Huntingdon College final exams are underway and the campus is abuzz with activity in preparation for Graduation Weekend, May 15–16. The weekend will begin with the traditional Baccalaureate worship service, Friday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, for day and evening program graduates and their families. Huntingdon President J. Cameron West will preach the Baccalaureate sermon. Commencement Exercises will take place Saturday, May 16, on Top Stage on the College Green (rain location: Roland Arena in Roland Student Center), 9:00 a.m. for traditional day students and 6:00 p.m. for Evening Bachelor’s Degree students.
Huntingdon College senior and Montgomery native Julian McGuire will appear on at least two stages in the near future. The Class of 2015 music major and all-around musician will perform on lead guitar for the band accompanying singer Avery Wilson during his appearance on NBC’s Today Show, Friday, May 8.
The Huntingdon College Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater will host a stage reading of the play, “Wash, Dry, Fold,” by Nedra Pezold Roberts, Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. The reading will be directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson, co-founder of New York’s Nora’s Playhouse. Admission is free; all are welcome. A talk-back with the actors, writer, and director will follow the reading.
The Huntingdon Community Pops, a musical ensemble comprised of Huntingdon students, faculty, and community musicians, will present an outdoor concert on the College Green, Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. The concert, Celebrating America 2015, is free; the public is invited to attend. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
The Huntingdon College Brass Quintet, comprised of both faculty and student musicians, will perform Thursday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building, on the Huntingdon Campus. Musical selections from the Olympics, the Wizard of Oz, and classic literature will be included in the concert, which is expected to be 40 minutes in length. The performance is free and open to the public.
Five Huntingdon football players were named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s Hampshire Honor Society on Wednesday.
Two-time Australian Golden Guitar winner Dianna Corcoran has joined the line-up of music stars for Huntingdon College’s CloverJam 2015, Friday, April 24. The event has been moved to Roland Student Center’s Roland Arena because of weather forecasts later this week. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., with Dianna Corcoran taking the stage at approximately 7:30 p.m. Corcoran will be followed by the six-piece Knoxville, Tennessee, band, The Dirty Guv’nahs. Headlining the night is country music star Corey Smith. Tickets are free for Huntingdon students, faculty and staff and $20 per guest, and may be purchased through Eventbrite.com or at the event.
Moulton, Alabama, native Stanton Woodard has been named Huntingdon Volunteer of the Year by the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE). Woodard, a freshman chemistry major, has volunteered more than 150 hours at the facility during the academic year.
Huntingdon College music professor Dr. Vadim Serebryany will perform on piano for Huntingdon’s Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series, Wednesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and will include selections from the composers Bach, Schumann, Berg, and Bartok.
Huntingdon College’s Huntingdon Winds Concert Band will present their spring concert Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater in the Cloverdale Administrative Building (former Cloverdale School building) on the Cloverdale Campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
Huntingdon Athletic Director Mike Turk announced the hiring of Craig Duncan as head wrestling coach on Wednesday.
Young scientists and mathematicians from across the state will converge at Huntingdon College Saturday, April 11, for the Alabama Science Olympiad Division B (middle/junior high) and Division C (high school) State Finals. Huntingdon College faculty, staff, and students and volunteers from the community will run nearly two dozen events for the teams competing in each division, all of whom are winners of regional competitions. The state winners will proceed to national competition in the coming weeks.
To develop his upper-level spring 2015 course, Justice, Nonviolence, and Luke’s Gospel, Borders asked students what they wanted to know more about. One student wanted more information about the situation in the Middle East; two asked about criminal justice; another was interested in gender studies, and another in issues in Africa.
On March 31, 2015, the Department of Music and Art featured a special painting demonstration by Montgomery artist Kellie Newsome. During her 2-hour visit, Newsome painted a portrait of Albert Einstein while she explained and demonstrated how even the brightest of colors can be used to describe depth on a two-dimensional surface.
The Huntingdon College Department of Language and Literature will present the annual Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival Lecture Thursday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. This year’s featured author is Jennifer Horne, an editor, a professor at the University of Alabama, and a writer of short fiction, prose, essays, poems, and other works. The event is free and open to the public.
The Huntingdon College jazz band, Huntingdon Jazz, has left campus on tour to share their music and to pique the interest of prospective musicians. The group will perform at Luverne High School (8:00 a.m.) and Gulf Shores High School (1:00 p.m.) Thursday, March 19.
Thirteen new educators were inducted into the education honor society Kappa Delta Epsilon Wednesday evening, March 18.
Huntingdon College junior Stephanie Marie Yasechko of Niles, Ohio, was crowned Miss Huntingdon 2015 at the conclusion of the annual pageant held March 14. She was a awarded a $600 scholarship with the title. Ten Huntingdon women competed in the pageant.
The Huntingdon College Department of Sport Science and Physical Education hosted four teams competing as part of the Alabama Special Olympics championship basketball tournament Friday, March 13. Games began at 9:00 a.m. and continued until 1:00 p.m. in Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.
Artwork produced by four Huntingdon College students is included in the Emerging Collegiate Artists Exhibition on display through May 28 at Montgomery City Hall, 103 North Perry Street in Montgomery. The show, which opened March 12, is a juried exhibition of area collegiate artwork.
The Department of Music and Art at Huntingdon College will present a different type of “March Madness” when the Huntingdon Winds Concert Band performs an evening of “march” music, Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. in the Leo J. Drum Jr. Theatre on the College’s Cloverdale Campus.
Huntingdon College will present a faculty recital by trombonist Rusty Logan and euphonium player Marie Robertson, Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the College’s Smith Music Building, Delchamps Recital Hall.
The Huntingdon College Office of Admission will offer a Huntingdon Preview Day, Saturday, March 7. Prospective students and families are invited to attend this free event. Huntingdon Preview Days begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. in the College’s historic main building, Flowers Hall.
Huntingdon College will host country music star Corey Smith with opening band The Dirty Guv’nahs for CloverJam 2015, Friday, April 24, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Top Stage on the College Green. Tickets are free for Huntingdon students, faculty and staff and $20 per guest, and may be purchased through Eventbrite.com.
Huntingdon College invites pastors and youth ministers who serve United Methodist churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church to sponsor high school juniors and/or seniors to participate in the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, June 11–12.
Arbor Day will hold special significance at Huntingdon College as the College announces its designation as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA, Thursday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. in front of the president’s home (The Delchamps Residence). A tree seedling giveaway will follow the brief program. The public is invited to attend.
The Huntingdon College Campus and Cloverdale community will be filled with the sound of music this weekend as the Alabama Independent Schools Band Association (AISBA) holds their annual State Band Festival and State Honor Band on the Huntingdon campus. Approximately 500 band students—in addition to directors, parents, and spectators—are expected to be involved.
The Huntingdon College Center for Career and Vocation is intent on bringing students to firm ground in their career search efforts. To that end, the CCV hosted a “Meet the Firms” job fair for accounting, business, and related majors in Houghton Library last week.
The biology major traveled to the nation’s capital to present her research on the use of PLGA (poly-DL-glycolide) nanoparticles as anti-cancer delivery agents at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, February 19–21. She came away with a first place award in the biomedical engineering category.
Professor Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke University Divinity School, will be the featured speaker for Huntingdon College’s 2015 Chapman Benson Lecture Series, Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. She will speak on the topic, “The Things that Make for Peace (Luke 19:42): Inter-religious Theological Conversation.” The lecture is free and open to the public.