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April 30, 2013

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April 30, 2013
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Summer Term classes begin May 13>

The 2013 Summer Term class calendar is divided into two sessions:  May 13–June 17 and June 24–July 29.  There are nine online courses offered this summer, with five in the first session.  You can pick up these classes from wherever you are, as long as you have an Internet connection.  Classes that meet in the traditional classroom setting are only session-long (meaning you don't take the same class both sessions) and are offered Monday–Thursday, each meeting for 1.75 hours per meeting and earning 3 credits. Register now!  See the calendar and schedule for both sessions here:   

Commencement information for graduating seniors, traditional day program, and families

Congratulations on your completion of your college degree! 

  • All degree candidates, except those who have been excused from the Commencement exercises, are required to attend Commencement practice in Ligon Chapel, Friday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m. 
  • If you RSVPed for the Graduating Senior Brunch, the brunch will be held in Russell Dining Hall immediately following Commencement practice. 
  • Baccalaureate Service, a religious service for both traditional day and ADCP graduates, will be held Friday, May 3, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  All degree candidates are expected to be present. The academic procession will form at 4:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. Seating for families is first-come, first-served, and early arrival is highly recommended.  Overflow seating will be available in Flowers 101. 
  • Traditional Day Program Commencement Exercises will be held Saturday, May 4, at 9:00 a.m. on the Green or in Roland Arena, Roland Student Center, if the forecast calls for rain.  Degree candidates are expected to arrive in Flowers Hall by 8:00 a.m.  A senior group picture will be taken prior to Commencement Exercises.  The procession will form at 8:15 a.m. in Ligon Chapel.   A Graduation Brunch on the Green, sponsored by the Huntingdon College National Alumni Association, will follow Commencement Exercises.
  • If you are unable to attend any of the events above, please notify the Office of the Registrar immediately (ext. 4432).
  • Caps, gowns, tassels and hoods are required for both events. Information regarding regalia is available from the Huntingdon College bookstore at (334) 833-4482.
  • The Office of Student Financial Services reminds you that, as required by the Federal Stafford Loan Program and the Federal Perkins Loan Program Guidelines, students who have borrowed under these programs must complete an Exit Interview before being cleared for graduation. Exit Interviews can be completed online at (for Federal Stafford/Direct Loans) and (for Federal Perkins Loans). Please contact the Financial Aid Office at ext. 4428 if you need assistance. If you have borrowed student loans during the course of your undergraduate studies and plan to attend graduate school, be sure to contact your lender(s) to request an in-school deferment.  
  • Please visit the online National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS) ( This Web site contains all of your loan information, including your lender, servicer, guarantee agency, interest rates, accumulated interest, and balances. Please note that Huntingdon College does not retain the information provided by NSLDS. Therefore, please refer to the Web site to gather data about your loans.
  • In order for a student to graduate or have a transcript released, all financial obligations must be settled with the Office of Student Financial Services. To inquire or make a payment, call the Student Account Manager at (334) 833-4404, email, or visit the office in Wilson 108A.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact (334) 833-4432.    

Commencement information for visitors, faculty, staff

With rain and storms predicted to be intermittent all week, it's too soon to tell whether we will enjoy this year's Commencement ceremonies on The Green or in Roland Arena.  A decision on where the ceremonies will take place will be made Friday, May 3. If the ceremonies are outdoors, weather forecasts show cooler temperatures following the rains expected this week, with a high of 70 and mostly cloudy skies on Saturday predicted at this writing.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If outdoors, the ground will be moist, so use caution in placing extra clothing, cloth bags or purses on the grass.
  • Wear or bring a jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and an umbrella (in short, anything can happen with the weather).
  • Family and friend seating is first-come, first-served for both Commencement and Baccalaureate.  Arrive early.   
  • Ladies:  do not wear spiked-heeled shoes, which can sink in the soil, get caught in the bridge slats, or damage the gymnasium flooring.
  • Visitors who need assistance getting from the parking lot to The Green or to Roland Arena should contact Campus Security at (334) 833-4463.  
  • Delivering the Commencement Address will be Dr. Thomas Moore '73, chancellor of the University of South Carolina-Upstate, for the traditional day program (9:00 a.m.); and Huntingdon Trustee Lucinda Samford Cannon, president of the W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation, for the ADCP program (6:00 p.m.).  See news release:   

