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Tennis court dedication serves love all-around
Mr. George S. Gibbs and his wife, Betty, were on campus last week for the dedication of the George S. Gibbs Tennis Center, completed during 2011–2012 and open for play in spring 2012.  Mr. Gibbs, a former Huntingdon neighbor who now makes his home in Louisville, Kentucky, has long been a generous contributor to Huntingdon's tennis program.  His contribution was the lead gift for the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign and led to the demolition and reconstruction of the former 7 courts and the addition of an eighth court and a gated entrance off of Narrow Lane Road.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs for their vision, for their generosity, and for their support of Huntingdon student-athletes and the athletic program.

Huntingdon donors, President West honored
Huntingdon College donors and friends and President J. Cameron West were honored during a dinner at Wynlakes Country Club last week. The evening's festivities included special appreciation for 38 individuals, families, foundations and other entities who had made transformational gifts to the College, as well as those who were inducted into the Hall of Honor in recognition of establishing endowments to the College during the past year.  Invitations were sent to members of the Huntingdon Society (those who give $1,000 or more annually) and other Huntingdon giving clubs.  President West and his family were celebrated on the milestone occasion of reaching his 10th year as president of the College. 

Time to get oriented
Members of the Class of 2017 and transfer students who will enter this fall will become familiar with the College and with each other during summer New Student Orientation sessions, which will be held June 13–14, July 25–26, and August 22.  During the sessions, students and families will tour the campus, attend presentations on academics and student life, and register for classes.  The new core curriculum will also be introduced.  More information about New Student Orientation is available here:  

JSTOR access added
Houghton Memorial Library has added access to the JSTOR Arts and Sciences Collections I, II, and III through the online catalog, Countess OneSearch.  Students may also search these three collections directly in JSTOR once personal JSTOR accounts are established.  As you use this new and popular academic resource, be sure to provide your feedback about other JSTOR collections that might be helpful as the library administration considers future purchases.  Founded by former president of Princeton University William G. Bowen in 1995, JSTOR, short for Journal Storage, is an online digitized library providing full-text searches of almost 2000 professional journals, as well as books and other primary resources.  Happy researching!

Four days left to make your gift!
May 31 marks the end of the Huntingdon fiscal year and the date by which contributions to the Huntingdon Fund must be received in order to be recognized in the next issue of Huntingdon College Magazine.  To give, visit this page:  Every gift matters! 


The Harding family, among whom 2 of the 10 children (Serennah '08 and Heath '11) have graduated from Huntingdon, was featured on the Fox network's Fox & Friends program last week.  You can see the interview here:

The Office of Student Life has made the following staff appointments for the coming year:

  • Lauren Hobbs will serve as assistant to the dean of students and director of student leadership and greek life.
  • Nick Sheppard '13 will serve as resident director for Searcy Hall and coordinator of campus recreation.
  • Taylor King '13 will serve as resident director for Ligon Hall and assistant director of student activities.
  • Sara Beth Terry will continue as director of student activities and new student orientation; Sandra Betts Hall will continue as director of residence life and will serve as resident director for Blount Hall;  Brian Smith '94 will continue as chaplain and director of community service; and Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, will add the Huntingdon Commuter Student Organization to his list of direct responsibilities.  

The new Self-Service online accounts system now allows students to update their addresses and contact information.  The Office of Student Financial Services will also update their records using information submitted in Self-Service, but information on the latest FAFSA will trump Self-Service, so be sure your FAFSA information is correct.   

Students:  be sure to keep up with the Center for Career and Vocation during the summer.  New articles are posted on their Facebook page and new jobs come in to the CCV all the time! 

Students and Alumni:  are you on THE LIST?  Giving by Huntingdon alumni is recorded by class year here:  Be sure you are on THE LIST by making a gift by May 31.  Check out the Class of 2014!  Hawk 'em! 

Huntingdon Headliners

Chris Blight '13 has accepted the position of assistant director of coaching for the Montgomery Capital City Streaks and the YMCA.

Angie Bradley '11 and Ben Marsella '10 were married May 25, 2013.

Elizabeth Brogden '09 graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law May 25, 2013.

Christine Brown, who has served as resident director for Ligon Hall and coordinator of the Commuter Student Organization, is leaving her position in order to complete a full-time internship for her graduate program at Auburn-Montgomery. 

Chad Cotant '12, who has served as resident director for Searcy Hall during the past year, has received an offer of admission to the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University.  He will begin full-time law studies in the fall.

Bethany Gaydosh Davis '06 and former Hawk Gary Frazier graduated with Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy May 17.  Gary will work with Rite Aid pharmacies, and Bethany will work for Dunkin's Pharmacy, Tuscaloosa, where her sister and fellow pharmacist, Brittany Gaydosh Cotant '08, is employed. 

Kristen Etheredge '09 and Cole Armstrong '10 were married May 25, 2013, in Ligon Chapel.

Charlie Hearn '11 married Sarah Catherine Black May 25, 2013. 

Wes '98 and Samantha Clements Kelly '00 welcomed future Hawk Mary Kathryn Kelly May 20, 2013.

Jennifer Wren Miller '06 married Ethan Clanton May 25, 2013.

Brandy Milstead '08 graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine May 19.  She is entering the field of emergency medicine.

Anna Perry '10 married Nathan Marion May 25, 2013.

David Seals '10 married Lindsey Bell May 18, 2013.

Sports Page
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The #1 regional seed Huntingdon Hawks Baseball Team advanced to the final day of competition during the Southeast Regional Tournament held in Tennessee earlier this month, but fell to Salisbury University (Maryland), ranked nationally at #4. Catcher Joseph Odom and pitcher Corey Belyeu were named to NCAA-Division III All-South Region Teams (third and first, respectively), and Odom was named an All-American. Odom led the nation in homeruns with 14 and was third in Division III with 60 RBIs. 

Sympathy and prayers

Sympathy and prayers are extended to Ali Hamil and her family in the deaths of Ali's grandfather and great-grandmother earlier this month. 



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