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April 11, 2011

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

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NOTE:   There is a threat of severe weather in the area tonight.  Please stay tuned to your favorite local news station and respond to any weather emergencies appropriately.

Reminder:  Awards Day Convocation is Friday, April 15, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; all are invited to attend.

Student selected for national fellowship:  Huntingdon College senior Rebekah Redden '11 is one of only 12 individuals nationally selected to attend the John Jay Institute and to serve as a John Jay Fellow for the coming year.  The Montgomery native and history and religion double-major will begin her studies in the fall.  Read more.

Faculty member awarded prestigious fellowship Ms. Mandy McMichael, visiting assistant professor of religion, has been awarded a Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship to support the final year of her Ph.D. program.  The Institute supports a small number of scholars each year whose doctoral dissertations are engaged in research with the potential of strengthening the religious life of North American Christians, especially projects related to Christian faith and life, religious institutions, and pastoral leadership, at the same time advancing American religious and theological scholarship.  Look for a Web story/news release later this week on this exciting news. The Louisville Institute is supported by the Lily Endowment.

Serebryany performs for final Cheek Concert:  Dr. Vadim Serebryany, assistant professor of music (piano,) will perform for the final Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series event of the 2010–11 academic year Tuesday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  Joining him onstage will be Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Violin Fellow Liana Gourdjia and MSO Cello Fellow Laura Usiskin in a concert of music by the composers Haydn and Beethoven.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Read more.

Exchange Club installed:  Fifteen Huntingdon students were installed in the Huntingdon Collegiate Exchange Club last week, the only such club at the college level in the country.  Exchange Club is a service organization founded in 1901, with its first Alabama chapters installed in 1921 (Montgomery's being among those initial Alabama chapters). The organization focuses mainly in the areas of promoting patriotism and preventing child abuse. Last week, club members finger-printed 100 children at Eastdale Mall as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The club builders areDr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, professor of chemistry; Mr. Howard Tinsley, Alabama District Exchange Club treasurer; and Ms. Dot Golab, an alumna and president of the Alabama District Exchange Club.

Summer camps posted in athletics, music:  Thebaseball and basketball  programs and the Department of Music (Piano Camp) have announced the summer camp experiences that will be offered for children and youth.  See the links above for more information about each camp.

Need one more credit hour for your fall semester schedule?  Consider adding choir (MUAP 115) TR at 11:00 a.m. or MW at 2:15 p.m.—1 credit hour each.

Coming Up: (See the calendar

  • Fall 2011 preregistration continues--if you didn't register last week, you may do so this week!
  • "Respecting Women ... Healthy Relationships," presented by Melanie Beasley, Family Sunshine Center, and sponsored by the Alabama Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will be held tonight, Monday, April 11, 6:00–7:00 p.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building.  All are welcome.
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature Seminar, Thursday, April 14, 1:00 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library Atrium
  • HONORS CONVOCATION, Friday, April 15, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Friday, April 15, tour of South University's Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Facility with the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education; leave from Weil 105 at 12:30 p.m. to carpool; event begins at 1:00 p.m.  RSVP to
  • Cheerleading Tryouts, April 15-16; applications available in the Office of Admission, Flowers Hall, due by April 11.  Tryout practice clinic  April 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 15:  Deadline to turn in Judicial Board applications; available from and returned to The Hut.
  • Note:  "Bookmark," filmed by Alabama Public Television, will tape episodes about current Alabama writers and their books in Houghton Memorial Library Friday afternoon, April 15.  They will be talking with authors who are in town for the Alabama Book Festival April 16.
  • Juniors and Seniors:  Oracle Hunt, Saturday, April 16, 12:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 16:  Six Flags Trip (prepaid registration required)
  • Faure Requiem, presented by the Concert Choir, Sunday, April 17, 3:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • SPIRIT NIGHT, Ann Street Chick-Fil-A; mention Huntingdon College from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, and 10% of your purchase will go toward Common Ground Ministries.  Come out and support Common Ground!
  • Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert featuring Dr. Vadim Serebryany, Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel
  • Last day of classes, Thursday, April 21
  • Good Friday, April 22, no classes, offices closed
  • Dead Day, Monday, April 25 (study for exams!)
  •  Finals, April 26–29
  • Baccalaureate, Friday, May 6, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Commencement Exercises, Saturday, May 7, The Green; Traditional Day, 9:00 a.m.; ADCP, 6:00 p.m.; rain location is Roland Arena


Chaise Blaich '11 (Bus. Ad.; DeFuniak Springs, Fla.) was named GSAC Men's Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 3, after capturing the individual title and the Hawks capturing the team title in the Piedmont College Spring Invitational.

Saem Hur '14 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.) came in fifth in the individual standings and the Lady Hawks finished third overall in the 2011 Spring Reeder Cup golf tournament in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, last week.

Megan-Rhea Lewis '14 (Undeclared; Dothan, Ala.) was recognized by the Alabama Republican Party as a Rising Republican Star  in recognition of her work with the Martha Roby Campaign, the Paul Lee Campaign, and GOTV efforts in Houston County.  She is the president of Huntingdon's College Republicans.  Last week, she and the College Republicans supported the Voter I.D. bill in Alabama.

Melissa McClure '13 (Biology; Oakfield, Ga.) was recognized as the GSAC Pitcher of the Week for women's softball for the week ending April 3, her second time to win the honor this year.  Melissa achieved an ERA of 1.42 at the mound that week, pitching 12-and-2/3 innings with just a pair of earned runs and 13 strike-outs.  She had a perfect game facing Wesleyan College April 2, earning 11 outs by strike-out.

Kristin McDaniel '11 (Bus. Ad.; Owens Cross Roads, Ala.) was recognized as a GSAC Player of the Week in women's tennis-doubles for the week ending April 3.

Huntingdon Head Women's Tennis Coach Ximena Moore achieved her 100th career win as a coach in a Lady Hawks victory over Piedmont College, 9-0, Saturday afternoon.  Hawk 'em!

Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, has had three artworks selected for inclusion in the 25th Annual Arts Alive Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, which will be held at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama, from May 14 to June 17.

Katie Scott '13 (Bus. Ad.; Panama City, Fla.) was recognized as a Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week in both singles and doubles for the week ending April 3.

Huntingdon's men's and women's tennis teams are undefeated in conference play at this writing.


We extend sincere thanks to all who helped to make the Luau and CloverJam events successful.

Sympathy and Prayers:

We extend our sympathy and prayers to President J. Cameron West, his wife, Elizabeth, and children, Grace and William, on the death of Mrs. West's mother, Lew Batchelor, in North Carolina last week.  A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, at Centenary United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., with a reception following at the church. 


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

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