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October 08, 2013

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October 8, 2013
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Mid-terms in progress

Huntingdon faculty have begun submitting mid-term grades toward a deadline of noon, Monday, October 14.  Grades will not be mailed this year, but are viewable via Self Service.  In order for parents to see the information, students must share the information with parents. Students, refer to the instructions that were sent to you via e-mail from the Registrar's Office in order to complete this process. 

Homecoming Recap

During half-time of the Homecoming football game, Michelle Gonzalez, Niceville, Florida was crowned 2013 Homecoming Queen. Read more about Michelle and other members of the court here:; read about the Alumni Achievement, Loyalty, and Outstanding Young Alumni Award winners here:; and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees here: While men's soccer lost a tough contest to Ferrum in overtime; and women's soccer team lost 1-0 to Ferrum:; Hawks football won  in their USA-South Athletic Conference debut, also against Ferrum:

Having a whale of a time

If you've attended a Hawks football home game this season you probably noticed the inflatable whales surfing along the student section at the south endzone.  The phenomenon began at the first home game, a nearly start-to-finish rainfest, when the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brought along two of their inflated friends leftover from a fraternity waterslide swap with the AOPis earlier in the week.  The whales christened Charles Lee Field, which students fondly call "The Chuck,"  "The Aquarium."  By the next home game, the two whales blossomed into a virtual school of blown-up belugas.  The Sig Eps have bought out all of the plastic leviathans in town and are scouring neighboring states to add to their collection.  Whales, of course, have nothing to do with Hawks, but neither do Tigers and War Eagles or Crimson Tides and Elephants.  Sometimes things that don't make sense become legend. 

Buyer beware

Dishonest folks have entered the college bookstore marketplace by creating bookstore Web sites that mimic those of real college bookstore sites, from which any orders you place will not result in books.  There are at least two sites that claim to be Huntingdon's site.  For best results, go to the Huntingdon bookstore from the Huntingdon homepage under Student Life/Books, Apparel and Accessories.  Here is the direct link:  By the way, you can order just about anything through the bookstore, including software and televisions this year.

Announcements and Reminders

STUDENTS:  THE PRELUDE is in need of your submissions of creative writing—any type.  The deadline is October 31.  Submit to

Thursday, October 10, is the deadline to sign up for the trip to Dauphin Island Sea Lab, October 19–20.  The cost is $35 for regular students; $25 for Honors Students; and $20 for members of Tri-Beta Honor Society.  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

ARAMARK is conducting a dining services survey: It will take you 5–10 minutes to participate, responses are confidential, and you may be eligible for a prize!

The Huntingdon Bookstore will close for inventory at noon Wednesday, October 9, and reopen Thursday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m.

This is Mental Health Awareness Week on campus, with opportunities for you to learn more about depression, anxiety, bi-polar, or post-traumatic stress disorders from the Student Health Services office.  You may complete an anonymous screening online anytime at: 

STUDENTS/STAFF/FACULTY: IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION BY CALL, TEXT, and EMAIL DURING OUR SYSTEM TEST September 25, please send your emergency phone contact information to the Tech Team at as soon as possible.

If you were a student at Huntingdon last year but have not picked up your 2012–13 Bells and Pomegranates yearbook, stop by The Hut to get your copy. 

Coming Events on Campus

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:  Tonight, Tuesday, October 8, is the first Freshman Forum open meeting of the year.  Come and enjoy ice cream with your friends at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.

Wednesday, October 9
, is National Cupcake for Pro Life day and on that day Huntingdon's newest organization, 4Life, will offer a celebration of life from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on The Green in front of Pratt.  Cupcakes by Tish has donated 500 mini cupcakes for the event.  Come out and have a cupcake!

The 17th Annual Tennis Across Montgomery event will be held Saturday, October 12, at Huntingdon's Gibbs Tennis Courts. You may contribute to Head Women's Tennis Coach Ximena Moore's drive to Serve an ACE against Domestic Violence by pledging to back her fastest serve with an amount per mile per hour or a fixed donation.  Proceeds benefit the Family Sunshine Center.  Contact her at to receive the form for your pledge.

HUNTINGDON FACULTY RECITAL SERIES presents DENNIS HERRICK, TRUMPET, and VADIM SEREBRYANY, PIANO, Thursday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public

HUNTINGDON DRAMA CLUB presents "VAMPYRE," Thursday–Friday, October 24–25, 7:00 p.m., Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater (Cloverdale Campus); (this is a drama; viewer discretion, especially for younger audiences, is advised)   

Friday, October 25, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program's Professional Development Series will present Ms. Jaime Demick on Study Skills, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Bellingrath 104.  Open to all.  The series will continue, same time, same place, November 1, with Bob Vilafane speaking on Research at ASU; November 15 with Dr. Doba Jackson speaking on "MCAT in a Nutshell;" and December 6, with research presentations from Keegan Lambeth, Tyler Creamer, Rhyann Davis, and Tanjanik Munford.

