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Monday Messages

January 10, 2012

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News Clips

In-service date change:  The In-service date planned for January 27 has been changed to January 20.

Martin Luther King observance:  The Huntingdon community will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service Monday, January 16, and with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Tuesday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  The featured speaker for the convocation is Bishop James E. McCoy of the Alabama-Florida Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  The convocation, which is free and open to the public, will also feature performances by the Lee High School choir, the Mt. Zion AME Zion Church choir, and the Huntingdon men's choir.  During the Day of Service, students will meet at the Hut at 7:00 a.m. and travel to Tuskegee to serve with the Alabama Rural Ministry and the Tuskegee University Wesley Foundation (contact Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, for more information).  Following lunch at McDonald's, participants will tour the Tuskegee Airman Museum.  Friday, January 20 (an In-service Day), 10 free tickets are available for students to see the 4:00 p.m. showing of "Red Tails," a movie about the Tuskegee airmen starring Cuba Gooding Jr., which opens that day.  There will be no classes but offices will be open Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Print and Mail Facility opens:  With the intent of added convenience for students, faculty, and staff, the PrintShop moved to space adjacent to the MailRoom in Catherine Dixon Roland Student Center during the Christmas break.  The new facility is operated under the direction of Tech Team member Ken Garrett and Nicole Duff '08, supplemented by work-study students.  Copiers and printers will be operated by staff, while a self-service area facilitates laminating, folding, trimming, and binding.  Documents to be printed can be emailed to or hand-carried to the new facility.

Residence Hall Consolidation matches friends and roommates:  The annual Roommate Roundup, matching campus residents whose former roommates have either graduated or moved out of their rooms or those who would like to change roommates, will take place next week.  Freshmen should report to Searcy Hall 3rd floor lobby at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17.  Upperclass students should report to Blount 3rd floor lobby at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18.  Changes must be completed by Thursday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m. The process allows residents to find roommates on their own terms rather than being assigned a roommate by the Office of Residence Life.  Once the process is complete, those who have received roommates will be charged the double occupancy rate, while those without roommates will be charged for the single room price, which is roughly $1500 more per semester.  There will be no further room or roommate changes for the semester after consolidation is complete, and students will be billed accordingly.  Questions?  See your RA, RD, or speak with Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life, at or x4349.

Attention music composers!  Dr. James Conely, adjunct instructor of organ in the Department of Music, invites any student who is studying with a Huntingdon music instructor to compose an original work, 2-to-5 minutes in length, suitable for organ.  The winning composer will receive $100 and will be offered a public performance during Dr. Conely's March 27 organ recital in Ligon Chapel. The deadline for submissions is February 1.  Questions?  Contact Dr. Conely at

Office of Student Life Welcome Back events this week:

    Tuesday, January 10:  Hawks Basketball vs Berry College, 7:00 p.m., Roland Arena; free T-shirts and cake
    Wednesday, January 11:  Broomball, 8:30 p.m., Eastdale Mall (wear tennis shoes)
    Thursday, January 12: Bowling, 9:00 p.m., Ace Bowling Center (wear socks and tennis shoes)
    Friday, January 13:  Band Party featuring Azlzz, 10:00 p.m., 129 Coosa Street
    Saturday, January 14:  Hawks  Basketball vs Maryville College, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.; JV vs Oxford College, 6:00 p.m., Roland Arena
    Admission is free for students; bring your student ID.

News Briefs

Mark your calendars; special notes; reminders; deadlines:
For coming events at Huntingdon, see the Calendar.

The Registrar's Office reminds you to check your schedule online for updates to days/times, rooms, or instructors before attending classes.  Access your account here.

Students, Faculty, Staff:  If you did not receive a test message when the emergency communication system was tested just before Christmas break, please be sure to email your cell phone number to Frank Grier, Tech Team, at, right away.  The system will be tested again soon.

Watch for the 2012 Spring edition of Huntingdon College Magazine on campus this week.  (Many of you may have received this at your homes during the break.)

Christina Brown, resident director in Ligon Hall and coordinator of commuter students, has moved her office to Room 114 in The Hut.  Stop by and see her!

Faculty: January 10, is the deadline for submission of proposals for potential student Huntingdon Plan travel for the 2012–13 academic year.  With questions, contact Mme. Camille Elebash-Hill ( or Provost Sid Stubbs.

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, see the Registrar's Office in the Wilson Building.

Last day to change your Spring Term meal plan, Friday, January 13, see the Student Cashier's Office in the Wilson Building.

Last day to obtain a parking permit for the spring semester (new students this spring term only—all other students should already have permits), Friday, January 13, see the campus security office in the Wilson Building.

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

2012 Orientation Leader applications are due Tuesday, January 17, in the Hut (applications are available for pick-up now)

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; see the Registrar's Office in the Wilson Building.

Graduating Seniors:  Tri-Sigma applications are due Friday, January 20 (graduating seniors); turn your app in at the Hut.

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 20 (this is a change from previously posted schedules)


Former Hawks football assistant coach Derrick Ansley has been hired by Central Florida head coach George O'Leary to be the team's defensive backs coach.  UCF is a Division I-A school.

