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January 30, 2012

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Tax season rings in the new year:  HC students (and staff) are welcome to get their tax returns prepared and filed FREE OF CHARGE through Impact Alabama's SaveFirst program, now operating in the Cloverdale Administrative Building.  The parameters:  households earning less than $50,000 per year with one or more children or $20,000 per year without children.  Call 1-888-99-TAX-AL to schedule an appointment.  The following students have successfully completed training and passed their IRS Certification exams and are qualified to prepare tax returns with Impact Alabama:  Khiry Burke '13 (Accounting; Montgomery); Del Green '13 (Accounting; Maplesville, Ala.); Jordan Green '13 (Accounting; Muscle Shoals, Ala.); Trent Hetherington '13 (Accounting; Montgomery); Lorraine Hicks '14 (Bus. Admin.; Montgomery); Sean Jackson '13 (Accounting; Hudsonville, Mich.); Lauren Miller '13 (Accounting; Wetumpka, Ala.); Keith Paulk '13 (Bus. Admin./Accounting; Lapine, Ala.); Larry Pritchett '13 (Accounting/Bus. Admin.; Wetumpka, Ala.); Sam Strachan '13 (Accounting; Montgomery); Katie Vega '13 (Bus. Admin./Accounting; Montgomery); Matt Ward '14 (Accounting; Montgomery); Chad Watford '13 (Accounting; Ft. Deposit, Ala.); Austin White '13 (Accounting; Montgomery); James White '14 (Accounting; Pike Road, Ala.); Chimee Zorigtabaatar '12 (Bus. Admin.; Bulgan, Mongolia).  Several students also went through additional training and passed the Intermediate IRS Certification exam, allowing them to prepare more complex tax returns.  They are:  Jake Bechert '13 (Accounting/Bus. Admin.; Union Grove, Ala.); Meredith Brogden '12 (Accounting; Opp, Ala.); Ungray Courtland '13 (Accounting; Montgomery); and Lauren Gilbert '12 (Accounting; Auburn, Ala.).  Congratulations to all of you!

Spring sports begin:  History was made twice this past weekend, as the first-ever men's lacrosse team took the field in their first-ever scrimmage with Auburn University on Saturday; and the first-ever women's track and field team sprinted out in their first-ever meet at the Tennessee State University Invitational.  Baseball begins this week (February 3, 1:00 p.m., Posey Field), while softball starts their season with an away game February 18.  Men's and women's tennis will anoint the newly opened Gibbs Tennis Complex on campus February 12 at 1:00 p.m. Women's golf will travel to the BSC Shoot-out February 19, with the men opening their spring play March 5 by hosting the Wynlakes Wynternationals.

A Hawk becomes a Diamondback:  Former Huntingdon Hawks shortstop and outfielder Miles Walding '12 (Human Performance; Dothan, Ala.) got an offer he couldn't refuse last week while playing in Palm Springs in the California Winter League.  He was approached by a scout and within two days had signed a contract to join the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.  He will report to Scottsdale, Arizona, for spring training March 3. Matt's Huntingdon batting average was .301 in the 40 games he played as a senior, with 20 RBIs and 33 runs.  He stole 31 bases in 36 attempts.  Hawk 'em!

2-Bit Palomino gallops onstage: It all started with a Facebook connection.  Dr. Jennifer Canfield, assistant professor of music, reconnected with her high school friend and fellow music geek (her words), Bill Ward ('70s).  It just so happened that Ward had been a Huntingdon student at one time and had many happy memories of performing on campus.  It also happened that his three-person group, 2-Bit Palomino, had just been recognized as the 2011 Texas Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year and was planning a tour.  And there you have it.  2-Bit Palomino will perform in Smith Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 31.  Don't miss it!  It's free!

Two important federal aid changes announced:  According to information in U.S. News and World Report last week, federal subsidized direct student loans will accrue interest during the period between college graduation and when payback begins for those students graduating this year.  This is a change that was part of the omnibus bill.  If you're unsure of how your aid will be affected, contact the Office of Student Financial Services.  Another change:  for the 2012–13 academic year and onward, tax returns will not be an acceptable form of documentation where verification of eligibility is concerned; instead, you must submit official tax transcripts from the IRS.  To meet this new demand in a timely fashion, file electronically and choose the IRS Data Retrieval option.  On a happier note, the Pell Grant will remain at $5550 maximum for the 2012–13 academic year.  Questions?  Call the Office of Student Financial Services.

