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Monday Messages

March 14, 2011

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

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It's time for Room Draw:  Room Draw is the process by which continuing students who live on-campus a.) choose their rooms and roommates for next year or b.) apply to live off-campus; and the process by which continuing students who are commuters apply to live on-campus.  If any of these situations pertain to you, forms are due in the Hut this Friday, March 18—be sure to turn in your form before you leave for Spring Break.  General Room Draw information.  2011 Special Instructions/Checklist, Schedule and FAQ.

Summer and Fall Registration periods are approaching:  Fall 2011 pre-registration is coming up April 4–8.  It's time now to meet with your adviser to plan your schedule so that you'll be ready when it's time to turn in your registration card.  Summer registration will be held April 11–13.  Here are some helpful links as you plan for and go through the registration process:

Huntingdon's longest-kept secret: Perhaps Huntingdon's most persistent tradition and most-cherished secret is the Oracle Hunt, held annually as the members of the senior class who participated in the hunt last year pass the Oracle to the juniors.  This tradition, part of Huntingdon since 1942, will go on, rain or shine, beginning at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16.  For more information, see Sara Beth Terry in the Office of Student Life.

Huntingdon students help children Focus First:  Thursday, March 10, 13 Huntingdon physics and physical science students, Chaplain and director of community service Brian Smith '94, and professor Jaime Demick traveled to three day-care facilities in town to assist in vision screening through Focus First, a project of Impact Alabama.  More than 100 children were screened to detect early sight problems, cataracts, eye cancer, and astigmatism.  Early detection of vision impairments can often be corrected in very young children, preventing them from life-long sight problems.  The student screeners were James Butler '14 (Cell Biology; Dothan, Ala.), Lacey Crawford '14 (Physical Education; Odenville, Ala.), Hannah Glover '11 (Biochemistry/Cell Biology; Montgomery, Ala.), Brittani Golson '14 (Elementary Education; Montgomery, Ala.), Kellie Hilton '12 (Chemistry; Monroeville, Ala.), Lauren Lambert '14 (Psychology; Repton, Ala.), A.J. Swift '12 (Chemistry; Cocoa, Fla.), Ginger Tyson '12 (Chemistry; Robertsdale, Ala.), Christian Vick '12 (Cell Biology; Sylacauga, Ala.), Katie Wachob '14 (English; Pensacola, Fla.), Melissa Wallace '14 (Athletic Training; Phenix City, Ala.), and Matt Ward '14 (Accounting; Montgomery, Ala.).

Freshmen raise funds for cancer research:  The Freshman Forum's Dodge Out Cancer dodgeball tournament last week raised $324 for the American Cancer Society, brought together about a hundred Huntingdon students for a  good time, and rallied the community around the cause to find a cure for cancer.  Teams participated from Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Men's Soccer, Men's Tennis, Football, Accounting Club, and Searcy Guys.  The winning team was a hybrid of Accounting Club/Men's Tennis players.  Freshman Forum officers are Davis Sparks '14 (President; Biology; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Bailey Scott '14 (VP; Biology; Newnan, Ga.), Zach Turner '14 (Secretary; Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.), and Shelby Robinson '14 (Treasurer; Mathematics; Spanish Fort, Ala.). Other members who assisted were Blake Bosch '14 (Biology; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Michelle Gonzalez '14 (Undeclared; San Antonio, Texas), Jarett Hall '14 (Business Admin.; Northport, Ala.), Elizabeth Thrower '14 (Biology; Montgomery, Ala.), Stanley Vinson '14 (Biology; Phenix City, Ala.), and Katie Wachob '14 (English; Pensacola, Fla.). Jhavonn Brown '12 (Elementary Ed.; Centre, Ala.) also helped by reffing the games.

Sullivan award nominations sought:  The Office of College and Alumni Relations seeks nominations for the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award (staff, faculty, or other friend of the College) and for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (student).  The award recognizes selfless service and character.  For more information, contact Cathy Wolfe at

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

TOMORROW NIGHT:  Stallworth Lecture Series presents Dr. Andrew Bacevich, Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public

"Trumpet, et al," a concert in the Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series, presented by members of the Huntingdon music faculty and the Alabama State University music faculty, Thursday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. in 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; the dining hall will close at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 18; resident students are required to check 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; the dining hall will reopen Sunday, March 27, 4:00–7:00 p.m. for dinner.

