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December 03, 2013

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December 3, 2013
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3 days to go

Three days of classes remain in the fall semester 2013, and the frenetic level of tests, papers, and presentations required of students is paralleled among faculty as they grade, read, grade, read, and grade some more.  Hang in there, everyone.  Students, remember that the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment is your resource if you need help with papers or study techniques. And for everyone, there's Starbucks coffee in The Coffee House, just a few steps away.  The library will offer extended hours during the week of finals--watch for an email announcement about this, and be sure that you return any borrowed library materials to the library and rented textbooks to the bookstore by the deadlines they give in order to avoid hefty fines.

Touching the future

Huntingdon has been recognized for excellence in teacher education by the Online College Database in their ranking of "Top Colleges in Alabama Shaping the Next Generation."  Congratulations to the Department of Teacher Education and to all of the students who are preparing to touch the future and to shape students' lives through teaching. 

Good news:  you're about to get a break

Residence halls will close Saturday, December 14, at 9:00 a.m. for Christmas/New Year break and reopen Sunday, January 19, at 1:00 p.m. Quiet hours will be observed from Friday, December 6, through Friday, December 13, because of final exams.  Students should plan to leave campus within 24 hours of their last final exam or by the date and time residence halls close if your last final is Friday, December 13.  Refer to the Christmas Break Residence Hall Checklist to avoid extra charges during mid-year room inspections.  Enjoy your break! The first day of classes for Spring Term 2014 is Tuesday, January 21 (because Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 20—no classes, but offices are open).

And more good news: pancakes=brain power

Members of Huntingdon's sister church, First United Methodist Church-Montgomery, will host a Pancake Breakfast for all of you late-night studiers Sunday, December 8, 10:00–11:30 p.m. in the DH (you don't even have to leave campus).  We thank them for providing extra brain fuel for your studying energy.  Students, turn out in big numbers and thank these folks for their generosity. 

Join the parade!

For the first time, Huntingdon College will offer a float in the annual Montgomery Christmas Parade.  This year's parade is Friday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. The Office of Student Life and Taylor King '13, resident director of Ligon Hall and assistant director of student activities, are taking the lead on float design.  If you'd like to help decorate the float, stop by The Hut to offer assistance. 

Every season is a season of giving

During "A Student Life Christmas" November 19, 72 shoeboxes and $167 in donations were collected for Operation Christmas Child.  Congratulations and thanks to all of the organizations and individuals who supported this cause.


Show your Hawk pride by purchasing a Huntingdon license plate!  See details here:

If you haven't yet registered for spring 2014 classes, be sure to complete this process before you leave campus at the end of the term.

Cases of the flu have been reported in southern states, including Alabama.  Flu shots are available for $20 in the The Hut/Student Health Services while supplies last.  Get your shot and stay well!

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.

2014 graduates:  it's never too early to get your resume ready for the next step in your life, whether that's grad school or the working world.  Stop by the Center for Career and Vocation to begin the process.  You'll be glad you did.

The academic calendar for Summer Term 2014 has been added to the Web site. See Academics/Academic Calendar/Summer 2014.  Course offerings will be posted at a later date on Self-Service.

All spots on the 2014 Mystery Trip have been reserved. 


    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, "Believe," featuring music from the movie, The Polar Express, 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.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to give to the Toys for Tots program. 

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

Wednesday, December 18: Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. in Russell Dining Hall--please RSVP to Sandy Kelser at if you haven't already done so. (This is a correction since the last issue of The Talon.)

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


At our neighborhood Capri Theater, see these classic Christmas movies: It's A Wonderful Life, Friday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.; Elf, Saturday and Sunday, December 7–8, 3:00 p.m.; National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Saturday and Sunday, December 7–8, 7:30 p.m.

The Montgomery Ballet will present the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," December 12–15 at the Davis Theater.  For times and ticket information visit  Tickets are HALF PRICE  until 5:00 p.m. today. Order now!

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. 

Alabama Shakespeare Festival is offering the Christmas classic, "A Christmas Carol" (no Christmas is complete without seeing it, and their version is always wonderful), through December 24.  Go to for dates, times, and ticket information. 

Huntingdon Headliners

To all of our December graduates:  We'll miss you!  Stay well, Hawk the world, and come home for Homecoming! (And send me your news so that the whole campus can celebrate your successes with you!  Yay you!)

Angela Barkman '14 will marry Jeremy Fant December 14, 2013, in Mobile. 

Coleman Cosgrove '06 has successfully defended his dissertation and completed his Ph.D. in adult education at Auburn University.  Congratulations to Dr. Cosgrove!

Jakob Dwyer '10 and his wife, Carmen, welcomed their first baby Hawk, Jack, November 19.

Dr. Chad Eggleston, assistant professor of religion and special assistant to the provost for learning enrichment, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, during the Thanksgiving holidays for meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion.  There, he presented two papers: one on pedagogical issues, "Choosing Texts in an Undergraduate Biblical Studies Course," and one on Jeremiah, "The False Pen of the Scribes: Interpreting Reader and Writer in Jeremiah 8:8." 

Ashley Dubuque Gorum '03 and Alton Gorum '04 welcomed their second child, son Campbell Douglas Gorum, November 29.

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Coming Athletic Events (HOME only):
Tues., Dec. 3, Women's JV Basketball vs. Faulkner State, 5 p.m.    
Thurs., Dec. 5, Women's JV Basketball vs. Southern Union, 5 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 5, Men's JV Basketball vs. Southern Union, 7 p.m.       
Sat., Dec. 7, Women's Basketball vs. Wesleyan (Ga.), 12:00 p.m.    
Tues., Dec. 17, Men's JV Basketball vs. Gadsden State CC, 6 p.m.    
Mon., Dec. 30, Women's Basketball vs. Point Univ., 5:30 p.m.   

Hawks football student-athletes Joey Peacock '14 and Chael Pridgen, both on the offensive line, and Anthony White, defense, were named to the USA-South Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team at the conclusion of the season; and Garrett Fletcher, running back; Darius Dawsey, tight end, and linebacker John-David Swiger '14 were named to the All-Conference Second Team.  Quarterback Ryne Taylor '14 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

Sympathy and Prayers

Former Huntingdon English faculty member Helen Norris Bell died November 18, 2013, in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  She was 97.  Ms. Bell earned her BA and MA degrees in English at the University of Alabama and worked toward her doctorate in English at Duke University.  She was an accomplished author who published five novels, four books of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry.  Ms. Bell was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and received five O. Henry Awards, a Pushcart Prize, two Andrew Lytle Awards, and other literary honors.  She was elected Poet Laureate of Alabama in 1999, had two stories adapted for HBO movies, and had works translated into four other languages.  She leaves a legacy as a champion of fine literature, and we extend our sympathy to her son, Tom, grandsons, and great-grandchildren. 

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of alumna Joanna Breedlove Crane '52, who died November 23, 2013, in Montgomery.  

Emily Harrelson, mother of Jon Harrelson '17, requests prayers in light of health concerns. 

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