Huntingdon Begins Observance of Centennial in Montgomery
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College invites the public to join in the celebration of its 155th birthday as a College and of its 100th year in Montgomery during Founders Day, Friday, February 6. Festivities will begin with the traditional Founders Day Convocation at 11:45 a.m. in Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel, free and open to all. Parking is available in the Smith Music Building parking lot off of Fairview Avenue and the Narrow Lane Road parking lot. A map of campus can be found here.
The Convocation speaker is the Honorable Jeff B. Sessions, U.S. Senator for the state of Alabama and a member of the Huntingdon College Class of 1969 and of the College’s Board of Trustees. During the convocation, new inductees into the College’s Alpha Beta and Sigma Sigma Sigma Honor Societies will be recognized, and two faculty awards will be presented. Finally, selected guests will gather at the Founders Day Luncheon in Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall following the Convocation.
Later this month, Huntingdon will offer its third annual Founders Day 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk, Saturday, February 21. For more information about this event, visit http://www.huntingdon.edu/events/founders_day/2009_run_app. Proceeds from the event, hosted by the Accounting Club and the Running Club, will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
In 1854, just a few years before the Civil War, Huntingdon was founded as Tuskegee Female College in Tuskegee, Alabama. Always closely associated with the United Methodist Church, the College, by then named Alabama Conference Female College, moved to Montgomery in 1909 as it searched for a larger population base in the state’s capital city in the war’s aftermath. With the move, the College changed its name again to Woman’s College of Alabama. Through World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the many historic events that shaped our state, nation, and world, Huntingdon has offered a liberal arts education supportive of each student’s spiritual journey in a whole-person educational environment. In 1935, after serving male students for several years and officially admitting men that year, the College changed its name to Huntingdon College in recognition of Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon, a great supporter of Methodism in England. Throughout its 100 years in Montgomery, the College has offered a wide and rich array of speakers of national reputation, convocations, concerts, theatrical performances, gallery showings, and athletic events for public enjoyment and regularly hosts events that inform and interest members of the community on matters of public import.
About one-third of Huntingdon students are from the Tri-County area. Others consistently represent not only the state of Alabama but also more than 20 states and other regions of the world. The College has a reputation for excellent placement rates into graduate and professional schools—including into medical and law schools—as well as into employment.
In 1996, Huntingdon instituted the Huntingdon Plan, providing full-time day students a laptop computer for use all four years, theirs to keep at graduation; travel-study opportunities in the junior or senior year (with most costs covered by regular tuition and fees); and hands-on learning through internships and community service. These benefits, coupled with small classes, personal attention to students’ needs, and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that sharpens communication and critical thinking skills, further enhanced the College’s reputation in the Southeast. For students entering in the fall of 2009, Huntingdon’s Levelized Tuition program provides for no increases in tuition costs for four years of consecutive full-time day enrollment.
In 2002, the College added an Adult Degree Completion Program, allowing adults who wish to complete their bachelor’s degrees in business an accessible, affordable, and convenient avenue that fits easily into busy lifestyles. ADCP students may attend classes just one night a week and complete a class in just five weeks, with three five-week sessions offered each semester in locations in Birmingham, Baldwin County, Brewton, Montgomery, and Enterprise.
The College has experienced five consecutive years of record enrollment increases, including two of the largest classes in 40 years, and is consistently listed among “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News and World Report, and in the Princeton Review’s Best Colleges: Region by Region and Best Southeastern Colleges publications. The campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.