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The Talon, April 3, 2018

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
April 3, 2018
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What’s New?

Soccer/Softball Fields Dedicated

Although soccer and softball have been part of Huntingdon College’s athletic teams for nearly 30 years, the teams have not enjoyed separate spaces on campus. Instead, they have shared a corner of campus, which hasn’t allowed for one sport to practice while the other is in season. Now, with the dedication of the W. James Samford Jr. Soccer and Softball Complex, each sport has its own field for practice and play, as well as new lockers, restrooms, and an indoor press box. The fields, made possible by a gift from the W. James Samford Jr. Foundation, were dedicated March 24. We are grateful to Huntingdon trustee Lucinda Samford Cannon, sister to the late W. James (Jimmy) Samford Jr.; her cousin, Preston Barnett; and her son, Race Cannon, who were instrumental in making gifts to the College that served as catalysts for the refurbishment of the shared fields. Construction began during the 2016–2017 academic year and neared completion as the softball season began this spring.

Hawks Fly Across the Pond

A cast of Hawks toured Scotland for their Huntingdon Plan travel/study experience during Spring Break last week. The group traveled through Edinburgh, Oban, Inverness, and St. Andrews, among other cities, seeing Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and other well-known sites. The group was led by Drs. Stephen and Sarah Sours (Department of Religion) and Frank and Tricia Grier.

A New Miss Huntingdon Crowned

Fifteen Huntingdon College women competed for the title of Miss Huntingdon, Saturday, March 17. The annual pageant, which occurred after judges completed interviews with the candidates, allowed judges to observe for self expression, talent, poise, platform, and the answer to a question posed on-stage. At the pageant’s conclusion, six prizes were awarded. Miss Philanthropic, voted by her peers, and Miss Congeniality, voted by her sister contestants, were awarded to Autumn Allday, a sophomore Exercise Science major from Valley Grande, Alabama. A new Crowd Favorite Award, voted upon via text by pageant viewers, was presented to Sidney Ison, a sophomore Biochemistry major from Huntsville, Alabama. Taylor Young, a junior majoring in Business Administration and Art from Wetumpka, Alabama, was awarded Second Runner-Up. Lindsey Hicks, of Tallassee, Alabama, a junior majoring in Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education, was honored as First Runner-Up. Miss Huntingdon 2018 is Cassidy Oswald, a sophomore majoring in Religion and Psychology from Troy, Alabama. The awards were presented by Miss Huntingdon 2017, Josie Waddell.

Women Win on the Rhodes

The women’s golf team earned a tournament trifecta at the Rhodes Women’s Golf Spring Invitational March 26, with the tournament medalist, Vanessa Leiterman ’19, a team win, and a hole-in-one for team member Anna Beth Harris ’21 on Hole 17. This was the second team win, the second individual win, and the second hole-in-one in the program’s 10-year history. The team won the Montgomery Country Club Intercollegiate in 2014–15; while Lee Ann Cahoon Knight ’17 won the Birmingham-Southern College Southern Shootout last year. Ali Hamil ’14 achieved the first women’s golf hole-in-one in 2010.

Football Announces 2018 Schedule

Here’s your chance to plan ahead! The Hawks have released the 2018 football schedule, as follows:

Sept. 1 @ Guilford College
Sept. 8 vs. Birmingham-Southern
Sept. 15 OPEN
Sept. 22 vs. Thomas More College
Sept. 29 @ *Methodist University
Oct. 6 @ *Maryville College
Oct. 13 vs. *Brevard College
Oct. 20 @ *Averett University
Oct. 27 vs. *Greensboro College
Nov. 3 @ *N.C. Wesleyan
Nov. 10 vs. *LaGrange College

* Conference Opponents


  • Applications for the position of SGA Director of Public Relations are due in the Hut by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3. Applications were emailed Monday by Kathleen Penney.
  • New hours for the Hawk’s Nest for the remainder of the semester: Sunday–Thursday, 2:00–10:00 p.m.; closed Fridays and Saturdays.
  • 2018 GRADUATES: The deadline to apply to give the Graduate Address at Commencement 2018 has been extended to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3. For an application, contact Dean Fran at ftaylor@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • The Prelude wants your work! The spring issue of the literary magazine is still accepting artwork and photos. Send by April 4 to prelude@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Juniors and Seniors: Oracle begins Friday, April 6, at 11:45 p.m. on the steps in front of Flowers Hall. Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • Inauguration Ball, sponsored by the Student Government Association, with Live by Satellite entertainment and a cash bar (for those ages 21+), Saturday, April 7, 8:00–11:00 p.m., Alley Station (130 Commerce Street); formal attire required
  • Register for Summer 2018 before April 13, 2018. More than 200 enrollments have been received—join your friends and get smarter this summer!
  • SaveFirst tax preparation continues in Cloverdale 123 through April 17. To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925.

