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December 12, 2011

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News Clips

Did you get the message?  Huntingdon's emergency notification service was tested last week.  Students, faculty, and staff should have received voice, text, and email messages as part of this test.  If you DID NOT receive a message in all three of these categories, please be sure that the Tech Team has your cell phone contact information.  It is vitally important that we are able to contact all members of the College community in case an emergency arises.  Send your information by email from your Huntingdon email account to Frank Grier at

Talking dollars and sense:  Accounting professor Barbara White spoke with economics students at Trinity Presbyterian School as part of the Alabama Society of CPAs' Dollars and Sense Classroom Blitz last month.  Professionals visited 3000 students in 45 schools to educate about good money habits and about the accounting profession.  She plans to return to teach another unit on budgeting.

Huntingdon friendships light the community:  At the annual Community Christmas Celebration held December 1, Huntingdon's trees were lit by a very special group of Huntingdon friends.  Known as the Huntingdon Supper Club, the group's formation occurred in 1994, when members vowed not to lose touch with each other following graduation.  Since then, they have met six times a year in cities throughout the state and elsewhere, sharing weddings, Baptisms, first Communions, and a Bar and Bat Mitzvah.  The group includes David ('92) and Glenda Atwell ('91) Allred; David and Amy ('91) Cohen; Jamie and Carol ('90) Loeb; Mat ('88) and Evelyn ('90) Pope; Joe ('88) and Allyce Sikes ('90) Read; and Jody ('94) and Kristin Thomason; as well as their children.

Students circle the globe:  2012 Huntindon Plan travel has begun!  The first group of 12 students left for Honduras last week, where they will stay at Mango Creek Lodge with leaders Dr. Allen Tubbs (biology) and Mr. Jim Hilgartner (Staton Center)--snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and writing.  They will return December 17.  Leaving January 2, 39 students will travel to Puerto Rico with Dr. Roxanne St. Martin (athletic training) and Dr. Ann Phillips (psychology), where they will spend the first night at Vieques Island so that they can go to the bio-luminescent Mosquito Bay to see the microorganisms illuminated by the moonlight.  Beyond that, this is an adventure group who will enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, etc, returning January 8.  One more group will leave in March, followed by three in May.  

Band plays for All-Stars:  The Huntingdon Marching Scarlet and Grey was invited by the Montgomery Lions Club and the Alabama High School Athletic Association to perform the pre-game show, National Anthem, and at half-time of the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Football Game.  The game was held December 10 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

An opportunity to apply wisdom in service:  The United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries has sent young people into service for 60 years through US-2 and mission intern programs.  US-2s serve two years living out faith through social justice in the United States.  They live, work, and make a positive impact working with a UM partner organization.  Mission interns integrate the global and local by serving for three years, half of the time in an international community and half in the intern's home country.  If you are between the ages of 20 and 30 and would like to apply or learn more, applications and information are here.

News Briefs

  • During the holiday break, the Print Shop will move to Roland Student Center.  We'll let you know when it's ready for your printing business.
  • Office of Student Life staff members volunteered by sorting, organizing, boxing and bagging toys for children in need for the Toys for Tots program as part of their staff Christmas celebration this week.
  • Reminder:  Huntingdon offices will be closed for the Christmas/New Year break from Wednesday, December 21, through Tuesday, January 3, reopening Wednesday, January 4.  Prospective students may apply online; for admission information, call (334) 833-4497 or email .  Year-end gifts to the College may be made securely online; with questions, call Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations, at (334) 590-4881.
  • We welcome London Johnson back after recovering from hip replacement surgery. London, a member of the housekeeping staff, will return tomorrow.  You were missed, London!

Mark your calendars; special notes; reminders:

For coming events at Huntingdon, see the Calendar.

  • FACULTY-STAFF CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON, Thursday, December 15, 11:30 a.m., Russell Dining Hall--all food provided by the College.
  • The Huntingdon Bookstore will be open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. December 12 through 20, closed December 21 through January 3 (but online orders will be processed during this time).  The store will reopen January 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Huntingdon Plan trip to Puerto Rico leaves January 2, returns January 8.
  • Student Life ski trip to Colorado leaves January 2.
  • College offices reopen Wednesday, January 4.
  • Residence halls will reopen for the Spring Term Sunday, January 8, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Spring Term classes begin Monday, January 9.
  • Applications to run for SGA positions are due Friday, January 13, by 5:00 p.m. in the Hut.
  • Last day to add a course with permission of the adviser only, Friday, January 13
  • Last day to change your Spring Term meal plan, Friday, January 13
  • No classes, Martin Luther King Day of Service, Monday, January 16
  • Morning Prayer Service, Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 a.m., Smith Music Building Recital Hall
  • Martin Luther King Convocation, Tuesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m., Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel
  • Last day to add a course with the permission of the adviser, instructor, and Dean of the College, Wednesday, January 18
  • Tri-Sigma applications are due Friday, January 20 (graduating seniors).
  • Trio +: A Prayer for Mercy, a concert in the Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series, Sunday, January 22, 3:00 p.m., Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel
  • No classes, offices open for In-Service Day, Friday, January 27


The 2010–2011 Bells & Pomegranates (Huntingdon yearbook) was awarded the Silver Medalist Certificate by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association based on the standards of good journalism represented in the book. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association is a program affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City. The project adviser was Sara Beth Terry; staff included Ashton Rodriguez '12 (History; Elba, Ala.); Katie Wachob '14 (English; Pensacola, Fla.); Winston Wooten '13 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.); and Sandra Pattison '14 (Biology; Shalimar, Fla.)

Three Hawks football players were named to the the All-South Region by  D.J. Chappell '13 (Physical Ed.; Montgomery, Ala.) became the College's first First Team selection; Trevor Manuel '13 (Sport Studies; Monroeville, Ala.) was selected for the Second Team, and Keith Anthony '12 (Sport Studies; Montgomery) for the Third Team.

Morgan Crawford '15 (Sport Studies; Theodore, Ala.) was selected as the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the week November 29, following her performance as the leading scorer in the Lady Hawks basketball team's first two games of the season.  Playing at guard, she averaged 16 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 steals in the Lady Hawks' first two games.

This year's Heisman Humanitarian Award was given to former University of Alabama and New York Jets player Marty Lyons, father of Huntingdon's Rocky Lyons '04, who now serves as a physician in Montgomery.

Hawks soccer player Louis Hines '12 (Physical Ed.; Gulf Breeze, Fla.) was selected as the ALFA Insurance Huntingdon College Student-Athlete of the Week last week for his performance both on and off the soccer field. The men's soccer team recently received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men’s Team Academic Award, presented to teams that post a 3.0 GPA or higher.  A native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Hines is a three-time Great South Athletic Conference All-Academic selection and has been a regular member of the Dean’s List of High Honors during his time at Huntingdon. As a junior, he was Huntingdon’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and the men’s soccer team’s Academic Excellence Award winner.

Visiting assistant professor of English Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon and her husband, assistant professor of English Dr. Tom Perrin, were awarded their doctoral degrees at the University of Chicago last week.  Congratulations to both!

Dr. Elba Morton's (adjunct associate professor of Spanish) paper on literature of the Spanish conquest, submitted to the XI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispanica, has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 program in Cusco, Peru, this coming spring.

Keri Till '06 has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Business Alliance.  The BBA is a combination of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Economic Development Board.

Sympathy and prayer:

To Cody Pearcy '12, Casey Pearcy '13, and their family on the death of Cody and Casey's grandfather, who was an avid Hawks football fan.  Although his health didn't allow him to be at the final home game this season, he was there in spirit, represented by a picture placed with a view of the field.  


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

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