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September 24, 2013

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September 24, 2013
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NOTE:  There will be a test of the College's Emergency Management System Wednesday, September 25, at 12:30 p.m. Please be aware that this is only a test. 

A Huntingdon State of Mind

It's Homecoming & Family Weekend Week!  In celebration, the Campus Activities Board, Department of Athletics, and others have planned these events:
MONDAY, Sept. 23:  Movie and Mocktails, 8p on The Green (Ironman 3)
TUESDAY, Sept. 24:  Sidewalk Chalk Competition, 10a–3p in front of Pratt; Volleyball vs Pensacola Christian, 6p in Roland Arena; Bingo Night, 9p in the DH
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25:  2012–13 Yearbook Distribution Party, 11a–1p in the DH; WSoccer vs Agnes Scott, 3p on the Soccer Field; Dinner on The Green, 5p; Derby Race on The Green, 6p
THURSDAY, Sept. 26:  Throwback Thursday Band Party, 10p, The Train Shed (downtown Montgomery)
FRIDAY, Sept. 27: VOTE for the Homecoming Queen online!  Picnic Pep Rally, 11:30a outside Pratt
SATURDAY, Sept. 28:  Homecoming Tailgating (Parents and students with tickets will eat at the tent at the visitors' entrance to Samford Stadium); WSoccer vs Ferrum College, 12p on the Soccer Field; Hawk Walk, 12:30p from Flowers to Samford Stadium; Homecoming Football vs Ferrum College, 1p with Homecoming Court presentation at half-time; MSoccer vs Ferrum College, 2:30p on the Soccer Field; Homecoming Fireworks, 9p on The Green (with free Nancy's Italian Ice!)
SUNDAY, Sept. 29:  Worship Service, 10a in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; WSoccer vs William Peace, 12p on the Soccer Field; Homecoming Choral Concert, 3p in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
Note:  There are many more events planned this week. For a complete list see the Calendar:;
Alumni:  2013 Homecoming Weekend Schedule:
Families:  2013 Family Weekend Schedule:
Read about Alumni Achievement, Loyalty, and Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients here:
Watch the Web site for information on Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Women elected to Homecoming Court

The following women will represent their classes on this year's Homecoming Court (congratulations to all!): 
FIRST-YEARS:  Madison Laney, Ariton, Alabama; and SueEllen Chandler, Florence, Alabama
SOPHOMORES:  Alicia Gauker, Sylacauga, Alabama; and Hallie Grace Muncher, Jasper, Alabama
JUNIORS:  Kathryn Dismuke, Montgomery; and Diane Humphreys, College Park, Georgia
SENIORS:  Rebecca Chavers, Montgomery, Alabama; Michelle Gonzalez, Niceville, Florida; and Cheyenne Young, Enterprise, Alabama
Read more about members of the Court here:

First-years selected as executive officers

Leading the freshman class this year are the following executive officers, who were appointed last week after an application and interview process:
PRESIDENT:  Buck Robinson, Washington, Georgia
VICE PRESIDENT:  Morgan Baines, Luverne, Alabama
SECRETARY:  Lexie Ofe, Montgomery
TREASURER:  Tori Money, Dothan, Alabama
COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAIR:  Jeffery Postell, Montgomery

Hawks for eagles

At a special session to be held tonight, Monday, September 23, at 7p in Flowers 101, you may learn about a new summer internship opportunity in Haines, Alaska, working with the American Bald Eagle Foundation (ABEF).  For the internship, you will learn techniques for live raptor handling and give live raptor education programs to museum visitors.  Dr. Dan Hart, Raptor Curator, will share information and show scenes of the Haines, Alaska area, pictures of wildlife, and pictures of interns working with birds during their daily activities and physical exams. An open forum for questions about the ABEF program will ensue, with an explanation of the requirements for applicants, the application period, the notification period, and the general dates of the internship. Pizza will be part of the program as well!  Faculty are welcome to hear about this beautiful place called Haines and the work of the American Bald Eagle Foundation.

Going, going ...

If you haven't yet purchased your textbooks for classes this fall, get on it.  The bookstore will begin returning books to the publishers this week.

Hump time

Mid-terms are just two weeks away, with mid-term grades turned in by faculty on Friday, October 11 (an In-Service Day).  You may have noticed that the first-week frenzy of keep-you-busy-every-second activities has backed off a bit and you have time now to get a little more studying, writing, and reading done—well, until this week.  Embrace that time.  Your mid-term grades will reflect the time and energy you've put into your classes.  Make them shine.  After all, that's really why you're here.

Special times with special people

Huntingdon's Department of Sport Science and Physical Education continues its relationship with area schools this year through the department's Adapted Physical Education class, in which special needs children from Wilson Elementary School teach Huntingdon PE majors and others how to address their needs.  Wilson students will be on campus Tuesdays, September 24, October 15, and November 19, for this program.  Two more programs will be offered on the Wilson campus this semester. 

Ghostly stories and spooky stuff

Each semester the Language and Literature programs and Houghton Library offer a Salon, during which participants (anyone from the Huntingdon community) read aloud works they admire that are related to a theme.  This semester's Salon will be Thursday, October 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium.  Guess the theme!  Yep:  Horror.  Bring poems, books, etc. and share the gory details.

