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Monday Messages

August 22, 2011

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Huntingdon students class it up:  Today is the first day of classes for the fall semester, as evidenced by the lines at the bookstore, the business office, and the registrar's office. Some deadlines to observe:

  • The add/drop period begins today.  To drop or add a class, go to the Registrar's Office (Wilson Center) to pick up the form.  You will need your adviser's signature to complete the process. Turn in the completed form between the hours of 8:30–11:30 a.m. and 1:00–4:00 p.m. through Friday.
  • Last day to drop a course: Friday, August 26
  • Last day to add a course with the permission of the adviser only: Friday, August 26
  • (For residents) Last day to adjust your meal plan from the default 15-meal plan to either the 10- or 19-meal plan: Friday, August 26; see the Office of Student Financial Services (Wilson)
  • Last day to add a course with the permission of the adviser, instructor, and Provost/Dean: Wednesday, August 31
  • Remember that you must remain at 12 or more credit hours in your course load in order to receive full-time financial aid, participate in intercollegiate athletics, and live in the residence halls; so if dropping a class causes you to go below 12 hours, add a different one to get back up to full-time status.
  • (For freshmen) There are several classes you can't drop/add or withdraw from during the freshman year:  any section of PACT: Practicing the Art of Critical Thinking, English 103 or 104, or Religion 101 or 102.
  • Pick up your parking tag this week (it's free) at the Security Office in the Wilson Center.  You'll need to know the make and model of your car, the license plate number and your driver's license number.  If you need to register more than one car, that's free, too.  Tickets will begin to be issued upon notice from Chief Ward, so the sooner you get your tag, the better.
  • Want to know more about academic terminology?  Read this page.
  • The draft version of the 2011–12 Huntingdon College Catalog is posted online.

Huntingdon receives $1million pledge:  A generous donor has pledged $1 million in support of the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, which will fund fully the renovation of Cloverdale Auditorium and allow for the reestablishment of the theater major and program.  A formal announcement introducing the donor will take place this fall.  Read more.

Presidential Convocation rings in the new year:  The first formal convocation of the academic year is always the Presidential Convocation, and this year's event will be held Wednesday, August 24, at 11:45 a.m. in Ligon Chapel.  Faculty will march in regalia; students are expected to attend.  Gentlemen, remember no baseball caps or hats (other than academic regalia) in the Chapel. The convocation is expected to last 45 minutes.

NEW/CORRECTED INFORMATION:  Student Health Insurance enrollment period begins:  The College has selected a new provider for the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Student-athletes are required to have student health insurance and must demonstrate proof of having an insurance plan by either enrolling in the College plan or submitting the waiver form prior to beginning practice or play. International students are required to enroll in the College plan.  All other students/families who elect not to enroll in the College plan must submit the waiver form with proof of other health insurance in order to avoid having the annual charges ($712) assessed.  The deadline for completion of the waiver form is September 2.  To complete the waiver form, you will need your current health insurance information and your social security number (which is your student ID number for this purpose).  Read more.

Turf increases field playability and use:  The new SportExe Turf is down on Charles Lee Field, and with it comes a whole new set of possibilities for the field's future.  Because there is a a built-in drainage system, the football team will no longer have to cancel practices because of a waterlogged field after or during rainstorms.  The field will be used by the new lacrosse team beginning in the spring and could be used for other sports in the future, as well.   See a Huntingdon Tomorrow progress update.

Coming Events at Huntingdon (see Calendar):

  • Monday, August 22:  First day of classes; Fraternity recruitment sign-up tailgate outside Searcy/Blount, 6:00 p.m., free to apply; Movie on the Cloverdale Lawn
  • Tuesday, August 23:  Montgomery City Elections in Roland Student Center; Bowling at Ace
  • Wednesday, August 24:  Presidential Convocation 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel; Popsicle Party for Commuters, Pratt Porch, 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Waterslide and dinner on The Green
  • Thursday, August 25:  Commuter Student Organization Welcoming Party, 5:00–6:00 p.m., Dreamland BBQ downtown Montgomery; Late night volleyball and Chris' Hot Dogs
  • Friday, August 26:  Last day to change your meal plan for the fall term; last day to drop a class; Montgomery Biscuits game
  • Saturday, August 27:  Toga Party at Cloverdale Auditorium
  • Sunday, August 28:  Panhellenic (sorority) recruitment interest meeting 8:00 p.m., Ligon lobby, applications available
  • Friday, September 2:  First In-service day of the year (no classes; offices open; faculty have meetings or office hours)
  • Monday, September 5:  Labor Day: no classes/offices closed

In the Community:

The Montgomery Symphony invites you to the 25th annual Broadway Under the Starts Pops Concert, a free evening of Broadway tunes, Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., lakeside in Blount Cultural Park in front of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs are welcome.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History invites you to the grand opening of Phase I of The Museum of Alabama: The Land and the First Alabamians Galleries, Saturday, August 27; scheduled speakers will present in the Farley Auditorium on the first floor beginning at 9:30 a.m. (see the full schedule at the link); 624 Washington Ave., 36130.

First Baptist Church, Montgomery, invites you to Team Night, Sunday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature Siran Stacy and Mike and Rebecca Ellis sharing the Cole Ellis Story.