Graduating seniors become alumni

Soon-to-be-alumni, be sure to send your new e-mail and physical addresses to the Office of College and Alumni Relations at (If you'd like to continue to receive The Talon, you must send your e-mail address separately to me at, as well.)  Remember that when you change addresses or complete higher degrees or change jobs or get married or have baby Hawks or have other significant events in your life, we want to hear your news!  Be sure to keep in touch by emailing or, or both!  (Parents, when you would like to be removed from The Talon distribution list, just send an email to me—you are not removed automatically when your student graduates.)


  • Huntingdon offices will begin observance of SUMMER HOURS (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with 30-minute lunch) Monday, May 6.   
  • Providian Medical invites applicants for a new $500 scholarship.  See details here:   
  • Phi Mu's Breakfast with the Stars event raised more than $500, which they will donate to the Children's Miracle Network.  Thanks to Chappy's Deli for donating the food, Party Palace for donating the superheroes and Disney princesses, Church of the Ascension for donating space, and WSFA for offering public service announcements. The chapter  plans to repeat the event next year.  
  • During this graduation week, April 29–May 2, the Huntingdon Bookstore will be open Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • End-of-year shoe donations were taken in the residence halls and resulted in 51 pairs of shoes given to Montgomery's homeless.  Blount Hall won the shoe donation contest and a free Zaxby's party.  
  • The Office of Student Life would like your feedback about this year's CloverJam. Your opinions matter!  To complete a brief survey, visit this site: 
  • Students:  if you plan to take courses at another college or university during the summer, be sure to complete a Credit Elsewhere Form or a Transient Form with the Office of the Registrar.  This step is necessary in order to have the credit you earn considered for transfer back to Huntingdon.  
  • Graduating seniors:  be sure to turn in your mailbox key by May 5 to avoid being charged an extra $50! 
  • The students in Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman's Secondary Methods for Physical Education class taught their first Open-Fit program at Carver High School in April.  They worked with Carver's women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.   
  • Thank you to the National Alumni Association for hosting the annual finals study break Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 21!  
  • The Alabama Treasury has set new funding amounts for students whose family members have paid into the Alabama PACT program but who are attending private Alabama colleges.  For the coming year forward, PACT tuition will cover up to $228.74 per credit hour; PACT qualified fees will be paid at $144.45 per registration period.  PACT charges a fee for payments made to private colleges and other entities.  The fee is deducted from payments made.    

Huntingdon welcomes 


  • Emily Barber has joined HC as assistant soccer coach.    
  • Joanna Hampton Collier '09 has joined the Huntingdon Office of Business and Finance as payroll coordinator.    
  • Amanda Patterson, coach of the HC Spirit Squad (formerly known as the Dazzlers Dance Team), comes to Huntingdon after coaching a host of high school dance teams. 
  • Matt Williams, assistant men's soccer coach, has moved into the head coach position following the departure of Timmy McCormack '08, who has accepted a position with Piedmont College athletics.   


Huntingdon Headliners

A poem written by Dr. Jodi Adamson '97, "Steampunk Alchemy," is included in the anthology, Dreams of Steam III Gadgets, published by Kerlak Enterprises.  It is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-A-Million. 

Katelyn Atkins (Elmore, Ala.), Abby Brown (Haleyville, Ala.), Kayla Causby (Prattville, Ala.), Jamicia Croskery (Montgomery, Ala.), William Dake (Auburn, Ala.), Tristiana Mays (Montgomery, Ala.), Hunter Mims (Clanton, Ala.), and Emily Minor (Montgomery, Ala.) were inducted into the education honor society Kappa Delta Epsilon last week.

