The Talon, August 22, 2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
August 22, 2017


More about some of these stories may be found in the News section on the Huntingdon website.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Classrooms, residence halls, and parking lots are full as classes kicked off for the Fall 2017 term yesterday. Welcome to Huntingdon, Class of 2021, and welcome back to the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020. To make sure your semester starts smoothly, be sure you accomplish these things by Friday, August 25:

  • Obtain a student parking permit from Campus Security in the Wilson Building, Room 112. You’ll need to know the make, model, year, and license plate number of your car. There’s no fee. You’ll also receive a detailed list of places where you’re allowed to park. Don’t park where you shouldn’t and you’ll save lots of money. FYI: the campus speed limit is 15 mph.
  • Get a library card at Houghton Library. No fee for that, either.
  • If you want to adjust your schedule, do so well before 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 25, which is the last moment faculty can approve an adjustment. Only make changes under faculty advisement. There are certain classes you aren’t allowed to drop based on your grade level. Remember that if you drop below 12 hours you are not full-time, and you can’t live in the residence halls, play intercollegiate athletics, or receive the financial aid package you were promised. Schedule changes are made in Self-Service. Proceed with caution and lots of good advice from your faculty mentor. Never drop a class before you’ve got a replacement already approved in your schedule.
  • Resident students enter on the default 15-meal board plan. If you would like to change to the 10-meal or 19-meal plans, which give you more and fewer flex points to use in the Coffee House or the Pod, but cost the same, you must do so by Friday, August 25. Follow the procedures sent to you from Belinda Duett by email.
  • Commuter students who would like to add money to their swipe cards that can be used in the DH, the Coffee House, or the POD; or who would like to purchase a Commuter Meal Plan, may do so online. See the information sent to your email from Belinda Duett for procedures.
  • If you haven’t signed up for a deferred payment plan, your fall balance was due in full yesterday. You may pay online. If you are signed up for the deferred payment plan, your payments are due on the 15th of each month and may be paid online at the link above; or by check, money order, or cash in Wilson 108A (7:30a–4p weekdays); or by mailing to the Student Account Manager at the College’s address.

Welcome Back Week events sponsored by Student Affairs:

  • Monday, August 21: Block Party with the President, featuring That’s My Dog, 7:00 p.m. near Massey Beach (hope you got to try their Hawk Dog)
  • Tuesday, August 22: Worship & Waffles, after Tuesday Night Worship (TNW starts at 8:00), Drum Theater
  • Wednesday, August 23: Flour War, The Green, 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24: Movie on the Green, 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25: Montgomery Biscuits Game, 7:05 p.m.

Nothing eclipses the eclipse

The event of the century took place this week, as the U.S. experienced a rare total solar eclipse. Houghton Library ordered 200 NASA-approved sets of protective eyewear for the occasion, their first Hogwarts at Huntingdon event of the year. Professor Jaime Demick presided, with the help of the wizardly Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, and Paige Crumbley. Hundreds of students gathered on the front lawn of the Cloverdale Campus, and with eyewear long past gone by 1:00, Hawks showed their awesomeness and shared. Although Montgomery wasn’t in the totality, it was still an ecliptic event.

New location for Student Health Services

The Office of Student Health Services has moved to Pro-Impact Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic, on the Cloverdale Campus at 1160 Navarro Avenue. Upon the retirement of our former campus nurse, Camilla Irvin, the College has redirected services to Pro-Impact and its staff, led by Mike Ellis and the College’s athletic trainers, in addition to registered nurse Rebecca Ellis. The clinic will be open to walk-ins 9:15 a.m to 4:00 p.m. daily, but appointments are preferred and may be made by calling (334) 312-2433 or (334) 833-4076 or emailing or The clinic offers first aid; assessment and referral for illnesses and musculo-skeletal issues; over-the-counter medications; injections (with parental guidance and medical referral); and issuance of medical excuses for legitimate, substantial, and defensible causes. There is no cost associated with the use of Huntingdon Student Health Services, however there may be costs associated with referrals to clinics and specialists (the student will file with his/her health care insurance provider). At any time, if there is an emergency, do not wait: call 911. For counseling and mental health needs, see Kelley Rehm in the Office of Counseling Services, Jackson Home.

