Huntingdon students participate in Great Day of Service
Montgomery, Ala.—In keeping with the Huntingdon College motto, "Enter to Grow in Wisdom; Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service," Huntingdon College freshmen and new transfer students will participate in community service projects across Montgomery Saturday morning, August 20. About 250 students are expected to participate at 11 sites from approximately 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Projects will include construction at Common Ground Ministries; yard work and landscaping at Family Sunshine Center; painting at Floyd Elementary School; gardening and organization in the warehouse at the Friendship Mission; construction for Habitat for Humanity; food sorting at the Montgomery Area Food Bank; cleaning museum exhibits at the Montgomery Zoo; site maintenance, stall work, and landscaping for the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians (MANE); breaking down a race course at the Kidney Foundation; painting at Goodwyn Junior High School; and collection of canned goods at the Buckmasters event for the Salvation Army.
The Great Day of Service is part of Big Red Weekend, a period during which new students become acclimated to the Huntingdon culture and take part in Huntingdon traditions for the first time. Students also receive their college laptop computers, meet with orientation groups, and make themselves at home in the residence halls in preparation for the beginning of classes Monday, August 22. Big Red Weekend kicked off earlier today with a formal student induction ceremony during which new students signed the College Honor Code pledge.
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. Huntingdon offers 18 intercollegiate athletic teams; more than 20 undergraduate majors; travel-study opportunities and use of a lap-top computer for every full-time student; and specialized learning experiences such as the Huntingdon Honors Program, Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, internships, service learning, and Senior Capstone courses. Critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum with the Art of Critical Thinking (ACT) program. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools far exceed national averages.