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Monday Messages

February 02, 2010

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  • Serebryany and Herrick Perform This Weekend: Sunday, February 7, at 3:00 p.m., Huntingdon music professors Dr. Dennis Herrick and Dr. Vadim Serebryany will be among the performers for “Trumpet, et al,” in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Others performing include soloist Tiffany McGuire Nishibun ’04, ASU music department chair Carly Johnson (trumpet), Montgomery Symphony violinist and HC adjunct music professor Liana Gourdjia, MSO Cello Fello Dan Totan, Barbara Blummers, and Dawn Heese. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the Elizabeth Belcher Cheek Concert Series.
  • Brad Watson to Serve as Ellison Speaker: Brad Watson, a Mississippi writer of short stories, will be on campus Thursday, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. to deliver the 2010 Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival Lecture in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will occur at the beginning of the tour for his latest story collection, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives. His previously published works are the short story collection Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories (1996), which won a Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and a novel, The Heaven of Mercury (2002). A creative writing teacher at the University of Wyoming, Watson has also taught at the Universities of Alabama, Mississippi, West Florida, and California-Irvine, as well as at Harvard University.
  • Students Serve on WSFA Panel: Heath Woodruff ’11 (Political Science/History; Wetumpka, Ala.) and Devon Beaty ’11 (Political Science; Montgomery, Ala.) served as guest analysts for WSFA’s coverage of the State of the Union Address last week. The local NBC affiliate invited student panelists from Huntingdon, Auburn-Montgomery, and Alabama State University to view the speech in their studios and to respond on camera. Heath and Devon both received air-time in the resulting news report.
  • HC/Brewbaker Partnership Continues: Huntingdon students in the Adapted Physical Education course under the direction of Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, associate professor of sport sciences and physical education, will continue their work with Brewbaker Junior High special education students this semester. The joint program, known as Brewbaker Sport Activity Days, allows Huntingdon students to gain hands-on experience working with special populations in adapted sport activities, and Brewbaker students to learn basic skills that will help them not only to gain a knowledge of sport and physical activity, but also to learn basic skills for life. HC students have already facilitated more than 15 programs for the Brewbaker students, which will continue at 9:45 a.m. February 4 and 16, March 2 and 11, and April 1, in the James W. Wilson Jr. Gymnasium in the Wilson Athletic and Community Center on the Cloverdale Campus.
  • Handling Red Wiggly Worms: Dr. Henry Walding, assistant professor of teacher education, and seven Huntingdon students who are learning to become elementary school teachers presented a vermiculture project at Bear Magnet School in Montgomery last week. The students and Professor Walding set up a composting system using Red Wiggler worms in the fourth grade science class.
  • SGA Grants Matching Funds: The Huntingdon Student Government Association has voted to match all proceeds from the Haiti Relief Yard Sale (see below) and the bucket collections to support the relief efforts. Proceeds will go toward the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Way to go, SGA!
  • Put a Little Love in an Envelope: About three dozen students and staff gathered last week to make Valentine’s Day cards for troops who are serving overseas. Thank you to all who donated your time and your words of encouragement.
  • Congratulations to the students who have been selected to serve as Orientation Leaders this summer. The 2010 Orientation Leaders are: Karis Anderson ’11 (Mathematics; Clanton, Ala.); Russ Barnwell ’13 (Political Science; Jacksonville, Ala.); Jhavonn Brown ’12 (Mathematics; Centre, Ala.); Dexter Dean ’13 (Biochemistry; Saginaw, Ala.); Tiffany Dean ’12 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.); Will Francis ’12 (Political Science/English; Dothan, Ala.); Rachael Gautier ’11 (Political Science/History; Biloxi, Miss.); Louis Hines ’12 (Physical Education; Gulf Breeze, Fla.); JD Jean ’12 (Mathematics; Kathleen, Ga.); Sarah Jernigan ’12 (Biology; Eufaula, Ala.); Max Johnson ’13 (Political Science; Prattville, Ala.); Olivia Larkin ’13 (Biology; Florence, Ala.); Colby Leonard ’12 (Biology; Coker, Ala.); Chris Major ’13 (English; Calera, Ala.); Brianna McClure ’13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.); Kristen Morrison ’11 (English; Prattville, Ala.); Katie Scott ’13 (Undeclared; Panama City, Fla.); Morgan Senn ’13 (Elementary Education; Burkville, Ala.); Christine Spivey ’11 (Mathematics; Dothan, Ala.); and Alex Taylor ’12 (Mathematics; Tallassee, Ala.).
  • Cloverdale Moves Continue: The Registrar’s Office and Business Office will move from the Cloverdale Campus to the Wilson Center on the main campus this week. Thank you for your understanding if you experience delays in processing during this time of transition. Student Financial Services and Institutional Assessment and Compliance moved last week.
  • Library Hosts Reception: Last Friday, our library hosted a reception honoring Dr. Sue O. Medina, executive director of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, on the occasion of her retirement. The reception was given by the member libraries of the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium (Huntingdon, ASU, AUM, Faulkner, and Troy Montgomery). Dr. Medina retires after 25 years as executive director—the only executive director NAAL has had. Library director Eric A. Kidwell credits Medina for Huntingdon’s ability to join NAAL as an affiliate library, thereby allowing our library to gain access to many of the databases it has through NAAL group licensing agreements.
  • Guest House for Rent: Dean of Students Frank Parsons has a guest house available for rent. One bedroom, one bath, partially furnished, full-size stove and refrigerator, 3 minutes to the College, $575 per month including utilities and Internet, $500 deposit, 6-, 9-, or 12-month lease. Available now. Call (334) 833-4294.
  • Looking to Buy Near Campus? Kathy Bradshaw is selling a townhouse near the football field, (334) 356-7974.