Students serve across Montgomery

Almost all of the more than 350 new students served in locations across Montgomery Saturday, August 19, for Big Red Day of Service. Some students stayed in locations on campus and others contributed to upkeep at cemetery grounds, Lagoon Park Trail, Eat South, and Old Cloverdale Community Garden, among other locations. STUDENTS and other participants: record your service hours at the DOCUMENT YOUR HOURS link on our Community Service page. When photos are gathered, they’ll be posted on Facebook. Thank you to all who served and led teams.

Huntingdon named to two “Short Lists”

Huntingdon recently made two top ten U.S. News and World Report short lists, based on the data reported in the 2016 “Best Colleges” edition: “10 Colleges Where Studying Abroad is Common,” and “The Short List: 10 Colleges that often Lead to Graduate School.”

In-Service Days added to calendar

In-Service Days for both fall and spring terms  have been added to the 2017–2018 Academic Calendar.

New faculty join campus

Huntingdon welcomes the following new faculty members this fall:

  • Dr. Blake Ball, Assistant Professor of History
  • Ms. Dessilyn Chappell, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education; Teacher Certification Officer
  • Dr. Michele Martin, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
  • Ms. Laryne Monte, Instructor of Piano
  • Dr. Allison Mugno, Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Sara Shoffner, Assistant Professor of Sport Management
  • Dr. Damion Womack, Chair, Department of Fine Arts; Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities

And congratulations to these faculty members, who earned promotions this year:

  • Dr. Kristine Copping, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Doba Jackson, Professor of Chemistry
  • Mr. Jim Hilgartner, Professor of English
  • Dr. Tom Perrin, Associate Professor of English; Associate Provost

The Office of Academic Affairs has reorganized the former structure of departments within schools to dissolve the schools.

Be smart, and keep yourself and your belongings safe

The Campus Security office has issued its annual list of reminders for your protection and for the protection of your belongings. Here’s a synopsis:

  • Lock your car and keep personal belongings out of sight; never keep money or expensive possessions in your car.
  • No weapons of any kind are allowed on campus—ever—that includes in your car or in your room.
  • Lock your room door if you live on campus. Keep the key with you.
  • Tell security if you see suspicious vehicles or people on campus.
  • Don’t walk in the neighborhoods after dark and don’t walk or run alone.
  • Be courteous to our neighbors and be kind to our campus. Don’t throw trash out of your car onto the street or parking lot (always use a trash receptacle); don’t play your music too loudly; observe the speed limit on campus and off-campus.
  • Don’t park on the grass or in fire lanes.
  • Don’t climb the fences or trees on campus.
  • In a power outage, campus phones do not work. Contact security by using (334) 324-6565 (cell phone number).
  • Accompany your visitors on campus at all times; don’t let anyone into the residence halls unless that person is your guest. If you see a suspicious person lurking around res halls or parking lots, tell Campus Security.
  • Campus gates are closed between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Do not drive around closed gates.
  • Don’t ride in the back of pick-up trucks.
  • Read the Emergency Procedures document under Student Life and be familiar in case of an emergency.
  • And here’s another one, because I’ve noticed it myself: when you’re walking, LOOK UP! Stop looking down at your phone! I saw two people walk out into traffic this morning because they were looking at their phones and not paying attention to where they were going.


