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Monday Messages

August 16, 2010

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

Lacrosse and Track & Field coming to Huntingdon: At a news conference held in the Office of the President earlier today, Huntingdon President J. Cameron West and Director of Athletics Buzz Phillips announced that the roster of athletic opportunities will expand to include men’s lacrosse and women’s track and field in the 2011–12 academic year. Women’s lacrosse and men’s track and field are anticipated to follow in 2012–13. Coach Phillips introduced Andrew Carey as head coach for the lacrosse team. Cross country head coach Nate Rucker has been named the director of cross country and track and field.Read more.


  • STUDENTS: Please re-check your schedules online for updated information. Some class times and locations may have changed since information was last posted. Remember: the Drop/Add period begins the first day of classes. The last day to drop a class or to add a class with the permission of your advisor only is Friday, August 27. Access your account through this link:
  • The annual opt-out period for student health insurance will run through September 3. To opt out, you will enter your student code number, which is the first two digits of your last name and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number (example: Jane Doe, 123-45-6789 would be DO6789) online at the designated site. Don’t forget! Filing prevents you from being charged $682 for additional student health insurance.Read more about student health insurance.
  • Rent-a-text saves money! You must sign up for text rental before you order your texts.
  • Students: If you have an expected credit or actual credit on your student account; AND have submitted your Award Acceptance Acknowledgment to the Office of Student Financial Services; AND have e-signed your Master Promissory Note for a Direct Stafford Loan at; AND know the cost of your books, you may obtain a book voucher to purchase your books. A book voucher allows you to purchase or rent your books at the bookstore using available funds remaining in your account after aid/payment has been applied. This week, you may pick up a book voucher at the Office of Student Financial Services Tuesday through Thursday, 1:00–4:00 p.m. You must know the cost of your books to get your voucher. You can find that information on the Follett Bookstore Web site.

Coming Up: (see the calendar)

  • Fall Faculty Workshop, Monday-Friday, August 16–20
  • New Student Orientation Session III, August 19
  • Big Red Weekend (for all new students), August 20–21
  • Community Service Day, Saturday, August 21, meet at Top Stage on The Green at 8:30 a.m.
  • Returning student move-in, Sunday, August 22
  • First Day of Classes, Monday, August 23
    • The Drop/Add period begins the first day of classes. The last day to drop a class is Friday, August 27. The last day to add a class with the permission of your adviser only is August 27.
    • If you wish to change your meal plan to 10 or 19 meals per week from the default plan of 15 meals per week, you must do this during the first week of classes. The last day to change your meal plan is Friday, August 27. See the Office of Student Financial Services for more details.
    • Obtain a parking decal during the first week of classes by taking your driver’s license and tag number to the Security Office in the Wilson Building and completing the paperwork there. It’s free!
  • Presidential Convocation, August 25, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Office of Campus Ministry and Community Service and Center for Career and Vocation Fall Internship, Volunteer, and Career Fair, Tuesday, August 30, in Russell Dining Hall.
  • DEADLINE: September 3: Last day to submit a health insurance waiver to prevent being charged for student health insurance (see story with links above)

Huntingdon Welcomes:

  • Former Hawks linebacker Hodge Patterson IV ’07, who returns as sports information director this week. Hodge takes over for Tim Lutz, who has accepted the sports information director position at Auburn-Montgomery. Read more.
  • Will Sledge, who joins the College as webmaster and director of publications this week. Will comes to us from Heritage Baptist Church and Taylor Road Baptist Church, where he served as a worship leader in addition to his responsibilities in audio-visual communication. Will takes over for Catherine Reinehr ’05, who is moving to Tuscaloosa. Cat’s last day is August 27--stop by and wish her well before she leaves.
  • Sara Beth Terry, coordinator of student activities, who arrived earlier this month and is already in the thick of move-in and Big Red Weekend.

Congratulations to:

  • Maggie Daniell ’09 and C.J. Easterly ’08, who have announced their engagement. CJ teaches 8th grade history and coaches the football team at Long Cane Middle School in LaGrange, Ga. Maggie will move to Georgia this month. They plan to marry in June 2011.
  • Gale Croft (ADCP) ’11, assistant site coordinator for the Daphne site of Huntingdon’s Adult Degree Completion Program, who will complete her ADCP degree this summer. Gale had 45 credits from High Point University (N.C.) and decided to complete her degree while working for ADCP. Two years later, she’s considering going on for her master’s degree. Gale is also a mom to four boys. Way to go!
  • Former Hawks fullback Ben Ganus ’10, who has accepted a position at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He will coach running backs and study for his MBA in sports administration.
  • Former Hawks quarterback Justin "Ridge" Ridgeway ’10, who has joined the staff at Excel Public School as an 11th- and 12th-grade history, economics, and government teacher and assistant football and baseball coach.
  • Kayla Schuran ’10, who has been hired as head volleyball coach at Edgewood Academy, Wetumpka, Ala.

Joys and Concerns:

  • We celebrate the homecoming of Walter Collier, baby boy of Joanna Hampton Collier ’09, born last month three months premature. Walter went home from the hospital yesterday and is doing well.
  • Vaughan Dickson, former associate registrar, welcomed her baby boy, Samuel Lynn Dickson, Wednesday, July 28, at 6:00 a.m. Sam weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz., and was 20.5 inches long. All are doing well. Vaughan delivered on her due date—she was never one to miss a deadline!
  • Our prayers for recovery are with London Johnson, a long-time member of the housekeeping staff, who had hip replacement surgery this weekend.
  • Our sympathy and prayers are with Katie Scott ’13 upon the death of her grandfather last week.


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

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