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Monday Messages

August 20, 2012

The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.


Happy new year!

As you learn your class schedule, meet your professors, get into the homework groove, and figure out life outside of classes, here are a few things you need to complete this week:

  • Book it:  Huntingdon's Follett Bookstore will be open daily in order for you to purchase your books or to pick up pre-ordered books.  Purchase your books NOW in order to be successful in class.  After a few weeks, unpurchased books are returned to publishers, so they'll no longer be available on campus.  
  • Add or Drop it: Friday, August 24 is the deadlineto Add or Drop a class.  Dropping is different from Withdrawing, which you'll hear about next week.  A Dropped class doesn't appear on your transcript.  However, in order to participate in athletics or live in the residence halls or receive a full-time financial aid package, you have to be full-time (12 hours or more).  So don't Drop below that threshold.  To Drop or Add a class, get the appropriate forms from the Registrar's Office and see your adviser.  Freshmen:  you can't Drop required freshman-level courses.  Your adviser will fill you in.
  • Munch it: If you'd like to adjust your meal plan to the 11- or 19-per-week plan from the default plan of 15 meals per week, see Student Account Manager Karen Graham, Wilson 108, by 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 24.
  • Go to it:  Get in the habit NOW of going to classes and getting there on time. Students are expected to attend all classes.  Here is the Attendance Policy:; also read carefully the attendance policy for each of your classes (printed in the class' syllabus).
  • Join it:  Want to join the choir, sign up for intramurals, join a club, RUSH for Greek Life?  Watch this week for more information as all of these gatherings (and more) unfold, or ask someone in Student Life to point you in the direction of how to get involved in these and other organizations.
  • Stick it:  Update your ID card (if you're a returning student). You'll need a valid, current ID to get into the Hawks football games and other upcoming events. See the Tech Team to get your validation sticker.
  • Avoid a ticket:  Get your parking tag (it's free) from Campus Security in Wilson Hall.  You'll need to know the make, model, and license number of your car, as well as your driver's license information. You'll need to have that tag hanging in your car by the end of the week or the tickets will start adding up fast.  Be sure to pay attention to your designated parking areas because you can get a ticket even with a tag if you park in the wrong area.  

Welcome Back Week Events (from the Office of Student Life—for residents and commuters!)

Monday, August 20:  Block Party, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Roland Arena parking lot and Massey Beach, featuring beach volleyball, cornhole, ladder golf, DJ Jhavonn, and hot dog/Coke cart
Tuesday, August 21:  Bowling, 9:00–11:00 p.m., Ace Bowling Center
Wednesday, August 22:  Waterslide and Dinner on the Green, 4:00–6:00 p.m., The Green; Orientation Encore, 8:30–10:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
Thursday, August 23:  Screen on the Green, 9:00–11:00 p.m, The Green
Friday, August 24:  Biscuits Game, Ticket pick-up 6:30 p.m., Right Field gate, game time 7:05 p.m., Riverwalk Stadium

New faculty in the family

You may notice a few new faces at the head of your classes. We welcome the following (more information about each at
  • Dr. Wes Brown, visiting assistant professor of mathematics.
  • Dr. Joy Beggs Harbin, assistant professor of education
  • Dr. Kristi Lyn Jones, assistant professor of biology
  • Dr. David Laughlin, assistant professor of sport science
  • Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant professor of mathematics 
And although they aren't technically new because they've served as visiting professors for Huntingdon in the past, we welcome Dr. Clinton Curry as assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon as assistant professor of English, and Ms. Mandy McMichael as assistant professor of religion.  Great to have you home again!     

Service with a smile


Big Red Weekend included the traditional Day of Service, which sent 274 new students, 28 Orientation Leaders and RAs, 10 faculty, and 9 staff—in all, roughly 321 Huntingdon folks—into the community Saturday, August 18.  Workers painted, sorted, patched, organized, moved, cleaned, built, hammered and planted for The New Church at 301 Dexter, Forest Avenue Magnet School, Floyd Middle Magnet School, Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, Faith Rescue Mission, and House to House.  They also helped with a Kidney Foundation run.  A vlog site is under development so that you can view their testimonies about the day and we'll send you the link when it's available.  WAKA story:;  Montgomery Advertiser:; More Advertiser photos:; photos on Facebook:

Presidential Convocation begins the year

The traditional first event of the year is the Presidential Convocation, to be held Wednesday, August 22, at 11:45 a.m. Convocation decorum for audience members: remove hats; stand quietly as the processional begins; stand again for the recessional and remain standing quietly in your place at your seatuntil the recessional has concluded.

Staton Center welcomes Eggleston, Truman

Dr. Chad Eggleston, assistant professor of religion, has taken on the role of Special Assistant to the Provost and, as such, is directing the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and the Honors Program.  His office is in Jackson 104.  Mr. Jim Hilgartner will continue in the Staton Center as director of the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking, which includes the tutoring programs of the Staton Center.  Dr. James Truman, assistant professor of English and director of academic first-year programs, will provide support for faculty who teach in first-year programs. Ms.Jamie Brazell '09 continues in her role of providing support for the Staton Center.  The Writing Center, Jackson 112, is open to assist students with every stage of the writing process, 12:30–4:40 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during the semester.   



