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Monday Messages

April 12, 2010

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

Important News Concerning Student Loans: The recently passed Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 includes a provision that, beginning July 1, 2010, Stafford (subsidized and unsubsidized), PLUS, and Consolidation loans will be made from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan (Direct Loan) Program, thus ending, as of that date, any new loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. The Office of Student Financial Services at Huntingdon College has decided to push this time-line up so that all loans disbursed after the Spring 2010 semester will be made through Direct Lending. This change should ensure that student and parent disbursements are not delayed or hindered by the elimination of the FFEL Program in which Huntingdon College has participated previously. To process your loan request for fall study, visit the Department of Education’s Web site at to begin the process and to sign a new Master Promissory Note (MPN). Students must complete Entrance Counseling, as well. We anticipate having detailed instructions for this process posted to the Huntingdon College Web site by late April or early May. Early attention to this process will allow for plenty of time to complete the new loan process prior to the start of school in the fall.

Sound Abounds with “The Mound”: Huntingdon’s Mound of Sound Jazz Band toured the Panhandle of Florida in March, performing at Escambia High School, the Cordova Mall, and the Quietwater Amphitheatre in Pensacola to appreciative audiences at every stop. The Mound performed for last week’s Luau as well.


The Red Roof Inn at 5601 Carmichael Road is offering reduced rates of $41 per night for families of graduates who are in town for Commencement Exercises this year. There is no charge for extra guests in the room and the hotel is “pet friendly.” No special code is necessary, just call the hotel to make your reservations at (334) 270-0007. Their sales flier is attached.

A week chock-full of events took place last week as the College welcomed guests and celebrated Luau, the Baseball Extravaganza and Crawfish Boil, Founders Day, Spring Celebration, and CloverJam, to name just a few of the happenings on campus. Thank you to everyone who helped with, attended, contributed to, or enjoyed these events—especially to the faithful students and staff who loaded the Lonestar truck until 4:15 a.m. Sunday morning after the CloverJam concert. It was an amazing week!

Coming Events and Deadlines

  • Summer 2010 pre-registration begins today. The 2010 Summer Bulletin (schedule for summer classes) is available online.
  • Today is the deadline for College Judicial Board applications.
  • National Library Week is this week, and Houghton Library is holding a t-shirt drawing. Any member of the campus community may enter.
  • Two t-shirts will be awarded; winners may pick their design and size form those offered by Mental Floss magazine.
  • All students are invited to attend the SGA Convention, Tuesday, April 13, at 6:00 p.m. in the Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall.
  • Bring your dinner trays in and let your voice be heard as you participate in creating a positive SGA platform for the coming year.
  • The biannual reading series, “The Salon,” sponsored by Houghton Library and the Department of Language and Literature, will meet Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the library atrium. The featured author is Margaret Atwood. All interested are invited to attend.
  • Students are invited to attend the library workshop “Not Just for Kids: Explorations into the Library’s Juvenile Collection,” Wednesday, April 14, 3:00–4:00 p.m. RSVP to Ms. Brenda Kerwin. This workshop has been designed with not only the education major in mind, but also the non-education major as well.
  • Applications to participate in cheerleading tryouts are due by April 14. Forms are available in the Office of Admission. Tryouts are April 23–24 in the Wilson Gymnasium (Cloverdale Campus).
  • PsalmFest, Thursday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel (performance by the Concert Choir and other music ensembles)
  • Honors and Awards Convocation, Friday, April 16, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Huntingdon College-Temple Beth Or Night, Friday, April 16, at the temple, 2246 Narrow Lane Road. Go and hear about the Jewish faith at 5:00 p.m., attend a 6:00 service, and stay for a special reception hosted by temple members.
  • The tradition continues! Oracle Hunt, Friday, April 16, beginning at midnight (or 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17); participants must be completing their third year at Huntingdon (or their second year, if they transfered in). See Heath Miller ’10 for more information.
  • Saturday, April 17, Campus Rec trip to Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies.
  • Love books? Get your fix at the Alabama Book Festival, Saturday, April 17, in Old Alabama Town, downtown Montgomery. Dozens of authors will be there to read from their work and to autograph their books, which will be on sale at the event.
  • Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Piano Concert Series presents Evgeni Bozhanov in Concert, Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel; free and open to all. See his winning performance at the 2009 Van Cliburn Festival on YouTube.
  • “The Works of Matthew Blue”, readings and discussion by Mary Ann Neeley ’54 on the life and works of Montgomery’s first published historian, Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Smith Hall’s Delchamps Recital Hall; free and open to the public
  • Last day of classes, Friday, April 23
  • End-of-Year Blowout: Train Shed Band Party, sponsored by CAB, Friday, April 23 (time TBA)
  • Third Annual Pancake Supper, hosted by the National Alumni Association, Sunday, April 25, 10:00 p.m. in Russell Dining Hall. Take a break from your studies and come out for homemade pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and sausage gravy, and donuts.
  • Finals, Monday–Friday, April 26–30
  • Resident students (other than graduating seniors and RAs) will be required to depart from the residence halls within 24 hours of their last final exam, or by 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 1.

