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February 20, 2012

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New SGA president, executive staff, class officers elected:  A record 45% of full-time day students let their voices be heard in the election of the student-leaders who will carry their respective classes and the SGA forward into the 2012–13 academic year.  The winners take office during a special ceremony to be held later this spring.  This year's winners are:

  • SGA President:  Jake Bechert '13 (Accounting/Business Admin.; Union Grove, Ala.)
  • SGA Vice President:  Bailey Scott '14 (Biology; Newnan, Ga.)
  • SGA Secretary:  Shirin Torabinejad '15 (Undeclared; Huntsville, Ala.)
  • SGA Treasurer:  Jagger Eastman '15 (Youth Ministry/History; Sulligent, Ala.)
  • SGA Senator for Business:  Ryne Taylor '14 (Mathematics; Andalusia, Ala.)
  • SGA Senators for the Sciences:  Will Davis '14 (Biochemistry; Niceville, Fla.) and Tyler Olsen '14 (Biochemistry; Montgomery)
  • SGA Senator for the Humanities:  Hunter Pattison '15 (Political Science; Shalimar, Fla.)
  • Senior Class (Class of 2013) President:  Russ Barnwell '13 (Political Science/English; Jacksonville, Ala.)
  • Senior Class Vice President:  Lauren Miller '13 (Accounting; Cheyenne, Wyoming)
  • Junior Class (Class of 2014) President:  Zach Turner '14 (Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.)
  • Junior Class Secretary:  Ansley Stewart '14 (Christian Education; Lake Placid, Fla.)
  • Junior Class Treasurer: Shelby Robinson '14 (Mathematics; Spanish Fort, Ala.)
  • Sophomore (Class of 2015) Class President:  Wesley Smithart '15 (Religion; Union Springs, Ala.)
  • Sophomore Class Vice President:  Jackson Horn '15 (Biochemistry; Slidell, La.)
  • Sophomore Class Treasurer:  Kaison Darden '15 (History; Wetumpka, Ala.)

Now, that's how to Hawk 'em!  The men's lacrosse team played their first NCAA-III regulation intercollegiate competition Saturday, February 18, and came away with a decisive win (12–5) over Oglethorpe University.  Goals were scored by Brandon Sewell '15 (4 goals; Biology; Elkton, Md.); Gavin Carey '15 (3 goals; Business Admin.; Salisbury, Md.); Garrison Johnson '12 (3 goals; Mathematics; Gainesville, Ga.); Ryan Rees '15 (1 goal; Religion; Madison, Ala.); and Steven Gernatt '15 (1 goal; Sport Studies; Marietta, Ga.).  Goalkeeper Spencer Nix '15 (Sport Studies; Tualatin, Ore.) recorded eight saves.

Jammin' on The Green:  This year's CloverJam line-up has been announced, topped by the recording band Parachute with special guest Benjy Davis.  Tickets went on sale today--watch for the link to ticket options to be sent from your Office of Student Life.  CloverJam is Friday, April 13.

Come and Grow:  The Office of Student Life invites students to grow your leadership skills at the 2012 Leadership Initiative Retreat, February 24–25 in Birmingham.  The retreat will include a special visit to and presentation by representatives at the Regions Bank corporate headquarters.  The only cost is for your own meals.  Registration deadline is February 21 at 9:00 a.m.; confirm your registration by emailing Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, at .

Sullivan Awards nomination process begins:  Members of the College community are invited to nominate persons for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (given to students) and/or Mary Mildred Sullivan Award (non-student member of the College community).  Given only by selected representative institutions throughout the country, these prestigious awards are funded by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation and seek to name persons whose humanitarianism, character and service are exemplary.  To nominate, send a paragraph that includes the person's name and explains his/her character, activities, and qualifications to Cathy Wolfe, director of development operations, at

News Briefs

Mid-term exams are underway.  Good luck, students and faculty!

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

Monday, Feb. 20:

  • PACT Faculty Meeting, 10:40 a.m., Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall
  • Presentation by Mathematics candidate, 3:30 p.m., Wilson 212
  • Travel and International Studies Committee Meeting, 3:30 p.m., President's Conference Room
  • House Church in The Escape, Pratt 303, 8:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 21:

  • Come and enjoy Mardi Gras in the Houghton Library Atrium Tuesday, February 21, noon to 1:00 p.m.; sponsored by the library and the Department of Languages and Literature
  • Women's Softball @ CACC, 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. (doubleheader)
  • Men's Baseball vs Millsaps, 4:00 p.m., Posey Field
  • Religion Dept. Dinner
  • Greeks Learning to Avoid Debt (GLAD), hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 101 (Open to all students)
  • Women's Basketball vs Spelman College, 7:00 p.m., Roland Arena (first round of GSAC Tournament)
  • Men's Basketball @ Pensacola Christian, 7:30 p.m.
  • Commuter Student Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Commuter Lounge
  • Men's Group Bible Study, 8:00 p.m., Searcy 3rd floor lounge
  • Miss Huntingdon Practice, 8:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel

Wed., Feb. 22:

  • Chapel, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • JV Men's Baseball, HC vs Wallace-Selma, 5:00 p.m.
  • Men's Lacrosse @ Birmingham-Southern, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23:

  • JV Women's Softball vs Southern Union, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., Softball Field (doubleheader)
  • Guest Faculty Recital:  Duo Spiritoso, 7:30 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
  • Miss Huntingdon Practice
  • Emerge, 8:30 p.m., Cloverdale Administrative Building Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 24:  End of Mid-term grading period; In-Service Day

  • Men's Basketball @ GSAC Tournament, LaGrange College
  • Student Recital, 11:45 a.m., Smith Recital Hall

Saturday, Feb. 25:

  • Men's Basketball @ GSAC Tournament, LaGrange College
  • Track & Field @ Sewanee Invitational
  • Women's Tennis vs Oglethorpe, 9:00 a.m.
  • Men's Lacrosse vs. Augustana College, 1:00 p.m., Samford Stadium
  • Women's Softball (vs Centre) @ BSC, 2:00 p.m.
  • Memorial Service for Dr. Anthony J. Carlisle, 2:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Women's Tennis vs Salem College, 2:30 p.m., Gibbs Courts
  • Men's Baseball vs Wabash College, 4:00 p.m., Posey Field

Sunday, Feb. 26:

  • Women's Softball (vs Centre and Alabama A&M) @ BSC Invitational
  • Men's Baseball vs Wabash College, 12:00 p.m., Posey Field
  • Greek Life Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room


  • Tuesday, Feb. 28:  Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series presents Marcus DeLoach, Baritone, with Vadim Serebryany, piano, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public
  • Thursday, March 1:  Stallworth Lecture Series presents Dr. John M. McCardell, "The Idea of a Southern Nation:  150 Years Later," 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public
  • Friday, March 2:  The Miss Huntingdon Pageant, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public
  • Saturday, March 3:  Host Day, sponsored by the Office of Admission
  • Friday, March 9:  State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Roland Arena (see Dr. Lisa Dorman if you'd like to volunteer to help with this event)
  • Saturday, March 10:  State Science Olympiad competition; 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Roland Arena (and all-campus) (see Dr. Sid Stubbs or this site if you'd like to volunteer to help with this event)
  • Spring Break, March 19–23

Volunteer Opportunities:

Students, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer as Huntingdon hosts the Alabama Science Olympiad State Tournament for the twelfth consecutive year for Division B (middle school) and the second consecutive year for Division C (high school) Saturday, March 10.  To sign-up as a volunteer and learn more, go to

Job Corner:

Graduating seniors:  Need help with writing your resume for work or for graduate school?  See Su Ofe in the Office of Communication (Flowers 103).


The Huntingdon women's cross country team has been named an All-Academic Team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  The Lady Hawks earned a cumulative GPA of 3.22 during the fall semester.  Huntingdon was one of 187 women's X-co teams to receive the recognition, which requires a minimum 3.1 GPA.

The #4 seed Lady Hawks basketball team will host #5 seed Spelman College in Round One of the GSAC Tournament Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Roland Arena.  The winner will advance to the semifinals and will face #1 seed Maryville College at 1:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at LaGrange College.  The #4 seed Hawks basketball team will take on top-seeded LaGrange College Friday, February 24, at 3:00 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.  This year's basketball tournaments are hosted by LaGrange.

Vocalists Sarah Fell '15 (Music; Mobile, Ala.); Bonnie Nicholson '15 (Music; Prattville, Ala.); Josh Johnson '14 (Religion; Montgomery, Ala.); James Temple '14 (Music; Montgomery, Ala.); Taylor Claire Bean '14 (Music; Hartselle, Ala.); Jonathan Joseph '14 (Music; Auburn, Ala.); and Cerina Proehl '12 (Music; Crestview, Fla.) competed in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions, held at the University of Alabama-Huntsville campus February 17, 2012.

Vocalists Mary Gasson '14 (Music; Clanton, Ala.) and Alex Herring '14 (Undeclared; Opelika, Ala.) competed in the Classical Singer University Vocal Competition held at the University of Alabama February 11, 2012.

A short story written by Mr. Jim Hilgartner, director of the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and assistant professor of English, "Gaps in the Fence," will appear in the spring issue of Writing on the Edge.

Kellie Hilton '12 (Chemistry; Monroeville, Ala.) has been admitted to the three-year accelerated Pharm.D. program at South University School of Pharmacy in Columbia, S.C., where Cole Smith '11 serves as the president of his class.

Megan Petenbrink '12 (Religion; Marietta, Ga.) has been admitted to the Master of Theology programs at Duke, Emory, and Yale Universities.

Bart Stearns '09, son of Glenn Stearns '75, will complete his graduate degree in cell biology at Auburn University in May, graduating with a perfect GPA.  Bart has been selected from an applicant pool of more than 1000 for one of 40 seats in the Physician Assistant program at Methodist University, Fayetteville, N.C., one of the top PA programs in the country. He will begin this fall.

The Huntingdon Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been awarded a National Meeting Travel Grant to help defray the costs of student travel to present research at the 243 National ACS Meeting in San Diego in March 2012.

Christine Whiten '10 has been admitted to the Edward Via Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.


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

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