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The Talon, June 19, 2018

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
June 19, 2018
Send us your news at news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

What’s New?

First Orientation Program this Week!

We can’t wait to meet the Class of 2022 and new transfer students, and we’ll get our chance when the first of three summer orientation programs for students who will begin at Huntingdon this fall occurs Thursday, June 21. During Orientation, incoming students meet in groups with two Orientation Leaders (OLs), while parents and other guests are offered concurrent information sessions. Updated schedules for students and guests have been posted on the Orientation page. If you’re among those coming to an orientation session this summer, here’s what to do in advance:

  • Make sure you’ve completed and turned in all of the forms on the Enrollment Forms and Information page under Future Students/Admitted Students on the website.
  • Download the App! (This is for students, parents, and guests.) Go to your phone’s app store and download the Huntingdon Connect app. Create your account and verify your email with your text message code. Answer the “tell us who you are” question. Once downloaded, the app changes names to HawkWings. Orientation schedules and information will be available on this app, and it will be used throughout the orientation sessions for all attenders.
  • Be sure to bring with you printed copies of your enrollment and financial aid paperwork and proof of immunization.
  • Don’t forget to bring a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license or passport). This is absolutely necessary for the financial aid process.
  • Be ready to smile! You’ll get your picture taken lots of times!

Give Back with a Backpack Drive

Huntingdon Trustee Berrell Cobb ’13 is sponsoring a Backpack Giveaway for area children in need Saturday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Roland Arena. He plans to give away at least 250 backpacks on a first-come, first-served basis. Let’s help him give away more! Here’s how you can help:

  • Eat at Chappy’s Deli (either location), Tuesday, June 26, 4:00–9:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to funding bookbags and supplies. There will also be donation baskets where you can add your contribution.
  • Visit the Backpack Drive’s Go Fund Me account and offer a monetary contribution.
  • If you’d like to donate backpacks or school supplies, contact Berrell Cobb at (334) 625-6787.

Economic Development takes the Stage

Huntingdon was privileged to welcome 23 high school students representing 20 Chambers of Commerce for the 2018 Economic and Community Development Scholars program last week. The students formed teams representing various regions throughout Alabama to entice Hawks, Inc., to move its people and facilities to their areas. Team Birmingham won the competition this year, but all of the teams were populated with thoughtful, energetic forward-thinkers, each of whom is poised to take the lead to develop his or her community for growth and advancement in the future. The students were selected and sponsored for the experience by their home Chamber of Commerce.  During their three days on campus, they listened to professionals and toured facilities representing many facets of economic and community development. ECDS is one of three summer academies for high school students. Next week we’ll host the Huntingdon Leadership Academy for growing church leaders, followed by the Huntingdon Heath Sciences Academy during the last week of June.

College Expands Footprint

When you return in August, property owned by Huntingdon College will have expanded again! On Monday, June 4, the College closed on three of four apartment buildings on Fairview Avenue across the street from Bellingrath Hall. Current residents have been apprised that the College is their new landlord. As leases expire, the units will shift to serve as residential housing for Huntingdon upperclassmen. The property purchases provide a new step to further students’ journeys to independence.

We Appreciate Your Patience!

Technology and connectivity issues have caused a number of outages for the Huntingdon website this summer. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our services. If you experience a 403 error when accessing a website page, wait a few seconds and try the page access again. If you experience the error multiple times, you may need to clear your cache before trying again. You may report any website issues to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu.


