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The Talon, February 6, 2018

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Reminder: This Week: Black History Month Arts Event

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate to Speak for Ellison Lecture

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, a professor of English and African American/Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky, will be the featured speaker for this year’s Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival and Lecture, Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall. Voted one of the most creative professors in the South, Walker originated the word Affrilachia and dedicates his time to deconstructing and forcing a new definition of what it means to be Appalachian. Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets Movement and is the author of Ink Stains and Watermarks: New and Uncollected PoemsAbout FlightTurn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers; and Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride.

Golden Sounds

World-renowned opera singer David Cangelosi has, for the past decade, been on campus annually as the artistic director and lead faculty for the Vann Vocal Institute. VVI, a program of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra League held at Huntingdon, brings young opera and classical singers to campus for intensive master classes with Cangelosi and other opera stars with whom he has shared the stage at either the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera, or one of the many other venues where he has performed. Together, he and his fellow faculty present a Celebrity Recital in Ligon Chapel annually (this year’s recital will be held March 8—more about that in a later Talon). Mr. Cangelosi will also be on campus, as well as traveling and performing in the region, for a week in February 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 will perform a free public concert at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, Sunday, February 25, at 4:00 p.m. If you live in the Birmingham area or want to make a great day trip, we can promise his performance will captivate you! His program varies but could include stage, classical, folk, and opera selections.

Clarinet/Piano Concert

Huntingdon adjunct clarinet instructor Curtis Hollinger will present “Preserving the Classics with Classical Music,” Tuesday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall, with Ms. Haein Kim on piano. Music will include selections written or performed by Gerald Finzi, Johannes Brahms, and Carl Maria von Weber. Hollinger and Kim have collaborated for three years. The concert is part of the Department of Music’s Faculty Concert Series. The series is free and open to the public and is part of Huntingdon’s Community and Cultural Events Series, sponsored by Baptist Health.

Answering the Call

During two evenings last week, 38 teams of Hawks led by Huntingdon Ambassadors, including 122 student callers, raised $50,112 for the Huntingdon Annual Fund. We are grateful for the 774 alumni who made gifts or pledges during the phone calling spree. Thank you to all who made calls and all who answered those calls, and to Luke Ates ’17, coordinator of donor relations, and Laura Brelsford ’05, director of college relations, who shepherded the process. The teams of callers competed for prizes based on dollars raised and successful calls made. The winning teams were led by Ambassadors Abby Blankenship ’18, Tristan Thompson ’18, Austin Washington ’18 and Justin Reeder ’18. If you missed the call, you can still show your support for this effort by making a gift at www.huntingdon.edu/give.

Wrestling for a Victory

The fourth-year wrestling team set a new record for wins in a season with a victory over Allen University, Saturday, February 3. This was the fourth consecutive dual match and sixth dual match victory of the season for the young team. Deon Maxwell, Ryan Brooks, Quintez Pearson, Jesse Rowlen, DeAndre Beck, Kaleb Fontenot, Cody Dixon, and Kori Walker each walked away with wins from the match. The Hawks will travel to the Southeast Wrestling Conference Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., this weekend. This is the first year Huntingdon has been able to celebrate a senior who has wrestled on the team for a full four years. Special congratulations to Deon Maxwell ’18, who entered as a freshman, and to DeAndre Beck ’18, Sam Garrison ’18, and Jesse Rowlen ’18, who transferred in.

Add Your Voice, Make Your Move, Serve, or Debate That

Three new clubs are forming (or re-forming) this semester and one almost-new club continues to grow at HC.

  • Last semester’s first formal college debate in recent memory has fanned the flames of student interest. We’re happy to say that a Debate Club is forming. The first meeting will be Wednesday, February 7, in Wilson 205, at which officers will be elected and topics will be discussed as the basis for a spring debate. Want to know more? Contact Dr. Siobahn Stiles, assistant professor of communication studies, at tstiles@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Voice of Justice, a club that works to stamp out human trafficking, has been on hiatus for a semester, but thanks to Abigail Eike ’20 and friends, the club is back! The next meeting will be Friday, February 9, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in Stallworth Dining Room. Come, bring your lunch, and learn about the three events the club has begun planning for this spring.
  • Don’t be anyone’s pawn. Make your move as part of the new Chess Club. Email mbranch@hawks.huntingdon.edu if you want to know more.
  • A fourth young club, Rotaract, formed last year and is building membership steadily. Come learn more about how this college arm of Rotary International serves and builds community, Monday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. in Wilson 205.

