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The Talon, Feb. 26, 2018

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

February 26, 2018

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What’s New?

Fall Pre-registration Approaches

Fall term 2018 pre-registration will take place the week before spring break. Students, to be sure you’re ready: review the catalog under which you entered the College to determine your progress toward graduation and the courses you still need, and to read the course descriptions and learn about prerequisites; meet with your academic adviser to plan your courses; and make sure your student account is up-to-date so that you are cleared to register. You can extend your progress toward graduation by taking advantage of a more generous summer 2018 course menu—keep that in mind as you register for fall.

Faculty Promotions Announced

The Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee and Provost Anna McEwan have announced faculty promotions that will be effective for the 2018–2019 academic year. Congratulations to Dr. John Berch ’98, promoted to professor of chemistry; Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat, promoted to professor of religion; and Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, promoted to associate professor of mathematics.

Electing New Leadership

Huntingdon students are voting for new student leaders this week. The following students are running for office: President: Savannah Gibbs; Vice President: Virginia Gaston, Sidney Ison; Treasurer: Sidney Carol Hall, Mark Melchor, Colleen Collins; Secretary: Amber Shirley, Jordan Fleming, Christina Arnette, Chase McKoon, and Zoya Robinson. In addition to these positions on the executive council, students will elect senators and class officers. Vote! It’s the best way to raise your voice!

Have You Filed Your FAFSA?

If you are interested in receiving federal financial aid for the 2018–2019 award year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019), you should complete the 2018–2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) right away. You will need a completed copy of your (and your spouse’s if applicable) 2016 federal tax return(s) and W-2(s) to complete the FAFSA. In addition, dependent students will need a completed copy of their parents’ 2016 federal tax return(s) and W-2s. The priority date for completing the 2018–2019 FAFSA is March 1, 2018. You may complete the 2018–2019 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.

International Opera Stars on Stage

Thursday, March 8, world-renowned operatic tenor David Cangelosi will sing in concert with other opera stars recognized around the world for the 11th annual Vann Vocal Institute Celebrity Recital, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. This nearly annual concert is loved equally by those who are and are not opera fans, because the music encompasses multiple genres. Gorgeous voices, gorgeous music, and it’s free—what more could you ask? The opera stars will be on campus for the 11th annual Vann Vocal Institute, in which rising young classical singers come to campus for vocal training through master classes with real masters. VVI is a program of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra League, for which Mr. Cangelosi serves as artistic director and lead faculty. Mr. Cangelosi will also be on campus, as well as traveling and performing in the region, this week as the new Glenn and Betty Seymour Perdue Distinguished Artist in Residence at Huntingdon College (made possible by a generous gift from Mrs. Perdue, Class of 1951). Among his appearances, he performed a free public concert at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church yesterday.

Choosing the Future

There are so many high school seniors who haven’t yet chosen a college home, or who feel uneasy about the choices they’ve made. If you know someone who’s still deciding, encourage him or her to attend the Huntingdon Preview Day, coming Saturday, March 3. It’s easy to sign up at www.huntingdon.edu/visit. The program is informative, free, and only takes a morning time commitment. Three hours can change the course of your life–ask any past Preview Day attender who’s a student at HC now!

Ability Sport Network Hosts Wheelchair Competition

The Huntingdon College Ability Sport Network wheelchair basketball team, the Red Wings, hosted their first wheelchair basketball competition of the semester, Saturday, February 24. For the games, volunteers and Red Wings alike used sport wheelchairs. The Ability Sport Network offers wheelchair or adapted sports for River Region children and youth ages 6–21 who have physical disabilities. There is no charge for participation. The program is funded by a grant from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. For more information, contact Dr. Jared Rehm, assistant director and head coach, at asninfo@hawks.huntingdon.edu or (334) 833-4073.

The Beat Goes On

About 500 high school band students—plus parents, band directors, and spectators—were on campus February 23–24 as the College band programs hosted the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Band Festival and Honor Band. The Festival (Friday, February 23) was held in Drum Theater and Wilson Gym, while the Honor Band (Friday and Saturday) met in Smith Hall and Roland Band Room. The Honor Band performed a concert Saturday in Roland Arena. Fifteen bands performed for the Festival.


  • This is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The Office of Counseling Services is offering free online anonymous screenings to determine if you have healthy eating habits. The service is meant to be educational, not diagnostic.
  • The Fitzgerald Museum invites students to Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear, Saturday, March 3, at 5:00 p.m. at the Jubilee Community Center.
  • Spring 2018 In-Service Days: Fridays, March 9; April 13.
  • SENIORS: DEADLINE to order your cap, gown, and graduation items: 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 16; order online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_hc/.
  • The Prelude wants your work! The spring issue of the literary magazine is accepting artwork, poems, short stories, photos, and other creative works. Send written work by March 19, art and photos by April 4, to prelude@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Spring Break: March 26–30
  • Register for Summer 2018 before April 13, 2018.
  • Huntingdon Bands are accepting applications for participation in their annual Symphonic Honor Band, to be held April 13–14, 2018. The application deadline is March 20. High school symphonic musicians are encouraged to apply online.
  • SaveFirst tax preparation continues in Cloverdale 123 through April 17. To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925.