  • Don't be alarmed!  The fire alarms will be tested Wednesday, August 22, 2012, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Alarms in Blount, Flowers, and Pratt Halls will be activated.  This is only a test, so you need not abandon what you're doing.   
  • Be sure to check the traditional day schedule of classes for updates on times and room assignments.  It is posted online here: 
  • The 2012–2013 Huntingdon College Catalog is almost ready for printing.  The draft version is available here, for your reference: 
  • There have been quite a few changes to the 2012–2013 Cultural and Community Events,  The list is under the About section of the Web site.
  • If you would like to set up your own wireless router for your room or area, you must first take it to the Tech Team so that they can configure, inspect, and record it in their database and advise you on installation.  Access will be denied if devices are installed improperly.   
  • REMINDER:  A new Alabama law bans texting while driving.  If you text while you drive you can be stopped, ticketed, and fined.  Don't do it.  
  • Thank you to the Marching Scarlet and Grey for a wonderful President's Concert last week!
  • Dining Hall hours, Monday through Friday: Breakfast, 7:00–9:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Dinner 4:30–7:30 p.m. Weekends:  Brunch, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Dinner, 5:00–6:30 p.m
  • Java City hours:  Monday–Thursday, 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Saturday closed; Sunday, 7:00–11:00 p.m.
  • The Department of Art and the Department of Music have merged into the Department of Music and Art.
  • Students who are eligible for  Book Vouchers (meaning that financial aid exceeds the cost of tuition, fees, etc., and the student may use the remaining funds for book costs), may pick up vouchers M, W, F, 1:00–4:00 p.m.; T, R, 8:00–11:00 a.m.  Be sure you have:  1.) Completed Direct Stafford Entrance Counseling; 2.) Completed Direct Stafford Master Promissory Note; 3.) Award Acceptance letter returned to the Office of Student Financial Services; 4) Estimated cost of books (go to the bookstore ahead of time with your list or look at the Web site and write down the book costs).


Dr. Jennifer Canfield
, assistant professor of music, presented an interest session at the Alabama ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Summer Conference at the University of Alabama in July.  Her session, "Teach the Music," used concepts from Comprehensive Musicianship to enhance the choral rehearsal.

Mark Coleman '90, a history teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery and an adjunct instructor in teacher education at Huntingdon, is one of 50 teachers in the U.S. invited to attend the 2012 Google Teacher Academy.  Coleman traveled to Prague this month on a STAR grant from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.  In June he attended the International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference in San Diego and captured the grand prize for expressing how he uses technology to excite students' passions.  Read about his award and see his amazing video here:

Hannah Correia '11has accepted an offer of admission to the Master of Science in Energy Systems Technology program in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England. The intensive one-year curriculum, which she will begin October 1, is certified by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Energy Institute.

Adam Cotant '09, a first-year student in the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry, and Dr. Brittany Gaydosh Cotant '08, who just completed pharmacy school, were married Saturday, August 11.

Kelly Frazier '12has accepted a position as an optician at Primary Eye Care in Montgomery.

Jeb Haynes '02completed his doctorate at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Kirk Johnson '12is employed as a teacher at Sylacauga High School.

Former Huntingdon webmaster Matt Johnson '04, a branding and design specialist at Starlight International and a freelance illustrator, is poised to win a major art contest hosted by the Jim Henson Company.  The winner will collaborate with Jim Henson Studios on marketing materials for Fraggle Rock's 30th anniversary party, as well as a cash prize and a trip to LA to meet with the studio and attend the event.  You can view his illustration and vote for it here: (if you're on Facebook).  Matt's first published children's book work and children's toy products will be released later this year, as well. 

Heath LeVert '11
is employed as a teacher at Bibb County High School.

Will Merritt '11 is employed as a 9th and 10th grade history teacher and assistant football coach at Wetumpka High School.

Tera Moore '09married Bobby Cagle earlier this summer. Bobby's brother is Eric Cagle '07, of Hawks football fame.  Eric is married to Tera's best friend and former Lady Hawks basketball teammate, Betsy Jones Cagle '07.  All of them live in Tallassee.

Adam Murphy
, assistant director of bands, married Tiffany Lowery in Birmingham July 28.

Shelby Robinson '14(Mathematics; Spanish Fort, Ala.) and Will Hodgson '13 (Christian Education; Bay Minette, Ala.) have announced their engagement.

Glenn Rudolph '09will join the dental practice of Dr. Jimmy Gardiner in Tuscumbia, Alabama, next summer when Glenn graduates from dental school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Glenn is the son of Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph '80, chair of the Huntingdon Department of Teacher Education, and Dr. Gardiner is the father of J Gardiner '15

Marybeth Grace Wheatley '12has been hired as a telephone banking associate with Wells Fargo.


SENIORS:  Please make an appointment  to meet with Fran Taylor in the Center for Career and Vocation (now in the College and Alumni Relations Office, Flowers 2nd Floor), or (334) 833-4556.  This is a 15-minute appointment and should happen sometime between now and the end of September.

If you are interested in working for the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE) this fall, contact Chief Mike Ward in the Campus Security office, Wilson 112.  MANE provides horseback riding therapy for individuals who have mental and/or physical disabilities.  To be eligible for a MANE position, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or better, be in good financial standing with Huntingdon, and be approved to receive Federal Work-Study.


Head Football Coach Mike Turk was inducted into the Troy University Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony held earlier this month.  As Troy’s quarterback, Turk led the Trojans to a 40-8-1 record and two NCAA Division II national titles (1984 and 1987). He was named first-team All-Gulf South three times and was the Gulf South’s Freshman of the Year in 1984.  A number of Hawks were at the induction ceremony to help him celebrate.

personally speaking

It was so much fun to meet new students from Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Arkansas, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Michigan, California, Connecticut, New York, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina, and Northern Ireland last week.  We welcome you and all new students to your college home and to your Huntingdon family!  And if you need a campus mom, I'm available.  See me in the Communication Station (Flowers 103). (And hugs to all of you returners, too!)

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