Celebrating Culture

Huntingdon Campus Ministries teamed with the East Montgomery Islamic Society in recognition of World Hijab Day last week. During the four-hour come-and-go event, visitors could learn more about Islam, and, most importantly, meet and talk with women from the EMIS. Learning more stokes the wisdom treasure chest, and talking more helps us understand that we are all products of the culture in which we were raised, and most of us are just trying to get along, do good, and be good. Bravo to Campus Ministries for this insight-filled event.

The Right Formula, Part 2

After our announcement in the last Talon about chemistry students presenting their research at the ACS Meeting in New Orleans, we learned of more students who are presenting. Caroline Cooper ’18 and Olivia den Besten ’19 will present their research at the 255th National American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, March 15-18, 2018. Caroline completed her research, Green Modifications to the Hajos Pathway to an Important Steroid Intermediate, to fulfill Departmental Honors, which was approved in December of 2017 pending graduation GPA requirements. Olivia is completing her research, Cyclic Asymmetric Aldol Additions and Dehydrations in Hot Pressurized Water, to satisfy the undergraduate research requirement for her Chemistry major.  Additionally, both students had abstracts accepted through a peer-reviewed process to present their research at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science at Samford University in Birmingham this coming weekend. Both projects were completed under the supervision of Dr. John Berch ’98, associate professor of chemistry.

Splashing through Summer

If you’re interested in earning credit toward a minor in Marine Science, you may do so  by taking classes at Dauphin Island Sea Lab this summer. Classes are already filling up, with a priority deadline mid-February. Stop by Dr. Paul Gier’s office (Bellingrath 305) to learn more about the courses offered and their costs, or visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s website.

A Bookstore by Any Other Name …

Here it is! You were asked for your ideas on renaming the bookstore. (… drumroll …) The winning name is: The Scarlet and Grey Shop! (…fireworks exploding…) To celebrate the new name, the Scarlet and Grey Shop will host a Super Sweet Sale for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. Come in for 20% off winter clothing (outerwear, jackets, sweatshirts, pullovers, long-sleeve t-shirts).


  • Apply to be an Orientation Leader. Deadline: February 11
  • Alabama State University invites members of the Huntingdon community to hear the Honorable Bakari Sellers speak, Tuesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Sellers, an attorney, is a CNN legal analyst and member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and will speak on the topic: Student Activism: The Key to Real Change.
  • Houghton Memorial Library is celebrating Black History Month by channeling Maxine Waters’ famous phrase “Reclaiming my time.” The library is celebrating famous black women and men in history (or history in the making) who went out of their way to make sure they got the time they deserved and they were heard loud and clear while working to enable that others do the same. Bulletin boards and social media will reflect some of these men and women and the book display up front will feature books relating to Black History Month and the figures featured on the boards.
  • Mardi Gras! Be sure to drop by the Library on Fat Tuesday (February 13) for beads and Moon Pies. Also, take a look at the Library’s displays that include vintage Mardi Gras items.
  • Need academic help? Come and get it! Free Academic Coaching Sessions are available during Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Students may attend: MONDAYS: Chem 106 in FL102; ECON201 in FL201; HIST111 in FL202; Math General Help, FL 203. TUESDAYS: Comm Studies 201, FL201; HIST 112, FL202; Math general help, FL203. WEDNESDAYS: CHEM106, FL102; ECON202, FL201; ENGL general help, FL203; MATH171, FL202.
  • For the fourth consecutive year, Huntingdon has been named a Tree Campus U.S.A. by the Arbor Day Foundation. Huntingdon achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee and a campus tree-care plan; dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program; and hosting an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project. Our TC-USA coordinator is Gabbie Ehinger, adjunct instructor of biology.
  • Former Huntingdon music (piano) professor Dr. Vadim Serebryany, who teaches for Ithaca College (N.Y.), will perform a concert of Beethoven and Liszt, Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m.in Goodwyn Hall Auditorium at Auburn University Montgomery.
  • 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.
  • Spring 2018 In-Service Days: Fridays, February 16, 23; 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/.
  • Spring Break: March 26–30
  • SaveFirst tax preparation continues in Cloverdale 123 through April 17. To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925.
  • Register for Summer 2018 before April 13, 2018.

