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March 04, 2013

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The Talon

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March 4, 2013
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Zach Turner elected SGA president

The results of the early February elections have been confirmed and upheld by the Judicial Board, and Zachary A. Turner '14 will take the helm of Huntingdon Student Government March 10.  A record 52.8% of full-time students voted in the election.  Elected to the role of vice president was Wesley Smithart; Secretary: Will Davis; and Treasurer: J Gardiner.  Congratulations to all who participated as candidates and all who voted.  Watch the Web site for a news release with the full list of class officers and senators.   

Huntingdon service recognized for third consecutive year

Huntingdon administrators were notified Friday, March 1, of the college's third consecutive year for selection to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  Huntingdon students, faculty, and staff volunteered their time for more than 9,300 recorded hours last year. Watch the Web site for the full story. 

Huntingdon College Voice of Justice stands for freedom from human trafficking

The Huntingdon College student organization Voice of Justice will hold a Stand for Freedom event March 6–7 to raise funds for and awareness about the estimated 27 million victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery in the world today.  During the Stand For Freedom event, students will stand on the front steps of Pratt Hall for 27 hours from 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, until noon, March 7.  The goal of the Stand is to raise $2700 to benefit the International Justice Mission, an organization that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression.  Donations, which may be made online at, are tax deductible and a receipt will be emailed to the donor.  An ending rally will take place at 11:00 a.m. March 7, during which sponsors and supporters may join to celebrate the 27th and final hour of the Stand.  The president of Voice of Justice is Wesley Smithart '15.  Read more: 

Lambda Chi Alpha joins Huntingdon Greek Life

 The Huntingdon College Interfraternity Council  announced last week the addition of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity to the College's Greek community.  Lambda Chi Alpha is a social fraternity whose purpose is to cultivate a progressive environment that allows men to become better men through the help of their fellow man.  Through a close-knit brotherhood of diverse members, Lambda Chi Alpha provides a developmental framework upon which men may mature and become capable of bettering society.  The fraternity's co-curricular programs focus on the improvement of skills in leadership, socialization, and scholarship. The recruitment process will begin this spring and the fraternity will participate in formal recruitment week this fall.  Students who are interested in affiliating with the fraternity should contact the Coordinator of Greek Life, Lauren Hobbs, in the Hut, room 107.  


The Huntingdon Drama Club, led by club president Macon Armistead as director, will present their first performances Thursday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m. and Friday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Music Building Recital Hall. The play, "Months on End," is a comedy written by Craig Pospisil.  Actors include Russ Barnwell, Chelsea Chapman, Caleb Hart, Diane Humphreys, Jonathan Joseph, Heather Kelly, Bailey Scott, James Temple, Katie Wachob, and Ryan Williams.  Kaison Darden, Ann Clancy, and Vee Luchner are heading costumes, set, and technical efforts.  The 6:00 p.m. show on the 14th is the final dress rehearsal and is open to students; the 7:00 p.m. show on the 15th is open to students and community members.  Both shows are free.  


Huntingdon will welcome new faculty members Stephen and Sarah Sours as assistant professor and instructor of religion, respectively, next fall.  Stephen Sours earned his Bachelor of Arts at Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) and Master of Divinity and doctor of philosophy in systematic theology at Duke University.  Sarah Sours, a doctoral candidate in Christian theology and ethics at Duke University, earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Delaware and Master of Divinity at Duke.  Dr. Sours' dissertation topic was "Eucharist and Anthropology: Seeking Convergence on Eucharistic Sacrifice Between Catholics and Methodists."  His minor fields at the doctoral level were New Testament and Islam.  

College Democrats and Republicans focus on issues

The Huntingdon College Democrats presented a bi-partisan Forum on the Second Amendment and Violence last week.  The event employed the expertise of Dr. Jason Borders, religion, as moderator, as well as the following panelists:  Dr. James Albritton, history; Mr. James Anderson '76 (father of Anna Anderson), attorney with Jackson, Anderson, and Patty, P.C.; Dr. Kristine Copping, psychology; Dr. Chad Eggleston, religion; Pastor Edward Nettles, Freewill Missionary Baptist Church and founder, Enough is Enough; and Mr. Joshua Stone, history teacher, Robert E. Lee High School.  Earlier that day, HuntingdonCollege Republicans stood with their sister organizations at the local public colleges and universities for a rally supporting higher education at the Montgomery Capitol Building.  The president of College Democrats is Russ Barnwell '13, and the College Republicans are led by Meagan-Rhea Lewis '14.   

