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March 19, 2013

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The Talon  


 March 19, 2013

Next issue:  Week of April 1—Have a great Spring Break!

Nancy Huddleston Packer to read for Loeb Literary Series

Stanford University Professor of English Emerita Nancy Huddleston Packer will read from her newest collection of stories, Old Ladies, for Huntingdon College's Jimmy Loeb Literary Series, Monday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's new Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Cloverdale Campus.  Following the reading, Ms. Packer and Huntingdon President J. Cameron West will lead a discussion with the audience on the subject, "Writing About Women: Then and Now."  The program is free and open to the public.  Watch the Web site or your email for the news release and more information.

One team plus 15

Huntingdon Hawks Head Football Coach Mike Turk was named director of athletics during a news conference held Friday, March 15, in Roland Student Center.  Turk takes the helm of all 16 of Huntingdon's NCAA-III intercollegiate athletic teams as we enter the USA South Athletic Conference this fall.  He will remain head football coach, as well.  Read more here:  

Eggs, Princesses and Superheroes

As a benefit for Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network, Huntingdon's Phi Mu women's fraternity will host Breakfast with the Stars, Saturday, April 13, 9:00–10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension's Ascension Hall.  Young boys and girls can meet their favorite Disney princesses and other superheroes during this special breakfast, co-sponsored by The Party Palace and Chappy's Deli.  Tickets are $8.00—make checks payable to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals—email or call Sandra Hall at (334) 549-8779 for tickets or more information.  

Student Alumni Association grows

You can show your Huntingdon spirit even before you graduate by joining the Huntingdon Student Alumni Association.  Contributions of $10 or more will earn you membership and recognition on the Student Alumni Association Facebook page and on the bulletin board in Flowers Hall.  Members will also be recognized in the next Huntingdon College Magazine.  To join, visit the Office of College and Alumni Relations, Flowers 2nd Floor.  

College Republicans introduce candidates

Huntingdon College Republicans will introduce Secretary of State candidate Rep. John Merrill and State Auditor candidate Adam Thompson during a forum to be held Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in Smith Music Building Recital Hall.  The group will also hold a roundtable discussion addressing their involvement with the newly-formed Montgomery County Minority GOP.  See their Facebook page:   

Women's Center offers 10th annual reading

The Huntingdon Women's Center will present the 10th annual reading of The Vagina Monologues Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium.  All members of the College community are welcome to attend.  The program is free. 

Huntingdon Women:  A chance to spread some sunshine

Huntingdon trustee Dr. Laurie Jean Weil will be on campus Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. in Flowers 101 to speak with Huntingdon women about opportunities to serve as camp counselors and leaders for Camp Sunshine this summer.  Camp Sunshine is run exclusively by volunteers—your reward is the chance to affect the lives of dozens of girls who can't normally afford to attend summer camp.  Co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts and run by Dr. Weil, the camp is a model program for effecting change in the community.  Want to help?  Please come and hear more!

