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November 19, 2013

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November 19, 2013


Celebrate the Season  

One of the most beautiful and memorable events of the year is just two weeks away.  The College's annual Community Christmas CelebrationThursday, December 5, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a parade and the arrival of St. Nicholas in front of Flowers Hall; continues at 6:45 at Flowers' entrance with the lighting of the trees and caroling; and then proceeds indoors with the annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  Come and soak in the spirit.  The community is invited and all events are free. Continue the holiday spirit right into your weekend by attending Huntingdon Harmony's Holiday Happening, Friday, December 6, with shows at 5:30 and 7:30 (cookies and hot chocolate in between) in SRH.     

We have great chemistry

Three Huntingdon chemistry faculty and 10 Huntingdon students and alumni presented research at the 2013 Southeastern Regional American Chemical Society meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 13–16, 2013.  Oral research papers presented were: “Correlating N-alkyl group electronegativities with DFT-computed Parr global electrophilicity values of imidate ester analogs,” Jeremy M. Carr, assistant professor of chemistry; A. Paige Lathem '13; and Gregory S. Tschumper; and “Improving student learning outcomes in general chemistry using a first-year Chemistry Wizard Program: Three years of assessment,” Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, professor of chemistry; and Doba D. Jackson, associate professor of chemistry.  Poster presentations were made on the the following topics:  “Can cosmetic surfactants be benignly precipitated from aqueous solution?” Erica Keith '14, Mallorie N. Richardson '14, Kali Sands '15, Haley S. Leach '13, and Jeremy M. Carr;   “Solvent effects on the absorption maxima of conjugated dyes: Testing the applicability of the particle-in-the-box model,” Allyson Brislinger '14, Carly Williamson '14, and Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78; and “Investigations into the preparation of NHC-ligated copper(II) acetate complexes,” Keegan C. Lambeth '14, Ginger Tyson '13, Chasity M. Ward '13, and Jeremy M. Carr.

Not everything has to be serious

See your faculty members in a different light—a spotlight!—at Tuesday night's Faculty Follies, November 19, 6:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.  Admission is $2 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the spring musical, "Anything Goes," and the Sigma Tau Delta Burns Supper. 

Miles of mystery

The 2014 Student Life Mystery Trip is set for January 15–18.  Sign-up will begin Monday, December 2, in The Hut, Room 106, at 9:00 a.m.  There are only 28 spaces available, and a non-refundable payment of $150 is due at sign-up.  Questions?  Don't ask where you're going—it is a mystery trip, after all—but you can ask anything else of Sara Beth Terry in The Hut.   

We've been tagged

Show your Hawk pride by purchasing a Huntingdon license plate!  A new design is available.  See details here:


This year's campus-wide service project benefits Operation Christmas Child.  Bring a filled shoebox with gifts for children to the Hut or to the event, "A Student Life Christmas," Tuesday, November 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the DH.  All members of the College community are invited to join in the Christmas celebration, sponsored by SGA, Greek Life, Freshman Forum, CSO, and Campus Ministries.

During the Inter-Fraternity Council'sDodge Out Breast Cancer dodgeball tournament last week, 16 teams raised $500 for the American Cancer Society.  First Place went to The Redshirts; Second Place to The Best Friends Club; and Third Place was earned by the Average Joes.  Thanks to everyone for your participation.

Collegiate Exchangites wrote messages to troops on Christmas cards last week in the "Holiday Mail for Heroes" program.  If you'd like to join in the effort to send warm greetings to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, pick up a card in the Hut.

Huntingdon's Collegiate Exchange Club honored Captain Joe Holder of the Campus Security force as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Monday, November 18. 


This week Fried Chicken Thursday will be Thanksgiving Thursday instead.  Come for the noon meal and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast!

Interested in becoming an RA?  Come to the RA Interest Meeting, Tuesday, November 19, at 8:00 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.  Pick up an application.  Return completed applications by Tuesday, February 4, 2014, in The Hut.

Applications to be a chairman on the 2014 Campus Activities Board are available in the Hut and due Wednesday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 106. 