Huntingdon Greek members recognized for scholarship

Gamma Sigma Alpha, a national Greek academic honor society, recognized the Huntingdon College fraternity and sorority community for achieving academic excellence within the region during the spring and fall semesters, 2012.  The award, presented to members of Huntingdon's Interfraternity Council attending theSoutheastern Interfraternity Conference in Atlanta in February, recognizes Huntingdon Greek life for achieving the highest collective Greek grade point average above the campus average among the IFC chapters who were represented at the conference.    

Hawk Rock auditions: bring your talent to the porch

This is your chance to open for Grace Potter for CloverJam, April 6!  Audition during Hawk Rock, Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. on Pratt Porch.  Register your act in the Hut and support Stand4Freedom (see above story for details).


  • File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at as soon as possible to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid available from federal and institutional need-based aid sources. 
  • Do you have electronics you need to recycle?  Bring them to Flowers Hall west end in back of the building Thursday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m.  Strong volunteers are needed to help load the truck at that time, as well.   
  • LAST CALL for submissions of poetry, short stories, nonfiction, photography, and drawings to The Preludeextended deadline: Tuesday, March 5.  Submit to
  • Free tax preparation services through SaveFirst continue until March 8 for those whose annual household income is less than $20,000 with no children or $50,000 with children.  Make an appointment by calling 1-888-99-TAX-AL (1-888-998-2925).  Hours of operation T-W, 12:00–8:00 p.m.; F, 12:00–6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Located in the Cloverdale Administrative Building. 
  • GRADUATING SENIORS:  A representative from Herff Jones will be in the Huntingdon bookstore to receive your orders and answer your questions regarding graduation regalia, announcements, and memorabilia Thursday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  NOTE:  The link for online ordering is working at  Order deadline: March 15. 
  • The Office of College and Alumni Relations invites nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards.  These awards recognize a student member and a non-student member, respectively, of the College community whose "nobility of character" is such that "the spiritual standard of the institution may be judged by the character of the person to whom the award is made."  For more information, contact Cathy Wolfe at
  • STUDENTS:  Access to spring semester mid-term grades was made available through Self-Service as of February 25.  The grade reports were mailed to students' permanent addresses February 28.  

Coming up:   

  • Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament on campus:  Friday, March 8, Roland Arena
  • Adapted Physical Education class hosts Wilson Elementary School, Friday, March 8 
  • Vann Vocal Institute, hosted by Huntingdon College and run by the Montgomery Symphony, Friday-Saturday, March 8–9.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins, turn clocks forward one hour, Sunday, March 10, 2:00 a.m. 
  • Assessment Day, Wednesday March 13:  no classes, but students are expected to participate in the Assessment Day process.  Read more at
  • Last day to withdraw from a class and receive a grade of WP or WF, Friday, March 15 
  • Housing Room Draw forms due in The Hut, Friday, March 15, 4:00 p.m. 
  • State Science Olympiad finals on campus:  Saturday, March 16.  Volunteers needed!  See:
  • Travel Convocation, Monday, March 18, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel: Learn about the trips planned for the 2013–2014 academic year. 
  • Room Draw: Tuesday, March 19 
  • Adapted Physical Education class hosts Wilson Elementary School, Wednesday, March 20 
  • Spring Break:  Offices closed; no classes, March 23–31 
  • CloverJam:  April 6, 8:00 p.m., Roland Arena:  see above for ticket information 
  • Symphonic Honor Band:  April 5–6; applications from high school students accepted online here until March 7: 
  • Awards Day Convocation:  Monday, April 15, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall  

Huntingdon Headliners

Jack Allen '13 has been offered admission to Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Abby Carter '12
has received an offer of admission from Duke Divinity School.

Jacob Bailey '13
received an Honorable Mention award in the McMillan Undergraduate Writing Competition, presented by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama, for his essay, "Romeo and Juliet: A Tragic Reversal." 

Jessica Dickson '12
has been admitted to the Pharm.D. program at the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University and at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University.

Interim athletic director and man-who-wears-many-hats Tommy Dismukes '83 coached his YMCA team to the YMCA basketball championship last month.  Congratulations to all of the Hornets!

Leigh Ann Everette '11
and Cody Parker have announced their engagement.

Mary Gasson
was named a semi-finalist after auditioning during the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition last month. 

Kelly Long Gaiotti '03 and Rob Gaiotti '04 welcomed son Eli Jeffrey Gaiotti February 18, 2013, in Dorset, Vermont.  Eli is the younger brother to Future Hawk Ryan Gaiotti, born February 3, 2011.

