January 07, 2013
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The Office of Student Life invites you to attend the following events as you settle in for the spring semester:
- Monday, January 7: BCS
Championship Game, 7:00 p.m., Searcy Theater; women's and
men's basketball games vs. Pensacola Christian in Roland Arena
at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., respectively
- Tuesday, January 8: Movie Night,
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 8:00 p.m., Smith
- Wednesday, January 9: Hawks
Basketball vs. Birmingham Southern (The Wesley Rivalry), 7:00
p.m., Roland Arena
- Thursday, January 10: Bonfire!,
8:00 p.m., 9259 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, 36064, featuring live music
- Friday, January 11: Throwdown for
your Hometown Band Party, Az-Izz, 10:00 p.m., Alley Station
Lend a hand for the MLK Day of Service
The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service will
place Huntingdon volunteers with HandsOn the River Region, Monday,
January 21. Huntingdon will participate specifically with MLK
Day: The MANE Event, at the Montgomery Area Non-traditional
Equestrian Center. Students and other volunteers will meet at
The Hut at 8:30 a.m. and return to campus at noon. A
reminder: there will be no classes during MLK Day, Monday, January
21, but offices will remain open. Throughout the day, Channel 6
(HAWK TV) will show the movie, Glory Road.
College hosts ministry outreach forum
Seventy United Methodist ministers from the Alabama-West Florida
Conference, staff, faculty, and others met Thursday, January 3, for
"A Conversation on Ministerial Formation," in Houghton Library
Atrium. Lectures and discussions were presented by Bishop Ken
Carter of the Florida Conference UMC (father of Abby
Carter '12); Dr. Kim Cape, general secretary of the General
Board for Higher Education and Ministry (UMC); Dr. Chad
Eggleston, assistant professor of religion; Dr. Frank
Buckner, professor of religion; and Chaplain Brian Smith
'94. The seminar was developed by President J. Cameron
West and members of the Religion program faculty to initiate
discussion about encouraging youth who are interested in entering
religious vocations, and was co-hosted by Huntingdon trustee Bishop
Paul Leeland of the AWF Conference, UMC.
Teacher education conference meets on
Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph '80, state educators, members of the
Teacher Education program faculty, and members of Huntingdon's
student chapter of the Alabama Association of School Curriculum and
Development will host more than 175 educators and prospective
educators for "Yes! You Can Teach!," a seminar to encourage those
who are interested in entering the teaching profession, Tuesday,
January 15. Break-out sessions, presented by educators and
Huntingdon teacher education students, will include the topics,
"What is College Life Like as an Education Major?"; "What Do
Teachers Do?"; and "Hot Content and Teacher Shortages." The day will
begin and end with special presentations by Alabama State Board of
Education superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice (9:30 a.m.) and Alabama
Teacher of the Year Suzanne Culbreth (1:30 p.m.), respectively. The
day of seminars is presented at no cost to the prospective
Huntingdon is the Readers' Choice!
Huntingdon College was voted "Best College or University in
Montgomery County" by readers of the Montgomery Advertiser
during the annual Readers' Choice Awards in the fall.
Huntingdon Magazine hits your mailbox
The 2013 edition of Huntingdon College Magazine was mailed
to College friends, alumni and students' homes during the holiday
break. If you missed your issue, be sure your address is up-to-date
with the Office College and Alumni Relations (we will send you a new
copy—email firstname.lastname@example.org), or
pick up a copy in the Office of Communications, Flowers 103, or
Flowers Hall first floor foyer.
Meet the 2013 CAB drivers
Congratulations to the students who have been selected for
leadership roles in the 2013 Campus Activities Board. They are:
- Miss Huntingdon Pageant: Skye Esry
- CloverJam: Josh Johnson
- Welcome Back Week: Kathryn Dismuke
- Homecoming Week: James Temple and Niki Kennedy
- Family Weekend: Blake Bosch
- Countess of Huntingdon Ball: Wesley Smithart
- Special Events: Victoria Luchner
- Public Relations: Hallie Grace Muncher and Georgianna
Academic standings and grades posted
Fall 2012 Dean's List announcements and final grades were mailed
December 13; probation and suspension letters were mailed December
17. Students who are in good financial standing may view their
grades and standings information on the unofficial transcript posted
on Self-Service. The Office of Communications will post news
releases regarding dean's list awards later this week.
Congratulations to all who made dean's list honors!
