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Monday Messages

September 13, 2010

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


  • Web modifications delayed: The move of the College Web site to an on-campus server is still in progress.  We are unable to make updates or changes to the Web site or the College calendar because of the transition.  We appreciate your continued patience.
  • Huntingdon's ACS Chapter wins national award:  Huntingdon's Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been notified that it will receive the national ACS Honorable Mention Chapter Award for activities completed during the 2009-2010 academic year, the chapter's first year of formation.  Students and faculty will receive the award at the 241st national meeting of the American Chemical Society in March 2011 in Anaheim, California.  Several Huntingdon students will present research at the meeting and will be accompanied by Dr. Jeremy Carr, assistant professor of chemistry.
  • Chemists converge in Tuskegee:  Huntingdon's Student Affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society will gather with other local chapters at the Kellogg Conference Center in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuesday and Wednesday this week to meet with the national ACS president and to present at the poster session Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.  Awards for the best presentations will be given.
  • Faculty teach from new sympodiums: New words are invented every day to accompany this technologically-transient age and the ever-increasing number of toys adults can use to make their lives easier.  One of the latest terms in academia is "sympodium," meaning a machine that not only drives the monitors in the Smart Classrooms, but also can do some amazing things for faculty who are trained to use them. Sympodiums are available in most of the Smart Classrooms this year, replacing the enormous Smart Boards that functioned in some of the same ways.  In contrast, a sympodium is the size of a notebook computer. 
  • Tune in to Hawk Talk:  The weekly radio show with Head Football Coach Mike Turk, Hawk Talk, has resumed.  Hawk Talk is aired on Sports Radio 740 AM or can be heard online at, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesdays.  Call in to ask Coach Turk your questions at (334) 240-9230.
  • Can you carry a tune?  The Office of Student Life is seeking your musical abilities for next week's Homegrown Talent Night, Monday, September 20--an event that is part of Homecoming Week.  To sign up, see SaraBeth in The Hut by Wednesday, September 15.
  • Greek Life hosts GNOSIS Week: Greeks New & Old Striving in Scholastics (GNOSIS) Week is underway, sponsored by the College's Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Order of Omega, and Gamma Sigma Alpha.  The following events remain in the week-long series:
    • Tuesday, September 14:  Faculty/Staff Appreciation Brunch, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Library Atrium
    • Wednesday, September 15: Greek Night in the Library, 7:00-10:00 p.m., Houghton Library (wear your letters while you study)
    • Wednesday, September 15: Ice Cream Social, 10:00-11:00 p.m., front porch of The Hut, courtesy of the Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha honoraries
    • Thursday, September 16: Study Skills Coffee House, 8:00-10:00 p.m., Java City; guest speaker: Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, assistant vice president for academic affairs
    • Sunday, September 19: Alcohol and Hazing Convocation, 8:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, mandatory for all Greek members.

Coming Up:

  • Ethics Symposium, Thursday, Sept 16, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, sponsored by the Accounting  Club; featuring founder and former CFO of HealthSouth, Aaron Beam, "HealthSouth and the Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse;" 2 hours of CPE credits approved by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy; this event is free and open to all
  • Faculty Follies and Serious Stuff, Friday, Sept 17, 11:45 a.m.,Smith Music Building, Delchamps Recital Hall; free and open to the public; featuring performances by Huntingdon music faculty and friends
  • Hawks on the Coast/Alabama Coastal Clean-up Trip, members of the Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Commuter Student Organization (CSO)--and their friends, 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 17, until 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 18.  A few spaces remain!  (One for a male and three for females.)  The cost is $35 to cover hotel costs, plus spending money for meals and shopping.  Contact Ms. Emily Cosgrove or Dr. Maureen Murphy for more information.
  • Capital City Showdown/Canned Food Drive, Saturday, September 18, 7:00 p.m., Cramton Bowl; Hawks Football vs. the Faulkner Eagles.
  • Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival presents Irish poet Joan McBreen, Thursday, Sept 23, 7:00 p.m., Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel; free and open to the public
  • Family Weekend, Sept 24-25
  • Homecoming, Sept 24-25
  • Office of Admission Host Day, Sept 25; know someone who is interested in Huntingdon?--pass along the word!
  • Resume and Cover Letter Workshop, Monday, Sept 27, noon-12:45 p.m., Flowers 102
  • Pre-Graduate School Seminar, Tuesday, Sept 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Smith Music Building, Delchamps Recital Hall
  • Pick up your tickets for the Switchfoot/The Almost concert, Thursday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at Riverwalk Amphitheater (I incorrectly stated Riverwalk Stadium a couple of weeks ago).  Tickets are $10 for students, $20 each for everyone else, and are sold in The Hut.

Congratulations to:

  • Mr. Christopher Payne, professor of art, whose sculpture, "The Spaces Between," was accepted into the 44th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition, and won first place in the sculpture division.  The exhibition is on view in the RSA Tower Regions Bank through September 24.  In addition, two of Mr. Payne's sculptures are on display as part of the 7th Annual AAC National Show at the Atlanta Artists Center through September.

Thoughts and prayers are extended to:

  • Glea Larsen, of the Centerpoint/Pell City locations of the Adult Degree Completion Program, upon the death of her grandmother, Helen Norris, last week.  Services were held Friday in Bessemer.

Tip of the Week:

  • Commuters:  Looking for a cool, quiet place to hang out between classes?  Check out the Commuter Lounge in Pratt Hall lobby. Houghton Library, Java City, and the Hawks' Nest are also great places to be. Also, check with your department chair to see if your academic department offers a student lounge or study room.


I frequently receive questions from students and parents for which the answers may be of benefit to others, so I will begin to post a few of these under Q&A each week.  This week:

Q: I am having trouble viewing my son's grades online. I have the parent PIN and am in the account, but I can't see any grades.
A: Huntingdon has added a new third-week grade posting for those who are enrolled in 100-level courses.  For all others, grades are posted at mid-term and at the end of the term.  The end of the mid-term grading period is October 8; therefore grades will likely be posted by and viewable on October 15.  You can enter your student account from the Registrar's Office page. Click on the blue words at the top of the page.

Q:  How do I get a yearbook from last year?
A:  Yearbooks for the prior year are usually distributed mid-fall.  Students will be notified when the yearbook is received and can pick up their free copies (if they were students at Huntingdon last year) in The Hut.  Copies will be mailed to Class of 2010 graduates who left forwarding addresses.

Got a question?  Just ask! I'm happy to help.


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

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