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HUNTINGDON COLLEGE
NEWS RELEASE

January 27, 2017

For more information, contact:
Su Ofe
(334) 833-4515; news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Huntingdon Announces Health Sciences Academy

Program serves rising high school seniors in the River Region

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College announced today the formation of a summer Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy (HHSA) for rising high school seniors, to be held June 7–9, 2017. Huntingdon College professor of chemistry and HHSA director Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy said, “The Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy will introduce outstanding rising high school seniors to the importance of shadowing and networking in preparation for careers as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, chiropractors, physician assistants, nurses, or occupational or physical therapists; and to the vital roles these professionals play in serving their communities.”

The three-day and two-night program will include tours of health care facilities, health science research with Huntingdon faculty, and presentations by health care professionals, among other activities. “Another benefit of participation is the chance to meet other high school students from the River Region with shared interests and to enjoy ongoing interaction with peers and professionals alike,” said Murphy.

Most of the cost of the program, including overnight stays in Huntingdon residence halls, meals, and materials, will be paid by the Health Sciences Academy. There is a $25 enrollment fee for each student.

Students who are current high school juniors (rising seniors this summer) in River Region high schools, who have achieved cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.4, and who are considering careers in the health sciences are invited to apply to the program by March 1, 2017. Those selected will be notified by March 15.

“The opportunity to gain hands-on experience and to get a closer look at a career field is tremendously important,” said Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West. “HHSA is Huntingdon’s third summer program introduced to spark interest and enthusiasm early in the minds of students who will become college freshmen the following year. At Huntingdon, we believe that early and increased exposure to possibilities and practices is vital in the college-to-career matrix.”

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 recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America”  by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Suellen (Su) Ofe
Associate Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591