Green chemistry practiced here
The American Chemical Society has honored Huntingdon's Student
ACS Chapter with the prestigious Green Chemistry Award in
recognition of the chapter's outreach activities conducted during
the 2011–2012 academic year. The designation was given to only 56
chapters among the 362 chapter reports received. The College will be
recognized in Chemical and Engineering News, in the student
member magazine, inChemistry, and during the 245th ACS
National Meeting in New Orleans in April.
- IMPORTANT ACADEMIC/ENROLLMENT DEADLINES: Friday, January 11, is the last day to drop a class with the permission of your adviser only and the last day to change your meal plan from the "default" 15 meals per week to another plan for the spring semester. Wednesday, January 16, is the last day to add a course with the permission of your adviser, the instructor, and the provost.
- Spring Roommate Round-up, which allows for roommate choices and swaps, is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, in Searcy Theater, and Thursday, January 17 in Blount 3rd floor lobby. Spring Room Change and Consolidation will take place January 18–27. More information on these events will be circulated by Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life.
- Students who would like to apply to work for MANE (Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians) should see Chief of Security Mike Ward '76 as soon as possible (or call 334-833-4463). Positions are open for students who are in good financial standing with the College and who have earned cumulative grade point averages higher than 2.0. MANE provides therapeutic horseback riding for clients who have physical and cognitive disabilities.
- Campus Ministries will join the students from 7 other campus ministries programs in the area (Troy, Auburn, West Florida, USA, Tuskegee, ASU, and UWA) for a retreat February 15–17. Cost is TBD (estimated at $75–$80). Let Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, know if you are interested in being part of this retreat.
- A Spring Break community service trip to New Orleans will partner Huntingdon volunteers with Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community, Saturday, March 23, through Tuesday, March 26. The approximate cost for the trip will be $125. Limited spaces are available (about 10 spots). Volunteers will work on construction projects and on serving the area's homeless. See Brian Smith right away if you are interested. A $75 non-refundable deposit reserves your space.
- The Office of Student Life will offer a "Mystery Trip" February 1–3, 2013. The cost is $75. Space is limited—sign up in the The Hut!
- If you would like to run for an SGA office for the 2013–2014 academic year, you will file an Intent to Run form by Friday, January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in the SGA Office in The Hut. The form is available in The Hut or on the Huntingdon Web site here: http://www.huntingdon.edu/sga.aspx
- RA applications are available in The Hut. See Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life. Applications are due Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
- 2013 Orientation Leader applications will be available in The Hut Tuesday, January 8, and are due Tuesday, January 22.
- 2013 Miss Huntingdon Pageant applications will be available in The Hut Monday, January 14, and are due Monday, January 28. The pageant will be held February 16 in the NEW Drum Theater!
- An organ concert scheduled for January 17 and master class scheduled for January 19 will be postponed until later in the semester. Details are forthcoming.
Five members of the Huntingdon band program have been nominated and
accepted to perform with the Alabama Intercollegiate Band,
Friday, January 11, 1:30 p.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts
Center. The AIB, comprised of students from participating college
band programs, meets every other year as part of the annual meeting
of the Alabama Music Educators Association’s In-Service Conference.
Congratulations to: Mary Gasson, Caleb Hart, Hayden McDonald,
Toni Profio, and Destini Tyus.
December 2012 graduate Wes Anderson has been hired to work
as the youth minister at Spanish Fort United Methodist Church.
Philip Bailey '09 married Molly Patterson December 8, 2012.
Brent Blackwell '09 has been admitted to the Physician's
Assistant program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Zach Brothers '10 has announced his engagement to Karli
The new face in the Office of Academic Affairs is Katharine
Brown, who joins Huntingdon as executive assistant to the
provost. Katharine earned her undergraduate degree in English from
Auburn University with dual degree credits from the University of
Cambridge (England). She also earned a master's degree in English
at Auburn. A former Huntingdon adjunct professor, Ms. Brown's
area of scholarly interest is British women writers.
Rhett Butler '13 and Daniel Davis '13 havereceived
offers of admission to Duke Divinity School.
Patty Clements '12, daughter of Houghton Library staff member
Donna Clements '90, married Taylor Justin Everett, Saturday,
January 5, 2012.
Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, Biology, is in Washington, D.C., this
week to chair a review panel for the National Science Foundation.
Taber Ellis '07 has announced his engagement to Grace Smith.
Kristine Fontaine '11 has announced her engagement to Tyler
Deborah Garrett '11, a student at Jones School of Law, is
completing an externship with the law offices at Maxwell Air Force
Lynley Godwin '11 and Shane Corley '10 were married
in December 2012.
