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September 11, 2013

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September 11, 2013
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Family Weekend coming September 27–29

Family Don't miss a chance to make some precious memories during Huntingdon College Family Weekend and Homecoming, September 27–29.  For family members, the cost is $40 per guest (HC students and children ages 5 and younger are free), which covers the cost of tailgating (lunch by Dreamland BBQ), admission to the football game and fireworks show, and a Family Weekend T-shirt.  Make your reservations today by printing and completing the reservation form and sending it in with your check (see the Web site here):  Registrations are due by Tuesday, September 17.
Here's the schedule:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 
    • Bring a prospective student to Host Day, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Ligon Chapel.  
    • Families are welcome to attend the Huntingdon Hawks Hall of Fame inductions presented by the Department of Athletics in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater at 10:00 a.m. 
    • Tailgate in the Alumni and Families tent at the Visitors Entrance to W. James Samford Jr. Stadium beginning at 10:30 a.m. (reservations/payment required) 
    • Cheer at the Lady Hawks Soccer vs. Ferrum College game on the Soccer Field at noon (free admission).
    • Cheer at The Hawk Walk, led by the Huntingdon Cheerleaders and the Marching Scarlet and Grey, from Flowers Hall to Samford Stadium at 12:30 p.m. 
    • Cheer at the Homecoming Football Game vs. Ferrum College, W. James Samford Jr. Stadium, Saturday, September 28, 1:00 p.m.  (Homecoming Court presented and show by The Marching Scarlet & Grey at half-time.)  
    • Cheer at the Hawks Soccer vs. Ferrum College game on the Soccer Field at 2:30 p.m. (free admission) 
    • The afternoon and early evening are free for families to spend together, but sparks will fly in the night with a special Fireworks Show on The Green at 9:00 p.m.   
  • Sunday, September 29 
    • Worship Service in Ligon Chapel, 10:00 a.m.   
    • Lunch and hang-out time on your own
    • Huntingdon Homecoming Choral Concert, Ligon Chapel, 3:00 p.m.    
  • Huntingdon pins wrestling to the list of men's sports   

Head Wrestling Coach Tom StoreyHuntingdon announced during a news conference this morning that collegiate wrestling will be added to the roster of men's sports, effective immediately.  New Head Coach Tom Storey will begin recruitment October 1 to bring in a team with next year's entering fall class.  Competition will begin in October 2014.  Huntingdon becomes the only four-year college in the state to offer the sport.  Read more here: 

It's all in the ranks

Huntingdon is listed among the top 75 baccalaureate colleges nationwide (#74) in the 2013 rankings by Washington Monthly magazine, released last week.  Unlike some of the other college ranked lists, WM focuses on each college's contribution to the public good based on predicted and actual graduation rates, research, ROTC participation, Federal Work-Study dollars expended toward service ventures, community service participation, and the numbers of graduates who attain doctoral degrees or who serve with the Peace Corps.  And, in the latest U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges" rankings released earlier this week, Huntingdon is among the top 25 regionally (#22).  U.S. News uses the traditional "prestige" approach, formulating much of their scoring based on the opinions of educational administrators at other colleges and universities who submit completed surveys.   

A new alternative for men's Greek life

Among the four Interfraternity Council choices for men this year is the charter class of Lambda Chi Alpha, a national fraternity founded in 1909 at Boston University. Lambda Chi Alpha has 200 active chapters at colleges and universities across the country.  Read more here: 

Starbucks coffee is brewing in The Coffee House

A good cup of coffee can address almost any need, especially when you're tired and have to stay awake to study.  Now you can get that extra Starbucks jolt at The Coffee House!  Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7a–11p; Friday 7a–5p; Sunday 7–11p. 

Time to kiss a fish, and other fun activities

Dauphin IslandNow's your chance!  Travel with Huntingdon students and the more-fun-than-a-boat-full-of-fishes biology program faculty for an overnight trip to Dauphin Island Sea Lab, October 19–20.  The College provides transportation, overnight accommodations, and three meals; students provide mojo and enthusiasm for the natural world (that was written by Dr. Gier—see how fun they are?).  You'll visit the Estuarium by boat and dredge for fish and other critters.  The cost is $35 for regular students; $25 for Honors Students; and $20 for members of Tri-Beta Honor Society.  The fee is due by October 10 (go to the Student Financial Services Office, pay the fee to Ms. Karen Graham, and she will give you a receipt, which you will then take to Dr. Paul Gier, Bellingrath 305.)  Space is limited, so sign up today!  Email Dr. Gier with any questions at 

