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April 16, 2013

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April 16, 2013
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Put some class in your summer!

The 2013 Summer Schedule of Classes includes a number of online courses in the traditional day program, so you can be wherever you need to be and keep working toward your degree!  Registration for Summer 2013 begins Monday, April 15.  See the schedule here:

2013–2014 Huntingdon Plan travel-study announced

Six locations, including five that require passports for travel, are on the roster for the 2013–2014 academic year of Huntingdon Plan Travel.  Separate Huntingdon groups will depart for New York, London, and France in January and Germany, Trinidad, and Paris in May.  All but the New York trip require completion of a pre-trip seminar, and all but the January France trip (business seminar) are offered within Huntingdon Plan costs.  Seniors have first priority for travel until the close of business April 19.  Juniors may elect to use their Huntingdon Plan travel-study in any available spaces after that date.  Students who have traveled previously through the Huntingdon Plan may elect to Pay Out of Pocket (POP) for a travel experience, provided space is available.  Read more here:  With further questions, see the Office of Travel and Event Planning, Wilson Hall. 

In-Service dates and holidays added to calendar

The 2013–2014 academic calendar accommodates a longer Christmas/New Year break, which will allow for Huntingdon Plan travel during January 2014.  In-Service dates and College holidays have been added to the calendar, which is posted here:

Residence Halls close for the summer

Resident students who are not graduating this year may plan to stay in their residence hall rooms until 24 hours after their last final exam or until 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27. Please be sure to remove all personal belongings, unplug and defrost the refrigerator, empty all trash, clean the bathrooms (Blount), and sweep out the rest of the rooms.  Each resident must check-out with his/her Resident Assistant.  Graduating seniors may remain on campus until 9:00 a.m. Sunday, May 5.  The Summer Closing Checklist is posted here (be sure to follow procedures to avoid extra charges):

Graduating seniors become alumni

Soon-to-be-alumni, be sure to send your new e-mail and physical addresses to the Office of College and Alumni Relations at (If you'd like to continue to receive The Talon, you must send your e-mail address separately to me at, as well.)  Remember that when you change addresses or complete higher degrees or change jobs or get married or have baby Hawks or have other significant events in your life, we want to hear your news!  Be sure to keep in touch by emailing or, or both!  (Parents, when you would like to be removed from The Talon distribution list, just send an email to me—you are not removed automatically when your student graduates.)

Need a smile?  Add a little Sunshine!

Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for socioeconomically disadvantaged girls in Montgomery, is seeking college women to serve as camp counselors for the week-long experience.  Run by Huntingdon trustee Dr. Laurie Jean Weil, this camp presents an incredible opportunity for the campers and their counselors.  Feel the joy of helping someone.  Learn about young lives.  Be an influence for and an encourager of these growing young women!  To apply, see the Office of Student Life for an application.  This is a volunteer experience—and it's one you'll never forget.

Special attention to three coming events:

Come out and support the music program's Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series tonight, Tuesday, April 16, featuring Dr. Vadim Serebryany, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  Then take your blanket or lawn chair out to The Green for the Huntingdon Winds' Pops Concert, Thursday, April 18, at 6:00 p.m. (new time).  This weekend, take a break from your studies and let the alumni serve you pancakes and other goodies at the annual Pancake Breakfast, 10:00–11:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, in Russell Dining Hall.

Library extends hours during finals; reminders of fines and fees

Be sure to return any items you have borrowed from Houghton Library by Friday, April 26.  Any materials not returned by that date will result in a $100 fine per item charged to the borrower's student account.  Remember, also, to pay any unpaid fines by that date to avoid a $5 late fee.  Houghton Library will extend its hours of operation during finals as follows:
Saturday, April 20:  8:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Sunday, April 21: 2:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22–Thursday, April 25:  7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26:  7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.


Air conditioner repairs are underway in Russell Dining Hall with an expected completion sometime this week.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.  

  • Alabama State University's Department of Languages and Literatures invites you to Poetry on the Steps, Thursday, April 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m., on the steps of Levi Watkins Learning Center, part of the 24-hour poetry marathon, Rhyme Around the Clock, sponsored by NewSouth Books.  You may listen to the work of others and read from your own work.  It's free!
  • The Office of Student Life is accepting applications from those who wish to serve on the College Judicial Board beginning next fall.  Return your application by 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 15.
  • Wilson Elementary School needs volunteers to help with their School Field Day May 17.  Contact Tabitha Smith at or 272-8819.
  • Interested in summer employment with the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE)?  You must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and be in good financial standing at Huntingdon.  Contact Chief Mike Ward at (334) 833-4261. 

