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September 26, 2011

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Family Weekend/Homecoming coming up:  Homecoming weekend is October 7–9; right around the corner!  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.  

Help us find some baby hawks:  Do you know high school or transfer students who would fit well at Huntingdon College?  Bring them to Host Day, Saturday, October 8.  To sign-up, see the Office of Admission in Flowers Hall (

Mid-term grading/testing next week: Most classes will have mid-term tests next week, and all faculty will turn in midterm grades at the conclusion of the week.  Students, this is a reminder to turn in any outstanding assignments that might boost your grade between now and next Friday.  (Mid-term grades will be posted to student accounts by 5:00 p.m. October 14.)

ATTENTION PRE-HEALTH STUDENTS:  Please attend one of two meetings for pre-health students (pre-med, dentistry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician's assistant, occupational therapy, etc.) tomorrow in Stallworth Dining room, Russell Dining Hall.  If your last name begins with A through M, your meeting is 11:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.  If your last name begins with N through Z, your meeting will be 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

March with the Scarlet & Grey:  Marching band sounds will resound through the Cloverdale community Saturday, October 1, as 15 high school bands converge for the Huntingdon Marching Invitational at W. James Samford Jr. Stadium, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The day will conclude with a performance by the Marching Scarlet & Grey and an awards ceremony (4:20 p.m.)  The event is free and open to the public.

Musicians form show choir: Those who love vocal jazz, blues, and show tunes, among genres, have a new outlet for performance silky sounds of vocal jazz and the pop of show tunes will soon be heard emanating from Smith Hall, as students in the new Huntingdon show choir, Huntingdon Harmony, practice for their first performance, Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 p.m.  The members of the Huntingdon Harmony, all of whom are members of the Concert Choir, auditioned for their roles.  They are: Jacob Tuley '12 (English and History; Pensacola, Fla.); Timothy E. Doaty II '12 (Communication studies; Bastrop, La.); Mary Gasson '13 (Music Education; Clanton, Ala.); Brandy Freeman '13 (Communication studies; Mobile, Ala.); Josh Johnson '14 (Religion; Montgomery); Macon Armistead '14 (Youth Ministry; Hartselle, Ala.); Jonathan Joseph '14 (Music Education; Opelika, Ala.); Taylor Claire Bean '14 (Music Education; Hartselle, Ala); Alex Herring '14 (Undeclared; Opelika, Ala.); Jamal Howell '15 (Psychology; Pell City, Ala.); Haley Dickson '15 (Religion; Helena, Ala.); Kathryn Dismuke '15 (Psychology; Montgomery); Owen Carothers '12 (Accounting; Montgomery); Julian McGuire '13 (Chemistry/Music; Montgomery); and Matt Murray '13 (Communication studies/Music; Rutland, Vt.).  The ensemble is directed by Dr. Jennifer K. Canfield.

Exchange Club endorses national service project:  Students of the Huntingdon Exchange Club, the only collegiate club of its kind in the country, have endorsed the national service project of prevention of child abuse as their focus, and are planning workshops and seminars for Huntingdon and the community on equipping and informing good parenting skills and techniques.  The group has already completed one service project in promotion of National Baby Safety Month in September, distributing Golden Books along with tip sheets on baby care and  nutrition outside the Winn-Dixie in Cloverdale.  The club president is Russ Barnwell '13 (Political Science/English; Jacksonville, Ala.).

Sign-up now for Leadership Retreat:  The Office of Student Life is offering a Fall Leadership Beach Retreat Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2 in Destin, Florida.  The cost is $75 and must be paid  at registration, deadline 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28.  For more information, see Brandon Carney, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of the Leadership Initiative and campus recreation, x4042 or

Don't read that book, you might learn something:  This week is National Banned Books Week.  Stop by Houghton Library to see the displays and pick up a few freebies.


The Cultural and Community Events page on the Web site changes frequently—check it as your latest resource for Huntingdon cultural events and convocations.

Upcoming academic deadlines:

  • October 7, Friday:  End of the mid-term grading period
  • October 14, Friday: Last day to change to P/N grading, audit, or non-credit status; mid-term grades posted by 5:00 p.m.
  • October 28, Friday:  Last day to withdraw from a course without grade penalty and receive a WP or WF on the transcript

Overstocked textbooks are being returned to publishers.  If you haven't yet purchased your textbooks, go to the bookstore right away to do so before the books are returned.

