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Monday Messages

March 31, 2010

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News Conference Will Announce New Partnership: At a news conference to be held Thursday, April 1, Huntingdon College and First United Methodist Church will announce a new partnership meant to enrich the lives of residents in the Montgomery community and the River Region. First United Methodist Church plans to lease the Cloverdale Administrative Building and to use the space for the development of projects that respond to community needs, as well as to provide space for their college/campus ministries programs, outreach ministries, and a new worship experience. The news conference will be held in front of the Cloverdale Administrative Building at 10:30 a.m.  A formal news release with more information will be issued after the news conference.

Neeley Debuts Latest Book at Huntingdon: Alabama historian and Huntingdon alumna Mary Ann Neeley ’54 will be on campus for a discussion and readings from her latest book, The Works of Matthew Blue: Montgomery’s First Historian, Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Huntingdon College’s Smith Hall, Delchamps Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Blue will be published next month by NewSouth Books and has been called a “landmark” volume in Alabama history. The book chronicles the early days of Montgomery, Alabama, as written by Matthew Blue in his 1878 City Directory of Montgomery, which included “A Brief History of Montgomery,” the earliest published history of the city and still, according to Dr. Ed Bridges, director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, “The single most important source of information we have on early Montgomery.” Note that this is a change in date from the previous announcement.

Student Selected to Serve on Regional Committee: Rising Senior Class President Angie Bradley ’11 (Chemistry; Enterprise, Ala.) has been selected to serve as the publications coordinator for the 2011 Southeastern Panhellenic Conference, to be held in Atlanta. Angie is one of six students selected to serve on the regional publications committee. She was Huntingdon’s 2008–09 Greek Woman of the Year and has served as president of Gamma Sigma Alpha, a national Greek honor society, among many leadership roles.

Article in National Magazine Features Huntingdon Student: Jacques Lamour ’11 (Biochemistry; Charlotte, N.C.) will be featured in an article in the United Methodist Church’s national publication, The Interpreter, in May. The article follows the opinions of three Haitian Methodist students who are studying in the U.S. regarding the earthquake in Haiti and subsequent recovery efforts. For the article, the writer also interviewed Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service, on Campus Ministry’s response to the earthquake.

Houghton Library News

  • Houghton Library has announced a new database trial, “Literature Criticism Online,” which will be available for the next four weeks and covers many of the literary criticism titles in the library’s print reference collection, plus some additional titles. To access the trial, go to the library’s Web site, click on the “Databases” page and then click on “Literature Criticism Online (Gale).” Then give your feedback to library director Eric A. Kidwell. Your input will determine whether or not the College permanently subscribes to this resource.
  • The library and the Department of Language and Literature will host the second in the new reading series called “The Salon,” Tuesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., in the atrium of the library. This series began last fall with an Edgar Allan Poe reading. The author for the spring salon will be Margaret Atwood. Seating is limited, so those interested in attending should RSVP by April 8 to Mr. Kidwell. Refreshments will be provided.
  • The library has begun a new reader’s advisory service, “In My Opinion ...” Recommendations of reviews of items in the library’s collections, including books, films, journals and magazines, and electronic resources, will be posted throughout the library. While these early recommendations and reviews will be written by members of the library faculty and staff, the library is inviting other faculty, staff, administrators, and students to participate in this service. Read a book you think others would enjoy? Watched a film you laughed or cried your way through? Found a great database or Web site on a particular topic and think others should know about it? Why not share this with the rest of our campus community? The main restriction is that whatever you write about must be something the library has in its collections or is something it would purchase. If you would like to participate, contact Mr. Kidwell for more information.