A time for work, a time for play:  Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman's Adapted Physical Education class will continue their work with students in the Lee High School special education program during four one-hour sessions this semester.  In addition, the department will sponsor the State Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Friday, March 9, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and the second annual Iron Roll between the Alabama and Auburn wheelchair basketball teams Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Roland Arena.

News Briefs

Houghton Library has added 20 new e-books to the Library's reference collection.  Stop by the reference section to learn more (an on-campus e-mail with the book titles was sent last week).

A database trial with the Gale Business Insights Global will be available through Houghton Library until February 17 and may be accessed through the library's Web site.  Your feedback is important to the decision of whether or not to purchase this database.

Huntingdon adjunct instructor of guitar Dr. Keith Manderville has given a series of workshops and demonstrations on classical guitar at elementary schools in Pike County, supported by the Troy Arts Council.  Read more.

Dr. Lynn Disbrow, associate professor of communication studies, was interviewed last week by Morgan Hightower of Channel 32 regarding the use of technology and interpersonal communication.

The deadline to sign up for the first-ever Student Life Mystery Trip is Friday, February 2.  The cost is $40.  Sign up in The Hut (only a few spaces left!)

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

  • 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
  • Wednesday, February 1, Women's Basketball vs Agnes Scott, 6:00 p.m., Roland Arena
  • Thursday, February 2, Men's JV Basketball @ Oxford College, 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 3, Men's Baseball HOME OPENER vs Mississippi College, 1:00 p.m., Posey Field
  • Saturday, February 4:
    • Tennis @ Tiger Invitational, Sewanee, Tenn.
    • Women's Softball (JV) @ Southern Union, 1:00 p.m.
    • Baseball vs Mississippi College, 1:00 p.m., Posey Field
    • Men's Basketball @ Maryville College, 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 7, Men's Baseball JV vs Faulkner University, 5:00 p.m., Posey Field
  • Thursday, February 9, Women's Basketball JV @ Piedmont Baptist College, 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10, In-service Day
    • Tennis @ Vulcan Invitational
    • Last day to withdraw from a class without grade penalty and receive a "W."
    • Scholarship Day—Office of Admission
    • Faculty (and Staff) Forum, "The Glory of Failure, Part II," , 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Houghton Library Atrium; potluck lunch followed by faculty presentations; if you can attend and can contribute to the luncheon, please contact either Mr. Eric Kidwell, director of the library, at, or Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion, at by Monday, February 6. Presenters will be Dr. Celia Rudolph, chair, Department of Teacher Certification; and Dr. James Truman and Dr. Tom Perrin (presenting together), assistant professors, Department of Language and Literature.
    • Men's Baseball @ Rhodes College, 2:00 p.m.
    • Faculty Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11
    • Music Scholarship auditions, Smith Recital Hall, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Admission event)
    • Men's Basketball JV vs Hiwassee, 1:00 p.m., Roland Arena
    • Women's Basketball @ Salem College
    • Men's Basketball vs Hiwassee, 2:00 p.m., Roland Arena
  • Sunday, February 12
    • Men's and Women's Tennis vs Mississippi College, 1:00 p.m., Gibbs Complex
    • Women's Basketball vs Spelman College, 2:00 p.m., Roland Arena
    • B.S.U. presents The Help, 7:00 p.m.; viewable from your own room

Job Corner:

WCOV Fox 20 has an opening for a Promotions Coordinator who has event planning skills; knowledge of non-linear editing equipment; computer literacy; excellent writing and communication skills; and is creative, outgoing, friendly, dependable, and motivated.  Submit resume to WCOV-TV Attn. Kathy Vanlandingham, One WCOV Avenue, Montgomery, AL  36111; email to; fax to (334) 288-5414.

Graduating seniors:  Need help with writing your resume?  See Su Ofe in the Office of Communication (Flowers 103).  Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Resume-Writing Workshops.


