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Monday Messages

January 19, 2010

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

  • Haitian Relief Efforts Move Students to Action: Yellow collection buckets have been placed in key locations around campus, making it easy for members of the College community to contribute toward Haitian relief efforts. The drive is led by the Office of Campus Ministries and Community Service. Contributions will be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), 100% of which will go directly toward relief efforts (overhead costs are absorbed by local United Methodist churches in their apportionments). The need is great! Please give now.
  • Seniors: A Herff Jones representative will be on campus Thursday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in Delchamps Student Center lobby to facilitate orders for your graduation caps and gowns, announcements, and class rings. If you miss the Herff Jones rep on campus, you may log on to and follow the on-screen instructions for ordering your graduation needs. The last day to place graduation orders online is Monday, March 8.
  • Want to study in Northern Ireland? You can spend a year or a semester abroad next year through the Irish-American Scholars Program, sponsored by the UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in conjunction with associations for Presbyterian and Roman Catholic universities. Up to 58 students may study in Northern Ireland through this program, with placement at one of five colleges or universities. Huntingdon may nominate up to three students for consideration. If selected, you would be enrolled at Huntingdon (receiving financial aid as you are eligible), but complete course work at the partner college, with credits earned transferable back to Huntingdon. If you have completed at least three semesters at Huntingdon and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.2, complete the Irish-American Scholars Application and submit it with an essay, two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript by 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 22. Break out of your mold and venture forth! Consult Ms. Jane Williams , director of College travel and event planning, if you have questions.
  • Montgomery Presents Organ Recital: Class of 1967 alumnus Gene Montgomery will perform in concert for the Rohlig Organ Recital Series tonight, Tuesday, January 19, 7:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Montgomery, who studied under Dr. Rohlig (now professor emeritus of music) during his years at Huntingdon, performs widely in Alabama and Northwest Florida and serves as the dean of the Dothan-Wiregrass Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • Dean Speaks for King Convocation: The Honorable Elton N. Dean Sr., chairman, Montgomery County Commission, will be the featured speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Wednesday, January 20, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Members of the Mt. Zion AME Zion Church choir will perform. The convocation is free and open to the public.
  • Thank you for living united! Huntingdon’s United Way campaign brought in $3,181 from 30 donors, a 40% increase in giving and 88% increase in participation this year! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this important cause.
  • MLK Day of Service a Success: 19 students, faculty, and staff visited the Civil Rights Memorial and 40 contributed people-hours for the MLK Great Day of Service Monday, January 18. Service hours were donated to Common Ground Ministries, where participants helped to clear an area of debris, build a fence and a garden shed, and clear brick to be recycled for future use. Thank you to everyone who used your hearts and hands in service!


  • If you are interested in serving as a Resident Assistant for the 2010–11 academic year, return your application form (available in the Hut) and completed reference forms by Tuesday, January 19.
  • Seniors: Applications for consideration for Tri-Sigma honorary are due by Wednesday, January 20, at 4:00 p.m. Applications are available in and should be returned to the Office of Student Life in the Hut.
  • Wednesday, January 20, is the last day to add a course with the permission of your advisor, the instructor, and the Dean of Faculty.
  • Reaching and Keeping Youth, a training event for adult workers with rural church youth, is coming Saturday, January 23, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Pensacola, Fla.; $12 per participant; co-sponsored by Huntingdon’s Duffey Institute for Church Leadership and the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church; open to youth directors of any Christian denomination. To register, contact Susan Hunt in the Conference office at (334) 356-8014 or

Congratulations to:

  • Ashley Burkett ’09, who reports that she ranks first in her class at the University of Alabama School of Law after the fall 2009 grade reports. She credits Dr. Balit-Moussalli’s tough tests in the Endorsement in Economics and Finance with preparing her well for law school essay exams.
  • Bill Hamilton ’82, athletic director at Pensacola Junior College, who has been named to PJC’s Hall of Fame.
  • Robert La Branche ’06, formerly a legislative correspondent in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions ’69, who has been hired as a legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Parker Griffith of Alabama’s 5th District. Robert completed Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and is working toward a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies through the Naval War College.
  • The members of the Class of 2010 who completed their degree requirements at the end of the fall semester, 2009, and who will receive their diplomas in May:
    First Middle Last Major City State
    Analie Elizabeth Cook Mathematics Montgomery Ala.
    Alfonzo De’Andrea Frazier Human Performance Birmingham Ala.
    Dave Alto Jackson Business Administration Pike Road Ala.
    Laura Ann Jackson Biology Montgomery Ala.
    Brenda Elois Jones Religion Tuskegee Ala.
    Jessica Lauren Lacey Business Administration Montgomery Ala.
    Michael Patrick Lucier Human Performance New Brockton Ala.
    Ginger Lynn May Coaching Education Greenville Ala.
    Landon Cole Mims Human Performance Clanton Ala.
    Christopher York Rogers Business Administration Hoover Ala.
    Landon Pierce Rogers Cell Biology Spanish Fort Ala.
    Barton Daniel Stearns Cell Biology Coosada Ala.
    Aaron Gene Turney Business Administration Weogufka Ala.
    Shawn   Washington English Newbern Ala.
    Caleb William Schaefer English Watkinsville Ga.
    Jeremiah Quin Wilson Sport Studies Summerville Ga.
    Julie Kathleen Wahl Biochemistry Lebanon Mo.
    Kathern Lynn Wendt Cell Biology Omaha Neb.

Sympathy and prayers are extended to:

  • Kayla Davis ’12 (Chemistry; Tallassee, Ala.), who was hospitalized last week and had surgery for a blood clot in her wrist.
  • Ben Marsella ’10 (Biochemistry; Dothan, Ala.) and his family, following the death of Ben’s mother, Janet, Tuesday, January 12.
  • Kylie Piercy ’11 (Political Science; Enterprise, Ala.) and her family, following the death of Kylie’s mother, Friday, January 15. Funeral arrangements are not yet known, but the funeral is planned to take place in Monticello, Kentucky, later this week.


  • The Kay Ivey Campaign for Governor is seeking interns to work in communications, fund-raising, and field operations positions. Interested? See Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, for a more detailed description of the intern duties. To apply, send your résumé to Sean Bartley at


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

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