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August 09, 2010

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

IMPORTANT—Students and parents: The annual opt-out period for student health insurance begins today, August 9–September 3. Each year, every student who does not wish to be charged the fee for Student Health Insurance must opt out of this service by filing information about their current health insurance coverage. To do so, you will enter your student code number, which is the first two digits of your last name and the last four numbers of your Social Security Number (example: Jane Doe, 123-45-6789 would be DO6789) online at the designated site. Don’t forget! Opting out is only possible for those who have approved existing plans. Filing prevents you from being charged $682 for additional student health insurance. If you do not have health insurance, do nothing. The fee will be added to your account automatically. Read more about student health insurance. When you have completed the process, a waiver confirmation form will come up on your screen.

Hold the ... steering wheel: For those of you who are coming to Montgomery from outlying areas, a new Montgomery law makes it a secondary, ticketable offense if one is caught using a hand-held phone for talking or texting while driving in Montgomery. The Montgomery City Council voted on the measure last week, and the law will be enforced starting this week. While police will not stop you for hand-held phone usage, if you are stopped for any other offense while using a hand-held device, your fine will be compounded. Hands-free phone devices are still allowed.

Rent-a-text saves money! Comparison: purchase the text Social Psychology new in the bookstore for $150; buy it used in the bookstore for $112.50; new at Amazon.com for $117.28 or used for $108.00; but rent it for $67.50 at the bookstore. The Rent-a-text program does save money! Just remember to sign up for text rental before you order your texts. (Not all texts are available for rental, but for those that are, it’s a great option!)

Teams, fraternities, sororities, campus organizations, faculty, and staff, your help is needed! As you know, each year we greet new and returning resident students and help them move their belongings into the residence halls. If you can lend your arms and legs and back to the cause, please contact res life director Coleman Cosgrove ’06 . Much help is needed for the following move-ins:

  • Wednesday, August 11: Athletic Trainers, 9:00 a.m.; New Football, 10:00 a.m.; Returning Football, 12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 15: Volleyball, 1:00 p.m.; Women’s Soccer, 1:30 p.m.; Men’s Soccer, 2:00 p.m.; Cross Country, 2:30 p.m.; Cheerleading, 3:00 p.m.; Band, 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 19: Orientation students, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 22: Returning student residents, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Speaking of lending a hand ... : The Office of Campus Ministries and Community Service will offer the first community-wide service project of the 2010–11 academic year Saturday, August 21, when participants will split into teams volunteering for the Community of Hope Ministry, Common Ground Ministry, Humane Society, Family Sunshine Center, and Montgomery Zoo. Meet at Top Stage on the Green at 8:30 a.m. if you’d like to be involved. Everyone is welcome.

Coming Up:

Congratulations to:

  • Everyone at Huntingdon, for making this a special place to be! Huntingdon was selected as a “Best Southeastern” college by The Princeton Review once again this year.
  • Chaise Blaich ’11 (Business Admin.; DeFuniak Springs, Fla.), who has earned the opportunity to compete in the 2010 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship to be held at Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington, August 23–29. He qualified in July. Chaise has previously won PING First-Team All-America honors and All-South Region honors.
  • Former Business Education Initiative exchange student Lisa Collins, of Northern Ireland, who completed a year of study at Harvard University after completing her undergraduate degree and will start medical school in Bristol, U.K., in September.
  • Dr. Kyle Fedler, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, who completed a three-day Adventure Race in July. His team finished in 26 hours, 33 minutes, winning the four-person coed and coming in third in the combined three-person coed/four-person coed, qualifying for the United States Adventure Racing Association’s National Championships!
  • Former Hawks quarterback Zach Golson ’09, who has joined the staff at Marbury High School as an assistant football coach (defensive backs) and physical education teacher.
  • Accounting professor Amy Beard Hulsey ’90, who climbed Mt. Huron (elevation 14,006 ft.) this summer (and planted a Huntingdon flag at the summit)!
  • Betsy Jones ’07 and Eric Cagle ’08, who were married July 31.
  • Christopher Payne, associate professor of art, who has had his artwork accepted in two current exhibitions. A clay sculpture, “In Other Worlds,” is on display through September 11 in the Wiregrass Museum of Art’s Wiregrass Biennial, an exhibition of artists from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. A graphite drawing, “Girl Drawing,” was accepted in “Simply Drawn,” a national juried exhibition on view through October 1 at Atlanta’s Roswell Visual Arts Gallery.
  • A.J. Swift ’12 (Chemistry; Cocoa, Fla.), who received a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work during a NASA internship this summer. For the internship, he was part of a team that addressed critical vehicle processing and ground operations technology.
  • Kristi Winstead ’05, who married Chris Wilson during the weekend.


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


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