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October 11, 2011

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Homecoming/Family Weekend Highlights

In one of the most inspirational events of the weekend, five alumni were honored for their achievement and loyalty to the College by the National Alumni Association Friday afternoon.  Their remarks about the ways their Huntingdon experiences transformed their lives were jewels in the treasure chest of weekend events.

  • Leura Garrett Canary '78 (Achievement) was presidentially appointed and confirmed to the position of interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama in November 2001, serving until the summer of 2011.  
  • Navy Rear Admiral (Ret.)  Elizabeth Cumming Hight '74 (Achievement) of Alexandria, Virginia, serves as vice president of Hewlett Packard's Cybersecurity Practice.  She formerly served as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.  
  • David Hudson Jr. '81 , chairman of the Huntingdon Board of Trustees and a generous supporter and friend of the College, was honored with the Alumni Loyalty Award. 
  • Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 , professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored with the Alumni Loyalty Award.  
  • Casey Malone Maugh '00 was honored as the the Outstanding Young Alumna. Casey spent two years in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, Africa; then remained in the country to open a school for Cape Verde residents.  She completed her Ph.D. in communication studies at Pennsylvania State University and is a visiting professor at the University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park Campus. 

Six impressive alumni were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame:

  • Keith Chappell '00 , who came to Huntingdon as the highest ranking high school goalkeeper in the state of Florida and graduated with departmental honors in both English and biology, is now an ER physician in Cape Cod, Mass. 
  • Fred Frost '81 , a native of Macon, Ga., was a four-year letterman in golf, 3-year captain, and MVP his senior year.  He graduated from Vanderbilt law school after Huntingdon.  Today he lives in Houston, Texas, where he serves as assistant chief attorney for production for ExxonMobil.  
  • Wanda Howard '81 came to Huntingdon with impressive athletic credentials in an era when Huntingdon didn't offer intercollegiate basketball or softball for women.  Instead, she became one of our Lady Hawks' biggest supporters: encouraging, mentoring, and vocally supporting the teams.
  • Eugene Lewis '64 transferred to Huntingdon from Young Harris College and was the starting center on the basketball team, helping to lead the Hawks to the NAIA national tournament his senior year.  He earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University and retired after serving as vice president of operations for Royal Cup Coffee.
  • Mike Nelson '88 , one of the most decorated baseball players in Huntingdon history, helped lead the Hawks to their first College World Series appearance.  He has worked for Coca-Cola for 24 years.
  • Vann Stuedeman '94 , a four-year pitcher, helped the Lady Hawks reach the national tournament twice during her tenure, both times finishing third.  After serving as pitching coach at the University of Alabama for 11 years (and six Women's College World Series appearances), she is serving as the head softball coach for Mississippi State University.
  • Jessica Dickson '12 (Cell Biology; McCalla) was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Queen during half-time of the Homecoming football game.  Her honor maids were Tiffany Dean '12 (Biochemistry; Dothan) and Amanda Houston '12 (Business; Fyffe); attendants were Mary Gasson '13 (Music; Clanton); Taylor King '13 (Art/Psychology; Greensboro); Michelle Gonzalez '14 (Undeclared; San Antonio, Texas); Bailey Scott '14 (Biology; Newnan, Ga.); Tori Jackson '15 (Psychology; Prattville); and Micaela White '15 (Business; McKinney, Texas). 

The Hawks soccer team brought home their first victory of the season on an overtime penalty kick score from Chris Blight '13 (Physical Education; Guildford, Northern Ireland), beating Talladega College 2-1.  Hawk 'em!

The Hawks football team soared over the Wittenburg College Tigers, ranked 11th or 12th in opposing college coaching polls prior to the game.  What a great Homecoming victory!

The Lady Hawks soccer team scored with four minutes remaining in the second overtime on a goal by Katlyn Reynolds '15 (Sport Studies/Digital Art; Birmingham) for a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan College  Saturday.

The Huntingdon choirs (Concert Choir; Be [Natural Sign] Quartet; and Huntingdon Harmony show choir) offered a fabulous concert Sunday afternoon.  The concert opened with the beautiful composition, "Be Still," by Dr. Jennifer Canfield, assistant professor of music; and closed with "a little music" from music faculty Dr. Dennis Herrick, Dr. Vadim Serebryany, and Dr. Brenda Luchsinger—a great way to end the weekend!

The winners of the Sidewalk Chalk Contest were 1st: Katie Jones '13 (Communication Studies; Montgomery, Ala.); 2nd: Taylor Phillips '14 (Business; Lake View); and 3rd: Ann Clancy '15 (Political Science; Ferrisburg, Vt.); with Honorable Mentions going to Josh Johnson '14 (Religion; Montgomery), the Environmental Club, and Alexis Johnson '12 (English; Wetumpka).

