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December 13, 2010

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United Way serves the River Region:  Your support of the United Way Campaign in turn provides vital funding for dozens of local agencies that educate children and youth, help families become financially stable, and improve public health.  Through payroll deduction or personal gifts, you can be a part of the force that brings hope and help to others in the River Region.  This year, Huntingdon has chosen the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE) program as the designated entity for our United Way donations.  You may choose to support this cause with your gift, or designate another United Way partner, or have your gift distributed evenly among all 48 of the UW's partner charities.  Please give generously this holiday season.  Staff and faculty will have the opportunity to share your gifts at tomorrow's Christmas luncheon.

Trustee recognized for service:  At a special ceremony held yesterday at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Huntingdon trustee and former board chairman Dr. Laurie Jean Weil was honored with the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award, presented by the Tukabatchee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding service by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural and low-income backgrounds.  Dr. Weil is the founder and ongoing driving force behind Camp Sunshine, an annual camp for socio-economically disadvantaged youth from the River Region.  She has lent her leadership and talents to the Huntingdon Board of Trustees since 1994, serving as chair for two consecutive terms, and has also been a valued board member for the Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among other organizations.

American Chestnut Foundation sends surprise for tree-planting:  Last week's planting of 25 trees from the Alabama State chapter orchard of the American Chestnut Foundation was enhanced with the addition of two trees from the ACF national orchard in Meadowview, Virginia.  These are the first two trees that resulted from a 27-year back- and cross-breeding process to be planted in the state of Alabama.  The trees were planted in honor of Huntingdon benefactor and former forester George Gibbs in the hope of joining the effort to restore the American Chestnut tree in its former range.  Once accountable for 25% of the trees in Eastern and Southeastern forests, a blight killed virtually all mature American Chestnut trees from 1900 to 1950.  Learn more here.

Launch party boosts alum's music career: Peoples Management is hosting RE-GIFT! A Toys for Tots Benefit as a launch party for  singer/songwriter Jen Moody '09, Saturday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., at the B&A Warehouse in Birmingham.  Jen, a perennial CloverJam opener, has formed a new band  that includes Tyler Jones '08 and will perform along with her long-time song-writing friend, country recording artist and 2010 Dove Award winner Ty Herndon. Jen extends a wide-open welcome to Huntingdon alumni and friends to attend this event, for which you may purchase tickets here. Bring an extra toy and re-gift or gift it to Toys for Tots.

Trimble selected for national poetry intensive:  Huntingdon associate professor of English Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble '83 has been selected as one of 12 participants from among an international body of submissions to participate in the Piercy Poetry Intensive, a five-day workshop in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in June 2011.  Last year, selected participants traveled from as far as Switzerland and England to be part of this workshop, which is conducted by poet and novelist Marge Piercy.

Grades posted this week:  The Office of the Registrar will have fall term grades posted online by the end of the day Friday, December 17 (and probably prior to that); grade reports will be mailed to students' home addresses on or before Friday, as well.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas:  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 TODAY at so that we can plan for the correct number at the event.


  • Five Huntingdon students will accompany Dean of Students Frank Parsons, his wife, Jennifer, and son, Walker, on a Colorado ski excursion during the Winter Break.  The students are Samantha Juez '14 (Biology; Lapine, Ala), Suzanne Mock '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.), Matt Provow '14 (Business Admin.; Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Zach Turner '14 (Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.), and Jamie Waddell '14 (Political Science; Verbena, Ala.).
  • A Huntingdon Plan trip will take  a number of Huntingdon lads and lasses to Ireland as 2011 arrives.  We wish them safe travels, a wider and deeper wisdom, and lifelong memories.
  • Basketball schedules:  women's teammen's team 
  • Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • Spring term classes begin Monday, January 10
  • Residence Halls reopen Sunday, January 9, at 1:00 p.m.

Congratulations to:

The 2011 Panhellenic Officers:
President: Allison Vuyovich '12 (Religion; Andalusia, Ala.)
Vice President of Recruitment: Lauren Gilbert '12 (Accounting; Auburn, Ala.)
Vice President of Communications: Katie Holsonback '12 (Biology; Crossville, Ala.)
Vice President of Scholarship: Katie Scott '13 (Undeclared; Panama City, Fla.)
Vice President of Finance: Melissa McClure '13 (Biology; Oakfield, Ga.)
Vice President of Administration: Elizabeth Ann Perdue '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.)

Our thoughts and prayers are with:

  • Trustee Tom Radney, Alexander City, on the death of his sister, Sarah Edge, in Alex City two weeks ago.

HAVE A GREAT WINTER BREAK!  HCMM will return in 2011.


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

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