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February 22, 2010

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

Huntingdon Ranks Second in Quality of Medical School Applications: Dr. Doba Jackson, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Steven Guthrie, assistant professor of biology, attended the Alabama Health Professions Advisors (AHPA) Conference last week, at which they learned that Huntingdon ranks second among private colleges in the state on the latest list of medical school applicants/admissions at Alabama universities. Huntingdon students who applied for medical school admission in Alabama averaged 27.4 on their MCAT scores and 3.81 cumulative grade point averages (seven Huntingdon students applied for medical school admission last year). Much credit was given to the College’s SMART program, which prepares students for health professions aptitude testing through tutoring and practice tests, and Chemistry Boot Camp, a week-long intensive tutoring in chemistry held between semesters this year.

Sullivan Award Nominations Sought: The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation provides awards given annually to one member of the student body and to one non-student member of the Huntingdon family who exemplify nobility of character and a spirit of service to humankind. The recipients must possess “fine spiritual qualities, practically applied to daily living” such that the “spiritual standard of the institution may be judged by the character of the person to whom the award is made.” To nominate candidates for these awards, send a paragraph telling of the nominee’s character, activities, and qualifications to Ms. Cathy Wolfe as soon as possible.

News Tidbits

  • Make plans now to attend the annual Honors and Awards Convocation, Friday, April 16, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel. Awards are presented by most academic departments and several honor societies’ inductees are recognized.
  • 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 2010 Summer Bulletin (schedule for summer classes) is available online (PDF). Summer pre-registration will begin Monday, April 12.
  • The farewell reception for EmilyBeth Dickinson ’07 has been changed to Friday, February 26, 3:00–4:00 p.m. in the Office of College and Alumni Relations (formerly External Affairs).

Coming Events and Deadlines

  • MIDTERMS are THIS WEEK. Midterm grades should be posted by the end of the day Friday, March 5.
  • This is the last week for collection of donations for Haiti Relief in the yellow buckets placed around campus. Give now! The SGA has voted to match the donations received.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Union, the Ladies of Huntingdon, the Women’s Center, and the Department of Language and Literature are hosting a Poetry Slam acknowledging the contributions of black writers, Tuesday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Seay Twins Art Gallery. All writers are welcome to read from their work. Sign-up sheets are in the Hut, or contact Kim Butler.
  • Kay Ivey, current State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate, will be the guest speaker for the regular meeting of the College Republicans, Thursday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. in Wilson 104. This event is open to anyone interested in politics, including Huntingdon students, friends, alumni, and faculty. Ms. Ivey will be speaking about her platform and other state issues.
  • Harald Rohlig Organ Recital Series presents Elaine Harper Grover ’65 on the Bellingrath Memorial Organ, Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public. Ms. Grover will perform organ works by Bach, Buxtehude, Brahms, Ernst, Pepping, and Rohlig.
  • Prelude literary magazine is accepting entries for the spring edition until March 1, 2010. See
  • 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.

Congratulations to:

  • Jake Bechert ’13 (Accounting/Business Administration; Union Grove, Ala.), who, in a run-off election, won the position of treasurer for the Student Government Association for the 2010–11 academic year.
  • Brenda Jones ’10 (Religion; Tuskegee, Ala.), who has been admitted to the Master of Divinity program at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She plans to continue as senior pastor of St. John AME Zion Church in Tuskegee as she completes her master’s degree. Brenda completed her Huntingdon degree requirements in December 2009.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83, associate professor of English, who was another Huntingdon finisher of the Mercedes Half-Marathon in Birmingham two weeks ago.
  • Julie Wahl ’10 (Biochemistry; Lebanon, Mo.), who has arrived in Africa safely and will spend the next three months in service to African populations in and around the city of Moshi at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You can follow her adventures by reading her (very interesting and entertaining) blog. Julie completed her Huntingdon degree requirements in December 2009.
  • Emily White ’09, who has been accepted to and offered a $50,000 scholarship for the MBA program at Rollins College.
  • The new members of the SGA Executive Cabinet, who will take office tomorrow night at the SGA Banquet at the Montgomery Country Club.
  • The spring sports teams, all of whom were in play this weekend and were successful. The baseball team won a four-game streak on the road, defeating Frostburg State, Farmingdale State, Roanoke, and Methodist. The men’s tennis team defeated Reinhardt College in their second straight victory of the spring. The women’s softball team swept a doubleheader with Rhodes College. The women’s golf team came in at 8th place after the opening round of the Ann Rhoads Invitational, hosted by Birmingham-Southern College. The women’s tennis team split a pair of matches, falling to Emory but defeating Methodist. Men’s golf opens the spring season by hosting the Wynlakes Wynternationals today and tomorrow at Wynlakes Country Club.
  • Those who helped to organize and work the Yard Sale for Haiti Relief, Saturday, February 20. The sale netted more than $1,500 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)-Haiti Relief Project. (Special thanks to Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service, for his hard work on this effort.) The sale served as a double-service project, as unsold merchandise was donated to Elmore UMC for their community outreach program.
  • The Adult Degree Completion Program-Baldwin County, which has raised $95 for Doctors Without Borders by selling bracelets for Haiti Relief.

Employment Opportunity

  • CBP/Chalice Press is seeking an editorial project manager for outdoor ministry programs to serve in a temporary part-time capacity as an independent contractor. This position manages the people and processes for the editorial acquisition and development of content pertaining to their outdoor ministry camp and conference curricula. For more information, contact Dr. Ed Trimmer, chair, Department of Religion.

Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Bonnie Catching, assistant director of admission for operations, in the death of her mother last week.


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