The Talon, January 2018

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January 24, 2018
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What’s New?

Have a Ball

The traditional Countess of Huntingdon Ball is set for this Thursday, January 25, 8:00–11:00 p.m., at Montgomery Country Club. Admission is free for Huntingdon students, with the event sponsored by the Student Government Association. Dress up in your finest—or in semi-formal attire, whichever you prefer—and dance the evening away to the music of the great band, AzZ Izz. You can sleep in late on Friday, since it’s an In-Service Day. This year’s Countess theme is A Night at the Oscars. Raffle prizes will be awarded; you must be present to win. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, with a cash bar available for those 21 and older.

SaveFirst Tax Prep Opens

About fifteen students, primarily accounting and business majors, have trained to serve for this year’s SaveFirst program, in which they will prepare tax returns for low-income individuals and families. The service allows the families to avoid commercial tax preparation fees while earning important tax credits for which they may be eligible. Housed in Cloverdale 123, SaveFirst opened last week and will provide appointments at no cost on designated days and times through April 17. To make an appointment, call 1-888-998-2925.

The Right Formula

Chemistry students will present their undergraduate research at the 255th National American Chemical Society Meeting in New Orleans, March 15–18, 2018. Their mentor and co-author is Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry. The following projects will be presented:

  • Determination of the metal content in deer hooves, duck feet, and Monarch butterflies: Sentinels of environment, health, and nutrition, by Jason Christopher Reynolds, Lindsey Selph, and Logan Gildea
  • Analysis of metal content in ore from Alabama’s first iron mine, by Sophia Antoinette Burton, Charles Boyd, Bailey Burns, and Jason Christopher Reynolds
  • Assessment of trace element content in fingernails: Association with physical activity in female college students, by Meagan Clausell and Hannah M. Parks

Question: What’s Higher than Higher Education?

Answer: Grad School. Well, actually, it’s a continuum, but there’s a lot you need to know to prepare for it. The CCV will offer “Going to Grad School” Wednesday, January 31, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Stallworth Dining Room. Learn about putting together your application materials, references, and personal statements, as well as preparing for the GRE or other admission testing. After you’re admitted, what’s next? How do you choose the best program? What will grad school be like, in comparison to Huntingdon? This seminar is open to students of all majors; no RSVP is necessary; and door prizes will be given away. Questions? Contact CCV director Sherry Leigh Lacey at

Scholarships and Loans for United Methodists

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation invite United Methodist students to apply for scholarships using the Fall 2018 scholarship applications online at In addition, application deadlines for UMC Student Loans for Spring 2018 close May 2, 2018. You may apply online for these opportunities.

Registrations Open for HLA

If you know a high school sophomore or junior who may be discerning a call to a ministry vocation, please encourage that student to attend the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, June 24–29, on campus. This week-long program combines education, reflection, service, instruction, worship, and community-building as the student explores his/her calling. Those who apply by March 1 may receive a discount from the regular participation fee of $100. Read news release.

Flu Shots

A special flu shot clinic offered through Vaughn Urgent Care was made available on campus last week. If you missed the opportunity but would like for the College to offer this clinic again, please contact Dean of Students Fran Taylor ( to express your interest as soon as possible. In this case, adequate demand will create a new supply. Shots are available for students, faculty and staff.

MLK Day of Service

Approximately 80 members of the Huntingdon family celebrated Martin Luther King Day by giving back to the community through the annual MLK Day of Service. This year, volunteers prepared 1,000 homeless kits, each containing socks, a healthy snack, and a water bottle. The kits were given to the Salvation Army for distribution in the River Region. The Day of Service and kit components were coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Community Service.

Black History Month Arts Event

Annually, the Black Student Union has brought to campus an artist to share his/her work and speak with students in commemoration of Black History Month. This year’s event goes a step beyond, teaming visual art with music to create a multi-sensory experience in exploration of The Body In Motion. Featured artists are painter and printmaker Cleve Webber and guitarist Emery Kidd. Come and be part of the experience anytime between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., Thursday, February 8, in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater. The event is free and open to the public, part of Huntingdon’s Community and Cultural Events Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost and by Baptist Health.

