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Monday Messages

August 27, 2013

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


Reminders for the first week of classes 

  • To Drop or Add a class, you may change your schedule through Self-Serve, however it's best to talk with your adviser first because your adviser's approval will be needed to confirm the drop/add.  The last day to drop a course or to add a course with the permission of the adviser only is this Friday, August 30.  Remember that you must remain at 12 or more credit hours in your course load in order to receive full-time financial aid, participate in intercollegiate athletics, and live in the residence halls; so if dropping a class causes you to go below 12 hours, add a different one to get back up to full-time status. Remember also that there are certain classes you cannot drop.  Refer to an email you received from the Office of the Registrar this morning for more information.   
  • RESIDENTS:  The last day to adjust your meal plan from the default 15-meal plan to either the 10- or 19-meal plan: Friday, August 30; see the Office of Student Financial Services (Wilson).  There is no difference in cost, as the number of flex points (which can be spent in The Coffee House) on your swipe card is adjusted up or down according to the number of meals you eat in the DH.
  • Pick up your parking tag this week (it's free) at the Security Office in the Wilson Building.  You'll need to know the make and model of your car, the license plate number and your driver's license number.  If you need to register more than one car, that's free, too.  Tickets will begin to be issued upon notice from Chief Ward, so the sooner you get your tag, the better. 
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:  VERY IMPORTANT:  Students, please update your emergency contact information in SelfService this week.  
  • If you need help with your password for email or Self-Service, see the Tech Team (in person--they cannot help you by email or phone on this matter) in Flowers Hall.
  • NEW STUDENTS:  If you're having trouble with your Internet connection on your computer, take your computer to the Tech Team in Flowers Hall basement (the stairs nearest the water cooler on the first floor).  They will be able to help you while you wait--you won't have to leave your machine. 
  • BOOK VOUCHERS: Book vouchers allow students to charge their Bookstore purchases (textbooks) to their student accounts if the account has an anticipated or actual credit balance.  Book vouchers will be issued this week in the Office of Student Financial Services, Wilson 108A, MTWTh, 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 12:3–4:00 p.m.; and F, 9:00 a.m.–noon. Students who are eligible must bring with them the estimated cost of their books; must have turned in their Award Acceptance Letters and Huntingdon College Promissory Note; and must have completed the online Master Promissory Notes for loans, if applicable. 
  • A draft version of the 2013–2014 Catalog may be referenced here: (under Academics/Catalog from the homepage).  

Presidential Convocation rings in the year

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.  The convocation is open to all students (and you really should go).  President J. Cameron West will speak at this event.

Huntingdon ranks on another list

Huntingdon has been selected as a top college in Alabama for students who are interested in military service.  The College Database, who released the list, noted Huntingdon's ROTC programs and affordable tuition rates as factors for the selection. 


Big Red Day of Service

301 students, faculty, and staff contributed a combined 602 hours of community service during the Big Red Day of Service, part of Big Red Weekend, Saturday, August 24.  Participants painted, built, planted, cleaned, and performed a variety of other services in 12 locations, including MANE, River City Church, Habitat Re-Store, Family Sunshine Center, the Montgomery Dragonboat Festival, and three public schools.  First United Methodist Church, Aldersgate UMC, Heritage Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church transported students to the service locations. Professors Bamman, Murphy, Borders, Perrin, Jackson, Curry, Disbrow, Saunders, McMichael, Jones, Copping, Laughlin, and White served during the workday.  See pictures on the Huntingdon College Facebook page.

Offering a warm welcome

Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, members of the women's soccer and volleyball teams, members of sororities and fraternities, representatives from Lambda Chi Alpha and First Baptist Church, and members of the faculty (Professors Young and Dudley, specifically) and staff were among those who met new students and their families in the parking lot and unloaded their vehicles, moving them into their residence hall rooms within an average of 90 seconds per student.  We thank all of those who lent their muscles and time to this important effort and made our newest Hawks feel welcome! Pictures are posted on the Huntingdon Facebook page.


Weekly Chapel services begin Wednesday, September 4, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  The following week, Wednesday, September 11, will be an all-service Chapel, when you will hear from four different ministries in the Montgomery area and how they impact lives in the community.  Chapel services are open to all.

EMERGE begins Thursday, September 5, at 8:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Cloverdale Campus.  EMERGE is open to all students.

Worship Team Auditions:  If you have musical ability (instrumental or vocal) and love the Lord, Campus Ministries invites you to Worship Team Auditions!  Sign up on the door of Chaplain Brian Smith's office (room #105) in the Hut this week for audition spots next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (September 4–6).  Teams of musicians are needed for Chapel & EMERGE. 

Church Progressive Dinner:  Friday, September 6, Campus Ministries will host its 2nd Annual Church Progressive Dinner.  To participate, you must sign up at the Chaplain's Office in the Hut (room #105) between now and Wednesday, September 4.  There are 40 available spots so don't delay in signing up.  If you would like to visit churches in a fun and friendly way, then join us at 4:45 at the Hut on Friday, September 6, for appetizers at First Baptist Church, main course at First United Methodist Church and dessert at River City Church (United Methodist).  Sign Up TODAY!

