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December 06, 2012

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 The Talon

—Special End-of-semester Edition
A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

December 6, 2012 

Getting ready to "book it"

Before you leave campus for the semester, be sure to:

  • Return any items you have borrowed from the library, in order to avoid the hefty end-of-semester fines for non-returned items ($100 per item); 
  • Return any rented texts to the bookstore (the bookstore will be open until 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 7, and until 4:30 every other day this week--rented textbooks that are not returned by the deadline will result in charges for the full-price book added to your student account);
  • Sell back to the bookstore any textbooks you don't want to keep—you will need a driver's license, state ID, or military ID to do so.

Seeking a quiet place?


With finals in progress, 24-hour Quiet Hours are in effect in the residence halls through Saturday, December 8Houghton Library will offer extended hours for your studying pleasure this week, as well: 

  • Monday–Thursday (December 3–6): 7:30 a.m.–12:00 a.m. (midnight) 
  • Friday, December 7: 7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.  Be sure you have returned any borrowed materials by end of business on this day! 
  • Saturday/Sunday after finals: Closed   

End-of-term residence hall check-out procedures

Resident students should plan to leave the residence halls within 24 hours after the last final exam or by 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, when residence halls will close for Christmas break.  Each room must be readied in the following ways (failure to do so may result in fines): 

  • Refrigerator (HC and/or personal) unplugged, defrosted, dry, and door left open 
  • Everything electrical unplugged
  • All trash removed from the rooms
  • No dirty dishes remaining in any rooms
  • Bathroom clean (Blount)
  • Blinds down and open
  • Door locked 

Parking during the holiday break

Chief Ward reminds students who plan to leave their cars on campus during the break to park in the Wilson Parking Lot for optimum safety.  Do not leave your car on a side street.  All cars must be removed from the Searcy gravel lot by 5:00 p.m. Friday to accommodate scheduled maintenance work that will occur during the holidays.

  • Campus Ministries will join the students from 7 other campus ministries in the area (Troy, Auburn, West Florida, USA, Tuskegee, ASU, and UWA) for a retreat February 15–17.  Cost is TBD (estimated at $75–$80).  Let Brian Smith'94, chaplain and director of community service, know if you are interested in being part of this retreat.
  • Spring Break community service trip to New Orleans will partner Huntingdon volunteers with Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community, Saturday, March 23, through Tuesday, March 26.  The approximate cost for the trip will be $125.  Limited spaces are available (about 10 spots).  Volunteers will work on construction projects and on serving the area's homeless.  See Brian Smith right away if you are interested.  A $75 non-refundable deposit reserves your space.
  • The Office of Student Life will offer a "Mystery Trip" February 1–3, 2013.  The cost is $75.  Space is limited—sign up in the The Hut! 
  • The annual Faculty-Staff Christmas Luncheon will be held Friday, December 14, at 11:30 a.m. in Russell Dining Hall. 
  • If you would like to run for an SGA office for the 2013–2014 academic year, you will file an Intent to Run form by January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. in the SGA Office in The Hut.  The form is available in The Hut or on the Huntingdon Web site here: 
  • The opportunity to earn free Rewards Cards for purchasing additional Flex Points usable in Russell Dining Hall or Java City ends tomorrow. You can earn $10+ on a Rewards Card for each $100 Flex Points purchased.  Points carry over to the spring term.  Go to Wilson 108A for more information or to make a purchase.
  • Want to have a hand in campus activities?  Join the Campus Activities Board!  Applications are available in the Hut.  See Sara Beth Terry.

More on Huntingdon Athletics: 

  • RA applications are available in The Hut.  See Sandra Betts Hall. Applications are due January 22, 2013. 