Snow Days

For some students, last week’s snow days were the first time they’d ever played in—or even seen—snow. If you’re among those who thought to take a few photos of the snow and your friends playing in it on campus, please, with your friends’ permission, send your photos to Su Ofe at We’d love to add your photos to our Snow Days collection on Facebook.


  • Apply to be an Orientation Leader. Deadline: February 11
  • 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.
  • STUDENTS: Which is the right link to Canvas? No more guessing! A link has been added to the Academics/Academic Resources section of the Main Menu at the top of the homepage, to the Academics sidebar menu, and to the Popular Links menu in the footer of the homepage.
  • SENIORS: 100 Days to Graduation Celebration, sponsored by the Center for Career and Vocation, Thursday, January 25, 7:30–11:00 a.m., in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, second floor, Flowers Hall.
  • FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, AND JUNIOR WOMEN: Interested in participating in the Miss Huntingdon Pageant? Email Kathleen Penney at or stop by her office in The Hut. She’ll be sure you get the paperwork when it is available. (Guys, there will be a Mr. Huntingdon contest later in the semester—we’ll let you know.)
  • IMPORTANT: ALL STUDENTS: The Office of Student Accounts will mail 2017 1098-T Tax Forms to students’ permanent addresses on file by the IRS deadline of January 31, 2018. If the permanent address on file needs to be changed, you may make a correction by logging onto your Self-Service account: 1) Go to My Profile Tab; 2) Select Addresses; 3) Select Add Address; 4) Select Address Type=Permanent; 5) Complete the starred items; 6) Save. Complete this process by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, January 25, in order for your 1098 to be mailed to the correct address.
  • Oxfam is accepting applications for its 2018 CHANGE leadership and organizing program. The CHANGE Initiative, a year-long program, invites applications from students who will be sophomores or juniors at Huntingdon College in the 2018-19 school year. Students may take action on Oxfam-related campaigns that work to end the injustice of poverty. As Oxfam college ambassadors, students represent Oxfam on their campus by collaborating with others to lead locally while influencing global changes. Throughout the year, participants receive resources, materials, and support from Oxfam staff; they are also connected to student leaders across the US and beyond who are making a difference.
  • Have you thought about becoming an RA? Learn more from an Information Session, Monday, February 5, 11:30 a.m., in Stallworth Dining Room. Read more about Resident Assistants.
  • 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, January 26; 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.
  • Spring Break: March 26–30
  • Register for Summer 2018 before April 13, 2018.

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.
  • Annual Burns Supper, celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns, Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00–8:00 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium. Seating is limited, reserve your place right away by contacting Prof. Jim Hilgartner, Enjoy haggis, neeps and tatties, poetry, music—and it’s all free! There’s even roast chicken–for the faint of heart.
  • NOTE: Celebrating Voices: The Huntingdon College High School Honor Choir, has been moved from February 6 to September 23–24, 2018.
  • 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 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 Events

  • January 31—Going to Graduate School Seminar, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
  • 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