  • Class of 2018 graduates, at some point this summer you will be removed from the student email distribution list. If you would like to continue to receive The Talon and pertinent college news releases, simply send an email to ofe@hawks.huntingdon.edu with the email address you’d like to have put on that list.
  • Two groups of Class of 2018 alums spent 10 days in New Zealand this month, on travel-study through the Huntingdon Plan. A favorite destination was Hobbiton, where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed. If you were part of that trip, please send photos!
  • Parents, you will not be removed from the parent email list automatically when your student leaves Huntingdon. To request removal from the list, send an email to ofe@hawks.huntingdon.edu and list the email addresses you’d like to have removed from the parent distribution list. If you’d like to continue receiving the Talon, just smile as you read it. We’re glad to have you sharing the good news of the Huntingdon campus!
  • Head men’s basketball coach Caleb Kimbrough invites Huntingdon employees to send their children to basketball camp at a greatly reduced cost from the public price. Camps will be offered June 25–28 and July 23–26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. The Huntingdon rate is $35 with lunch not included, $70 if lunch is included (normal rate is $200 per camp). Contact Coach Kimbrough for a sign-up form.
  • Students: withdrawing from a Huntingdon summer course could jeopardize your Satisfactory Academic Progress. One requirement of Huntingdon’s Satisfactory Academic Progress calculation requires students to complete at least 33% of classes attempted each term. This includes the summer terms (Summer Session I and Summer Session II are considered one regular term, not two). The catalog states, “A student must demonstrate measurable progress toward the completion of the degree program by maintaining a semester completion rate at Huntingdon College of at least 33 percent for all classes leading toward the degree.” If you are only enrolled in one course during the summer and you choose to withdraw, you will have completed 0% of the courses you attempted, thereby resulting in Academic Probation or Suspension.
  • Faculty and Staff REMINDER: Huntingdon College staff and faculty employment/benefit enrollment or re-enrollment forms are due Monday, July 2.
  • Thank you to all who supported the Huntingdon College Annual Fund during 2017–2018. This year’s annual giving exceeded the previous annual giving record by $28,000! Your support is the wind beneath our wings!
  • Congratulations to those who made the Dean’s List of Honors, the Dean’s List of High Honors, or the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Dean’s List for the spring term 2018. You can find these lists in the News section of the website.
  • Call for papers and presentations: Faculty are invited to submit proposals for presentations as part of Houghton Library’s observance of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein during the fall semester. Please submit proposals to Professor Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library. Student presentations will also be welcome during the fall mini-conference, “What It Means to Be Human.”
  • Faculty and Staff: the first of two Benefit Information meetings will be held Friday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m. in Wilson 208-209. Benefit forms are due July 2. You will have the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to health, vision, dental, secondary coverage, long-term disability coverage, and voluntary life insurance. The second of the these meetings will be held August 15 at 1:30 p.m. Watch for an email from Chris Clark.
  • A new email has been set up to assist with triage for Student Health Services. Students may email their health concerns or appointment requests to studenthealth@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Coming Events

  • Special Check-in Dates
    • Football: New Students, Tuesday, August 7, 10:00 a.m.; Returning Students, August 7, Noon.
    • Band: Drum Line, Designated Leaders, and Freshmen, Monday, August 13, 10:00 a.m.; Designated Returning Students, Wednesday, August 15, 11:30 a.m.
    • Cheer and Cross Country, Wednesday, August 15, 9:00 a.m.
    • Volleyball, Wednesday, August 15, 9:30 a.m.
    • Women’s Soccer, Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.
    • Men’s Soccer, Wednesday, August 15, 10:45 a.m.
  • Orientation Programs
    • Session I:  Thursday, June 21, 2018—(Freshmen Only)
    • Session II: Thursday, July 26, 2018—(Freshmen and Transfers)
    • Session III: Friday, August 17, 2018, combined with Big Red Weekend Check-in—(Freshmen, Transfers, and International Students)
  • Summer Sports Camps
  • High School Summer Academies and Dual Enrollment
  • 2018–2019 Academic Calendar