PACT Faculty Workshop (former, current, and future PACT faculty), DATE CHANGE:  Tuesday, March 29, 3:30 p.m., Wilson 208.

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

Children's and Young Adult Literature Seminar, Thursday, April 14, 1:00 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library Atrium,


Artwork submitted by Jackie Daniels '12 (Accounting; Brick, N.J.) will adorn the cover of the 2010–2011 Bells & Pomegranates when it is published next fall.  Thank you to all who participated in the cover art contest.

Breanna Giordana '12 (Mathematics/Art; Kaukauna, Wis.) was named Great South Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week in softball for the week ending March 6, citing her efforts as a relief pitcher that led to a complete game shut-out of rival team Birmingham-Southern.  During this and other trips to the mound that week, opposing batters managed only a .146 batting average against her arm.

Aleah Payne '14 (Sport Studies; Opelika, Ala.) was named Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week in softball for the week ending March 6, noting her .615 batting average, 5 stolen bases, .889 fielding percentage at shortstop, and 4 runs that helped the Lady Hawks to a 4-0 record, including a sweep of Birmingham-Southern.

Harold Willis '10 (Cell Biology; Hoover, Ala.) has been admitted to the dental schools at Meharry Medical College and Howard University and is on the alternate list for dental school at New York University.

The Lady Hawks Golf Team's Ali Hamil '13 (Chemistry; St. Augustine, Fla.) achieved an individual school record (73) and the team carded a school-record 682 two-day total, finishing seventh in the Rome News-Tribune Invitational hosted by Berry College last week.

Department of Business faculty members Amy Beard Hulsey '90 and Dr. Samir Moussalli led 25 business administration and/or accounting majors through a Hyundai Funday Monday last week, touring the $1.5 billion state-of-the-art robotic manufacturing facility and enjoying lunch together.

Huntingdon thanks ... :

  • The dozens of students, faculty, and staff who helped with the Science Olympiad during the weekend.  This important event inspires hundreds of young scientists and mathematicians to further their education in those subject areas, and we thank you for being part of that inspiration.
  • The students and faculty in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, coaches, and student-athletes who refereed, welcomed, cheered, arranged equipment, and supported the Special Olympics basketball tournament held on campus last Friday. The smiles on the faces of the athletes said it all.
  • Those who came out for the Jazz Trio concert last Tuesday and the Spring Showcase of Bands held Friday—what great music and great fun!
  • Those who donate blood (or wish they could)—read on:

A special note from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers:

    Dear President West,

    Each year blood centers across the country take time to offer special thanks to all who donate the gift of life, and on the campus of Huntingdon College, from LifeSouth’s perspective, there are many, many people to thank.

    A college education is more than lessons learned in the classroom, and at Huntingdon community service and taking time to help others are parts of the college experience. For many years the faculty, staff and students have welcomed LifeSouth’s big red, white and blue bloodmobile onto campus. It is such a tradition, you may not be aware of how exceptional this tradition is. In the U.S. someone needs blood every two seconds, but nationally only about 4 percent of Americans donate regularly. At Huntingdon the seniors we’ve come to know graduate and the freshmen are there to take their places.

    In 2010 alone LifeSouth collected more than 170 units of blood on campus and that went to hospitals right here in Montgomery and across South Alabama. There are people who were able to celebrate the arrival of 2011 with their friends and families because of the care and concern of those of you on campus. As a Huntingdon graduate, I’m so proud of this commitment that’s been demonstrated for many, many years and I’m thankful for your continued support.

    Judy Ray-Russell '71
    South Alabama District Director, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

Sympathy and prayers:

Our thoughts are with Lady Hawks softball player Hayley Praytor '12 (Human Performance; Mobile, Ala.), who fractured her fibula near her ankle last week.  We pray for a quick, pain-free recovery.

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!  The next edition of Monday Messages will be published the week of March 28.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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