  • Presidential Convocation, Wednesday, September 6, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • The chance to get a closer look at graduate schools is coming soon with the Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo, Wednesday, October 4, 2:00–5:00 p.m. This year’s fair, held annually by a consortium of Alabama colleges, will take place at the Faulkner University Multiplex. It’s free.
  • Phi Mu, Theta Kappa chapter, will host their third annual Golf Tournament, Sunday, October 15, at Montgomery Country Club. Money raised goes to their philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To sign up or sponsor the tournament, contact Kirstin Wood.
  • Campus Ministries invites you to these ongoing gatherings (contact Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13 for more information):
    • Tuesday Night Worship, Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., Drum Theater
    • Chapel, Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Jean Rodgers Chapel, Flowers Hall, or Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, if space requires
    • Ligon Ladies, freshman women’s group, Mondays at 8:00 p.m. in Ligon Lobby, led by professor Brianne Smith.
    • Fella’ship, freshman men’s group, Mondays at 8:00 p.m. in Searcy Theater (includes football, pizza, and a devotional)
    • Sinai, a small group led by the Rev. Macon Armistead ’14, for students who feel a calling to ministry or who work in churches
    • Men’s and Women’s Life groups, Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., led by the Rev. Heather Jones Butler ’14 (women) and Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13 (men)
  • The Center for Career and Vocation, led by Sherry Leigh Lacey ’13, is your resource for internship, part-time job, externship, and full-time job placement; resume and cover letter development and critique; interview skill development; networking; graduate school fairs; and interest/personality inventories, among other services. The CCV is located in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, second floor Flowers Hall. You can reach Sherry Leigh in the CCV. Start NOW to develop your knock-out resume of the future!

Fall Sport Athletic Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • The Huntingdon Lady Hawks Tennis Team was recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an All-Academic Team for the twelfth time in 14 seasons, and players Josie Waddell, Mariah Bastos, Virginia Gaston,and Clayton Waring were named ITA Scholar-Athletes in July. To qualify as an ITA Scholar-Athlete, a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have been enrolled at her present school for at least two semesters. The All-Academic Team award is presented to any ITA program earning a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better.
  • Luke Ates ’18 has joined the staff of the Office of College and Alumni Relations as coordinator of donor relations.
  • Joanna Hampton Collier ’09 has moved from the payroll department to the position of admission specialist for the Evening Studies program in the Registrar’s Office.
  • Caroline Cooper ’18 has announced her engagement to Josh Dunn.
  • The College welcomes Blake Denton as an archivist for the College and for the Alabama-West Florida Conference in Houghton Library.
  • The College welcomes Misty Dishman in the position of payroll clerk. Her email is or
  • Madison Elkins ’17 has accepted a position as an elementary music teacher for Pike Road Elementary School.
  • Matt Forrest ’11 has accepted a new position as director of football operations for the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers. He has nine years of experience working in collegiate athletics.
  • Trena Hatten Henson ’79 is living in Fleming Island, Florida, after retiring at the rank of commander with the U.S. Navy in 1999.
  • Mr. Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, was appointed chair of the Leadership Committee and co-chair of the Library Leadership and Management Association for the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries. He also serves as vice chair of the ACRL’s Professional Development Committee.
  • Senior VP Anthony Leigh is among 19 contenders in the Montgomery Cancer Society’s fundraiser, Real Men Wear Pink. With a goal of raising $60,000, the men will wear pink each day in October and will compete to raise the most funds for the title, “Man in Pink.”
  • Brooke Meadows ’16 has accepted a position as a seventh grade social studies teacher and head softball coach for Pike Road School.
  • Parker McClain ’17 has accepted a position as a sales representative for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. He lives in downtown Memphis and, according to his dad, is loving his new career.
  • Assistant Dean of Students Craig Shore and his wife, Sophie, welcomed daughter Felicity Jane, July 5, 2017.
  • Margaret Virginia Murphy ’17 married Spencer Schuneman, August 19, 2017.
  • At age 91, Ms. Mary Ann Pickard has retired from the Alabama-West Florida Conference and Houghton Library Archives staff. We wish her many happy and healthy retirement years.
  • Mark White ’17 has joined the staff in Academic Affairs as an assistant in Disability Services and in the Department of Teacher Education.
  • Meghan Wood ’14 has begun her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University, Plano, Texas.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our sympathies are extended to Miles Barnhardt ’18, his mother, Pamela Baker Barnhardt ’91, and family in the death of their grandfather and father, respectively, June 18.
  • Our sympathies are extended to the family of devoted alumna Dorothy Kreis (Dot) Golab ’67, who passed away yesterday in Montgomery. Dot was a club builder and supporter of Huntingdon’s Collegiate Exchange Club in 2011—the first Collegiate Exchange Club in the United States—and has been a mentor and supporter of many collegiate Exchangites over the years. Miss Dot wore her Huntingdon Society pin proudly. She was a member of the Hall of Honor, the John Massey Heritage Society, and the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, and a recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award. We will miss her.

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