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Six days of big events
Get ready to rumble!

  • Tuesday, January 21: Men's (7p) and Women's (5:30p) basketball: The Roland Rumble: Basketball vs. Birmingham-Southern.  JV Women will play against BSC at 3:30p. Roland Arena will be rumblin'. You need to be there. Free and open to the public. 
  • Wednesday, January 22:Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, 7p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public; the featured speaker is Huntingdon Trustee Ken Upchurch and music will feature the Huntingdon Men's Gospel Trio.  Read more: 
  • Thursday, January 23: Women's Basketball vs. Judson College (6p), Roland Arena; and Sigma Tau Delta's Burns Supper (6:30p), Houghton Library Atrium (free, but reservations are required), read more: 
  • Friday, January 24: JV Men's Basketball vs. Oxford College (6:30p); Office of Student Life's Welcome Back Party/Psychedelic Social, 9p–midnight, Alley Station (free with HC student ID)
  • Saturday, January 25: Men's (4p) and Women's (2p) Basketball vs. N.C. Wesleyan College, Roland Arena, free and open to the public
Sunday, January 26: Men's (3p)  and Women's Basketball (1p) vs. William Peace College, Roland Arena, free and open to the public

Welcome to the family!
We are happy to welcome more than two dozen new Huntingdon family members this spring. A reminder to all: parents may subscribe to this newsletter by emailing a request to Su Ofe at  Students, please forward this newsletter to your parents so that they have the latest Huntingdon information.

Four sites welcome Hawk service
The Office of Community Service has set up four service connections for students who want to enter the new year making the world a better place in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The office encourages students and groups to contact the following places where they can serve: 

Common Ground Ministries, 1516 Mobile Road, Montgomery, AL, (334) 593-5803; 

Habitat for Humanity, 123 Julia Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 832-9313; 

Rebuilding Together Central Alabama, 1125 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 625-9062; 

MANE (Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians), 3699 Wallahatchie Road, Pike Road, AL 36064, (334) 213-0909; 

SaveFirst opens for another tax season/Training for new volunteers next week
Huntingdon College student-volunteers will, for the sixth consecutive year, prepare taxes for low-income individuals and families through Impact Alabama's SaveFirst program.  Students in the fall semester Tax class were trained in November to earn certification to serve as volunteers.  Others who are interested in serving in this program should contact Dr. Barbara White, accounting, by Wednesday, January 22, to participate in a group training session during the week of January 27 (students from any major may complete this training).  Huntingdon's SaveFirst site opens this week.

Boot Camp arms students for walk after graduation
Seven students who know that their next professional steps will include gaining admission to a graduate or professional program in the health care field spent their time in intensive study and preparation to make that walk in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics' Boot Camp last week. Members of Huntingdon's chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and physics faculty volunteered their time to prepare students for taking the standardized tests necessary for admission to medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health-related programs.  Read more:

Yes! You Can Teach! seminar returns 
The Teacher Education program, in partnership with the AASCD and the State Department of Education, will offer "Yes! You can teach!," a seminar for high school students who are prospective teachers, Friday, February 7.  Special guests include the two women named state Teachers of the Year for 2013.  Read more:  

DSPN Red Wings fly into Birmingham
Members of Huntingdon's Disability Sport Network wheelchair basketball team, the Red Wings, competed in their first tournament January 11.  The team played two games.  Although they haven't earned a W on the books yet, they've earned a W in our hearts.  Read more:


IMPORTANT ACADEMIC/ENROLLMENT DEADLINES: Friday, January 24, is the last day to add or drop a class and the last day to change your meal plan from the "default" 15 meals per week to another plan for the spring semester. 
Spring Room Change and Consolidation, which allows for roommate and room changes, is scheduled to begin January 31.  Students will receive more information by email from Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life.
Huntingdon will host two festivals for young musicians: the national Blount-Slawson Music Festival, in cooperation with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, January 25–26, and the Boykin Piano Festival, February 1–2.  Please help our guests find their way around campus.
The Office of College and Alumni Relations invites nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (given to a student) and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award (given to a non-student member of the Huntingdon community). The awards seek nominations of persons of noble character, fine spiritual qualities, and selfless, giving action.  Send a paragraph or two about your nominee to Cathy Wolfe, director of development operations, at by 5p, February 4.
RA applications, available in The Hut, are due Tuesday, February 4, 2014. 
This is Intramural Basketball sign-up week.  See Nick Sheppard '13 in The Hut. Rosters are due Friday. 
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the movie 42, the Jackie Robinson story, is playing on a continuous loop on Channel 6-Hawk TV. 
Want to be an Orientation Leader?  Pick up your application in the Hut!  


