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The Talon, Jan. 9, 2018

The Talon

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
January 9, 2018
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Welcome or Welcome Back!

Happy Spring semester! During this first week of classes, here’s your reminder to:

  • Pick up your Information Resources Packet/books for the semester at the bookstore (if you entered Huntingdon during 2016–2017 or 2017–2018). The bookstore, located in Roland Student Center, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day this week.
  • Register your vehicle for a parking permit at the security office, Wilson Building (if you are new this semester or haven’t registered previously).
  • Change your meal plan, if you are so inclined, by Friday, January 12, using the online instructions sent to your email.
  • Drop/Add classes in Self-Service—be sure to do so in plenty of time for your adviser to approve the change by the deadline Friday, January 12. Also be sure you don’t drop below 12 credit hours (the minimum for full-time status) if you plan to live on campus, participate in intercollegiate athletics, or receive financial aid.

Flu Shots

(This information has been revised since publication. Current information is below.)

Thursday, January 18
10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
in The Hut

First come, first served; a second date will be scheduled if demand warrants

Shots administered and vaccine supplied by Vaughn Urgent Care

Bring with you:

Your photo ID

Your insurance card or $30

MLK Day of Service

The Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Community Service invite students to participate in a service project Monday, January 15, during Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In observance of the holiday, there will be no classes, but offices will be open. Members of the College community may assemble Homeless Kits for the Salvation Army from 10:00 a.m. to noon in Roland Arena. Supplies will be provided. More information will be available on your HawkWings app and by email from the Office of Student Affairs.

Cap It Off!

Seniors, you’re almost there! it’s time to order your graduation regalia! Order online by March 16, 2018,  at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_hc/.  And while you’re in the mode of thinking ahead, stop by the CCV/OCAR for their annual 100 Days to Graduation Celebration, Thursday, January 25, 7:30–11:00 a.m.

The Poetry of Art

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will host a College Night, Thursday, January 11, 6:00–7:00 p.m., during which our own Professor Jim Hilgartner will conduct a hands-on ekphrasis writing workshop. The evening is inspired by the museum’s exhibition, Uncommon Territory: Contemporary Art in Alabama. Go and be part of the experience!


  • Spring 2018 In-Service Days: Fridays, January 26; February 16, 23; March 9, April 13.
  • Spring Break: March 26–30
  • Register for Summer 2018 before April 13, 2018.
  • Thank you to all who furnished gifts for 50 angels from the Huntingdon Community Service project’s Angel Tree, with angel names provided by the Salvation Army. Huntingdon provided more gifts than any other organization in the area.That earns a definite “Hawk ’em!”
  • Interested in competing for the title of Miss Huntingdon? Find out more by attending a Miss Huntingdon Interest Meeting Wednesday, January 17, 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Stallworth Dining Room, or Friday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., same location. Practice is slated for March 11–15, with dress rehearsal March 16 and the pageant on March 17. The pageant is open to Huntingdon women who are full-time students at the freshman, sophomore, or junior level.

Coming Cultural Events

  • Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition (January 26–28), final round public concert, Sunday, January 28, 1:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The Blount-Slawson competition, a program of the Montgomery Symphony League, is sponsored by the Blount Foundation and the Guice Slawson family.
  • Celebrating Voices: The Huntingdon College High School Honor Choir, Tuesday, February 6, featuring clinician Dr. Kevin Fenton, professor of choral ensembles and conducting, Florida State University; participants will work on tone production, sight-reading, articulation, and choral methods. For more information and online registration, see Honor Choir.
  • 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
  • Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival Guest Lecturer, FRANK X. WALKER, Thursday, February 15, 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 Poems; About Flight; Turn 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 Events

