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The Talon, April 17, 2018

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It’s Almost a Wrap

Just like every year in Hawkdom, this one has flown by. It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the finals phase. Here are a few reminders as the year comes to a close:

  • Books—if you entered HC during 2016–2017 or 2017–2018, your books and information resources were provided to you on loan, but you must return them or you will be billed. Returns will be accepted April 23–27, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Scarlet & Grey Shop (the bookstore in Roland Student Center). Put this on your calendar now so you don’t forget!
  • Finals—April 23–27 is Finals Week. 24-hour Quiet Hours will be observed in the residence halls beginning Friday, April 20, the last day of classes for the term.
  • Extended Library Hours:
    • Saturday, April 21, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 22, 2:00–11:30 p.m.
    • Monday–Thursday, April 23–26, 7:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
    • Friday, April 27, 7:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
    • Library Returns—If you’ve checked out books or other resources from the library, or you plan to do so before the end of the academic year, you must return them before 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 27, or you will be fined. Avoid this unnecessary addition to your bill. (Note that if you’re planning to be in the Montgomery area, current students may borrow items over the summer, and new alumni may also continue to borrow materials.)

Commencing to the World Beyond

Commencement Exercises are traditionally held outside on The Green, weather permitting. The rain location is Roland Arena, inside Catherine Dixon Roland Student Center. If we are outside, even if there has been no rain, the ground will be damp. Women (graduates, other marchers, and guests) should not wear spiky heels (unless you want to leave your shoes stuck in the ground). Be cautious about items you put on the ground around your chair, as well. We’ll post weather updates and more information during the week after finals. For now, here are graduation events as scheduled for day and evening participants:

Traditional Day Program Graduating Seniors—Graduation Timeline:

  • Graduation practice will be held Friday, May 4, at 9:00 a.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Attendance is mandatory. Please arrive by 8:55 a.m. in order that instructions can begin on time.
  • Senior Brunch, 10:00 a.m., Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall; must RSVP to Anthony Leigh in the Office of College and Alumni Relations in order to attend; aleigh@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Baccalaureate, a worship service for traditional day program graduates and their families, will be held Friday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Donna Whitley Manson, professor of history. (Graduates should arrive by 4:30 p.m. and meet in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building; regalia is gown, hood, and any cords you have been awarded; no cap for this ceremony. For those who aren’t familiar, the hood is the stole-like sash you hang around your neck.)
  • Commencement Exercises, Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m., on The Green (graduates arrive by 8:00 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; regalia is cap, gown, hood, and any cords you have been awarded). Bestselling author Ronald C. White will speak on the topic, “An Inadmissible Question.” His book, A. Lincoln: A Biography, was a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. His latest book is American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.

Evening Bachelor’s Degree Graduating Seniors, Graduation Timeline:

  • Graduation Practice, Saturday, May 5, 3:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Reception, Saturday, May 5, 4:30 p.m., Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall
  • Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises, Saturday, May 5, 6:00 p.m., The Green (Graduates arrive by 5:30 p.m. in Flowers Hall, Ligon Chapel)

Library, Dept. of L&L announce Salon and Poetry Reading

Voices of Resistance is the theme for the spring Salon, hosted by the Department of Language and Literature and Houghton Memorial Library, Wednesday, April 18, 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Atrium. Participants will read works from various periods and genres expressing a spirit of protest directed at a wide range of social, political, economic issues. The Salon will be followed by poetry readings (April is National Poetry Month) from two former members of the English faculty, Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 and Dr. Katherine Perry. Jackie will read from her book, American Happiness, and Katherine has just published her own book of poetry, Long Alabama Summer.

Voice of Justice Presents Human Trafficking Speaker

Voice of Justice Club will present a special program on human trafficking Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. on The Green. Maryhelen Kirkpatrick, development director for the WellHouse, will speak about how to spot and prevent human trafficking, and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim. WellHouse works with the FBI in the pursuit of justice and provides safe housing assistance for homeless women who have been exploited as prostitutes. Donations for the WellHouse will be accepted at the event. The final Tuesday Night Worship for this academic year will follow the VOJ program on The Green.

We Are the Champions!

