Huntingdon News

Monday Messages

August 06, 2013

The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.

Campus improvements underway

A number of construction projects and building facelifts are underway this summer, with completion dates that vary by project. 

  • New windows, wood repair, outside painting and accessibility ramp will enhance the appearance, entry, and infrastructure of Jackson Home, the first part of a two-part renovation.  Renovations on the interior of Jackson Home will continue next summer.
  • The iron gates near the entrance to W. James Samford Jr. Stadium are being extended across the Fairview Avenue side of Charles Lee Field, replacing the fence that has been in place since 2004.   
  • A permanent sidewalk has replaced the footpath between Blount Parking Lot and Fairview Avenue, across from Charles Lee Field. 
  • New batting cages are being constructed at Posey Field.  
  • Java City will be expanded, renovated, and renamed The Coffee House; Starbucks coffee will be served.
  • Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall is undergoing an extensive facelift.   
  • Four neighborhood homes are being renovated for use as housing for upperclass students.   
  • Painting and floor replacement projects are taking place in various buildings, and a number of other projects will begin soon.  Stay tuned! 

Lend a helping hand for move-in

Come and welcome our newest members of the Huntingdon family!  Faculty, staff, and student volunteers are needed to help with new student move-in on these dates and times:  Friday, August 16, noon–4:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.;  Thursday, August 22, 8:00–10:00 a.m.; and Friday, August 23, 8:00–11:00 a.m.  Resident Assistants, who return August 11, are always available to help our newest students move-in, but they need your help to make the operation run smoothly and quickly!  Volunteer by contacting Sandra Hall, director of residence life, at (334) 833-4349 or  (Volunteer hours may be recorded for this event.  Start earning your hours early!) Returning students who are not among the early arrivals for fall sports, band, Big Red Weekend and other activities may move in Saturday, August 24 or Sunday, August 25, 1:00–6:00 p.m.  If you live in one of the college houses, come to the check-in tent at Blount Hall to pick up your key and sign your room condition reports.

Big Red Weekend paints the town scarlet and grey

The freshman work day during Big Red Weekend promises to be the biggest event to date, with more than 15 faculty and staff besides the staff in the Office of Student Life assisting with the event.  First United Methodist Church, Aldersgate UMC, Heritage Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church have volunteered to transport students to the service locations, which include MANE, River City Church, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, Family Sunshine Center, and various local schools, where students will clean, paint, refresh merchandise, do garden work, and perform other meaningful service.  Want to help?  If you haven't volunteered already or are an upperclassman who'd like to help, contact Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, at  The Day of Service is Saturday, August 24.  The full Big Red Schedule is posted here:


Read about the members of the student body whose academic achievement was recognized on the Dean's List of High Honors or the Dean's List of Honors for spring term 2013:
Read about the special award given to Huntingdon's Collegiate Exchange Club at their national conference in June:
Read about the damage and clean-up from a recent storm:
Read about the July New Student Orientation program:

Memo Board:

New and returning student and student-athlete move-in/check-in information is posted here:

New Student Orientation, Session III, will be held Thursday, August 22 (for any incoming student who has not attended a previous session).  See schedule:

Big Red Weekend, a mandatory event for all new students, will be held Friday-Saturday, August 23–24.  See the schedule here:

Huntingdon is getting a new voicemail system, which should be installed in mid-August.  Faculty/Staff:  if you have any important messages stored on your voicemail they will be lost when the new system is installed.  Be sure to retrieve your archived messages as soon as possible. 

The opening fall Presidential Convocation is set for Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel.  Faculty and staff who are marching should line up in Flowers 102 at 11:30 a.m.  Contact the bookstore if you need to order regalia (hats are not required for this event). 

The Tech Team has completed 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.

Students:  Interested in applying for law school?  Valparaiso University Law School is waiving their application fee for fall 2014 enrollment. Elizabeth Brogden '09 graduated from Valparaiso Law in May. 

Staff:  Sign up for one of two Pcard training sessions in Wilson 104: August 12 at 3:00 p.m. or August 21 at 2:00 p.m.  Email Austin White '13 at to let him know which session you will attend.  See your e-mail for more information. 

Huntingdon Headliners

Alex Baronich '10 has announced his engagement to Sarah Noelke.

Melissa Baswell '13 completed a 12-day mission trip in Ghana, Africa, last month.

Chad Baxley '13
and Lyndsey Weber '11 were married August 3, 2013. 

Melanie Smith Bolling
and her husband, Kyle, welcomed their first child, Porter, August 3, 2013.

K.C. Booth '09
has been admitted to the Master of Nursing program at Rush University.

Destree Brown '09 is in mission service in Africa. 

Giovannie Brown '07 has a new job as a property accountant with Bayer Properties, working from their corporate office in Birmingham.

Berrell Cobb '13
has been accepted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Troy University, beginning this fall.

Jackie Crossman '12
has been accepted to St. George's University  School of Medicine. 

Jessica Dickson '12
has been admitted to both the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University and the McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University. 

Leigh Ann Everette '11 married Cody Parker July 20, 2013.

Susan Frank '09
has announced her engagement to Brandon Fowler.

Alicia Frazier '14
has announced her engagement to Trey Martin.

Jeremy Godfrey '03
, son of Joel Godfrey, administrative assistant in Houghton Library, has completed his Ph.D. in writing and rhetoric at Georgia State University.  He will begin teaching in the writing program at Emory University this fall. 

