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March 01, 2010

The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.

Resident Assistants Announced:  The following students have been selected to serve as leaders in residence life in the position of resident assistant for the 2010–11 academic year: Jhavonn Brown ’12 (Mathematics; Centre, Ala.), Rhett Butler ’13 (Religion; Eclectic, Ala.), Chad Cotant ’11 (Business Administration; Dothan, Ala.), Jacqueline Daniels ’12 (Business Administration; Brick, N.J.), Tiffany Dean ’12 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.), Will Francis ’12 (Political Science/English; Dothan, Ala.), Colby Leonard ’12 (Biology; Coker, Ala.), Kelsey Loftin ’11 (English; Dothan, Ala.), Erin Ofe ’12 (English; Montgomery, Ala.), Megan Petenbrink ’12 (Religion; Marietta, Ga.), Ashton Rodriguez ’12 (History; Elba, Ala.), Karina Scott ’12 (Psychology; Montgomery, Ala.), and Alex Taylor ’12 (Mathematics; Tallassee, Ala.).

Chem Students/Faculty Publish/Present:

  • A paper written by Kayla Bratcher ’10 (Biochemistry/Cell Biology; Ashford, Ala.), Joshua Robertson ’11 (Chemistry; Newville, Ala.), and Zack Sealy ’10 (Biochemistry; Montgomery, Ala.), with Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, “Energetic Studies of Metallointercalator Transition Metal Complexes Capable of Binding and Intercalating DNA and RNA,” has been accepted for presentation in the biochemistry section at the 239th American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, Calif., March 20–23, 2010.
  • Angela Bradley ’11 (Chemistry; Wetumpka, Ala.), Kayla Bratcher, Kelly Frazier ’10 (Cell Biology; Dothan, Ala.), Samuel Griffin ’11 (Biochemistry; Jackson, Ala.), Jacques Lamour ’11 (Biochemistry; Charlotte, N.C.), David Seals ’10 (Cell Biology; Anniston, Ala.), John Sloan ’11 (Biochemistry; Albertville, Ala.), Angelica Trammell ’11 (Biochemistry; Roanoke, Ala.), Kathern Wendt ’10 (Cell Biology; Omaha, Neb.), Christine Whiten ’11 (Biochemistry; Trussville, Ala.), and Dr. Murphy ’78 will present an undergraduate research paper, “Sensing the Electrostatic Environment of the DNA Minor Groove with Charged Arginine Fingers on a Model Polypeptide,” at the 2010 Research & Creative Activity Symposium at Alabama State University, March 17–18, 2010.
  • Teera Baine ’11 (Chemistry; Headland, Ala.), Angela Bradley, Hannah Lee Dickinson ’10 (Chemistry; Sylacauga, Ala.), Hannah Glover ’11 (Biochemistry/Cell Biology; Montgomery, Ala.), Joshua Robertson, Candice Ruston ’11 (Chemistry; Columbiana, Ala.), and Dr. Murphy ’78 will present an undergraduate research paper, “Why Not Silicon? Part II: Comparison of Silicon-Based Biological Molecules with Carbon Analogues,” at the 2010 Research & Creative Activity Symposium at Alabama State University, March 17–18, 2010.
  • Dr. Murphy chaired a panel on “Improving Recruitment and Retention in Your Department: Strategies That Work” at the 27th Annual Academic Chairpersons Conference February 11–12, 2010, in Orlando, Fla. Dr. Murphy also presented an invited talk on “Implementing a Faculty Training Program to Recruit Students for Your Department” at the same conference.

Students Participate in Leadership Retreat: During the weekend, 31 students participated in a Leadership Retreat in Atlanta. Events included presentations by leaders at Coca-Cola Corporate and various leadership sessions led by staff in the Office of Student Life and the CCV. Participants were: Karis Anderson ’11 (Mathematics; Clanton, Ala.), Russ Barnwell ’13 (Political Science; Jacksonville, Ala.), Jake Bechert ’13 (Accounting/Business Administration; Union Grove, Ala.), Jhavonn Brown, Courtney Bunce ’11 (Psychology/Youth Ministry; Pike Road, Ala.), Rhett Butler, Chad Cotant, Jamicia Croskery ’13 (English; Montgomery, Ala.), Jacqueline Daniels, Dexter Dean ’13 (Biochemistry; Saginaw, Ala.), Tiffany Dean, Will Francis, Rachael Gautier ’11 (Political Science/History; Biloxi, Miss.), Louis Hines ’12 (Physical Education; Gulf Breeze, Fla.), J.D. Jean ’12 (Mathematics; Kathleen, Ga.), Sarah Jernigan ’12 (Biology; Eufaula, Ala.), Max Johnson ’13 (Political Science; Prattville, Ala.), Olivia Larkin ’13 (Biology; Florence, Ala.), Colby Leonard, Kelsey Loftin, Chris Major ’13 (English; Calera, Ala.), Brianna McClure ’13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.), Kristen Morrison ’10 (English; Prattville, Ala.), Erin Ofe, Megan Petenbrink ’12 (Religion; Marietta, Ga.), Lauren Randall ’11 (Christian Education; Jackson, Miss.), Ashton Rodriguez, Claudia Rodriguez ’13 (Accounting; Montgomery, Ala.), Karina Scott, Morgan Senn ’13 (Elementary Education; Burkville, Ala.), and Alex Taylor. Members of the student life staff who attended were Dean of Students Frank Parsons; Kari Osborne, director of student activities; Emily Webster Cosgrove ’07, director of the CCV; Coleman Cosgrove ’06, director of residence life; Adam Cotant ’09, coordinator of campus recreation; Kathryn Yates ’09, resident director, Ligon Hall; and Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service.