Huntingdon Headliners

  • The Huntingdon Concert Choir will perform for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jackson Hospital tonight, Thursday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m.  The star atop the tree will be lit in memory of Glenn Perdue, husband of Betty Seymour Perdue '51 and brother of Mary Elizabeth Perdue Stanford '46
  • Negin Ahmad '05 married Matthew Miller October 27--they live internationally.
  • Wes Anderson '13 has announced his engagement to Charsy Martratt.
  • Patrick Carnathan '10 has announced his engagement to Amber Michael.
  • HannahLee Dickinson '10 has announced her engagement to Jordan Thomas.
  • Jessica Dickson '12 reports that she is working as a medical assistant at Middle Creek Medical Clinic and applying for graduate school admission.
  • Jakob Dwyer '10 married Carmen Terrell earlier this month.
  • Alex Dyer '10 has been admitted to the master's program in history at Villanova University.
  • Heather Fuller-Khassian '00, a registered patent/intellectual property attorney, has joined the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani in Houston, Texas.  She is an associate in the Technology Practice division.
  • Tyler Hall '13 (graduating in December 2012) has accepted an offer to intern with the University of Tennessee strength and conditioning program and will head north in January.
  • Louis Hines '13 (graduating in December 2012) has been admitted to the master's program in kinesiology and health promotion at the University of Kentucky.  
  • Meagan Jackson '10 married Jordan Travis December 1, 2012.
  • A production directed by former Huntingdon theater director Fiona Macleod, Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, "Season's Greetings," opens tonight at the Cloverdale Playhouse ( and runs through December 16 (tickets, $20:  December 9 and 10 at 6:30 p.m., Fiona will audition actors and musicians for an upcoming production of "Fair and Tender Ladies" for The Red Door Theatre in Union Springs.  For more information on the latter production, contact the Tourism Council of Bullock County, 334-738-8687.  General auditions for the Cloverdale Playhouse's 2013 season will be held Monday, December 10.
  • Larry McLemore '04 has completed the defense of his doctoral dissertation and will graduate with his Ph.D. in history from Auburn University this weekend.  He has been appointed to serve as high school dean of student program at The St. James School.
  • Melissa Taylor Moore '06 is an auditor with the U.S. Property and Fiscal Law Office for the Alabama National Guard.
  • Dr. John Saunders, assistant professor of communication studies, attended the National Communication Association conference held in Orlando just before Thanksgiving, where he presented the paper, "The Roads From Orality to Literacy," on a panel titled "The Mediated Community, in Theory and Reality." He also chaired the panel, "Spaces of Public Memory," and  responded to the panel, "Rhetorically (Re)coloring the Local: Community Museums as Sites of Incongruity, Coherence, Commemoration, and (Re)construction." He became a member of the National States Advisory Council, which promotes and connects independent state communication associations with the national association. Peter Lang Publishers approached Dr. Saunders about a future book idea.  
  • Jack Vibbert '08 has been admitted to the new Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan.
  • Austin White '13 has announced his engagement to Macy Cate Hopson.
  • Alexis Wineman, twin sister of Amanda Wineman '15, is Miss Montana and will compete in the Miss America pageant January 8.  Her platform, "Normal is just a Dryer Setting: Living with Autism," reflects her own diagnosis and the need to raise awareness about autism and acceptance for those who share her diagnosis.  You can view her video and vote for Alexis in the "America's Choice" portion of the competition at  Scroll down to Alexis' picture and watch the video.  Then vote and click "finish survey."  

Sports Page

  • Tyler Hall '13 was named Student-Athlete of the Week this week in recognition of all he has done for Huntingdon athletics during his career as a Hawk. 
  • D.J. Chappell '13 and Trevor Manuel '13 have been named to's first-team and second team, respectively, All-South Region for the second consecutive year.   
  • Morgan Crawford was named Student-Athlete of the Week November 29 for her performance in the women's basketball contests during the the two weeks prior to the recognition.   

In Our Thoughts

We pray that all of you have a safe, restful, merry, and peaceful holiday break.  Come back rejuvenated in January!  To our December graduates: we'll miss you!  Stay in touch and send us your news and changes of address.  Go forth to apply wisdom in service!  (And come back often.) 


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

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