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Huntingdon Adds Sports Medicine Team to Presidential Fellows Program

Huntingdon College

News Release

February 12, 2020

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

Huntingdon Adds Sports Medicine Team to Presidential Fellows Program

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College Presidential Fellows will have an eighth team from which to choose as the program moves into its second year. Beginning fall 2020, Presidential Fellows, a program designed to attract academically talented students who are not otherwise committed to intercollegiate sports or band, will add a Sports Medicine team to its line-up.

“The Sports Medicine team provides benefits to students who are planning for careers in any field of health care, including athletic training, physical therapy, nursing, radiology, surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, and general medicine,” says Kyle Huff, head athletic trainer for the College and the director of Huntingdon Student Health Services. “Students will rotate through a number of different fields of medicine—shadowing doctors and nurses, observing surgeries and procedures, performing intakes and assessments of injuries and illnesses, assisting Huntingdon athletic trainers—I don’t know of another program that can offer the same level of benefits to undergraduate students who are interested in health care careers.” Students will gain experience working with Huntingdon’s 18 athletic teams, as well.

The Sports Medicine team will provide one-day-per-week clinical experiences, ensuring that students accumulate the shadowing and volunteer hours necessary for consideration to enter a graduate or professional medicine program, in addition to knowledge and skills. “Being an alumnus of Huntingdon College’s athletic training program, it brings me great joy to be able to offer this to a new generation of students who want careers in medicine.The four years of this program will give graduates a tremendous advantage in applying to graduate and professional health programs,” said Huff.

The Presidential Fellowship is open to incoming students who are admitted unconditionally; who are not committed to intercollegiate athletics or band participation; and who have achieved ACT scores of at least 23 (composite, determined by the Office of Admission) and GPAs of 3.0 in high school (and transfer, if applicable) coursework. Candidates accepted into the program, which requires a special application and interview, are given a $5,000 scholarship that is stackable with selected Huntingdon academic scholarships and grants. Participants agree to be part of an academic team; complete a Capstone project; be active in Student Affairs programming; live on campus; fulfill general program requirements; make satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees, and remain in good conduct standing with the College.

The seven other Presidential Fellows teams are Ability First; Academic Mentoring; Forensics/Debate; Media Production/Social Media; Sports Marketing and Broadcasting; Student Technology Support; and Undergraduate Science Research.

Twenty-five Presidential Fellows entered Huntingdon in the fall of 2019 to begin the first year of the program. Christopher Mayer, a 2019 Presidential Fellow from Bennington, Vermont, applauds the experience he’s gaining toward his intended profession through the Fellows program. “This program benefits the college because positive educational work is at the forefront of our work,” says Mayer. “It also betters the students because we are able to take our interests and do more with them. For me, I want to become a lawyer and politician. In order to do these jobs, I need to be able to do public speaking and write speeches, research and have other skills. I am learning and solidifying these skills while on the Debate/Forensics team.”

The deadline for applications to the Presidential Fellows program for fall 2020 is April 1. For more information, see www.huntingdon.edu/presidential-fellows or contact Leanne Mallory Carroll, vice president for enrollment management and director of the Presidential Fellows program, at (334) 833-4069 or leanne.mallory@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church. For more information on Huntingdon College, see www.huntingdon.edu.

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

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