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The Talon 02.01.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Monday, February 1, 2016


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

Vann Vocal Institute events bring stars to Ligon Chapel

Huntingdon is privileged to host the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra League’s annual Vann Vocal Institute annually, and this year’s Celebrity Recital, the beginning note to a score of musical opportunities on campus, is sure to thrill local audiences. All of this year’s Vann Vocal Institute faculty are affiliated with New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company, and they’ll be gathered here in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, for a free public concert, Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. Following that event, Vann Vocal Institute creative director David Cangelosi will offer four public master classes with young singers selected to participate in this year’s program, and the best of these young singers will perform for an Emerging Artists Recital, Saturday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. Choose an event or come to everything in this  star-packed musical weekend!

Black History Month art exhibit

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Black Student Union will host their third annual Black History Month Art Exhibit, Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Seay Twins Art Gallery. This year’s artist is Huntsville, Alabama, and South American artist Jahni Moore. Moore earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and art education, respectively, from Alabama A&M University and has exhibited and lectured extensively in South America and in Alabama, among other American states. The event is free and open to all.

Love and art in the library

To celebrate the month of love and Black History month, Houghton Library has combined the two to bring the Library’s #wcw and #mcm of black artists. Come in and learn about a few of the many artists who have made history with their work. From painting to sculpture to quilting, many forms of art are represented. Stop in and learn in the library!

Fat Tuesday around campus

Houghton Library will celebrate the end of Carnival season with beads and Moon Pies for Fat Tuesday, accompanied by Mardi Gras displays that include vintage items. ARAMARK always offers a Mardi Gras meal complete with King Cake, so be sure to watch for that in their dining hall menu offerings. Fat Tuesday is February 9; the Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday  February 10.

CCV Summer Internship applications open

The Center for Career and Vocation has announced a wide range of summer internship opportunities for Huntingdon students, with deadlines fast approaching. Refer to an email from the Coordinator of Internship Development and pull your papers together for these amazing skill- and resume-boosting experiences: U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (HC Class of 1969) Summer Internship Program (Washington, D.C.); DEVELOP National Program with NASA Applied Sciences training and development (location varies); BioTrain, with HudsonAlpha (this internship is paid; Huntsville, Ala.); ORISE Fellowship with the National Center for Toxicological Research, US FDA (stipend, Jefferson, Ark.); Hyundai Glovis (paid); Public Service Fellowships (Washington, D.C., stipend); Governor’s Office internships (Montgomery); Asbury Student Ministry (Birmingham, paid); Dugout Media Baseball (location varies, paid); Crosspoint Church (Niceville, Fla., stipend); Alabama Agriculture and Industries (Montgomery); Marannook Discipleship (Lafayette, Ala.).

Registration for Huntingdon Leadership Academy 2016 opens

Registration has opened for the 2016 Huntingdon Leadership Academy. Based on the success of last year’s inaugural Academy, the 2016 program has been extended by one day. Pastors and youth ministers who serve United Methodist churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church are invited to sponsor high school juniors and/or seniors to participate in the summer program, June 22–24. HLA is designed to help students discern the various ways they may live out God’s calling on their lives. More: http://www.huntingdon.edu/student-life/campus-ministries/huntingdon-leadership-academy/.

Spring sports take the fields, courts, and courses

You can hear the bats flying at Posey Field and the sticks clacking at Samford Stadium, just as wrestling and basketball seasons are marching through their final weeks. The games, matches, and tournaments are too numerous to mention here, but see this composite schedule to know what’s coming up for our Hawks: http://www.huntingdonhawks.com/composite?y=2016&m=02.

Huntingdon welcomes:

  • Kathleen Penney ’15 has joined the Office of Student Financial Services as an accounting assistant/cashier.
  • Andrae Perry has joined the Evening Studies program as the site director for the Center Point site of the Evening Bachelor’s Degree program. He takes over for his sister, former site director Mable Perry, who completed her degree as a legal assistant and is pursuing that career field.


