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December 07, 2010

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Whoa, listen to the music:  Huntingdon Alumni John Martin ’09 and Mark McLemore ’10 will make their national television debut on season two of NBC’s The Sing-Off tonight at 7:00 p.m. (Central).  The show is similar to American Idol, a competition with elimination rounds, except for one small difference: no musical instruments.  Ten a cappella groups will compete for $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract. The show airs on Mondays and Wednesdays for the next three weeks.  There will be four shows (Dec. 6th, 8th, 13th, and 15th) and a live finale on December 20th. John and Mark have been singing together since they met at Huntingdon in 2007.  Mark’s older brother, Jon McLemore, formed the six-man group Street Corner Symphony in May solely to compete on The Sing-Off, Season 2.  In their honor, we present the rest of this week's headlines using lyrics from popular songs.

Today is where your book begins; the rest is still unwritten:  IMPORTANT REMINDER:  The book rental due date is Friday, December 10.  If rented books are not returned by that date, students are charged (automatically) a processing fee plus a remaining amount for the book itself. You can find out more (including whether you rented your textbook or not) at (log-in to your account).  Most rented books usually have special stickers on them.  When you take your books to the bookstore, they can tell you whether your books were purchased or rented, as well.  Book buy-back begins:  This is the week to sell back your textbooks at the Huntingdon bookstore, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

I see trees of green, red roses too ... :  Friday, December 10, Huntingdon will honor donor and former forester George Gibbs with the planting of 25 American chestnut trees around campus, beginning with a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Wilson Building.  American chestnut trees, once  abundant in North American forests, were nearly wiped out by an imported fungus, or chestnut blight.  According to Wikipedia, there are estimated to be only 100 mature American chestnut trees remaining in the tree's former range, where the tree once comprised an estimated 25% of Appalachian Mountain forests.  The Huntingdon trees, which are donated by the American Chestnut Foundation, are the result of 27 years of backcross breeding and testing to develop a tree that is naturally resistant to the fungus. As the trees mature, the Huntingdon Department of Biology will monitor them for signs of the blight.

Money makes the world go around: United Methodist students may begin the application process for UMC Scholarships through the General Board for Higher Education and Ministry January 4, 2011.  Plan to apply THAT WEEK and to submit the supportive materials within two weeks in order to be considered for committee-determined scholarship programs.  More information.

She blinded me with science:  Two papers from Huntingdon undergraduate researchers have been accepted for presentation at the 241st Annual Meeting the National American Chemical Society in Anaheim, California, March 27–31, 2011.  Sarah Frampton '11 (Biochemistry/Biology; Newberry, Fla.) will present results from her Departmental Honors in Biochemistry project, "Fluorous oxytocin: A model peptide for probing the thermal properties of peptides and antibiotics."  Frank Q. Mitchell '11 (Chemistry; Jackson, Ala.), Cole P. Smith '11 (Chemistry; Tallassee, Ala.), Andrew J. Swift '12 (Chemistry; Cocoa, Fla.), and Ginger Tyson '12 (Chemistry; Robertsdale, Ala.) will present their project, "Exploration of the relationship between ring size, degree of nitration, and strain energy in ta series of polycyclic explosives."  Chemistry department chair Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 is the co-author on both papers.  Dr. Jeremy Carr, assistant professor of chemistry, will accompany the students and will receive a national ACS Honorable Mention on behalf of Huntingdon's charter ACS Student Affiliate Chapter.

They do run, run, run:  The Huntingdon Running Club invites students, faculty and staff to train with them for a half-marathon in Talladega, Alabama, April 3.  To learn more, join the Huntingdon Running Club's Facebook group or contact accounting professors Amy Beard Hulsey '91 ( or Barbara White (

Maybe we'll have some pumpkin pie and we'll do some caroling:  Faculty and staff members are invited to attend the annual Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon, Tuesday, December 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Russell Dining Hall.  All food is provided by the College and by ARAMARK food service.  If you have not already responded, please RSVP to Sandy Kelser at so that we can plan for the correct number at the event.

I'm just a little unwell:  While supplies last, flu shots are available in the Office of Student Health Services in The Hut for just $10 each. Contact director Camilla Irvin at cirvin@huntingdon to learn more.

The pipes, the pipes are calling:  Our first Huntingdon Plan travel experience of 2011 is the group leaving for Dublin, Ireland, December 31 and returning January 7.  The trip includes a one-day excursion to Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Congratulations to all of our travelers, and may you have safe travels and beautiful memories.

Final Exam Week and Winter Break links:

Fall semester exam schedule (evening courses after 4:30 p.m. conduct finals during the first class meeting of the course during the week of exams in the same classroom where the class was held)

Huntingdon Bookstore (book buy-back and rental information; Christmas gift ideas; spring semester book information and purchases)

Basketball schedules:  women's teammen's team 

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • Finals: December 6–10 (brain food and study snacks will be available in The Hut while supplies last)
  • Campus-wide Christmas luncheon:  Tuesday, December 7, lunch hours, Russell Dining Hall, serving carved top round sirloin, rotisserie chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, pasta salad, assorted desserts
  • Breakfast for dinner: Dinner hours, Tuesday, December 7, Russell Dining Hall

Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Kevin Hays '14 (Mathematics; Lawrenceville, Ga.), whose grandmother passed away this past weekend.
  • Huntingdon Trustee and alumna Beverly Gordy McKinney '70 on the death of her father, William Jasper Gordy, December 2.

End of Term Residence Hall Check-out Information:

Resident students are required to check-out of residence hall rooms within 24 hours of the last final exam, or by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 11, if exams occur on Friday, December 10.  You will be able to return to your room at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 9, for the beginning of the Spring Semester.

  • Before leaving, you must make sure (you will be provided a checklist for the following, which you should leave taped to your door):
  • The refrigerator is unplugged, defrosted, dried, and the doors are left open
  • Every electrical device is unplugged
  • All trash is removed from the residence and placed in the trash room
  • There are no dirty dishes left in the room
  • The bathroom is clean (Blount)
  • Blinds are down and open
  • Windows are locked
  • Take any pet fish out of the residence halls
  • Put bikes in residence hall room (do not leave outside)
  • Doors are locked
  • Floors are clean

If you do not plan to return to the residence hall for the spring semester, you must schedule a meeting with your RA and completely check-out of your room.  (You will not be allowed to regain entry into your room during Winter Break or for the spring semester.)


Special thanks to:

The Huntingdon College Choir, the Department of Music, and the readers, ornament hangers, and others who organized or participated in last week's Christmas Celebration and A Service of Lessons and Carols.  What a beautiful program and great way to usher in the season.  Thanks also to everyone who attended.

The staff members in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, the Office of Admission, and the Maintenance and Housekeeping teams for the beautiful Christmas decorations around campus.

The Houghton Library staff, for offering special library hours during finals, Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily and Friday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (last day of finals).

The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and a number of faculty members who have conducted special study sessions to help students prepare for final exams.

The faculty in the Department of Chemistry, who are donating their time once again to help students prepare for professional school admission in a week-long Chemistry Boot Camp in January.

Everyone, for a great semester at HC.  See you in the spring semester!


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

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