Coming Cultural Events

  • Annual Black History Month Art Exhibit, featuring the art of CLEVE M. WEBBER, presented by the Black Student Union, Thursday, February 8, 7:00–9:30 p.m., Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Cloverdale Campus
  • DATE CHANGE: Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival Guest Lecturer, Frank X. Walker, Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building; Walker is a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets Movement and is the author of Ink Stains and Watermarks: New and Uncollected PoemsAbout FlightTurn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers; and Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride.
  • More community and cultural events

Coming Center for Career and Vocation (CCV) Events

  • NOTE: The CCV has a number of part-time job leads, as well and internship and externship placement possibilities. Check with the office at ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu to find out more.
  • Announcement: The Montgomery Biscuits organization is hosting Job Fairs at Riverwalk Stadium, Thursday, February 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.–noon. Extra staff is needed to help the Biscuits throw 70 parties during the summer months. Game Day positions are available in food service, guest relations, box office, the promo team, and other areas. Job descriptions can be found at www.biscuitsbaseball.com.
  • February 21—Communication Studies Networking Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth; RSVP Required
  • 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

Winter and Spring Sport Athletic Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Elizabeth Polk Adcock ’98 serves as director of IT services for Harley-Davidson Financial Services. She completed a Master of Project Management degree at the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Reno, Nevada.
  • Huntingdon’s Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society has received a $300 National Meeting Travel Grant to defray costs for students and faculty to travel for presentations at the upcoming 255th meeting of the American Chemical Society, to be held in New Orleans in March.
  • A couple of Talons ago we reported that former Hawks defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley accepted a position as defensive coordinator for Colorado State University. Not so fast. Now he’s been grabbed by the L.A. Raiders to serve as their defensive backs coach. He’s spent the past two seasons as DB coach at the University of Alabama.
  • Luke Boyd ’18 has been accepted to the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Public Health to pursue a Master of Public Health-Industrial Hygiene degree.
  • Brittney Calloway ’10 married Daniel Lee Smith, October 8, 2017. She works as an executive secretary and customer service representative for Infirmary Health System in Lucedale, Mississippi.
  • Snaevar Hreinsson ’94 and his wife, Carmelina, live in Herndon, Virginia, where he works as a senior contracts manager and government services compliance officer for Blackboard. He earned master certificates in commercial contract management and in government contract management from Villanova University.
  • Bailee Ikner ’14 has announced her engagement to Jeremy Lane Brantley.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Doba Jackson, professor of chemistry, and to our faculty in the sciences for securing specialized accreditation for our Biochemistry program through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
  • Michael Kasmarik ’14 has gone from scoring goals for Huntingdon’s lacrosse team to representing Slovakia’s lacrosse team. Hawk ’em around the world!
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, has become a regular on Canada TV news; this week talking about current topics in American politics.
  • Brian Mann ’95, an attorney, has been elected mayor (president) of the Old Cloverdale Association.
  • Huntingdon adjunct professor Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, sport science, was interviewed for an article that appears in this week’s (Feb. 5) TIME Magazine regarding insights in health and weight control.
  • Accounting instructor Brianne Smith spoke at a recent meeting of the Montgomery Area Association of Realtors on the topics of cryptocurrency and retirement planning.
  • Charles “Chick” Todd III ’73 reports that he is semi-retired but still consulting for Hawaii Home Infusion Associates in Lihue, Hawaii. He has worked in healthcare since 1969, including 20 years in Indian Health Services in New Mexico and Arizona. He and his wife, Crucita, moved to Hawaii in 2001.
  • Former Hawks assistant football coach Davern Williams has been hired to coach the defensive line for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beginning fall 2018.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Huntingdon College was saddened to learn of the death of long-time friend and patron Carol Brewbaker Hodges, who passed away January 23, 2018, in Montgomery. We extend condolences to her husband and to her family.
  • We were saddened to learn of the death of former assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Sean Puckett, January 28, 2018, in Blytheville, Arkansas. Dr. Puckett, age 41, died of an apparent heart attack. Our sympathies are extended to his wife, Jimmie, and son, Christopher. He has taught chemistry and physics at Nettleton High School in Manila, Arkansas, for the past eight years. He served on the Huntingdon chemistry faculty from 2006 to 2010.
  • Our sympathies are extended to Miriam Rogers ’51 in the death of her husband, historian William Warren Rogers Sr., who taught for many years at Florida State University.
  • Our sympathies are extended to Cathy Wolfe, assistant vice president for development operations, and to Jeremy Wolfe ’16 in the death of their mother and grandmother, respectively, Monday, February 5.

NEXT TALON: Week of February 19. News deadline: Monday, February 19. Send your news to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

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