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March 15, 2010

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

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The 2010 Travel Convocation was held earlier today, during which students learned of the adventures possible under Huntingdon Plan travel for the 2010–11 academic year. The seven travel-study experiences are:

  • Mission to Panama: January travel; fall semester seminar; led by Brian Smith ’94, chaplain and director of community service, in conjunction with the Reverend Nathan Attwood, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, Montgomery. This trip, a joint venture between the College and First UMC, offers the opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the people of Panama and the chance to really live inside the culture as you offer a camp experience that most of the children with whom you work will have never had before.
  • Dublin, Ireland: January travel; fall semester seminar; led by Dr. Jennifer Fremlin and Dr. Robin Gunther, both of whom teach in the Department of Language and Literature. The focus of this trip is literary, reading some of the great British writers, including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, and watching films that include “My Left Foot” and “The Crying Game.”
  • Baseball, Civil Rights, and Science: May travel; spring semester seminar; led by Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat and Dr. Chad Eggleston, Department of Religion. This tour of the middle-United States includes stops in Memphis, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville, among other locations, taking in as much baseball as possible.
  • Costa Rican Ecosystems: May travel; spring semester seminar; led by Dr. Jim Daniels and Dr. Allen Tubbs, Department of Biology. This two-week tour of Costa Rica will include two volcanoes, six national parks, two beaches, rafting, hiking, zip-lining and lots of wildlife (not just including the people who are on the trip with you).
  • California Dreamin’: May travel; spring semester seminar; led by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry, and Mr. Jim Hilgartner, assistant professor of English. This “epic adventure” includes the study of art, literature, and science on a 5000-mile van trip from Montgomery to San Francisco and back, stopping in such places as the Grand Canyon, Alcatraz, Alamo Square, the Trail of Tears, the Santa Fe Trail, and Roswell’s International UFO Museum. Every participant will maintain a daily blog of his/her adventures.
  • Rome, Rebirth, and Reformation: May travel; spring semester seminar; led by Dr. James Albritton, assistant professor of history, Mme. Camille Elebash-Hill, and Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83, Department of Language and Literature. Participants will read and study some of the greatest thinkers, writers, and artists the world has ever known. This trip may require a supplementary cost.
  • In the Footsteps of Paul—Greece and Turkey: May travel; spring semester seminar; led by Dr. Jason Borders, assistant professor of religion, and the Reverend Nathan Attwood, associate minister, First United Methodist Church, Montgomery—this trip is a joint venture between Huntingdon and First UMC. Additional cost will be required; this trip will be at least 11 days, possibly two weeks, and will include a cruise of the Greek Islands.
  • Travel Specifics: To be able to travel, each student must first enroll in and pass the required seminar the semester preceding the travel experience. The seminar is worth two semester hours of graded credit; the trip is worth an additional two hours of pass/no-pass credit. None of the hours required for or earned by travel experiences count toward an overload. Applications will be available tomorrow on the table outside Jane Williams’ office (Wilson 115); a list of trips with minimum and maximum student counts is also available. Applications will be accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, in the Travel and Event Planning Office (Wilson 115). Line up outside and your application will be timed and dated in order. (Do not cut your 8:00 a.m. class to turn in your application.)

A High Note of Service: Under the supervision of Dr. Vadim Serebryany, assistant professor of music, Anna Perry ’10 (Theater Studies; Montgomery, Ala.), Mark McLemore ’10 (Music: Performance; Montgomery, Ala.), and Sarah Thebo ’11 (Music; Deatsville, Ala.) are volunteering their time to offer free weekly piano lessons to children selected from Common Ground Ministry in West Montgomery. Common Ground is a faith-based ministry that seeks to transform underprivileged communities from within by sharing the gospel and cultivating community. Among the many facets of this ministry, Common Ground provides various extra-curricular activities for children. With Huntingdon’s help, music lessons are now included. Mark McLemore said, “These children will learn a little bit of music and have fun in the process, but more importantly, they will know we care about them.”

Attention Seniors: The Bookstore has ordered a number of extra cap-and-gown sets for students who never made it to the online ordering site. You can go to the bookstore to be sized by the staff and pay the fee. Announcements can still be ordered online, but remember that shipping increases as time passes because there’s not much point in sending out graduation announcements that are late.

Last Week

  • LONESTAR  was announced as the headline band for CloverJam 2010, Saturday, April 10. Each full-time day student with a student ID may pick up one free ticket in the Hut. Alumni, faculty, and staff may purchase reduced rate tickets at $10 each through the Office of College and Alumni Relations at (334) 833-4566. Tickets for the general public are $20 each and may be purchased through http://cloverjam.eventbrite.com/. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No coolers, outside food or drink, smoking, or pets.
  • The Department of Athletics announced that head women’s basketball coach Tara Osborne resigned her post at the conclusion of two years on the job. Assistant Coach Andrew Turner will remain on staff to handle day-to-day operations of the program.
  • More than 200 runners joined in the Huntingdon College EXPERTS Club’s inaugural St. Patty’s Day “Lucky 7K” race, Saturday, March 13. The event far exceeded the expectations of Dr. James Reid and Dr. Roxanne St. Martin ’94, both of whom teach in the Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education.
  • Dr. Vadim Serebryany, assistant professor of music, and adjunct music instructor Tiffany McGuire Nishibun ’04 presented a beautiful concert in Ligon Chapel Sunday, March 14. The two performed works by Schumann and Beethoven in the program, “Music and Memory.”

Coming Events and Deadlines

  • The CCV will offer taped mock interviews, a valuable tool for job-seekers, March 8–11 and 15–18 in Jackson 101. Each participant will have the chance to win a $25 gift card to a restaurant or store of the student’s choosing.
  • Tuesday, March 16, is Huntingdon Spirit Night at the Ann Street Chick-Fil-A. Show your Huntingdon College ID and purchase a medium fry and drink from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.—get a sandwich free! Offer good for one per person.
  • Friday, March 19, is the deadline for Mr. Huntingdon applications in the Hut.
  • Josh Tinley, editor for Abingdon Press’ Youth Curriculum Division of the United Methodist Publishing House, will speak to Dr. Ed Trimmer’s Curriculum class, Tuesday, March 30, 2:00–3:15 p.m. in Bellingrath 104. If you are not in the Curriculum class but would like to visit the class to hear Mr. Tinley speak, contact Dr. Trimmer.
  • The 2010 Summer Bulletin (schedule for summer classes) is available online (PDF). Summer pre-registration will begin Monday, April 12.
  • Next Week: Spring Break! Happy Spring!

Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Jennifer Canfield, assistant professor of music, who has offered several poster presentations in her field this year, including:
    • “Middle and Junior High School Choral Directors’ Criteria for Repertoire Selection,” presented at the Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference in Tuscaloosa in January.
    • A presentation at the South Carolina Music Educators Association State Conference in Charleston in February.
    • A presentation at the American Choral Directors Association-Southern Division Conference in Memphis, Tenn., later this year. A copy of her paper will be kept in the ACDA archives in Oklahoma City.
  • Jenna Holman Mead ’06, head coach for the Stanhope-Elmore HS softball team, who coached her team through a victory at the Troy Classic Tournament, Saturday, March 6. Jenna is a former Lady Hawks volleyball and softball team member.


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