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June 28, 2010

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Huntingdon is getting a whole new look! A new Huntingdon Web site will launch Wednesday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. The design was developed by LWT Communications, a Montgomery design and marketing firm co-owned by alumnus David Allred ’92. The design was implemented and pages rewritten and populated during the past two years by Su Ofe and Catherine Reinehr ’05 in the Office of Communications. Using the highly regarded Ektron operating system, the new site has an integrated calendar viewable from every page and sortable by event type. After the site launches, be sure to let us know your thoughts about it, and particularly let us know if there is something you’re looking for that you can’t find. We want the navigation of the new site to be as helpful and informative as possible. Send your comments to

New faculty/staff join Huntingdon family:

  • The Department of Chemistry welcomes Dr. Jeremy M. Carr as assistant professor of chemistry this fall. Dr. Carr earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., and doctorate at the University of Alabama, where he was an Alabama American Chemical Society Fellow and served as a teaching assistant and research mentor. At UA he was named Outstanding First Year Teaching Assistant, and his dissertation, “Progress Toward the Synthesis of a Xenia Diterpenoid Common Intermediate and the Preparation of Inotilone Derivatives,” was nominated as Outstanding Dissertation in the College of Arts and Sciences. His teaching emphasis is analytical chemistry.
  • Ms. Amanda McMichael joins the Department of Religion this fall as visiting assistant professor of religion. Ms. McMichael earned her Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Music from Judson College and M.Div. and Th.M. from Duke University, where she is a doctoral candidate. She is married to assistant professor Dr. Chad Eggleston.
  • The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment welcomes Dr. Eva Shoop as director of the Writing Center. Dr. Shoop earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in English at Auburn University and her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Florida. She served as a graduate teaching assistant at Auburn and instructs for the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project and the National Endowment for the Arts: Big Read Program.
  • The Department of Music welcomes Mr. Eddy Williams as director of bands. A music educator and band director since 1975 at Floyd Junior High School, Goodwyn Junior High School, Jefferson Davis High School, and Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Mr. Williams has also served as a minister of music and youth at Cambria Baptist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia, and Kinsey Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has served as an adjudicator and judge at numerous band competitions and as a guest conductor for district or regional honor bands. Mr. Williams is a member of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, for which he performs on percussion, and is a past chairman of the Alabama Bandmasters Association, District VI. As a teacher and conductor, his own bands have competed in district, state, and regional competitions and received “superior” or “best in show” ratings, among other honors.

Rachael Phillips selected for U.S. Junior National Racewalk Team: In her quest for national racewalk team selection, Huntingdon sophomore cross country runner Rachael Phillips qualified for the 10 kilometer racewalk event at the United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the home of the Drake Relays, historic Drake Stadium, June 23-27. Rachael, who qualified last week in Webster-Thomas, N.Y., competed with 11 other qualifiers on Saturday, earning a time of 57:53.41. As a result, she has been selected to the U.S. Junior National Racewalk team, coached by Huntingdon cross country Head Coach Nate Rucker. The team will face the Canadian Junior Team in a dual meet next month in Ottawa, Canada. During the past two weeks, Rachael competed in three events, one in Albany, N.Y. and another in Toronto, in an effort to meet the qualifying time to compete at the USATF Championships. Racewalking is an event contested in all levels of the sport of track and field, from youth athletics up to and including the Olympic Games.

Sign up now to rent your textbooks this fall: Huntingdon’s Follett Bookstore invites students and parents to pre-register for the new textbook rental program via Doing so will minimize your wait time when you come to the store for textbook purchases. If you already have an online account through the efollett Web site, you may pre-register after logging in there. According to Follett, you must be registered online prior to the start of the fall semester in order to take part in the rental program.

Position Available:

Huntingdon’s Office of Communications is seeking a new webmaster and director of publications to replace Catherine Reinehr ’05, who will be moving to Tuscaloosa later this summer. You can read more about this position here. Web and publication design experience are required.

Congratulations to:

  • Betty Braswell ’00, who married Kenny Howard this weekend. The couple lives in Tuscaloosa.
  • Emily Carter, coordinator of gift processing and donor stewardship in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, who married Bud Hare June 26 in North Carolina.
  • Mark Colson ’07, who married his long-time sweetheart this weekend.
  • Avery Ford ’07 and Maegan Grace ’07, who were married recently.
  • Jim Hilgartner, assistant professor of English, who is the recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the Alabama State Council on the Arts for the purpose of “enhancing [his] work and artistic career here in Alabama.”
  • Jessica Reeves ’09 and Jeff Reamer ’09, who were married at Orange Beach this spring in a ceremony officiated by Coach Glen Raley, the Hawks football team’s spiritual coach. Now living in Wesley Chapel, Florida, Jessica serves as an accountant for Withlacoochee River Electric Co-op in Tampa as she studies for her CPA exam. Jeff is a project manager for Southern Site Works, a development company.
  • Dean Ed Trimmer, who will be leaving Huntingdon College to assume the position of executive director of the Cal Turner Jr. Center for Church Leadership, located on the campus of Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. We thank Dean Trimmer for his work at Huntingdon and wish him and his family all the best in this new venture.

Sympathy and Prayers are extended to:

  • Teal Longerbeam, a member of the incoming Class of 2014, whose father passed away last week. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Teal and her family in this time of grief and loss.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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