Huntingdon Welcomes:

Blaine Allen, interim director of food service for ARAMARK.

Congratulations to:

Mary Gasson ’13 (Music; Clanton, Ala.), who won the title of Miss Huntingdon in last week’s pageant.

David Needham ’08, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to continue his research off the Pacific Coast for the next three years. He is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. His NSF fellowship funds a study on marine nutrient cycling.

Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83, chair, Department of Language and Literature, who gave a paper at the Auburn University Montgomery Liberal Arts Conference March 26. A member of the panel on African American Literature and Fine Arts, she presented the paper, “Behind the Silver Screen: The Audience Speaks in Adrienne Kennedy’s ‘A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White.’” She will also serve as a featured scholar at the 13th annual Alabama Writers Symposium, April 29–May 1 in Monroeville, Ala. She will moderate the opening convocation featuring author Ralph Eubanks.

Accounting professor Barbara White, who, along with Bill Black, presented their paper, “Ethical Prompts and their Effects on the Individual’s Evaluation of Acceptable Business Practices: Considerations for CPAs (The Black and White Study on Ethics),” to the American Accounting Association’s Southeastern Conference in Mobile, April 9. Ms. White is completing her doctorate at the University of Mississippi.

The men’s golf team, who won their third tournament championship of the spring with a victory at the 2010 Reeder Cup, hosted by Covenant College, in early April. The individual tournament winner was Huntingdon’s Jay Unis ’11 (Communication Studies; Montgomery), followed closely by Mack Duke ’12 (Sport Studies; Orange Beach, Ala.). Cody Causey ’10 (Accounting; Elmore, Ala.) came in at 4th place.

The students who were inducted into the religion honor society, Theta Alpha Kappa, last week: Angelica Bellman ’10 (Psychology; Montgomery); Ben Cheney ’10 (History; Dothan, Ala.); Ashley Cromer ’10 (History; New Market, Ala.); Chris Huckle ’11 (Cell Biology; Ocean Springs, Miss.); Heath Miller ’10 (Biology; Guntersville, Ala.); Tim Pierce ’11 (Christian Education; Hope Hull, Ala.); Chelsey Jones ’11 (Christian Education; Opp, Ala.); and Jacklyn Brill ’11 (Psychology; Birmingham, Ala.).

The Accounting Club, who held their annual Founders Day 5K run/walk Saturday, April 10, with profits benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. HC family members placing either overall or first, second, or third were:

Overall Female (in order):
Caitlin McMahon ’12 (Sport Studies; Cortland, N.Y.)
Katherine Toy ’13 (Athletic Training; Sugar Land, Texas)
Overall Male (in order):
Jeff Jenkins ’12 (Coaching Education; Opelika, Ala.)
McDowell Pinckard ’12 (Accounting; Dothan, Ala.)
Placing in Class:
Kelly Frazier ’10 (Cell Biology; Dothan, Ala.)
Jacqueline Daniels ’12 (Accounting; Brick, N.J.)
Lea McLendon (Alum)
Rebecca Masic (ADCP)
Dr. Roxanne St. Martin ’94 (Faculty)
Dr. Jennifer Fremlin (Faculty)
Denario Edwards ’12 (Business Administration; Ocean Springs, Miss.)
Alex Baronich ’10 (Human Performance; Baton Rouge, La.)
Charlie Hearn ’11 (Business Administration; Birmingham, Ala.)
Andy Patterson ’10 (Cell Biology/Athletic Training; Pleasant Grove, Ala.)

Our thoughts and prayers are with:

The Rev. Dr. Glenn Conner, Huntingdon trustee and senior pastor of Huntsville First United Methodist Church, on the death of his brother last week.

Dr. Ann Reitzammer, professor of education, upon the death of her mother April 6 in Louisiana.

The family and friends of Ms. Annie Pearl Phillips, a member of the College dining hall staff for more than 20 years who passed away last week after a long battle with breast cancer.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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