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Monday Messages

March 07, 2011

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News Clips

Huntingdon Web site wins gold:  The Huntingdon College Web site, redesigned and launched in June 2010, was recognized with a Gold Addy Award at the Montgomery Advertising Federation's annual awards presentations last week.  The Gold Addy automatically places the site forward into regional American Advertising Federation competition.  The site was designed by LWT Communications in conjunction with Su Ofe, associate vice president for communications and marketing, and former webmaster Catherine Reinehr '05.

Jazz trio performs hymns for Cheek Concert Series:  Favorite hymns like "The Old Rugged Cross" and "His Eye is on the Sparrow" are seldom  performed by chamber music trios—and even less often by contemporary jazz artists.  But those familiar tunes will be enjoyed in a new way tomorrow evening when the contemporary jazz trio made up of Huntingdon College alumnus Pedro Luis Mayor '02, on piano, and friends Matthew DeVine, drums, and Rob Alley, trumpet, perform classic hymns for Huntingdon's Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series, Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Chemistry student wins national fellowship:  Andrew J. (A.J.) Swift '12 (Chemistry; Cocoa, Fla.) is one of only 24 students in the United States to receive a fellowship to the Department of Energy/American Chemical Society 2011 Nuclear Summer School (June-July, 6-week program) at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, New York.  He will receive 3 credit hours in nuclear chemistry through the State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook, taught by experts in the field.  His travel, housing and expenses are paid and he will be paid a $4,000 stipend to participate in the program.  He will also receive assistance finding employment in a national laboratory during the summer of 2012.

Here she is, Miss Huntingdon:  Congratulations to Miss Huntingdon 2011–12, Jessica Dickson '12 (Cell Biology; McCalla, Ala.), who was crowned at the conclusion of the pageant held Saturday, March 5.  The first runner-up was Mary Ryan Nielsen '13 (Communication Studies; Evergreen, Ala.); and second runner-up and Miss Congeniality went to Tiffany Dean '12 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.).  We extend thanks to pageant organizer Allison Vuyovich '12 (Religion; Andalusia, Ala.), and the volunteers, judges, participants, and audience members who supported the event.  Thanks also to Miss Huntingdon 2010–11 Mary Gasson '13 (Music; Clanton, Ala.); Patrick Cross '14 (Undeclared; Montgomery, Ala.); Colby Leonard '12 (Religion; Coker, Ala.); and Rhett Butler '13 (Religion; Eclectic, Ala.) for great musical performances throughout the evening.

ADCP moves to Gadsden:  Huntingdon's Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) has opened a new site in Gadsden and will begin offering classes this fall at Gadsden State Community College, according to Gadsden Site Director Renee Culverhouse.  The program, also offered in two Baldwin County locations, Enterprise, Brewton, Clanton, Montgomery, and three sites in the Birmingham area, allows returning learners who have earned some college credit to complete their degrees in business management by attending classes one night a week in five-week terms.  The Gadsden location will offer a concentration in health care management and a minor in religious studies.  Gadsden Times article.

Huntingdon SSPE Hosts Special Olympics and the Iron Roll:  Friday, March 11, Huntingdon will host games for eight teams that are part of the State of Alabama Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in the Roland Arena and the Wilson Gymnasium.  Students from the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education will be responsible for officiating, keeping score, keeping time, awards ceremonies, set-up and clean-up.  Next month SSPE will host the first Iron Roll, pitting the University of Alabama men's wheelchair basketball team against the Auburn University men's adaptive basketball team Saturday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m., in the Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.  Tickets are $5 at the door and benefit the Montgomery Center for Independent Living.  A celebrity exhibition game will precede the event, during which Huntingdon officials will announce the long-awaited return of the College's Wheelin' Hawks program.  More on the Iron Roll.