Coming Cultural Events

  • Hap Arnold Lecture series: Huntingdon College will host the Air War College’s annual Hap Arnold Lecture Series, “Leading and Serving in Changing Times,” Wednesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. This year’s lecture will feature a female fighter pilot, a commanding fighter pilot who has flown for 2,000 fighter hours, a career geospatial intelligence analyst, and a recent Chief of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The event is free and open to the public.
  • HC Spring Debate: Come out and watch the semester debate between two teams of Huntingdon students who will go to war over the topic of having stricter laws for private gun-ownership in the United States. The debate will take place in Drum Theater, Monday, April 9, 7:00–8:00 p.m. May the best men and women win!
  • Canceled: Concert Choir Spring Concert, Tuesday, April 10
  • Huntingdon Winds Symphonic Honor Band, Friday–Saturday, April 13–14, Roland Arena and other locations on campus
  • Huntingdon Winds and Jazz Outdoor Concert, Friday, April 13, 6:30 p.m., Top Stage on The Green, Huntingdon College Campus
  • 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.

Coming Center for Career and Vocation (CCV) Events

  • April 5—UAB School of Medicine Preview Day, 3:00–5:00 p.m., at UAB
  • April 6—Law Student Panel, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room, featuring Madeline Pendley ’16 (Cumberland), Cheyenne Young ’14 (Jones), Michaela Tillery ’16 (Jones), and Seth Harding ’17 (University of Alabama).
  • April 9—Teacher Education Job Fair, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Library Atrium, RSVP Required
  • April 14—The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Auburn will host a free Practice MCAT Session, Saturday, April 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This will not only be a great opportunity for students considering medical school to take a practice exam, but also to interact with currently enrolled VCOM students who will be ready to answer questions and talk about their experience. A Kaplan Ambassador will discuss the various resources available to pre-med students. Please note—space is limited to the first 40 students to register and lunch will be provided. See a 3/23 email from your CCV for more information on how to register.
  • April 17—Professional Head Shots Day,11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., location TBD
  • April 27—Spend a day shadowing osteopathic medical students during ShaDO Day at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1:00–6:00 p.m. There is a $10 fee. Register by emailing somadeco@acom.edu.