Coming up: 

  • Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series featuring Vadim Serebryany, Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; news release: 
  • NEW TIME:  Huntingdon Winds Pops Concert, Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 p.m., Top Stage, The Green; news release: 
  • Last day of classes, Spring Term, Friday, April 19
  • Annual Pancake Breakfast Study Break, sponsored by the National Alumni Board, Sunday, April 21, 10:00–11:00 p.m., Russell Dining Hall
  • Finals, April 22–26
  • Huntingdon Art Capstone Exhibition, April 22–26 
  • Paintball on The Green, Wednesday, April 24, 3:00–5:00 p.m., sponsored by Campus Recreation 
  • Residence Halls close at 9:00 a.m. for non-graduating students, Saturday, April 27  
  • Class of 2013 Senior Brunch, Friday, May 3, 10:00 a.m., Russell Dining Hall (Reservations required)
  • Baccalaureate, Friday, May 3, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel Flowers Hall
  • Commencement, Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m., The Green (traditional day ceremony); ADCP ceremony at 6:00 p.m.  

Huntingdon Headliners

Shaindel Beers '99, a poet who has published two collections to date, is writing a cover endorsement for the 2014 issue of Poet's Market. 

T.J. Betts '13 has been offered admission to the Master of Divinity program at Hood Theological Seminary.

Jackie Daniels '12 has accepted a scholarship for study in the Master of Public Administration degree program at Rutgers University. She will study international peace service, development, and non-profit management in cooperation with the U.S. Peace Corps. 

Brittney Herndon '09 has published two books, Spellbound and Spellseeker, and is finishing up a third publication in her "Spell Series."   The books are available through Amazon Kindle. 

Brenda Jones '10 was recognized with Candler School of Theology Black Church Studies' Daisy Bates Award for Sacrificial Care and Concern for All God's Children, Friday, April 12.

Elizabeth Keeble '05 has completed medical school.

Alyssa McCurry won the title of Miss Bright Stars of Alabama in a pageant held last week at AUM.  She will go on to compete in the national pageant later this year.  Following her appearance in the Miss Huntingdon pageant, Alyssa was asked to compete in the Miss Alabama pageant, which she will do this fall, as well.

Amanda Jo Napier '11 will complete her nursing degree next month. 

Rachael Phillips '12 has been accepted into a graduate program at the St. Louis University School of Public Health and Social Justice. 

Dr. John Saunders, communication studies, presented a paper, "Wait a Minute!  This Kids' Book Isn't for Kids!"; chaired a roundtable discussion on current issues within state associations; presented a paper, "You are the Chair and the Entire Department, Now What?"; and responded to the Top Papers in Popular Communication panel at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Louisville, Kentucky, last week.

Katie West '08 has a new job with Cleveland Eye and Laser Surgery Center.

Shelby Wills '03 has earned $4,000 toward her goal of $15,500 and participation in the World Race beginning in July.  If you'd like to help her reach her goal or learn more about this mission experience, read here:

Austin Worley '13 has been admitted to the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Congratulations to the students who will be inducted into the international leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa later this week.  They are:  Taylor King, Sherry Leigh Lacey, Olivia Larkin, Quintarious Perdue, Shelby Robinson, Wesley Smithart, Shirin Torabinejad, Zachary A. Turner, Katherine Wachob, Kayra White, and Cheyenne Young.

Congratulations to the students who were inducted into the Greek honor society Order of Omega last week.  They are:  Will Davis and Trace Zarr, Sig Ep; Kate Garrigan, Bailee Ikner, and Erica Keith, Phi Mu; Paige Lathem, Brianna McClure, Shirin Torabinejad, and Cheyenne Young, AOPi; and Hunter Pattison and Harden Spencer, Sigma Nu. 

Congratulations to all of the students who were recognized with awards at Monday's Awards Day Convocation.  We will publish a list soon. 

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

Melissa McClure was named GSAC Softball Pitcher of the Week last week following four wins that included a perfect game and a no-hitter.  Hawk 'em!

  • Katie Scott was named GSAC Tennis Player of the Week after three wins at singles and three wins at doubles in the same week.


Our prayers and sympathy are extended to David Sampleton '09 in the death of his wife, Candice, Thursday, April 11.  David and Candice have a young child.

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