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October 21, 2013

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October 21, 2013
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Huntingdon Disability Sport Network (DSPN) takes the court

Wheelchair athletes are rolling in Wilson gym as the College launched the Disability Sport Network October 19 for young athletes, ages 6–21, who have physical disabilities.  Students in Sport Science and Physical Education programs and women's and men's basketball and women's lacrosse student-athletes volunteered as teammates, coaches, and resources for the day.  Saturday's event was the first of many practices for a Wheelchair Basketball League that is preparing for a January game at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. A Wheelchair Tennis League is expected to form in the spring.  The official program launch and media blitz for this venture will be Saturday, November 2.  Read more:  See photos on the Huntingdon Facebook page.

Get your cans to the game

During the home football game versus Conference opponent N.C. Wesleyan College October 26 (kick-off is at 1:00 p.m.), the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) will collect canned goods for the Cans Across the Conference competition.  So get your cans to the football game so that we can beat our opponents in more than football.  Questions?  See Brandon Sewell, SAAC president.

Marching Scarlet and Grey hosts Honor Band

The Marching Scarlet and Grey will host more than 200 students for the annual Marching Honor Band during Saturday's football game versus N.C. Wesleyan.  According to Eddy Williams, director of bands, 244 students have applied to participate in the day's events.  Read more:

Watch out for Hawks with fangs

The Huntingdon Drama Club will present their fall production, "Vampyre," at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24, and Saturday, October 26 (this is a change from earlier posts) in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater.  Thursday evening's performance, a dress rehearsal, is free and open to members of the College community.  The performance previously scheduled for Friday evening has been moved to Saturday to accommodate the Countess of Huntingdon Ball on Friday.  Tickets for Saturday's performance, which is open to the public, are $5 at the door.  Read more:

Get a clue and have a ball!

It's here!  The fourth annual Countess of Huntingdon Ball, Friday, October 25, 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at the Montgomery Country Club,  promises to be the second-biggest event of the semester (next to Homecoming).  This year's theme is "CLUE," as in the murder mystery game (not as in "get a ..."). You don't need a ticket or a date. If you want to, dress or accessorize as one of the characters or in the game piece colors scarlet, peacock (blue), mustard, plum, green, or white (but you don't have to).  This is a semi-formal, so, for women, long or short dresses are ok. Just come, dance and have fun.   It's free!  And, to whet your appetite for mystery, CAB will host Clue and Cupcakes night Wednesday, October 23, in the DH.

Get creepy

Got a great Halloween costume you're just dying to show off?  Wear it to the Halloween Organ Concert Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  You just might win a prize in the costume competition, and you'll see and hear some fun music and musicians at this annual event.  Thank you to the American Guild of Organists for organizing the event as part of the Harald Rohlig series.   

Announcements and Reminders

STUDENTS:  THE PRELUDE is in need of your submissions of creative writing—any type.  The deadline is October 31.  Submit to

Flu shots are available for $20 in the The Hut/Student Health Services while supplies last.  Get your shot and stay well!

The Women's Center and Young Democrats invite your donations of items to help parents with young children in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Diapers, baby bottles, wipes, formula and baby clothing are needed. Individual and group donors will be recognized.  Donations will be accepted in The Hut through October 31. 

Hawks Rec has 10 spots available for the Atlanta Falcons vs the Seattle Seahawks game November 10 in Atlanta.  Sign up in the Hut!

Coming Events on Campus

HUNTINGDON FACULTY RECITAL SERIES presents DENNIS HERRICK, TRUMPET, and VADIM SEREBRYANY, PIANO, "Stolen Music," Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public; read more:

The Black Student Union will offer the BSU Bash, Thursday, October 24, 9:00 p.m. until midnight in the Hawks' Nest.  All students are welcome.

Friday, October 25, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program's Professional Development Series will present Ms. Jaime Demick, speaking on Study Skills, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Bellingrath 104.  Open to all.  The series will continue, same time, same place, November 1, with Bob Vilafane speaking on Research at ASU; November 15 with Dr. Doba Jackson speaking on "MCAT in a Nutshell;" and December 6, with research presentations from Keegan Lambeth, Tyler Creamer, Rhyann Davis, and Tanjanik Munford.

Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition, with Nancy's Italian Ice (presented by CAB and Res Life), Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. in the Blount Parking Lot.

The Language and Literature programs and Houghton Library will present this fall semester's Salon, during which works of a selected genre are read allowed by participants; Thursday, October 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium; the theme:  Horror.  Bring poems, books, etc. and share the gory details. 

The American Guild of Organists will offer a Halloween Organ Recital Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  The program is free and open to the public—this is a really fun concert with several guest performers contributing spooky performances.  Costume Contest! 

Halloween Movie Night, Thursday, October 31, 9:00 p.m., in the lobby of each residence hall:  Blount—Poltergeist; Ligon—Beetlejuice; Searcy—The Exorcist.  Popcorn and candy provided; bring your own drinks.

The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment invites students who need help with tutoring, time management, study skills, and other tools for success to stop by anytime.  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. 

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

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In the Community

At our neighborhood Capri Theater, Populaire began October 18, and the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals begins October 25.

Huntingdon Headliners

Sarah Bethea took first, second, and third place prizes in Houghton Library's Haiku contest for Banned Books week.  Honorable Mentions were awarded to Abby Bellman, Caitlin Ray, and Kathleen Tatum.  Read the winning poems:

Bree Buckner '10 has announced her engagement to Tylan Schneider.

Mason Rain Laughlin, the 5lb., 14 oz. daughter of professor Dave Laughlin (Sport Science and Physical Education), made her debut Wednesday, October 9.  Congratulations to the whole family!

Alex Nishibun '09 and Jesi Dunaway '09 were married at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Saturday, October 19, 2013.  They live in Allston, Massachusetts.  Alex earned a graduate degree in vocal performance at the New England Conservatory and Jesi earned a graduate degree in agriculture, food, and the environment at Tufts University.

Rebekah Redden '11, who is studying for her master's degree in the Bush School of Government and Public Service (Texas A&M), is living in Germany while she interns in public affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

Suzanna Wasserman '05 has a new position as director of marketing for Eastdale Mall. 

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Basketball practices have begun.  The men will tip-off their season at the Berry Tournament in Rome, Ga., November 15.  The women's team will be at Pensacola Christian for their first game November 19.  In the USA-South Athletic Conference pre-season coaches' poll, the Lady Hawks were picked to come in third and the men to come in ninth in the conference.  Good thing those coaches don't know what's about to hit them. Our secret weapon: a basketball.

This is a shout-out to Colby Leonard '12, who reads The Talon to keep up with his school and his friends even though he's in a demanding seminary program at Duke Divinity School.  Hawk 'em, Colby! 

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