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Monday Messages

August 23, 2010

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

  • Big Red Weekend holds first Great Day of Service: Saturday, August 21, more than 150 Huntingdon students and staff served in eight locations around town in activities such as painting, picking up trash, beautifying areas, caring for others, cleaning, and playing with children. In partnership with the Humane Society, the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrian program (MANE), Floyd Elementary School, Floyd Middle Magnet School, the Family Sunshine Center, the Montgomery Zoo, the Community of Hope, and Common Ground Ministries, Huntingdon students lived out our College core beliefs of Faith, Wisdom, and Service by advancing the work of these important organizations.  Thank you to every student, staff, and faculty member who participated! Another Great Day of Service will be offered Saturday, August 29.  Come to the Hut at 9am to volunteer a few hours at an off-campus work-site for a worthy cause!


  • 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) on-line 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.
  • New Montgomery cell phone law in effect:  For those of you who haven't been in Montgomery during the summer, you may have missed the word that using hand-held devices while driving is now considered a secondary offense.  While you will not be stopped by law enforcement for using a cell phone, you can be ticketed if you are using a hand-held cell phone while driving and are stopped for another reason. Blue-tooth devices are considered legal.

Coming Up: (See the calendar)


    • 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!
    • Monday - Mellow Monday featuring acoustic artist LUCKY * 8-10pm on Top Stage (bring your blankets)
    • Tuesday - Bowling Night at Ace Bowling *9-11pm - Bring your student i.d. and your tennis shoes
    • Presidential Convocation, Wednesday, August 25, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
    • Wacky Wednesday *3-5pm Water Slide *5-7pm Organization Fair @ the dining hall *9pm Movie "Avatar" on the Green
    • Thursday - Emerge Thursday *8:15 - 10pm - Free food, great music and games on the Cloverdale Campus Lawn
    • Friday - Baseball Friday at the Biscuits game *7:05pm first pitch - First 100 students with student i.d. get in free (bring your blankets)
    • Saturday - Service Saturday *9am meet at the Hut - Groups will be traveling to various sites around town to provide community service
  • 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)

Special Work-study opportunities:

Attention students: If you are eligible for Federal Work-study and have earned a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, you may apply to work for the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrian (MANE) program or the Campus Security Office's Bike Patrol.  MANE serves individuals who have multiple disabilities by providing assisted horseback-riding opportunities. Bike Patrolers assist the Campus Security Office in ensuring that our students and visitors are safe and the facilities and grounds are well cared-for.  To apply for consideration at either workplace, stop by the Campus Security Office in Wilson 112 as soon as possible; call (334) 833-4463 if no one is in the office.

Huntingdon thanks to:

  • The faculty and staff members who spent part of their weekend assisting with the Great Day of Service or being part of the Big Red Weekend Events.
  • The faculty, staff, and student groups who volunteered their time to move students and their belongings into the residence halls.  Every move-in day was cloaked in excessively hot weather, but your smiles were always present and you were ready to transport load upon load into the students' rooms. Thank you for the warm Huntingdon welcome you offered to all.

Congratulations to:

  • Huntingdon senior golfer Chaise Blaich '11, who teed-off in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship Tournament at University Place, Washington, at 1:15 p.m. Pacific time today.  Hawk 'em, Chaise! The tournament ends August 29.
  • Marilyn Boswell, director of the Huntingdon Society, who married Buck Hardy in Key West, Florida, this weekend.  The new Mrs. Hardy expects to return to work later this week.  Her new email is
  • Will Cammack '09, who has returned to his hometown of Andalusia to serve as assistant baseball coach at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.  For the last two years, he served as an assistant coach at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery.
  • Kyle Eller '10, who is teaching mathematics and serving as an assistant coach for football and baseball at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School.
  • Dot Golab '67, who has been elected president of the Exchange Club for the state of Alabama.
  • DeJuan Jackson '06, who was selected by his peers in the Daphne police department as Officer of the Quarter, April to June, 2010.
  • Amanda Haynes '10 and Garrett Sweat '08, who have announced their engagement.  They plan to be married June 11, 2011, in Ligon Chapel.
  • Kathryn Varnado '10, who has accepted a graduate fellowship at Auburn University. As the recipient of the Kenny Howard Fellowship, she will serve as the athletic trainer for Russell County High School while completing her master's degree in education at AU.

Tip of the Week:

If you're worried about your ability to do well in a class, take steps early to prevent falling behind. Stop by the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment in Miriam Jackson Home to talk with the staff and find out more about the services available there, including tutoring, Academic Success Centers, time management discussions, and other resources. The staff is super-friendly and their most important goal is your success.


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

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