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Monday Messages

May 02, 2011

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Ad-dressing a need:  After learning that the Red Cross needed volunteers to help in the tornado relief efforts last week, Rhett Butler '13 (Religion; Eclectic, Ala.), Brianna McClure '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery), and 10 others headed to Eclectic last Thursday, where they worked in a warehouse sorting clothes, food, and toiletry items that had been donated for disaster response.  While there, they overheard some parents discussing that their daughters had lost prom dresses among other belongings in the storm damage. Brianna and friends then mobilized a new effort: prom dress collection.  They called on their Huntingdon friends, some of whom traveled hours to their homes to retrieve and bring back dresses for the cause. Friday morning, Brianna and friends took an estimated 110 to 120 prom-worthy dresses back to Eclectic—where the prom was scheduled for Friday night.

Turning despair into hope: The Huntingdon community is reaching out to help those affected by last week's devastating tornadoes.  Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Collections of clothing, blankets, bags (overnight and athletic bags) and canned goods are being accepted in The Hut through Friday this week.
  • Monetary donations may be made at the Business Office.  Make your check payable to Huntingdon College and put "Disaster Relief" in the Memo line.  The donation will be submitted to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), so that they may direct funds to the areas of greatest need in Alabama.
  • To undergo training to participate on a relief team, contact Dr. Chris Perry, disaster response coordinator for the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, 334-328-7021. 
  • Questions?  Call Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, or (334) 833-4575.

Commencement event tips (for parents, friends, and other guests):  It looks like good weather is in store for Baccalaureate and Commencement events this weekend.  Here are a few tips that might help you enjoy the ceremonies a bit more:

  • The ground on The Green will be soft.  Flat shoes are advisable.
  • Cloth purses or bags may become damp or soiled if placed on the ground.
  • Wear comfortable, cool clothing.  The forecast today predicts sunny conditions with a high of 85. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.
  • Come early enough to get a seat in the shade, if possible, but remember that the sun will move during the ceremony (and so will the shade).
  • Baccalaureate seating will be limited because of the number of graduates. Families are encouraged to arrive early to locate seating. An overflow room will be set up in Flowers 101.

FOUR WEEKS LEFT in the fiscal year!  May 31 marks the end of the College's fiscal year.  Your contributions to the Huntingdon Fund make all things possible at Huntingdon. Have you given to Huntingdon this year?  Please consider making a gift by May 31.


GRADUATING SENIORS: At some point this summer, the Tech Team will remove your email address from the "Student" list and you will no longer receive email communications meant for all students, including Monday Messages.  If you would like to continue to receive Monday Messages, simply send to me ( the email address you'd like to subscribe, and I will add you to my "Alumni" distribution list.  Congratulations!  ALSO:  You may keep your Huntingdon email address for as long as you'd like to use it.  If you DO NOT want to keep your HC email address, please notify the Tech Team and your address will be discontinued.

PARENTS OF GRADUATING SENIORS:  You will remain on the Monday Messages "Parents" distribution list until you ask to be removed.  I do not automatically remove parents of students who graduate or transfer, so be sure to request removal if you no longer wish to receive news from Huntingdon.  (We like to keep you in the family as long as we can.)

Check-out procedures for residents:  Graduating seniors are required to check out of their rooms with their RAs by 9:00 a.m. Sunday, May 8.  Before you check out of your room with your RA, you must print, complete, and sign the Summer Break Closing Checklist.

Coming Up: (See the calendar)

  • Farewell reception for Dr. Kyle Fedler, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, hosted by Eric A. Kidwell and Dr. Frank Buckner, Wednesday, May 4, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library Atrium
  • 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
  • SUMMER HOURS begin Monday, May 9, 7:30a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily with half-hour lunch breaks.


Kyle Eller '10 will join the staff of the Office of College and Alumni Relations in June. Welcome back!

Angelica Trammell '11 (Biochemistry; Roanoke, Ala.) has received acceptance to the Master's in Public Health program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham beginning fall 2011.

Ginger Tyson '12 (Chemistry; Robertsdale, Ala.) has been accepted to a National Science Foundation REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) summer research program in polymer science and high performance materials, to be held at the University of Southern Mississippi this summer.

