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Monday Messages

August 02, 2011

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

News Clips

Elko presents motivational talk for youth:  Author, performance consultant, and motivational speaker Dr. Kevin Elko will be the featured speaker at a free motivational breakfast for area youth and coaches hosted by Huntingdon College Friday, August 12, at 7:00 a.m. in the Cloverdale Auditorium, Cloverdale Administrative Building, Cloverdale Campus.  Elko's message will include the topics: overcoming adversity, keeping a positive self-image, focusing, and success. The event is hosted in partnership with First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, UBS, Stifel Nicolaus, NATIXIS Global Associates, and the Montgomery YMCA. Read more.

Wayne Flynt inaugurates Huntingdon Public Affairs Forum:  Noted Alabama historian Dr. Wayne Flynt will be the featured presenter for the first event in the newly established Huntingdon College Public Affairs Forum, Tuesday, September 20.  The Forum will include a full day of activities culminating in a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall on the topic,"The Lord is the Maker of Them All: Black, White, and Poor in America."  Read more.

Speaking of communication: Dr. John Saunders, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, serves as the inaugural president for the Alabama Communication Association, a state-wide organization focused on promoting and engaging the communication studies discipline for students, instructors, and faculty of Alabama higher education institutions.  The association held its first conference at Huntingdon Saturday, July 30, which included paper presentations and a Great Ideas for Teaching Speech panel discussion.  Dr. Saunders and new faculty member Dr. Lynn Disbrow were present to respond to panels, as were current and recently graduated communication studies students Daniel Goslin '12 (Alexander City, Ala.), Taylor Johnson '13 (Decatur, Ga.), Catie Malone '11, Catherine Naylor '11, Mary Ryan Nielsen '13 (Evergreen, Ala.), Jeremy Reid '11, Taryn Bianca Scott '13 (Summerdale, Ala.), and Marybeth Wheatley '13 (Leeds, Ala.), who helped with registration, chaired panels, and presented original papers.

Student named Intern of the Year: New alumnus Ben Nobrega '11 (Accounting) has been named Intern of the Year by the Alabama Association of Colleges and Employers (AACE).  Criteria included his collegiate accomplishments, grades, community service, campus/community activities, and overall contribution to the company for which he interned (Enterprise Holding Company).  He has accepted a full-time position with the company's corporate accounting department and is studying to take his CPA exam.

Are you as strong as an ANT?  ANTS (Assisting New and Transfer Students) are needed to help our new and returning students move into the residence halls Wednesday, August 10, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (football check-in); Sunday, August 14, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (athletic check-in); Friday, August 19, 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (new students); and Sunday, August 21, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (returning students).  To volunteer your time and muscles (teams, students, faculty, staff—all are welcome!), contact Sandra Betts Hall, director of residence life, at

Welcoming our newest students:  About 150 members of the Class of 2015 (or sooner, for a few transfer students) were on campus for the second of three Summer Orientation sessions this week.  Thank you to everyone who lent a hand planning for or carrying out the event, or who made our newest Hawks and their families feel welcome. Comments have been favorable.  We're only three weeks away from the beginning of classes for the fall semester!

Chemistry students, faculty head to Colorado:  A team of Huntingdon chemistry students and faculty will head to Denver, Colorado, later this month for the 242nd annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.  Read more.

Huntingdon welcomes

Emily Beth Dickinson '07 has been hired as the manager of Huntingdon's Follett's Bookstore.  Her first day is August 15.  Stop by and welcome Emily Beth back home!

Liz Frisoli has been hired as the head coach for women's lacrosse, which will take the field during the 2012–2013 academic year.  She comes to Huntingdon from Curry College (Milton, Mass.), where she served as assistant women's lacrosse coach to a team that achieved the best record in the program's history.  Coach Frisoli has also taught for James Otis School in East Boston, Mass., coached for La Jolla Youth Lacrosse in La Jolla, Calif., and Adrenaline Lacrosse in San Diego, Calif., and served as a sports reporter, anchor, photographer and editor for WPRI (CBS) and WNAC (FOX) in Providence, R.I.  She earned a Master of Education degree at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in English at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)  She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Grand Final championship game for the South Australian Lacrosse Champion Glenelg Seahawks.

Kristen McDaniel '11 has been hired as the coordinator of donor relations for the Office of College and Alumni Relations.  Her first day will be August 10—stop by and give her a Huntingdon welcome!


Jamicia Croskery '13 (English; Montgomery, Ala) and Heather "PJ" Pringle '11 participated in the 2011 Leadership Seminar in Atlanta for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, July 15–16.

Incoming freshman Justin Dooley '15 (Bus. Admin.; Andalusia, Ala.) has been selected to play on an international team with the Global Sports Academy.  He is traveling to Europe next week and will play basketball in Munich, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Joe '03 and Ashley Dobbs Hubbard '03 welcomed a daughter, Ava Henrietta Fontaine Hubbard, today, August 2.

Mary Hodo Lott '05 and her husband, Dee, welcomed their first child, daughter Annah Camille, May 24, 2011.  The family lives in Selma where Mary works as a youth and family therapist for the Cahaba Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

Hodge Patterson '07, who has served as Huntingdon's sports information director for the past year, has accepted a position with West Georgia College.  His first day is August 10.

Victoria Russo '06 and Brandon Addison '06 have announced their engagement.  They are planning a wedding for next spring.

Christine Spivey '11 has accepted a position teaching high school mathematics in Vidalia, Georgia.

Stephanie VanArsdale '11 is employed with United Cerebral Palsy as an employee advocate for special needs or intellectually disabled teenagers.  She will pair special needs employees with likely employers in their area to help them lead more typical, fulfilling lives.  Stephanie received another job offer and two more offers for interviews the same week! Hawk 'em!

Christina F. Vranich '04, OD, celebrated the first anniversary of her office, Fayette Family Vision Care, with a reception and special guest, Miss Tennessee 2011 Erin Hatley. Dr. Vranich was also recently elected vice president of the West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society.

Sympathy and prayers

Sympathies are extended to Trustee Howard Adams and his wife, Cheryl, upon the death of Cheryl's sister, Joyce, earlier this week. The funeral will take place tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 11:00 a.m.


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

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