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Monday Messages

August 28, 2012

The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac moves through the Gulf

The College is continuing to monitor the hurricane in the Gulf.  Based on the most up-to-date weather information, Montgomery is expected to get some wind activity and rain this week but is expected to miss the brunt of the storm.  At this time, the College does not expect to suspend normal activities.  We continue to keep all of our students and their families, along with our Huntingdon friends and alumni on the Gulf Coast, in our thoughts and prayers as this storm moves toward the shore. 

Scholarships honor alumna

Two new Huntingdon scholarships will honor alumna Pearl Norton Jackson '39, a resident of Clio, Alabama.  The scholarships, established by Mrs. Jackson's daughter, Caroline Jackson '64, of Arlington, Virginia, will be awarded to students who major in mathematics.  Preference will be given to Barbour County students who are active members of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Read more here:

Painting donated to the College

Inell Rentz McGee '63, a teacher of English for more than two decades at Southside High School, Selma, where her husband, Herb McGee '63, served as principal, loved collecting art. In particular, she loved the work of her friend, celebrated artist Frances Lanier '38, also of Selma.  Inell also loved Huntingdon, as did Frances.  After Inell's death earlier this year, Inell's children determined that a wonderful way for her to be remembered at the College—and for Frances Lanier, who passed away last year, to be remembered—would be to donate one of Inell's Frances Lanier paintings to the College.  Two weeks ago, that painting came to its new home in the Office of the President, where it hangs above Sandy Kelser's desk  (the College subsequently purchased a second Lanier painting Inell's children had given to the Selma Art Guild, which hangs in the President's Conference Room).  Stop by and see these beautiful pieces and say a spiritual thank-you to these two great Huntingdon women.  

Now, that's progress!

About 26 Huntingdon students ate their way through Montgomery by way of a progressive dinner hosted by three local churches Saturday evening.  The dinner began with appetizers at Eastmont Baptist Church, progressed to the main course at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and ended after dessert at First United Methodist Church.  We thank the churches for offering such a warm and friendly welcome to our students. 

Searching for the portal

New Huntingdon students who were assigned the new have experienced difficulties accessing their e-mail because the gmail-based accounts are not accessible from the Webmail portal on the Web site.  The Tech Team is working to set up a new portal for easier log-in to gmail accounts.  Returning students who are using the addresses must discontinue use by September 30 as those accounts will cease October 1.  Instead, begin using your addresses and notify your friends of the change.  Gmail accounts may be accessed from your Web browser until a new portal is created.

Time to go Greek!

The Office of Greek Life invites students who are interested in Recruitment/Rush, which begins this week for women and next week for men, to apply for Greek membership using the application that is posted on the Student Life/Greek Life/Recruitment page of the Web site or that is available by hard copy in The Hut.


  •     Washington Monthly's annual College Guide, published last week, ranks Huntingdon 69th among 352 baccalaureate colleges nationally on the basis of students' social mobility, research/scholarship, and service. 
  • Parking tickets will be issued beginning this week—be sure you have obtained your parking tag and you display it prominently.
  • Returning students:  update your ID card, if you haven't done so already, by obtaining a validation sticker from the Tech Team.  You'll need a valid ID for the September 1 season opening football game vs. Maryville College.  Hawk 'em, guys!
  • Houghton Library has a new Web site.  To visit, click on the link under Academics and then on the pointing finger.
  • Worship Team auditions will be held this week.  Notices were e-mailed last week to all students.  If you didn't sign up but would like to, see Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service.
  • The Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival lecture has been added to the list of fall term events.  Poet Brian Turner will read from his work and speak about the process of writing Thursday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  
  • Resident students:  Room Change and Consolidation will take place Wednesday, August 29, through Friday, August 31.  If you have been left without a roommate or if you would like to live with a different friend, see your Resident Director for more information about this process.
  • Students, Chief Ward has already sent reminders not to leave your room or vehicle doors unlocked, or belongings in plain sight; to report any suspicious vehicles or persons to security; and to USE EXTREME CAUTION when crossing Fairview at the crosswalk.  Seriously, put down your cell phones and don't walk into traffic. 
  • Deadline, Wednesday, August 29:  The last day to ADD a course with the permission of your adviser, the instructor, and the Provost/Dean of the College  