GSAC Men's Tennis Award winners:  Tyler Creamer '14 (Chemistry; Killen, Ala.) was selected as GSAC Men's Tennis Freshman of the Year last week.  He carried an undefeated 6-0 record at the #2 singles slot for the regular season champion Hawks.  Men's Tennis Coach Charlie Lane '71 was named GSAC Men's Tennis Coach of the Year after leading the men to a 6-0 record in GSAC play and a regular season championship.  In addition to Tyler Creamer, Zach Molin '11 (Psychology; Greenville, Miss.), Sean Jackson '12 (Accounting; Hudsonville, Mich.), and B.J. Foroughian '11 (Chemistry; Baton Rouge, La.) were named to the All-Conference Team for Singles players. Tyler Creamer and Larry Pritchett '13 (Accounting; Wetumpka, Ala.) made the Men's Tennis Doubles All-Conference Team; Larry was also named to the All-Academic Team.  Tyler and Dylan Carr '14 (Psychology; Luverne, Ala.) were named to the All-Freshman Team, with Carr taking home an Individual Sportsmanship Award. 

GSAC Softball Award winners:  Breanna Giordana '12 (Mathematics; Kaukauna, Wis.) was named GSAC Softball Pitcher of the Year last week after throwing 100 strike-outs and posting a 1.71 ERA in 14 starts, claiming a 12-4 overall record on the mound and winning all six of her Conference games during the season.  Brittney Novickis '14 (Art; Appleton, Wis.) was named an All-Conference Catcher.  Aleah Payne '14 (Sport Studies; Opelika, Ala.) was named an All-Conference Infielder, and Holly Ostrander '14 (Psychology; Clearwater, Fla.) was named an All-Conference Outfielder.  Included on the All-Academic Team with GPAs of 3.25 or better were Brittney Fox '14 (English; Kimberly, Ala.), Breanna Giordana, Melissa McClure '13 (Biology; Oakfield, Ga.), Jessica Sharker '11 (Biology; Montgomery), Ashley Smith '14 (Psychology; Montgomery), and Kristi Taylor '13 (Biology; Carrollton, Ga.)

GSAC Baseball Award winners:  John Rice '12 (History; Decatur, Ga.) was named GSAC Pitcher of the Year in the 2011 Baseball All-Conference Awards.  He led the Conference in ERAs this season, posting a league low of 1.7 in 11 games and earning a 6-2 record. Joseph Odom '14 (Sport Studies; Birmingham, Ala.) earned Freshman of the Year honors in the GSAC All-Conference Awards, earning a .333 batting average and seven RBIs in nine conference games.  Drew Harrell '11 (Accounting; Hayneville, Ala.) and Miles Walding '12 (Human Performance; Dothan, Ala.) were named to the GSAC All-Conference Team for baseball, while Joseph Odom was named to the All-Freshman Team and Parker Adams '13 (Biology; Boaz, Ala.), Evan Agnew '13 (Chemistry; Union Springs, Ala.), Greg Clayton '11 (Sport Studies; Jacksonville, Ala.), Jordan Green '13 (Accounting; Muscle Shoals, Ala.), Drew Harrell, Ryan Harrison '13 (Physical Education; Fairhope, Ala.), Josh Knuth '12 (Business Administration; Birmingham, Ala.), and Ryan Payne '12 (Athletic Training; Opelika, Ala.) were named to the All-Academic Team, earning grade point averages of 3.25 or better during the year.  Greg Clayton also took home an individual Sportsmanship Award.

GSAC Women's Tennis Award winners:  Christian Vick '12 (Cell Biology; Sylacauga, Ala.) took home an Individual Sportsmanship Award and was named to the GSAC Women's Tennis All-Academic Team last week, along with Jackie Crossman '12 (Cell Biology; Somers Point, N.J.), Katie Scott '13 (Business Administration; Panama City, Fla.), and Kati Bryant '12 (Communication Studies/English; Petal, Miss.).  Hannah Creamer '14 (Communication Studies; Killen, Ala.) was named to the All-Freshman  and All-Conference Teams.  Joining her in All-Conference were Katie Scott, Kristin McDaniel '11 (Business Administration; Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), Jackie Crossman, and Kati Bryant.

The newest members of the College's chapter of the national leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa  were inducted in a ceremony held Monday, April 25.  Elected to office following induction were Colby Leonard '12 (Religion; Coker, Ala.), president; Erin Ofe '12 (English; Montgomery), vice president; and McDowell Pinckard '12 (Accounting; Dothan, Ala.), SGA representative.

Faculty Award Winners (Awards Day Convocation)

Psi Chi Inductees

Sigma Beta Delta Inductees

Sympathy and prayers:

Our state was devastated by the tornadoes that claimed so many lives and ripped away memories and belongings last week.  Several students' homes were damaged; some lost friends or family members in the destruction; a number of churches were damaged or destroyed; alumni living in the stricken areas have lost homes, friends, family members and workplaces.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who have experienced loss, and with all who are serving and working to rebuild and restore spirit to those who need hope in such a challenging time.



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