Huntingdon Students Selected as College Ambassadors
Montgomery, Ala.—Fifteen Huntingdon College students have been selected and are serving as Campus Ambassadors for the 2009–10 academic year. Ambassadors accompany the president and members of the Office of External Affairs staff for speaking engagements throughout the state. Members of this group are chosen after an application and interview process. Each ambassador serves for a term of one academic year. Huntingdon’s most elite student organization, this year’s Huntingdon Ambassadors are as follows:
Chad Cotant, a junior biology major from Dothan, Alabama, is the son of Sabrina and Daniel Cotant. He serves as a resident assistant and is a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, for which he has served as lieutenant commander and co-chairman of Greek affairs. He is a graduate of Northside Methodist Academy.
HannahLee Dickinson is a senior chemistry major from Sylacauga, Alabama. She has served on the Student Government Association as a senator and as sophomore class treasurer. She has served as sisterhood chair and vice president for the Chi Omega women’s fraternity. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society and of the Great South Athletic Conference championship Lady Hawks women’s tennis team in 2007 and 2008. She was named first runner-up in the 2008 Miss Huntingdon Pageant, Most Improved Player of the 2007 Huntingdon women’s tennis team, and a 2007 International Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. For her academic achievement, she has received the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship and has been named to the Dean’s List of High Honors. In 2008 she was a member of the Great South Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference team in tennis. The daughter of Brenda and Jim Dickinson of Sylacauga, Alabama, Dickinson is a 2006 graduate of Sylacauga High School.
Kyle Eller is a senior cell biology and mathematics double major from Birmingham, Alabama. He has served as a Huntingdon Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, treasurer for the Student Government Association, treasurer and vice president for the Math Club, and vice president of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is a member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma honoraries and has earned inclusion on the Dean’s List of Honors. He is a member of the Huntingdon Hawks Baseball Team, for which he was named to the Great South Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team in 2007, All-Conference Team in 2009, and Academic All-Conference Team in 2008 and 2009. The son of Sherman Eller of Niceville, Florida, Eller is a 2006 graduate of Oak Mountain High School.
Katy Jo Farrill is a junior elementary education major from Panama City, Florida, and is the daughter of Lisa and Joey Farrill. Farrill served as a member of Freshman Forum, as vice president of Chi Omega women’s fraternity, and as a Huntingdon Host. She is a varsity cheerleader. She has been awarded the Greek Academic Excellence Award and the Scholar-Athlete Award for cheerleading. She is a 2007 graduate of Bay High School.
Lynley Godwin is a junior human performance (concentration in exercise science) major from Brantley, Alabama, and the daughter of Twyla and Gary Godwin. She is a member of Chi Omega women’s fraternity and the exercise science club and has served on Freshman Forum. Godwin served on the varsity cheerleading squad 2007–08 academic year and was named first runner-up for the title of Miss Huntingdon earlier this year. Her academic achievement has earned her a place on the Dean’s List of Honors. She is a 2007 graduate of Brantley High School.
Aarendy Gomez is a sophomore political science major from Centreville, Alabama, and is the daughter of Leticia and German Gomez. She has served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was a member of last year’s Model United Nations team. In the summer of 2008, she participated in the Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship program. She is a defensive specialist on the volleyball team. Gomez graduated from Bibb County High School in 2008.
Charlie Hearn is a senior business administration major from Hoover, Alabama. The president of the Student Government Association, he has also served as a member of the men’s golf team, an SGA Senator, vice president for College Republicans, and a member of the Student Affairs Committee, the Accounting Club, and the Business Club. He was a volunteer for the Jay Love and Todd Strange Campaigns. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and has earned inclusion on the Dean’s List of High Honors and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society.
Steven Laye is a senior cell biology major from Elkmont, Alabama, and the son of Alice and Mickey Laye. He is a captain and wide receiver for the Huntingdon Hawks football team. A true scholar-athlete, Laye earned the Organic Chemistry Achievement Award and the Libris Award last year. He is a member of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary. He is a 2006 graduate of Elkmont High School.
Heath Miller is a senior biology major from Guntersville, Alabama, and is the son of Charlene and Ken Miller. Miller serves as a Resident Assistant and a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leads a weekly Bible study group for Campus Ministries, and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society and Beta Beta Beta national biological honor society. He plays at the guard and forward positions on the men’s basketball team, for which he was named the Great South Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year 2006–07 and was named to the Conference’s All-American Team 2007–08 and 2008–09. Last year, he was selected as first runner-up for the title of Mr. Huntingdon. He is a 2006 graduate of Guntersville High School.
Andrew Patterson is a senior double major in cell biology and athletic training from Pleasant Grove, Alabama. Patterson has served as a member of the Judicial Board, Habitat for Humanity, and as a Freshman Registration and Orientation Guide. He was named the president of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Beta Beta honoraries. A 2006 graduate of Pleasant Grove High school, he is the son of Jennie and Thomas Patterson.
Terah Phillips is a junior communication studies major from Ozark, Alabama. Phillips has served as vice president of Freshman Forum and in the same role for her sophomore class. Active in Greek life, she was named president of Panhellenic. She was a member of the Lady Hawks tennis team 2007–08. She was selected a top ten finalist for the title of Miss Huntingdon and earned inclusion on the Dean’s List of High Honors. The daughter of Martha and Frank Phillips, she is a 2007 graduate of Carroll High School.
Clare Shannon is a junior biology major from Birmingham, Alabama, and the daughter of Ceci Shannon. She is a member of the women’s volleyball team and served on the Freshman Forum 2007–08, as a Freshman Forum sophomore advisor 2008–09, was named to the Homecoming Court last year, and was a top ten finalist for the title of Miss Huntingdon earlier this spring. She is a member of Chi Omega women’s fraternity.
Alex Taylor, the son of Fran and Tony Taylor of Tallassee, Alabama, is a sophomore mathematics major. Last year, Taylor served as vice president of Freshman Forum and was a member of the Student Government Association. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, Taylor also serves as treasurer for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, a 2009–10 Resident Assistant, was a 2009 Orientation Leader last summer, and is involved in intercollegiate athletics on the men’s basketball team. He is a 2008 graduate of Edgewood Academy.
Julie Wahl is a senior biochemistry major from Lebanon, Missouri. She serves as the secretary of Habitat for Humanity, is a participant in Campus Ministries, is the president of Phi Eta Sigma honorary, and is a member of Beta Beta Beta honorary. During her first three years, she served as a setter and right side hitter on the volleyball team, for which she was honored as the Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2006. Her research in metalloproteins under the direction of Professor Maureen Kendrick Murphy was presented at the chemistry symposium at Alabama State University earlier this year. Wahl is the daughter of Betsy and Barry Wahl.
Olivia Ziglar is a junior biology major from Montgomery, Alabama, and the daughter of Mack and Karen Ziglar. She is an active member of Air Force ROTC and the commander of Air Force Arnold Air Society. She receives a Type 2 Scholarship from the Air Force. This summer Ziglar graduated in the top third of her flight while at Air Force Field Training, putting her even closer to her commissioning date in the spring of 2011. She is a 2007 graduate of Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery.
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. 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.