Rebecca Jordan '12
married John Shippen February 16, 2012, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat, professor of religion.  The Shippens live in Montgomery.

Nikki Kennedy
was among those who participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing state auditions last month.  The rest of the singers who were part of the auditions were announced in the last edition of The Talon

Heath LeVert '12
married Christina Whatley February 14, 2013.

Kaitlin Rozof '12
has announced her engagement to Rix Thorsell.

Blake Toole '07
has announced his engagement to Britton Burgess.

The 2013–2014 Resident Assistant staff has been announced.  Congratulations to Blount RAs Tyler Olsen, Zachary Turner, Mary Gasson, and Sarah Fell in floors 1–4, respectively; Ligon RAs Jayde Rasband, Kathryn Courtney Allen, and Meghan Wood in floors 1–3; and Searcy RAs, first floor, Oliver Saywah and Wykein Dean; second floor, Micah Wright and Trey Thompson; and third floor Nicholas Howell and Joshua Johnson.

Sports Page

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Women's basketball concludes a season of "firsts"

This season was one for the record books for the Huntingdon Lady Hawks Basketball Team, who recorded their first Great South Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship; their first GSAC Tournament Championship; their first season of achieving 18 wins; their first trip to the NCAA-Division III National Tournament play-offs; and their first victory in an NCAA-III National Tournament.  The Lady Hawks faced off against 19th-ranked Ferrum College Friday, March 1, at Emory University in Round 1 of the Tournament, and won 84–67.  The Lady Hawks lost to Emory in Round 2, but shake off those sad faces.  The victories of the season speak for themselves and for the determination of these women and their coaches, Buzz Phillips, Paige Huff '08, and Ashton Salter '12.  In the Huntingdon vs. Emory contest, Huntingdon had more fans present than the home team, with the BallHawks Pep Band and other fans, including the entire baseball team, present.  Truly, the victory is in the spirit of Huntingdon.  No matter what, we love our Hawks!  Thanks for the legacy-making year, Lady Hawks!  

Women's lacrosse records first games, first wins, and first loss
The women's lacrosse team took the field by storm with their first games and first wins in college history in games 1 and 2 over the University of Dallas and LaGrange College, respectively, on the home field. In game 3 of the season, the ladies stumbled at Piedmont College.  We all have bad days, right?  Pick your chins up, Lady Hawks.  The ladies host Reinhardt Wednesday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m.  Hawk 'em! 

Will Wright breaks state and national records in power lifting

Huntingdon senior Will Wright, who took up power-lifting after the discovery of a spinal birth defect made it clear that participation on the Hawks football team would be too dangerous, set two U.S. records and four state records at the Alabama State Powerlifting Championship last month.  Competing in the 242-pound junior division, Wright set state records with a 610 lb. squat, a 415 lb. bench-press, a 660 lb. deadlift, and a combined weight of 1,685 lbs.  The squat and deadlift broke national records, too.  Read more here:     

  • Men's lacrosse, in their second season and fresh off a hard-fought win over Augustana College, will host Oglethorpe at 3:00 p.m. today at Samford Stadium.
  • The men's and women's tennis teams recorded wins over Covenant College in home matches Saturday, March 2.  The men then hawked LaGrange with a 9-0 victory Sunday and will travel to Oglethorpe Friday, March 8.  The women will host conference rival Agnes Scott College Wednesday, March 6, on the Gibbs Courts.
  • Griffin Just led the men's golf team and tied for 5th individually during the team's first contest of the spring season at the Callaway Gardens Invitational March 2–3.  The team finished tied for 8th under first-season coach Dave Schreyer '89.  They travel to Jekyll Island (S.C.) March 15, while the women's golf team begins their spring season at the Rome News-Tribune Invitational today and tomorrow. 
  • Softball opened conference play  March 2 with a two-game sweep over Salem College at home.  They travel to face Agnes Scott Wednesday, March 6. 
  • Baseball won two of their three games against Emory University during their weekend match-up in Atlanta. The team will host Adrian College at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, on Posey Field.  JV Baseball will host Point University in a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m. today. 
  • Women's basketball players Morgan Crawford and Patricia Pickens were named to the Great South Athletic Conference All-Conference Team at the conclusion of the regular season in February.   
  • Chelsea Taylor, a guard for the women's basketball team, was spotlighted last week in recognition of her contributions to the Adapted Physical Education program's work with special needs students in the community.   



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