News Clips

Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman (chair, Department of Sport Studies and Physical Education), and six students will chaperone special needs children at the Alabama National Fair tomorrow.  This is an Easter Seals initiative and is known as "Special Friends" day at the fair.  Dr. Olenik's Adapted Physical Education class will begin working with special education students at Lee High School this semester as part of their Adapted Physical Activity and Sport Program.  The Lee students will be on campus for four APASP sessions in October and November. 

Houghton Library has announced several new database trials that will run for the month of October: Artstor, Project Muse (the Basic Research Collection), and Business Insight Global from Gale Research.  Coming soon: JStor!  Please take the time to use these databases and provide your feedback to the library staff/faculty, as your input helps them to prioritize database purchases.

Mark your calendars; special notes; reminders:

Mid-term grades will be posted by 5pm Friday, October 14, which is also an In-Service Day and the deadline for changing to P/N grading, audit, or non-credit status.

Lady Hawks Volleyball Senior Day will be held Saturday, October 15, in the Wilson Gymnasium (Cloverdale Campus) during the GSAC Tri-Match.  The team will face LaGrange at noon and Covenant at 4:00 p.m.

The poet Richard Tillinghast, author of 10 books and recipient of numerous writing awards, will be the 2011 Ellison Lecturer, Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m.  

Flu shots are available in the Office of Student Health Services, the Hut, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:00–11:00 a.m. and 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 10:00–11:00 a.m. and 2:00–3:00 p.m.; No shots 10/6/11 because of health screening and no shots on Fridays.

The Women's Center has begun an organized reading of the newest translation of The Second Sex, a foundational text for feminist theory by Simone de Beauvoir; translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovaney-Chevallier.  The first discussion will be Friday, November 4, at 11:45 a.m. (place TBA).  To participate, get your copy of the text and begin reading the introduction and Part One: Destiny.

NEW STUDENTS:  Please pick up your 2011–12 College Catalog at the Registrar's Office, the Wilson Center.

For coming events at Huntingdon, see the Calendar.

In the Community:

Students may receive deep discounts on tickets for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival performance of DRACULA running October 7–30.  You may purchase one $25 ticket per student during Student Rush, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, one hour before the show begins.  You must have your student ID with you.  The regular price is $42 per seat.  Seats are limited.

The Alabama National Fair is in town October 7–16  at the County Fairgrounds on Coliseum Boulevard.

Members of Chi Omega women's fraternity are raising money for the American Cancer Society through the ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.  To sponsor a member for a donation of any amount, talk with your nearest Chi Omega.


Abby Carter '12 (Psychology; Charlotte, N.C.) was recognized as the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the Week last week, recording 38 kills and playing a key role in Huntingdon winning three of its four matches last week.

Dr. Jeremy R.T. Lewis, professor and chair, political science, has been invited to present a paper at a global conference on Transparency in Bratislava (formerly part of Czechoslovakia), December 7–8.  His paper on Transparency given for a May 2011 conference has been published by Rutgers University.

Tegan Cole '08 married Kenny Silanskas earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They live in Salem, New Hampshire, where she works as a technical content editor for PC Connection.

Ashley Rowe '11 married Codie Campbell October 1.

Cole Smith '11 led Huntingdon pre-pharmacy students on a tour of the South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, South Carolina, earlier this month.  Cole is the elected president of the Class of 2014 in pharmacy school.

Anthony C. "Tony" Stallworth '78 has been selected to become the fourth associate executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association.  A former high school teacher, coach, and administrator for Crenshaw County schools who has earned admiration on the court and in the classroom, Stallworth will begin his duties November 1.  Read more.

North Carolina Living Treasure Billie Ruth Stewart Sudduth '67, a basket artist whose pieces are in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian, was honored as the featured artist for the Craven Festival in New Bern, N.C., in September.  See a 30-minute interview with her here.

The Hawk Spirit Soars:

"Can you please send out a big 'thank you!' to the band who helped our students from Dadeville High School in the face of a difficult situation Saturday [October 1] at the competition? One of our parents' vehicles burned outside Tallassee. She was carrying some uniforms and percussion instruments; thank goodness no one was hurt and the instruments were saved! But the HC band stepped up and loaned equipment and instruments to our kids so they could perform as scheduled. I wasn't able to attend, but I heard about it afterward and thought it was FANTASTIC that your students helped ours!"

    Beckie French Mosley
    Class of 1985
    Dadeville, AL



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