Room Draw Is Approaching: Room Draw is the process by which returning students choose or are chosen for their rooms for the following year. In order to participate in Room Draw, students must:

  • Pick up a Room Draw form in the Hut during the week of March 8
  • Turn in your Room Draw form to a full-time residence life staff member (meaning an R.D. or the director of residence life) by Friday, March 19, and receive your Room Draw number
  • Go to Room Draw, Tuesday, March 30, in Smith Recital Hall, at your designated time.
  • Select your room
  • Racing to Paradise: In connection with the Puerto Rico “Adventures in Paradise” travel seminar, several students completed their first Adventure Race, a grueling five-hour endurance marathon that consisted of trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, special challenges, mud, ice, rocks, frigid conditions, and more mud. The race was in mountains of Woodstock, Georgia. Finishers included Steven Armstrong ’10 (Biology; Dothan, Ala.), Al Capitell ’10 (Athletic Training; Montgomery, Ala.), Hall Copeland ’10 (History; Montgomery, Ala.), Kelly Frazier, Michael Glasgow ’09 (History; Pleasant Grove, Ala.), Jarryd Keene, Kayla Schuran ’10 (Cell Biology; Middleburg, Fla.), Shane Stinemetz ’10 (Political Science; Prattville, Ala.), Essex Taylor ’10 (Accounting; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), and Harold Willis ’10 (Cell Biology; Hoover, Ala.), and “Paradise” instructors Dr. Roxanne St. Martin ’94 and Amy Beard Hulsey ’90.

News Tidbits

  • The Writing Center has new hours: Mondays, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m., in Jackson 108.
  • The CCV will offer taped mock interviews, a valuable tool for job-seekers, March 8–11 and 15–18 in Jackson 101. Each participant will have the chance to win a $25 gift card to a restaurant or store of the student’s choosing.
  • Cross Country Fundraiser: The men’s and women’s cross country teams will have a fundraiser at CiCi’s Pizza on Monday, March 8, 4:00–8:00 p.m. Go eat pizza during that time, and the team will get a percentage of the proceeds.
  • Graduating seniors who have one or more parents who are members of clergy are invited to send their parents’ names, clergy titles, and churches in an e-mail to Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service, if your parent would be interested in participating in the Baccalaureate Service.
  • The community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Commuter Lounge in Pratt Hall Lobby, Friday, March 5, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:00 p.m. and refreshments from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. All are welcome!

Coming Events and Deadlines

  • The Prelude literary magazine is accepting entries for the spring edition until March 1, 2010. See
  • The Registrar’s Office will be closed for software training Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 a.m.–noon; Tuesday–Thursday, March 2–4, 9:00 a.m.–noon; and Friday, March 5, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • The Student Financial Services Office will be closed for software training Tuesday–Thursday, March 2–4, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Midterm grades should be posted by the end of the day Friday, March 5. This date is also the last day to change to “P/N” grading, audit, or non-credit status. Form are available in the Registrar’s Office, Wilson 105.
  • The Zonta Club of Montgomery invites the Huntingdon community to view the movie, “Afghan Star,” at the Capri Theatre, Sunday, March 7, at 3:00 p.m. The movie follows the four finalists for the title of Afghan Star (much like our American Idol), especially the two women finalists who risked their lives to participate. Tickets, $10 each, may be purchased at the door.
  • Seniors: Order your graduation caps and gowns, announcements, and class rings at before Monday, March 8.
  • The Huntingdon Women’s Center will present the annual performance of “The Vagina Monologues,” Tuesday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.
  • Assessment Day is Friday, March 12: No classes will meet during this event, in which students are required to participate. See this site for more information, including the purpose of the day and a schedule.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the Alabama Division B Science Olympiad State Tournament to be held on campus Saturday, March 13. To learn more, visit the Science Olympiad site.
  • Josh Tinley, editor for Abingdon Press’ Youth Curriculum Division of the United Methodist Publishing House, will speak to Dr. Ed Trimmer’s Curriculum class, Tuesday, March 30, 2:00–3:15 p.m. in Bellingrath 104. Mr. Tinley brings more than 10 years of editing experience in his role at the publishing house, where he serves as the lead editor for the new UM confirmation material that is expected to be available this summer. He will share with students the curriculum process of how resources are envisioned, developed and distributed. He is always on the lookout for new writers, as most curricular resources are written (not edited) by contract writers. If you are not in the Curriculum class but would like to visit the class to hear Mr. Tinley speak, contact Dr. Trimmer.
  • The 2010 Summer Bulletin (schedule for summer classes) is available online (PDF). Summer pre-registration will begin Monday, April 12.