Local author Harris Green will sell and sign copies of his memoir, After My Fall from the Tree House, and novel, Chinaberry Summer: Riverton, Alabama 1947, Saturday, February 8, 2–4p, in Smith Recital Hall.

Martin Luther King Convocation, Wednesday, January 22, 7p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall

Burns Supper, Thursday, January 23, 6:30p
, Houghton Library Atrium, reservations required:

Community Concert Series "Concerto Night," featuring Dr. Vadim Serebryany, piano, and members of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Thursday, January 30, 7:30p

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


Playing at our neighborhood Capri Theater, All is Lost, January 17–22; Casablanca (one night only) January 23; January 24–30, The Broken Circle Breakdown; January 31–February 7, Dallas Buyers Club. This Friday, January 24, is the fifth annual Montgomery Film Festival at the Capri beginning at 7:30p, showing three hours of short films from local, national, and international selections.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival plays this spring are the children's classic book "Goodnight Moon," January 11–February 1; "The Great Gatsby," January 31–February 16; "The Love Songs of Elvis and Buddy," February 14 (one night only); and "Twenty Seven," an adaptation of the William Faulkner tale, "Old Man," February 14–March 2.  Go to for dates, times, and ticket information. 


Congratulations to those who earned recognition on the Dean's Lists of Honors and High Honors for fall term 2013.  See the honorees here:

Congratulations to the Adult Degree Completion Program students who earned recognition on the fall 2013 Dean's List.  See the honorees here:

Huntingdon's Collegiate Exchange Club was honored with the National Service Award by Exchange Club International for their service with the Montgomery Exchange Club at the Family Sunshine Center on the National Day of Service 2013. 
Congratulations to the students who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program this academic year:  Matt Brazell, History/Secondary Ed.; Aspen Coleman, Elementary/Collaborative Special Education (ECSE); Taylor Calloway, ECSE; Sarah Fell, Music Ed./Choral; Jennifer Gilbert, ECSE; Robbie Farquhar, History/Sec.Ed.; Lauren Lambert, ECSE; Walker Lewis, P.E.; Kari Ranczka, ECSE; Taylor Register, History/Sec.Ed.; Tyler Robinson, History/Sec. Ed.; Drayton Rodgers, History/Sec. Ed.; Mark Patterson, El. Ed.; Caitlin Ray, English Language Arts/Sec. Ed.; Anna Schmidt, ECSE; Jeremiah Thomas, P.E.; Jimbo Turk, P.E.; Gracie Wells, ECSE; Ryan White, P.E.; Will Wright, P.E.  

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

Lynley Godwin Corley '11 has completed her master's degree in occupational therapy and is working at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Her husband, Shane Corley '10, is a teacher and coach at Dauphin Jr. High School. They live in Enterprise, Alabama.

Nicole Duff '08 and Dennis (D.J. Chappell) Barnett '14 were married December 28, 2013, in Montgomery.

Kimberly Butler '11 has announced her engagement to Bradley Tigner.

Elizabeth Gowan '02 has joined the staff of Auburn University in the Office of Student Services for the College of Engineering.  She is working on her master's degree in higher education administration.

Professor Jim Hilgartner, English, has been selected as a winner in the 2013 Mad Poets Contest.  He attended an awards ceremony December 14, 2013, at the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery.  The name of his winning poem is "Audubon at the Office Park."  His short fiction chapbook, "The Consolation of Sophistry," is in print in Chapbook vol 2 and can be seen here:

An article co-written by Dr. Doba Jackson, chemistry, and Dexter Dean '13, "Stem mutants in the N-terminal domain of the Phage P22 Tailspike Protein," has been published in the American Journal of Microbiological Research, 2014, vol. 2, #1, p1-7. Here's a link:  The work was a collaboration with the Alabama State University program in microbiology and was completed when Dexter was a departmental honors student in chemistry last year.

Walker Garrett '07 was featured in Columbus and the Valley Magazine's "5 Under 40" special edition.  Walker, an attorney in Columbus, Georgia, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Huntingdon College National Alumni Association.

J.D. Jean '12 has completed his MBA.

Rebecca Masic '10 has been promoted to associate director of the Adult Degree Completion Program. She remains as site coordinator for the site at Southern Union Community College in Opelika.