  • ROOM DRAW is Tuesday, March 19, on the Hut Front Porch at the following times (take a seat and wait for the number you drew to be called):  seniors (90+ hours), 6:00 p.m.; juniors (57+ hours), 6:30 p.m.; sophomores (24+ hours), 7:00 p.m.; freshmen (0–23 hours), 7:30 p.m. 
  • 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. 
  • To purchase extra tickets for CloverJam, Saturday April 6, featuring Grace Potter:  see Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, or order here:  See news release:
  • Thank you to the Huntingdon faculty, staff and students who made it possible for Huntingdon to host hundreds of young scientists and mathematicians for the 2013 Science Olympiad state middle school and high school finals March 16.   
  • The Travel Convocation scheduled for Monday, March 18, was postponed until after Spring Break.  A new date will be announced shortly.
  • Overnight hosts are needed for 2013 Luau, April 4–5, an annual event for accepted and deposited students who plan to enter in the fall.  Please see the Office of Admission in Flowers Hall if you'd like to sign up.
  • Houghton Library has a trial available for the Credo Reference, which " ... contains 3,975,535 full text entries in 2,000 reference books." The trial gives Huntingdon students, faculty and staff full access to all Credo content, including special subject and publisher collections, and will be available until March 29, 2013. Comments should be sent to Eric Kidwell,
  • Huntingdon SGA resolutions led to the installation of new phone charging stations in the Wilson Building, the CSO Lounge (Pratt), and Houghton Library.  Give your feedback to members of SGA.  
  • Houghton Library and the Language and Literature Program are planning the Spring Salon for Thursday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium.  The topic is Alabama Poets.
  • The guest trombone recital scheduled for Monday, April 1, has been canceled. 
  • Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the 14th annual Enlisted Heritage 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Saturday, April 13, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Montgomery Union Station, 300 Water Street.  (The course runs through downtown Montgomery and returns to Union Station.)  The cost is $28 per participant for the 5K and $12 for the 1-mile.  If you'd like a brochure about this race, contact Su Ofe at and I'll be glad to forward it to you. 
Coming up: 
  • 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 
  • Residence halls reopen, 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31
  • Student Art Exhibition, April 1–19, Seay Twins Art Gallery 
  • Symphonic Honor Band:  April 5–6 
  • Huntingdon Winds Spring Concert, Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall 
  • CloverJam:  April 6, 7:00 p.m., Roland Arena:  see above for ticket information 
  • Faculty Guitar Recital, Kevin Manderville, Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
  • Order of Omega Initiation, Wednesday, April 10, 9:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall 
  • Oracle Hunt, April 11–12 
  • In-Service Day, no classes; offices open, Friday, April 12 
  • Choral Concert, Sunday, April 14, 3:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall 
  • Awards Day Convocation:  Monday, April 15, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series featuring Vadim Serebryany, Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Huntingdon Winds Pops Concert, Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Top Stage, The Green
  • Last day of classes, Spring Term, Friday, April 19
  • Finals, April 22–26 
  • Baccalaureate, Friday, May 3, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel Flowers Hall
  • Commencement, Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., The Green (traditional day ceremony); ADCP ceremony at 6:00 p.m. 

Huntingdon Headliners

Congratulations to the ensemble cast, the crew, and director Macon Armistead for the Huntingdon Drama Club's successful production of "Months on End" last week.  Another great Huntingdon first!
Huntingdon Class of 1999 alumna Shaindel Beers' second collection of poetry, The Children's War and Other Poems, was published in February 2013.  You can read more about the book and about Shaindel at her Web site: 
Associate professor of religion Dr. C. Jason Borders, who is the president of the Central Alabama Beekeepers Association, will direct Montgomery's first beekeeping camp June 7–8 at Bear Exploration Center.  The camp is offered in partnership with 4-H of Alabama and is open to elementary and middle school students ages 10–14.  Instructors will offer their expertise in a range of fields, including biology, chemistry, hive management, and art.  The camp will be held daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $30.  See or email for more information.
Ann Clancy has been accepted to study at Queens University in Northern Ireland next year with the Irish-American Scholars program.
Dexter Dean '13, who received offers of admission from Ph.D. chemistry programs at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Kentucky, and the the University of South Carolina, has chosen Southern Mississippi, where he will work with Dr. Vijay Rangachari, whose research is dedicated to Alzheimer's Disease. 
Ryan Dean, Cerina Proehl, Niki Kennedy, Bonnie Nicholson, Jennifer Keith, Eliza Richardson, Josh Johnson, Abby Duke, Mary Gasson, and James Temple participated in the Vann Vocal Institute the weekend of March 8–9.  Josh Johnson was selected to participate in the Master Class, while all performed for and received coaching from voice coaches and teachers who have performed at such venues as New York's Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Italy, the Chicago Lyric Opera Company, and the New York City Opera.  The Vann Vocal Institute is offered in conjunction with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. 
Josh Johnson, Taylor Claire Bean, and Harden Spencer, who make up The Sound of Oaks, will perform as the warm-up band for Grace Potter during CloverJam 2013, Saturday, April 6.  Their music will begin at 7:00 p.m. Congratulations to these winners of a stellar group of performers during Hawk Rock!
Charlie Hearn '11 has announced his engagement to Sarah Catherine.
Catie Malone '11 has passed her thesis defense and will graduate in May with a master's degree in communications from the University of Alabama.
Brandy Milstead '08, a student in the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine, has been approved to enter the field of emergency medicine and will relocate to Roanoke, Virginia, to complete her training at the Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech. 
Aleah Payne '13 has accepted a position with the Huntingdon College Business Office.  Her start date is April 1.
Congratulations to Fran Taylor, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, who was named Outstanding Staff Member of the Year during the Greek Awards ceremony held last week.
Sara Beth Terry
and Lauren Hobbs, Office of Student Life, served as judges in the Miss Highland Home High School pageant last week. 
Amanda Wineman
and her twin sister, Alexis, who competed as Miss Montana in the 2013 Miss America pageant and won the "America's Choice" Award, are featured in an article in the April edition of Glamour Magazine.  In the article, Alexis is described as the "Most Popular Girl in America."  The article recounts  Alexis' story as the first Miss America candidate with autism and how her bond with and encouragement by Amanda gave her courage and strength as they grew up. 
The last issue of The Talon reported the incorrect class year for alumnus James Anderson of Montgomery.  He is a member of the Class of 1976. 