A flower for a life:  More than 40 politically bi-partisan members of the Huntingdon community participated in placing 120 flowers along The Hut-Roland pathway  in memory of the lives lost in each 24-hour period because of inadequate healthcare, according to a 2009 Harvard University study.  A flower was placed every 12 minutes from midnight Wednesday until midnight Thursday last week.  The event was coordinated by Russ Barnwell '13 (Political Science/English; Jacksonville, Ala.) and the College Democrats and covered by the Montgomery Advertiser in print and online video.

Library offers children's/young adult literature seminar:  Library director Eric A. Kidwell and librarian Brenda Kerwin will conduct the second biannual seminar on children's and young adult literature Thursday, April 14, 1:00–2:00 p.m.  The seminar, which is open to all, will consist of a discussion of the 2010 award winners in the genres and a presentation by Eleanor Lucas of Capitol Book & News, who will talk about the publishing and bookseller sides of these genres, including current trends.

Toward a healthier lifestyle:  The EXPERTS Clubs' Healthy Hawks Initiative kicked off their monthly free lecture series earlier today with a presentation on nutrition by Ryan Payne '12 (Athletic Training; Opelika, Ala.), EXPERTS Club president.  The Initiative includes a Walking Program, complete with maps of the campus marked for 1/4-, 1/2-, and 1-mile walking trails.  Want to learn more?  Contact Ryan or Mike Bamman, assistant professor of sport science, at (My apologies to Mike, whose name was converted to Batman by my Spellchecker when I sent last week's messages!)


The Summer Bulletin (schedule of classes) has been posted online.  Find out what's offered. (Housing is not available on campus this summer.)  Summer registration will be offered the week after Fall 2011 pre-registration in April.

Mid-term grades have been posted.  If you have questions or concerns about your overall performance, meet with your academic adviser or with a member of the staff in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment to map out a strategy for improvement.  If you have questions about an individual course grade, discuss your concerns with the course instructor.  If you have further concerns after meeting with the instructor, schedule an appointment with the instructor's department chair.  The Catalog and the Office of Academic Affairs offer lists of departments and chairs for your reference.

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • CAB Coffee House featuring Sam Brown and Woods Lisenby, TONIGHT, Monday, March 7, 8:00 p.m., in Java City
  • Huntingdon Faculty Recital Series presents Pedro Luis Mayor, jazz piano, Tuesday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Assessment Day, Wednesday, March 9: assessment of all students will take place; attendance required; no classes; offices open. Find your group and learn more. After testing, the Office of Student Life is offering an Assessment Day Matinee (free movie ticket!) at Rave Movie Theater for any movie starting between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday only. After taking your assessments, you will receive your voucher.
  • Greek Week: Dodge Out Cancer Dodgeball Tournament, Wednesday, March 9, 7:00–10:00 p.m., Wilson Gymnasium, Wilson Community and Athletic Center, Cloverdale Campus; in support of the American Cancer Society
  • "The Vagina Monologues," a readers' theater, Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library Atrium; the public is welcome; sponsored by the Women's Center in recognition of Women's History Month
  • ATLAS Speaker Series will present assistant football coach Charlie Goodyear on "Planning for Specificity and CrossFit Training," Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. in Weil 105.  All students are welcome.
  • Greek Week:  Bowling, in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Thursday, March 10, 9:00 p.m.–midnight, ACE Bowling Center
  • Greek Week:  Faculty/Staff/Administration Reception, Friday, March 11, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Houghton Library Atrium
  • Spring Showcase of Bands featuring Huntingdon Winds Concert Band, Huntingdon Jazz Band, and the new Huntingdon Percussion Ensemble, Friday, March 11, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public
  • Greek Week: Spring Band Party featuring Az-Izz, Friday, March 11, 10:00 p.m.–midnight at The Alley; free and open to all students
  • St. Patty's Day Lucky 7K, Saturday, March 12, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Cloverdale Campus.  HC Cross Country Team members will host water stations midway through the course and will provide after-race refreshments for participants.  More on the race.
  • Alabama Division B (middle school) Science Olympiad State Tournament, Saturday, March 12.  Volunteers are needed. To learn more, visit; or see tournament director Dr. Sid Stubbs, chair, Department of Mathematics, or associate tournament director Dr. James Daniels, associate professor of biology.
  • Greek Week: Tailgate Party at Hawks Baseball, Saturday, March 12, Noon–3:00 p.m., Posey Field; meal provided by Dreamland BBQ, $4 per person must be paid in advance
  • Reminder:  DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins Saturday, March 13; turn your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed.
  • Stallworth Lecture Series presents Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public
  • Travel Convocation, Friday, March 18, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel:  Learn the destinations that await those who travel with Huntingdon groups in 2012.
  • SPRING BREAK, March 21–25; resident students are required to be out of their rooms by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19.  Each resident must complete the checklist form and leave it taped to the door.  Be sure: appliances are unplugged (except the refrigerator); trash has been removed; no dirty dishes; bathroom is clean (Blount); blinds are down and open; windows and doors are locked; pet fish are removed; bikes are stored in the room (rather than outside); and floors are clean.  Residence halls will reopen at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 27.
  • PACT Faculty Workshop (former, current, and future PACT faculty), Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 p.m., location TBA.
  • The Salon, co-sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and the Library, focusing on the topic of naturalists, Thursday, March 31, 7:00–8:30 p.m., Library Atrium


