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Monday Messages

June 21, 2010

The success of every student is the focus of everything we do.

  • Huntingdon is getting a whole new look! A new Huntingdon Web site is coming June 30! Stay tuned for more details as we approach the launch date.
  • The Class of 2014 Approaches: 167 new freshmen, part of the largest incoming class in more than 40 years, registered during the first Summer Orientation session, June 10–11, the largest orientation session ever. Welcome, new students and parents!
  • Teacher Ed Programs Approved: The Department of Teacher Education has received approval from the Alabama State Department of Education to extend teacher certification until May 2013 in their annual review process. Congratulations and thanks to all in the department.
  • Mahanic’s Junior Golf World Team Places Second: The United States’ team for the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup 2010, coached by Huntingdon director of golf Matt Mahanic ’08, took second in the world tournament held in Toyota City, Japan, earlier this month. Japan took first place while Canada, Denmark, and Thailand tied for third. Congratulations to Coach Mahanic and his team!
  • Father Louie Moves to Madison: After nearly six years as chaplain to the Montgomery Episcopal Campus Ministries, Father Louie Skipper has resigned in order to accept the position of associate rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, Ala. Father Louie kept an office at Huntingdon and shepherded many students and student organizations during his time here. One of his most significant contributions to Montgomery has been Project Jericho, which donated $2,000 from Huntingdon student work to the Montgomery Food Bank, and fed 5,800 people during the fall semester alone at the Friendship House on Mobile Highway. Through Project Jericho, Huntingdon students planted, harvested, and sold or donated crops with profits or food benefiting thousands of people in the area. We wish Father Louie well as he plants and harvests anew in North Alabama.

Position Available:

  • Huntingdon’s Office of Communications is seeking a new webmaster and director of publications to replace Catherine Reinehr ’05, who will be moving to Tuscaloosa later this summer. You can read more about this position here.

Congratulations to:

  • Nanci Smith Berch ’96 and John “Bubba” Berch ’98, who announce the birth of their second son, Reid Emerson Berch, Thursday, June 10, in Athens, Tenn. (The happy uncle is Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service.) John, a member of the National Alumni Board, is a chemistry professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
  • Joanna Bonds ’08 and Scott Nichols ’09, who were married this month.
  • Shannon Cheney ’07 and Chris Phillips ’07, who were married this month.
  • Carrie Edwards ’08 and Anthony Carboni ’08, who were married this weekend.
  • Bethany Gaydosh ’06 and Kaleb Davis ’06, who have announced their engagement.
  • Maegan McCollum ’10, who, besides preparing to enter Cumberland Law School in the fall, has just been informed that her English Capstone project, a novella entitled All Our Eyes Were Closed, has made it through three preliminary rounds of competition and is now a finalist in the novella category of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society: Faulkner Wisdom Competition. The entries will be judged by a National Book Award winner and announced later this fall.
  • Brent Nichols ’08 and Allison Keck ’10, who were married June 5 in Ft. Walton Beach.
  • Ashley Parkins Pruitt ’08 and Tyler Pruitt ’07 of Locust Fork, Ala., who announce the birth of their baby boy, Sawyer Blake Pruitt, May 21, 2010, at 5 lb, 2 oz., and 18 in. long.
  • Ryan Rice ’07 and Kelli Baxley, who were married May 29. Ryan and Kelli were introduced by their brothers, John Rice ’12 and Chad Baxley ’12, at the Huntingdon baseball field in February 2009. Their courtship centered around Huntingdon baseball games, highlighted by Ryan’s proposal to Kelli at Posey Field. The wedding party also included Brandon Harris ’07.
  • Landon Rogers ’10, assistant coach for the Spanish Fort High School baseball team, whose team won the Alabama Class 5A State Championship this spring. Landon also teaches at SFHS.
  • Heather Vander Hey ’10, who will be teaching first grade at Coosada Elementary School in Millbrook this fall.
  • Christina Vranich ’04, who is about to celebrate the grand opening of her optometric practice, Fayette Family Vision Care, in Eads, Tenn.

Sympathy and prayers are extended to:

  • The family of Verdus Studdard Plunkett ’41, who passed away May 28, 2010, in Daphne, Ala. At age 101, she was one of Huntingdon’s oldest living alumni. Her grandson, Philip Law, teaches for Huntingdon’s ADCP program in Baldwin County.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
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