Huntingdon men pledge fraternities

During Greek Walk-out earlier this month, 17 men pledged to the new Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and 14 men pledged to Sigma Nu fraternity.  Since then 10 more men have accepted open bids to Lambda Chi Alpha.  See the list of Greek affiliations online here:

Announcements and Reminders

If you haven't yet signed up for the Biology Program trip to Dauphin Island October 19–20 (no, you don't have to be a biology student to go, it's just that biology faculty are planning it), do so before October 10.  The cost is $35 for regular students; $25 for Honors Students; and $20 for members of Tri-Beta Honor Society.  Go to the Student Financial Services Office, pay the fee to Ms. Karen Graham, and she will give you a receipt, which you will then take to Dr. Paul Gier, Bellingrath 305. Space is limited, so sign up today!  Email Dr. Gier with any questions at

Dr. James Conely, adjunct music faculty, will offer an organ recital Thursday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  The program is free.

Houghton Library is sponsoring a Haiku contest for National Banned Books Week, September 22–28.  Huntingdon students are welcome to submit haiku by September 29 that relates to a particular banned or challenged book or author, or that speaks to the issue of censorship in some fashion.  Submit to Eric Kidwell, professor and director of the library, at  More on banned books:
More on haiku:

The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment is open and ready for business!  Just approach it from the back door in the basement since construction is taking place at the front of the building.  Writing Center Hours: M–F, 10a–4p in Jackson 112; Math Tutoring:  M 7–8p, Bellingrath 302, T–F, 1–2p, Jackson 109; academic counseling is also available for all classes. 

Houghton Library is pleased to announce several electronic resources that have been added to the library collection:
1) JSTOR - Huntingdon students, faculty and staff now have access to JSTOR, specifically the Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, and III.
2) U.S. Statistical Abstracts - The federal government ceased publication of the print U.S. Statistical Abstracts and ProQuest has begun offering it as an electronic resource.  Houghton Library offers this resources through the state library consortium.  Look under the "What's Going On?" section on the library's Web site for a "how-to" LibGuide to learn about using this database.
3) Credo Reference - Credo Reference offers more than 3,000,000 reference entries from all the major academic subject areas and can be a good starting point for your research  ...  images, audio files, videos and full text article(s) are among the types of sources available.

Wednesday, October 9, is National Cupcake for Pro Life day and on that day Huntingdon's newest organization, 4Life, will offer a celebration of life from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on The Green in front of Pratt.  Cupcakes by Tish has donated 500 mini cupcakes for the event.  Come out and have a cupcake!

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity  and Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity are selling BlueJeans for Babies T-shirts in support of the March of Dimes this week.  Shirts will be in the week of November 15 and should be worn to the November 16 home football game.  Stop by the table and order during lunch hours in the DH. 

Athletics schedule:
Main calendar:
See a list of Cultural and Community Events scheduled to date:

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In the Community

Get your wheels turning at the Alabama National Fair, October 4–13 at the fairgrounds off of Coliseum Blvd.  Live entertainment includes Josh Turner, Anthony Hamilton, Ronnie Milsap, and Foreigner.  Ticket prices:; Event schedule:
At the Capri Theater (next to Sinclair's, just a block from campus) until September 26 is Austenland.  Coming September 27–October 3 is  The Bling Ring.  See more here:  Two Capri Classics coming in October: Shaun of the Dead and The Princess Bride.

Huntingdon Headliners

Mandy McMichael, religion, interviewed with Ethics Daily last week on the subject of religion and pageants, which is also the subject of her doctoral dissertation.  The link to their main Web site is: and the direct link to the interview is here:
Will Merritt '06 has accepted a teaching/coaching position at his high school alma mater, North Jackson High School.  He will teach ninth grade history, coach ninth grade boys' basketball, and assist with varsity football.
Ryan "Boomer" Payne '12 married Michelle Tillman September 14, 2013.
Dr. John Saunders, communication studies, has been asked to serve as executive director for the Alabama Communication Association.
Jess Skaggs '13 is living in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he serves as the constituent services director for the Baldwin County Legislative Delegation. 
Huntingdon welcomes new Campus Security officer Chris Vandiver, who began his duties today. 
Olivia Wilson '11 welcomed a daughter, Kaylynn Nicole, September 7, 2013.
The 2014 Bells & Pomegranates (yearbook) staff has been named.  They are:  Zack Turner, editor-in-chief; Diane Humphreys, copy editor;  and assistants Lexie Ofe and Taylor Calloway.
The Marching Scarlet & Grey was invited to perform for the Elmore County "Night of Band" at Elmore County High School in Eclectic last Thursday. On Friday they traveled to a performance at Rehobeth High School, and then topped off the week with a rainy-but-still-great performance during Huntingdon's first home football game of the season Saturday, September 21.

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:
Huntingdon senior Jamey Lester of Auburn, Alabama, was named USA-South Golfer of the Week last week after he finished tied for fourth at the Rhodes College Men's Fall Classic in Tunica, Mississippi, by shooting an even-par 144.
(Borrowed from the Athletics Facebook page):  "Good start to the week for Huntingdon football. Hawks are ranked No. 23 in first American Football Coaches Association poll of the season. Linebacker John-David Swiger and defensive back Jeremy Murphy were both recognized as USA-South Athletes of the Week. Swiger was also recognized by the Beyond Sports Network as one of six national Defensive Players of the Week."  Hawk 'em!
Quarterback Taylor Hughes was named the Montgomery Advertiser College Football Player of the Week in Week 4 after his performance in the team's win over Louisiana College, Saturday, September 21. Read more here:
Huntingdon football is ranked 23rd in the country among NCAA-Division III in the first AFCA Top 25 poll.  Read more here:
Women's golfers Saem Hur and LeeAnne Cahoon finished in the top seven in the Montgomery Country Club Women's Collegiate match held over the weekend.
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