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July 16, 2012

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Taylor joins Huntingdon to head CCV; CCV moves to Alumni Office
Fran Taylor, formerly the principal of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, joined Huntingdon to head the Center for Career and Vocation July 2.  Under her leadership, the CCV has been re-established as part of the Office of College and Alumni Relations in the second floor of Flowers Hall. More:

Student Health Insurance plan changes
The College is in the process of selecting a new provider for Student Health Insurance, which is required of students who do not have coverage through other means.  Once the provider is selected, students and parents will be notified about how to opt-out of the service if you already have health insurance, and how to sign-up if you don't already have a provider.  Stay tuned for more information.

ANTS make all the difference
The time is coming to Assist New and Transfer Students during Move-in 2012.  Bring your widest smile and your helping arms and legs.  Please contact Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life, at or (334) 833-4349 to sign up for a time-slot.  Here are the dates and times:

Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  Football check-in 

  • Sunday, August 12, 2:00–4:00 p.m.: Band check-in 
  • Tuesday, August 14, 9:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.:  Fall Athletics check-in 
  • Friday, August 17, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.:  The rest of the new students 

SIS implementation underway
A new Student Information System, part of the implementation of PowerCampus, will allow students access to their schedules and records with far greater capabilities than we can offer currently.  The Tech Team and College administration are working toward putting the system in place for the fall term.  When the system is operational, you will be notified accordingly.

Student/Alumni e-mails move to G-mail
The Tech Team has moved student and alumni e-mail accounts to G-mail to allow for higher levels of storage, faster processing, instant messaging, connections to Google Calendar and Google Docs, and access from anywhere that is Internet-friendly.  The current address will be valid until sometime in October, when students' new addresses will change to  Students and alumni will receive more information about the change from the Tech Team in the coming weeks.  Faculty and staff email remain on the Huntingdon system.


  • Employees are reminded to submit the Employee Tuition Scholarship form for their dependents who are Huntingdon students.  See Tommy Dismukes. 
  • Ecovery, LLC, has partnered with the Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC) to provide an electronic scrap collection site.  You may drop off electronics for scrap, along with a nominal suggested donation, at McInnis Recycling Center, 4341 Norman Bridge Road in Montgomery, each Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


Huntingdon celebrated the generosity of donors, friends, and alumni during a gala event in May.  Of special note were the following presentations:

Huntingdon congratulates those on the Dean's List of Honors and Dean's List of High Honors for spring term 2012:

The Board of Trustees said a fond farewell to members Dr. Katie Bell, Mr. John Wise, and Bishop Will Willimon at their May meeting.  In October, they will welcome new members Dr. Sanders Benkwith, Mr. Fred Frost '81, and Ms. Wanda Howard '81, as well as the new bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church (to be named). 

Linda Diaz Almaraz '11
and Frank Mitchell '11 were married.

Tamisha Collins Benson '02
gave birth to her first child, daughter Madison, Saturday, July 14.

Matt Brink '12
has moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he is working as a sales rep for M&K Consulting.

Jeff and Sherri Newsome Corte (both Class of '98 and former admission counselors) welcomed twin boys July 12—Michael Rockwood and William Asher.  They live in Richmond, Texas.

Jaime Demick, assistant professor of physics, has published a new book of poetry and illustrations, Words I Painted.  See more here:

Caitlyn Demouy '12 is employed as a seventh grade math teacher at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School beginning this fall.

An abstract, "Injury Profiles and Training of the Senior Olympic Athlete: A Pilot Study," submitted by Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, Dr. Roxanne St. Martin '94, and Dr. Mike Bamman of the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education has been accepted as an oral presentation during the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity annual conference in October.

Alyssa Eason '12 has been hired to teach at Edgewood Academy this fall.

Will Francis '12 will begin working as the youth pastor at Marianna First United Methodist Church August 5.

Logan Henderson Golden '11 gave birth to her first child, Brooks, July 11.

After receiving an invitation to the Rome Gladiators' training camp, Ephriam Hudson '12 made the team!  The Rome Gladiators are a semi-pro basketball team that plays during the summer.

AJ Julian '10 married Perez Freddy July 14. 

Minnie Lamberth '83 is about to publish a new book.  Min at Work: Stories of Writing, Painting, Aunting, and Believing will be available at September 1 (or so). 

