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June 11, 2013

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New students get oriented
The first of three summer New Student Orientation sessions will be held this week, Thursday and Friday, June 13–14, during which new students and families will tour the campus, attend presentations on academics and student life, register for classes, and the students will have a lot of fun!  The new core curriculum will be introduced.  To read more and see the schedule, visit this page:   Student Life has set up an orientation Web site here:

Returning students:  register now!
Returning students who have not yet registered for fall 2013 classes are recommended to do so post-haste, according to Dr. Chad Eggleston, special assistant to the provost.  Because new students will begin registering later this week, many core classes and classes that are prerequisites for upper-level classes will begin to fill.  Spaces in these classes are not held for upper-level students who have not registered, so be sure to complete your registration as soon as possible using the new Self-Service registration procedures.  If you need assistance, contact Dr. Eggleston at (334) 833-4443 or

Huntingdon's AAA
Under the supervision of Dr. Chad Eggleston and Jamie Brazell '09 in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, a brigade of Huntingdon faculty and staff will serve as Academic Achievement Advisers to selected students in the entering Class of 2017 this fall.  The AAAs will meet with their advisee(s) five times during the semester to discuss the students' academic progress and to make sure students are aware of the resources available to ensure their academic success at Huntingdon.  The "process of progress" will commence as soon as classes begin.

We are Huntingdon.  We are Family.
Several members of the Class of 2017 actually grew up on the Huntingdon campus as sons or daughters of long-time Huntingdon staff, giving new meaning to the slogan on the banners that hang at the College's front entrance and on The Green.  New freshmen this fall will include Jenna Dorman, daughter of senior vice president Jay Dorman and step-daughter of Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, professor of physical education and sport studies; John Dunn, son of Mike Dunn, head of Facilities and Grounds; Kasi Graham, daughter of Karen Graham, Office of Student Financial Services; Alex Manning, daughter of assistant men's tennis coach Charlie Osteen; and Lexie Ofe, daughter of associate vice president Su Ofe.  Returning students who are children of employees include Cade Conville, son of head baseball coach D.J. Conville '98; Jimbo Turk, son of head football coach and athletic director Mike Turk; Jeremy Wolfe, son of Cathy Wolfe, director of development operations in the Office of College and Alumni Relations; Mike Ward, son of Chief of Security Mike Ward'76; and James White, son of assistant professor of accounting Dr. Barbara White

New fiscal year begins
The 2012–2013 fiscal year ended May 31, and it was a record breaker for the Annual Fund!  Thank you for supporting Huntingdon College. Please continue to show your love!


The Tech Team has begun the conversion of Huntingdon faculty and staff e-mail accounts to Google's Gmail, where student and alumni accounts migrated last year.  The change will allow for increased email storage, instant messaging, and connections to Google Calendar, Google Docs, and other applications. When the change is complete, faculty and staff will be notified with instructions for accessing your old (current) and new accounts.  For now, just continue using your Huntingdon email account as normal.

Huntingdon Headliners

Jack Allen '13 and Heather Kelly '14 were married June 8, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery.

The new Stamp Ideas group in Montgomery was formed by a merger of the well-established LWT and Reid/O'Donahue advertising firms.  Stamp's partners include David Allred '92, husband of Huntingdon Trustee Glenda Atwell Allred '91.  Designers include Camille Thornton Leonard '81.  Read more at

Dr. C. Jason Borders
, religion, was the director of Alabama's first ever Beekeeping Camp, held at Bear Exploration Center last week.  During the camp, Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, chemistry, taught "The Chemistry of Honey" and "Bee Chemistry" classes.  Dr. Borders is the president of the Central Alabama Beekeepers Association.  Read more and see a great WAKA news story here:

Former Huntingdon security officer Anthony Cain has joined the Tech Team, taking over as manager of the Print and Mail Services Center (see story about Ken Garrett below).  Anthony came to Huntingdon in July 2012. 

Christopher Dudley, son of Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, biology, was named a National Merit Scholar.  He will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall, having just graduated from Montgomery's LAMP academic magnet high school. 

Kyle Eller '10 is serving with a mission team from FUMC-Wetumpka in West Palm Beach, Florida, this week.

Margaret Holland Ellmer '79, who graduated with degrees in elementary and special education and works as assistant special education director and special educator for Rankin County Schools, has completed her Ph.D. in education administration and supervision at Jackson State University.

Jackie Francis '12, a social worker, has been hired to serve in the therapeutic foster care program at Gateway, a social services program in Birmingham. 

Ken Garrett, former manager of the Tech Team's Print and Mail Services Center, has semi-retired but continues to work in the center part-time.  Ken came to Huntingdon in 1990 after retiring as a major in the U.S. Air Force.  His wife, Linda '94, and children, Matt '99 and Michelle '98, are Huntingdon alumni. 

