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November 01, 2010

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HC Cross Country sweeps GSAC tournament honors:  Behind a Conference record-setting day by Caitlin McMahon '12 (Sport Studies; Cortland, N.Y.), the third-year Huntingdon College women’s cross country team captured its second straight Great South Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday. Kent Hagan '11 (Biochemistry/Biology; Opelika, Ala.) and the Hawks sealed a GSAC sweep with a first place finish for the men’s team.  Caitlin and Kent each brought home individual GSAC championships, All-Conference honors, and were awarded the Women’s and Men’s Runner of the Year honors. Kent was a repeat individual winner.  Caitlin made GSAC cross country history as the only runner to win three individual championships.

Helping students THINK BETTER: The PACT (Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking) course, new this year for entering freshmen, has introduced a new level of thinking for students by bringing real world topics to life for them in interesting and innovative ways.  This week, the section taught by vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Kyle Fedler will listen to two guest speakers on the topic of capital punishment: an assistant federal defender who was part of a team that argued the constitutionality of a form of capital punishment before the Supreme Court; and an assistant district attorney who prosecuted an individual who is scheduled to be executed by week's end. Several weeks ago, the PACT section taught by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, chair of the Department of Chemistry and professor of chemistry, wrote to convicted "Unibomber" Theodore Kaczinski  (in prison) to ask several questions and were surprised when he wrote a lengthy reply.  Each of the sections is helping students to develop the art of critical thinking by exploring the many shades of gray in controversial topics pertinent to their lives today and in the future.

Lecture and discussion Wednesday night: Leading Israeli historian, author and journalist Tom Segev will speak on his critically acclaimed book, Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and the Legends, as part of Temple Beth Or's Rothschild/Blachschleger Lecture Series, Wednesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the temple, 2246 Narrow Lane Road.  The evening will be co-moderated by Rabbi Elliot Stevens of Temple Beth Or, an adjunct instructor in religion at Huntingdon, and by Dr. Robin Gunther, chair of the Department of Language and Literature and associate professor of English.  The event is free and open to the community.  Read more.

Want to help others by finding ways for them to save on taxes?  Officials will be on campus to conduct SaveFirst Tax Preparation training Tuesday, November 9, through Thursday, November 11, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Anyone can attend the two nights of training (you do not have to be an accounting major).  You will then take an IRS certification exam to achieve certification (with a score of 80 or higher); after which you may volunteer with SaveFirst.  This is the fourth year Huntingdon students have participated in SaveFirst, a project of Impact Alabama that last year assisted 3500 Alabama families by securing $7 million in tax refunds and saving them $1 million in commercial tax preparation fees. Anyone interested in attending the training should contact accounting professor Amy Beard Hulsey '90 promptly at

Jenkins receives national football recognition: Sophomore defensive back Cornelius Jenkins '12 (Psychology; Decatur, Ala.) was named to the Team of the Week, the site announced last Wednesday.  Cornelius blocked and returned a punt 20 yards for a touchdown and recorded three solo tackles in the 35–23 win over NAIA's 17th-ranked Webber International two weeks ago.

Dialing for dollars: Members of the College's Panhellenic women's fraternities, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, and Phi Mu, will participate in the annual Phonathon, calling alumni to ask for unrestricted donations to the Huntingdon Fund later this month.  We thank all of the students involved in calling and appreciate your donation of time and good spirit for the good of the College.

New database trial online:  Houghton Library is offering a trial access to two new databases: The CQ Researcher Plus Archives and The CQ Global Researcher.  Access is available through December 3.  Be sure to give your feedback to the library faculty.


Spring term pre-registration is NEXT WEEK, November 8–12.  Meet with your adviser and plan your schedule this week!

Tuesday, November 2, is the GENERAL ELECTION, with voting for this neighborhood conducted in Roland Student Center.  Please observe the special parking instructions you have received from Chief Ward and be courteous and helpful to campus visitors.

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • ADCP Fall Session 3 begins today, Monday, November 1, and concludes Friday, December 10.
  • Friday, November 5, is the final In-service Friday for the semester (no classes, offices open).
  • Applications to be a part of the Campus Activities Board are available in the Hut and are due by Tuesday, November 9. See Sara Beth Terry, coordinator of student activities, for more information.
  • Harry Potter Movie Marathon, November 11–18 (daily—see the calendar) in the Commuter Student Lounge; culminating in the CSO Harry Potter 7 movie and Mellow Mushroom Party, Friday, November 19.
  • White Coat Ceremony, Monday, November 15, 7:00 p.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery
  • The Salon, presented by the Department of Language and Literature and Houghton Library, Thursday, November 18, 6:30 p.m., in the Library Atrium
  • Thanksgiving Break (no classes), November 22–26; offices closed November 24–26
  • Annual Christmas Celebration, Thursday, December 2:
    • Arrival of St. Nicholas, 6:30 p.m.
    • Tree Lighting and caroling, 6:45 p.m.
    • A Service of Lessons and Carols, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel
  • Last day of classes, fall semester, Friday, December 3
  • Finals: December 6–10

