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The Talon 01.19.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


See more about some of these stories in the News section on the Huntingdon website. 

First week deadlines

Welcome or welcome back! We hate to hit you with business right up front, but here are a few things you need to take care of this week:

  • If you’re new to campus, get your parking permit in the Security Office, Wilson Center first floor (it’s free but you’ll need to take info about your car and your license plate number).
  • If you want to change your meal plan this semester from the default 15-meal plan to the 10-(with $200 in flex points) or 19-(with $50 flex points), do so by Friday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m. Do this even if you changed your meal plan last semester, because you automatically begin each semester with the default plan. Here’s how to change:
    •  online, visit helpdesk.huntingdon.edu
    • log in with your email and SelfServ password
    • select request type “Change Meal Plan”
    • select either “10 Meal Plan” or “19 Meal Plan”
    • click save and the process will be complete. You’ll receive a confirmation email.
  • The Add/Drop deadline for class registration is Friday, January 22. See an email from Ms. Adrienne Gaines with instructions on changing your schedule. Remember that changes that drop you below 12 hours will affect your financial aid, housing status, and athletic eligibility.
  • Buy your books in the Huntingdon bookstore. The bookstore has introduced a Textbook Price Match program. Do your research and then shop local!
  • If you anticipate a credit to your account (money leftover after your bill is paid), pay attention to the Book Voucher Schedule or the Commuter Meal Plan schedule sent by email from Ms. McElwain, January 18.
  • Payment of tuition and fees is due by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 19.

Martin Luther King Convocation

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, Wednesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, on the Huntingdon campus. Preaching for this year’s convocation is The Reverend Dr. Tim Thompson, senior minister of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, and a Huntingdon trustee and former chaplain. The Voices of Huntingdon (Jarred Billups ’16, Ryan Dean ’16, James Temple ’15, and Destinee Tyus ’16) will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

Academic and senior management changes in place

A communication sent from President West December 3, 2015, announced a number of leadership changes that began January 1, 2016. They include:

  • Dr. Chad Eggleston, Provost and Dean of the College, Professor of Biblical Interpretation
  • Dr. Tom Perrin, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program
  • Ms. Maryann Beck ’92, Director of the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment
  • Ms. Adrienne Gaines ’00, Registrar and Director of Academic Services
  • Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, Vice President for Institutional Accreditation and Assessment
  • Dr. Sidney J. Stubbs, Vice President for Academic Services and Institutional Research
  • Mr. Anthony J. Leigh, Senior Vice President for Institutional Development and Alumni Relations

Events are spring-loaded

The Cultural and Community Events calendar for spring 2016 is loaded with events of every type and genre. Check it out, and check back often for event additions and changes.

Voices perform for community celebration

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is partnering with the local higher ed community to host an evening of creative celebration of the legacy of Rosa Parks and many others, Thursday, January 21, 5:30 p.m. Performers include Trebled Soul from Alabama State University, College of Education teacher candidates from Auburn-Montgomery, and The Voices of Huntingdon. This event is free and open to all.

Are you misbehavin’?

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival invites college students city-wide to enjoy their production of “Ain’t Misbehavin'” for the discounted rate of $25, Friday, Feb. 4, or Saturday, Feb. 5. Get your tickets by calling Stan Thomas at (334) 271-5330.

Time to get Burned

Ever tried haggis? Ever read the poetry of Robert Burns with a Scottish accent? Ever enjoyed wonderful folk music and food with Huntingdon friends? The annual Burns Supper, hosted by Sigma Tau Delta English honor society and the SGA, will be held Friday, January 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium. Attendance is free but space is very limited, so RSVP right away to Dr. Tom Perrin at tperrin@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Temple opens books to faculty, students

Our neighbors at Temple Beth Or will host a reception for Huntingdon faculty, Tuesday, January 26, at 4:00 p.m., to introduce HC faculty to the new agreement that allows HC faculty and students to check out materials from the temple library, explain how the process will work, and allow faculty to learn about the temple library’s collection. Faculty who plan to attend can RSVP to Eric A. Kidwell, director of Houghton Library, at ekidwell@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Huntingdon receives Lilly Foundation Grant

Huntingdon College has received a grant of $596,285 for the establishment of an expanded Huntingdon Leadership Academy (HLA). The grant is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, to ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and to examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

Huntingdon, Duke Divinity School sign agreement

President West and Duke Divinity School Dean Ellen Davis have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the college and the divinity school. The MOU is entitled “Answering the Call: The Huntingdon College-Duke Divinity School Admission Pathway.” The agreement offers preferred consideration and an early admission decision to any Huntingdon religion student who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and completes a DDS application for admission and an interview. Read more.

President West authors chapter in book

President West is one of seven contributing authors to a book to be published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The book, Conversations: Leading United Methodist-related Schools, Colleges, and Universities, grew out of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church’s seventy-fifth annual meeting. President West’s chapter, “Jesus, the Big Questions, and United Methodist-related Higher Education,” reflects his thinking on the role of church-related colleges with regard to teaching about the presence of faith in each student’s life while educating the student toward a vocational calling.

