Huntingdon to Honor Loyal Alumni at Homecoming 2005
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College will honor two alumni with Loyalty Awards
during Homecoming 2005, April 15–17 on the Huntingdon College Campus. Award winners were
nominated from all walks of the Huntingdon community and selected by the College’s National
Alumni Loyalty Award winner June Burdick Bisard, of Prattville, is a 1956
graduate of the College. A member of the first class of graduates to complete degrees in
elementary education, Ms. Bisard taught at Bear and Ledbetter elementary schools before beginning a
career working for Air Force educational programs that spanned 35 years. During her tenure
with the Air Force, she served as an administrative assistant for the Squadron Officer’s
School, as an instructor for the Air Force Correspondence program, and finally as the
registrar for all Air Force professional schools at Maxwell and Gunter Air Force Bases. A devoted alumna, Ms. Bisard has attended, supported, and helped with nearly every lecture,
concert, theater performance, community event, and alumni function since she graduated. She has served as a Class Agent for 10 years, as an officer in the Montgomery alumni chapter
for 9 years, and as a member of the National Alumni Board. As chair of the Board’s Student
Relations committee, she organized gift drives for students and oversaw the sales of Joseph
Stone prints of Flowers Hall that raised funds for four book scholarships for Huntingdon
students. She has served on numerous alumni phonathons, volunteered to assist in the alumni
office, helped Huntingdon build a Habitat for Humanity house, manned the alumni table at
football games, and encouraged five students to attend Huntingdon.
Alumni Loyalty Award winner Thelma Braswell, of Montgomery, is a 1962 graduate of the College.
Ms. Braswell began her professional career teaching mathematics at Lanier High School, which,
at the time, was ranked among the top ten high schools in the nation. She left teaching in 1971
to work as the director of governmental relations for the Alabama Education Association, and
was then hired by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Bo Torbert to organize and direct the
Alabama Judicial College. After a change of chief justices and the closing of the Judicial
College, she remained with the Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts, where she worked
as court relations director, juvenile court director, and in the trial court services division.
She is now the co-owner of Alabama Legislative Reading and Research Service, a company that
tracks bills through the legislative process. She is a three-term member of the National Alumni
Board, a Class of 1962 Class Agent for 25 years, the 1976 Founder’s Day Speaker, and a member
of The Huntingdon Society.
Alumni Achievement awards will be given during the Alumni Awards Banquet, Friday, April 15,
2005. For ticket information, contact the Huntingdon College Alumni Advancement Office at
Huntingdon College is a community of faith, wisdom, and service preparing skilled leaders
to serve a complex world. Founded in 1854, the College is celebrating its 151st year as a
college of the United Methodist Church.