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February 03, 2014

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February 3, 2014
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All thawed out  

Winter weather forced Huntingdon and all of the other schools and colleges in Montgomery and surrounding areas to close for three days last week as we waited for a thaw from ice and snow that visited Tuesday, January 28 and overstayed its welcome through the 30th.  We appreciate your patience as we dealt with ice-covered sidewalks  and hope you found comfortable places to stay warm and safe. Pictures of our snowdust can be found on the Huntingdon Facebook page.

Annual Alumni Phonathon begins tonight

More than 100 students have volunteered their time to share their enthusiasm about their Huntingdon experience with alumni during the Annual Alumni Phonathon, tonight through Wednesday evening.  If you are interested in helping with this effort, contact Huntingdon Fund coordinator Kyle Eller '11 at (334) 833-4566 or

Don't let your taxes tax you—free tax prep through SaveFirst

Need to get your taxes done? If you meet income guidelines (and most students do), you can have them done at no cost through SaveFirst.  Trained and certified Huntingdon College student volunteers are, for the sixth consecutive year, preparing taxes for low-income individuals and families through this program, a project of Impact Alabama. To know if you're eligible and to make an appointment, call the SaveFirst office at 1-888-998-2926. The office is located on the Cloverdale Campus.

Tax season = FAFSA season

And speaking of taxes, the sooner you get yours done (and the sooner your parents get theirs done, if you file your FAFSA as a dependent student), the sooner you can file your FAFSA and know what financial aid you might qualify to receive next year.  Taxes first, then FAFSA—and the sooner the better. 

Good comes from good

Spend your Spring Break making a difference working with the Church Under the Bridge and visiting Asbury Theological Seminary, among other activities, March 21–26.  See Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service, for details.

DSPN's Red Wings net their first victory

The Disability Sport Network's Red Wings team went to their second competition and came home the victors after downing the Meridian Wheelcats in double-overtime, 37-28, January 25.  The team is coached by Jessi Andrews '13 and Xavier Singleton '14, with the help of a number of Huntingdon student volunteers.

Announcements and Reminders

The Office of College and Alumni Relations invites nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award (given to a student) and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award (given to a non-student member of the Huntingdon community). The awards seek nominations of persons of noble character, fine spiritual qualities, and selfless, giving action.  Send a paragraph or two about your nominee to Cathy Wolfe, director of development operations, at cwolfe@hawks.huntingdon.eduby 5p, February 4. 

RA applications and Orientation Leader applications, available in The Hut (here's a link for the OL app:, are due Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Coming Events on Campus

The Huntingdon Teacher Education program, in partnership with the AASCD and the State Department of Education, will offer "Yes! You Can Teach!," a seminar for high school students who are prospective teachers, Friday, February 7.  Special guests include state superintendent Tommy Bice and the two women named state Teachers of the Year for 2013.  Read more:   

Local author Harris Green will sell and sign copies of his memoir, After My Fall from the Tree House, and novel, Chinaberry Summer: Riverton, Alabama 1947, Saturday, February 8, 2–4p, in Smith Recital Hall.

Huntingdon cheerleaders and head coach Stephanie Hicks will offer a Tryout Skills Camp for girls ages 10–18 Saturday, February 8, 8:30a–12:30p.  The cost is $50.00.  Contact Coach Hicks at (334) 833-4571 or for more information.  

HC Community Concert Series will present Dr. Matthew Hoch, baritone, Thursday, February 13, 7:30p in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public.

The Black Student Union will host the first annual Black History Month Art Exhibit Thursday, February 20, 7:00–9:30p in Seay Twins Art Gallery.  The guest artist is Art Bacon ( 

Athletics schedule: 

Main calendar: 

See a list of Cultural and Community Events:  

In the Community

Note:  A new towing ordinance went into effect in Montgomery February 1,whereby if a driver is involved in an accident and does not have proof of insurance and a valid driver's license the vehicle will be towed and impounded and the driver will be ticketed.  Check your driver's license renewal date and make sure your license is current and that you have current insurance information with you when you're behind the wheel.  

The Equal Justice Initiative and the Children's Defense Fund invite you to a free public program Tuesday, February 11, 7:30p, at the Renaissance Hotel.  "The Echo of History, the Call of Justice," will feature presentations from CDF director and founder Marian Wright Edelman; Dr. Terrance Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated public schools in Arkansas following Brown v. Board of Education; and Bryan Stevenson, EJI's director.

