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September 24, 2012

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The Talon 

Presidential Public Policy Forum discusses the issues

Make plans now to learn more about the critical issues facing voters and the positions of the candidates in this year's presidential election as Huntingdon hosts a Presidential Public Policy Forum Tuesday, October 15, 7:30–8:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  Representing President Barack Obama will be John Anzalone, a pollster with 20 years' experience helping candidates, associations, and corporations with message development and strategic planning.  Representing Governor Romney will be Alabama State Senator Cam Ward, who previously served two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives.  The moderator for the evening will be Glenn Halbrooks, co-anchor of CBS 8 News.  The forum is free and open to the public. 

Homecoming Week and Family Weekend are chock-full of events for all campus constituents:

Monday, September 24:  Music and Mocktails, The Hut Porch, 8:00 p.m. (Student Life; students)
Tuesday, September 25:  Poker Night, Stallworth Dining Room, 7:30 p.m. (Student Life; students)
Wednesday, September 26:  
  • Sidewalk Chalk Contest, sidewalk outside Pratt Hall, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Student Life; students)  
  • Queen voting, Russell Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.;  Top Stage, 5:00–6:00 p.m. (Student Life; students only)
  • Derby Dinner and Race, Top Stage, The Green, Race 5:30 p.m. (Student Life; pay at the serving table)
  • Lady Hawks Volleyball vs Spellman, Roland Arena, 6:00 p.m. (Athletics; open to all)
  • Flag football games, Posey Field (Outfield), 7:00 p.m. (Campus Rec; intramurals) 
Thursday, September 27:  Screen on The Green, featuring The Avengers, Top Stage, 8:00 p.m. (Student Life; open to all)
Friday, September 28

    Picnic Pep Rally, Outside Pratt Hall, 11:30 a.m. (Student Life; pay at the table, open to all)

  • 40th Anniversary of Title IX, "Title IX: A Work in Progress," Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, 2:00 p.m. (Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, open to all)
  • Porch Party, The Hut, 3:45 p.m. (Student Life, open to all)
  • Alumni Awards Ceremony, Ligon Chapel, 5:00 p.m. (College and Alumni Relations; open to all)
  • Alumni Awards Reception, Flowers lobby, 6:00 p.m. (College and Alumni Relations; open to all)
  • Lady Hawks Volleyball vs Agnes Scott, Roland Arena, 6:00 p.m. (Athletics; open to all)
  • Music in the Moonlight, Outside Pratt Hall, 8:00 p.m. (Student Life, open to all; dessert bar for parents who paid to participate in Family Weekend)
  • Hawks Unwind @ 1048, 1104 E. Fairview; 9:00 p.m. (College and Alumni Relations; alumni; cover charge; pay as you order)
Saturday, September 29:
  • Host Day for prospective students and families, Ligon Chapel, 8:00 a.m. (Office of Admission)
  • National Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting, Stallworth Dining Room, 8:00 a.m. (College and Alumni Relations; alumni)
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Reception, Roland Student Center lobby, 9:00 a.m. (College and Alumni Relations; alumni; open to all)
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Roland Arena, 9:45 a.m. (College and Alumni Relations; alumni; open to all)
  • Scarlet & Grey Alumni and Family Weekend Student Life Tailgate Party, Samford Stadium east sideline, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Student Life/College and Alumni Relations; advance reservations required)
  • Lady Hawks Volleyball vs Wesleyan, Wilson Gym, 11:00 a.m. (Athletics; open to all)
  • Hawk Walk, from Flowers Hall to Samford Stadium, 11:15–11:30 a.m. (Athletics--join the fun!)
  • Hawks Football vs. Ave Maria University, Noon kick-off, Samford Stadium (Athletics--open to all; pay at the gate)
  • Lady Hawks Soccer vs Wesleyan, Soccer Field, 1:00 p.m. (Athletics; open to all)
  • Court presentation at half-time of the Homecoming football game (Student Life--open to all)
  • Fraternity and Sorority Open Houses, Greek chapter rooms, 3:00 p.m. (Greek Life; Greek students/alumni)
  • Scarlet & Grey Gatherings in downtown Montgomery, The Exchange, Alley Bar (College and Alumni Relations; alumni class reunions-informal gatherings, no reservations required)
Sunday, September 30
  • Worship Service, 10:00 a.m., Ligon Chapel (Campus Ministries; open to all)
  • Choral Concert, 3:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel (Department of Music; open to all)

