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June 10, 2011

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Digital Art major returns:  At a spring meeting of Faculty Senate, faculty voted to adopt a major in digital art beginning fall 2011.  The major, part of the Department of Art, was last on the roster in the late 1990s.  Its return reflects the need for graphic artists to work in electronic media to be competitive in today's marketplace.

Faculty positions filled:  To date, the Office of the Provost has named nine new members of the Huntingdon faculty who will begin this fall semester.  The process of filling a second open faculty position in mathematics is  underway.  Faculty members named to date are (contact information will be added to directory pages at the following links when available):

Staff members join the Huntingdon team:  Huntingdon has welcomed five new staff members this month.  They are:


  • Mr. Brandon Carney  now has too many titles to fit on a standard business card.  He is: assistant director of residence life, resident director for Searcy Hall, and coordinator of campus recreation and the Leadership Initiative.  He has moved to Room 114 in The Hut; x4042.
  • Mr. Chris Clark '07, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, has moved to Jackson 101; phone x4498
  • Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, assistant vice president for academic enrichment, has moved to Jackson 104; phone x4582.
  • Ms. Adrienne Strickland Gaines '00, assistant to the provost for institutional assessment and compliance, has moved to Flowers 105; phone x4416.
  • Mr. Jim Hilgartner, director of the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, has moved to Jackson 113; phone x4532.
  • Dr. Sidney J. Stubbs, provost and dean of the college, has moved into the Academic Affairs suite of offices, now the Office of the Provost, Flowers 107; phone x4236 (Tricia Grier). 
  • Ms. Sara Beth Terry, coordinator of student activities, has moved to Room 106 in The Hut, x4062.


For monthly paid employees, the deadline to submit TIAA-CREF adjustments and Flex Spending amounts is Friday, June 17.  For bi-weekly paid employees, the deadline is Monday, June 13.

We have begun a new fiscal year.  Please be sure to submit all May expenses and reconciliations promptly so that the Office of Financial Affairs can close out the previous fiscal year.


Three Huntingdon Hawks Baseball Team members were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association's All-South Region Team.  Ryan Harrison '13 (Physical Education; Fairhope, Ala.) was named to the All-Region Second Team; John Rice '12 (History; Decatur, Ga.) and Drew Harrell '11 were named to the All-Region Third Team.

Dave Barkalow '03, pastor of Tallassee United Methodist Church, and his wife, Laura, welcomed a new family member earlier this month; their new daughter's name is Rosie.

Ashley Blocker '11 has been admitted to Jacksonville State University for graduate studies in the alternate fifth year program to gain teacher certification in general science.

Stephen Deloney '11 has enrolled in the master's program in library and information sciences at the University of Alabama.

C.J. Easterly '08 and Maggie Daniell '09 were married June 4, 2011.

Walker Garrett '07, a member of the Huntingdon National Alumni Board and a practicing attorney in Georgia, married Heather Harlow June 4.

Jessica Gillman '07 has graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Rachell Gunn '11 married Zachary Bigley May 28, 2011.

Amanda Haynes '10 and Garrett Sweat '08 will be married in Ligon Chapel tomorrow, June 11.  Amanda works for BBVA Compass Bank and Garrett for Southern BioTech immunology lab in Birmingham.

Matt Jackson '06, J.D., has joined the law firm of Adams and Reese in Mobile as an associate in the firm's Litigation Practice Team.  Matt has experience in banking/finance services, construction and insurance law, and is a member of the Alabama Bar, the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar, the Chattanooga Bar, and the American Bar Associations.  He earned his J.D. cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2010.

Paige Lathem '12 (Chemistry; Daphne, Ala.) has been accepted to a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF-REU) summer program in chemistry at Clemson University, South Carolina, this summer.

An article written by Dr. John Saunders, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, "Is Technology Killing Storytellers?" was published in the online journal, Communication Currents, a publication of the National Communication Association.

Caleb Schmidt '09 married Maggie Vickers May 21.

Cole Smith '11 has been accepted to the South University School of Pharmacy-Columbia, South Carolina, campus for the fall of 2011.

Sarah Ward '10 has been accepted to the graduate program in social work at the University of Alabama.

Professor Barbara White, accounting, will accomplish her 10-year goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states (plus DC) this month.  Bravo!

Sympathy and prayers

Our sympathies are extended to Ms. Doris Hall (Huntingdon Bookstore staff) & Ms. Valencia Hall '05, following the death of Mrs. Beulah Kate Hall, their grandmother and great-grandmother, respectively, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 11, in Birmingham.

Our sympathies are extended to Dorothy Rainer Sellars '48, lifetime member of the Board of Trustees from Opp, Alabama, on the death of her husband of 61 years, William "Doc" Sellars.  A memorial service was held June 4.  Doc Sellars served as the chief of hospital pharmacy at Eglin AFB for more than 36 years, was the quarterback of his high school football team, an avid golfer, announcer for the Florala High School football games, and  well-known for his dancing abilities.  He died June 2 at age 86.

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 April 27 event.  Call FEMA today to register (assistance is in addition to any insurance coverage received).


Su Ofe
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Office: (334) 833-4515
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