  • Dr. Blake Ball, assistant professor of history, has been selected to receive the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2018. His dissertation is a finalist of the UA’s outstanding dissertation prize.
  • Secure Your Own Mask, the third book of poetry from alumna Shaindel Beers ’99, was awarded the 2017 White Pine Poetry Prize. The book will be published in the fall of 2018.
  • The January issue of The American Organist, an international publication, includes Dr. James Conely’s September 24, 2017, recital on the 5-manual Anderson organ at the University of Florida, among its list of recitals. Dr. Conely is an adjunct instructor of piano and organ.
  • Huntingdon archivist Blake Denton presented “Troubled Waters: the Split Over Civil Rights at Union Springs United Methodist Church,” for the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium Library Research Forum in December 2017.
  • Stephen Elting ’91 earned his Master of Education degree from the University of South Alabama in 1994 and his TOEFL certification from Tokyo Language Arts College in 1997. He began his teaching career in Pensacola, Florida, and in 1999 moved to Yoro-cho, Japan, teaching through the JET Programme. From Japan he moved to Hong Kong, teaching English as a Second Language under the Government sponsored NET Scheme for seven years. As an active member of the Hong Kong Theatre scene, Stephen started his own theater company with two other expats. He met his wife Divya, a Canadian yoga teacher, while living in Hong Kong and the two were married in Canada. Together they moved to Abu Dhabi in 2007, where Stephen worked at the Emirates National School. Living overseas afforded Stephen many adventures in destinations around the world, including Australia, Africa, Beijing, Singapore, Cambodia, Qatar, Dubai, Thailand, Vietnam, France and Holland. Stephen and his wife moved back to Pensacola in 2009, where he teaches English literature and runs the fine arts program at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. He is an active member of the Artistic Committee of the Pensacola Little Theatre. He and Divya have a 6-year-old son, Jameson.
  • Rachael Gautier ’11 married Andrew Hatten, January 13, 2018.
  • Head Women’s Soccer Coach Matt Gill and his wife welcomed son Deke Alexander Gill, January 10, 2018.
  • Dr. Doba Jackson, professor of chemistry, has completed and published collaborative research with colleagues at Alabama State University: “A genetic analysis of an important hydrophobic interaction at the P22 tailspike protein N-terminal domain,” was published in the Archives of Virology.
  • Head Men’s Basketball Coach Caleb Kimbrough and his wife, Marley, welcomed baby boy Nash Michael Kimbrough, 7 lbs., 10 oz., January 9, 2018.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, continues his commentary for Canadian television (CTV Toronto). He gave an interview this morning, in fact.
    Matthew Lewis ’07 completed his Master of Science in microbiology at Auburn University in 2010. He and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Elizabeth (Libby) Miranda Lewis, September 19, 2017. In December that same year, he published a book, Fly Fishing for Redeye Bass: An Adventure Across Southern Waters. The book, available on, is an in-depth review of redeye bass, how best to catch them, and a plea for awareness and conservation of the native species. The Lewises live in Birmingham, where Matt is a research associate with the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, professor of finance and economics, presented “An Urgency for Evidence and Transparency in Economic Analysis and Policy” for the AIRLEAP Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, in October 2017. She also chaired a session, “Improving Standards and Beliefs in Economic Practice,” for the same conference.
  • Monica Perkins ’11 works as an operations utility specialist for BBVA Compass in Birmingham. She completed her Executive MBA through Faulkner University in April 2017.
  • Hannah Shirley Rawlinson ’17 married Andrew Rawlinson, June 3, 2017. She teaches fifth grade at Prattville Intermediate School and plans to pursue her master’s degree in elementary education soon.
  • Former Huntingdon English professor and alumna Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 has garnered more recognition for her first book of poems, American Happiness. The book has been awarded the Balcones Poetry Prize from the Balcones Center for Creative Writing at Austin Community College, Texas.
  • Geoffrey M. Williams ’90 has been appointed to serve on the International Board of Directors for the Association of Legal Administrators. Geoffrey is one of 400 Certified Legal Managers worldwide and serves as president of the Mobile, Alabama, chapter of the ALA. He is the chief operating officer of Cunningham Bounds, LLC.
  • With wins in two matches versus Truett-McConnell University last Saturday (the first wins over Truett-McConnell in five meetings), the Huntingdon wrestling team has tied their season record of five dual match wins, set last season.The team hosts Allen University, February 3.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Former adjunct faculty member John Cottle III died Saturday, January 20, 2018, after a battle with renal cell cancer. He was an attorney who handled civil and criminal cases. A collection of his short stories, “The Blessings of Hard-Used Angels,” published by Texas Review Press, won the George Garrett Prize for Fiction in 2003.
  • Former Hawks football player Will Merritt ’11 died Friday, January 19, 2018, in Jackson County, Alabama. Will served as a teacher and coach in Wetumpka after graduating. Our sympathies are extended to his mom, Lauria, and family. Arrangements are pending, but a memorial will be established to help others go to college.
  • Former Huntingdon All-American baseball player Darrell Richardson ’88 died Friday, January 19, in Robertsdale, Alabama. Our condolences are extended to his family.

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