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Thanks to three goals by Kendrick Ballard ’18, the third being game-winning, the men’s lacrosse team clinched the USA South regular season championship and the number one seed in the conference tournament. The Hawks, in their best season ever, are 5-0 in conference play and 12-2 overall. This is the first year the USA South has sponsored men’s lacrosse.
  • Evan Agnew ’13 married Carina Herz, March 17, 2018.
  • Shaun Carroll ’00 and Sarah Francis ’10 were married March 17, 2018. Sarah is the daughter of former National Alumni Board president Teri Smith Francis ’80 and the sister of Will Francis ’12.
  • Meagan Clausell ’18 has announced that she will attend Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, for their Doctor of Pharmacy program beginning this fall.
  • Bryce Coates ’21 earned his third USA South Rookie of the Week recognition for men’s lacrosse March 19, after scoring the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining in the Hawks’ double-overtime win against Greensboro College. He also recorded two ground balls in the win. Bryce has also earned Player of the Week recognition.
  • Head Baseball Coach D.J. Conville ’98 and the Hawks swept Covenant College in conference play during Spring Break, and their wins pushed Coach Conville to his 350th win in his 14th year as coach.
  • Incoming Hawk Addison Fuller, who is a student at Pelham High School and will be in the Huntingdon Class of 2022, placed third in the American Legion Department of Alabama Oratorical Contest held last month at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. She received a scholarship of $2,000. She previously won competitions at the post, district, and division levels.
  • Sam Garrison ’18 has announced his engagement to Lauren Johnnie.
  • D3hoops.com named Juliette Harp ’18 to their All-Region second team, March 13. When the Lady Hawks ended their 2017–2018 season, Juliette led all of Division III with 24 double-doubles in 26 games and ranked in the top-10 in Division III in rebounds (356) and rebounds per game (13.7).
  • Adrian Harper ’19 was named Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week March 26 after scoring nine points during three games in the week prior, finishing with eight goals and one assist.
  • Sam Hitt ’19 was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse March 26 after going 38-for-52 on faceoffs, with 25 ground balls in three games during the week prior. He is among the Division III leaders in face-offs.
  • Kacy Howard ’19 was named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week by the USA South Athletic Conference March 26 after going 4-0 in No.1 singles and 4-0 in doubles during the week prior.
  • Johnny Johnson ’97, a 1991 graduate of LAMP High School in Montgomery, was inducted into the LAMP Hall of Fame recently. After completing his medical degree in 2002 from the University of Alabama, he specialized in internal medicine with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He is a physician with Northside Hospital in Gulfport, Florida.
  • Woods (’11) and Brianna McClure Lisenby ’13 welcomed daughter August Rose, March 24. August came home from the hospital Easter morning, April 1.
  • Elizabeth Brogden Mackey ’09 and her husband, Tyler, welcomed son Thomas Kent to their family, March 28.
  • Drew Mathers ’20 was named USA South Golfer of the Week March 28 after winning the Wynlakes Intercollegiate tournament earlier in the week. He became the third consecutive Hawk to win the tournament, following Stephen Shephard ’19 in 2016 and Addison Lambeth ’17 in 2017. Drew is the fourth Huntingdon men’s golfer to earn medalist honors this academic year.
  • Head Women’s Tennis Coach Ximena Moore earned her 200th match win in her 16th season as head coach with the team’s victory over Covenant College, March 30. She is Huntingdon’s all-time winningest coach for the Lady Hawks, with a career record of 200-95 and 14 consecutive winning seasons.
  • Brent (’08) and Allison Keck Nichols ’10 welcomed their second child, son Bennett, March 29.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, adjunct professor in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, is quoted in the March 18 Shape Magazine article, “The Healthy Woman’s Guide to Eating Carbs (Which Doesn’t Involve Cutting Them).”
  • Tyler Robinson ’12 married Kaitlin Lawrence, March 24, 2018.
  • Laura Sanders ’03, who earned her Master of Education in 2005 from Auburn University, will complete her doctorate (Ph.D.) with a concentration in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in May 2018. She serves as the director of residential communities at UA.
  • Dr. Clare Shannon ’11 (D.V.M.) married Trace Turner, March 17, 2018.
  • Former Huntingdon defensive line coach Davern Williams, now a defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga), comes to the new job with a little bit of television experience. His last coaching gig was four years at East Mississippi Community College, which was featured on the Netflix series “Last Chance U” in their 2015 and 2016 seasons.
  • The women’s softball team finished the regular season at 20-18, 8-6 in the USA South, which puts them in fifth place in the West Division. The top six teams in each division (East and West) qualify for play in the conference tournament. The first best-of-three series for the Lady Hawks will be held at Piedmont College, April 7–8. Hawk ’em!
  • The women’s tennis team is having a great season, currently 15-1, with ten consecutive victories.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Becky Sellers Doe ’46, aunt of Huntingdon trustee Bob Seibels and of former trustee Will Sellers, and daughter of Julia Lightfoot Sellers (Class of 1907), died March 27. The family has designated the Julia Lightfoot Sellers Endowed Scholarship Fund at Huntingdon as one of the ways friends and family may commemorate her life. We extend our sympathy, prayers, and gratitude to her family.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim Isley ’16, an Evening Studies graduate who was critically wounded in a shooting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Highlands Hospital March 14. Tim works in instrument sterilization for Steris at the hospital. He was shot by a former co-worker who took his own life after also fatally shooting Nancy Swift, age 63. Tim underwent emergency surgery and is recovering.
  • We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Huntingdon trustee and 2017 Alumni Loyalty Award winner Diane Smith Wendland ’53, March 31. Diane, grandmother of Margaret Diane Rhodes ’21, and mother of Suzie Wendland Rhodes ’80 and Margaret Wendland Miller ’95, and a Huntingdon trustee since 1971, was one of only two trustees to earn the status of Life Member. During the Homecoming 2017 Alumni Awards ceremony, Diane’s family surprised her by announcing their endowment of a scholarship established in her honor. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 5, at First Presbyterian Church. (211 S. Chestnut Street, Prattville) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A family graveside service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: The Diane Smith Wendland Endowed Scholarship at Huntingdon College (1500 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, 36106), First Presbyterian Church of Prattville, Alabama (211 S. Chestnut Street, Prattville, 36067), or The Montgomery Chapter of The American Red Cross (5015 Woods Crossing Drive, Montgomery, 36106). Obituary.

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