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May 10, 2010

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

The Class of 2010 Celebrates and Moves On: Every college graduate faces that pivotal time of achieving the end of a dream to receive their undergraduate diplomas, and then moving on to the next giant step in their lives: independence greater than they have ever known. That’s the moment more than 100 members of the traditional day program experienced Saturday morning as they walked from Flowers Hall across the Walk of Honor and over the bridge on the Green to Top Stage, where they collected their diplomas and tossed their hats in celebration. At the traditional day Commencement Exercises, the following awards were given:

  • Accounting professor Amy Beard Hulsey ’90, was recognized with the Winn and Gordon Chappell Academic Enrichment Award.
  • Business professor Dr. Brenda Sonner was given the Julia Lightfoot Sellers Award, voted upon by members of the junior and senior classes as “that member of the teaching faculty who, in their judgment, has done much this year toward inspiring them to nobility of purpose and rekindling within them a deeper desire for learning.”
  • The Graduate Speaker was Heath Miller ’10 (Biology; Guntersville, Ala.).
  • The winner of the Margaret Read Scholarship Medal for the highest grade point average among graduates of the Class of 2010 was Maegan McCollum (Political Science/English; Eldridge, Ala.).
  • The Loyalty Award winners, voted upon by members of the senior class, were Kayla Bratcher ’10 (Biochemistry/Cell Biology; Ashford, Ala.) and Kelly Frazier ’10 (Cell Biology; Dothan, Ala.).
  • The Willard D. Top Award, presented to a graduating senior who exemplifies an outstanding commitment to academics and service to Huntingdon College, was given to Riley Prescott ’10 (Psychology; Columbus, Ga.).
  • Congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2010, and special thanks to all members of the College family for your work to make this graduation weekend a great success!

ADCP Graduates Achieve a Long-held Hope: Graduates in the Class of 2010  in the Adult Degree Completion Program collected their diplomas Saturday evening. For these graduates, achievement of their undergraduate degrees happened after life interrupted their original plans or gave them a renewed determination to climb the educational mountain. ADCP students are adults who have already faced the “real world” and realized that a college degree would help them navigate through it more easily. We applaud you, ADCP students, for your courage to return to college and to fit your education into your already-established lives with work and family, too. You made it! Congratulations!

Book Includes Chapter by Albritton: An essay, “John Witherspoon’s Philosophy of Moral Government,” written by Dr. James Albritton, assistant professor of history, is included in the newly published book, History, on Proper Principles: Essays in Honor of Forrest McDonald (ISI Books, 2010), edited by Stephen M. Klugewicz and Lenore T. Ealy. McDonald, the author of such pivotal historic works as Alexander Hamilton: A Biography, The American Presidency: An Intellectual History, and We the People: The Economic Origins of the Constitution, served as Dr. Albritton’s doctoral thesis adviser.

Congratulations to:

Former Dance Professor Publishes Book Featuring Alumni: Diana F. Green, HC’s former professor of dance, has authored a new book, Choreographing from Within: Developing a Habit of Inquiry as an Artist, published by Human Kinetics press. The volume presents an inquiry-based approach to creating movement, grounding students in the fundamentals and removing the fear of creativity. Photographs in the book are by Julian Green, who taught pas de deux, built sets, and ran Tech at HC, and the dance models in the photos are successful former Huntingdon dancers from as far as New York City and as close as local schools’ faculty, who reunited for the project. Alumni pictured include Aimee Rials ’00, Melissa Beck ’00, Meredith Bernal Peden ’02, and Whitney DuBose ’03. Aimee has her own dance company, and Melissa dances with her. Meredith teaches freelance in Montgomery, and Whitney directs the dance program at Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School.


  • Spring 2010 grades are available online and have been mailed to day students.
  • Dean’s Lists will be published next week.
  • The Huntingdon Hawks Golf Team has received their sixth consecutive invitation to compete in the NCAA-III Men’s Golf Championship. The tournament will be held May 11–14 in Hershey, Penn. Hawk ’em!
  • Tuesday, May 11, is the 7th Annual Mike Turk Gridiron Classic golf tournament at Lagoon Park Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m., with start at 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (334) 833-4322 or e-mail
  • There will be a scheduled power outage Saturday, May 15, for maintenance on lines in the neighborhood.

Congratulations to:

  • Belinda Goris Duett ’03, director of student financial aid, who was elected to serve a two-year term—one year as treasurer-elect, followed by one year as treasurer—for the Alabama Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA), 2010–12.

Baby Shower!

  • Faculty and staff are warmly invited to a baby shower for Vaughan Dickson, Wednesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the Admission Conference Room. The shower is hosted by the women of the Registrar’s Office.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
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