Ann Steiner Hamilton Gregory '01 gave birth to Magoo Price
Hamilton, Sunday, December 30, 2012.
Huntingdon history/teacher education graduate Bryant Hall '12
was named a WSFA Class Act in just his first semester of teaching at
Prattville Junior High School. Sadly, the segment is no longer
available to view on the WSFA Web site, but we're proud of you,
Serennah Harding '08 will complete medical school this May
and is awaiting word of where she will serve her residency. Her
brother, Heath Harding '11, is completing his Master of
Science degree. Both Hardings were among the youngest students to
ever enroll at Huntingdon. Heath entered at age 11 and is now 17;
Serennah graduated at age 16.
Evan Haulman '09 has completed his MBA at Samford University
and has begun a job in Birmingham.
Thomas Hughes '13 and Ashley Angerman have announced their
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon and Dr. Tom
Perrin, both members of faculty in Language and Literature,
who welcomed their second son, Linus Joseph, December 22. Linus
weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz.
Congratulations to Dr. Doba Jackson, Chemistry, and his
wife, Dr. Lisa Gary-Jackson, who welcomed their first child,
Elisabeth Daisy Gary Jackson, born December 8, 2012, at Holy Cross
Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland. Elisabeth weighed 5 lbs., 14
A paper co-written by Dr. Doba Jackson, Chemistry, Chelley
Lawson '13 (December 2012 graduate), Dr. Lisa Gary-Jackson
(UAB), and Robert Villafane (ASU), "Modeling the structure of Yeast
MATα1: an HMG-box motif with a C-terminal helical extension," has
been accepted for publication in the Open Journal of Biophysics.
Maeghan Jordan '12 has announced her engagement to Brandon
Dr. Jeremy Lewis, Political Science, presented a paper, "The
Impact of Information and Communications Technology on Outward Flows
of Official Records: Towards Transparency and eGovernance," to a
panel on Technology in Policy Implementation, Influence, and
Innovation of the Information Technology and Politics section during
the annual conference of the Southern Political Science Association
in Orlando, Florida, January 3–5. Dr. Lewis has been invited to
serve as a reviewer for Oxford University Press book proposals and
to coordinate a global conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, in
Heath LeVert '11 has announced his engagement to Christina
Rebecca Masic (ADCP 2010) has moved from her former post as
executive assistant to the provost to a new post with ADCP. Her
office is in Wilson Hall.
A paper written by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 and her
daughter, Kelly Lauren Murphy (Class of 2013, Claude W. Pettit
School of Law, Ohio Northern University), has been accepted for oral
presentation at the Chemistry and the Law Symposium, "Where
Chemistry Meets Law." The symposium will be held at the 245th
national American Chemical Society meeting April 7–11, 2013, in New
Orleans. The title of their presentation is, "Where Chemistry Meets
Law: Teaching Critical Thinking in Chemistry using Patent Research,
Development and Submission."
Alex Nishibun '09 and Jesi Dunaway '09 have
announced their engagement.
Kylie Piercy '11 and Bobby Miller '09 have announced
Ryan "Boomer" Payne '12 has announced his engagement to
Dr. Tom Perrin, Language and Literature, has undertaken
several critical endeavors of late:
- “Unconventional Baselines,” review of David Foster Wallace, Both Flesh and Not: Essays, The National (Nov. 17, 2012), 14–15, http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/channel-page/arts-culture/middle-article-list/book-review-essays-by-david-foster-wallace
- Guest Coeditor, cluster of articles on Patricia Highsmith, Post•45, Peer-Reviewed (Dec. 2012), http://post45.research.yale.edu/archives/2773
- “On Patricia Highsmith,” introduction to cluster of articles on Patricia Highsmith, Post•45 Peer-Reviewed (Dec. 2012), http://post45.research.yale.edu/archives/2773
December 2012 graduate Dominik Platen, a digital art major,
has been offered admission to the Master of Arts in Animation and
Special Effects program at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield,
England. You can view his Huntingdon Senior Capstone animation
project here: http://vimeo.com/53906840
December graduate Eric Rodgers '13 has been hired to teach
for Success Unlimited Academy.
A novel co-written by two New York Times bestselling authors, former
Atlanta newscaster Wes Sarginson '66 and Diane Love, is
available through your local bookseller or Amazon.com. Justifiable
is part of a series of novels based around the characters Riley
Walker and Biddy Bidowski. Wes is the brother of Tricia Grier,
director of event planning and travel, and brother-in-law of Frank
Grier, director of institutional technology.