Macon Armistead (Hartselle, Ala.), T.J. Betts (Tuskegee, Ala.), Haley Dickson (Helena, Ala.), Sarah Jones (Enterprise, Ala.), Heather Kelly (Deatsville, Ala.), Wesley Smithart (Union Springs, Ala.), Harden Spencer (Montgomery, Ala.), and Micah Wright (Madison, Ala.) were inducted into the religion honor society Theta Alpha Kappa. 

Elizabeth Brogden '09, who will graduate this summer from Valparaiso University School of Law (Indiana), has announced her engagement to Tyler Mackey.

Shemekia Brooks, who works for ARAMARK dining services and used to accept students' ID cards at the front door, gave birth to her fifth child, a girl, last month. 

The tiny structure you may have noticed tucked in the corner of Flowers Hall's west cloister was built by Tyler Chaffee.  The work was an art project fashioned after the dwellings of American sculptor Charles Simonds, who builds tiny domains that represent the architectural remains of an imaginary miniature civilization.  Simonds places his domains on window ledges and doorsills and beside curbstones, among other places.  Chaffee's sculpture was built using unfired clay bricks. 

Montgomery's Harding family, who has sent 6 of their 10 home-schooled children to college by age 12 (the other 4 are ages 10 and younger), has been featured in numerous articles and stories—including a segment on NBC's Today Show—lately.  Two of the family members are Huntingdon grads:  Serennah Harding '08, who graduated from Huntingdon at age 16, is on her way to becoming a physician in the U.S. Navy; and Heath Harding '11, who graduated from Huntingdon at age 15, will complete his master's degree in computer science by age 17.

Courtney Hart '13 (Dothan, Ala.) has accepted a position as a public relations and marketing intern with Blackwell King Recruiting in Dothan, Ala. 

Louis Hines '13 (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), who was accepted into a multitude of graduate programs, has accepted a graduate teaching assistantship with Louisiana State University beginning this fall.  He will be working toward his Master of Science in kinesiology with a focus on pedagogy and psychological sciences. 

Taylor King '13 (Greensboro, Ala.) has been admitted to Asbury Theological Seminary. 

Taylor King, Sherry Leigh Lacey (Lapine, Ala.), Olivia Larkin (Florence, Ala.), Quintarious Perdue (Montgomery, Ala.), Shelby Robinson (Orange Beach, Ala.), Wesley Smithart, Shirin Torabinejad (Huntsville, Ala.), Zachary A. Turner (Citronelle, Ala.), Katie Wachob (Pensacola, Fla.), Kayra White (Dothan, Ala.), and Cheyenne Young (Enterprise, Ala.) were inducted into the international leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa April 22. 

Sherry Leigh Lacey '13 has been admitted into Auburn University's Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling (College of Education) as a candidate for their graduate program in education counseling.  She will begin study there in the fall. 

Earlier this month, Megan-Rhea Lewis (Dothan, Ala.) was elected as the Congressional District Two Vice-Chairman for the Young Republican Federation of Alabama, a post she will hold for two years. Lewis, who is the immediate past central vice-chairman for the College Republican Federation of Alabama, serves as state committeewoman for the Capital City Young Republicans and as chairman of the Huntingdon College Republicans. In 2011 she was named the very first "Rising Republican Star"  by the Alabama Republican Party.

Maegan McCollum '10 will graduate from Cumberland School of Law (Samford University) next month.

Lauren Miller '13 has been admitted to Samford University's School of Law. 

Nichole Peacock '11 was voted the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in English at the University of Montevallo. 

Anna Perry '10 invites members of the Huntingdon family to her wedding, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. at Eastwood Presbyterian Church (1701 E. Trinity Blvd.). 

Stacy Terry '13 has been offered a starting position with Bridges FC, a soccer pro academy that plays against various U.S. and international professional teams and helps to sign players to higher professional teams throughout the world.  He will play his first professional game May 5 in Dayton, Ohio, against the Dayton Dutch Lions. He will then play in the U.S. Open Cup, where more than 60 teams compete for a championship title and prize money.  After the Open Cup, he will travel to Holland, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland to play other professional teams, with the hope of signing with one.

