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March 04, 2012

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Here she is!  Miss Huntingdon 2012 is Ansley Stewart '14 (Christian education; Lake Placid, Fla.), crowned at the conclusion of the Friday, March 2, pageant by her predecessor, Miss Huntingdon 2011 Jessica Dickson of McCalla, Alabama. The First Runner-Up was Anne Preston Speed '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.); Second Runner-Up was Channing Bateman-White '15 (Music/Psychology; Orange Beach, Ala.); and Most Photogenic, voted by the student body, was Whitney Denney '15 (.  Congratulations to all nine competitors and to the pageant organizers and MCs (Amanda Houston '12 and Alex Taylor '12) for a pageant that was fun, classy, and professional. Read more.

Stallworth Lecture attracts spirited crowd:  A healthy-sized and spirited crowd gathered for the 2012 Stallworth Lecture Thursday, March 1, as Dr. John M. McCardell Jr., vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee) addressed the crowd on the influences that led to the Civil War.  A book-signing reception was held in the Office of the President following the lecture.

Students/faculty present at conference:  13 students and 3 faculty from the Department of Chemistry will present results from their undergraduate research projects at the 2012 Research & Creative Activity Symposium on March 15, 2012, at Alabama State University.  This is the eighth year that Huntingdon science students have presented their original undergraduate research with professors at this professional meeting. Undergraduate research is required of all majors in the department, and all majors are required to present their research at a professional meeting prior to graduation.

  • The Structure of the Yeast α-Domain Determined By Homology Modeling Forms a Three-Helix Bundle with Evolutionary Conservation to the HMG-Box Family of Transcriptional Regulators," Tiffany Dean '12 (Biochem.; Dothan, Ala.); Ashlee Walters '12 (Biochem.; Alabaster, Ala.); Tarnisha Lawson '13 (Music/Biochem; Montgomery); Lisa Gary; and Doba Jackson, assistant professor of chemistry
  • “Progress Toward Synthesizing NHC-Ligated Copper(I) Hydride Precatalysts,” Ginger Tyson '12 (Chemistry; Robertsdale, Ala.) and Jeremy M. Carr, assistant professor of chemistry
  • The Predicted Tertiary Structure of the α-Domain from Matα1 of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Reveals an Evolutionary Conservation to the HMG-Box Family of Transcriptional Regulators” Rami Herrera '13 (Biochem; Montgomery); Tarnisha Lawson; Sam Griffin '12 (Biochem; Jackson, Ala.); Angelica Trammell '11 (Biochem; Roanoke, Ala.); Song Tan; and Doba Jackson 
  • “Can Molecular Mechanics Predict Flexibility in Biological Molecules?” A. Paige Lathem '13 (Chemistry; Daphne, Ala.); Mary Elizabeth Terrell '12 (Chemistry; Pike Road, Ala.); and Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, professor of chemistry and chair, Department of Chemistry
  • “Current Availability, Structure, Pricing, and Medication Assistance Programs for 100 Pharmaceuticals Used in the Treatment of Cancer in Alabama," Kellie R. Hilton '12 (Chemistry; Monroeville, Ala.); Elizabeth A. Perdue '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.); Suzanne M. Mock '12 (Chemistry; Prattville, Ala.); and Maureen Kendrick Murphy 
  • “Explosivity and Symmetry in Known and Theoretically Designed Prismanes,” Dallas A. Thomas '12 (Chemistry; Wetumpka, Ala.); B.J. Foroughian '12 (Chemistry; Baton Rouge, La.); and Maureen Kendrick Murphy 
  • "DNA as a Spring: Modifying the Particle-In-A-Box Equation to Account for Helical Electron Transfer,” Andrew J. Swift '12 (Chemistry; Cocoa, Fla.) and Maureen Kendrick Murphy 

It's all in the chemistry:  Paige Lathem is one of 24 U.S. undergraduates accepted to the 2012 Department of Energy/ACS Nuclear Summer School.  She will study at San Jose State Univ. this summer, complete a 3-hour nuclear chemistry course for credit, learn about research in nuclear chemistry, do experiments, and take home $4000. Twelve students were accepted to the Brookhaven National Lab site in NY; 12 were selected for the CA site.  Previous HC Chemistry majors who have participated in this program are:

    A.J. Swift '12, 2011, Brookhaven National Lab
    Brittany Gaydosh '08, 2005, Brookhaven National Lab
    Rory Pruitt '06, 2004, San Jose, Ca site.

2012 football schedule announced:  The 2012 football schedule will begin with three straight rivalry games, with almost all of the teams ranked as top competitors for the Hawks.  The schedule is:

    Sept. 1 vs Maryville College, HOME
    Sept. 8 vs Birmingham-Southern, HOME
    Sept. 15 @ LaGrange College
    Sept. 22 @ Hampden-Sydney College
    Sept. 29 vs. Ave Maria University HOME/HOMECOMING/FAMILY WEEKEND/HOST DAY
    Oct. 6 @ Millsaps College
    Oct. 13 @ Menlo College
    Oct. 20 Open
    Oct. 27 vs. Wesley College, HOME
    Nov. 3 @ Point University
    Nov. 10 vs. Adrian College, HOME 

News Briefs

Chris Clark '07 arranged for the Accounting Club's recent Pizza with Professionals, bringing in accounting experts from Aldridge Borden, Jackson Thornton, Warren Averett, and Giles Food Services (the latter rep was our own Sandra Brill Passmore '87).