Research conducted by Blakely Sanders, Chelsea Swords, Chasity
Ward, and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, "Using
Computational Chemistry in Biochemistry: Why Did Nature Not Select
Silicon for Biological Molecules?" has been accepted for
presentation in the Biochemistry Division during the 245th National
American Chemical Society meeting, to be held April 7–11, 2013, in
Dr. John Saunders and Dr. Lynn Disbrow, Communication
Studies, served as community judges for the Alabama National Open
speech and debate tournament sponsored by the National Christian
Forensics and Communications Association, held at Auburn-Montgomery
last week. This was the organization's first national tournament.
Hank Sforzini '04 married Sarah Catherine White, December 8,
Sara Beth Terry, coordinator of student leadership, and 15
Huntingdon students attended the 2013 Passion Conference during the
first week of January. Attending this year's conference were: Jack
Allen, Anna Anderson, Melissa Baswell, Lyndi Bradley, Dexter Dean,
Kathryn Dismuke, Josh Dunn, Josh Johnson, Louis Hines, Katie
Jones, Jonathan Joseph, Heather Kelly, Taylor King, Wesley
Smithart, and Elizabeth Thrower.
Sarah Ward, a graduate student at UAB, will intern with the
UAB/Children's Hospital International Adoption Clinic in the spring
of 2013. She is the daughter of Chief of Security Mike Ward '76
and his wife, Phyllis Killion Ward '74, and the brother of
new freshman Mike Ward '17.
Lyndsey Weber '11 and Chad Baxley '13 have announced
Dr. Barbara Sumrall White, Accounting, was featured in an
article in the University of Mississippi alumni magazine this
spring. There is a link to the article from her directory profile
page here: http://www.huntingdon.edu/aboutProfile.aspx?id=2029.
Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, twin sister of Amanda Wineman '15,
will compete in the Miss America pageant January 8 in Las Vegas.
Her platform is "Normal is just a Dryer Setting: Living with
- Seniors who have not yet made an appointment with Ms. Fran Taylor in the Center for Career and Vocation (Office of College and Alumni Relations, second floor Flowers): please make it a priority to be in touch this week: email@example.com or (334) 833-4556.
- The beginning of the semester is a great time to update your resume. The CCV will assist you by advising, providing samples, editing, etc. Stop by Flowers 217.
- Several internship opportunities are available this semester. Drop by the CCV or see your faculty adviser for more information.
More on Huntingdon Athletics: http://www.huntingdonhawks.com/landing/index
- D.J. Chappell '13 and Trevor Manuel '13 were
selected to play in the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and in the D3
Senior Classic, both Division III All-Star games held in
December. Manuel earned MVP honors for both contests.
Meanwhile, Chappell was named to the D3football.com first team
All-America and to the American Football Coaches Association's
Division III All-America Team, the first Huntingdon player to
earn such recognition.
- Hawks baseball catcher Joseph Odom and pitchers Grant
Lowman and Gavin Free have been invited to play
for the Winchester Royals in the 2013 Valley League this
summer. According to head coach D.J. Conville '98, the
Valley League, a 12-team wood-bat league, brings together some
of the best players in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III annually.
This will be the second season for Odom to participate with
Winchester and the second consecutive year for Huntingdon to be
represented in the league.
- Huntingdon Athletics hosted 14 women's basketball teams for
the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament during the
- The American Sports Builders Association has named
Huntingdon's George S. Gibbs Tennis Center a
Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility in recognition of
excellence in design and construction. The award was presented
December 3, 2012, by Lower Brothers Construction.
In Our Thoughts
- We remember with gratitude the life of Colonel Robert
Barmettler, who directed theatre productions and taught
English for 18 years at Huntingdon during the 1970s and '80s.
Colonel Barmettler, a retired Army and Air Force veteran who
earned Bronze and Silver Stars for valor, built the Dungeon
Theatre in Massey Hall and was a keen supporter of Huntingdon
and Montgomery community arts productions until his death,
December 16, 2012, at age 88. He was preceded in death by his
second wife, retired Huntingdon music professor Dr. Jeanne
Shaffer. Read the obituary.
- Brenda Kerwin, Houghton Library, requests prayers for
her brother-in-law, Richard Brooks, following emergency open
heart surgery January 1.
- Our thoughts and prayers are with professor Christopher
Payne, Art, upon the death of his brother, Mike, in
- Dr. John Saunders, Communication Studies, will undergo
surgery January 16 to address an illness discovered early in the
fall 2012 semester. We wish him a quick recovery.
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