Coming Events and Deadlines

  • Wednesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for senior priority for next year’s travel-study experiences. For anyone who wants to travel, the only trips that have been closed (booked full already) are Rome/Florence and Costa Rican Ecosystems (see the March 15 HCMM for a complete list of trips)—all remaining trips have space available. See Ms. Jane Williams, director of travel and event planning, in Wilson 115 for more information.
  • Fall 2010 Pre-Registration, Monday, April 5–Friday, April 9. (See your e-mail inbox for information on registration. Don’t forget to register for the seminar for the trip that accompanies your travel experience; but first, make sure you sign up for a travel experience!)
  • Patrons of the Library Dinner, Tuesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m., Russell Dining Hall, for library patrons (by invitation)
  • Miss Huntingdon Pageant, Tuesday, April 6, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Mr. Huntingdon Pageant, Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Luau on the Green, Thursday, April 8–Friday, April 9; student hosts are needed—see the Office of Admission to volunteer!
  • Softball Extravaganza, Thursday, April 8, 5–7 p.m.—dinner will be served at the field.
  • Baseball Extravaganza, Friday, April 9, 5–7 p.m., accompanied by the annual crawfish boil, at Posey Field
  • Founders Day/Spring Celebration Weekend, Friday, April 10–Saturday, April 11
  • Huntingdon Winds Concert, Saturday, April 10, 11:00 a.m., Ligon Chapel
  • CloverJam, Saturday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.–midnight, featuring LONESTAR 
  • The 2010 Summer Bulletin (schedule for summer classes) is available online. Summer pre-registration will begin Monday, April 12.
  • PsalmFest, Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel (performance by the Concert Choir and other music ensembles)
  • Honors and Awards Convocation, Friday, April 16, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall

Huntingdon Welcomes:

  • Emily Carter, executive assistant to the vice president for college and alumni relations, in the Office of College and Alumni Relations. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications at Wake Forest University and her MBA at Pfeiffer University. She comes to Huntingdon from Health Resources in Birmingham. She and her fiancé, Walter “Bud” Hare, will be married June 26.

Congratulations to:

  • Assistant Football Coach Derrick Ansley, who has accepted a position as a graduate assistant on the coaching staff of the National Champion Crimson Tide football team, working specifically with the secondary. He has been with the Hawks for five years.
  • Angela Bryant ’07 and Brandon Dainas ’07, who were married last week.
  • Kristina Bruner Fielder ’09 and her husband, Jeremy, on the birth of their first child, a boy, Tristen Alexander Fielder, March 25. Tristen weighed 6 lbs., 20 oz. Proud grandparents include Rick Bruner, director of the Tech Team, and Lujuana Bruner ’02.
  • Hawks baseball players Chad Green ’10 (Accounting; Alex City, Ala.) and Alex Sanford ’10 (Human Performance; Prattville, Ala.) who were recognized as GSAC Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the week ending March 14.
  • Scott Hayes ’88, who piloted and led the formation of four C-130s in the Thunder Over Alabama air show at Maxwell Air Force Base this past weekend. Hawk ’em!
  • Anna Kaylor ’06 and Andrew Goldman ’04, who were married recently in a ceremony on the beach.
  • Lady Hawks tennis players Kristi McDaniel ’11 (Business Administration; Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), Madison Jackson ’12 (Elementary Education; Dothan, Ala.), and Christian Vick ’12 (Biochemistry; Sylacauga, Ala.), who swept the GSAC Player of the Week honors for the week ending March 14. Kristi was recognized in singles play; Madison and Christian in doubles.
  • Chelley Lawson ’12 (Biochemistry/Music; Montgomery, Ala) who will present the research, “The predicted tertiary structure of the alpha-domain from MATalpha1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae reveals a structural conservation to the HMG-box family of transcriptional regulators,” at the 87th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science which is held at Alabama A&M; University on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The research was directed by Dr. Doba Jackson, assistant professor of chemistry. Two other students were contributing authors: Angelica Trammell ’11 (Biochemistry; Roanoke, Ala.) and Sam Griffin ’11 (Biochemistry; Jackson, Ala.).
  • Melissa McClure ’13 (Biology; Oakfield, Ga.), who tossed a perfect game to lead the Lady Hawks Softball Team to a doubleheader sweep of Rust College, Thursday, March 18.
  • Rick Riley ’10 (History/Political Science; Sylacauga, Ala.), who has been selected as an intern in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions ’69 in Washington, D.C., this May.
  • Clare Shannon ’11 (Biology; Birmingham, Ala.) and Ben Marsella ’10 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.) who qualify, following grade changes, for inclusion on the Dean’s List of Honors and the Dean’s List of High Honors, respectively, for fall term 2009.
  • Dr. Ed Trimmer, Chapman Benson Professor of Christian Faith and Philosophy, who has been selected as an official reviewer for the new United Methodist confirmation curriculum, “Credo,” due to be published this summer.
  • The faculty members who received promotions this spring: Dr. C. Jason Borders, to associate professor of religion and philosophy; Ms. Jaime Demick, to assistant professor of physics; Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, to professor of sport studies and physical education; and Dr. Robin Gunther, to associate professor of English; and to the two professors who received tenure: Dr. Borders and Dr. Gunther.
  • The students who have been selected to serve as Huntingdon Hosts for the 2010–11 academic year: Annie Arrington ’11 (Elementary Education; Valley, Ala.); Russ Barnwell ’13 (Political Science; Jacksonville, Ala.); Jillian Van Blair ’13 (Business Admin.; Alexander City, Ala.); Ashley Bonner ’13 (Biology; Pike Road, Ala.); Jake Bechert ’13 (Accounting/Business Admin.; Union Grove, Ala.); Kati Bryant ’12 (Comm. Studies; Petal, Miss.); Kim Butler ’11 (Comm. Studies/English; Atlanta); Jackie Crossman ’12 (Biology; Somers Point, N.J.); Dexter Dean ’13 (Biochemistry; Saginaw, Ala.); Katy Jo Farrill ’11 (Elementary Education; Lynn Haven, Fla.); Lynley Godwin ’11 (Human Performance; Brantley, Ala.); Bailey Hales ’13 (Chemistry; Hartford, Ala.); Quinn Hambrite ’12 (Sport Studies; Tyler, Ala.); Louis Hines ’12 (Physical Education; Gulf Breeze, Fla.); Olivia Larkin ’13 (Biology; Florence, Ala.); Tori McNeal ’13 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.); Mary Ryan Nielsen ’13 (Psychology; Evergreen, Ala.), Nick Plagenhoef ’13 (Undeclared; Dothan, Ala.); Allyn Powell ’12 (English; Andalusia, Ala.); Katie Scott ’13 (Undeclared; Panama City, Fla.); Christian Vick ’12 (Biochemistry; Sylacauga, Ala.); Allison Vuyovich ’12 (Religion; Andalusia, Ala.); and Daylan Woodall ’13 (Comm. Studies; Vincent, Ala.).
  • Those whose written contributions were accepted for the Spring 2010 edition of the College literary magazine, Prelude: Matthew Adams ’10 (English; Robertsdale, Ala.); Jacob Bailey ’12 (English; Opelika, Ala.); Liz Daly ’13 (English; Montgomery, Ala.); Will Francis ’12 (English/Political Science; Dothan, Ala.); Anton Jackson ’10 (Art; Montgomery, Ala.); Alexis Johnson ’12 (English/Political Science; Wetumpka, Ala.); Kelsey Loftin ’11 (English; Dothan, Ala.); Amelia Markham ’13 (Youth Ministry; Destin, Fla.); Maegan McCollum ’10 (English/Political Science; Eldridge, Ala.); Kristen Morrison ’10 (English; Prattville, Ala.); Nicole Peacock ’12 (English; Mount Meigs, Ala.); Alyce Penniman ’12 (English; Canton, Ga.); Grey Westbrook ’14 (Biochemistry; Montgomery, Ala.); as well as those whose art and photo contributions were accepted: Mary Dawson ’11 (English; Alabaster, Ala.), Alexis Johnson, and Amanda Jo Napier ’10 (English; Petal, Miss.).


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