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January 23, 2012

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Ain't technology grand?  The College Web site is recovering from the loss of all of the site's uploaded PDF and Word documents early last week (the cause of this nightmare has not yet been determined).  Although we have spent a week re-loading this information, if you come across a page with a bad link, please send the page URL to so that we can track down and restore the document, if possible.  Better yet, if you have the document that needs to be linked, send that, too!

McCardell to deliver 2012 Stallworth Lecture:  Distinguished historian, vice-chancellor and president of The University of the South (Sewanee, Tenn.) Dr. John M. McCardell Jr. will present the 2012 Stallworth Lecture at Huntingdon College, Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel.  In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dr. McCardell will speak on the topic, "The Idea of a Southern Nation: 150 Years Later."  The lecture is free and open to the public. McCardell is the author of The Idea of a Southern Nation, developed from his Ph.D. dissertation, as well as many essays, chapters, articles, and book reviews. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the South and on American historiography.

Student Life makes it a day ON rather than a day off:  A group of students and staff traveled to Tuskegee last week in order to serve by working on the Tuskegee UMC parsonage, performing home repairs, scraping, and painting.  After working in the morning, the group toured the Tuskegee Airmen Museum in the afternoon.  Attending on this MLK Day of Service Adventure were Stephanie Barnhardt '15 (Comm. Studies; Duncanville, Ala.); Mary Gasson '14 (Music; Clanton, Ala.); Lauren Lambert '14 (Psychology; Repton, Ala.); Jayde Rasband '15 (Biochemistry; Maylene, Ala.); Kalynne Scott '15 (Biology; Clanton, Ala.); Dallas Thomas '12 (Chemistry; Wetumpka, Ala.); Anastasia Turner '15 (Sport Studies; Birmingham, Ala.); Dr. Frank Parsons, dean of students; and the Rev. Brian Smith '94, chaplain and director of community service.

Holy Land trip opens for alumni:  Huntingdon alumni are invited to participate in a Journey Through the Bible with Dr. C. Jason Borders, associate professor of religion.  Offered through First United Methodist Church-Dothan's Fifty Plus Ministries (led by Terri Smith Francis '80) and the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies, the 14-day Holy Land tour includes sites in Tel Aviv, Galilee, Sepphoris, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Qumran, Jerusalem, and other locations.  The cost is $3898.  Learn more.

Sign up now for the student Life Mystery Trip!  Ever wanted to take a "magical mystery tour," in the Beatles' tradition?  Here's your chance!  The Office of Student Life is offering a two-day Mystery Trip February 10–12.  Twenty spots are available at a cost of $40 each. Sign up in the Hut asap. 

News Briefs

Mark your calendars; special notes; reminders; deadlines:
For coming events at Huntingdon, see the Calendar.

    Burns Supper, Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m., Library Atrium; reservations required (contact Dr. Tom Perrin, assistant professor of English, at
    Deadline for submission of an original composition suitable for performance on an organ, 2–5 minutes in length; must be written by a student who is studying with a member of the Huntingdon music faculty:  February 1
    Faculty Forum, "The Glory of Failure, Part II," Friday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; potluck lunch; please make reservations by contacting Mr. Eric Kidwell, director of the library, or Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion, by Friday, February 3.

Job Corner:

Impact Alabama is interviewing and hiring regional coordinators for the 2012–13 academic year. Positions begin in August 2012. The regional coordinator position combines service with FocusFirst, SaveFirst, and CollegeFirst.  FocusFirst trains college students to provide high-tech vision screenings and follow-up care to preschool-age children in Head Starts and daycares in low-income rural and urban areas throughout Alabama. SaveFirst trains college students to provide free tax preparation services and opportunities for savings and economic improve-
ment to working families in Alabama. CollegeFirst trains college and graduate students to implement a Pre-AP Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa.  Through each program, volunteers work directly on college campuses and in communities statewide. Positions last for one year, beginning July 30, 2012, and are based in Birmingham or Tuscaloosa. Impact Alabama is an AmeriCorps® Program. Compensation includes a monthly living stipend; comprehensive health insurance; a
$5,550 educational award for graduate studies or student loans (to be received at the end of the year); assistance in locating housing; and mileage reimbursement at the federal rate. To apply, email a resume and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Stephen Black at


Kayla Davis '12 (Cell Biology; Tallassee, Ala.), Miss Tallassee USA, is a contestant in the Miss Alabama USA Pageant, coming up at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.  We wish you well, Kayla!  Learn more.

Courtnee Edgar '14 (Sport Studies; Mobile, Ala.) was named the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the Week last week in recognition of his performance averaging 18.5 points in a pair of Huntingdon men's basketball wins.

Megan Petenbrink '12 (Religion; Marietta, Ga.) has been admitted to graduate school/seminary study at both Duke University and Emory University.  Hawk 'em!

Mike Rader, offensive assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Hawks football team for 8 seasons, has been hired as the head football coach at Maryville College.  The Hawks will host Maryville September 1.

Julie Wahl '10 is living in Kampala, Uganda, temporarily, representing the Hole in the Wall Association (supported by a foundation established by the late actor Paul Newman) and providing training for running a camp with children with HIV.  She will return to the States next month, but plans more trips this year in Asia and Africa.  Last year she worked in Ireland for 9 months.  She was a Hole-in-the-Wall Camp counselor during her Huntingdon undergraduate days.

Sympathy and prayer:

Our sympathies and prayers are extended to Kyle Reeves '13 (Mathematics; Pinson, Ala.), whose grandmother passed away January 4 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

We join Coach Andrew Turner in mourning the loss of his grandmother last week.


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

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