Campus Life

PARKING:  If you haven't yet registered your vehicle with the Security Office, you've probably already gotten a ticket.  Don't get another one (your parents do not appreciate additional charges on your bill.)  Register your car today, and park in the right places on campus. Also, the line colors designate different parking areas—spaces in front of Flowers Hall are reserved for handicapped tags and visitors; Blount Lot accommodates resident seniors; Wilson and Smith Lots are reserved for commuter students (white spaces) and faculty (yellow spaces); Narrow Lane Lot open to all; Pratt Hall (3 spaces)--guests only; gravel lot, upperclass residents. 
COURSE SCHEDULES AND CHANGES:  The Drop/Add period has closed, therefore you can no longer make changes to your schedules via Self-Service.  To withdraw from a course and receive a "W" on your permanent record, a pink Course Withdrawal Form must be submitted in the Registrar's Office by Friday, September 27.  After September 27 and until November 1, withdrawal from a course will result in a WP or WF (passing or failing) designation on your permanent record.  Remember that withdrawal from a course affects your overall credit load (which, in turn, affects athletic eligibility, campus residency, financial aid, and Satisfactory Academic Progress measurements) so it's best not to do that if it can be avoided.
MONEY:  The last day to apply for the Alabama Student Grant (for which Alabama residents who are not majoring in religion, youth ministry, or Christian education are eligible) is Monday, September 16. 


CAMPUS RESIDENTS:  Room Change and Consolidation has begun.  Students whose assigned roommates are no longer living on campus may elect to receive another roommate or to pay for a single room, if space allows.  Contact Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life, at (334) 833-4349 or if you have questions.    
WORK-STUDY STUDENTS and EMPLOYERS:  The time clocks are operational in Houghton Library, Roland Arena, and Pratt Hall.  Workers may clock-in using their swipe cards in these locations.  Time worked prior to using the timeclocks should be report via manual time sheets, signed by the work-study supervisors and turned in to Anthony Cain in the Print and Mail Services Center by Friday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m.
STUDENT SENATE: Applications for vacant positions in SGA Senate are available at and due by Friday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m.
Athletics schedule:
Main calendar:
See a list of Cultural and Community Events scheduled to date:

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Huntingdon Headliners

Jessica Andrews '12 has been hired as the new student coordinator for the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and as the assistant director for Huntingdon's Disability Sport Network. 

Jake Bechert '13 has been awarded membership in the Alpha Chapter Affiliate Program of Sigma Nu Fraternity for the 2012–2013 academic year. A news release from the national fraternity stated, "The fraternity salutes Bechert as a rare and uncommon Knight who exemplified excellence in his daily life as shown by his commitment to the ideals of the Legion of Honor." 

Trish Brown '12 is teaching for Autauga Academy. 

Molly Crossno and Mike Vecsey were married in August.  Both will graduate in May. 

Mary Dawson '11 is teaching for Auburn University-Montgomery this fall.

Whitney Dubose '04 is teaching dance for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and Gabrielle Charter School in Los Angeles. 

Thomas Hughes '13 is teaching for Clanton Middle School this fall.

Steven Laye '10 has passed his boards and is now a certified Physician's Assistant (as well as a new husband). 

Heath LeVert '11 is teaching and coaching football and baseball for Buckthorn Middle School in Huntsville this fall. 

Kris McLendon '12 is teaching for Gresham Elementary School this fall. 

Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, had art works accepted into two juried exhibitions currently on display: the 40th Annual Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art, and the 47th Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Exhibition at the RSA Tower Regions Bank, second floor. One of his sculptures is featured in an article, "Art Abounds!," in the current issue of River Region Living magazine.

An album recently released by Morgan Trotter '86, New Wineskins for Old Wine, is available as a digital download from iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Google Play, and a number of other online retailers. 

Ginger Tyson '12, a doctoral student in chemistry at the University of Mississippi, and Jon Powers '11, an accountant, have announced their engagement.

Terry White has been recruited to play for the semi-pro ABA basketball team the Montgomery Black Hawks. 

Twelve Huntingdon chemists are serving as 2013–2014 Chemistry Wizards, assisting first-year students as volunteer mentors and tutors. This year's Chemistry Wizards are Bethany Anderson, Jessica Bachinsky, India Chaney, Kate Heinrichs, Niki Kennedy, Riley Manasco, Tanjanik Munford, Kathleen Penney, Jack Pitts, Jennifer Price, Charles Pridgen, and Stephanie Yasechko, who serves as president of the group.  The Wizards were selected by the faculty because of their outstanding performance in General Chemistry last year.