First Lieutenant Matt Lyles '04, who had been deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq, surprised his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Alexandria Elizabeth (born January 2011), upon his return home to El Paso, Texas.  The return was filmed and aired on Lifetime's series, Coming Home, Sunday, June 17.  Lyles is a former assistant baseball coach at Huntingdon.

Kristy McLendon '12 has been hired to teach fourth grade at Clay Elementary School in Jefferson County.

Caitlin McMahon '12
and Kent Hagan '11 were married July 1 in Ligon Chapel.  They live in Birmingham, where Caitlin is working and Kent is a medical student at UAB.

Andrew McNamara '08
completed his graduate degree in writing and publishing at DePaul University.  He is an associate editor for Poetry East.

Heath Miller '09
has been ordained into the Baptist ministry.  He serves as student minister at Golden Springs Baptist Church, New Orleans.

Sue Miller '99
, who has been working for CHF International and living in Silver Spring, Maryland, has been appointed the new director of programming and training for the Peace Corps.  She will move in mid-July to the Republic of Georgia, between Russia and Turkey. 

Suzanne Mock '12
is employed at Environmental Management Corporation in Birmingham.

Respected historian Mary Ann Neeley '54 received the Alabama Historical Association's 2012 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for the best book published on local history for her latest book, The Works of Matthew Blue, Montgomery's First Historian

Scott Owenby '12
and his fiance, Temperance Jo, were married May 19.

Claire Owens '12
is employed as a financial assistant with Practice Logic in Birmingham.

Lydia Patterson '06
has been hired as an assistant minister at the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, working with the collegiate and student ministries department.

Ashton Rodriguez '12
will be teaching at Phenix City Intermediate School this fall.

Davis Ryan '12
and Karina Scott Ryan '12 are settling into life in the Wild West.  Davis is employed as a staff accountant/payroll specialist with Altendorf Harvesting in North Dakota.  Karina is enrolled in courses toward her master's degree in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota, where Davis is completing courses to prepare for the CPA exam.

Chris Saba '08 is an associate attorney with Vernis and Bowling of North Florida. He is planning a soccer alumni event with Head Coach Timmy McCormack '08 in August.

Angie Smith '12 is employed with Regions Bank.

Kristi Winstead Wilson '05 of the Douglas Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, Georgia, received the Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Public, presented by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia June 1. 


Ames First United Methodist Church, Ames, Iowa, is seeking a full-time Director of Christian Education. This position is responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering a comprehensive Christian education ministry for a 1200-member growing congregation. The position will provide direction, leadership, and supervision for educational ministries with children, youth, adults, and families.  To find out more, contact Su Ofe at or Fran Taylor at  First deadline is July 27, with a final deadline of August 3.   Interested candidates may submit a resume along with a letter of interest and a list of 3 references, to: Rev. Fred Lewis (515-232-2750) , senior minister, at


New coaches named
Huntingdon has welcomed several new coaches this summer.  They are:

  • Josh Bennefield '11 has joined the staff as assistant baseball coach. 
  • Nicole Duff '08 has joined the staff as the full-time dance coach for the Huntingdon Dazzlers. 
  • Ben Ganus '10 has returned as assistant football coach for running backs. 
  • Paige Huff '08 has joined the staff as assistant women's basketball coach. 
  • Howard Johnson has been named interim coach for track and field and assistant coach for cross country: 
  • Robert Milner has been named interim coach for women's soccer: 
  • Ben Raphelson has been named interim head coach for cross country and assistant coach for track and field. 
  • Ashton Salter '12 has joined the staff as assistant women's basketball coach. 



Officer John Duke
's father, Edward John Duke, passed away in Florida last month.  A memorial service will be held July 30 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Port St. Lucie.  You may read more about Mr. Duke here:

Laura Hinds Duncan '94, vice president for enrollment management, and her family are grieving the loss of her husband, Craig's, father July 3 in Dothan. 

We were deeply saddened to learn that the sister of Deborah Garrett '11, Dalta Garrett, was killed in a car accident July 3.  You may read more about Dalta here:

Trustee Emerita Dorothy Rainer Sellars '48 passed away June 18 in Opp, Alabama.  A memorial service is planned for later this summer.  Donations may be made in her memory to the Dorothy Rainer Sellars Scholarship Fund.  More:

Please surround these family members with your love and prayers in this time of grief. 


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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