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October 31, 2011

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Parking access change:  Beginning today, the entrance and exit to the Narrow Lane Road parking lot will be closed to accommodate construction on the new archway that will be built at that entrance.  Parking will remain available in this lot, accessible by entering and exiting from the College entrance at Jim Wilson Loop East off of Woodley Road (between the soccer field and the president's home).  The campus gates at the Loop East/Woodley Road location will remain open 24 hours a day until the Narrow Lane Road entrance construction project is completed and that entrance reopens.  This new archway is part of the Gibbs Family Tennis Complex, a Huntingdon Tomorrow project.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Security at (334) 833-4463.

Hawks repeat as GSAC XC Champs:  The men's cross country team brought home its third straight GSAC championship and the women came in second in the Conference at the GSAC tournament meet held in Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 29.  Jeff Jenkins '12 (Coaching Ed; Opelika, Ala.) took first place among men and was named GSAC Runner of the Year.  Coach Nate Rucker was named Men's Coach of the Year, garnering that recognition for the third time in four seasons (he has twice been named Women's Coach of the Year, as well).  Jenkins, defending three-year women's champion Caitlin McMahon '12 (Sport Studies; Cortland, N.Y.), and Sheaney Marshall '12 (Sport Studies; Fordyce, Ark.) were named to the All-Conference Team. Five Huntingdon women placed in the Top 16 of the meet, and all seven men placed in the Top 24.

Huntingdon people help ACS Make Strides:  Four Huntingdon groups raised more than $3600 combined to contribute toward the fight against breast cancer for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that originated in front of Flowers Hall, Saturday, October 29.  The top Huntingdon fundraising group was Chi Omega fraternity, with $2250; and the top fundraiser was Bonnie Wade '13 (English; Birmingham). In fact, the Chi O ladies came in second place in fundraising among all groups participating. Other Huntingdon groups and walkers included the Accounting Club, AOPi, and the EXPERTS Club.  Bonnie is an intern at ACS this year, as are Amanda Houston '12 (Business Administration; Fyffe, Ala.) and Bailey Scott '14 (Biology; Newnan, Ga.).  All three women were instrumental in race planning and kick-off.  Suzanna Wasserman '05 and Ashley Dubuque Gorum '03 are HC alumni who work for ACS.

Huntingdon welcomes new trustees: Six new trustees attended their first meeting of the Huntingdon Board of Trustees last week.  They are:

  • Ms. Katrina Keefer Belt '95, Montgomery, who earned her B.A. in business administration at Huntingdon and Master of Public Administration degree at New York University, subsequently serving as liaison with IBM for the New York City Department of Finance to facilitate a citywide e-government initiative, and as a project consultant to the New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.  Her current professional role is as chief financial officer for UAB Health System.
  • The Reverend Dale Cohen, Huntsville, district superintendent of the Northeast District, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, who has served in pastoral ministry since 1982.  He is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
  • Lee Copeland, J.D., a senior partner with the law firm Copeland, Franco,  Screws and Gill, Montgomery.  He is the father of Hall Copeland '09, a student in the University of South Alabama graduate program in history.
  • Ms. Mary K. McGuffey '94, Atlanta, a paralegal with Beazer Homes and president of the National Alumni Board. She is serving as the alumni board's representative to the Board of Trustees.  She is in her second six-year term on the alumni board.
  • The Reverend Dr. Timothy H. Thompson, senior pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, who formerly pastored First UMC, Opelika; Gulf Breeze UMC, Fla.; First UMC, Brewton; and St. Mark UMC, Pensacola, Fla; and served as district superintendent for the Montgomery/Opelika District for the United Methodist Church.  This is his second time to serve on Huntingdon's Board of Trustees. He holds degree from Belhaven College, Emory University, and Southern Methodist University.
  • Ms. Lois "Bitsy" Youngblood, Birmingham, philanthropist and great-granddaughter of Huntingdon benefactor John Jefferson Flowers (for whom Flowers Hall is named).  She has a degree in history from the University of Alabama.

Athletics launches new Web site:  The Department of Athletics has launched a new Web site covering the latest news, scores, and information about all of Huntingdon's intercollegiate sports.  Check out  We will soon change the links connecting the athletics pages on the Huntingdon Web site to connect to Athletics' new site.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!  When Huntingdon shows up on your Caller I.D., please answer your phone, and have your credit card ready!  The 31st annual Alumni Phonathon will take place during the month of November.  Please remember Huntingdon in your year-end giving!