Campus Life

See a list of Welcome Back Week events planned by the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Life:

Greek Recruitment for Panhellenic women's fraternities begins this week.  Register online at by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 29.  If you are interested, but unsure if Greek life fits for you, consider attending the Panhellenic Mixer, Wednesday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Pratt Hall.  You may register that night or the next morning and meet the deadline.  There is a $20.00 application fee that provides a Recruitment Week T-shirt and recruitment guide. Read more and see a schedule here:

Men's Greek recruitment will take place during the week of September 9.   Men must register through an application process.  Applications are available in the Hut and must be submitted no later than 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 9.  Rush will begin that night at 7:00 p.m.  Men who are interested but unsure may attend the first open event and decide if you want to participate, then submit an application at the event.  There is no fee to participate. 

Want to write for the student newspaper, The Gargoyle?  Apply online at

Apply now for The Leadership Initiative:  applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 30.  The Leadership Initiative Orientation will be held Thursday, September 19, in Stallworth Dining Room, Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall, 6:30 p.m.  More information and an application:

RESIDENTS:  Return changes to your Room Condition Reports by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, to Sandra Hall, director of residence life, in The Hut. 

Dining Hall hours: Monday–Friday: Breakfast, 7:00–9:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Dinner, 4:30–7:30 p.m.  Saturday–Sunday: Brunch, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Dinner, 5:00–6:30 p.m. 

Family Weekend, presented in conjunction with Homecoming, is coming up September 27–29.  See a schedule and registration information here:

Come and eat a Krispy Kreme donut during Wonderful Wednesdays, offered by the Huntingdon Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society, 7:30–8:30 a.m. each Wednesday during the semester (beginning tomorrow, August 28) in Bellingrath 105.  Everyone is invited--it's free!

Athletics schedule:
Main calendar:

In the Community

The Montgomery Symphony invites you to Broadway Under the Stars, an outdoor concert lakeside in Blount Cultural Park in front of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.  Picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.  The event is free.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. 


Memo Board:

The newly renovated and expanded space formerly known as Java City, now The Coffee House, will celebrate its grand opening Monday, September 9, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Huntingdon Headliners

The Huntingdon Hawks Football Team attended First United Methodist Church-Montgomery with head coach and athletic director Mike Turk Sunday, August 25.  The church served lunch to the players, coaches, and families following the service.  Thank you to FUMC for your warm and open partnership with Huntingdon!

Caleb Astin '13 has been accepted into the Master of Forensic Science Program at Alabama State University.

Chris Blight '13 is teaching seventh grade physical education for Drake Middle School in Auburn this fall.

Andy Borschel '13 has been accepted into the Master of International Economics and Economics Policy program at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.  He begins the program in October.

Trish Brown '12 is teaching for Autauga Academy.

Dr. James Daniels, associate professor of biology, attended the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation meetings held June 23-27 in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he presented his research “Density, frond lifespan and production rates, mortality, and life expectancy of Geonoma edulis (Arecaceae) in a lower montane rain forest in Costa Rica.” The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation is the preeminent research association for tropical biology, and the meeting was attended by approximately 1000 tropical biologist from all over the world.  After the meetings Dr. Daniels spent an additional week in Costa Rica collecting specimens for ongoing research examining the genetic diversity and phylogeography of Schefflera rodrigueziana.  Genetic analysis of these collections will comprise a portion of a National Science Foundation grant proposal aimed at obtaining funds for Huntingdon College students to travel to Costa Rica and participate in a more extensive project.

Andrew Davitz '13 has been hired to serve as a youth director for a United Methodist church in Phenix City.

L.C. Holt (known when he was at Huntingdon as Collins Holt) stars as one of the main villains in the film You're Next, in theaters now. 

Ella Johnson '11 is teaching for Marbury High School this fall.

Megan-Rhea Lewis, who announced her engagement to Jarrett Brady Johnston recently, has been hired by the Charlotte Meadows for House District 74 campaign as the grassroots and volunteer coordinator. This is a special election in Montgomery County—Election Day is October 8, 2013.

Steven Manning '09 and his wife, Kelly, welcomed a son, Chase Patrick Manning, August 12, 2013. 

Cole Smith '11 and Jessica Tidwell '13 were married August 24, 2013. 

Eric Stroud '12 is officially a member of the U.S. Army, having completed basic training this summer.

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Conor Leary has joined the men's lacrosse program as an assistant coach.  Coach Leary has served as development officer with the English Lacrosse Association in Manchester, England.  He was a member of Head Coach Andrew Carey's team at Greensboro College, N.C.

Aleah Payne '13 has put down down her mitt and picked up a clipboard, re-joining the women's softball program as assistant softball coach this fall.  Hawk 'em, Aleah!

First Week (and beyond) Survival Tips (because we care):

  • The speed limit on College Street is 25 mph and the MPD is waiting for anyone who exceeds that speed limit.  If you don't want to contribute your allowance to the MPD, please observe the speed limit there and on other streets surrounding the College. 
  • Get your books as early as possible—consider renting any that you don't need to own (renting, when available, saves a lot of money).
  • The spaces in front of Flowers are reserved for visitors and those with special permits.  Student parking is available in other lots.
  • If you're new to Montgomery, be aware that the city prohibits texting while driving and, if you are in an accident while talking on your phone, the MPD can add a charge to any ticket you are given.   

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