Huntingdon College Republicans joined with AUM College Republicans to hear from speaker Charlotte Meadows, candidate for House District 74 in a special election to be held October 8.  The two groups met August 28 at AUM.  Huntingdon College Republicans president Megan-Rea Lewis works for the Charlotte Meadows campaign. 

Sixty-six Huntingdon women were among the 2013 Panhellenic Pledge Class.  See who pledged to each of the three women's fraternities here:  (See pictures on the Huntingdon Facebook page, too.)

Meet each of Huntingdon's 2013–2014 Ambassadors, who are profiled one-at-a-time on the Huntingdon Facebook Page. 

Members of the Marching Scarlet and Grey will perform for the Hooper Academy football game Friday night, at the invitation of Headmaster Greg Faulkner and will perform for the Hawks football team and the Mississippi College hometown crowd in Clinton, Mississippi, Saturday evening.  Hawk the tunes!   

  • Want to write for the student newspaper, The Gargoyle?  Apply online at 
  • Students are invited to submit works for consideration of publication in the next issue of the Huntingdon literary magazine, The Prelude.  Poems, plays, short stories, pictures, and artwork submissions are welcome.  Cheyenne Young is the fall edition's editor.  Submit your pieces to    

In the Community

  • 105 works by Alabama artists from the permanent collection of the Bluff Park Art Association will be on display at the Alabama State Council on the Arts' Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery from September 9 through October 30, 2013.  The gallery, located at  201 Monroe Street, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • The Montgomery Symphony invites you to Broadway Under the Stars, an outdoor concert lakeside in Blount Cultural Park in front of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Thursday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.  Picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.  The event is free.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.   

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:
Former assistant women's lacrosse coach Morgan Cross has been promoted to head women's lacrosse coach.  Hawk 'em, Coach!  
Last week was a week of firsts in men's soccer, as freshman men's soccer forward Brendon Van Emelen was honored as USA South Men's Soccer Player of the Week and Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week (Huntingdon's first such honors as new members in the USA South Conference) for his performance during his first collegiate game, during which he scored three goals and added an assist in the Hawks' 4-0 win over Warren Wilson College.  It doesn't get much better than that!  Brendon is a pre-med student from Memphis, Tennessee.
Senior receiver Tyler Robinson, senior quarterback Ryne Taylor, senior linebacker John-David Swiger, and junior linebacker Zach Brownell were selected by vote of their teammates to serve as captains of this year's Huntingdon Hawks football team, the highest honor bestowed upon a student-athlete by his or her teammates.  We lift of wing in salute to these fine Hawks.
Nick Fletcher has joined the Huntingdon baseball coaching staff as assistant coach.  Hawk those bats, Coach! 

The Huntingdon tennis program will host the inaugural John McWilliams Fall Invitational this weekend at Lagoon Park.  The three-day event will begin Friday, September 13, and conclude Sunday, September 15.  Huntingdon, Millsaps, Birmingham-Southern, and Point University will participate in the tournament.  Read more here:  


Thoughts and Prayers  

We extend our warmest wishes, thoughts and prayers to Jessica Dunkling Shelby '08, her husband, Fred '07, and their future Hawk, O'Ryan.  On September 4, Jessica had surgery on her brain for the removal of a tumor, her second surgery of this type within six months.  We pray for a full and speedy recovery and for God's healing, peace, and comfort to surround this special Hawk family.  Please add them to your prayer list.  I know they will appreciate all good thoughts. 

An episode of ESPN's "Game Day" earlier this month told the story of Starla Chapman, daughter of Huntingdon ADCP student Korey Chapman.  Korey was just a few classes away from graduation when Starla was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2011.  National attention was focused on her struggle when University of Alabama star quarterback A.J. McCarron wore a yellow "Team Starla" armband during the national championship game last year.  The armband had been given to him by Starla and her family during McCarron's visit to the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital on Christmas Eve, 2011.  Starla, who once had to be on life support because of damage to her heart caused by the chemotherapy, started school this fall.  We send our thoughts and prayers for continued strength and good health to the Chapman family. Read more on here: 

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  We pause to remember, reflect, and pray for peace. 


This is a shout-out to Shannon O'Leary's grandpa in Connecticut, who reads The Talon all the way to the bottom every time it's published and tells me regularly how much he enjoys it (can't wait to meet you this fall!); and to all of the parents and grandparents who read this newsletter and send me notes of encouragement now and then. You Hawk my world. 

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