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August 07, 2012

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The Talon

Time for kick-off!

We're about to kick-off the football season and the fall semester!  New and returning football players will arrive Wednesday, August 8, with check-in from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Volunteers (ANTS) are needed to welcome the players and their parents and to help with move-in.  Please contact Director of Residence Life Sandra Betts Hall if you can help.  More volunteers are needed to welcome band students Sunday, August 12, 2:00–4:00 p.m.; fall sport athletes, Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and the rest of the new students Friday, August 17, 7:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m., for Big Red Weekend (schedule:   Returning students may move in Saturday or Sunday, August 18–19, 1:00–5:00 p.m. either day. 

In-Service Dates Set

The Office of the Registrar has published the approved In-Service Dates for 2012–2013. During In-Service Days, there are no classes, but offices remain open.  Note that In-Service Days are Fridays except for Wednesday, March 13, 2013, which is Assessment Day (you will hear more about this as that day draws near).  The 2012–2013 In-Service Days are as follows:  

 Fall Term 

Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012

Spring Term
Friday, January 18, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013—Assessment Day; classes that normally meet on Wednesday will meet on Friday
Friday, April 12, 2013

For more information on academic dates, deadlines, and holidays, see the 2012–2013 Academic Calendar:

Huntingdon students present/receive honors at National Exchange Club Convention

Huntingdon Collegiate Exchange Club officers Russ Barnwell '13 (president; Poli Sci/English; Jacksonville, Ala.), Olivia Larkin '13 (vice president; Biology; Florence, Ala.), Zach Turner '14 (treasurer; Poli Sci; Citronelle, Ala.) and Blake Bosch '14 (secretary; Biology; Tuscaloosa, Ala.) were honored and pinned at the National Exchange Club Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, to which they traveled with club adviser and Montgomery Exchangite of the Year Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, professor of chemistry, in July.  They were named "Honorary Imagineers" and will serve as advisers and resources for national efforts in new collegiate club building and retention. Huntingdon Exchangites presented three seminars at the convention on the topic of building collegiate Exchange Clubs.  Huntingdon, the only Collegiate Exchange Club in America, is helping to build sister clubs at Berry College (Ga.), Winona State University (Minn.), The Citadel (S.C.), Marquette University (Wis.), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wis.), Troy University (Ala.), Troy University-Dothan (Ala.), and Frank Olin College of Engineering (Mass.) The club also received a National Service Award for their work during 2011–2012, their charter year, given for the completion of four projects, one each in the areas of prevention of child abuse, youth programs, Americanism, and community service.

Celebrating Title IX

What is Title IX?  The federal law that states that no person can be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving financial assistance, Title IX was a breakthrough law for women's sports, female athletes, and coaches—as well as for men's athletics—when it was ratified in 1972. Huntingdon will celebrate 40 years of Title IX during our Homecoming/Family Weekend celebrations, Friday, September 28.  Save the date and watch The Talon for more information in the coming weeks.


  • Check out the list of 2012–2013 Cultural and Community Events, freshly posted for your viewing pleasure at; this list is updated often, so check back for the latest information.  The list is under the About section of the Web site.  
  • A schedule of HOMECOMING 2012 (September 28–30) events has been posted on the Web site.  Here's a link:  
  • A schedule/reservation form for FAMILY WEEKEND 2012 (September 28–30) events has been posted on the Web site.  Here's a link:  
  • Local attorney Richard White has a home for rent in Cloverdale: 3 BR, 2BA, pets welcome, fenced yard, $1000 per month.  Contact Mr. White at (334) 657-7739.  
  • Class schedules for new students who registered in June have been mailed to students' permanent addresses.  The schedules have not yet been posted online, but students will be notified by e-mail from the Office of the Registrar when online schedules are available.   
  • Roommate assignments have been made.  Letters of notification were mailed last Thursday, so check your mailboxes if you're expecting to hear from the Office of Residence Life.  
  • More than 160 students were on campus as part of Summer Orientation II in July.  Thank you to all who prepared and welcomed the students and families and to all who came to be part of the program!  
  • A new Alabama law bans texting while driving.  If you text while you drive you can be stopped, ticketed, and fined (not to mention that you are endangering your own life and the lives of those around you).  Don't do it.  When you get behind the wheel, put your phone away.    
  • FACULTY AND STAFF:  Summer has come to an end, and so have summer hours.  Offices will resume the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. schedule beginning Monday, August 16.    
  • Jane Williams, former director of travel and event planning and many other titles during her nearly 40 years with Huntingdon, didn't want any hoopla over her departure, but her last day is Wednesday, August 8.  You may wish her well at or by calling (334) 833-4534.  We will miss you, Jane!  
  • Tricia Grier has taken over travel and event planning. Please send your calendar/event planning requests to her at or (334) 833-4243.  
  • Student Health Insurance Update:  Due to changes in the healthcare industry, Huntingdon College will no longer be able to offer an affordable health insurance alternative for students. Students are strongly urged to have medical, accident, hospitalization and health insurance from a reputable provider because costs such as these are the student's responsibility.  Information regarding student health insurance is available in the Office of Student Health and Wellness, part of the Office of Student Life in The Hut.       


Ashley Adams '12
has accepted a position teaching at Lincoln Elementary School in Talladega County.

Kedric Barnette
, ARAMARK dining services, married his long-time girlfriend in July.  We congratulate the happy couple!

Trish Brown '12
and Ashton Rodriguez '12 have accepted teaching positions atPhenix City Intermediate School, Ala.

The Reverend Dr. Ken Carter
, father of Abby Carter '12, was consecrated a bishop at the Southeast Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in July.  President West served as one of Bishop Carter's two sponsoring ministers at the Consecration Service.  Bishop Carter has been assigned to the Florida Conference. 

