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February 06, 2013

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

The Talon 

February 7, 2013
Plan ahead!  Next issue:  Week of February 18

Impact Alabama invites you to SaveFirst

Impact Alabama provides free tax preparation services for households earning less than $50,000 (with children) or households earning less than $20,000 per year without children through SaveFirst.  SaveFirst tax services are performed by college students who have passed a training course and have become certified to prepare taxes.  Fifteen Huntingdon College students are donating their time to this project.  If your household income falls within the guidelines noted above, you may make an appointment for free tax preparation by calling 1-888-99-TAX-AL.  The hours of operation for the Montgomery site are T-W, 12:00–8:00 p.m.; F, 12:00–6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The site, located on the Cloverdale Campus, is open until March 8.

Student Life meets Mickey Mouse

By now, everyone knows the mystery destination of the February 1–3 Student Life Mystery Trip:  Disney World!  Student Life staff and 45 students boarded a tour bus Friday with only the staffers knowing the destination, which was revealed two hours or so into the journey.  The bus departed Thursday evening, January 31, stopped at a rest stop for a freshen-up clothes change, and arrived at the park Friday morning leaving no time for rest for the weary.

Greek Life opportunities grow

The national fraternities Alpha Tau Omega and Lambda Chi made presentations on campus in January in the hope of becoming Huntingdon's latest opportunity for men to "go Greek."  Earlier in the month, a number of campus men attended an interest meeting regarding the formation of a third national fraternity.  The selection committee is weighing the options and is expected to make a recommendation soon.

Adapted physical education welcomes elementary students and Special Olympics

Huntingdon's sport science programs have honored ongoing commitments with special education programs in one selected Montgomery school each year to offer adapted physical education opportunities for special needs children.  This year's school is Wilson Elementary, whose special education children visited campus several times last semester for programs designed especially for them.  This semester the children will be on campus February 8 and 20, March 20, and at a later date to be announced for adapted physical education classes.  In addition, Friday, March 8, Adapted Physical Education students at HC will host part of the Alabama Special Olympics Basketball Tournament in the Roland Arena, with more than 200 participants and media on campus.  The tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m., with Huntingdon students serving as coaches, referees, cheering crowd members, time- and scorekeepers, and in other necessary roles.

Library offers "how to" sessions

Houghton Library will offer a series of 30-minute "how-to" workshops for students, faculty, and staff during February and March:
  • Countess OneSearch: Making the Most of the Library's New Online Catalogue:  how can you (and why should you) create a personal account in Countess OneSearch/WorldCat?  How can you create and save searches and lists within our catalogue?  Attend this 30-minute session and learn the answers.  (Bring your laptop or other device that will allow you to connect to the Internet.)
  • Navigating the Library's New Web Site: how can you make the most of our library's Web site?  In this 30-minute session you will learn how to discover the variety of resources and services our library is providing for you.
  • To find a calendar of these sessions (and to register for them) go to the Library’s Web site and look for the “Upcoming ‘How-to’ Sessions” box on the right.  Click on the session title and date/time you wish to attend, and you will be taken to a screen that will allow you to register.
  • If you can’t make any of the scheduled times, let the library staff know … they will be happy to schedule a one-on-one session.

  • GRADUATING SENIORS:  A representative from Herff Jones was scheduled to be on campus this week in order to help you with your orders for graduation announcements, caps and gowns, rings, or similar materials.  Please note that this ordering opportunity has been changed to Thursday, March 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the College Bookstore.  We expect to receive instructions for online ordering of these items and others soon.
  • The concert scheduled for Thursday, February 7, "The Music of Shostakovich," has been canceled.
  • There will be a Miss Huntingdon Platform Event benefiting the Smile Train Thursday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Wilson 209.  Free Chick-Fil-A will be served and you'll have a chance to win an iPad mini. 
  • Campus Ministries will join the students from 6 other campus ministries programs in the area (Auburn, West Florida, USA, Tuskegee, ASU, and UWA) for a retreat February 15–17.  Cost is $35.  Let Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, know if you are interested in being part of this retreat.  Deadline to sign-up:  Friday, February 8. 
  • New/changed information:  A Spring Break community service trip to New Orleans will partner Huntingdon volunteers with Canal Street Church: A Mosaic Community, Friday, March 22, through Tuesday, March 26.  The trip cost is $100 plus food during the journeys to and from New Orleans.  Space is limited.  Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit by February 22 (remaining $50 due March 8).  See Brian Smith'94, chaplain and director of community service, for more information.    
  • The Drama's Club's Variety Show planned for February 8 has been canceled. 
  • Students who enrolled for the first time in the fall or spring 2012–2013 may pick up printed catalogs containing your degree completion requirements from the Office of the Registrar, Wilson 105.  
  • Huntingdon welcomed retired Montgomery Police Officer Ron Spivey to the campus security force last month.  Please offer him a warm Huntingdon welcome.
  • Coming events:
  • The Miss Huntingdon Pageant, Saturday, February 16, 7:00 p.m., the NEW Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater
  • Open House, Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Sunday, February 24, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Cloverdale Administrative Building lobby/Drum Theater entrance
  • ClefWorks, an arm of the Montgomery Symphony, will join with Iron Gian and So Percussion to present two different So Percussion programs, Feburary 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated City Auditorium.  Read more here:; get tickets here:

CCV News 

The Montgomery Biscuits organization is in search of summer employees and will hold a Job Fair Saturday, February 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon at Riverwalk Stadium. 

Huntingdon Headliners

Huntingdon's Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society
has been awarded a $300 travel grant to help defray costs of transportation for members of the group to attend the 245th national ACS meeting in New Orleans this April.

