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Honoring a new name

During a special gala event held last month at the Montgomery Country Club, retired Judge Truman Hobbs Sr. and his wife, Joyce, were celebrated as the namesakes for the College's newly renamed Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program.  Judge and Mrs. Hobbs, who are long-time friends and neighbors of the College, were presented with Presidential Medallions by President J. Cameron West.  Read more:

New Web site design underway

The College's Web site is getting a new look.  If you have comments about the current Web site—what we should keep, what you have a hard time finding, what we need but don't have, what we have but don't need—please send your comments to  We need to know your opinion!  Since the process is just beginning, an anticipated launch date has not been set.

Celebrate the Class of 2013

Learn more about the members of the Class of 2013 from the news releases linked to this page:


Read about the Summer Camps and groups that have been on campus so far this summer:

Read about the changes taking place in Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall:

Memo Board:

Summer Orientation II will be held Thursday-Friday, July 25–26; read more and see the schedule:

The Office of Business and Finance reminds us that P-card users must pick up their new cards in the office if all financial reconciliation forms from the 2012–2013 fiscal year have been submitted.  The old card is no longer valid.

The Huntingdon Bookstore will offer HC students, families, faculty, and staff a 20% discount on one apparel or gift item during orientation days July 25–26 and August 22 (some exclusions apply). 

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

NewSouth Books has published a work of non-fiction by Denny Abbott '61.  They Had No Voice chronicles Abbott's civil rights work in the 1960s and 1970s in Montgomery.  The book's foreword is written by John Walsh ("America's Most Wanted"). Learn more:

Mollie Adams '09
married Armando Palileo July 6, 2014, in Mobile, Alabama.

Parker Adams '13
has been offered admission to the veterinary medicine program at St. George's University in the Caribbean.

Evan Agnew '13 has been hired to work as a chemist with BASF in the Mercedes Benz plant in Tuscaloosa.

Wes Anderson '13 married Charsy Martratt June 29, 2013.  They are living in Spanish Fort, Alabama, where Wes is the youth director for Spanish Fort UMC. 

Allison Bazzell has joined the staff in the Office of the Registrar, serving as admission specialist/academic records representative for the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies Adult Degree Completion Program.

Robyn Bailey '07 married Paul Paradine June 29, 2013.  Robyn lives in Ithaca, New York, and works for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Nanci Smith Berch '96 and John Berch '98 welcomed Isabelle Paige Berch, their third child and first daughter, June 26, 2013.  Nancy is a personal trainer and John is a chemistry professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Ashley Bunt '09 and Jack Vibbert '08 have announced their engagement.

Alan Clemons '12 married Jessica Wilkinson June 15, 2013.

Nicole Duff '08 will teach for Booker T. Washington Magnet High School beginning this fall.

B.J. Foroughian '12 has been offered admission to the doctoral program in pharmacy at South College School of Pharmacy in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Adrienne Strickland Gaines '00 has assumed the role of executive assistant to the Office of the Provost.

Alexis Johnson '12 and Terry Moorer '14 were married June 2, 2013.

Matt Johnson '05 has published his book, Captain Trouvier's Chronicles of Forgotten Histories and Bewildering Events, which tells of an accidental time traveler from the 1400s and the adventures he experiences while trying to preserve and protect the past.  Matt illustrated the book, as well.  Read more and see an illustration:

Katie Jones '13 has accepted a position with the Family Sunshine Center, Montgomery.

Samantha Lynn Juez has announced her engagement to B.J. Ray.

Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library/professor, was one of five first day, general session presenters for an international virtual conference sponsored by Springshare, the company that developed the library's LibGuides software.  The conference included more than 1500 attendees and presenters from 21 countries.  Kidwell's presentation focused on innovation with Springshare products, during which he discussed how he and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 (professor of chemistry) had used LibGuides as an alternative student research assignment for the Australia travel seminar/trip they led in spring 2012.  He shared a number of the LibGuides created by their students. 

Megan-Rhea Lewis has announced her engagement to Jarrett Johnston.

Brianna McClure '13 and Woods Lisenby '11 were married June 29, 2013, at First United Methodist Church-Montgomery.

Melissa McClure '13 will leave for South Africa July 14 to work in a school and in a hospital in Tarkastad for the next three months. 

Whitney Pettus '07 married Andy Lundskow July 5, 2014, at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, South Carolina. 

Mary Tyler Head Spivey '04 welcomed a baby girl, Sydney, June 28, 2013.

Brett Taylor '08 married Holly Halstead June 13, 2013.

Josh Thomas '13 and Kayce Estes '14 were marred June 29, 2013.

Whitney Toole '13 has accepted a position as a teacher/coach at Evangel Christian Academy.

Shirin Torabinejad has served, for the past few weeks, as elections intern for Key Club International, working at Kiwanis International and then in D.C.

Gillian Lisenby Walters '08 and Charles Walters '08 have moved back to Montgomery.  In her new role as an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church-Montgomery, Gillian will work with small groups, including Sunday School, young adults, and the church's prayer ministry.  She will preach her first FUMC sermon this coming Sunday.  Charles pastors St. Paul's UMC and Rhodes Chapel UMC near Greenville.  Both graduated from Duke Divinity School.

Austin White '13 has joined the staff of the Huntingdon College Office of Business and Finance, working on accounts payable.

Lanning Williams '13 will teach for Phenix City Intermediate School in Phenix City, Alabama, beginning this fall.

Members of the library faculty participated in the recent annual meeting of the Alabama Library Association:   Nordis Smith, reference and interlibrary loan librarian/professor, served on the planning committee and on three sub-committees for the conference.  Brenda Kerwin, systems librarian/associate professor, participated in the panel presentation, “Managing Your Library’s E-Resources.” Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library/professor, served as moderator and panelist for the session, “Library Advocacy: Personal Reflections from the Academy,” sponsored by the Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries Government Relations Committee, which Kidwell chairs.  Additionally, he presented “A LibGuide Alternative to the Traditional Student Research Requirement,” as part of the Best Practices session sponsored by the College, University, & Special Libraries Division.  

Correction:  Our June Talon article stated that Dr. C. Jason Borders, associate professor of religion, was the president of the Central Alabama Beekeepers Association.  Actually, that title is held by Allyson Andrews. 

Sports Page

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As of July 1, Huntingdon College is an official member of the USA South Athletic Conference.  Read more:

Hawks defensive back Dakota Hooper was recognized with the National Strength and Conditioning Association's All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award.  Read more:

The American Baseball Coaches Association has recognized catcher Joseph Odom (who recently was drafted by and signed with the Atlanta Braves) and pitchers Neil Lawler and Craig Brown on ABCA All-South Region Teams, first, second, and third, respectively.

Sympathy and prayers

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Heather Jones and her family, of Dothan, in the death of Heather's father after a long battle with brain cancer. 

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, and his family in the death of his father in Birmingham July 1, following a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 10, at noon at McElwain Baptist Church, Birmingham.  Visitation will precede the memorial service, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The Reverend Robert Lambuth Archibald Jr., a former member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees and a retired pastor of the North Alabama Conference, passed away June 15, 2013 in Decatur. He is survived by his wife, Mary Holland Archibald.


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