Huntingdon News

May 18, 2006
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Huntingdon College
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Huntingdon Alumni Receive Awards During Reunion Weekend

Lamberth, Minnie photoPictured: Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, left, and Mary George Jester, a member of the College’s National Alumni Board, present the College’s Alumni Achievement Award to Minnie Lamberth (center).

Montgomery, Ala.—During Huntingdon College’s Reunion Weekend, held in April, five Huntingdon alumni received awards for their professional achievement or loyalty to the College.

Minnie Lamberth, a native of Alexander City and current Montgomery resident, received the Alumni Achievement Award. Lamberth studied English at Huntingdon, graduating in the Class of 1985. While a student, she wrote and worked one year as editor of the College newspaper, The Gargoyle. After graduating, Lamberth worked as a copywriter for a Montgomery advertising agency and then served as public information officer for the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. She returned to Huntingdon to serve as part-time director of media relations, affording her time to begin work on the creative manuscript that would become her first novel. Life with Strings Attached won the first-ever Paraclete Fiction Award for a literary novel with Christian themes two years ago, and was recognized at the Festival of Faith and Writing held in April, 2004, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Paraclete Press published the novel in February, 2005 to wide acclaim. Lamberth has been recognized with the 1996 Practitioner of the Year Award, Montgomery Chapter, Public Relations Council of Alabama; the 1998 ByLine Literary Award in fiction; and the 1999 Senior Practitioner Recognition Award, Southern Public Relations Federation.

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Pictured: Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, left, and Mary George Jester, a member of the College’s National Alumni Board, present the College’s Alumni Achievement Award to Joe Rambo (center), of Fairhope.

Joe Rambo, of Fairhope, Ala., received the Alumni Achievement Award for his work in the field of chemistry. Graduating magna cum laude in the Class of 1987 with a major in chemistry and minors in biology and sacred music, he completed graduate school at Indiana University. He and his wife, Elisa Boykin Rambo (Huntingdon class of 1988), both graduated with doctoral degrees in 1993 and accepted post-doctoral fellowships in Paris, France. In 1994, the Rambos moved to Fairhope to serve as co-directors of research for Science International. Subsequently, Rambo taught as an adjunct chemistry professor at both Springhill College and Faulkner State Community College. Rambo’s love of teaching led him to the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science in Mobile, where he began as a chemistry instructor in 1998 and where he now serves as dean of students in addition to teaching. Also an accomplished musician, Rambo served as a church organist in Bloomington, Indiana, and in Fairhope. He is a member of the Eastern Shore Art Center’s chamber music concerts committee and has been involved as musical director and pianist for many community and school musical theater productions. His awards and honors include the DuPont Associate Instructor Award in 1988, the Chemistry Merit Award in 1988 and 1989, and Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

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Pictured: Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, left, and Mary George Jester, a member of the College’s National Alumni Board, present the College’s Alumni Loyalty Award to Claire Peacock Helms (center), of Dothan.

Claire Peacock Helms, of Dothan, Ala., was recognized with the Alumni Loyalty Award. Helms’ connection to Huntingdon College has been lifelong, as her mother, Sara Claire Rogers Peacock, is a 1934 graduate, along with two of her aunts. Graduating summa cum laude in 1962, Helms has been a loyal supporter of Huntingdon College for many years. Married to the Reverend Wayne Helms (Huntingdon Class of 1961), she has been an active member of Huntingdon’s National Alumni Board. She is the class agent for the Class of 1962 and has consistently been a contributor to the Annual Fund. Helms earned her master’s degree at Vanderbilt University and a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Alabama. She worked for the Alabama Department of Human Resources as a child welfare worker and was involved in the implementation of the state’s first child abuse law, eventually becoming the assistant director of the Tuscaloosa County DHR. She retired after five years of service to Alzheimer’s patients and families at Wesley Manor in Dothan, Ala.

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Pictured: Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, left, and Mary George Jester, a member of the College’s National Alumni Board, present the College’s Alumni Loyalty Award to Sarah McCarthy Mingledorff (center), of Montgomery.

Sarah McCarthy Mingledorff, of Montgomery, received the Alumni Loyalty Award. After graduating summa cum laude in 1969 with a degree in mathematics, she earned a Master of Arts in mathematics at the University of Alabama. She has been an active member of Huntingdon’s National Alumni Board. A faithful supporter of Huntingdon’s Annual Fund for many years, she has taken on the role of gift agent for the Class of 1969 for the past five years. Helms helped to establish the Class of 1969 Endowed Scholarship in 2002 and has volunteered a generous amount of her time assisting the Alumni Advancement office. She and her husband, George (Huntingdon Class of 1970), are charter members of The Huntingdon Society and participate in the society’s functions throughout the year. Mingledorff distinguished herself as a public servant during 25 years of service with the Alabama Medicaid Agency. Beginning as a systems analyst, in her last seven years she served as deputy commissioner, the highest merit position in the agency. Not only loyal to Huntingdon, she has been a faithful volunteer, staff person and leader at her church, Aldersgate United Methodist in Montgomery.

Mann, Brian photo

Pictured: Huntingdon President J. Cameron West, left, and Mary George Jester, a member of the College’s National Alumni Board, present the College’s Young Alumni Award to Brian Daniel Mann (center), of Wetumpka.

Brian Daniel Mann, Class of 1995, of Wetumpka, Ala., received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Mann graduated with a degree in business administration and history and attended the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, he was inducted into the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. He began his career in 1998 as an attorney in Wetumpka, where he took over the law practice of the late John Formby, Jr. Mann is involved in Kiwanis Club of Wetumpka, Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, and several Elmore County leadership committees, and is a graduate of Leadership Elmore County. He is soon to finish his term as president of the Elmore County Bar Association. Mann is a member of the College’s National Alumni Board.

Huntingdon College is a community of faith, wisdom, and service preparing skilled leaders to serve a complex world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church. Huntingdon students benefit from access to technology, with a laptop computer provided for each full-time student, theirs to keep at graduation; from travel-study, internships, and service learning opportunities; from an environment of small classes and personal attention to students’ needs; and from a broad-based liberal arts curriculum that sharpens communication and critical thinking skills. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools are, in most cases, more than twice the national averages.

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