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June 12, 2012

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June 12, 2012

Elementary Education major adds a second certification

Pending approval by the State Department of Education, the Elementary Education major has changed to Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education. The new major equips graduates with K–6 teacher certification in both elementary education and special education, increasing both employability and responsiveness to special needs students who are integrated into the regular classroom. Students entering the program this fall will automatically be part of the new major. Returning Elementary Education students should discuss with their academic advisers the feasibility of changing to the new curriculum, with consideration for the number of hours remaining for degree completion.

Admission office personnel changes

Two admission counselors joined the staff June 4: alumna Amanda Houston '12 and Haley Kilcrease, formerly a sales representative with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama. Huntingdon Director of Admission Joseph Miller has taken the position of dean of admission at LaGrange College. Bonnie Catching, a member of the Huntingdon admission staff since 1992, has announced her retirement. Her last day will be June 15. Rebecca Masic (ADCP '10), formerly an admission counselor, was promoted to the position of executive assistant to the provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.

Collegiate Exchange Club helps new clubs form

Huntingdon's Collegiate Exchange Club, the only collegiate Exchange Club chapter in the U.S., has announced the officers elected to serve for the 2012–2013 academic year: president, Russ Barnwell '13 (Political Science/English; Jacksonville, Ala.); vice president, Olivia Larkin '13 (Biology; Florence, Ala.); secretary, Blake Bosch '14 (Biology; Tuscaloosa, Ala.); and treasurer, Zachary Turner '14 (Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.) The faculty advisers are Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 and Dr. Doba Jackson, both from the Department of Chemistry. The officers and Dr. Murphy have been invited to present two sessions on the topic, "Starting a Collegiate Exchange Club in Your Community," for the 94th National Exchange Club Convention and Symposium, for which they will travel to Chandler, Arizona, in July. The Huntingdon club is already assisting collegiate club-building efforts at Marquette University (Wisconsin) and Troy University and Troy University-Dothan in Alabama. Earlier this month at the annual state convention of the Alabama District Exchange Club (ADEC), Huntingdon's collegiate chapter won the ADEC Award of Excellence for the chapter's yearbook. Dr. Murphy has been appointed by ADEC president Joyce Franklin as ADEC chair of new club building for 2012–2013 and will lead the effort to build middle school, high school, and collegiate clubs across the state.


The offices for Tommy Dismukes '83, director of student financial services and Montgomery site coordinator for the School of Business and Professional Studies' Adult Degree Completion Program, and Wendy Wood, operations director for ADCP, have moved to Wilson 108-E and 108-F, respectively.  

  • If you are a Knology cable customer in the Montgomery area, you may notice some 15-second ADCP promotional advertisement in the coming weeks. When you see them, let us know what you think about them at

    ADCP has announced a few personnel changes:

    Vinson Bradley, a 2010 ADCP graduate, has assumed the role of assistant site coordinator for the Bay Minette campus.
  • Gale Croft, a 2010 ADCP graduate who has since earned her master's degree from Spring Hill College, has taken over as site coordinator for both Baldwin County campuses. Her office is on-site at the Daphne campus.
  • Jennifer Ishler, formerly the site coordinator for Baldwin County, has completed the course work for her Ph.D. through Capella University and has moved to the status of full-time ADCP faculty in the Birmingham area. Her dissertation is expected to be completed next month.
  • Mable Perry, formerly a part-time recruiter in the Birmingham area, has moved to full-time assistant site coordinator for the Center Point campus.


Great American Cookies, soon opening at The Shoppes at Eastchase in Montgomery, is looking for smiling faces to join their new staff. Apply in person and ask for Patrick.

A summer babysitter is needed for brothers John Richard and Joseph Talley in Montgomery. If interested, call Richard Talley at (334) 313-4236.

The Governor's Office invites students to apply for an internship in the second summer session. For more information, contact Su Ofe at


Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, professor of finance and economics, and Brandon Van Camp '13 (Business Administration/Economics Concen.; Gulf Breeze, Fla. ) attended a presentation on Hong Kong economics and trade presented by the ambassador and commissioner of Hong Kong, Donald Tong, at Alabama Shakespeare Festival earlier this month.

Stephanie Bruner Fielder, Class of 2006, daughter of Tech Team member Rick Bruner, gave birth to daughter Kyleigh Noelle Pollard May 23.

Elizabeth Frank Cichostepski '04 gave birth to identical twin daughters, Claire and Caitlyn, June 7. She and husband Adam live in Nashville.

Dr. Sally Clark, former assistant professor of mathematics, has accepted a teaching position in Nebraska.

Angela Bryant Dainas '07 has been recognized with Birmingham Magazine's "Inner Beauty Award." Her story is one of courage and hope you can read here: Kudos, also, to her husband, Brandon Dainas '07.

Dusti Doss '09 has accepted the position of school and college counselor at Macon East Academy, Montgomery.

Alexandrea Garrett Eubanks '06 graduated from Birmingham School of Law earlier this summer.

Kelly Frazier '10 has been admitted to the Master of Forensic Science program at Alabama State University and will begin taking classes this fall.

Tyler Hall '13 (P.E.; Roanoke, Ala.), who recently completed a 50-mile bicycle ride with Bo Jackson as part of the Bo Bikes Bama tornado relief effort, successfully passed his NCSF Personal Trainer certification exam earlier this month. He is completing an internship at a Montgomery fitness facility this summer.