Spring term preregistration is next week (November 7–11):  Plan ahead:

  • Review the class schedule here
  • Check the course descriptions in your Catalog for prerequisites.
  • Consult your Plan of Study to see how the courses fit.
  • Retrieve any forms you may need.
  • Meet with your adviser(s) and have your registration/enrollment card signed.
  • During the week of registration, you will have the Office of Student Financial Services verify that you are in good financial standing and then turn in your Registration Card at the Registrar's Office on the designated day (you will receive a notice about this from the Registrar). 
  • Spring term classes begin Monday, January 9, 2012.

Mark your calendars; special notes; reminders:

For coming events at Huntingdon, see the Calendar.

  • Students/faculty/staff are invited to participate in a reading and discussion of the 2010 English translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, a seminal work in women's studies originally published in 1949, translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier.  The first meeting will be Friday, November 4, at 11:45 a.m. in Flowers 303 (read Part I, Destiny, through p. 70 of the text for this meeting).
  • The men's and women's soccer teams and the women's volleyball team will participate in their respective GSAC tournaments this coming weekend, November 4–5.  Saturday, November 5, is also the last home game of the regular season for the Hawks football team, which kicks off against Lagrange College at 1:00 p.m.  Hawk 'em!
  • Do you know a student who would fit well at Huntingdon?  Bring him or her to Host Day, Saturday, November 5.  For more information, contact the Office of Admission at
  • Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will be the featured speaker for the second installment of the Public Affairs Forum, speaking on the topic of Women and Leadership, Tuesday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Atrium; free and open to all.
  • The Salon reading series, sponsored by Houghton Library and the Department of Language and Literature, is open to students, faculty, and staff.  This semester's Salon will be held Thursday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium and will focus on selected Nobel Prize for literature laureates.  Books are provided for you in the library, or you may bring your own.
  • The fall semester Faculty Forum will be held Friday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. (time is tentative) on the subject, "The Glory of Failure."  Presenters will be Dr. Robin Gunther, associate professor of English, and Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, assistant vice president for academic enrichment and professor of biology.  This is a potluck event open to faculty and staff.  If you plan to attend, bring your favorite dish and RSVP to Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion, or Mr. Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library.
  • President J. Cameron West and historian Mary Ann Neeley '54 will be among those reading passages from the book, She: The Old Woman Who Took Over My Life, in remembrance of the book's author, Kathryn Tucker Windham '39, Sunday, November 13, 3:00–5:00 p.m., at NewSouth Books, 105 S. Court Street, Montgomery.  The event is free and open to all.
  • RA Interest Meeting, Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
  • Contact Amy Beard Hulsey '94 (; 334.833.4098), accounting faculty, if you are interested in being trained to serve in the SaveFirst program.  SaveFirst volunteers prepare tax returns for low-income families.  The two-night training will take place Monday and Wednesday evenings, November 14 & 16 (you must attend both nights of training to become certified).  All majors welcome.
  • RESIDENT STUDENTS:  As you make plans for leaving for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, please consult the checklists online to be sure your room is left in good order, and review the list of charges that could be incurred for specific room infractions.
    • For Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 18–27), residence halls will close Saturday, November 19, at 9:00 a.m., and reopen at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27.  Thanksgiving Closing Checklist.
    • 24-hour quiet hours will be observed Friday, December 2–Saturday, December 10.
    • For Christmas/New Year Break, you should plan to depart within 24 hours of your last final exam, but no later than 9:00 a.m., Saturday, December (when halls will close).  Halls will reopen at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2012.  Christmas Closing Checklist.


Sharissa Copeland '12, a biology major and pre-vet student, has been hired as an assistant in a local veterinary clinic, a position for which she has been searching since her freshman year.  She gives all the credit to Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology, saying, "not only is he a great advisor and teacher, but he also helps so much!"

Huntingdon webmaster Will Sledge and his wife, Leah, welcomed their first child, William (Liam) Thomas Sledge, Friday, October 28; 7 lbs., 11 oz., born at 1:15 p.m.  Mother and baby (and dad) are doing well.

Dallas Thomas '12 (Chemistry; Wetumpka, Ala.) was named the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the Week last week for his key performance in to GSAC men's soccer matches, scoring three goals.

Our prayers and sympathies are with:

Dr. James Daniels, associate professor of biology, whose mother died Friday, October 28.

Maeghan Jordan '13 (Communication Studies; Pansey, Ala.), whose cousin was killed while serving in Afghanistan last week.

Dr. Harald Rohlig, professor emeritus of music, who is recovering from emergency surgery for the removal of a malignant tumor.  All of the cancer was removed during surgery, and the prognosis is excellent.


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Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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