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Scholarship is an important part of being a student-athlete at Huntingdon, which is why we’re super-proud that 139 Huntingdon student-athletes—more than any other college— were recognized on the USA South Academic All-Conference team released yesterday. Hawks on the list represent every sport and team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.3 GPA during each semester of the school year. Members of sports not sponsored by the conference, including women’s golf, beach volleyball and wrestling, are eligible for recognition. This year, for the first time, the USA South recognized student-athletes who earned a 3.9 GPA or higher in each semester as All-Academic with Distinction; 35 Huntingdon student-athletes earned the honor.
  • Congratulations to Luke Ates ’17, who has served as coordinator of donor relations for the past year. His title has changed to special assistant to the senior vice president in the Office of College and Alumni Relations.
  • Two Huntingdon alumni have been selected by Business Alabama as Movers and Shapers for Baldwin County: Vinson Bradley ’10, director of enrollment for the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program; and Gale Croft ’11, executive director of the South Alabama Chamber Foundation.
  • Dr. Matt Brink ’12 completed his doctorate in physical therapy at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
  • Dr. Chris Clark ’07 completed his juris doctorate at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and has been promoted to associate vice president of human resources and risk management. He also serves as an adjunct professor in business and accounting and as director of operations for the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program.
  • Dr. Dexter Dean ’13, who has just completed his doctorate in chemistry, and his wife, Sara Beth Dean, former director of student activities at Huntingdon, have moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, where Dexter will begin his post-doctoral research at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Belinda Goris Duett ’03 has been promoted to associate vice president for financial services and reporting.
  • Professional golfer Joe Durant ’87 finished tied for second at the Regions Tradition tournament in May, a major on the PGA Tour Champions circuit. He has eight top 10 finishes on the Champions circuit this season.
  • Kaleb Futral ’12 married Kelsey Powell, June 16, 2018.
  • John Haynes ’18 has accepted a position with the CPA firm Carr, Riggs, and Ingram.
  • Kristyanne Kiner-Galish ’18 serves as the new assistant site supervisor for the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program’s Bay Minette site. Her contact information is posted in the director online.
  • Kenny Klinger ’00 has been hired as coach of basketball, tennis, and cross country for LaGrange Academy in Georgia. He has coached for several years at Pike Road School.
  • Chelsey Hodge Koppersmith ’09 serves as a licensed mental health counselor with AMkids Mineral Coast. She lives in Niceville, Florida.
  • Audrey Krumbach ’03 has been hired to serve as interim executive director of Lost N Found Youth, an organization for LGBTQ homeless youth in Atlanta. She worked previously as director of development for Living Room, an organization that provides housing stability for those living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Sherry Leigh Lacey ’13, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, married Robbie Farquhar ’15, a teacher and coach at LAMP High School, June 2, 2018, in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.
  • Whitney Pettus Lundskow ’07 and her husband, Andy, welcomed their first child, Ritter Henry Lundskow, May 3, 2018, in Encinitas, California. The family has moved to Woodbridge, Virginia, for Andy’s new assignment at Quantico.
  • Carden Mellown ’20 and Taylor Fought ’18 were recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-South Region teams in May. Carden, who led the Hawks on the mound this season with a 7-3 record and 1 save in 13 appearances, was named to the second team as a pitcher; and Taylor, who started in all 40 games this season and led the team with 68 hits, a .400 batting average, 49 RBIs, 15 doubles, 4 home runs and a .571 slugging percentage, was named to the third team as a utility player.
  • Leanne Mallory ’05 will join the Office of College and Alumni Relations as director of strategic initiatives beginning July 2. Her office will be located in Flowers 213. Other contact information will be available soon.
  • The Reverend Doug Miller ’63 has retired from ministry with the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife, Ann, live in Hickory, North Carolina.
  • Brent Murrill ’01 has been hired as director of development and artist-in-residence for Opera Roanoke in Roanoke, Virginia. He is working on several orchestral commissions as well as his first opera, an American drama based on the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Brent has also garnered significant recognition for his work composing for film and television recently.
  • Julie Nightengale ’06 works as a research analyst for the Alabama Department of Public Health in Montgomery.
  • Tachera Porter ’16 has joined the Office of Student Financial Services as a financial aid assistant. Her office is in the Wilson Center.
  • Retired head basketball coach Mike Pugh has been named athletic director for Opelika High School. He served as head basketball coach at OHS from 1999 to 2006, before coming to Huntingdon.
  • Debreshia “Bree” Randolph ’17 has joined the staff of the Department of Evening Studies, serving as site coordinator for the Montgomery (Huntingdon College) site of the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program. Her office is in the Wilson Center.
  • Jayde Rasband ’15 married Jeffrey Dunkerley, May 19, 2018.
  • Christopher Rief ’89 married Kimberly Smith, May 17, 2017. He works as a financial and business consultant in Dallas, Texas.
  • Allison Sasser ’17 married Alex Jackson, June 2, 2018.
  • Kalyn Spatol ’15 and Jakob Works ’16 were married June 2, 2018.
  • Dr. Nicholas Stanley ’11 has joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University as an assistant professor of audiology. Nick completed his Au.D. and Ph.D. at the University of South Alabama after graduating from Huntingdon with a degree in English. He has presented his research at numerous conferences and has published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
  • Matt Tabor ’10 has been promoted to the position of project engineer at Jacobs, based in Birmingham. After graduating from Huntingdon with a degree in mathematics, he completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering at the University of South Alabama. Jacobs is ranked No. 1 in the 2018 Engineering News-Record’s list of top 500 Design Firms in the world.
  • Claire Tomberlin ’21 has spent two weeks of her summer playing softball in Italy for  American International Sports Teams’ (AIST) USA Stars. Her first time traveling abroad, she arrived in Rome June 4. The team had games in Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence (going undefeated) and toured numerous historic sites along the way. She’s safely back at home in Spanish Fort, Alabama, as of June 17, with memories to relive the experience for a lifetime.  See the story in the News section of the Huntingdon website.
  • Amber Wade ’18 married Jared Smith, June 9, 2018.
  • Happy 95th birthday to Mary Atkeson Weddington ’46 and Martha Atkeson Bronar ’46, twin alums both retired from teaching who live in Newnan, Georgia.
  • Anthony “Tony” Wise ’85 has joined LTC Language Solutions in Indianapolis as marketing director. He served previously as product manager for Student Connections and as a marketer for Herff Jones. Tony has volunteered with ReadUp Indiana and with Champ Camp. He is also a Distinguished Toastmaster.
  • Cheyenne Young ’14 and Dino Tampary ’12 were married May 19, 2018.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • We continue to hold Nichole Peacock ’11 in our thoughts and prayers for recovery from a car accident May 8. She has made remarkable strides (no surprise, given her determination and spirit) and will continue rehabilitation back at home in Marion, Alabama, beginning tomorrow.

NEXT TALON: Week of July 16. News deadline: Friday, July 13. 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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