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January 22, 2013

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January 22, 2013
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MLK Convocation features alumna, musicians

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will be held Tuesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  The convocation address will be given by Huntingdon trustee and National Alumni Board member Wanda A. Howard '81.  Musical contributions will be made by the Refuge Temple A.M.E. Zion Church Choir and by the Huntingdon Men's Gospel Trio.  The convocation is free and open to all.  See the news release: 

Graduating seniors:  celebrate your last 100 days!

Graduating seniors are invited to a special Mardi Gras party sponsored by the Center for Career and Vocation and the Office of College and Alumni Relations.  Celebrate the 100th day until your graduation Thursday, January 24, at 20:13 (8:13–9:00 p.m.) in Flowers 218.  RSVP to Anthony Leigh at or Miss Fran at  Brunch food, king cakes, moon pies and other treats will be served. 

Haggis a great time!

The English program and Houghton Library invite you to the 2nd Annual Burns Supper, offered in honor of the poet Robert Burns, Monday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium.  Come enjoy dinner, bagpipes, poetry, Scottish music, an Old Time session, and real haggis!  This year's event is a fundraiser for the Family Sunshine Center—donate what you can at the event. Last year this was one of the best events of the year, so don't miss out!  Space is limited and an RSVP is required.  Reserve your spot with an RSVP to Dr. Tom Perrin at   

Cheer Camp coming February 2

Head Cheerleading Coach Stephanie Hicks and the Huntingdon Hawks cheerleaders will offer a one-day instructional Cheer Camp for girls ages 10–18, Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Gymnasium (Cloverdale Campus).  The purpose of the camp is to perfect girls' skills as they prepare for cheerleading auditions.  The four-hour instructional session will include stunting, dance, and chant.  Request an application by contacting Coach Hicks at (334) 833-4571 or  The cost is $50. 

Alumni gatherings planned for Birmingham, Atlanta

The Hawks Baseball Team will travel to Atlanta and Birmingham in March, and the Office of College and Alumni Relations will follow their diamond trail, offering alumni gatherings in Atlanta March 2, 11:30 a.m. at The Varsity; and in Birmingham March 9, 11:30 a.m. at Slice Pizza and Brew (men's and women's tennis will also play in Birmingham March 9).  Interested in attending?  The cost is dutch treat for food and drinks—no charge for fun!  Alumni may RSVP or learn more by contacting Kristi McDaniel '11 at (334) 833-4563 or

Hands and hearts for service

Thank you to the students and members of the Student Life staff who participated in MLK: The MANE Event, Monday, January 21.  The volunteers performed various functions helpful to the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrian Center.  Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, led the group, made up of students Jake Bechert, Anna DeMedici, Mary Gasson, Katy Hall, Lorraine Hicks, Taylor King, Lauren Lambert, Kathleen Penney,  Jorgi Sims, Jeremiah Stone, Shirin Torabinejad, Mac Tucker, and Micah Wright, and staff Christina Brown, Lauren Hobbs, Dean Frank Parsons, and Sara Beth Terry.




  • GRADUATING SENIORS:  A representative from Herff Jones will be on campus in the bookstore ready to answer your questions and help you with your orders for graduation announcements, caps and gowns, rings, or similar materials, Wednesday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Instructions for online ordering of these items and others will be available soon.
  • Upcoming concerts offered by the Music program include a Guitar Recital Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall; and "The Music of Shostakovich," Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.
  • Spring term hours of operation for the Tomberlin Fitness Center and Hawk's Nest are MWF, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and TTh, 1:00–10:00 p.m. 
  • Campus Ministries will join the students from 7 other campus ministries programs 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! 
  • 2013 Miss Huntingdon Pageant applications are due Monday, January 28.  The pageant will be held February 16 in the NEW Drum Theater!
  • This flu season has been brutal!  If you are still in need of a flu shot, see Ms. Camilla Irvin in the Office of Student Health Services, the Hut.  The cost is $20 and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.        

