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May 27, 2011

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Get a glimpse of Huntingdon Tomorrow:  At a Gala Celebration dinner held May 12, Huntingdon trustees and friends of the College officially launched the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, a diverse set of initiatives that will build Huntingdon enrollment and increase opportunities in the arts, academic programs, student and residential life, and athletics during the next seven years.  Plans include the addition of intercollegiate sports; the re-introduction of majors in dance and theater and separate facilities for each program; the renovation of Pratt and Hanson Halls; the reconstruction of the tennis courts and Charles Lee Field; and the addition of a natatorium on the Cloverdale Campus.

Rudolph leads Department of Teacher Education:  Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph, Huntingdon Class of 1980, will join the faculty as chair of the Department of Teacher Education and assistant professor of education this fall.  Dr. Rudolph currently serves as assistant superintendent of schools in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  She is the mother of Glenn Rudolph '09.

Academic changes announced: President J. Cameron West announced several changes in academic personnel and programming earlier this month.  Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of biology, has moved his office to Jackson Home.  He will oversee the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and the Center for Career and Vocation and will co-direct the Quality Enhancement Plan (ACT/PACT)  and direct the new Honors Program in his expanded role during the coming year.  In addition, the history and political science majors will come together as the Department of History and Political Science, to be chaired by Dr. Jeremy R.T. Lewis, professor of political science.

Huntingdon recognized for community service:  Huntingdon has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The recognition highlighted three ongoing service programs at the College: the Adapted Sport Day program with Brewbaker Junior High School special education students; the SaveFirst Initiative; and Huntingdon teacher education students' service as tutors in Montgomery's Title I schools. 

Three new staff join Student Life:  The Office of Student Life welcomes three new staff members June 1:  Christina Brown, resident director in Ligon Hall and coordinator of commuter students; Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life; and Lauren Hobbs, resident director in Blount Hall and coordinator of Greek Life.  Lauren earned her B.A. in communication and information sciences from the University of Alabama and has served in a congressional internship in addition to working as an administrative assistant for the City of Andalusia Police Department.  She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  Sandra earned a graduate degree in theological studies from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, and completed her undergraduate degree at Samford University.  She is the resident manager for Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and has served as residential life coordinator at Louisiana State University. Christina is the daughter of Bowdy and Nancy Jo Keith Brown, both Class of 1983. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Auburn University and is a graduate student in school counseling at AUM.  Most recently, Christina has served as a K–4 teacher at the St. James School in Montgomery.

Classes of 2011 move forward:  With two of the largest graduating classes in decades, the Classes of 2011 traditional day program and ADCP officially moved into their respective futures Saturday, May 7.  See a recap.

Chemistry department receives grant:  Huntingdon's American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter has received a $750 International Year of Chemistry Grant from the ACS and a $750 matching grant from the Auburn local ACS section.  The money will fund the printing of chemistry poetry books for distribution in K–12 classrooms in the department's outreach activities this fall.  The chemistry-related poems were written by Huntingdon students, staff, alumni, and faculty.  The book editor is Angelica Trammell '11.

Fiscal year ends May 31:  Add your gift to this year's Annual Fund!  The last day to give is Tuesday, May 31.  Give online.


Brandon Addison '06 has graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy from Alabama State University.

Robyn Bradley '07 completed her graduate degree and is working on the staff for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

Teera Baine '11 has been accepted to the Ph.D. chemistry program at the University of Memphis.

Ashley Dubuque Gorum '03 and Alton Gorum '04 welcomed their first child, Harrison, May 12.

Four Huntingdon Hawks football players, a state high, have been named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's Hampshire Honor Society:  Drew Harrell '11; Quinn Hambrite '12; Jacob "Tank" King '11; and Steven Penewitt '11.  In the first five years of the Honor Society, Huntingdon has had 24 student-athletes named to the list.  Joining the Hawks on the list  from Alabama were Auburn's Ryan Pugh and the University of Alabama's Greg McElroy.

Alexis Johnson '12 (English; Wetumpka, Ala.) and Emily Webster Cosgrove '07 have been elected as members of the College's newly re-formed chapter of the national English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

Carolyn Kinney '05 married Patrick Byrne May 14.

Laura Paddock '05 married Matt Ingram May 7.

Division III All-Region Softball Team honors have been extended by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association to Aleah Payne (Second Team) and Holly Ostrander (Third Team).

Trey Pike '09 has been hired to serve as head football coach at Crossville High School in Crossville, Alabama.

Abigail Pridgeon '06 and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their first child, Alexis Kennedy Pridgeon, May 17.

Cole Smith '11 has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the University of Alabama.

Emily White '09 married Marc Hulsey '08 May 14.

Sympathy and prayers

To the family of D.J. (Dara) Riley, of Tallassee, who was killed in an automobile accident last weekend.  D.J. was a member of the Huntingdon student body during the fall semester 2010.

SPECIAL NOTICE (at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Association)

If your family has been impacted by the recent tornadoes in Alabama, FEMA invites you to apply for assistance that may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help your family recover from the effects of the disaster.  Call 800-621-3362 or online The window for making application is 60 days from the event; we are at 30 days from the April 27 outbreak of storms.  Call FEMA today to register (assistance is in addition to any insurance coverage received).


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