Abby Grace Chandler '11
and Mike Payson '10 were married July 28 in Ligon Chapel.Abby Grace has been hired as the extended day director at Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale, Ala.

Patty Clements '12
and Taylor Everett have announced their engagement.

Chad Cotant '12
has donned a sport coat and tie instead of his usual ball cap and shorts and joined the Student Life team as a residence director for Searcy Hall. 

Rusty Cowley '12
has accepted a position teaching ninth grade history and coaching soccer for Thompson High School, his alma mater. 

Gale Croft '10 (ADCP)
, site coordinator for Baldwin County ADCP, has been selected to participate in Leadership Baldwin County for the coming year.

Rae Diggs '12
has accepted a position teaching at Ridgecrest Elementary School, Phenix City, Ala.

Ron Fullove '12 has been admitted to the M.D./M.B.A combined program at the Medical University of the Americas, Charlestown, West Indies.  He will begin studies in January.

Jenna Golson '09 has been hired as a physical educator and head volleyball and softball coach at Evangel Christian Academy, Montgomery.  She was formerly with Hooper Academy. 

Matt Gorum '07 and Claire Hart '06 have announced their engagement.

Tyler Hall '13 has passed his CSCS certification and is officially a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Mary Lawren Hill '11, a math teacher, volleyball and softball coach at Marbury High School, married Michael Hall July 28.

Amy Whatley Holley '99, a former employee in the Office of Business and Finance, has returned to her alma mater working part-time in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Larry Hudson '09 has accepted a position teaching history at Tallassee High School beginning this fall.

Derval Hutchinson '11
has been admitted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and will begin taking classes this fall.

Meagan Jackson '10
has announced her engagement to Jordan Travis.

Jeff Jenkins '12
has been hired as the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for Troy University.  In this capacity, he is one of the youngest coaches to head a Division I program.  Jeff will  pursue a master's degree in sport and fitness management concurrently. 

Mike Kilpatrick '12
has accepted a teaching position at Russell County High School.

Jacques Lamour '11
has been accepted to medical school at the Universidad Iberoamericana School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic.  He will begin classes this fall.

Steven Laye '10
and Madison Jackson (Class of 2012) have announced their engagement.

Brianna McClure '13
and Woods Lisenby '11 have announced their engagement.

Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78
, professor of chemistry, presented an invited seminar, "Atoms First—A Successful Paradigm for Student Success in General Chemistry," at the 2012 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held July 29 at Pennsylvania State University.

Taylor Paradowski '12
has accepted a position as a fourth grade teacher at McInnis Woods Country Day School.

Saturday, July 28, the Alabama Communication Association, led by ACA president and co-founder Dr. John Saunders, assistant professor of communication studies, held its second annual conference, during which Saunders presided, chaired two panels, and gave two presentations, among a number of duties. Jeremy Reid '11, now a graduate student at the University of Alabama, presented two papers, as did Ben Mallett '12.

Nick Sheppard '13
has joined the Student Life team as coordinator of campus recreation.  Nick, a Montgomery native, played four years of football for the Hawks (and has one of the best smiles on campus).

Jes Smith '11 has been hired to teach physical education at Pine Level Elementary School, Autauga County, this fall.  He has also taken a varsity football coaching position with Prattville High School, a perennial state championship team.  Jes graduated with a degree in human performance but returned to HC to earn his teaching credential, which he completed in May.

Nordis Smith, professor and reference/interlibrary loan/instruction librarian, taught a workshop on the research paper and process for Montgomery Public Schools students in grades 9–12, July 23.  This workshop was part of the Summer Montgomery Public Library Workshop series.  Ms. Smith has been asked to repeat her workshop as part of next summer's series.

Huntingdon received a new member of the Board of Trustees and the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church received a new bishop when The Reverend Dr. Debbie Wallace-Padget, a member of the Kentucky Annual Conference, was elected earlier this month during the Southeast Jurisdictional meeting in North Carolina.  We welcome her to the Huntingdon family!

Brian Watts '11, an accountant at Enterprise Holdings, married Jordan Archer July 28, 2012.

Assistant Professor Barbara White (Accounting) completed her Ph.D. in Accountancy through the University of Mississippi in July.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Bank Auditor, and Chartered Global Management Accountant.  A dedicated distance runner, she has completed her goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states and is working on completing a marathon in each continent—so far she's conquered Europe, Australia, and North America. 


Great Opportunities for Huntingdon Students:
  • A statewide trade organization is seeking two fall semester interns; one to assist with marketing and communications; one to provide general administrative assistance.  
  • A Cloverdale neighboring family is looking for a Huntingdon student to pick up their child from school and babysit the child at their home until parents arrive.  
  • A local community is seeking an individual to coordinate a church-related youth group on either Sunday evenings or Wednesday nights.  
  • A national non-profit organization located in Montgomery is seeking a communications intern.  
  • An agency of the State of Alabama is seeking 1-2 interns for the fall semester.  Applicants should be interested in communications or political science.  
  • The city of Auburn has several job opportunities for part-time work in recreation, forestry, and public finance.  

For more information about these internship opportunities, contact Fran Taylor in the Center for Career and Vocation, or (334) 833-4556.  

Sports Page

The women's lacrosse program welcomes assistant coach Morgan Cross later this week. Coach Cross, the sister of Tyler Cross '15 (History; Shady Side, Maryland), comes to us from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.  The team will take the field for its inaugural season this year, and we welcome 16 first-year and 2 transfer women's lacrosse student-athletes to the Huntingdon family! "Good on ya," Coach Frisoli!   


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

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