Playing at our neighborhood Capri Theater for a special two-week run is the Oscar best picture nominee and Golden Globe winner Dallas Buyers Club. The Capri will hold a special February 14 (Valentine's Day) showing of When Harry Met Sally

"The Great Gatsby" opened this past weekend at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and will run through February 16. "The Love Songs of Elvis and Buddy" will play for one night only February 14. "Twenty Seven," an adaptation of the William Faulkner tale, "Old Man," will open February 14 and run through March 2.  Go to for times and ticket information, and look for ASF's Theatre in the Mind series: free talks you can attend about each production.

The Montgomery YMCA's Partners with Youth program will hold a Valentine's Day 5k dash, Saturday, February 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Emory Folmar YMCA Complex. Partners with Youth allows underprivileged children to participate in athletics at the Y through assistance with league fees.  To learn more, contact Manny Sanchez at (334) 396-9754 or go to or

Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers summer courses in topics ranging from "Dolphins and Whales" to "Marine Aquaculture" and "Shark and Ray Biology."  If you're interested in finding out more about taking courses through the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, of which Huntingdon is a member, speak with Dr. Paul Gier, Huntingdon professor of biology.  Courses are offered in two 4-week sessions beginning May 12 and ending August 15.  The priority registration deadline is February 14. 

Huntingdon Headliners

STUDENTS AND FACULTY PLEASE NOTE: This is the season for graduate and professional school acceptances and job placements.  Please share your news with us so that we can celebrate with you!  Send to  Hawk 'em!  

Congratulations to Katie Callicott, Joseph Peacock, and Brantley Carr, who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program this year.  Katie is an elementary/collaborative special education major; Joey and Brantley are physical education majors.

Macon Armistead '14 has been admitted to Duke Divinity School. He serves as children's director for First UMC-Tallassee.  Macon was awarded a Divinity Fellowship, which covers full tuition and provides a full-time summer field education placement in one of 14 teaching congregations across the country.

Stephen Barebo '14 has been admitted to Duke Divinity School.  He serves as assistant technical director at First UMC-Montgomery.

Taylor Claire Bean '14 has been admitted to Duke Divinity School.  She serves as a music ministry intern at First UMC-Montgomery.

Dr. James Conely, adjunct instructor of organ in the Music program, has been chosen as an ASCAP Plus Award recipient by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based on the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions.

Craig Granger '14 has been admitted to the engineering program at Auburn University.

Former Huntingdon golfer Paul Johnson '94 has been named one of the Top 50 Junior Golf Instructors in the United States.  The award was presented at the PGA show in Orlando.

Hunter Pattison '14 has been admitted to Pepperdine University School of Law.

Associate professor of art Christopher Payne was awarded an honorable mention for his sculpture, Forest of Sighs, in the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art's 2014 Art of the State exhibition.

Mallorie Richardson '14 has been admitted to Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy.

SGA president Zachary A. Turner '14 has been admitted to Vanderbilt University's Peabody College for graduate study in higher education administration.

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More on Huntingdon Athletics:  

 Composite athletic schedule:  

Men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis are gearing up for spring seasons (or are already underway) while both basketball teams are hot on the courts.  Watch the athletic schedule for upcoming games: 

Austin Hill '14 was named USA South Men's Basketball Player of the Week January 27 for his contributions to three consecutive team wins during the week prior, when he averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game.  Austin leads the USA South in scoring average and is ranked in the top 30 in Division III nationally.

Raven Prater '14 was named USA South Women's Basketball Player of the Week this week.  She earned 28 points in the Lady Hawks' victory over LaGrange and 27 points—with 5 3-pointers—in the victory over Covenant last week.

Sympathy and Prayers

Dr. James Glass, professor emeritus of music who served at Huntingdon from 1989 to 2007, passed away Monday, January 27.  Private services will be held in Dallas, Texas.  The College will dedicate the October 5 Homecoming Choral Concert in Dr. Glass' memory. Read more: extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Glass' wife, Vanna, and are grateful for all of the Huntingdon lives he touched, shaped, and inspired as a musician and a teacher.


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