Homecoming Court named

Nine Huntingdon women have been elected by their peers as representatives on the 2012 Homecoming Court. The Homecoming Queen (one of the senior women) will be crowned at half-time of the Homecoming football game vs. Ave Maria University.  Kick-off is at noon Saturday, September 28. Congratulations to:
Senior Attendants:  Mary Gasson,Taylor King and Brianna McClure
Junior Attendants:  Michelle Gonzalez and Bailey Scott
Sophomore Attendants:  Mary Kathryn Dismuke and Jeani Layson
Freshman Attendants:  Georgianna Hunt and Carlee Nobles

Alumni honored for achievement, service

The Huntingdon College National Alumni Association will honor eight College alumni for their achievement and loyalty during the College's Alumni Awards Ceremony, 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 28, in Ligon Chapel.  Montgomery attorney James Anderson '76; Auburn University pharmacy professor Kimberly Braxton Lloyd '89; Thomas Moore '73, chancellor of the University of South Carolina-Upstate; and family medicine and weight loss specialist Dr. Stan Self'66 of Fairhope, Alabama, will be recognized with the Alumni Achievement AwardZach Billingsley'99 of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, executive director of the Children's Volunteer Health Network, will accept the Young Alumni Achievement Award. The Alumni Loyalty Award will be presented to Emmie Cardwell Bolden '44 of Birmingham; to Judy Watson Kingry '62 of Dothan, Alabama; and to Virginia McLean '45 of Bessemer, Alabama.  Read more here:

Huntingdon continues in top US rankings

Huntingdon is ranked at the #22 spot in the top tier of regional colleges in this year's U.S. News and World Report College Guide.  Huntingdon is consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region" and for two years has been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In another list released early this month Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, placed Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

Oh, the Places You've Come From

Huntingdon's enrollment represents 28 states and four countries this year—the largest geographic distribution in recent memory.  The states and countries represented are:  AL, AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NV, NY, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, the United States, Ireland, Germany, and the UK.  We're glad to have you here, whether you're from far or near!  (Yes, I intended to rhyme that sentence.  Just call me Dr. Suse.)

Bring a student to Host Day

Speaking of where you'll come from—now that you're here, why don't you invite a friend to join you?  The first Office of Admission Host Day will be held Saturday, September 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Make reservations for any potential high school juniors, seniors, or transfer students who are interested in Huntingdon by calling the Office of Admission at (334) 833-4497 or emailing  Read more here: .

New Organizations on Campus

Students enrolled in Teacher Education are eligible to become charter members of  Alabama's first-ever student chapter of ASCD—the Association of School Curriculum and Development. ASCD's mantra is "Learn. Teach. Lead."  Members are encouraged to make these pivotal precepts a priority throughout their teaching careers. To join, obtain a membership form from 3rd floor Flowers and return to Dr. Joy Harbin or Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph '80 with the $25.00 national membership fee, or join online at using a credit card and bring proof of membership to Dr. Rudolph.  Benefits include a subscription to Educational Leadership magazine and numerous online resources.  Students who join by October 10 will have their names documented as charter members. Students interested in officer positions should complete an application available on third floor Flowers and interview by October 1.  Two students will be chosen to attend the Alabama ASCD Conference in November.  To be considered for this conference, write an essay by October 5 stating why you should be the one selected!  For more information, contact any education professor. 
Another new campus organization, Autism Speaks U Chapter, promotes autism awareness and raises funds to contribute to research and education for those affected by autism.  If you would like to join this organization (which is open to everyone), attend an interest meeting Monday, September 24, at 12:30 p.m. in Pratt Hall.  Leadership roles are available.  For more information, contact India Chaney '15 (

Prelude invites writing submissions for special edition

The Fall 2012 issue of Huntingdon's literary journal,The Prelude, is a special topics issue with the theme, American HorrorThe Prelude staff invites writers both inside and outside the Huntingdon community to submit works for consideration. Poems, short stories, creative non-fiction, short plays, art work, and photography are welcome.  While there will be a section on American Horror, works on any topic and/or theme will be considered.  Submit work to by October 12. This year's editor is Brittney Fox '13.