  • January 31—Going to Graduate School Seminar, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Smith Recital Hall; RSVP Required
  • 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 Sport Athletic Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Former Hawks assistant coach Derrick Ansley, who served under Mike Turk for five years before becoming a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama, has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Colorado State University. He has spent the past two seasons coaching defensive backs for UA after four seasons as a secondary coach for Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • Caleb Astin ’13 married Lauren Bagwell, December 9, 2017.
  • Arielle Barraca ’15 and Eric Clark ’15 were married December 30, 2017.
  • DeAndre Beck ’18 and Jesse Rowlen ’18 became the first Hawk wrestlers during the NCAA era to place first in a tournament, when each won his weight class during the Star City Open in November. Seven other Hawks finished in the top six in their weight classes, 14 Hawks won at least two matches, and the Hawks finished third in the tournament.
  • Dr. Amanda Gilbert Barnes ’05, a chiropractor, recently renovated her HealthSource Chiropractic clinic in Huntsville, Alabama, and opened a second clinic in the city.
  • Jessica Dickson ’12 and Evan Haulman ’09 were married November 18, 2017.
  • Walker Garrett ’07 married Kelsea Keith, December 29, 2017.
  • Juliette Harp ’18, who leads Division III in double-doubles, broke Huntingdon’s NCAA-era record for rebounds January 6 with 869 in 80 games. Her average of 10.9 rebounds per game ranks first for Huntingdon in the NCAA era. She was named USA South Women’s Basketball Player of the Week January 2, following the team’s 71-48 victory over Methodist and a prior loss during the week, in which she averaged 20.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, and one block. Juliette became the fourth Lady Hawk to reach 1,000 career points during the Methodist game. She leads the USA South in total points and total rebounds and has been recognized as a Player of the Week three times this season.
  • Linebacker Trey Hayes ’19 and offensive lineman Chris Hering ’19 were named to the D3football.com third team All-Region in December, the seventh consecutive season the Hawks have had at least two All-Region performers.
  • Stacy Wyatt Jackson ’01 was named Chief Financial Officer for the Civil Air Patrol, a national non-profit and U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, in November 2017. She lives in Deatsville, Alabama.
  • Vic Jerald ’18 was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week in November after scoring three touchdowns in the Hawks’ 27-17 victory over LaGrange College, closing the regular season.
  • Michael Kasmarik ’14 is a history and government teacher and lacrosse coach for Hargrave Military Academy. He lives in Chatham, Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio Valley University in 2016.
  • Chandler Kemp ’17 continues in medical school at Auburn University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Dr. Gabie Churchill Kerr ’00 completed a Ph.D. in Business Administration: Organizational Leadership in August 2017. She works as a project manager with Oak Ridge Associated Universities and lives in Maryville, Tennessee.
  • Daniel Kilday ’01, a children’s book author, has a new book coming out. Molly Warner: School Reporter will be published January 25, 2018, by Vanguard Press. The book is a novel with a target audience of grades 10–14. Dan lives in Austin, Texas. Find out more at www.mollywarnerbook.com.
  • Jamie Langford ’17 has received word that her Senior Capstone project was accepted for presentation at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Barrett Leverette ’16 has joined the Greenville Newspapers (Alabama) staff as a general assignment reporter.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, made several appearances on the CTV (Canada) News Channel in December, serving as a commentator on the Alabama U.S. Senate election and victory by Doug Jones. He has received acceptance of five global panels he will convene and of his paper, “Transparency, Open Government and E-Government: Confluence or Conflict?” for the World Congress of Political Science to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in June 2018.
  • Jenna Maschino ’19 was recognized as an All-Region Scholar with the release of the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women’s Scholar All-Region teams in December. To be named, students must be nominated by their head coaches and meet specific academic and athletic criteria.
  • Catherine Naylor ’11 and Nick Sheppard ’13 were married November 18, 2017.
  • Joe Odom ’14, a stand-out catcher for the Hawks baseball team who was drafted by the Braves after his junior year, was selected to join the Mariners organization in Round 1 of the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in December. He has reported to major league spring training during each of the past two seasons.
  • “Coming of Age with Philip Pullman,” an article by assistant provost Dr. Tom Perrin, was published by publicbooks.org December 12, 2017.
  • Special happy birthday wishes go to Jule Wilson Perry ’39, who celebrated her 100th birthday, December 31, 2017.
  • McDowell Pinckard ’12 married Andrea Darby, January 6, 2018.
