Huntingdon Tomorrow Update from President West
To the Huntingdon College Family,
I am pleased to announce to you that the College has received a commitment of $1 million to fund the Huntingdon Theater project in Phase One of the Huntingdon Tomorrow campaign (see photo below). This commitment will enable us to renovate the Cloverdale School auditorium during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years and to begin the planning process for reestablishing a Theater major.
A formal public announcement, including introduction of the donor, will take place during fall semester. This commitment to the Huntingdon Theater project is the second leadership commitment to be made to the College during the Huntingdon Tomorrow campaign. A gift last December from Mr. George Gibbs of Louisville, Kentucky, has made possible the construction of the new tennis complex on campus, which is scheduled for completion in October. It is gratifying to know that these friends consider Huntingdon to be a sound investment in an excellent liberal arts college experience. [See Progress Report, August 10, 2011.]
In addition to progress on these two projects in Huntingdon Tomorrow Phase One, installation of the new prescription turf field at Samford Stadium is now complete. The Huntingdon Hawks football and soccer teams are conducting pre-season practice on this new surface, which has been designed to accomodate football, soccer and lacrosse competition. Men's lacrosse begins its first season of intercollegiate competition in spring, 2012, followed by the introduction of women's lacrosse competition in spring, 2013.
One of the goals of Huntingdon Tomorrow is restoration of a full range of fine arts majors at the College through construction of facilities to support the reintroduction of Theater and Dance. This leadership commitment to the Huntingdon Theater project is the latest expression of confidence in the College's commitment to fine arts. A gift to the College during the Million Dollar Club campaign several years ago by Mr. Renis Jones, a prominent local architect, enabled us to renovate and rename the College's art gallery as the Seay Twins Art Gallery. Sybil Smith Hall, of course, has served for years to support our Music major and is one of the finest facilities among small Southeastern liberal arts colleges dedicated exclusively to housing an academic Music program. Architect's plans have now been drafted for presentation to prospective donors to the new Dance facility envisioned in Huntingdon Tomorrow Phase One.
I will continue to issue periodic updates about the Huntingdon Tomorrow campaign. As always, thank you for your devotion to the College.
J. Cameron West
President, Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36106
Phone (334) 833-4409, Fax (334) 833-4485