Men’s lacrosse had a superhero season this spring, racking up their best record ever and conference regular-season and tournament championships. This was the first season that the USA South Athletic Conference has included men’s lacrosse, so the Hawks will go down as the first ever champions in the conference. With the release of the USA South men’s lacrosse awards April 11, even more accolades were piled on the team. Head Coach Andrew Carey, with 60 wins in 7 seasons and a 14-2 record this season (6-0 in the conference), was named USA South Coach of the Year. Coach Carey has shepherded the Hawks since their inaugural season and has led the team to two prior 10-win records, in 2014 and 2017. Sam Hitt ’19, from Finksburg, Maryland, was named USA South Player of the Year and named to the USA South First Team for faceoffs. Sam is the Division III leader in faceoffs, winning 218 of 311 as of April 11 and even more since the tournament championship. He also leads the USA South and is fourth in Division III in ground balls this season. Kendrick Ballard ’18, from Raleigh, N.C., and Adrian Harper, from Charlotte, N.C., join Sam on the All-Conference First Team (both midfield); and Bryce Coates ’21, from San Diego, and Matt Murphy ’19, from McDonough, Ga., were named to the All-Conference Second Team (attack and goalie, respectively). Kendrick scored six game-winning goals this year and 32 goals and eight assists overall; Adrian scored 22 goals and is credited with 10 caused turnovers, 7 assists, and 46 ground balls; Bryce scored 26 goals, 7 assists, 24 ground balls, and 8 caused turnovers; and goalie Matt leads the USA South with a 57.3 save percentage. Just as important as all of the above, Zach Barnhill ’20, from Lincoln, Neb., was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The team advances to the national tournament, which will be held in May.

Revamped Searcy Theater Celebrated

Students celebrated the official re-opening of a revamped Searcy Theater earlier this month. In a process that began last summer, the College replaced flooring, seats, the screen, and the sound system, and installed a gaming system and a popcorn machine in the space.The project was funded by the SGA. The theater is located in the basement of Searcy Residence Hall.

Tentative Fall Check-in Dates Announced

Fall sport student-athletes and band students check in earlier than other students for the fall semester. The check-in dates are still being vetted but here is the tentative information (all check-ins are in Roland Arena). Watch your email for updated information:

  • Football: New Students, Tuesday, August 7, 10:00 a.m.; Returning Students, August 7, Noon.
  • Band: Drum Line, Designated Leaders, and Freshmen, Monday, August 13, 10:00 a.m.; Designated Returning Students, Wednesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m.
  • Cheer and Cross Country, Wednesday, August 15, 9:00 a.m.
  • Volleyball, Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 a.m.
  • Women’s Soccer, Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.
  • Men’s Soccer, Wednesday, August 15, 10:45 a.m.


  • SaveFirst tax preparation continues in Cloverdale 123 through April 17. To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925.
  • If you need to fill in your fall schedule with another class, there are 8 that have available seats: CHMN200, CHMN350, EDUC342, FREN101, HIST205, MUS340, SPAN101, and THEA213A.
  • The tentative 2018–2019 academic calendar has been posted on the website under Academics/Academic Resources. In-Service dates have not yet been determined.
  • There’s still time to sign up for summer courses, almost all of which will be offered online this year so you can take the course sitting in bed in your jammies. Do sign up soon, though. The first round of course cuts will be determined this week.
  • Spring/summer fever isn’t an excuse for getting lax about leaving your belongings in plain sight in your car, or leaving your car or room unlocked. Secure your belongings and keep them out of sight! Minimize the chance for those who have less-than-honorable intentions to make you a victim.
  • There are three open senate positions for the Department of Language and Literature. If you would like to serve in the SGA for the coming year, please contact Virginia Gaston ’20, SGA vice president, at vgaston@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Coming Events

  • CCV Professional Head Shots Day, Tuesday, April 17, 11:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m., lawns near Bellingrath Hall
  • Voice of Justice Speaker, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., April 17, p.m., Top Stage, The Green—bring a blanket or lawn chair
  • TNW, following the VOJ speaker above (so earlier than usual); special outdoor program on the Green—bring a blanket or lawn chair
  • Chapel, Wednesday, April 18, 11:45 a.m., Rodgers Chapel
  • The Salon, “Voices of Resistance,” Wednesday, April 18, 3:30 p.m., Atrium
  • Poetry Reading, featuring former faculty members reading from their books, Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83, American Happiness, and Dr. Katherine Perry, Long Alabama Summer, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, Atrium
  • The Mr. Huntingdon Competition, Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Drum Theater
  • Awards Convocation, Friday, April 20, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel
  • Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Library Atrium, presented by the Women’s Center
  • Pancake Study Break, Sunday, April 22, 9:45 p.m., Dining Hall, offered by the National Alumni Board
  • SSPE Senior Capstone Presentations, Tuesday, April 24, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Library Atrium
  • TNW, with Waffles After Worship, Tuesday, April 24, 8:00 p.m., location TBA
  • Chapel, Wednesday, April 25, 11:45 a.m., Rodgers Chapel
  • Pets on the Porch, Wednesday, April 25, Noon–2:00 p.m., Hut Porch (relieve your Finals stress by petting puppies!)
  • English major Senior Capstone Presentations, Miles Barnhardt ’18 and Carolyn Smith ’18, Wednesday, April 25, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery
  • Donut Study Break, Thursday, April 26, 8:00 a.m., The Hut
  • SSPE Senior Capstone Presentations, Thursday, April 26, 3:00–5:00 p.m., Library Atrium
  • Residence Halls close for non-graduating students, Saturday, April 28, Noon
  • Baccalaureate, (Traditional Day Program) Friday, May 4, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • 2018 Commencement Exercises, Saturday, May 5, The Green
    • Traditional Day Program: 9:00 a.m.
    • Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program: 6:00 p.m.
  • Residence Halls close, Sunday, May 6, Noon