Keith Anthony '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery) was named Defensive Player of the Game for the All-American Bowl, played at the Mall of America (Metrodome) in Minneapolis in December.  Receivers Willie McDowell '12 (Sport Studies; Eclectic, Ala.) and Cody Pearcy '13 (Business Admin.; Phenix City, Ala.) also played in the bowl game.

Nick Baggett '02, a member of the National Alumni Board, and his wife, Julie, welcomed their first child, Graham, December 28, 2011.

Stephen Bishop '12 (Athletic Training; Valley, Ala.) and Taylor Price '14 (Biology; Auburn, Ala.) have announced their engagement.

Jackie Brill '11 married John Francis January 7, 2012.

Jessica Wadley Bryant '11 is the proud mom to a baby girl, Peyton.

Dr. J. Elizabeth Casey-Lay, assistant professor of education, was married in November 2011.

Hawks defensive tackle D.J. Chappell '13 (Physical Education; Montgomery) was named an honorable mention to the's All-American teams in December, the first Huntingdon player to receive such recognition.  Earlier last month, he was the first Huntingdon player to be named to's All-South Region Team.

Ben Cheney '10 and Jordy Allen were married December 17.

Adam Cotant '09 and Brittany Gaydosh '08 have announced their engagement.

Megan Cox '12 (Accounting; Millbrook, Ala.) and Joe Corley '12 (History; Millbrook, Ala.) were married December 17.

Bobby Dunlap '11 and Cecily McAlpine were married December 17.

Christian Harmon '10 has been accepted to the UAB School of Medicine beginning fall 2011.

Chelsey Hodge '09 married Nathan Koppersmith  January 7 in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.

During the holiday break, the Huntingdon Lady Hawks basketball team hosted the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on campus.  The tournament charged $5 admission, with all proceeds donated to Coaches vs. Cancer, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of College Basketball Coaches.  More than 2000 college coaches are involved in the program.  Huntingdon's effort was supported by AUM and Faulkner University, and was co-sponsored by the City of Montgomery, the Central Alabama Sports Commission, Chappy's Deli, Coca-Cola, Country Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn, the Peach Belt Officials Association, Winn Dixie, and Olympia Sporting Goods.

Brenda Jones '09, in her second year of seminary at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, received a one-year $7,000 Archival Research Fellowship in the area of Black Women in Ministry from the Interdenomination Theological Seminary.

Hannah Lane '09 and Caleb Hawk have announced their engagement.  Their wedding date is April 14.

Singer/songwriter and country recording artist Jennifer Moody '09 will present her annual charity event, Re-Gift 2012, Saturday, January 14, 7:30–10:30 p.m., at Bacchus, 1928 11th Avenue South, Birmingham.  To participate, come prepared to listen to some great music and bring a new or newly received unwrapped toy to re-gift for the benefit of Birmingham children.  Tickets are $10 on sale here.  Jenn will be joined onstage by 2010 Dove Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Ty Herndon.

Daphne High School swimmer Chrysa Nowell was featured in a December 23 news story in Mobile/Pensacola.  Born with a rare condition, Chrysa cannot stand or walk, but inspires others as she competes on the DHS swim team. Her mother is Baldwin County ADCP student Angel Nowell.

Huntingdon Hawks baseball catcher Joseph Odom '14 (Sport Studies; Birmingham, Ala.) has been selected to play for the Winchester Royals in the Valley League in the summer of 2012. Joseph was the GSAC Freshman of the Year in 2011 after batting .333 and leading the team with six home runs, 41 RBIs and a .535 slugging percentage.  In the league, Joseph will play alongside college athletes from a handful of D-III programs and a number of D-I teams across the country. The league consists of 12 teams in three conferences. Each team plays a 44-game schedule from early June through the start of the playoffs in late July. The playoffs culminate with the league championship in early August.

Kaitlin Rozof '12 (Religion; Helena, Ala.) has been admitted to Duke Divinity School for the fall of 2012.

LaTerial Williams '12 (Sport Studies; Montgomery) was named the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the Week yesterday in recognition of her team leadership and her contributions on the court this basketball season.  Coming off a season-high 19 points on Dec. 31, Williams averaged 9.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and three steals in three Huntingdon women's basketball victories last week.

Monica Williams-Murphy '93, M.D., an emergency room physician, and her husband, Kristian, are the authors of  It's OK to Die, a book filled with graphic stories from the emergency room that illustrate how unprepared for death many Americans are.  The purpose of the book and included information about end-of-life planning is to reduce suffering, depression and guilt among those who are dying and their surviving family and friends. 

Service Opportunity:

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.

Sympathy and prayer:

We celebrate the lives of two members of the Huntingdon community who passed away during the holiday break:

    Lynda Woodall '70 passed away December 24 in Montgomery.  Lynda served as a faithful member of the Alumni Board from 2007 to 2010, was a member of the John Massey Heritage Society, the Hall of Honor, and was a member of the Scarlet & Grey Circle.  She had a distinguished career as an assistant attorney general for the State of Alabama and was praised upon retirement in 2000 for her many years of working to obtain preclearance from the U.S. Justice Department for Alabama elections.  She was an active member of Frazer Memorial UMC. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, Elmer 'Sonny' Woodall.

    Huntingdon benefactor Mr. Leo J. Drum of Montgomery passed away during the weekend.  In his late 90s, Mr. Drum still attended weekly Rotary Club meetings and was present for many Huntingdon public events. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. 


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