Houghton Library offers brief "How-to" seminars

This week through November 1 (skipping midterm week in October), Houghton Library will offer several instructional "How-to" sessions, most only requiring a 30-minute time commitment.  The library staff has created an interactive calendar on their new Web site that allows folks to find descriptions of the sessions, dates and times, as well as to register for them.  Here's the direct link:  The session titles are: Countess OneSearch: Making the Most of the Library's New Online Catalogue; Navigating the Library's New Web Site; and The Invisible Web: Discovering Hidden Treasure Through "Deep Web" Searching.  All of these sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff.  Dates and times are listed in the calendar, but sessions will begin on or after 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium.  A special session for teacher education students, Children's & Young Adult Literature: What Future Teachers Need to Know, will take place October 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m. in the Juvenile Collection Room.

Happy birthday, Title IX

As part of the observance of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, Huntingdon students may attend several sessions Friday, September 28, to learn more about the ground-breaking law, its effects on equity in educational programs and activities receiving federal financial aid, and the work still to be done.  Speakers will include Dr. Apple Kridakorn, Ms. Deb Sonnenberg '94, Ms. Tiffany Jordan '09, and Dr. Michele Olson '87.  Olson will speak at a special keynote session, "Title IX: A Work in Progress," to be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, in Ligon Chapel.  All are welcome to attend the keynote session.

Could you use some help?

Mid-terms are coming up next week!  Could you use some help with papers or test preparation?  The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, located in Jackson Home, offers a Writing Center to help you with your papers and academic help in a variety of subjects.  Stop by!  It's free!


  • 20 spaces are available to join the fifth annual Student Life Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Trip, October 6–7.  The cost is $30 and includes transportation, rafting, hotel, and all the river water you can drink!  Reserve our spot today by paying the $30 fee in advance with the Campus Recreation office in The Hut.
  • The Alabama Connection Graduate School Consortium is hosting a Graduate School Fair at Faulkner University October 3.  See Fran Taylor  in the CCV for more information. 
  • In preparation for the Grad School Fair, the CCV offered two Grad School Prep workshops last week.  If you missed them and want to know more about preparing your resume or Statement of Purpose for grad school admission, see Fran Taylor in the CCV or Su Ofe in Flowers 103.
  • Don't forget that student emails will change October 1.  Begin using your address now!  Convert your old emails!  October 1 is too late!
  • The Bookstore has begun returning unsold textbook to publishers.  If you haven't yet purchased one or more of the books you'll need this semester, be sure to get to the bookstore right away!
  • TODAY is the deadline to order your Homecoming T-shirt.  Stop by and order by 2:00 p.m. in The Hut.  The cost is $10.
  • Houghton Library has on display presentation boards by Dr. Dawn Butler's senior elementary education majors.  The boards were created to demonstrate "good teacher handwriting" through the use of annotations of older Caldecott Award-winning books. Stop by and take a look.