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Since the National Football Foundation began their Hampshire Honor Society in 2007, 59 Hawks have been recognized with that honor, including the three latest honorees, receivers Kevin Barnett ’18 and Chance Byrd ’18, and quarterback Chip Taylor ’18. To be eligible for the Hampshire Honor Society, a player must have been a starter or significant contributor during their last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA or NAIA institution, maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers, and met all NCAA-mandated progress toward degree requirements and graduation. The Hawks are the only team in the USA South who had players named to this honor this year, and one of only four teams in Alabama; the others are Auburn, Jacksonville State, and the University of South Alabama.
  • As the Hawks entered the USA South Athletic Conference baseball tournament, six team members were honored with All-Conference awards in April. Senior Taylor Fought, who led the USA South with 56 hits and was second with 41 RBIs and tied for second with 11 doubles, was named to the First Team as a utility player. Pitcher Carden Mellown ’20 (6-2 record, 67 strikeouts, 3.2 ERA in 64.2 innings); shortstop Wes Powell ’20 (second leading run scorer in the USA South with 37), outfielder Joseph Calvert ’18 (second leading hitter in the conference, with a .345 batting average and 41 hits), and outfielder Will Cosby ’19 (.327 batting average 8 doubles, 20 RBIs, 18 stolen bases) were each named Second Team All-Conference. Jud Owens ’18 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The Hawks won their first game in the tournament vs. William Peace University, but fell to Piedmont College in game two.
  • Huntingdon’s beach volleyball team, one of only three at Division III schools in the nation, ended their season at the AVCA Small College Beach Volleyball Championships, finishing third in the nation among programs that included NAIA, Division II, and Division III schools—an awesome accomplishment for a program that is only in its second year.
  • The men’s golf team placed third in the USA South Athletic Conference tournament, only four strokes out of first.
  • The women’s golf team tied for second in the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament, a 16-team field.
  • The women’s softball team made it to the USA South Athletic Conference tournament, but lost in game three of the first round, a best-of-three series with Piedmont College. Their overall record was 21-20 for the season. Five players were honored by the USA South as the season closed. Alyssa Singleterry ’19 was named to the First Team-West Division in the shortstop position; while Rayne Ellis ’19, Madison Hunt ’20, and McKenzie Ridgway ’19 were named to the Second-Team West Division for outfield, pitcher, and third base positions, respectively. Claire Tomberlin ’21 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. Alyssa, with a .431 batting average and 50 hits, led the Lady Hawks in hits this season and ranked second in Division III and first among USA South teams eligible for All-Conference honors.
  • Huntingdon’s Allies Club, in conjunction with LaGrange College’s Pride Club, held a Diversity Colloquium at Huntingdon, Saturday, April 14. Students made presentations on topics such as “Pride History” and “Labels are Guidelines.”
  • Ms. Dessilyn Chappell, instructor in the Department of Teacher Education, has been accepted into the doctoral program in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She will begin taking classes this summer with a focus on curriculum and instruction. She is interested in how young learners develop an understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts and skills.
  • Bryce Coates ’21 was named USA South Rookie of the Week for men’s lacrosse April 9 after scoring six goals, one assist, six ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the team’s prior week wins over Averett University and Shorter University.
  • Huntingdon golfers Mark Connelly ’19 and Stephen Shephard ’19 were named to the USA South Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team with the release of golf awards April 12. Mark is the Hawks’ leading scorer this season with an average of 72.67 in 21 rounds (as of April 12), winning one tournament and placing second in two others, including the Emory Invitational earlier this month. He is ranked sixth among Division III golfers according to Golfstat. Stephen, ranked 13th by Golfstat in Division III, has a scoring average of 72.71 in 21 rounds and won the DIII Golfweek Fall Invitational with an 8-under 205, the best score by a Hawk in the NCAA era. Stephen was the conference Rookie of the Year in his freshman season.
  • Sam Hitt ’19 was recognized as USA South Defensive Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse April 9, for his performance in the team’s 13-3 win over Shorter University and 16-2 win over Averett University, when he went 30-for-38 in faceoffs and recorded 15 ground balls and one assist.
  • During spring break, Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English, presented a book proposal, “Imitating Women: Shakespeare, Gender, and Humanist Education,” as part of a scholarly writing and publishing workshop at the Shakespeare Association of America’s annual meeting in Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Hutcheon will be taking pre-law students to the April 26-27 Justice Summit, which celebrates the opening of Montgomery’s new National Memorial to Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.