Annie Arrington '11 is teaching first grade at W.O. Lance Elementary School in Lanett, Alabama.
Philip Bailey '09, assistant football coach at Maryville College, has announced his engagement to Molly Patterson.
Huntingdon admission counselor Amanda Houston '12 and Ben Cecil '10, a teacher of physics, earth and space science, and Microsoft Excel at Montgomery Catholic Prep School, have announced their engagement.
Tal Lynn '10 was married last June.  His wife, Krysten, will graduate from pharmacy school at Auburn in May 2013, and Tal will graduate from the same program in 2014.
Minnie Lamberth '83 has written a new book, Min at Work: Stories of Writing, Painting, Aunting, and Believing. In this memoir about work, Lamberth recounts her journey to and from the publication of an award-winning first novel. She is the author of Life with Strings Attached, a novel selected as winner of the Paraclete Fiction Award. For details, visit


    SENIORS:  Please make an appointment  to meet with Fran Taylor in the Center for Career and Vocation (now in the College and Alumni Relations Office, Flowers 2nd Floor), or (334) 833-4556.  This is a 15-minute appointment and should happen sometime between now and the end of September.
    If you are interested in working for the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE) this fall, contact Chief Mike Ward in the Campus Security office, Wilson 112.  MANE provides horseback riding therapy for individuals who have mental and/or physical disabilities.  To be eligible for a MANE position, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or better, be in good financial standing with Huntingdon, and be approved to receive Federal Work-Study.
    A new Internship Education Packet has been posted on the Academics/Center for Career and Vocation/Internships page on the Web site.  If you'd like more information about internships—even as you prepare to look for a placement in coming semesters or years—this is a great resource.  
    Have you ever wanted to sprout feathers and be a Hawk?  Now's your chance!  The search is on for a new Mascot.  The Keeper of the Suit will have a tremendous love for Huntingdon and awesome school spirit. Stop by the Office of Admission in Flowers Hall to find out more.  Your first gig will be this weekend!


Composite Athletic Schedule:
    At a news conference to be held Tuesday, August 28, Huntingdon and Carver High School will announce a partnership whereby Huntingdon's track and field teams will share use of Carver's track and Huntingdon student-athletes will serve as mentors for Carver students. 
    Congratulations to D.J. Chappell, Courtney Moss, Neal Posey, Trevor Manuel, and Austin Worley, who have been elected by their teammates to serve as captains of the Hawks football team this year.
    Lady Hawks Volleyball will open their season as hosts for the Jubilee Tournament in Wilson Gym (Will and Kelly Wilson Community and Athletic Center, Cloverdale Campus) and Roland Arena Friday, August 31.  The Lady Hawks face Birmingham-Southern at 2:00 p.m. in Roland Arena.
    The Hawks football home opener is scheduled for this Saturday, September 1, at W. James Samford Jr. Stadium, 1:00 p.m.  The Hawks will face-off against perennial athletic rival Maryville College.  Tickets are $10 at the gate (students, faculty, staff are admitted free with a valid I.D.)—no umbrellas or coolers are allowed in the stadium and no pets are allowed on the grounds.  Gates open two hours prior to game-time.


The Huntingdon family was saddened to learn of the death of Jean Kaufman Weil, a dear College friend and the mother of Huntingdon trustee Dr. Laurie Jean Weil, last week.  At her memorial service, we were reminded of her elegant and regal stature, her many gifts to the Montgomery community, her brilliant wit, and her love of music and laughter.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to all in the Weil family.  


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

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