Shirin Torabinejad, Paige Lathem (Daphne, Ala.), Micah Wright, Jayde Rasband (Alabaster, Ala.), and Chaplain Brian Smith '94 and his wife, Angela, spent part of their spring break in mission service in New Orleans last month.  The small group partnered with Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community, and spent time sorting, organizing, and creating space for a new Clothes Closet for socio-economically disadvantaged families.  The group also visited La Place, Louisiana, where Chris and Jill Eichorn, parents of former Huntingdon student Chris Eichorn, prepared a meal for them.   

Hawk the Job!

For information about the following positions, contact the Center for Career and Vocation at 

  • Montgomery Country Club needs 3–4 students who are willing to work with children in the Youth Center during the summer.
  • Firebirds Wood-Fired Grill is opening in EastChase June 4 and needs cooks, servers, hosts, dishwashers, and guest assistants.
  • Barber Vintage Motorsports is seeking an intern (unpaid) to assist with writing the organization's newsletter and other articles.  Strong communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are required, but you don't have to have motorcycle or car experience.  Hours are flexible and work on site only 1 or 2 times per week.  Contact Jen Moody '09, volunteer and membership manager, at (205) 702-8713 or      
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Baseball:  The Hawks Baseball Team earned their 30th win of the season this past weekend.  The Hawks, who are not in a conference this year, will learn May 12 if they have been selected for regional tournament play, which begins May 15.  The Hawks are ranked at #2 in the South.  Hawk 'em!

Women's Softball:  Senior catcher Brittany Richardson (Reform, Ala.) was named Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Year, senior Melissa McClure (Montgomery, Ala.) was named GSAC Pitcher of the Year, and Head Coach Gynger Williams was named GSAC Coach of the Year following the conclusion of the softball season, in which the Lady Hawks were the GSAC regular season champions.  McClure and Richardson were also named to the All-Conference Team, along with Lauren Welch (Montgomery, Ala.), Ashlee Zachmeyer (Dallas, Ga.), and Jenna Rimensnyder (Pinellas Park, Fla.).  Zachmeyer and Halleigh DiNicholas (Birmingham, Ala.) were named to the All-Freshman Team.  Ten Lady Hawks made the All-Academic Team:  Gabby Alcantar (Imperial, Calif.), Katelyn Atkins, Kaetlen Brown (Deatsville, Ala.), McClure, Holly Ostrander (Clearwater, Fla.), Kari Ranczka (Ozark, Ala.), Jade Reynolds (Deatsville, Ala.), Richardson, Rimensnyder, and Anna Stephens (Union Grove, Ala.).  Chasity Ward (Childersburg, Ala.) received was Huntingdon's Sportsmanship Award winner.  New release:  The Lady Hawks enjoyed a 21-game winning streak before falling to Finlandia University in the second round of the GSAC Championship Tournament Saturday, April 27. 

Women's Tennis:  Huntingdon's Britni Thibodeau (Pace, Fla.) and Head Coach Ximena Moore were recognized by the Great South Athletic Conference as Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.  Thibodeau was also named to the All-Conference Team, along with Taylor Clark (Suwanee, Ga., last year's GSAC Freshman of the Year), Katie Scott (Panama City, Fla.), Hannah Still (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), and  Micaela White (McKinney, Texas).  Clark, Scott, White, and Arielle Barraca (Greenwood, S.C.) were named to the All-Academic Team. News release:  The Lady Hawks, GSAC regular season champions, advanced to the final round of the GSAC Championship Tournament, but fell to tennis arch rival Agnes Scott College, 5-4, in the final match. 

In Memoriam

Huntingdon College mourns the death of Emily Mitchell Reaves Leischuck, a benefactor of the Claude M. and Emily T. Reaves Endowed Scholarship, who passed away April 19, 2013, in Auburn.  We extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, Dr. Gerald Leischuck, and give thanks for the lasting impression she made on many lives.


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

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