  • Fiona McCullagh, who attended Huntingdon through the Irish-American Exchange Program several years ago, has completed her degree and is working as an account executive at Market Resource Partners in Belfast, Ireland.  
  • Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, won the Best in Show award at the 46th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Bank Exhibition. The award was presented for his clay sculpture, Forest of Sighs. The exhibition, in Montgomery's RSA Tower, continues through September 28.
  • Five freshmen have been named to posts heading Freshman Forum.  They were selected in recognition of their leadership, character, and determination.  Congratulations to:  
  • Jeremiah Stone, president
    • Skye Esry, vice president
    • Barrett Leverette, secretary
    • Stephanie Yasechko, treasurer
    • Jasmine Cook, community service chair
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, will present a paper, "The Impact of Information and Communications Technology on Outward Flows of Official Records: Towards Transparency and eGovernance," to the panel, "Technology in Policy Implementation, Influence, and Innovation," at the 2013 Southern Political Science Association meeting.  He also presented on Robert's Rules of Order to the Student Government Association recently.
    Huntingdon's Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society has been recognized with the ACS' highest award:  Outstanding ACS-Student Affiliate Chapter, for their activities last year.  The chapter was named a Green Chemistry chapter, as well.  Congratulations to all and to adviser Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry.
  • Congratulations to the 2012–2013 Bells and Pomegranates yearbook staff, named last week.  They are:  Zack Turner '14, editor-in-chief; Winston Wooten, Anna Boyd, and Farrah Mahan.
  • Trace Zarr '13 spent 10 weeks during the summer interning in the Washington, D.C., offices of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions '69 and Congressman Jo Bonner.  He lived in an apartment near the Kennedy Center, the Watergate Hotel, and the Lincoln Memorial.  For Senator Sessions, Trace worked with his defense office, researching topics and attending committee meetings on special interests.  For Congressman Bonner, he conducted tours of the U.S. Capitol building.  His most memorable experience was a tour of the Capitol Dome, overlooking the National Mall. 


  • First United Methodist Church of Brewtonis seeking a part-time director of music ministries.  Responsibilities include directing adult and age-level choirs as well as assisting in worship planning.  Experience is required with salary based upon past record of achievement. Resumes may be emailed to or mail them to FUMC Brewton, 820 Belleville Ave, Brewton, AL 36426.
  • The CCV is sending a list of jobs available for students every two weeks.  Check your email for the latest listing!
  • Like the CCV on Facebook and follow CCV on Twitter @huntingdonccv.


Approximately 40 Huntingdon Students volunteered their time Friday night to help Forest Avenue Academic Magnet Elementary School celebrate their Back to School Bash.  Macon Armistead organized the group of volunteers who served at face painting tables, booths, games and various other activities so that the children and their families could celebrate education and the excitement of being back at school. Hawks represented Tau Beta Sigma, Campus Ministries, and the Department of Teacher Certification.  For pictures of the event, find the Huntingdon College Campus Ministries Facebook page.


Composite Athletic Schedule:
  • The Huntingdon Hawks Football Team has cracked the top 25, placing at #24 in the latest rankings! 
  • Six alumni and former Hawks and Lady Hawks student-athletes will be honored with induction in the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend, Saturday, September 29, at 9:45 a.m. in Roland Arena.  The ceremony will be preceded by a reception in Roland Student Center lobby beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame will be: Mark Colson '07, football, Montgomery, Alabama; Kate Brown Kalnes '02, volleyball, Evanston, Illinois; Romeo Leisher '00, soccer, Boca Raton, Florida; Steve Shiflett '72, basketball, Montgomery; Deb Sonnenberg '94, softball, Woodstock, Georgia; Will Wilson '90, Montgomery.
  • Brianna McClure '13, Montgomery, was named Student-Athlete of the Week September 11 in recognition of her involvement in the cross country team  and service as a Huntingdon Host, a Huntingdon Ambassador, head orientation leader, and service with Common Ground ministries and for tornado relief. 
  • Rhett Williams '16, Pensacola, Florida, was named Student-Athlete of the Week September 19 for his performance on the field and in the classroom.  He is a Bellingrath Scholar, a member of the Hawks soccer team, a Sig Ep, and a member of College Republicans.
  • Huntingdon's men's lacrosse team will become an affiliate member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference beginning next fall.  Story:
  • For the first time, Huntingdon hosted the women's USTA/ITA South Regional Championships in Montgomery at Lagoon Park courts over the weekend.  Eleven NCAA-Division III teams and 82 players participated in the event.  Congratulations to Huntingdon women's tennis!


  • For Dr. John Saunders, assistant professor of communication studies, who has been hospitalized because of illness.  We wish you a quick recovery!


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

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