Huntingdon News

August 22, 2013
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon new students gather for Big Red Weekend

Montgomery, Ala. — Huntingdon College's newest students—the freshmen in the Class of 2017 and new transfer students—will gather for the College's annual Big Red Weekend, Friday–Saturday, August 23–24.  Big Red Weekend allows students to become familiar with the campus, the city, and each other before classes begin through group gatherings and community service projects across Montgomery.  About 340 students are expected to participate in Big Red Weekend this year. 

Resident students will move into their residence hall rooms beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, August 23, while commuters will check in at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Roland Student Center, Roland Arena.  The campus will gather for a Student Induction Ceremony for new students at 11:15 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  Following lunch and distribution of students' laptop computers, which Huntingdon offers for students' use during their enrollment—theirs to keep at graduation—students will meet in small groups to discuss topics centered around college life.  A New Student Social will cap off Friday's events.  Saturday morning will be devoted to community service projects in 13 locations around the city from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., including MANE, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Common Ground Ministries, House to House, three local schools, the Montgomery Zoo, River City Church, Adullam House, and the Dragon Boat Festival.  The Big Red Weekend schedule may be found on the College Web site:

"Huntingdon College is very much like a family, and Big Red Weekend is a time for us to welcome our newest students to the close, friendly atmosphere for which Huntingdon is known," said Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students.  "Huntingdon is also known for the hallmarks of faith, wisdom, and service, and these guiding principles are all part of the message we hope our newest students will carry with them as they move forward from Big Red Weekend and on through graduation." 

Fall term classes at Huntingdon College begin Monday, August 26. 

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for three years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges. The traditional day program offers more than 20 programs of study, 14 NCAA-Division III athletic teams, more than 50 clubs and organizations, active Greek life programs, the Hobbs Honors Program, and 17 honor societies.


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