Congratulations to:

  • Hawks golfer Chase Blaich ’11 (Business Administration; DeFuniak Springs, Fla.), who won his second career individual championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff and led the Huntingdon men’s golf team, ranked number two nationally in NCAA-III, to a 14-stroke victory at the Wynlakes Wynternationals last Tuesday at Wynlakes Country Club.
  • Kayla Bratcher ’10, who was selected as Pitcher of the Week in softball for the Great South Athletic Conference the week of February 15. In three appearances on the mound, Kayla pitched 15 innings, striking out four and posting a 3.60 ERA.
  • Kyle Eller ’10 (Cell Biology/Mathematics; Niceville, Fla.) , who was selected as GSAC baseball Player of the Week for the week of February 15. In four games, he batted .529, with nine hits, including a home run, a triple, and four doubles; and scored 10 runs, with 13 RBIs.
  • Adam Farquhar ’08, who has earned his Master of Arts in ethnic and religious conflict resolution from Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is employed in Belfast, working on archival information on the religious conflict in Northern Ireland of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Deborah Garrett ’11 (History; Pelham, Ala.), who is working as an Alabama Law Institute Intern with Senator Harri Ann Smith at the State House.
  • Chad Green ’10 (Accounting; Alexander City, Ala.), whose grand slam home-run at the bottom of the eighth inning of a tie game with Millsaps College at Posey Field last week led to the Hawks’ first win over the rival team since 1981.
  • Evelyn Hanning ’10 (Psychology/Biology; Montgomery, Ala.), who has admitted to the graduate program in exercise physiology in the Auburn University Department of Kinesiology.
  • Meagan Jackson ’10 (Accounting; Century, Fla), who was honored as GSAC’s Player of the Week for women’s softball after batting .556 in four games, with five hits, including a double, during the week of February 15. She had an on-base percentage of .600. In the field, Meagan handled eight put-outs and 12 assists without an error.
  • A.J. Julian ’10 (Biochemistry; McCalla, Ala.), who has been accepted to the graduate program in forensic sciences at the University of New Haven, and has been been offered a Ph.D. fellowship from the Auburn University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Heath Miller ’10 (Biology; Guntersville, Ala.), Chris Roberts ’11 (Coaching Education; Verbena, Ala.), and Ephriam Hudson ’11 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.), who were named to the GSAC men’s basketball All-Academic Team at the close of the season. The recognition requires a grade point average of 3.25 or higher.
  • Ariel Rocker ’12 (History; Madison, Ala.), who has been selected for a paid summer internship with the Fresh Air Fund at Camp Mariah in Fishkill, N.Y., where she will work with inner-city youth ages 9-15. Counselors are chosen for this program from applicants around the world, which fits right into Ariel’s plan to continue her education with a master’s degree in international relations.
  • Reggie Sprouse ’11 (Athletic Training; Montgomery, Ala.), who was named to the GSAC All-Conference Team in men’s basketball for the second straight season. Reggie led the Hawks in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game, while ranking second in rebounds with 5 per contest. Both his scoring and rebounding marks ranked in the top-10 among GSAC players, while his field goal percentage of .464 ranked sixth in the league. He also finished in the top-10 in the league in assists and free-throw percentage, while ranking second in the conference in steals per game, with 1.9.

Internship Opportunity

  • Bridge Builders, a program for the purpose of turning high school students into future leaders who will lay aside individual, social, economic, and cultural differences to work for the benefit of all, is offering summer internship opportunities for college students. Interns are trained to lead and facilitate for the program, which occurs in June on the Huntingdon campus. Interns gain valuable training and experience in group dynamics, leadership, conflict resolution, youth development, race relations, etc. These positions are unpaid, but students may earn academic credit for the internship (3 hours). The program runs from June 7 through 24 and includes five days of training. For more information, contact Ms. Emily Cosgrove in the Center for Career and Vocation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • The people of Chile and of Haiti and the rescue workers who are giving their time and aid, as they rebuild from devastating earthquakes.


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