative" and moderated a second program on library advocacy and the legislative process.

Ryan ('98) and Susan Ogilvie Oakley ('01) welcomed child #3, Charles Olin Oakley, May 1.  Ryan is a JAG officer with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Montgomery.

Kassandra Pattison '14 (Biology; Shalimar, Fla.) will intern with dermatologist Dr. David Arrowsmith at Florida Dermatology this summer.  Her brother, Hunter Pattison '14 (Political Science),  will intern with Circuit Judge Thomas T. Remington at the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

After earning offers from four different schools of law, Allyn Powell '12 will attend the University of Alabama this fall.

Lauren Randall '11, who has been working at a church in Mississippi for the past year, will enter seminary at Emory University's Candler School of Theology beginning this fall.  She and Megan Petenbrink '12, also a Candler graduate student, will be roommates.

Karina Scott '12, who is leaving soon to study in the Master of Arts in counseling program at the University of North Dakota, has been selected as a UND Resident Apartment Director—a job the university describes as "totally RAD."  Before they leave, she and Davis Ryan '12 will be married Saturday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Hampstead.

Four boxes of "Handy Jotters" donations collected by the English honorary Sigma Tau Delta were delivered to the Family Sunshine Center last month by Erin Ofe '12, outgoing chapter president, Katie Wachob '14 (English; Pensacola, Fla.), and Mary Elizabeth Terrell '12.

Kat Wendt '10 has been hired as a chemistry teacher at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska.


Softball heads to regional competition

The Lady Hawks women's softball team, GSAC regular season and tournament champions, has been named  7th seed in the upcoming NCAA-Division III regional play-offs, and will play the #2-seed Pacific Lutheran College in Tyler, Texas, later this week.  This is the first time the program has been selected for regional competition since moving from NAIA to NCAA-III.



Negin Ahmadi '05, who was in the country and on campus last week, lost her mother to cancer last month in Denmark.

William "Butch" Earnest '67, husband of Jacqueline Hodges Earnest '64, passed away early this morning.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Cane's Chapel UMC, Deatsville; with the funeral at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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