Huntingdon News

Monday Messages

March 28, 2011

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

Huntingdon celebrates Founders Day:  Huntingdon will celebrate the 157th birthday of the College this Friday and Saturday, Founders Day Weekend.  Events will begin with the Founders Day Convocation at 11:45 a.m. Friday, April 1, in Ligon Chapel.  This year's convocation will have a different twist from past commemorations—come and celebrate!

Library presents "The Salon":  Houghton Memorial Library and members of the faculty invite Huntingdon students, faculty, and staff to  participate in "The Salon: Nature Writing," Thursday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Atrium.  This periodic meeting focuses on a selected topic each semester.  This week's group will read from works about nature.  All are welcome.

Middlebury professor presents gift, lectures:  Dr. Larry Yarbrough, Tillinghast Professor of Religion at Middlebury College (Vermont) and Fulbright Research Scholar, will present a replica of the Codex Sinaiticus to Houghton Library and a lecture about the gift, "How a King, An Emperor, and a Pharaoh Helped Make the Bible as We Know It," Wednesday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m. in Houghton Library.  Codex Sinaiticus is a masterpiece of 4th century bookmaker's art and is an important witness to the developing text of the Greek Bible, with every page showing the original handwritten text and the corrections added by ancient scholars who compared the text to other manuscripts of Biblical books.  The replica was produced by the British Library and libraries in Moscow, Leipzig, and St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai. In addition, Dr. Yarbough and his wife, Amy Hastings, will present a Presidential Colloquy about their perspectives of the Egyptian uprising Monday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Office of the President.

Oh, the places you'll go:  The 2011 Travel Convocation held March 18 revealed the destinations coming up for 2011–12 Huntingdon Plan Travel, which include Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Russia/St. Petersburg.  Sign-up for travel begins Tuesday, April 5, in the Office of Security, Wilson Building, 6:00 a.m.

Smoking policy revised:  A new College Smoking Policy that redefines the areas where individuals are permitted to smoke on campus was proposed by the Student Government Association and signed by President West and Dean of Students Frank Parsons earlier this month following consultation with the President's Council. The policy, which prohibits smoking within 25 feet of College building entrances, becomes effective immediately. Signs will be posted before fall term 2011. 

2011–12 academic calendar changes announced:  The academic calendar for 2011–12 has changed slightly. The new dates are as follows:

  • Friday, April 20, 2012, Classes End
  • Monday, April 23–Friday, April 27, Final Exams
  • Friday, May 4, Baccalaureate (5:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 5, Commencement (9:00 a.m., traditional undergraduate; 6:00 p.m., ADCP)

Hawks soar into the 2011 Season:  The Hawks Football Team, ranked 21st out of 238 NCAA Division III teams by during the 2010 season, has announced the 2011 schedule of games, as follows:

  • September 3:  Hawks @ Maryville College
  • September 10: Hawks @ Birmingham-Southern College (Wesley Cup)
  • September 17:  Hawks vs Faulkner University, Samford Stadium 2011 home opener
  • September 24:  Hawks vs Hampden-Sydney College, Samford Stadium
  • October 1:  Hawks @ Ave Maria University, Florida
  • October 8:  Hawks vs Wittenberg College, Samford Stadium (Homecoming and Family Weekend)
  • October 15:  Hawks @ Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • October 22:  Hawks vs Webber International University, Samford Stadium
  • November 5:  Hawks vs LaGrange College, Samford Stadium
  • November 12:  Hawks @ Wesley College, Dover, Delaware

Play dress-up for charity:  About 20 student models are needed for the Flip Flop for Horses and Hope Spring Fashion Show, Thursday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m. in Russell Dining Hall.  The guys will dress like gals; and the gals will dress like guys.  All proceeds for the event will benefit the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE).  Please sign-up in The Hut TODAY.

Hosts needed for LUAU:  Luau, the annual event for accepted and deposited incoming students, is next week, and the Office of Admission is seeking current students to serve as overnight hosts for the prospective students.  Please stop by the Office of Admission in Flowers Hall to sign up as soon as possible.

New databases on trial:  Houghton Library has made available for students and faculty the following new databases, which will be on trial for the coming year at

  • Gender Studies Database, combining Women's Studies International and Men's Studies databases
  • Research Starters, Business
  • Research Starters, Education