The men's golf team is hosting the Wynlakes Wynter Nationals today and tomorrow, while the women's golf team has traveled to the Berry Spring Invitational.  Hawk 'em!

Members of the Huntingdon Hawks football team read to students at MacMillan International Elementary School February 29 as part of the Read Across America program. 

Mid-term grades have been posted.  Check your student account.

Buy your tickets now for CloverJam 2012, featuring the recording band Parachute with special guest Benjy Davis, Friday, April 13. 

Members of the College community are invited to nominate students for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and/or non-student members of the College community for the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award.  Given only by selected representative institutions throughout the country, these prestigious awards 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 Deadline:  Friday, March 9. 

STUDENTS:  Please offer your perceptions of HC Security by taking a moment (it will only take a minute) to complete this survey: 

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

Monday, March 5:

    DEADLINE for Housing Intent Forms for fall 2012
    Cookout on The Green, 5:00 p.m.
    GREEK WEEK begins with MOCK ROCK Variety Show, 6:00 p.m., Top Stage, The Green (congratulations on a great event!)
    House Church in The Escape, Pratt 303, 8:30 p.m.

Tues., March 6:

    Men's baseball @ Oglethorpe, 3:00 p.m.
    JV Women's Softball @ LBW CC, Dbl., 3:00 p.m.
    Intramural Basketball play-offs begin, 6:00 p.m., Roland Arena (schedule:
    Commuter Student Bible Study, 7:30 p.m., Commuter Lounge
    Men's Group Bible Study, 8:00 p.m., Searcy 3rd floor lounge
    Skating and Toga Party, 9:00 p.m., Looney's Skating Rink, all students welcome
    Group Prayer in The Escape, Pratt 303, 9:30 p.m.

Wed., March 7:  In-Service Day (no classes; all students should report for Assessment activities)

    Assessment Day:  Find your schedule, read the purpose, and get the answers to your questions at the Assessment Day Web site:
    Chapel, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
    Greek Olympics, 1:00 p.m., Top Stage, all students welcome
    Resume Writing Workshop, 2:30 p.m., Flowers 101 (free!)
    Women's and Men's Tennis @ LaGrange College, 2:30 p.m.
    Greek Awards Banquet, 8:00 p.m., Montgomery Country Club

Thursday, March 8:

    WSoftball @ Covenant (Dbl), 4:00 p.m.
    Lambda Pi Eta Induction, 6:00 p.m., Wilson 205
    Order of Omega Initiation, 8:00 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall
    Emerge, 8:30 p.m., Cloverdale Administrative Building Auditorium

Friday, March 9:

    State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Roland Arena
    Student Recital, 11:45 a.m., Smith Recital Hall
    Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room
    Women's Center Event: Sundance Film Festival Official Selection movie Miss Representation, 6:30 p.m., Capri Theatre;  10 free tickets available, others pay at the door.  Contact Dr. Eva Shoop-Shafor at
    Greek Week Band Party, 10:00 p.m., Montgomery Country Club

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)
    Women's Softball @ Roanoke (vs. Rochester), 10:00 a.m.
    Women's Tennis @ Greensboro (vs. Sweetbriar), 11:00 a.m.
    Men's Lacrosse vs Hendrix, 12:00 p.m., Samford Stadium
    Men's Tennis @ Sewanee, 2:00 p.m.
    Women's Softball @ Roanoke (vs. Salem), 2:00 p.m.
    Men's Baseball vs. Blackburn College (Dbl), 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 11:

    Women's Softball @ Roanoke (vs. East Mennonite) 10:00 a.m.


  • Monday, March 12:  The Women's Center's annual presentation of "The Vagina Monologues," 6:00 p.m., Houghton Library Atrium; free and open to all
  • Tuesday, March 13:  Family Feud, 6:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall; four teams of six students each can participate.  Sign up now in the Hut!  (Sponsored by CAB)
  • Wednesday, March 14:  Camp Sunshine Presentation, 7:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall: for Huntingdon women who are interested in volunteering to serve as camp counselors for this week-long summer camp
  • Wednesday, March 14:  SAAC Fundraiser:  HC Volleyball vs Senior HC Football players (for a volleyball game), 7:30 p.m. in Roland Arena; the admission price of $1 goes to HC Student Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Thursday, March 15:  Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series featuring Dennis Herrick and Friends, "Trumpet et al," 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Friday, March 16:  Last day to withdraw from a course without a grade penalty and receive a WP or WF
  • Spring Break, March 19–23
  • Tuesday, March 27:  Rohlig Organ Concert Series featuring Dr. James Conely, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Thursday, March 29: Spring Salon, sponsored by Houghton Library and the Department of Language and Literature, 3:30 p.m., Library Atrium, focusing on the works of Charles Dickens (in celebration of Mr. Dickens' birthday)
  • Friday-Saturday, March 30–31, Founders Day/Reunion Weekend, with Founders Day Convocation Friday, March 30, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel
  • Friday, March 30:  Choral Concert, 2:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Friday, March 30:  Huntingdon Winds Concert, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Saturday, March 31:  Huntingdon Honor Band Concert, 3:00 p.m.