Huntingdon welcomes:

  • Wesley Lyle has joined Huntingdon as Sports information director, replacing Hodge Patterson IV, who took a position at a college in Georgia.  Wesley used to work as a sports reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser.
  • The Class of 2015 and our newest transfer students!


Four Huntingdon Hawks football players have been voted by their peers to serve as team captains for the year: receiver Cody Pearcy '12 (Business Admin.; Phenix City, Ala.), defensive back Keith Anthony '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery, Ala.), linebacker Kirk Johnson '13 (History; Columbiana, Ala.), and offensive lineman Eric Stroud '12 (Mathematics; Dade City, Fla.).  Pearcy and Anthony were also selected recently to the D3 Senior Classic preseason All-American Team.  Pearcy was a first-team selection for the South offense and Anthony was a second-team selection for the South defense.

Five students have been admitted to the Athletic Training Education Program for the 2011–12 academic year:  Dakota Hooper '14 (Baker, Fla.); Grant Lowman '14 (Huntsville, Ala.); Garrett Fletcher '14 (Destin, Fla.); Erika Mebius '14 (Bessemer, Ala.); and Tate Fowler '14 (Dothan, Ala.).  All will be assigned to assist various sports as athletic trainers at events both on- and off-campus this year.

Dr. C. Jason Borders, professor of religion, will be the featured speaker for First United Methodist Church of Dothan's "Deeper 2011: Living Faith" seminar August 28–29.  His sessions include "Faith is a Verb," and "Teaching Children Faith in the Home."  He will preach for morning services August 28 at 8:55 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., as well as an evening gathering at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, a lunch on Monday, the 29th, and again that evening at 6:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Bryan '06 married Jonathan Kimbrough in her hometown of Andalusia, Alabama, June 11.  She is the choral director at Montgomery Catholic Prep School and will complete her master's degree in music education in December.

Jacob Collinsworth '09 participated in last week's TimberCreek Golf Classic at the Daphne golf course, where he works as part of the grounds crew.

Joe Hubbard '03 and his wife, Ashley Dobbs Hubbard '03, have had an eventful year.  Last November Joe was elected to represent the 73rd House District in the Alabama House of Representatives.  In January he was elected Minority Whip.  In July, Joe and his partner founded the law firm, Hubbard Coleman, P.C., in Montgomery.  On August 2, 2011, Ashley and Joe welcomed their newest family member, daughter Ava Henrietta Fontaine Hubbard.

Domonique Martin '11 passed her Board of Certification exam and is practicing as a licensed ATC with Pro Impact Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in preparatory phases for completion of physical therapy prerequisites and applications to physical therapy schools.

Assistant registrar Elissa Mays and her husband, Robby, welcomed daughter Annabelle Caroline Mays, born at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday, August 3.  She weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz., and was 20 inches long.

Steven Penewitt '11 has been hired to teach math, computers, and accounting at Hooper Academy, where Maggie Casey '11, Gary Nelson '09, and Philip Bailey '08 are also members of the faculty.

Incoming freshwoman Wesley Smithart '15 was profiled on the Alabama-West Florida Conference Web site last month.  Read more about her.

The River Region Bird Club, co-led by our own Dr. Allen Tubbs, associate professor of biology, was selected to receive the Alabama Wildlife Federation's Governor's Achievement Award as the state's Conservation Organization of the Year.  The group offers field trips throughout Alabama and conducts birding and conservation workshops for schools.  To all of our birder friends:  Hawk 'em!

Concerns, sympathy and prayers:

Chris Huckle '11, who is preparing to begin medical school soon, is helping a family raise funds to support Caden's Heart of Spirit.   To read the story and/or to donate, see this Web site.  The fundraiser ends August 31.

Ken Maudsley '92, vice president for digital strategy at Max Advertising, Atlanta, has been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma following a seizure and brain surgery earlier this week.  Please keep Ken and his family in your thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort.

The Huntingdon community was saddened earlier this month by the death of long-time College friend and trustee Tom Radney of Alexander City.  Mr. Radney was a tenacious supporter of the College with his time, his talent, and his generous gifts.  We will miss him.  Read more.

First Week (and beyond) Survival Tips:

  • The speed limit on College Street is 25 mph and the MPD is waiting for anyone who exceeds that speed limit.  If you don't want to contribute your allowance to the MPD, please observe the speed limit there and on other streets surrounding the College.
  • Get your books as early as possible—consider renting any that you don't need to own (renting, when available, saves a lot of money). 
  • The spaces in front of Flowers are reserved for visitors and those with special permits.  Student parking is available in other lots.

Special Work/Service Opportunities:

Interested in working at MANE (Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians)?  Contact Chief Mike Ward at 334-833-4261 or email at  You must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Students are needed to serve on the Security Bike Patrol this semester.  See Chief Mike Ward, call at 334-833-4261, or email at  You must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Special notice:

STUDENTS!  I am looking for some cute (or neat, if you're a guy) res hall rooms to photograph (with people in them) for use on the Web or in publications.  Do you have a room suitable for some shots?  Shoot me an email and let me know.  Many thanks!-- Su Ofe (the author of this email).

And thank you for reading all the way to the bottom! 


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

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