The Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, launched May 12, 2011, by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, offers an exciting array of new and improved facilities and academic and student life programs to be introduced during a seven-year period. Huntingdon Tomorrow positions Huntingdon to step into a tomorrow of even greater excellence, while continuing the College’s reputation for a quality liberal arts experience rooted in the values of Faith, Wisdom, and Service. The Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign has the following components, pending funding for the projects:
Named for long-time Huntingdon friend and neighbor Leo J. Drum Jr. in recognition of his generous gift, the Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater opened in 2013. Drum Theater provides a performance/theater space with flexible seating capacity and appropriate lighting and technical capabilities. Mr. Drum’s forward-thinking gift, which he made as a contribution not only to the College, but also to the community, funded the complete renovation of the auditorium space in the former Cloverdale School Building on the College’s Cloverdale Campus.This new performance space enables the College to host guest performances, lectures, readings, and productions for the College and River Region communities.
Theater performances have returned to the list of Huntingdon Community and Cultural Events through the enthusiastic efforts of a new Drama Club, which encourages students from all walks of the College community to become involved in arts activities.
In the spring of 2014, the College received a generous gift from the Smith Foundation to begin updates and improvements to the College’s music building, Sybil Smith Hall, a project to be completed in phases during the next several years.
The nets are out on Charles Lee Field as men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse were added to the list of Huntingdon’s NCAA-Division III athletic teams in fall 2011 and 2012, respectively. In the fall of 2014, the Hawks “took it to the mats” when Huntingdon became the only college in Alabama to offer intercollegiate wrestling, announced in fall 2013.
A campaign lead gift from Mr. George Gibbs provided complete reconstruction of the College’s tennis facilities, now named the George S. Gibbs Tennis Center, including eight tennis courts and a gated entrance off of Narrow Lane Road. Gibbs Tennis Center opened for play in the spring of 2012. Simultaneously, W. James Samford Jr. Stadium was enlarged and Charles Lee Field was resurfaced during 2011, with prescription turf replacing the current grass field so that lacrosse, football, and soccer can be practiced and played on the field. A visitor section of bleachers was constructed on what was the former practice field. In the fall of 2013, lights returned to Samford Stadium to enable future night practices and games.
Future Plan: The construction of a track around the perimeter of Charles Lee Field would enable the College to add men’s and women’s track and field to the roster of intercollegiate athletic teams.
New Living Spaces
Renovation is underway in Hanson Hall to provide housing for upperclass students in order to accommodate projected growth in student populations. The location and interior configuration of this residence hall once made Hanson the most popular living space on campus. Fully renovated and restored, Hanson will quickly reclaim its former reputation. At the same time, the College has purchased several homes along College Court that have been updated to provide upperclass housing for some of the College’s fraternities and sororities.
Future Plans: The renovation of Pratt Hall would provide for the creation of a new Student Center. With a front porch that looks out upon the beautiful Huntingdon Green, this location is an ideal gathering spot for students. The building will not only continue to house Greek Life offices, but will also house offices for Student Life staff and a growing list of student organizations, Campus Ministries, and community service programs. The addition of a natatorium, to be constructed adjacent to the Will and Kelly Wilson Community and Athletic Center, would allow the College to add swimming as an intercollegiate sport and to provide a vital component to student health and fitness facilities and Student Life programming. This component of Huntingdon Tomorrow would serve all constituencies of the College community and would enable the College to serve the neighborhood population.
A generous gift from Huntingdon alumna Phyllis Gunter Snyder, Class of 1953, and her husband, Dr. William Snyder, funded the two-part renovation of Miriam Jackson Home to accommodate the new Phyllis Gunter Snyder Center for Campus Ministries. The Center will open in the fall of 2014, headed by newly named chaplain Woods Bradshaw Lisenby, Class of 2011.
The Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign
Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign initiatives are being completed in phases according to project funding and donations received. The initiatives, estimated at $16.5 million, will generate new enrollments to the College as well as bringing new life and breath to Huntingdon’s long-hailed hallmarks. Fundraising that will make the remainder of the planned initiatives a reality depends upon the identification of lead givers.
Your support of the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign makes possible projects that will not only forge a bright future for the College, but will also enrich the cultural and community programs available for area citizens. To discuss gift annuities, naming opportunities, and other types of contributions, contact Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations, at (334) 833-4528 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or J. Cameron West, president of the College, at (334) 833-4409 (Sandy Kelser, executive assistant), or email@example.com.