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May 14, 2013

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Congratulations to the members of the traditional day and ADCP Classes of 2013, who collected their diplomas Saturday, May 4.  A new Web page recaps the events of Graduation Weekend and includes links to President West's Baccalaureate sermon and to the order form for DVDs of Baccalaureate and both Commencement Exercises. During the traditional day Commencement Exercises, two retiring professors, Dr. Dennis Herrick (music) and Dr. John Williams (history) were recognized. See more here: 

The fiscal year is ending

May 31 marks the end of the Huntingdon fiscal year and the date by which contributions to the Huntingdon Fund must be received in order to be recognized in the next issue of Huntingdon College Magazine.  Don't forget that you can make a Tribute or Memorial gift in recognition of a favorite professor, staff member, or alumna/us; join a giving society, such as the Huntingdon Society; or contribute to your overall class gift, if you are an alumna or alumnus.  Class gifts are posted on THE LIST weekly on the Alumni and Friends Web site.  Simply contact the Office of College and Alumni Relations to discuss your giving options ( or (334) 833-4528).  If you'd like to contribute online, you may designate your gift for the Huntingdon Fund for Scholarships, Hawks Unlimited, Huntingdon Arts Fund, or Patrons of the Library.  Congratulations to the 119 students who have joined the Student Alumni Association so far this year, another choice available on the online Giving to Huntingdon page.  To give, visit this page:  Every gift, no matter the size, counts!  

And speaking of money ...

The SaveFirst site located in the Cloverdale Administrative Building, for which Huntingdon students trained and became certified to prepare tax returns for socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and families, prepared 937 returns for Montgomery area working families this year, a 39% increase over the 2012 total.  These families received $2 million in refunds and, by filing through SaveFirst, were saved more than $281,100 in commercial tax preparation fees.  Overall, the program served 6,262 families across the state, helping them to receive $11.6 million in refunds and save more than $1.8 million in commercial tax preparation fees.  We thank the Huntingdon students, faculty, and volunteers for their good work.  

Student pre-bill procedure changes

The process for Huntingdon College providing estimated bills to students/parents has changed for the 2013-14 award year. Over the next week or so, returning students who have registered for fall 2013 classes will have an estimated bill made available in their respective Self Service accounts. To receive a hard copy of that information, as well as the required school promissory note and payment options form, the student must sign his/her financial aid award acceptance and return to the Office of Student Financial Services at Huntingdon College (by fax, e-mail, or regular mail).  Questions?  Contact or call (334) 833-4402.

Pardon our dust

During the summer months, ARAMARK College Dining Services and Huntingdon College will partner to renovate Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall. Changes will include a reconfiguration of space and new seating and lighting.  Nearby, upgrades will begin on the exterior of Miriam Jackson Home, thanks to a generous gift from Bill and Phyllis Gunter Snyder '53

Oh, the places you went!

Huntingdon Plan travel students are returning or have returned from Germany, France, and Scotland this week.  Costa Rica students departed for their adventure over the weekend.  HC students are hawkin' around the world! 

Summer Term classes continue through July

There is still time to sign up for Summer Term classes.  Although the first summer term began yesterday, students may add or drop a class by the end of the day Tuesday, May 14.  Summer II will be held June 24–July 29.  There are several online courses offered this summer, which students may complete from wherever they are as long as an Internet connection is available.  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, 1.75 hours per meeting. See the calendar and schedule for both sessions here: 


    SUMMER office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with 30-minute lunch) are in effect and will continue until August 19, 2013, when regular hours will resume.   
    Huntingdon's Teacher Education Programs have been re-approved by the State Board of Education.  Congratulations to the Teacher Education faculty for their good work! invites students to apply for the Savvy Savers Scholarship:
    Barber Vintage Motorsports museum in Birmingham seeks volunteers to serve this summer.  For more information, contact Jen Moody '10 at 205-802-8713 or  Volunteer training will take place May 19 and May 20.
    Are you looking for something for young athletes to do over the summer?  Consider a Huntingdon sports camp!  The Department of Athletics will offer camps for children and youth in baseball, men's basketball, football, and volleyball.  Learn more here:
    PARENTS:  If you would like to check your student's grades, a new process has been developed for doing so in the new Self-Service online grade and registration system.  You should have received a letter from the Office of the Registrar outlining the procedures and offering the access code to your student's account.  Once you log in, your student will be notified and must then allow you to have remote access.  If you have questions, check with the Registrar's Office at