Huntingdon Headliners


  • Abby Carter '12 has been admitted to Emory University's Candler School of Theology.  
  • Mary Carolyn Phillips Crowell '90 writes that she earned her doctor of musical arts degree in music composition from the University of Alabama in 2000.  She has a new solo album, Acolytes of the Machine and Other Gaming Stories, available through or  Two bands with whom she performs also produced albums in 2012:  Play it with Moxie released Play It With Moxie Live! and Three Weird Sisters released Third Thyme's a Charm.  
  • Cole Hairston '07 reports that he has been living and working in Poland as a strength and conditioning coach for two professional basketball teams during the past four years.  He says, "I never expected to be in Europe, but I really found my passion at Huntingdon to coach and work with athletes!"  
  • Dr. Marquell Johnson '01, assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been recognized by the Wisconsin Health and Physical Education organization for his outstanding contributions to teaching adapted physical education to individuals with disabilities, receiving the 2012 Teaching Honor Award for Adapted Physical Education.  He started the  Physical activity and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities in the Eau Claire area (PRIDE) program in 2008, shortly after he joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty.    
  • Patti M. Lee '07 graduated with a master's degree in education from Auburn-Montgomery in December 2012.  She plans to teach secondary history in the Atlanta area.    
  • Rebecca Masic '10 (ADCP), former admission counselor and executive assistant to the provost, serves as director of academic support services for the Adult Degree Completion Program.  She graduated in December 2012 with a Master of Education in higher education administration and is continuing her studies at Auburn University toward a Ph.D. while she serves in her new role.  
  • Congratulations to Larry McLemore '04 and his wife, Josie, on the birth of their first child, William Wilder McLemore, January 8, 2013.  Larry teaches history and serves as the dean of the high school at The St. James School.  
  • Jenny "Wren" Miller '07, associate pastor for First United Methodist Church-Huntsville, has announced her engagement.    
  • Samantha Mosier '07, a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at Colorado State University, is one of seven U.S. graduate students selected by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) as 2013 Founders’ Forum Fellows.  The prestigious fellowships are awarded to students who show great promise in the field of public administration. Selection is competitive and is based upon a student’s public service and research record, faculty nomination, and a short original research brief on an assigned topic.  This year’s Fellows will attend ASPA’s 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans, participate in special discussion circles, and give presentations on their research interests.   Sam will present her paper, "Soft-Tech Solutions Improving Local Sustainability in the U.S.:  Lessons Learned from a P3 in Cookeville, Tennessee." Additionally, 2013 Founders Forum Fellowship winners will serve as mentees in ASPA’s Mentoring Program and have their research published in PA Times  
  • Dr. Ann Phillips, psychology, and co-author Paul Silvia have an article in the February edition of the peer-reviewed social psychology journal, Self and Identity, "Self -awareness without awareness?  Implicit self-focused attention and behavioral self-regulation."  
  • Dr. Roxanne St. Martin '94, sport science, presented "Athletic Injuries in the Female Population" at the Alabama State Association for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in October 2012.  
  • Shelby Wills '03, who earned her commercial real estate license in 2012, invites donations toward her effort to participate in the World Race, an around-the-world mission experience.  You can read more or donate at this link:  She lives in North Carolina.  
  • Kristi Winstead Wilson '05 and her husband, Chris, welcomed daughter Madison Elizabeth, December 30, 2012.  
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More on Huntingdon Athletics: 
  • Tyler Campbell was named Student-Athlete of the Week January 17 in recognition of his first-year record on the men's lacrosse team, appearing in 15 games last season and scoring seven goals, with two assists.  The team's second season begins in February.  
  • Tommy Dismukes '83, director of student financial services and NCAA compliance officer, has been appointed interim director of athletics following Coach Buzz Phillips' retirement from that post, announced earlier this month.  Coach Phillips remains on staff as head coach for the women's basketball team.  See the news release:  
  • Former professional golfer David Schreyer '89 has returned to his alma mater to serve as director of golf.  See the news release:     


  • Dr. Frank T. Hyles '57, pastor of Altha United Methodist Church and a faithful supporter of Huntingdon College, passed away January 14, 2013, in Marianna, Florida.    
  • 1944 May Queen Lillian Wilcox Spight '44 died January 2, 2013, in Nashville.  
  • Brandon Wallace '02 died January 10, 2013.  Brandon completed a master's degree in American Studies at Purdue University in 2005 and worked for the Committees for Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.  A poet, his first book, Shadows and Light, was published in 2012 by Llumina Press.      



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