The Talon, 01.30.2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

January 30, 2017


More about some of these stories may be found in the News section on the Huntingdon Website. 

Kristen Soltis Anderson to speak for traditional Commencement

Pollster, political commentator, and millennial generation expert Kristen Soltis Anderson will speak to millennials in the Class of 2017 as well as other guests present for the traditional day program commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 6, at 9:00 a.m. on the Green. She appears under the auspices of the Stallworth Lectureship in the Liberal Arts, the first time the Stallworth Lectureship and commencement have been combined. Her topic is “Civic Engagement: Millennial Power in a Boomer Nation.” Anderson is a rising star in the media and has already garnered impressive accolades from TIME, ELLE, and Marie Claire magazines, among other entities.

A trio of summer learning programs

Within the past month, Huntingdon has unveiled plans for two new summer career exploration programs for high school students: the Huntingdon Economic and Community Development Scholars (June 12–14) and the Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy (June 7–9). These two programs join the Huntingdon Leadership Academy (June 25–30) in on-campus and in-Montgomery learning programs exploring issues and careers and presenting in-person observation and hands-on learning in economic and community development, health sciences, and ministry, respectively. ECDS and HHSA are designed for rising high school seniors, while HLA will serve rising juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors). If you know students who might be interested in these programs, send them this:

Haggis, neeps, and tatties

How does this academic community celebrate the life and work of the poet Robert Burns? With the annual Burns Supper, to be held this Thursday, February 2, in the library atrium. Sample haggis, neeps, tatties, and a wee beastie; enjoy music from Huntingdon musicians and others (including bagpipes); and listen to Burns’ poetry read with a Scottish brogue (by those who can pull that off). It’s free, but you have to make reservations with Dr. Tom Perrin because seating is very limited. Make sure you email him today at

Dean’s Lists published

We extend congratulations to those who were named to the Dean’s List of Honors and the Dean’s List of High Honors based on their academic performance in the fall of 2016.

Summer classes at Dauphin Island Sea Lab

If you are interested in taking marine biology courses at Dauphin Island Sea Lab this summer, now is the time to sign up. See Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology, or click on the link below to learn more. The priority deadline is in mid-February, but some classes are already filling up.  DISL has courses like “Sharks and Rays,” “Marine Behavioral Ecology,” and “Salt Marsh Ecology,” among many subjects. You can count the credits earned as biology major electives, or earn a marine science minor by taking 16 hours taken at the Sea Lab during your summers at Huntingdon, or you can just do this because it’s interesting and awesome.

Conville named Small College Coach of the Year

The Alabama Baseball Coaches Association named Huntingdon head baseball coach D.J. Conville ’98 among three baseball coaches recognized at their annual awards banquet in January. Coach Conville was honored as Small College Coach of the Year. Last season he won his 300th game and became Huntingdon’s all-time winningest coach in any sport. The Hawks won the USA South Athletic Conference championship and competed in the first round of NCAA Division III national championship playoffs. He enters his 13th season as head coach this week with 321 career wins.

Spring sports begin

Bats, lax sticks, golf clubs, and tennis rackets are flying as high as Hawks can wield them as they ready for the spring sport season. Baseball, softball, tennis, and lacrosse will begin in February. Beach volleyball and golf will begin in March. Basketball and wrestling continue regular season competition until mid- and late-February, respectively. Hawk ’em!

Thank you!

During the Martin Luther King Day of Service, more than 75 students, faculty and staff (and some faculty children) put together more than 500 Health Kits and more than 150 Homeless Kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the service arm of the United Methodist Church. Thank you for applying wisdom in service.

Announcements and Coming Events

  • The 2017–2018 academic calendar and Summer 2017 calendars are available on the Huntingdon website.
  • The CCV will offer several college-to-career seminars and programs coming up:
    • University of South Alabama School of Allied Health information session, Wednesday, February 8, 11:45a to 1p, Stallworth Dining Room. Bring your lunch and learn more. Contact the CCV ( to sign up.
    • Communicating with Communicators, Wednesday, February 15, 11:45a–12:45p, Stallworth Dining Room. Contact the CCV to sign up.
    • Talking Business with the Biscuits, Wednesday, February 22, 11:45a–12:45p, Stallworth Dining Room. Contact the CCV to sign up.
    • The CCV will present a panel of attorneys to discuss the law profession, Wednesday, March 8, 11:45a to 1p in the Stallworth Dining Room. Bring your lunch and learn more. Contact the CCV ( to sign up.
  • In-Service Days for the spring semester are Fridays, February 17, March 3, and April 14 (Good Friday).
  • Applications are being accepted from high school students who are interested in playing for the 2017 Symphonic Honor Band. The application deadline is March 28.
  • Remember those cool Orientation Leaders who danced and cheered you on during your first days at Huntingdon? Want to be one? The deadline to apply is February 3. Stop by the Hut and learn more.
  • Resident Assistant applications are being accepted in the Hut. See Craig Shore, associate director of residence life.
  • The Countess of Huntingdon Ball will be held Thursday, February 9. Bring your student ID—Montgomery Country Club, times TBA.
  • SGA Elections will take place February 14–15; if you’d like to be on the ballot, file an Intent to Run form.
  • Greek Weekend will take place March 16–18. Watch for more details from Student Life.