To the students who were recognized on the Dean's List of High Honors and the Dean's List of Honors  for the traditional day program, Fall 2011.

To the students who were recognized on the Dean's List of Honors for the Adult Degree Completion Program, Fall 2011.

To the students who earned exceptional grade point averages during the fall term 2011 (you know who you are) but who are not listed on one of the dean's lists.

To the students who improved their academic records, even if only slightly, during the fall semester 2011.

To the students who were selected to serve as Orientation Leaders for the summer/fall of 2012.  They are:  Jhavonn Brown '12 (Elementary Ed.; Centre, Ala.), Head OL; Morgan Senn '13 (Elementary Ed.; Burkville, Ala.), Head OL; Brianna McClure '13 (Sport Studies; Montgomery); Katie Scott '13 (Business Admin.; Panama City, Fla.); Sherry Leigh Lacey '13 (Psychology/Bus. Admin.; Lapine, Ala.); Thomas Hughes '13 (Elementary Ed., Prattville, Ala.); Taylor King '13 (Art/Psychology; Greensboro, Ala.); Mary Gasson '14 (Music; Clanton, Ala.); Josh Johnson '14 (Religion; Montgomery); Will Davis '14 (Biochemistry; Niceville, Fla.); Zach Turner '14 (Political Science; Citronelle, Ala.); James Temple '14 (Music; Montgomery, Ala.); Bailey Scott '14 (Biology; Newnan, Ga.); Alex Parquette '14 (History; Montgomery); Kathryn Dismuke '15 (Psychology; Montgomery); Jimbo Turk '15 (Physical Ed.; Montgomery); Jackson Horn '15 (Biochemistry; Slidell, La.); Micah Wright '15 (Music/Religion; Madison, Ala.); Katie Norwood '15 (Undeclared; Butler, Ala.); Josh Dunn '15 (Mathematics; Pike Road, Ala.); Wesley Smithart '15 (Religion; Union Springs, Ala.); Kaison Darden '15 (History; Wetumpka, Ala.)

To the faculty team who planned the Burns Supper last week.  It was one of the best events I've ever attended at the college, and so much fun to see Huntingdon students and faculty "jamming" together to Scottish tunes.  Thank you.  And kudos to all who attended!

To Huntingdon alumna Terri Turman Tuley Pernia, mother of Jacob Tuley '12, who is among the top five teachers selected for an Escambia County teacher award.

To Jeremiah Thomas '14 (Physical Education; Wadley, Ala.), who was selected as the ALFA Insurance Student-Athlete of the Week last week in recognition of his performance in three games, wherein he averaged 19.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 2.3 blocked shots.

To John Morton, M.D., the son of Dr. Elba Morton, adjunct assistant professor of Spanish, who has been selected to receive the Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for clinical excellence.  The award will be presented at a ceremony in New York City in March.

Sympathy and prayer:

Martha Flowers Bennett '69, a dear friend of the College and the granddaughter of John Jefferson Flowers, for whom Flowers Hall is named, passed away last week.  In her 40s, Mrs. Bennett received a degree from Huntingdon in religion and philosophy.  A member of the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, the Huntingdon Hall of Honor, the John Massey Heritage Society, and the Huntingdon Society, Mrs. Bennett has been a faithful supporter of Huntingdon for many years through her contributions to the Cloverdale Campaign, the Flowers Hall Renovation Campaign of the 1990s, and the creation of the James Drury Flowers, Sr. Endowed Scholarship in memory of her father, who served as a Huntingdon trustee from 1951 to 1972.  Mrs. Bennett also served a term on the Board of Directors of the Huntingdon National Alumni Association.  We extend our condolences to her family and friends, and give thanks to God for the wonderful life she lived.

The grandfather of Matt Provow '12 (Business Admin.; Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), a wise and hard-working man in Iowa, passed away earlier today.  We surround Matt and his family with our sympathy and prayers.

The father of Justin Ridgeway '10, Johnny Ridgeway, was life-flighted to Mobile following a stroke last week.  He is in the Mobile Infirmary Neuro ICU but is conscious.  We are in prayer for this family.


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

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