Coming Cultural Events

  • Vann Vocal Institute Celebrity Recital, Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Vann Vocal Institute Master Classes, Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., open to the public, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Vann Vocal Institute Emerging Artists Recital, Saturday, March 10, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall

Coming Center for Career and Vocation (CCV) Events

  • February 28—UAB Med School Info Session, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth
  • March 7—Cumberland School of Law Info Session, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth
  • April 9—Teacher Education Job Fair, 5:30–7:30 p.m., Library Atrium, RSVP Required
  • April 17—Professional Head Shots Day,11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., location TBD

Huntingdon Headliners

  • The Rev. Macon Armistead ’14, director of the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, has been approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry for commissioning as a provisional deacon in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Kendrick Ballard ’18 was named USA South Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week February 19 for contributing five goals and four ground balls in the team’s wins over Centre and Hendrix during the week prior.
  • Katie Bonner ’18 has been accepted to medical school at the University of South Alabama.
  • Bryce Coates ’21 has earned USA South Rookie of the Week recognition twice since the lacrosse season began. In the February 12 awards listing, the first ever for men’s lacrosse in the USA South, Bryce was recognized as Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Hawks’ victory over the University of Dallas, when he scored the first two goals of the game and finished with three goals. Earlier this week he was recognized for earning three goals, an assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the team’s wins over Centre and Hendrix last week.
  • Zachary Den Besten ’17, a medical student at the University of South Alabama, has announced his engagement to Lindsay Pomranky.
  • Katie West Davey ’08 has completed her degree in nursing and is now a registered nurse. She will be working with the Cleveland Clinic in the cardiac operating room. Katie and her husband live in North Olmstead, Ohio.
  • The city of Foley, Alabama, honored Bonnie Cleaveland Donaldson ’64 upon her retirement this month. She has served as director of the Foley Depot Museum for 17 years, a role which led her to host visitors from around the world and to archive important documents and memorabilia. For Foley High School, she has voluntarily maintained records of graduates and football information. A proclamation was read in her honor at the February 19, 2018, meeting of the City Council.
  • The Department of Evening Studies served as a Silver Sponsor for the 72nd North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, February 22, at which Corporal Michael Walker was recognized as First Responder of the Year.
  • Jacob Godwin ’07 and his family have moved from Wyoming to Coastal Virginia, where he has assumed a position in the Norfolk General Office for New York Life.
  • Juliette Harp ’18 has been selected first team All-Conference for women’s basketball by the USA South Athletic Conference. She’s the first Huntingdon player to reach 1000 points and 1000 rebounds during her playing career. To fully appreciate the depth and breadth of the impact she made in women’s basketball, read the news release about her outstanding career. She’s such a superstar we think she probably set a record for how many records she set!
  • Sam Hitt ’19 became the first men’s lacrosse player ever to earn Defensive Player of the Week recognition February 12, when the USA South published their first men’s lacrosse awards. He went 15-for-19 in faceoffs and recorded a game-high nine ground balls.
  • Bailee Ikner ’17 has announced her engagement to Jeremy Lane Brantley.
  • Chelsey Hodge Koppersmith ’09 and her husband, Nathan, are moving from Arkansas to Destin, Florida, in March, where Nathan will be the outdoor recreation director at Eglin AFB.
  • Giles Langford ’12 married Jennifer Rich, February 17, 2018.
  • Kelsey McGuire ’15 has announced her engagement to Robert Conrick. They will be married November 23, 2018. Kelsey will complete her Master of Public Health at the University of Washington in June. She has begun working as a Research Editor for Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.
  • Brandon McLean ’18 was recognized February 19 as a USA South Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for strong performances that helped the Hawks end their season with three consecutive wins. He contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over LaGrange; 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Maryville; and 23 points and 17 rebounds in the win over Berea. Brandon was also named an honorable mention All-Conference player by the USA South February 21.
  • Lexie Ofe ’17, a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, has begun working for Project Return, a program in which she will teach and train individuals who are about to be released from prison.
  • Farrah Mahan ’16 has accepted a position as a genetic counselor for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She will complete her graduate degree in genetic counseling this spring.
  • Matt Murphy ’19 was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse February 19. The goalie recorded 21 saves in the team’s wins over Centre and Hendrix.
  • Katelin Pattillo ’17, a student in the M.S. Forensic Sciences program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, is partnering with Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78 to complete some of her thesis research on the topic, “The Distance Dependence of a Shooter from a Victim as Measured by ICP-OES Analysis of Gun Residue.” During her senior year, Katelin was the first student trained in the use and maintenance of Huntingdon’s ICP-OES (inductively-coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer).
  • Keith Paulk ’13 married Allie Brooks, February 17, 2018.
  • Wyatt Popovich ’18 was named to the USA South All-Sportsmanship team for men’s basketball for the third consecutive season.
  • Shea Rowe ’16 became a father to 6lb. 7oz. baby boy, February 12, 2018.
  • Dr. Sara Shoffner, assistant professor of sport science, made a presentation, Differences in Students’ Motivation Between Virtual and Written Case Studies, and participated in a panel discussion on the topic of surviving and thriving as a doctoral student and first-year faculty member for the annual conference of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month.
  • Alexandria Stinnard ’17 has begun graduate study in early childhood education/early childhood special education.
  • A.J. Swift ’12 married Christy Martinez, February 25, 2018.
  • Kimberly Butler Tigner ’11 has earned her Master of Education degree from Mercer University.
  • Will Wright ’15 has been admitted to the doctoral program in human performance at the University of Alabama, where he serves as the head strength and conditioning coach for UA’s adapted athletics program.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Candace Brannon Ozerden ’68, the daughter of former Huntingdon professor Dr. Mary Jane Brannon ’37, passed away in February 2018 in Gulfport, Mississippi.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with former SGA president Zachary A. Turner ’14, assistant director of leadership and student involvement at the University of Southern Mississippi, as he recovers from surgery for a cyst on his brain. Zack’s recovery is already somewhat of a miracle, and we pray that miracle continues.

Next Talon: Week of March 12. News deadline: Monday, March 12. Send your news to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
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Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 | news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

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