CCV News

Follow the CCV on Facebook (Huntingdon College Center for Career and Vocation) and Twitter @huntingdonccv
Three full-time position postings for Huntingdon graduates:
  • Full-time position available in law firm collection department. Candidate must have excellent telephone and typing skills. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health/dental insurance. Send resume via email to or mail to Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, L.L.C., Attn: Office Manager, P.O. Box 1389, Montgomery, AL 36102-1389.
  • Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, an architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Montgomery, seeks a full-time Marketing Assistant.  A working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and other graphics programs and advanced written and verbal communication skills are desired.  The candidate should be creative and reliable, should show initiative, and should interact well with staff, vendors, and the general public.  For a complete job description, contact the CCV.
  • The law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings seeks a full-time runner.  A neat appearance, reliable vehicle, basic computer knowledge, good organizational skills and the ability to communicate clearly are required.  Contact the CCV for a complete job description.

ALUMNI:  Since the Huntingdon student and alumni email system changed to, we no longer have on file a number of email addresses for our young alums.  Please send your new email address to and/or so that we may update our records and keep in touch with you—especially if you are involved in a job search. 

HUNTINGDON WOMEN:  If you have a heart for service and a mind for organization, please be in touch with Su Ofe in the Office of Communications and Marketing.  A two-week commitment for a business manager (volunteer) for a camp program is available this summer.  The position will provide an excellent opportunity to serve for a worthy cause and to build your already-great organizational, record-keeping, and communication skills.    

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:
Scott breaks all-time win record
A victory with doubles partner Micaela White during a match against Schreiner College March 15 propelled Katie Scott to the top of the list for all-time wins in singles and doubles women's tennis contests, with a total of 95 to date.  The previous record was held by Christian Vick '12, with 94.   Scott picked up win number 96 in a doubles match against Berry March 16. 
Bats, Balls, and Nets
The Huntingdon Hawks baseball team's bats are on fire and pitchers are poised for victory this season.  The Hawks have already downed nationally-ranked opponents in Birmingham-Southern (#10), Adrian (#8),  and Illinois Wesleyan (2010 national champions).  Meanwhile, the second-year men's lacrosse team has matched its first-year win total and sports a 5-4 record at this writing.  The women's tennis team has risen to 7-1 on the season, while the men's team record stands at 9-4.  Women's lacrosse has faced only two game losses in this inaugural season, but the loss felt by Seton Hill College of Pennsylvania (see In Memoriam) runs deeply across the college lacrosse community.  The women will wear Seton Hill colors during their March 19 game.  Softball's record to date is 6-8.  Men's and women's golf had a tough weekend at Jekyll Island last week but hope to rebound in their next rounds at the tee.
  • The Office of Student Life will host a Women's Lacrosse Extravaganza during the Lady Hawks' contest against Otterbein University at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Samford Stadium.  Free wings and Chick-Fil-A will be served and you can tie-dye a T-shirt while you watch the game.


The Huntingdon College family joins the college lacrosse community in mourning the death of Seton Hill University's women's lacrosse coach, Kristina Quigley, during a bus accident in which other coaches and members of the team were injured and the driver was also killed.  The Lady Hawks lacrosse team will wear Seton Hill colors during the March 19 home game.  We extend our sympathy and prayers to the entire Seton Hill College community.
Huntingdon extends sympathy and prayers to the family of The Reverend Lamar Spencer '42, who died March 12, 2013, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Rev. Spencer, 95, served 16 churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church in a ministry career that spanned 54 years.  He was the the uncle of Huntingdon Trustee Dr. Lester Spencer, and the great-uncle of Harden Spencer.  The family has established The ReverendLamar Spencer Endowed Scholarship Fund at Huntingdon in his memory.  Read more here:
We extend our sympathy and prayers to Dr. Renee Culverhouse, director of the Adult Degree Completion Program, upon the death of her father earlier this month.



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

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