Huntingdon Headliners

Elizabeth Brogden '09 graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Kandace Browder '13, who began her undergraduate degree quest in the traditional day program several years ago, completed her dream through the Adult Degree Completion Program this year.  Kandace is also a new mom to Jayden Luke Browder.
Courtney Bunce '11 has announced her engagement to William Walker Carol.
The band Cashmere November, which is made up of a number of Huntingdon folks, including Tim Doaty '12, Daylan Woodall '13, Ryan Dean, Wykein Dean '14, Prentice Thomas '14, and Stephen Barebo '13, will perform for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life this weekend at Cramton Bowl.  If you're walking or within earshot, be sure to give a special listen and a "Hawk 'em!" to these great guys and their great music!
Lynley Godwin Corley '11 and Lyndsey Weber '11 have completed their graduate occupational therapy course work at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and will serve in clinical internship/field work this summer.
ADCP Daphne site coordinator Gale Croft '11, who just completed Leadership Baldwin County, has been asked to serve on the steering committee for the LBC program during 2013–2014.
Mary Dawson '11 and Kelsey Loftin '11 completed their master's degrees in English at Auburn University.
Craig Duncan, husband of vice president for enrollment management Laura Hinds Duncan '94, was named Alabama's State Wrestling Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Association.  His St. James School team won the state championship earlier this spring. 
Whitney Foy '11 has announced her engagement to Sidney Jones.
Breanna Giordana '12 has announced her engagement to Mark Weirsma.
Wesley Guy '13 has announced his engagement to Marlee Shaw.
Claire Hart '06 married Matt Gorum '07.
Courtney Hart '13 has accepted a position as a public relations and marketing intern with Blackwell King Recruiting in Dothan, Alabama. 
Kellie Hilton '12 will be practicing in Alabama for her pharmacy extern/internship this summer.
Kyle Huff '12 passed his boards and is an Athletic Trainer Certified.
Jeremy Reid '11 and Catie Malone '11 complete their master's degrees in communication studies at the University of Alabama in May.
Joseph Sewell III '09 and Sean Sinclair '09 graduated from University of South Alabama School of Medicine.
Chasity Ward '13 will begin a graduate program at Auburn University in the fall.
Sarah Ward '10 graduated at the top of her class with a master's degree in social work with a concentration in children, adolescents, and families from the University of Alabama earlier this month, earning Phi Alpha National Honor Society recognition.  During the spring semester, she interned with UAB/Children's Hospital's International Adoption Clinic.  She is studying for her licensure exam. 


More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Baseball:  The Hawks Baseball Team will enter the NCAA-Division III Regional Tournament for the first time in program history, and will do so with a flourish:  ranked at #1 seed in the South Region.  The men will play in Millington, Tennessee, beginning Wednesday, with the first contest against 6th-seed Methodist University.  The winners of the eight regional championships will head to Appleton, Wisconsin, for the national tournament May 24–28.  Let those bats fly and Hawk 'em all the way to Wisconsin, guys!  Read more:
Football:  Huntingdon's 10th annual Gridiron Classic golf tournament, which raises money for the football program, will be held Monday, May 20, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery.  Businesses or individuals may sponsor individual holes ($150), or the lunch or reception ($500).  Individuals may play for $125 or four-person teams for $500.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. and Awards Ceremony and Reception at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Huntingdon head football coach and athletic director Mike Turk at (334) 833-4322. 


Sympathy and prayers

Our thoughts are with Dr. Robin Gunther, Language and Literature, who is healing from surgery completed May 13. 
Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Sabrina Henderson '12 in the death of her father following a battle with cancer. 


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

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