Alyssa McCurry '14 represented Huntingdon in the Miss Black America Pageant, winning Second Runner-up and Miss Congeniality recognition. Hawk 'em!

Amy Crew Netherland '02 and her husband, Nick, welcomed their first child, Kate Iris Netherland, December 12, 2013.

Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, had two sculptures chosen for the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art's Art of the State exhibition. The juried exhibition of artworks by Alabama college and university art faculty is on view at the Tuscumbia museum January 19–March 7.

Shelby Robinson '14 and Will Hodgson '13 were married December 14, 2013.  They have moved to Huntsville, where Shelby is studying aerospace engineering in a graduate program at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Will is working in sales.

Patsy Slater '08 married Cornelius Triplett December 14, 2013.

Dr. Bennett "Chip" Tucker has joined the staff of the Adult Degree Completion Program, serving as the coordinator for the newest site in Rainsville, Alabama, which opened this January.

Austin White '13 and Macy Cate Hopson were married December 14, 2013, in Ligon Chapel. 
More on Huntingdon Athletics:

Composite athletic schedule:

Huntingdon offensive linemen Joey Peacock and Chael Pridgen were both recognized as All-South Region performers in December 2013 with the release of the ninth annual All-South Region teams. Peacock was named third-team All-Region at offensive guard and Pridgen was named third-team All-Region at offensive tackle. This is the third straight year Huntingdon has had at least two All-Region performers. Peacock and Pridgen are the first Huntingdon offensive linemen to earn All-Region honors.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the following:

  • The Reverend James (Jay) Allen Andrews Jr.'06, pastor of Snowdoun United Methodist Church, passed away unexpectedly December 25, 2013.  He was 54.  Learn more: 
  • Former Huntingdon English faculty member Helen Norris Bell died November 18, 2013, in Black Mountain, N.C.  She was 97.  During her lifetime, she published five novels, four books of short fiction, two volumes of poetry, and was elected Poet Laureate of Alabama in 1999. Two of her short stories were adapted into HBO movies.  She was honored with five O. Henry Awards, a Pushcart Prize, two Andrew Lytle Awards, and other literary honors. 
  • Sloane Brewster, Class of 2011, was killed in a car accident in Cherokee County, December 20, 2013.  The accident also took the lives of her 2-year-old son, Scott Brewster, and a Centre, Alabama, police officer.  Sloane entered Huntingdon in the fall of 2007.
  • Evelyn Bryars, mother of Huntingdon trustee The Reverend Dr. Larry Bryars, died January 1, 2014.  Our prayers are with Dr. Bryars and his family. 
  • Marianne Donnell '55 died December 14, 2013, in Tallahassee, Florida. She was a loyal member of the Huntingdon Society.
  • Willard Lee "Jack" Hurley '50 died January 3, 2014, Mountain Brook, AL.  Jack was a former member of the Huntingdon Board of Trustees and a recipient of the Huntingdon College Alumni Achievement Award. 
  • Pearl Norton Jackson '39 passed away in December 2013 in Clio, Alabama, following an extended illness. A scholarship named in her honor was endowed last year by her daughter, Caroline.   
  • Prominent east Alabama businessman J. Smith Lanier II passed away December 19, 2013.  We extend our sympathies to his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Walker Lanier '56, and grandson, Jamey Lester '14. 
  • Dr. Jeremy R.T. Lewis, professor of political science, and his wife, Connie, experienced the death of Connie's mother in Ocala, Florida, during the holiday season.   
  • Associated Press photographer Dave Martin died while working on the field after the Duke/Texas A&M game December 31.  Dave's wife, Jamie Martin, who is also a photographer, has covered many Huntingdon events in past years. 
  • Former Huntingdon director of development Dave Morris passed away December 7, 2013, in Montgomery. He served Huntingdon for 17 years, from 1969 to 1986. 
  • Nona Parsons, mother of Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, passed away last week in Birmingham from complications of pneumonia. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 22, 6–8p, and funeral Thursday, January 23, 2p, at McElwain Baptist Church, Birmingham. Our prayers and good wishes surround the Parsons family. 
  • The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the Montgomery arts community experienced a great loss with the death of Helen Steineker, manager of the MSO, who passed away in December following a brief illness.  The Huntingdon family joins the arts community in celebrating a brilliant, talented, and dedicated life.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1, at 2:30 p.m. at the Davis Theater, downtown Montgomery.  

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