  • 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.
  • Huntingdon faculty, staff, students, and administration are invited to nominate persons for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards. Given only by selected colleges in U.S., these awards recognize a student and a non-student member of the Huntingdon community whose character is a reminder of “noblest human qualities,” honoring persons who demonstrate the “spirit of helpfulness and an awareness of the beauty and value of the intangible elements of life.” Send the name and a paragraph or two about your nominee’s character, activities, and qualifications to Cathy Wolfe, cwolfe@hawks.huntingdon.edu. Refer to an email from Ms. Wolfe for more information about each award.
  • Full-time faculty searches are underway  for assistant professors in history, psychology, communication studies, and special education, to begin with the 2016–2017 academic year. The position descriptions and application details are posted on the Employment page of the website. More searches are expected to begin soon.
  • The Center for Career and Vocation has announced a number of spring events, with additions to the list occurring frequently. To see what’s coming up, check out the CCV page on the website; sign up in the CCV for the events that interest you:
    • Samford Law School Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., February 10, 2016, Stallworth Dining Room, Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall
    • Retail Management Interview Day, February 16, 2016, Office of College and Alumni Relations
    • 100 Days to Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., February 19, 2016, Office of College and Alumni Relations
    • Networking Luncheon for BADM Majors, 11:45 a.m., March 9, 2016, Stallworth Dining Room, Julia Walker Russell Dining Hall
    • Professional Head Shots Day, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., April 12, 2016
    • Teacher Education Fair, 5:30–7:30 p.m., April 18, 2016, Houghton Library Atrium
  • More Community and Cultural Events coming up: http://www.huntingdon.edu/about/college-communications/cultural-events-2/


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  • Taylor Belsterling ’15 was drafted in the first round in the inaugural Major League Football draft last week. He will play on the team coached by former NFL defensive coordinator Tedd Cottrell, one of eight teams in the league.
  • The Huntingdon College Brass Quintet performed on the Higher Education Division Chamber Recital at the Alabama Music Educator Association’s Annual Conference January 21.  The recital included ensembles from other colleges and universities throughout the state.  Members of the HCBQ include: Adrienne Murer, trumpet; Caleb Hart, French horn; Luke Brown, trombone and euphonium; Sean Handerhan, tuba; Adam Murphy (instructor), trumpet.
  • Evening Bachelor’s Degree Montgomery Site Coordinator and assistant to the dean for the program Spencer Brown ’15 has been selected to serve as a Chamber Ambassador for Montgomery.
  • Evening Bachelor’s Degree Opelika Site Coordinator Tiffany Chandler and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed son Stallings Chandler, Friday, January 22. Congratulations to this young family!
  • Deidre Corbin ’16 has been admitted to the occupational therapy program at Gannon University.
  • Anna DeMedicis ’16 has been admitted to the Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management program at Emory University. She’s waiting to hear from two other schools before choosing her next step.
  • Congratulations to Kyle Huff ’12, Huntingdon head athletic trainer, and Abby Brown ’14, who became engaged December 5, 2015.
  • Anna Perry Marion ’10 and her husband welcomed their first children, twin girls, Abby and Grace, born January 30, 2016.  The family lives in San Clemente, California.
  • Alumna and visiting professor of anatomy and physiology in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education Michele Scharff Olson ’86 is quoted in articles in two national publications this month. See US News and World Report, “Do Exercise Machines Lie? What You Need to Know,” and O, Oprah Magazine, “Things Every Woman with Great Abs Does.” Dr. Olson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a professor of exercise physiology at Auburn-Montgomery serving as a visiting professor at her alma mater during her sabbatical from AUM.
  • Huntingdon Bookstore Lead Team member Curtia Torbert, a graduate of the Alabama State University drama program, appears in an episode of the true-life dramatic series Fatal Attraction on the TV One Network, February 1, 2016, at 9/8c. She plays the real-life role of Dorey Kitts, a Louisiana teen whose mother is accused of murdering her husband, Dorey’s father. Curtia formerly acted with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and was a teaching-artist for the company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.”
  • The Music Program hosted a performance by and workshop with Mobile’s Singing Children, who were in town for the Alabama Music Educators Association annual conference January 22. The group worked with Huntingdon music professor and director of choirs Dr. Jennifer Canfield.

Prayer and Sympathy

  • Frances Reid Yancey ’64 died November 25, 2015, in Prattville, Alabama. Mrs. Yancey was a generous and loyal Huntingdon alumna. She was a member of the Huntingdon Society, the Hall of Honor, the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, and the John Massey Heritage Society. We extend our prayers and sympathy to her family.

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