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August 28, 2012
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon signs partnership with Carver High School

Carver and Huntingdon sign partnershipMontgomery, Ala.—At a news conference held earlier today, Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West and Gary Hall, principal of G.W. Carver High School, Montgomery, signed a partnership agreement for Huntingdon's new teams in track and field to use the Carver High School track facilities, and for Carver students to be mentored by Huntingdon students.  The agreement was also signed by Montgomery School Superintendent Barbara Thompson and by Robert Porterfield, Montgomery County Board of Education representative for District 6. 

"We want everyone to know we are creating unity in the community," said Hall as he opened the news conference, which was held in the Carver High School lobby.  Symbolic of the partnership, a sign with the words, "Huntingdon College and Carver High School:  Creating Unity in the Community," was displayed at the news conference.  Hall thanked Huntingdon senior vice president for planning and administration Jay Dorman for creating the partnership, working with the Huntingdon Department of Athletics under Athletic Director Buzz Phillips and with Carver leadership, including Activities Director Joyce Johnson. 

"Huntingdon, in its 159th year, is as committed as ever to the core of our mission, which is outreach—mainly to the people of Alabama," said West.  We are grateful to Principal Hall and to all in the Carver High School Wolverine Nation who made this partnership possible.  Huntingdon and Carver are located on the same corridor in the community, and working together for the good of our students will improve our institutions as it improves our students' lives." 

Huntingdon fielded its first team in women's track and field last year and added a men's team this academic year.  A track circling Charles Lee Field, where the Hawks football team practices and plays, is planned as part of the College's Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, which began last year. 

According to Phillips, the athletic departments at Huntingdon and Carver have a history of working together, and this new partnership simply formalizes a practice that was already in place.  Last year when the Carver field was flooded because of rain the team practiced at Huntingdon's W. James Samford Jr. Stadium, and many Carver basketball players have attended camps at Huntingdon.  "I look forward to Huntingdon athletes working with Carver students and to giving our track athletes the opportunity to use Carver's state-of-the-art track facilities," said Phillips.

Noting the close proximity of Huntingdon and Carver, Thompson reiterated the importance of Montgomery schools working with Montgomery colleges and universities to provide links for higher education for younger students. 

Mayor Todd Strange, Montgomery County Commissioner Elton Dean, and Porterfield offered remarks at the news conference.  Strange said city leaders had recently completed a survey of Montgomery residents, with 71 percent of respondents stating that the city is moving in the right direction.  "This [partnership] could not be more of a win-win-win scenario for everyone involved." 

A former Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation speaker at Huntingdon, Dean said, "Huntingdon is known for reaching out and making things better in the community."

"Unity brings strength," said Porterfield.  "Montgomery Public Schools are on the move for children and preparing them for life.  Education is the cornerstone for all of our hopes and dreams and for the future." 

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The College fields 18 NCAA-Division III intercollegiate athletic teams and will begin participation in the USA South Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013.

 Pictured, left to right:  Ms. Barbara Thompson, Mr. Robert Porterfield, Huntingdon Head Track Coach Howard Johnson, Mr. Hall, President West, Carver Head Track Coach and Athletic Director Yvonne Simmons



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