  • There was a great article in Sunday’s Montgomery Advertiser about Kirk Johnson ’12, named a Montgomery Community Hero, head football coach at Montgomery Catholic. Kirk is definitely wisdom in service, and we congratulate him on the way he is changing minds and lives. Read story.
  • Jennifer “JB” Kendrick ’92 recently joined Kapsch TrafficCom as the senior vice president of sales and business development. Based in Atlanta, she oversees a team from Canada to the Caribbean. The company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, so JB spends much of her time between Europe, South America, and North America pursuing transportation opportunities in electronic tolling, bridge and tunnel control systems, and connected/autonomous vehicle infrastructure. She is completing her 2nd year on the Huntingdon College Alumni Board.
  • Huntingdon’s Pi-Chi chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity received national exposure recently through the fraternity magazine, Cross and Crescent, which highlighted a service project the chapter has undertaken. The men have filled large Ziploc bags with bottles of water, pretzels, cookies, and hand-written letters, and handed them out to first responders in the area so that each gets a “Break in a Bag.” So far, they’ve covered the Montgomery Police Department, firefighters, a nursing home, an ambulance company, and emergency room nurses.
  • Drew Mathers ’20 was an honorable mention to the USA South Golf All-Conference Team with the release of their awards April 12. He won the Wynlakes Intercollegiate Tournament this year and finished in the top eight in two other tournaments.
  • The women’s tennis team made it to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament, losing to Methodist 8-1 last weekend. Caroline McBroom ’18 was Huntingdon’s tournament star, winning 6-3, 6-4, and 10-8 in No. 5 singles, the 104th of her Huntingdon career. She was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team for women’s tennis earlier this month.
  • Heath Minor ’12 married Torrie Smith, April 7, 2018.
  • Zoya Robinson ’19 and Heather Tabor ’18 were named to the Second-Team West Division in women’s tennis by the USA South Athletic Conference earlier this month. Zoya has earned an 11-3 record this year in singles and 12-3 in doubles with teammate Josie Waddell ’19. Heather is 12-2 in singles this season and 12-4 with three different doubles partners.
    Adam Self ’20 was an honorable mention selection to the All-West Division Team in men’s tennis by the USA South earlier this month. He earned a record of 10-7 in singles and 6-1 in doubles this year. He was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
  • Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for Business, Management, and Administration inducted five new members this spring, all of whom are seniors. They are: Sam Garrison, Peyton Hill, John Robert Lawrence, Beverly Meeks, and Abigail Rohde. Congratulations to all.
  • Accounting professor Brianne Smith and Accounting Club students used the HP Reveal app to explain the new 2018 tax code changes in a forum held April 11. Students highlighted the many ways the tax code will change next year.
  • Jon Colten Stanaland ’18 was named to the USA South Golf All-Conference Second Team April 12. He has finished in the top four in three tournaments this season, winning the Emory Invitational. He was the April 11 USA South Golfer of the Week because of his Emory tournament win, in which he shot a 3-under-par 137.
  • Jason Varney ’14 was one of 12 winners who split a $250,000 jackpot, pocketing more than $20,000 each, playing the live game show app HQ Trivia in March. The app streams trivia games in a multiple choice format to users’ mobile devices daily. Jason says he guessed at 80% of the answers on the day he won. He is completing an administrative fellowship with Kettering Health after earning his MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University last year.
  • Josie Waddell ’19 was named to the USA South All-Conference First Team and to the First Team in the West Division with the release of conference tennis awards earlier this month. She is the first Huntingdon women’s tennis player to earn first-team All-Conference honors since the College joined the conference. In No. 1 and No. 2 singles, she earned a 6-1 conference record and a 14-3 overall record this year. In doubles, she and teammate Zoya Robinson ’19 are 12-3 this season.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Coach John Mabry ’61 died April 4, 2018, at age 79. John was a player and coach for the first basketball and baseball teams at Huntingdon while finishing his Huntingdon degree. Upon graduation, he continued his coaching career, serving 14 years, cumulatively, as head coach of the baseball program and assistant coach for the basketball program. He taught at Huntingdon for 38 years while also serving in adjunct positions at Troy State University, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Alabama State University. Coach Mabry officiated for football and basketball games in the River Region for many years before retiring in 1999. He lived in Miramar Beach, Florida. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, including his wife, June Hargrove Mabry ’71, and his son, John Mabry Jr. ’87. The family designated the Stegall Fellows Program and the Huntingdon Golf Program for donations in his memory.

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Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
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