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September 07, 2011

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Family Weekend/Homecoming set for October 7–8:  Make your reservations now for Family Weekend (schedule & reservation form) and/or Homecoming (schedule/reservation form) and get set to have a great time with friends and family!

Wayne Flynt headlines Public Affairs Forum Series: The first of four Public Affairs Forum events will be held Tuesday, September 20, with world-renowned historian Wayne Flynt as the featured speaker.  Dr. Flynt, professor emeritus of history at Auburn University, will visit Dr. Jeremy Lewis' political science class; present a Presidential Colloquy on the topic, "The Teacher as a Public Intellectual," facilitate a discussion at the home of the president on the value of religiously-based private higher education; and present a free public lecture as part of the Bishop's Lectureship at 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, on the topic, "The Lord is the Maker of Them All: Black, White, and Poor in America."  Read more.  See all cultural events.

Kiss a fish:  The annual Department of Biology overnighter at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, open to any interested student, is September 24–25.  The cost is $25, which covers transportation, three meals at the Sea Lab, a boat trip to collect and study cool sea creatures, admission to the Estuarium, overnight accommodations, and all the fish you can kiss.  To sign up, pay the $25 at the Office of Student Financial Services and take your receipt to Dr. Paul Gier in biology BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15.

Making Flubber, and other matters:  Members of Huntingdon College’s Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society, along with students from three other colleges/universities, led science activities for 864 K–12 students during the national organization's annual meeting in Denver late last month.  Dexter Dean '13 (Biochemistry; Clanton, Ala.), Tiffany Dean '12 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.), Paige Lathem '13 (Chemistry; Daphne, Ala.), Mary Elizabeth Terrell '12 (Chemistry; Pike Road, Ala.), and Ginger Tyson '12 (Chemistry; Robertsdale, Ala.) joined college students from Old Dominion University (VA), York College (PA), and the University of Colorado-Boulder in leading 10 hands-on activities for students, including lather painting and making Flubber.  Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 and Dr. Jeremy Carr  of Huntingdon’s Department of Chemistry also worked at the event.

September 11 remembrance:  Houghton Memorial Library will observe the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001 in the following ways:

  • Quotes contributed by members of the college community will be displayed on banners and in bulletins available in the front lobby.
  • New resources published for the 10th anniversary have been added to the library's LibGuides.  Search for the U.S. Constitution LibGuide and click on the September Project tab.
  • The library is using the readers' advisory service, "In My Opinion ...," to highlight some of the new 9/11-related books and documentaries that have been added to the collection.  Reviews and recommendations are posted in the library.
  • Items from the 9/11 collection of a member of the library faculty will be on display in the front exhibit cabinets.  The collection includes books, magazines, graphic novels, and other items. 
  • Friday, September 9, the library will offer remembrance ribbons for members of the community.  Stop by the library circulation desk to get your ribbon.


  • The Cultural and Community Events page on the Web site changes frequently—check it as your latest resource for Huntingdon cultural events and convocations.
  • The drycleaning/laundry service offered on campus last year has been discontinued.

Coming Events at Huntingdon (see Calendar):

Wednesday, Sept. 7:

    Chapel Service, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel
    Women's Center meeting, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Flowers 304—all (students, faculty, men, women) are welcome

Thursday, Sept. 8:

    Panhellenic Recruitment: Singing on the Green, 5:00 p.m.
    Faculty Follies and Serious Stuff, 6:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
    EMERGE (worship service open to all), 8:30 p.m., Cloverdale Auditorium

Friday, Sept. 9:

    VB @ Berry College Tournament
    Academic Department Meetings for students (mandatory), 11:45 a.m.—see the calendar for locations
    Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room

Saturday, Sept. 10:

    CC @ Spring Hill College
    Dance Team try-outs, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Roland Arena
    FB @ Birmingham-Southern College (Wesley Cup Tailgate Party begins at 11:45 a.m. on the hill; bring your lawn chair; kick-off 1:00 p.m.)
    MSoccer @ University of the South, 11:00 a.m.
    WSoccer VS Clearwater Christian, HOME, 1:00 p.m.
    Panhellenic Recruitment Bid Acceptance Signing

Sunday, Sept. 11:

    JV FB @ Birmingham-Southern
    MSoccer vs Birmingham Southern @ University of the South, 2:00 p.m.

In the Community:

  • A number of churches and organizations are offering September 11 commemorations
  • Broadway Under the Stars, Thursday, September 15, 7;30 p.m., Blount Cultural Park near ASF, free


To the newest members of our men's Greek organizations:

Kappa Sigma:
        John Mason Andrews '15 (History; Birmingham, Ala.)
        Matthew Bloom '15 (Music; Thorsby, Ala.)
        Reggie Collier '15 (Biochemistry; Athens, Ala.)
        Bradley Fuhrmeister '15 (Sport Studies; Jacksonville, Fla.)
        Jonathan Joseph '14 (Music; Auburn, Ala.)
        Michael Reyes-Brunick '15 (Undeclared; Meridianville, Ala.)
        Ryan Rich
        Brandon Tyler Sewell '15 (Biology; Elkton, Md.)
        Cody Whitehurst '15 (History; Irvington, Ala.)
Sigma Phi Epsilon:
        Daniel Dumont '15 (Mathematics; Harvest, Ala.)
        Justin Dooley '15 (Political Science; Andalusia, Ala.)
        Jackson Horn '15 (Biochemistry; Slidell, La.)
        Jake Kistel '15 (Business Administration; Fort Myers, Fla.)
        Logan Smith '15 (Mathematics; Grove Hill, Ala.)
Sigma Nu:
        Joshua Dunn '15 (Mathematics; Pike Road, Ala.)
        Jagger Eastman '15 (Youth Ministry/History; Sulligent, Ala.)
        Mike Huckle '15 (Undeclared; Ocean Springs, Miss.)
        Ryan Huguenel '15 (Biology; Prairieville, La.)
        Jeremy McVay '15 (Mathematics; Thomasville, Ala.)
        Hunter Pattison '15 (Political Science; Shalimar, Fla.)
        Gregory Payne '15 (Music; Gardendale, Ala.)
        Matthew Provow '12 (Business Administration; Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.)
        Harden Spencer '15 (Religion; Montgomery, Ala.)
        Evan Jackson Turner '14 (Biology; Montgomery, Ala.)
        Ryan Rees '15 (Athletic Training; Madison, Ala.)

To the newest members of the Campus Ministries Worship Teams and Praise Bands:

  • Drums:  Ki-Lai Austin '14 (Accounting; Montgomery, Ala.), Jake Campbell '14 (Youth Ministry; Lake Placid, Fla.), Micah Wright '15 (Music/Religion; Madison, Ala.)
  • Electric Guitar:  Stephen Barebo '13 (Youth Ministry/Religion; Shalimar, Fla.)
  • Acoustic Guitar:  Taylor Claire Bean '14 (Music; Hartselle, Ala.), Josh Johnson '14 (Religion; Montgomery, Ala.)
  • Keyboard:  Nate Madlock '15 (Political Science; Montgomery, Ala.), Sherry Leigh Lacey '13 (Psychology; Lapine, Ala.)
  • Bass:  Rhett Butler '13 (Religion; Eclectic, Ala.)
  • Vocals:  Jonathan Joseph '14 (Music; Auburn, Ala.), Megan Petenbrink '12 (Religion; Marietta, Ga.), Jess Todd '14 (Biology; Deatsville, Ala.), Brandy Freeman '13 (Communication Studies; Mobile, Ala.), Jayde Rasband '15 (Psychology; Maylene, Ala.), Alex Herring '14 (Undeclared; Opelika, Ala.), Alex Parquette '14 (Elementary Education; Montgomery, Ala.), Jake Bechert '13 (Accounting/Business Administration; Union Grove, Ala.), Desiree Gale '14 (Biology; Deatsville, Ala.), Haley Dickson '15 (Religion; Helena, Ala.), Jennifer Keith '15 (Undeclared; Talladega, Ala.)

YouTube video showcases Huntingdon's hosting of the first ever Alabama Communication Association annual conference, held on campus this summer.  The video was produced by Jay Hunt of the University of South Alabama.  A number of Huntingdon Department of Communication Studies students participated in the conference, as did both faculty members from the department.

Dr. Doba Jackson, assistant professor of chemistry, has announced his engagement to Dr. Lisa Gary, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  They will be married November 26.

Heather Vander Hey '10  has announced her engagement  to Tyler Perdue of Millbrook, Alabama. Their wedding is planned for November 17, 2012.

Concerns, sympathy and prayers:

For Brandon Carney, coordinator of the Leadership Initiative and campus recreation, and his family, whose Birmingham home was badly damaged by a fallen tree during the weekend storms surrounding Tropical Storm Lee.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Huntingdon was saddened to learn of the death of former trustee chairman Jack Boykin of Montrose, Alabama, last week.  Mr. Boykin served on the Huntingdon Board of Trustees for 19 years, from 1981 to 2000, and received an honorary doctorate from the College. His wife, Lois '66, son, Allen '87, daughter, Elisa Boykin Rambo '88, and son-in-law, Joe Rambo '87, are Huntingdon alumni.  Obituary.

Huntingdon welcomes ...

David Esser, assistant men's soccer coach, was a four-year player at the University of Montevallo.  He replaces Matt Thorne, who is the new head men's coach for the University of West Alabama.

Howard Johnson, assistant cross country and track and field coach, joined the College coaching staff last year and moves to new sports this year.  He coached at New Mexico Highlands University in 2009 and 2010 and was a six-time All-Conference selection in four seasons at Adams State.

Jordan Drumheller, assistant men's lacrosse coach, served as an assistant coach at the University of the South and lettered for four years Greensboro College.

Robert Milner, assistant women's soccer coach, has formerly coached for the St. James School's boys soccer team and served as a student assistant for AUM.  He played for Martin Methodist and for AUM.

Third Week (and beyond) Survival Tips:

GET INVOLVED.  Find a club or organization, team or trip, cause or conviction, and get out of your room.  Participation helps you find out what your passions are, gives you hands-on experience you can put on your resume, and helps you build friendships.  Don't know what to do?  Stop by my office.  I'll give you some suggestions.


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

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