The Language and Literature programs and Houghton Library will present this fall semester's Salon, during which works of a selected genre are read allowed by participants; Thursday, October 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium; the theme:  Horror.  Bring poems, books, etc. and share the gory details. 

The American Guild of Organists will offer a Halloween Organ Recital Thursday, October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Ligon Chapel.  The program is free and open to the public—this is a really fun concert with several guest performers contributing spooky performances. 

The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment invites students who need help with tutoring, time management, study skills, and other tools for success to stop by anytime.  Writing Center Hours: M–F, 10a–4p in Jackson 112; Math Tutoring:  M 7–8p, Bellingrath 302, T–F, 1–2p, Jackson 109; academic counseling is also available for all classes. 

Athletics schedule:
Main calendar:
See a list of Cultural and Community Events scheduled to date:

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In the Community

The Alabama National Fair runs through October 13 at the fairgrounds off of Coliseum Blvd.  Live entertainment includes Josh Turner, Anthony Hamilton, Ronnie Milsap, and Foreigner.  Ticket prices:; Event schedule:

At our neighborhood Capri Theater, Closed Circuit begins Friday, October 11; until then, In a World is playing.  Populaire begins October 18, with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals beginning October 25.

The Montgomery Ballet will present The Phantom of the Opera October 11–13 at the Davis Theatre in downtown Montgomery.  Tickets and times:

Catholic students and friends are invited to join a local college-aged discussion group, Brewing the Faith, based at AUM, which meets monthly in local restaurants with guest speakers from around the state.  For more information, contact Pat Arensberg at (334) 272-3463.

Huntingdon Headliners

Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has welcomed several new members through open bids:  Ryan Dean, John Fowler, Drayton Rodgers,Jordan Shelby, Zachary A. Turner, Aaron Williams, and Jesse Williams.

Matt Johnson '08 is teaching mathematics and coaching football and baseball for Andalusia High School.

Kali Sands and Carly Williamson have been awarded travel grants funded by the Auburn Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The grants will assist toward the cost of presenting at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, which they will attend in November.

Shelby Wills '03 married David Brunner October 4, 2013.

Derik Wolfe '13 and Kayla Marie Butts were married October 5 on the beach in Pensacola, Florida.

Sports Page

More on Huntingdon Athletics:
Composite athletic schedule:

The football staff joined coaches across the country in the Coach to Cure MD crusade for the Homecoming game Saturday, September 28, as they have done every year since the charity's inception.  Coaches wore the Coach to Cure patch, the purpose of which was to encourage donations toward research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). The team welcomed 15-year-old Ben Evans, who has Duchennes muscular dystrophy, as special guest for the coin toss before the game.  If you'd like to donate to this cause, you may do so online at  Read more:

Quarterback Taylor Hughes' 11-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Belsterling with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter of the Louisiana College game September 21 earned USA South Football Play of the Week honors for week #3 of the season.  The play will be eligible for Play of the Year status, announced at the conclusion of the season.  Hughes was, in turn, named Montgomery Advertiser College Football Player of the Week for Week 4 of the season. 

Head Wrestling Coach Tom Storey invites current students who are interested in wrestling or managing for Huntingdon's new intercollegiate wrestling team to meet with him Wednesday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m. in Weil 105 to learn more about the program.  The team will begin competition next fall.

The women's golf team finished the Birmingham-Southern College Shoot-Out in eighth place, but achieved the program's best-ever scores during the tournament.  Read more:

Sympathy and Prayers

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to the Steele family on the death of Hudson Steele last month. Hudson was the brother, nephew, son, and grandson of members of the Huntingdon family.  In honor of his life, the Steele family has established the Team Hudson Foundation. 

Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Dr. Doba Jackson, Chemistry Program, and his family on the deaths of his father, Doba Donald Jackson Sr., and his mother, Donna Jackson, from separate illnesses last month in Detroit, Michigan.

Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Jessica Dunkling Shelby '08, her husband, Fred '07, and their son, O'Ryan, as Jessica continues chemotherapy for grade 3 astrocytoma.  Fred's former Huntingdon football teammates and their wives and friends have joined together to sell Team Shelby T-shirts as a fundraiser for the family.  If you would like to order a shirt, contact Matt Johnson '08 at (256) 212-5516 or or Hannah Johnson at (334) 328-1513. The cost is $25.


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