Students, faculty present research at national meeting

Four Huntingdon students have had their undergraduate research accepted for presentation at the 251st national American Chemical Society meeting to be held in San Diego, Calif., March 13–17, 2016. The two research projects, titles, and co-authors of the research to be presented are: “Investigating the thermal stability of dna in the presence of metal cations by measuring DNA melting temperatures,” Kathryn A. Heinrichs, Jennifer Price, Alec Raley, Dr. Maureen J. Kendrick Murphy; and “Investigation of active site residues in the retaining glycosyltransferase MshA from Corynebacterium glutamicum,” Emily N. Simon, Patrick A. Frantom, and Siqi Guan.

Student statements posted

Statements reflecting activity from June 1, 2015, through January 11, 2016, have been published to student Self Serv accounts. Parents who have shared access to their students’ accounts can access the information by logging in and selecting “View Student Information,” followed by “Balance.” Questions about financial aid should be directed to finaid@hawks.huntingdon.edu; questions about the statement should be directed to studentaccounts@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Huntingdon welcomes:

  • Vaughan Dickson, who served as a records coordinator in the Registrar’s Office about five years ago, has returned as the director of the Center for Writing and Critical Thinking in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. Students, you’re gonna love her. Welcome back, Vaughan!


  • Seniors: A representative from Herff Jones will visit the Huntingdon bookstore February 9, 2016, to facilitate orders for graduation invitations, caps and gowns, and other products. Orders may be placed online at www.herffjones.com/college/hc. Orders placed by February 9 will receive a 10% discount. The deadline for orders to be placed is 11:59 p.m., March 18.
  • The print version of the 2015–2016 Huntingdon College Catalog is available for faculty and staff in the Office of the Registrar. Students are asked to use the online version of the catalog posted here: http://www.huntingdon.edu/academics/academic-resources/catalog/.
  • Did you receive your copy of the 2016


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  • Huntingdon’s Ability Sport Network’s Redwings, a wheelchair basketball team of community youth ages 6–21, played two games against the Music City Thunder in December, losing the first 30-16 and winning the second 19-15.
  • Jim Belin ’77 has been inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
  • Derick Bothwell ’15 passed his board examination on the first try and is now a certified athletic trainer. This Hawk promptly flew right back to the nest to join the Huntingdon athletic training staff. Hawk ’em!
  • Evening Bachelor’s Degree site coordinator and Huntingdon parent Vinson Bradley ’10 was recognized with an achievement award for his work in higher education and community service by the Atmore Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.
  • Mike Dunn, director of facilities and grounds, recently retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard (we incorrectly reported his branch of service in the last Talon).
  • Jake (’13) and Marybeth Wheatley Hollingsworth ’12 have purchased their first home. He works as a financial crimes analyst and she is a financial adviser, both for Wells Fargo.
  • Brandon McLean ’19 was named a USA South Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week December 14 for the second time this season for his performance against Sewanee and Belhaven.  Against Sewanee, he scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds as the Hawks tied the series record 1-1 with a 73-68 win.
  • Dr. Samir Moussalli, dean of the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies, has been selected as a board member of the Alabama Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda Foundation. He serves on the advisory committee for Commerce and Information Technology.
  • Ryan Murray ’10 earned his MBA and completed certification as a CFP. He and Brittany Batton were married October 17, 2015, in Ligon Chapel. They have moved to Naples, Fla., where he works as an investment adviser with a wealth management company.
  • After a year of playing basketball internationally following his Huntingdon graduation, Jeremy Pittman’09 earned his MS in Biology at Alabama A&M University. He has been admitted to the Howard University School of Dentistry.
  • Andrea Godfrey Salvador ’07 and her husband, Eric, welcomed their first child, Wesley Alexander Salvadore, in December. Wesley is the grandson and Andrea is the daughter of library administrative assistant Joel Godfrey.
  • Danny Springer ’76 will be inducted into the Lauderdale County (Alabama) Sports Hall of Fame March 19, 2016. He is a previous inductee into the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Members of the Student Life staff served at the Montgomery Area Food Bank in December, sorting products and assisting with the mission to battle hunger.
  • The Hawks Football Team, USA South Athletic Conference Champions, earned a spot in the final rankings of two national polls with the release of the American Football Coaches Association poll and the D3football.com poll in late December. Huntingdon ranked at No. 24 in the final AFCA poll and No. 25 in the final D3football.com poll. This is the first time the Hawks have been ranked in both polls at the same time.
  • Anthony White ’16, who was named an honorable mention All-American safety by D3football.com in December, has also been named a second-team defensive back on the AP Little All-America team. The AP team is comprised of Division II, Division III, and NAIA players.
  • Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy ’93 appears on thedoctorstv.com discussing whether parents should have the right to make end-of-life decisions for their children. Williams-Murphy is an emergency room physician and medical director of advanced care planning and end-of-life education for Huntsville Hospital. She is the award-winning author of the book, It’s OK to Die: An End-of-Life Planning Guide. http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videos/should-parents-be-allowed-to-make-end-of-life-choices-for-their-children
  • The Department of Music and Art and the Huntingdon Winds Symphonic Band hosted 120 high school musicians in the annual Symphonic Honor Band in January. Congratulations on a successful two days of music!

Prayer and Sympathy

  • Former Alabama-West Florida Conference bishop and Huntingdon trustee William W. Morris died January 14. We extend our sympathy and prayers to his family.
  • Our prayers are with Tachera Porter ’16 and her family on the death of Tachera’s maternal grandmother, December 2, 2015.
  • Diane Owens Stallworth ’88 died in an automobile accident in Monroe County December 21. We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to her husband, Dennis ’91, and family.

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