  • Alex Baronich '10 (Human Performance; Baton Rouge, La.) has been admitted to the physical therapy program at Mercer University, Atlanta.
  • We celebrate the new life of Jeremiah Wilson Browder, born to ADCP student (and former day student) Kandace Browder and her husband February 27.  Congratulations to the whole family!
  • Kayla Bryars '14 (Athletic Training; Bay Minette, Ala.) was named GSAC Softball Player of the Week for the week ending February 27 after stepping in as a pinch-hitter and punching a walk-off homer to give the Lady Hawks a 2-1 victory over Blue Mountain College.
  • Dexter Dean '13 (Biochemistry; Saginaw, Ala.) was named January Host of the Month for the Huntingdon Host Program in the Office of Admission.
  • Hawks tennis student-athletes B.J. Foroughian '11 (Chemistry; Baton Rouge, La.) and Katie Scott '13 (Undeclared; Panama City, Fla.) were selected as the GSAC men's and women's singles Players of the Week, respectively, last week.
  • Lynley Godwin '11 (Human Performance-Exercise Science; Brantley, Ala.) has been admitted to the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Occupational Therapy program.
  • Amanda Houston '12 (Business Admin.; Fyffe, Ala.) was named February Host of the Month for the Huntingdon Host Program in the Office of Admission.
  • Andy Patterson '11 (Cell Biology/Athletic Training; Pleasant Grove, Ala.) has been admitted to the physical therapy program at Mercer University, Atlanta.
  • Will Rice '04 has been promoted to Audit Services Supervisor with Hartmann, Blackmon, and Kilgore, P.C., one of the Gulf Coast's leading CPA and business consulting firms.
  • James Robinson '04 will complete his family medicine residency at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana, in June.  He has been matched into a one-year fellowship in primary care sports medicine at American Sports Medicine Institute/Andrews Sports Medicine Clinic in Birmingham, which he will begin in August.  He has just completed a five-week medical mission at Kibogora Hospital in Rwanda.
  • Huntingdon's American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter has been awarded a National Meeting Travel Grant for $300 from the American Chemical Society to support students' travel and attendance for the 241st national American Chemical Society meeting in Anaheim, California.

Huntingdon thanks:

Thirteen Huntingdon students led by Mike Schmitz '13 (English; Dothan, Ala.) and Ki-Lai Austin '14 (Accounting; Montgomery, Ala.) served at the Friendship Mission cleaning, preparing, and serving food Saturday afternoon.  We thank those who served for important work well-done!

Alumni President Challenge from Amy Woodard Klugh '96:

Help spread the word about Huntingdon College!  Ask your United Methodist Church to place a link to Huntingdon College on their church and/or UMC Conference Web site.


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

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