After the May 2012 Huntingdon Plan/Austria group attended St. Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna for a special mass, Jacob Hollingsworth '13 (Sport Studies; McDonough, Ga.) dropped to his knee and proposed to Marybeth Wheatley '13 (Comm. Studies; Leeds, Ala.) while the bells rang in the tower.

Paige Huff '08 graduated with her Master of Education degree from Alabama State University in May.

Jeff Jenkins '12 and Wesley Smithart '15 (Religion, Union Sprgs., Ala.) are helping with the Bodies In Service 3-Mile Run in Montgomery, January 2013. Proceeds will benefit mission work in Honduras. Find out more here:

Mary George Jester '68, who served as the founding director of LAMP High School (Loveless Academic Magnet Program) in Montgomery, returned to the school June 1 in order to serve as interim principal. She has been retired since 2006.

Tank King '11 has accepted a position teaching history and coaching at Andalusia High School.

Jessica Lacey '10 married Sam Goodson May 19, 2012.

Chrys Lake '09 and Samantha Lewis '07 graduated from Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

Alyssa McCurry '14 (Art; Montgomery), Cheyenne Young '14 (English; Enterprise, Ala.), and Catie Malone '11 are on campus this week serving as staff for Bridge Builders' annual Junior Camp.

Katy Jo Farrill McDaniel '11 has been hired to teach at Lincoln Academy in Huntsville beginning this fall.

While in Vienna on a Huntingdon Plan trip in May, Caitlin McMahon '12 participated in the Adolph Gruber Memorial 5K run, coming in 19th overall and second among women runners.

Dr. James Mellichamp '75 has been named president of Piedmont College. Story.

Jennifer Miller '06 was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church June 1. She completed seminary at Yale University and serves as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Huntsville.

Gary Nelson '09 has moved from a teaching/coaching position at Hooper Academy to the Montgomery Academy.

Jayde Rasband '15 (Biochem.; Maylene, Ala.) and Erin Ofe '12 are among the staff of Camp Sunshine, headed by Huntingdon trustee Dr. Laurie Jean Weil, this week. The camp serves socio-economically disadvantaged girls in the Montgomery area and is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Alabama.

Quintarious Perdue '13 (Biochem.; Montgomery) has been hired as a pharmacy technician at CVS in Wetumpka.

Elizabeth Arnett Powers '06 and her husband, Seth, welcomed daughter Piper Isabelle (known as Pippa), March 26, 2012. They live in Nashville, where Liz is an attorney.

Dylan Pugh '11 has begun a new job as a deputy sheriff for Cobb County, Georgia, government.

Josh Robertson '10 married Valerie Lewis June 2, 2012.

Josh Robinson '06 completed his Ph.D. in economics at Emory University in May.

Former cross country and track coach Nate Rucker has taken a position with Upper Iowa University.

Karina Scott '12 and Davis Ryan '12 were married May 19, 2012, and have moved to North Dakota, where Karina is entering graduate school.

Congratulations to Dr. Eva Shoop-Shafor, assistant professor of English, who was given a slightly belated Mother's Day gift with the birth of daughter Lilly Charlotte Shafor at 12:18 a.m. Monday, May 14. Lilly weighed 8 lb. 5 oz.

Sarah Thebo '12 and Juddson Seebrat '10 have announced their engagement.

Jessica Tidwell '13 (Christian Ed.; Montgomery, Ala.) and Cole Smith '11 have announced their engagement. Cole is a student in the doctor of pharmacy/MBA program at South University School of Pharmacy, South Carolina. The wedding is scheduled for next summer.

Gillian Lisenby Walters '08 and Charles Walters '07 stopped by while in town May 14. Both are graduates of Duke Divinity School, and both are preaching. Gillian is the Wesley Foundation director at the University of West of Alabama and pastoring at Brewersville UMC in Livingston, Alabama; and Charles is working as the disaster coordinator for tornado recovery for the Alabama-West Florida Conference Tornado Recovery Team, farming, and serving at a nearby church.

Joshua White '06, now a doctor of chiropractic, has opened White Chiropractic Clinic in Marietta, Georgia.

Cameron Williams '06 and her team won the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Games in Maryland earlier this summer. The team will compete in California in July. More:


Huntingdon joins USA South

Huntingdon has joined the NCAA-Division III USA South Athletic Conference, with conference competition for men's and women's teams in most Huntingdon sports to begin in the fall of 2013. Read more.


  • The men's golf team competed in the NCAA-III national tournament for the eighth consecutive year in May, finishing 10th overall with two golfers, Sam Strachan '14 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.) and Tyler Schmutz '13 (Champaign, Ill.), placing in the top 12 individually. See story.
  • Stacy Terry '13 (Bio.; Northport, Ala.) will spend his summer in soccer competition as part of the National Premier Soccer League. See story.
  • The Huntingdon men's teams' performances earned the Hawks athletic program its first GSAC President's Cup in recognition of the 2011–2012 academic year. The Presidents' Cup, one each for men and women, is awarded to the Great South Athletic Conference schools accumulating the highest points total in an academic year with points based on order of finish in the championships. Story.



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