Faculty, please submit your proposals for 30-minute presentations on the central topic, "The Glory of Failure," for the Fall Faculty Forum by October 21 to either Dr. Frank Buckner or Mr. Eric A. Kidwell.

Faculty, please submit your proposals for 2012–2013 Huntingdon Plan travel by November 1 to Ms. Camille Elebash-Hill.

Coming Events at Huntingdon (see Calendar):


    Commuter Student Ice Cream and Game Night, 6:30 p.m., CSO Lounge, Pratt Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 27:

    Voting for Homecoming Queen and court members begins in the dining hall
    Pre-health professional program meeting for students with last names A–M; 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    Pre-health professional program meeting for students with last names N–Z; 12:15–12:45 p.m.
    VB @ Stillman College, 6:00 p.m.
    Greek Scholarship Banquet, 6:00 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room
    Math Club Game Night, 6:30 p.m., Library Atrium
    CMA Drama Team auditions, 8:00 p.m., Lobby, Roland Student Center
    SGA Senate meeting, 8:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 28:

    Chapel Service, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel
    WS @ Oglethorpe, 2:00 p.m.
    MS vs Faulkner, HOME, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29:

    EMERGE (worship service open to all), 8:30 p.m., Cloverdale Auditorium


    IN-SERVICE DAY: No classes; offices open
    Fall Leadership Retreat, Destin, Florida (must have registered in advance)
    All-State Show Choir Auditions, Smith Music Building

Saturday, Oct. 1:

    Fall Leadership Retreat, Destin, Florida (must have registered in advance)
    All-State Show Choir Auditions, Smith Music Building
    Huntingdon Marching Invitational, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., W. James Samford Jr. Stadium
    VB @ GSAC Tri-Match, Piedmont College
    MS @ Piedmont College, 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2:

    Fall Leadership Retreat, Destin, Florida (must have registered in advance)
    WS vs Millsaps, HOME, 3:00 p.m.


The Huntingdon Hawks football team knocked off a top-25 nationally-ranked team Saturday for the first time in the program's history.  The Hawks beat the Hampden-Sydney College Tigers, ranked number 22 by and number 14 by the American Football Coaches Association poll.  In the course of the game, Keith Anthony '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery) became the program's career leader in interceptions.  Hawk 'em!

Katie Cobb, daughter of Huntingdon Trustee David Cobb, has been cast in the role of Nel for the upcoming Alabama Shakespeare Festival production, "A Christmas Memory."

Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, was awarded the top prize, Best in Show, for his sculpture, "The Spaces Between," at the Meridian Museum of Art's 30th Annual Bi-State Art Competition this weekend. The museum purchased the piece for its permanent collection and scheduled a future one-person exhibition with Mr. Payne. named Hawks quarterback Neal Posey '13 (Sport Studies; Pike Road, Ala.) Division III Quarterback of the Week among all Division III schools in the country in recognition of his performance in the Hawks' game against Faulkner University September 17.  In the game, Posey completed 31 of 42 passes for 439 years, six touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Chris Saba '08 has passed the Florida Bar Exam and has been sworn in as an attorney.  He was a four-year starter on the men's soccer team and a history major at Huntingdon.  He completed law school at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.

Katie Scott '13 (Business Administration; Panama City, Fla.) won her consolation division and Hannah Creamer '14 (Communication Studies; Killen, Ala.) reached the B-draw finals to lead the Huntingdon women's tennis team in the weekend's USTA/ITA South Region Championships.  The Lady Hawks won 16 matches in the tournament each of the past two years.

That's the Huntingdon Spirit!

A team team of volunteers helped with Forest Avenue School's fall carnival last Friday.  We received a letter of thanks from the school—your efforts were most appreciated.

A team of volunteers helped with the triathlon sponsored by PT Solutions at The Waters last week.  The students met at 5:45 a.m. to travel to the event and assisted with set-up, take down, water distribution, and cheering.

Concerns, sympathy and prayers:

For the Reverend Neil McDavid '69, a former Huntingdon trustee, and his wife, Araminta '75, upon the death of Rev. McDavid's aunt, Milah McDavid.  Services were held today at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church in Mobile.

Mid-term Survival Tips:

Next week is Midterm Week!  In addition to all of the events leading up to Homecoming and Family Weekend, you'll be studying for mid-term exams.  Don't lose your focus.  Have lots of fun, but remember that your first priority is academic success!


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

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