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Ashley Burkett ’09 completed her juris doctorate summa cum laude at the University of Alabama School of Law in 2012. She is an attorney with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham.
  • Dr. Jennifer Canfield, associate professor of music, accompanied the Ogletree Singers from Ogletree Elementary, Auburn, at the Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference in Montgomery in January. They performed a piece Dr. Canfield arranged for them, “Everybody’s Got to Get on Board!”
  • Brad Dean ’89 has purchased the Interlochen Golf Course in Interlochen, Michigan, just outside of Traverse City. He spent the past 23 years as director of golf at Crystal Mountain Resort. He is upgrading the Interlochen course and opening a new restaurant, Bradley’s Pub & Grille, this spring.
  • Three Huntingdon musicians, Sean Handerhan, Wesley Faulk, and Trevor Sikorski, were selected to perform in the Alabama Intercollegiate Band during the Alabama Music Educators Association’s annual in-service conference in January.
  • Drew Harrell ’11 has been tapped to serve as the first executive director of the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure, AAI. He formerly served as deputy chief of staff of the Business Council of Alabama. He will manage the organization, communication, and advocacy efforts of the Alliance.
  • Jeb Haynes ’02 completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Spalding University. He is a psychologist with River Region Psychiatry.
  • Lorilynn Fellows Howe ’84 is a care coordinator/case manager with United Healthcare. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at New Mexico State University in 2006. She and her husband, Rick, live in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
  • Chandler Kemp ’17 has received an offer of admission to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.
  • Addison Lambeth ’17 was presented with the USA South Athletic Conference’s Don Scalf Award in January. The award is presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the Conference.
  • Julie White Lassiter ’02 is a teacher and coach at Bethlehem School in Bonifay, Florida. She and her husband, Raymond Lassiter ’02, have two children.
  • Chaplain Woods B. Lisenby ’11 has been accepted to the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley Theological Seminary. He will continue his appointment at Huntingdon as he completes their distance learning program.
  • Lexie Ofe ’17 has received an offer of admission to Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
  • Mason Throneberry ’17, Zach McGrady ’17, and Alec Raley ’16, all teammates on the Hawks baseball team, have received offers of admission to Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University.
  • Wallace Timms ’17 has received an offer of admission to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.
  • The first book of poetry published by Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83, American Happiness (NewSouth Books, 2016), was selected as a finalist for poetry by the Seven Sisters Book Awards and chosen as the Best Book of the Year, selected from the finalists of each of the categories of entry. The contest said of the book, “The winning book for this year, published by NewSouth Books, is an important collection of poems written with passion and beauty. This is a collection that should be required reading for every American today. With truth and loveliness, these poems will take your breath away.”
  • Kimberly Cauthen Wolfe ’09, who has served as executive director of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra for the past two years, has moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she will serve as executive director for the wcfsymphony (Waterloo, Cedar Falls).

We extend our sympathy and prayers to the loved ones of:

  • Verna Fail Chesser ’62, died January 13, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama.
  • Jonathan David Murray ’06 died January 20, 2017, in Dothan, Ala. Jonathan joined the U.S. Army after graduating from Huntingdon and served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Michael Curtis Nelson ’88 of Ramer, Alabama, died January 13, 2017. He was a Hawks baseball player and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Jesse David “Goose” Tatum ’66, who seldom missed a Huntingdon Homecoming or Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, died in November 2016. We will miss his wry sense of humor and twinkling smile.
  • Margaret Ennis Tucker ’45, of Anniston, Alabama, died January 19, 2017, at age 93. She was a faithful annual donor to the endowed scholarship in her name. Margaret was an inaugural member of the Huntingdon Society and was a member of the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon. She was a favorite of the staff in the Office of College and Alumni Relations.

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