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:

Need help with writing your resume for work or for graduate school?  Come to the Resume Writing Workshop in Flowers 101, Wednesday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. 

United Gymstars and Cheer seeks young, athletic males who are interested in coaching gymnastics tumbling and assisting with the cheer program.  Experience is preferred by not necessary.  Contact Michael Wheat at (334) 284-2244 or email  (These are part-time positions.)

Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, a 1700-member church located in the north Atlanta suburbs with weekly worship attendance of more than 900, is seeking a full-time youth pastor to lead the church's youth ministry.  The candidate should have a strong calling to lead youth to follow Jesus Christ with experience in leading a growing youth ministry, building a team of adult and youth leaders, and demonstrated effective skills in preaching the Good News to persons born after 1982. Salary will be commensurate with experience, education and gifts for the position. This position supervises and is supported by a part-time Middle School Pastor and Administrative Assistant.  Contact Brenda Grimes, assistant to the senior pastor at 770-945-2845 x 233 or

Parents and alumni—is your business, church, or organization looking for a qualified employee or intern?  Think Huntingdon!  Please send notices of jobs and internships to so that we can spread the word to others!

Volunteers Needed:

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


The Ex-Ballers (women's division) and the Monstarz (men's division) won their respective regular season titles in intramural basketball and have earned #1 seed spots in post-season play.  Come out and cheer them (and the other teams) on in Roland Arena March 6, 11, and 12.

The Huntingdon women's tennis team has won three matches in three days—defeating Maryville at all six seeds in singles on Sunday, and Piedmont in the same fashion for both singles and doubles on Saturday.  Way to Hawk those rackets!

Three accounting majors will have the opportunity to shadow during an audit later this week.  Our own Billy Daniels '85  has invited three students to observe an audit performed by Warren Averett's Wilson Price Division.

Accounting majors Jake Bechert, Ungray Courtland, Jordan Osborne, and Matt Ward are interning with Save First, a project of Impact Alabama.

Elementary Education majors Abby Brown '14 (Haleyville, Ala.) and Lanning Williams '13 (Montgomery) will be working with children who have special needs in camps this summer.

Patty Clements is interning with the Business Council of Alabama this semester.

John C. Dean '13 (Political Science; Randolph, Ala.) is running for the Montgomery County Commission.

Lauren Gilbert is interning as a campus fellow with the SaveFirst initiative through Impact Alabama.

Scott Owenby '12 (Athletic Training; Eclectic, Ala.) has been accepted to the doctoral programs in physical therapy at Elon University and  Alabama State University.

Keith Paulk and McDowell Pinckard are interning with Taylor Chandler and Associates, a CPA firm.

Cheyenne Young '14 (English; Enterprise, Ala.) is interning with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's office this semester.

Trace Zarr '13 (Political Science; Bay Minette, Ala.) is interning for a state senator in State Capitol building.

Taylor Yeargan is interning with Jackson Thornton, a CPA firm, in their Prattville office.

Alumni News

Hannah Correia '11  has been admitted to the University of California-Davis (Ph.D. in Animal Biology) and to the University of Warwick (MSc in Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry, progressing to a Ph.D. upon successful completion).

Katie Holsonback '11 has been admitted to the accelerated nursing program at Samford University.

Domonique Martin '11, an athletic training grad, has been accepted to the doctoral programs in physical therapy at Alabama State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis).

Jeremy Reid '11 is in his second semester of the graduate communication studies program at the University of Alabama.  He serves as a teaching assistant and teaches public speaking labs.  He also continues his allegiance to justice in his graduate studies, serving as an associate justice on the UA Judicial Board (he was Chief Justice at Huntingdon).

Gillian Lisenby Walters '08 and Charles Walters '07 are making their home in Livingston, Alabama, where Charles serves as the Methodist Conference Coordinator for Tornado Recovery and Gillian serves as the pastor at Brewersville UMC while working at the University of West Alabama's Wesley Foundation.  Both completed their graduate degrees at Duke University.

Sympathy and Prayer:

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Lamar Petty, a member of the Huntingdon maintenance team since 2003, whose mother, Madaline Petty, passed away Saturday after an extended illness.  Visitation was held Sunday at Turner Funeral Home in Luverne, Ala.  The funeral will be held today in Highland Home.

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Megan-Rhea Lewis '14 (Undeclared; Dothan, Ala.) and her family upon the death of her great-aunt, Bonnie Smith, of Lynn Haven, Florida, earlier today.  Megan-Rhea wrote, "She was married to my Uncle Hubert for 69 years and loved the Lord everyday of her life."

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost loved ones and belongings in Friday night's storms.

STUDENTS:  WHAT'S YOUR NEWS?  Are you working in an internship?  Were you accepted to graduate school?  Share your news at! Let us celebrate with you!


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Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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