Have you done your "I am ..." statement for the 102nd volume of Bells and Pomegranates yearbook?  Send your statement to Sara Beth Terry at

Residence halls will close Saturday, November 23, at 9:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving break and reopen Sunday, December 1, at 1:00 p.m. There will be no classes during the week of Thanksgiving, November 25–29, but offices will be open Monday and Tuesday, November 25–26. 

If you haven't yet registered for spring 2014 classes, be sure to complete this process as soon as possible.

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

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. 

The Concerto Night concert scheduled for this week has been rescheduled for January 2014. 

To join the Student Alumni Association, take your gift of $10 or more to the Office of College and Alumni Relations, Flowers Hall second floor.

This year's annual Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon will be held Wednesday, December 18, at 11:30 a.m. in Russell Dining Hall.


SENIOR RECITAL, MARY GASSON, VOICE, Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., Smith Music Building Recital Hall, Huntingdon College; free and open to the public

    6:30 p.m. Arrival of St. Nicholas, College main entrance
    6:45 p.m. Caroling and Lighting of the Trees, in front of Flowers Hall
    7:00 p.m. A Service of Lessons and Carols, Ligon Chapel  

HUNTINGDON HARMONY HOLIDAY HAPPENING, Friday, December 6, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall:  NEW times!  Shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., hot chocolate and cookies served between the two performances.

Friday, December 6, Fall Term classes end.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK FOR ARTHRITIS, Saturday, December 7: this annual event, sponsored by and benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, starts and ends on campus near Massey Beach.  For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation.

Monday–Friday, December 9–13:  Finals; see the schedule here:

Saturday, December 14:  Residence halls close for Christmas/New Year break

Mark your calendars!  Homecoming 2014 has been set for October 3–5!

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

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At our neighborhood Capri Theater, The Attack (Arabic with English subtitles) plays through Wednesday.  You Will Be My Son (French with English subtitles) begins Friday, November 22.  No show this Thursday.

The Montgomery Ballet will present the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," December 12–15 at the Davis Theater.  For times and ticket information visit

Capitol Book & News, just across from the football stadium on Fairview Avenue, has rooms full of books that make great Christmas gifts (including a porch filled with discounted books), and they wrap your purchases for you!  Get your shopping done conveniently just a block from campus. 


The 2014 IFC election results are in and all elected are from Sigma Nu fraternity:  Jagger Eastman '15, president; Malone Kaak '17, vice president for recruitment; Brennan Parker '15, vice president of finance; and Jeremiah Stone '16, vice president of community service.  One more seat remains open and will be announced following a special election to be held December 2.

The 2014 Panhellenic executive council officers have been installed.  They are:  Storm McWhorter '15, president; Skye Esry '16, vice president of administration; Laural Anthony '16, vice president of finance; Farrah Mahan '16, vice president of recruitment; Anna DeMedicis '16, vice president of scholarship; Courtney Allen '15, vice president of community service; and Joleen George '16, vice president of communications. 

Shaindel Beers '99 is quoted on the cover of the newest edition of The Poet's Market

Twenty-year business office veteran Vivian Bricken was celebrated upon her retirement last week. We congratulate her and send her fond farewell greetings. 

Kim Butler '11 was on campus yesterday in her capacity as an admission officer for Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta.

Breanna Giordana '12 married Mark Weirsma November 9, 2013.

Cliff ('08) and Carrie Barber Groce '08 welcomed their first child, son Wyatt Lee, November 14.

The Harding family, among whom are Hawks Seth Harding '16, Serennah Harding '08, and Heath Harding '11, were profiled in last week's issue of People magazine.  The story is also online here:,,20752586,00.html#vid.

Emily White Hulsey '09 is now a full-time writer for Independent Journal Review.  Read more here:

Ginger Tyson '12 took a break from her doctoral studies in chemistry at Mississippi State University in order to share a presentation about her research with Huntingdon chemistry students last week. 

Meghan Wood '14 and Tyler Olsen '14 have announced their engagement.


More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Coming Athletic Events (HOME only):
Thurs., Nov. 21, Women's JV Basketball vs. Chattahoochee Valley State CC, 6:00 p.m., Roland Arena   
Sat., Nov. 23, Men's Basketball vs. Rust, 1:00 p.m., Roland Arena

Sympathy and Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kaison Darden '15 and her family upon the death of her grandmother last week.
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