  • Taylor Register ’16 married Kimberly Drinkard, December 30, 2017.
  • Sam Schjott ’07 was honored as Kiwanian of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Monroeville in 2017. Sam serves as office manager for Alabama Power Company’s business office in Monroeville, Alabama. He earned his master’s degree in international business from the University of Florida in 2009, studying with Toulouse Business School in France as part of the program. He serves as president-elect of the Kiwanis Club, vice president of the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Kyser Miree Memorial Fishing Tournament, and as a member of the Monroeville/Monroe County Economic Development Authority, Monroeville Main Street, Monroe County Education Foundation, and United Way boards.
  • Huntingdon Director of Golf Dave Schreyer ’89, who was named the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in June 2017, was presented with the Dave Williams Award in Las Vegas in December 2017. In addition to Coach Schreyer, Division I winner Scott Limbaugh ’03 (Vanderbilt) played and coached for Huntingdon, and Division II winner Steve Fell ’87 (West Florida) played for Huntingdon. The Dave Williams Award recognizes the top coach in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, and NJCAA Divisions I and II. The awards were presented during the Golf Coaches Association of America’s National Convention.
  • Morgan Senn ’13 and Sam Griffin ’11 were married November 11, 2017.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sara Shoffner, assistant professor of sport management, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and earned her Ph.D. in December.
  • Sigma Tau Delta honor society and its adviser, Prof. Jim Hilgartner, gave 29 pounds of fresh shelled pecans to the Montgomery Area Food Bank for distribution during the holidays. Thank you for enriching so many Christmases!
  • Lexi Stinard ’16 and Neil Lawler ’16 have announced their engagement.
  • Freshman linebacker Linell Tarver ’21 was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the USA South Athletic Conference at the close of the football season, the third consecutive year a Hawk has won that title.
  • Shirin Torabinejad ’15 and Taylor Long ’15 have announced their engagement.
  • Head football coach and athletic director Mike Turk was named USA South Coach of the Year in November, the third consecutive year for him to win the title.
  • Dr. Jennifer Hart VanDeWoestyne ’97 has moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve as director of academic advising for Queens University of Charlotte. She completed her doctorate in education through Temple University’s College of Education in December 2016.
  • Sarah Ward ’10 married Tyler Pair, December 9, 2017. Sarah is the daughter of Huntingdon Chief of Security Mike Ward ’76 and his wife, Phyllis Killion Ward ’74.
  • Evening Studies graduate Emilee Waters ’17 was named assistant vice president and Atmore (Alabama) branch manager for United Bank. She has worked in banking for nine years, including serving as assistant manager for the Atmore branch.
  • Twelve Hawks were named to All-Conference football teams as the season concluded. Huntingdon’s first-team All-Conference selections were running back Vic Jerald, receiver Otis Porter, H-Back Colton Chinn, offensive linemen Chris Hering and Adam Mann, linebacker Trey Hayes, and defensive back Jarrett White. Huntingdon’s second-team selections were quarterback Chip Taylor, linebacker Brandon Williams, defensive backs Anthony Wood and Demetrius Beverly, and kicker Chase Young. Wood was also named to the USA South’s All-Sportsmanship team.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • James Bishop Sr. ’62, former owner of Bishop Cabinets and a generous benefactor to Huntingdon previously inducted into the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, died November 19, 2017, in Montgomery.
  • Juanita Prim Bottoms, wife of the late Rev. W.R. Bottoms, died October 13, 2017—shortly after her 100th birthday—in Pensacola, Florida. Together, the Reverend and Mrs. Bottoms established 22 Huntingdon endowed scholarships honoring family and friends, some of whom attended Huntingdon.
  • Mary King Burns ’48, a faithful member of the Huntingdon Society who genuinely loved her alma mater, passed away December 31, 2017, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. We extend our condolences to her family.
  • Barbara Cade Hunt ’55 died November 5, 2017, at age 83. She was a former May Queen and president of the Senior Class who furthered her education at the University of Alabama and went on to teach for Samford University, Southeastern Bible College, and Birmingham-Southern College.
  • Our sympathies are extended to Chief Mike Ward ’76, his wife, Phyllis ’74, and family, including daughter Sarah Ward Pair ’10, in the death of Mike’s father, Seth Dempsey “Buddy” Ward, December 11, 2017. Mr. Ward, a resident of York, Alabama, was a retired service station owner/operator and a WW II U.S. Army Veteran.
  • Former Huntingdon trustee and Alumni Achievement Award recipient Dr. James Yarbrough ’59 passed away December 5, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Yarbrough had a distinguished career in higher education culminating as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama.

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