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
- 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
- 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
- Dr. Joy Beggs Harbin, assistant professor of education
- Dr. Kristi Lyn Jones, assistant professor of biology
- Dr. David Laughlin, assistant professor of sport
- Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant professor of
And although they aren't technically new because they've served as
visiting professors for Huntingdon in the past, we welcome Dr.
as assistant professor of mathematics, Dr.
as assistant professor of English, and Ms.
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:
More Advertiser photos:
photos on Facebook:
Presidential Convocation begins the
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,
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
- 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, http://www.huntingdon.edu/about.aspx?id=6258.
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
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: http://www.iste.org/membership/pbl-contest.aspxHannah Correia '11
has 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 '12
has accepted a position as an optician at
Primary Eye Care in Montgomery.Jeb Haynes '02
completed his doctorate at the University of
Southern Mississippi.Kirk Johnson '12
is employed as a teacher at Sylacauga High
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
(if you're on Facebook). Matt's first published children's book
work and children's toy products will be released later this year,
Heath LeVert '11
is employed as a teacher at Bibb County High
Will Merritt '11
is employed as a 9th and 10th grade history
teacher and assistant football coach at Wetumpka High School.Tera Moore '09
married 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.
, assistant director of bands, married Tiffany
Lowery in Birmingham July 28.Shelby Robinson '14
(Mathematics; Spanish Fort, Ala.) and Will
(Christian Education; Bay Minette, Ala.) have
announced their engagement.Glenn Rudolph '09
will 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 '12
has 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), firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
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