News Tidbits

  • Three new sets of washers and dryers are on order for Ligon Residence Hall, which will double the laundry capacity of that building. They will be installed sometime this spring.
  • A new Helpdesk Feedback system has been put in place. From now on, you should receive an e-mail response after your Helpdesk request has been serviced.
  • Houghton Library has created a LibGuide for Mardi Gras. All of the library’s LibGuides can be found on their Web site.
  • Beginning fall 2010, some textbooks will be available for rent through the College’s bookstore—a move that could reduce your textbook costs to an average of 45% of the cost of purchasing books. Stay tuned for more information on this new, lower-cost way to access course materials.
  • Pratt Hall lobby is in the process of renovation for use as a commuter student lounge, which will be open to all students.
  • Searcy Hall will get a new roof during spring break week in March.
  • The College is looking to continue its expansion of wireless Internet access throughout Searcy and Blount residence halls. The lobbies of these buildings are already wireless-accessible, as is all of Ligon Hall.
  • New change machines are on order, to be placed in Searcy and Ligon Halls.


  • The ADCP-Huntsville program will hold a ribbon cutting to launch the new program at Huntsville First United Methodist Church, 120 Greene Street, Thursday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. Alumni and friends in the area are invited to attend.
  • Faculty/Student Basketball game, at half-time of the Hawks vs. Piedmont game Saturday, February 6. The women play at 2:00 p.m., the men at 4:00 p.m. in Roland Arena.
  • Center for Career and Vocation Fashion Show, Monday, February 8, 7:00–8:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. Models elected by their peers in the junior and senior classes will be dressed by Banana Republic and show their best (or worst) in four categories: Interview, Business Professional, Business Casual, and What Not to Wear.
  • CCV Spring Career Fair, Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Russell Dining Hall
  • Huntingdon College Haiti Relief Yard Sale, Saturday, February 13, 8:30–11:00 a.m., Cloverdale front lawn
  • RSVP now to be included in the spring Business Etiquette Luncheon, Monday, February 15, sponsored by the Center for Career and Vocation in Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall, 12:00–1:00 p.m. RSVPs are due by Friday, February 5. The luncheon will focus on general business and dining etiquette.
  • “Bully! An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt,” the highly acclaimed one-man play about the life of the nation’s 26th president starring Alan Gardner of City Equity Theatre (Birmingham), Tuesday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel; free and open to all; Dean’s Colloquy on presidential leadership, Monday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., Houghton Library
  • Prelude literary magazine is accepting entries for the spring edition until March 1. See
  • Attention Seniors: Order your graduation caps and gowns, announcements, and class rings at before Monday, March 8.

Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion and philosophy, and his wife, Diane, who are celebrating the birth of their first grandchild, Paul Hansen Reynolds, born to Justin and Melissa (their eldest daughter) Reynolds, Saturday, January 30, in Columbus, Miss. Paul was 7 lbs., 12 oz., and 21 inches long, and all are doing well.
  • Ashley Cromer ’10 (History; New Market, Ala.), who has been admitted to law school at Mercer University.
  • Jackie Crossman ’12 (Cell Biology; Somers Point, N.J.), who was selected Host of the Month for December 2009 by the Office of Admission.
  • Gene Davis, chair of the Department of Music, who was honored last week with the Leadership Service Award from the Alabama Music Educators Association, recognizing 30 years of service.
  • Samantha Davis ’11 (Elementary Education; Prattville, Ala.); Patricia Brown ’11 (Elementary Education; Montgomery, Ala.); and Kayra White ’13 (Music/Psychology; Dothan, Ala.), who have been named to the Dean’s List of Honors for fall term 2009 after grade changes.
  • Chasi Fowler ’08, who has been admitted to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute beginning this summer. This is a new medical school that requires graduates to complete research and to publish. As always, Chasi is a leader and a pioneer!
  • Jim Hilgartner, assistant professor of English, who will read from and discuss his creative writing at the upcoming AUM Liberal Arts Conference at Auburn-Montgomery. His session, entitled “Contemporary Voices: Poetry and Prose,” is scheduled for Friday morning, March 26.
  • Tal Lynn ’10 (Cell Biology; Tallassee, Ala.), who has been named to the Dean’s List of High Honors for the fall term, 2009, following a grade change.
  • Rebekah Redden ’11 (History/Religion; Montgomery, Ala.), who is spending a semester studying at Oxford University this spring. She has already visited Stonehenge and will visit London, Cambridge, and Stratford-upon-Avon, among other places.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Visit to learn about applying for scholarships and about various scholarship opportunities. In addition, the site is offering a scholarship of $1,000, open to high school juniors or seniors or any student currently registered at a post-secondary institution, between the ages of 16 and 30. The deadline for application is May 28.
  • Textbook scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,250 are available from through the Textbooks for a Year Scholarship essay contest. The deadline is March 31.
  • AES Engineers, $500, deadline October 8, 2010; submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words in answer to one of the questions posted on the AES site.


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