Upcoming CCV Events:

Thursday, November 4: Alabama Rural Ministry Summer Job Recruiting, 11:00–1:00 p.m., DH lobby
Monday, November 8: Political Science Department Pizza with Professionals, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Flowers 203 (FREE LUNCH!)
Monday, November 8–Thursday, November 11: Mock Interviews (Contact for more information)
Tuesday, November 9: Dr. Lou Harris visits the Chemistry Department, 12:00–1:00 p.m., Bellingrath 102 (FREE LUNCH!)
Thursday, November 18: Richmont Graduate School Recruiting (Counseling), 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., lobby of the DH


The Commuter Student Organization, Campus Ministries, and Residence Life are sponsoring a shoebox ministry for Operation Christmas Child, November 6–16.  Collection boxes will be in the Commuter Student Lounge (Pratt), Campus Ministries Office (The Hut), and each residence hall lobby.  Items must be placed in a shoebox (with box and lid wrapped separately) or shoebox-sized plastic container with a lid.  Here are some guidelines for things you can/cannot include:

  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky, etc.
  • HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • OTHER: hard candy and lollipops, mints, gum (please place all candy in a Ziploc bag), T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans

Congratulations to ...

  • ... The nine Huntingdon students and staff members who attended a Leadership Conference at Auburn-Montgomery last week: Kati Bryant '12 (Communication Studies/English; Petal, Miss.), Elizabeth Daly '13 (English; Montgomery), Kayla Mixon '14 (Psychology; Mobile, Ala.), Haley Norris '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.), Elizabeth Perdue '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.), Shelby Robinson '14 (Mathematics; Spanish Fort, Ala.), Bailey Scott '14 (Biology; Newnan, Ga.), Emily Webster Cosgrove '07, director of the Center for Career and Vocation and coordinator of the Commuter Student Organization, and Katy Stembridge, coordinator of Greek Life and residence director, Blount Hall.
  • ... The Huntingdon Cross Country Team members who won All-Conference recognition Saturday:  Kent Hagan, McDowell Pinckard '12 (Accounting; Dothan, Ala.), Caitlin McMahon, Jackie Daniels '12 (Accounting; Brick, N.J.), Chala Monk '12 (Sport Studies; Ozark, Ala.), Rachael Phillips '13 (Cell Biology; Lyndonville, N.Y.), and Brianna McClure '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery).  And to Jodie Thomas '14 (Comm. Studies; Columbus, Ga.) and Patrick Cross '14 (Undeclared; Montgomery), who were named to the Women's and Men's All-Freshman Teams, respectively. 
  •  ... This year's fall sport senior student-athletes, who have spent so much of their college time training, practicing, and representing Huntingdon in their sport(s).  You have juggled the demands of the classroom with the demands of your sport and learned valuable life lessons from the teamwork in which you have participated.  In recognition of your final season of college athletics, thank you for all you do and have done to represent Huntingdon's ideals of faith, wisdom, and service.
  • Russ Barnwell '13 (Political Science/English; Jacksonville, Ala.), who was named October Host of the Month by the Office of Admission.
  • Ali Hamil '13 (Chemistry; St. Augustine, Fla.), who hit a hole-in-one during the 2010 University of Mobile Fall Invitational Golf Tournament; and to Saem Hur '14 (Sport Studies; Montgomery), who took fourth place individual honors in the tournament.
  • Hawks quarterback Neal Posey '13 (Sport Studies; Pike Road, Ala.), who tied the College's single-game touchdown record (established by Zach Golson '09 in 2005) with six touchdowns in the Hawks' 56–30 victory over Trinity University (Texas) on Saturday.

Huntingdon welcomes:

  • Alex Sanford '10, who will serve as student coordinator (for academic student services) in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education.  He can be reached at


The Office of College and Alumni Relations is pleased to announce another successful Faculty and Staff Campaign for the Huntingdon Fund.  149 individuals participated in this year's campaign, raising $25,684 for the Huntingdon Fund, a 21% increase over the record $21,155 raised in 2009.  Gifts to the Huntingdon Fund support Huntingdon students, and we greatly appreciate the strong support of the faculty and staff in this effort.

Tip of the Week:

If you plan to do an internship for credit (course #481) in the spring semester, complete the application for an internship and obtain all necessary signatures this week (BEFORE registering next week) so that you can register for the internship when you register for other courses next week, and thereby count the hours you will receive through your internship in your overall total (and avoid having to add the hours later).


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

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