A chapbook written by Jim Hilgartner, assistant professor of English, "The Consolation of Sophistry," will be published in Volume II of The Chapbook, coming out this fall. 

Amanda Houston '12, a Huntingdon admission counselor, and Ben Cecil '10, a physics teacher for Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, were married July 13, 2012. 

Larry Hudson '09 has been hired to teach and coach for Guntersville High School this fall. 

Ella Johnson '11 will teach for Marbury High School this fall.

Josh Johnson '14 participated in a Battle of the Bands in Eclectic, Alabama, and won the competition, for which he will receive 8 hours of recording time at a Nashville studio. 

Matt Johnson '05 will be part of the "15 Under 40" show at Stonehenge Gallery Thursday, August 8, at 5:30 p.m.  Stop by and see his amazing work!

Steven Laye '10 and Madison Jackson '12 were married August 3, 2013.  Steven recently completed his degree and is a certified Physician's Assistant.

Miss Huntingdon Victoria Luchner '14 is participating in the Miss American Organization.  To support her journey, you may donate to Children's Miracle Network hospitals here:

John Martin '08 has completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Alabama. 

Melissa McClure '13 passed the licensure exam to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She is using the certification in her current assignment:  three months in South Africa working in a hospital and with a non-profit organization. 

Katy Jo Farrill McDaniel '11 and her husband, Matt, completed mission service in Africa last month. 

An article by Mandy McMichael, assistant professor of religion, was included in the Ethics Daily Blog Friday, July 26:  Ms. McMichael was one of 12 scholars to attend "A Conversation on the Scholarship of Baptist Women" hosted by Oregon State University's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.  The scholars are collaborating on publications and presentations that explore the wide-range contributions and experiences of Baptist women. 

Kristin Wilson Monroe '08 and her husband, Eric, welcomed a son, Gunner, Thursday, August 1.

Kayla Northington '11 & '13 has been hired to teach physical education and coach for her alma mater, Sulligent High School. 

Abby Grace Chandler Payson '11 has joined the staff in the Office of the Provost/Institutional Assessment and Compliance as a part-time assistant for IAC.  Abby Grace's sister, SueEllen Chandler, is a member of the entering freshman class, the Class of 2017. 

Andrew Rasbury '07 has been hired as a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Red Sox. 

Josh Robinson '06 and Rachelle Robinson '07 welcomed their second child, daughter Rose Mary, July 26, 2013.

Dr. John Saunders, assistant professor of communication studies, and several students attended the third annual conference of the Alabama Communication Association at the University of Montevallo in July.   Three students and graduates presented papers during the conference:  Jeremy Reid '11, “A Confident Hope: Mayor Walt Maddox’s Speech on April 27, 2011;" Bianca Scott '13, “Is Diana Really That Dirty? A Rhetorical Analysis of Michael Jackson’s 'Dirty Diana;'” and Jade Reynolds '14, “Change: The Component of a More Perfect Union.” Saunders serves as co-planner, reviewer, and treasurer for the association.  He moderated a panel concerning connecting state associations to the regional association, presented a Great Ideas for Teaching Students paper, “Using TV Shows to Teach Audience Analysis,” and responded to a panel on “Rhetoric & Reform.”

Bianca Scott '13 has received a graduate assistant position at the University of South Alabama in the Department of Communication Studies.

Morgan Senn '13 has been hired to teach for Phenix City's school system.

Fran Taylor, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, has been elected secretary for the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE). 

Morgan Trotter '86 has a new album coming out: "New Wineskins for Old Wine: A Hymns EP," in which he sets four well-known hymns to fresh music. The album's available through  Listen or purchase here:

Katie Varnado '10 has announced her engagement to Shawn Taylor. 

Sarah Ward '10 passed the social work licensure exam. 

Kathryn Yates '11 has graduated  with a master's degree from Georgia State University's School of Arts and Sciences and is employed with Pathways Transition Programs in Decatur, Georgia. 

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Huntingdon was ranked second in the USA South pre-season football coaches' poll as the College enters its first season as a member of the Conference.  Christopher Newport University, the winner of nine USA South football titles, landed in first place with four of nine first-place votes and 56 total points (Huntingdon earned three first-place votes and 55 points).  Ferrum, Huntingdon's Homecoming and first USA-South opponent of the season (September 28), came in third with one first-place vote and 54 points.  Coaches do not vote for their own teams in this poll.

The Huntingdon women's tennis team was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an All-Academic Team last month.  This is the ninth consecutive year the Lady Hawks have qualified for recognition.  In addition to the team award, five Huntingdon players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes:  Katie Scott '13, her third award; Arielle Barraca, her second award; and freshmen Deidre Corbin, Farrah Mahan, and Britni Thibodeau.  To qualify as a scholar-athlete or All-Academic Team, a student must earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher or a team must have an average GPA of 3.2 or higher.  

Sympathy and prayers

Our sympathies are extended to the family of Betty Grace McDavid, age 100, who died July 15, 2013 in Saraland, Alabama. 

Huntingdon Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) student Vy Tri Tran was killed in an automobile accident in Mobile, Alabama, July 11, 2013.  Vy was just one class away from completing his Huntingdon degree.  Our sympathies and prayers are extended to his family and friends.  Vy was 24.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
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