Lauren Gilbert '12 has accepted a job offer as a staff accountant with a CPA firm in New Orleans, where she'll be moving soon. 

Dr. Elizabeth Brantley Keeble '05, who completed her medical degree at the University of South Alabama last month, will begin a transitional year with the Baptist Health Care System in Birmingham.  In 2014 she will join an ophthalmology residency at UAB.  At USA, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was the recipient of the Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation, given to female graduates who are in the top 10 percent of their medical school class. 

Crystal Bedwell Langford '04 has been accepted to represent Shelby County in the 2014 Mrs. Alabama Pageant.  The pageant, to be held in March 2014, will mark the ten-year anniversary of Crystal competing as Miss Shelby County in the Miss Alabama America Pageant.  Crystal was Miss Huntingdon during 2003–2004.

Bobby Miller '09 and Kylie Piercy '11 were married June 1, 2013.

Dr. Brandy Milstead '08, also a former Miss Huntingdon, has moved to Roanoke, Virginia, for three years of residency in emergency medicine.

Research on the Tabata method of exercise by Dr. Michele Scharff Olson '86, a professor of exercise science at Auburn Montgomery, indicates that the intensive four-minute workout routine is as effective as five times the amount of traditional cardio exercise, and that it doubles metabolic rates.  Olson shared her research results at the American College of Sports Medicine's 60th annual conference last week.  She is the first to determine how the Tabata exercise methodology affects heart and metabolic rates.

LaVerne Davis Ramsey '58 is traveling as a Friendship Force ambassador in Korea, Vladivostok, and Mongolia this week. 

Dr. Glenn Rudolph '09, son of Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph '80 (associate professor, teacher education), graduated from dental school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and has joined the Tuscumbia, Alabama, practice of Dr. Jimmy Gardiner, father of J Gardiner '15

Kayla Schuran '10 married Kevin Haefner June 1, 2013.

Dr. Joseph Sewell III '09, who completed his medical degree at USA this summer, has joined the University of South Alabama Hospital System in internal medicine.

Kristy Sharpe, formerly of the Registrar's Office, has moved to the basement of Flowers Hall, where she will assist the Tech Team in implementing the PowerCampus software system. 

Dr. R. Sean Sinclair '09, who completed his medical degree at USA this summer, has joined the University of South Alabama Hospital System in psychiatry. 

Shirin Torabinejad and Mary Gasson are volunteering as counselors for Alabama Girls State this week.  Hawk 'em!  Shirin served as assistant business manager for Camp Sunshine earlier this month, also a volunteer position. 

President J. Cameron West was honored with the Asbury Award during the Annual Conference for the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church earlier this month.  The Francis Asbury Award is given by the Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry to individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering the church's ministries in higher education at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church.

Sports Page
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Today's Odom-meter:  Joseph Odom signs with the Atlanta Braves
Hawks Baseball catcher Joseph Odom '14 was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft June 8, becoming the first baseball draft pick since 1989 and the highest in the program's history.  Odom helped lead Huntingdon to a 32-11 record this past season, the Hawks' first NCAA-III Regional and the program's first two NCAA-III Regional victories. Odom earned second-team All-American honors and first-team All-South Region recognition as he was among the national leaders with 60 RBIs and a .706 slugging percentage.  He finished with a .369 batting average, 45 runs and 10 doubles. In three seasons with the Hawks, Odom collected 28 home runs, 145 RBIs and 110 runs on 160 hits. He signed a contract with the Braves last night.  Read more:

Lawler, Brown named All-Region
Hawks Baseball pitchers Neil Lawler and Craig Brown were named by the American Baseball Coaches Association to the All-South Region Team.  Lawler, a junior from Irondale, Ala., developed into a reliable closer in his first season with the Hawks. In 24 appearances, he was 2-1 with 10 saves, a 1.09 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings.  Brown, a senior from Pace, Fla., made 10 starts for the Hawks and finished with a 7-1 record, 2.27 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings. In his final appearance of the season, Brown threw a complete-game two-hitter in a 5-0 win over Randolph-Macon in the South Regional.

Tennis camp
Head women's coach Ximena Moore and head men's coach Charlie Lane will offer a combined tennis camp June 24-28.  Read more here: 

Sympathy and prayers

Our sympathies are extended to Adrienne Strickland Gaines '00, Office of the Provost and Office of Institutional Assessment and Compliance, as well as to her husband, John Gaines '07, and former Chief of Security Bill Gaines in the death of James Gaines, who was John's father and Bill's son, in a motorcycle accident in Montgomery June 9.  Details of arrangements are unknown at this time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Head Men's Tennis Coach Charlie Lane for his strength and healing as he continues cancer treatments.


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

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