June 24, 2011
The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.
Huntingdon Tomorrow: Huntingdon College neighbors gathered in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, last night to learn more about plans for the $16.5 million growth campaign known as Huntingdon Tomorrow. Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, trustees Alice Reynolds and Ken Upchurch, and senior vice president for planning and administration Jay Dorman presented the components of the plan and answered questions posed by audience members. Huntingdon Web story. WSFA coverage. WAKA coverage.
Dates to remember: The In-Service dates, convocations, and other important events have been set for the 2011–2012 academic year, approved by the President's Council earlier this week. You will note on the academic calendar that the dates for the office closings for Christmas/New Year's break have changed slightly to allow for a little more rest after New Year's Eve. The break will begin Wednesday, December 21, and conclude Tuesday, January 3, with offices re-opening for the spring term Wednesday, January 4. Another note: except for the Service of Lessons and Carols, most evening events, concerts, lectures, etc., will begin at 7:30 p.m. for the coming year.
Making an impact: The students and faculty who worked on this year's SaveFirst team, a project of Impact Alabama, included 25 students who prepared tax returns at no cost for approximately 570 low-income families, helping them to secure nearly $1.5 million in tax refunds and saving them $170,700 in commercial tax preparation fees. Statewide, the initiative involved 500 students from 11 campuses assisting 4300 low-to-middle income families, with $8.2 million in refunds and saving $1.2 million in commercial tax preparation fees. Thank you to all of our Huntingdon students and to accounting professor Amy Beard Hulsey '90, who helped with the publicity, selection, training, as well as in providing services.
26 Miles to a Dream: Accounting professor Barbara White ran her 51st marathon last week, knocking out the Grandma's Marathon in Michigan with a time of 4 hours, 9 minutes, and 36 seconds. The race was a fitting conclusion and equally fitting race moniker for the accomplishment of a goal to run 50 marathons in 50 states, which began when she ran her first marathon in 2000 in honor of her grandmother as a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (She has also run the Marine Corps Marathon.) Her next adventure: a marathon in every continent. She will travel to Ireland in October and already has plans for China and Antarctica. See the story in the Duluth News Tribune.
To everyone involved in the planning, welcoming, and orienting of the first group of Class of 2015 students who were on campus June 16–17: thank you! The program has garnered positive reviews all-around, and we're looking forward to the next installment: July 28–29.
Mary Lawren Hill '11 has been hired as a math teacher at Marbury High School.
Megan-Rhea Lewis '14 has been placed as an intern on the presidential campaign for Governor Tim Pawlenty (Republican) this summer. She is working in the Iowa Caucus in Des Moines.
Cole Muzio '11 married Spencer Noel Blackmon earlier this month. Cole is working as a campaign manager for Matt Farriss, who is seeking the District 59 seat in the House of Delegates.
Vann Steudeman '94 has been hired as the head women's softball coach at Mississippi State University. She has served as the pitching coach at the University of Alabama for the last 11 seasons, during which the Tide reached the Women's College World Series six times and won three Southeaster Conference regular season titles. See story.
Cody Tackett '14 has been hired as a resident assistant in Searcy Hall.
Sarah Thebo '11 has been hired as the director of music ministries at Cain's Chapel United Methodist Church in Deatsville, where
Jenny Zeigler was commissioned as a provisional deacon at the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church earlier this month.
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In Memoriam: Kathryn Tucker Windham '39
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