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • Want to learn what is required to apply for and participate in an internship?  Attend the INTERNSHIP INTEREST SESSION, Tuesday, March 29, noon–1:00 p.m., Russell Dining Hall
  • PACT Faculty Workshop (former, current, and future PACT faculty), DATE CHANGE:  Tuesday, March 29, 3:30 p.m., Wilson 208
  • ROOM DRAW (the process by which current residents choose their rooms for next year) is TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday, March 29) in Smith Hall, Room 102:
    • Fall 2011 Senior (90+ credit hours)—6:30pm
    • Fall 2011 Junior (57 + credit hours)—7:00pm
    • Fall 2011 Sophomore (24+ credit hours)—8:30pm
    • Fall 2011 Freshman (0–23 credit hours)—10:00pm
  • Town Hall Meeting, presented by the Freshman Forum, Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building
  • Butt Sketch Artist, Wednesday, March 30, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Russell Dining Hall
  • Army National Guard Recruiting, Thursday, March 31, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Russell Dining Hall lobby
  • 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
  • PREREGISTRATION FOR 2011, April 4–8.  Meet with your adviser THIS WEEK in order to plan for registration.  Your adviser's signature and approval from the Office of Student Financial Services are required on your Enrollment Card before turning it in to the Registrar's Office.  Summer registration will be held April 11–13.  Here are some helpful links as you plan for and go through the registration process:
  • Signed and approved (see above) Enrollment Cards will be accepted in the Registrar's Office 8:30–11:30 a.m. and1:00–4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday next week, according to this schedule:
    • Monday, April 4:  Seniors (90+ completed hours)
    • Tuesday, April 5:  Juniors and Seniors (57+ completed hours)
    • Wednesday, April 6:  Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (24+ completed hours)
    • Thursday, April 7:  Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors ((0+ completed hours)
    • Friday, April 8:  Special, Transient, Readmitted, and all other current students
  • 2011–12 Travel Sign-up begins, Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 a.m., Security Office, Wilson Building
  • "How a King, an Emperor, and a Pharaoh Helped Make the Bible As We Know It," lecture and presentation by Dr. Larry Yarbrough, Tillinghast Professor of Religion at Middlebury College (Vermont), Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m., Houghton Library Atrium; open to all
  • The Old Cloverdale Association invites you to the annual Tour of Homes, Saturday, April 9, noon–4:00 p.m.
  • The Montevallo Arts Council invites you to attend the Orr Park Art Show, Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Montevallo's Orr Park.
  • The Prattville Performing Arts Center invites you to audition for a role in the summer production of "Steel Magnolias," Sunday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the performing arts center.
  • Colloquium, "The Egyptian Uprising:  Recent Visitors Reflect," presented by Dr. Larry Yarbrough, Tillinghast Professor of Religion, Middlebury College, and his wife, Amy Hastings, Monday, April 11, 4:00–5:15 p.m.,  Office of the President
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature Seminar, Thursday, April 14, 1:00 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library Atrium
  • Rising seniors:  Oracle Hunt, Saturday, April 16, 12:30 a.m.
  • Faure Requiem, presented by the Concert Choir, Sunday, April 17, 3:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall

Internship Opportunity:

Bridge Builders, a two-year youth leadership and diversity program, is offering a summer internship for enthusiastic, highly motivated student leaders June 5–23 at Huntingdon.  Earn three college credits through this experience.  See a video presentation by Catie Malone '11 (Political Science/Comm. Studies; Ozark, Ala.), read more, and apply here.


  • Tyler Creamer '14 (Chemistry; Killen, Ala.) and Larry Pritchett '13 (Accounting; Wetumpka, Ala.) were named GSAC Doubles Players of the Week for men's tennis following victories over Maryville and Piedmont during the week of March 7–11.
  • Chris Huckle '11 (Cell Biology; Ocean Springs, Miss.) has received admission to the D.O. program at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Hattiesburg, Miss.) for fall 2011.
  • Keegan Lambeth '13 (Biochemistry; Flomaton, Ala.) was named GSAC Player of the Week for baseball for his contributions in four Hawks victories during the week of March 7–11.
  • Colby Leonard '12 (Religion; Coker, Ala.) will work this summer as a resident assistant and group leader for Duke University Youth Academy in Durham, North Carolina. Only about a dozen college students from across the country were selected to work in these coveted positions.  He will serve from June 19 to July 2 with expenses covered and a stipend provided.
  • Catie Malone '11 (Political Science/Comm. Studies; Ozark, Ala.) has received admission to the graduate program in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama and has been awarded a graduate teaching assistantship in the department, teaching the public speaking performance labs.
  • Melissa McClure '13 (Biology; Oakfield, Ga.) was named GSAC Pitcher of the Week in softball for the week ending March 20.  Her win-producing game included seven strike-outs.
  • Holly Ostrander '14 (Psychology; Clearwater, Fla.) was named a GSAC Player of the Week for softball after recording 11 RBIs (including one grand slam) in four games during the week of March 7–11.
  • Christopher Payne, assistant professor of art, had a sculpture accepted into the 39th Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, a juried show on view at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts through May 15.  In addition, the ceramic sculpture, "The Spaces Between," received the exhibition's AGAS Publishing Award.
  • Clare Shannon '11 (Biology; Birmingham, Ala.) has received acceptance to three D.V.M. programs:  Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, and Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • John Sloan '11 (Biochemistry; Albertville, Ala.) has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at South College School of Pharmacy (Knoxville, Tenn.) for fall 2011.

Sympathy and prayers:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark Alexander '98, a member of the National Alumni Board, and his family upon the death of his mother, Connie, last week.

Our sympathies are extended to Emily Webster Cosgrove '07, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, on the death of her father, Harry, March 18.  Services were held March 24 at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

Welcome back to:

Jane Williams, director of college travel and event planning, who, we hope, is taking a gentle approach to her return to campus following an extended illness.


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