Huntingdon's Kappa Delta Epsilon education honor society inducted five new members last month.  Congratulations to Christopher Blight, Mary Gasson, Cameron Lewis, Arlyn Williams, and Lanning Williams.

For a number of years, members of the library staff/faculty have made contributions or given their time to a wide range of charities during the Christmas holidays, in the spirit of Huntingdon's commitment to service.  In December 2012, Houghton Library staff contributed to:  Montgomery Area Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Montgomery AIDS Center, Methodist Children's Home, Arthritis Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, Alley Cat Allies, Noah's Wish, Montgomery Humane Society, Glen Cove Animal Lovers League, Alabama Animal Alliance, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, World Wildlife Fund, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association, among other charities.

December graduate Jessica Andrews completed her P.E. internship at Highland Home School, where she has been hired for a full-time teaching position.

Dr. C. Jason Borders
, religion, an avid and respected beekeeper, offered at "Introduction to Beekeeping" class on campus for the Central Alabama Beekeepers Association during the fall semester.  He has begun an annual beekeeping tradition, now in its third year, with Bear Exploration Center, using a honey bee colony he donated to the Bear Outdoor Classroom.  Each year 120-or-so fourth graders participate in "robbing the bear hive."  Students are given introductory information on honey bees and squeeze their own honey from comb taken from their hive.  On average, each student takes home about 1/4 pint of the honey to his or her family.  Last summer, Dr. Borders led and taught a two-week tour of Israel with members from FUMC Dothan, FUMC Montgomery, and Fannin UMC, Mississippi, participating, and served as a speaker for the Pensacola FUMC annual retreat at Blue Lake Camp in August.

Dr. Lisa Clark
, sport science, published the first of three children's books on health and wellness with AuthorHouse Publishing in November 2012.  CC Gets Really Stinky! is illustrated by children from Montgomery Public Schools and is available through

Jackie Daniels '12
has been hired as an accountant with the New Jersey-based CPA firm Holman and Frenia. 

Daniel Davis '13 has received offers of admission to the Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Duke Divinity School; and Yale Divinity School.

Dexter Dean '13 has received offers of admission to two chemistry Ph.D. programs and is awaiting replies from others as he weighs his choices for next fall.

Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, Dr. Roxanne St. Martin, Dr. Mike Bamman, and Dr. Dave Laughlin, sport science, presented research findings at the annual meeting of the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity last fall.  Their presentation, "Injury profiles and training for the senior Olympic athlete," was published in the conference proceedings.

Tyler Hall, who graduated in December, is working full-time as a strength and conditioning coach in the Department of Athletics at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Louis Hines completed his physical education internship last fall and, following December graduation, is seeking entrance into graduate school this fall, so far receiving acceptances from the University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Dave Laughlin, sport science, co-authored a research article, "Self-controlled feedback facilitates motor learning in both high and low activity individuals," which appeared in Frontiers of Psychology, September 2012.

Sam Mosier '07, a doctoral student in public administration at Colorado State University (we incorrectly reported the rival University of Colorado in the last Talon, for which we apologize), will be a published author with two peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter to her credit when the publications hit the presses later this year.  Sam co-authored with Jonathan Fisk, “Can Local Voluntary Environmental Programs ‘Work’?: An Examination of the City of Fort Collins' (Colorado) Climate Wise Program,” which will appear in the journal Environmental Management, and authored “Cookies, Candy and Coke: Examining State Sweetened-Beverage Tax Policy from a Multiple Streams Approach,” which will appear in the journal International Review of Public Administration. Her book chapter, “Cummins Filtration and the City of Cookeville (TN) Unplugged Challenge: A P3 for Energy Efficiency,” will appear in Local Economic Development and the Environment: Finding the Common Ground, by Susan M. Opp and Jeffery Osgood Jr., published by Taylor and Francis Press.  See more exciting news about Sam in the January 22 Talon.
A presentation by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy '78 and her daughter, Kelly, during the National ACS Conference this spring, "The Many Faces of CHAL: Where Chemistry Meets the Law," has been selected for videotaping for the ACS's "Presentations On Demand" feature.  Kelly Murphy is a law student who will graduate this spring.

Kayla Northington completed her physical education internship in the fall and, following December graduation, is a full-time substitute physical educator at Bear Exploration Center, Montgomery.

December graduate Dominik Platen has received an offer of admission to the Master of Science program in digital visual effects at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, beginning this September.  In the meantime, he is employed with a company in Frankfurt, Germany, as a modeler/animator for the 3D animated film, Seven Dwarves, or The Seventh Dwarf (working titles), a comedy version of a prequel to the original Brothers Grimm fairytale, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."  The movie will be released in U.S. theaters in January 2014.  You can see a clip of the film here:

December graduate Alex Sanford completed his physical education internship and has been hired by Wilson Elementary School in a full-time teaching position.

Anne Preston Speed and Garret Bullock have announced her engagement.


More on Huntingdon Athletics:

Lady Hawks Basketball power player Patricia Pickens was named the Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week last week in recognition of her performance, at forward, during the team's 69-45 Conference win over rival Agnes Scott College.  She shot 7-for-11 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line.

The spotlight shone on Hawks football player Austin Worley last week as he was highlighted by the Department of Athletics in recognition of his many contributions to the team during four seasons of play, including 52 receptions, 759 yards, and 7 touchdowns. 

In Memoriam

One of the first men to attend Huntingdon, Isaac E. Cohen '36, passed away January 31, 2013, in Montgomery.


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