The Talon 02.13.2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

February 13, 2017


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

Time to order graduation regalia

A representative from Herff Jones will be on campus Wednesday, February 15, from 10a to 2p in the bookstore to facilitate orders for and to answer questions about graduation regalia, invitations, and memorabilia. The deadline for ordering regalia and invitations online is Friday, March 17, at 11:59 p.m. Other memorabilia can be purchased anytime. To order online, go to You will be asked to choose whether you’re graduating at 9am in the traditional day ceremony or at 6pm in the evening ceremony—make sure you choose the correct time before proceeding.

Huntingdon named a Tree Campus USA

For the third consecutive year, Huntingdon has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

Jen Bervin to present Ellison Lecture

Poet, artist, and bookmaker Jen Bervin will be the featured speaker for this year’s Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival and lecture series, Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. She has published nine books, including Nets, The Desert, and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. Silk Poems, an exploration of her latest work in nanoscale poetry with Tufts University’s Silk Lab, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in Fall 2017.

President West named to NAICU board

Huntingdon President J. Cameron West has been appointed to serve on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He will represent Region VI, which encompasses independent colleges and universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.

SaveFirst Site open

Sixteen Huntingdon volunteers completed training, qualifying them to volunteer as tax preparers for low income families through the SaveFirst program, a project of Impact America. The program is intended to ensure that low-income families received the full Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits to which they are entitled. Last year, Huntingdon SaveFirst volunteers secured $3.2 million in tax refunds and saved families $570,000 in commercial tax preparation fees. Huntingdon’s SaveFirst site, located on the Cloverdale Campus, will be open through tax season. Call 1-888-998-2925 for an appointment.

Women’s Basketball heads to Conference tournament

The Lady Hawks basketball team earned a 19-6 (10-4 USA South) regular season record and will advance to the USA South Conference Championship Tournament this weekend, playing Salem College in the first round. The tournament is hosted by Piedmont College. We send a great big “Hawk ’em!” to our Lady Hawks!

Announcements and Coming Events

  • Student account statements reflecting activity from June 1, 2016, through February 8, 2017, have been posted to students’ SelfServ accounts. Parents whose students have shared access to their accounts may view the account information online as well. Note that Alabama Student Grant, Alabama Student Assistance Program, Florida Prepaid, and Vocational Rehabilitation funds have not been received to date, and therefore have not been credited to your account. If you have questions, contact
  • Black History Month observance:
    • Black History Month Trivia Night, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7p, Searcy Theater, presented by the Black Student Union
    • Movie viewing, Selma, Thursday, Feb. 23, 8p, Searcy Theater, presented by the Black Student Union
    • Open Mic Night, Friday, Feb. 24, 7p, Ligon Chapel, presented by the Black Student Union
    • Houghton Library is using as its launching pad the book and film, Hidden Figures, and will highlight the achievements of African-American scientists in displays throughout February.
  • Mardi Gras observance:
    •  Stop by Houghton Library to view displays that include vintage Mobile and New Orleans Mardi Gras items, and be sure to drop by on February 28—Fat Tuesday—for beads and Moon Pies.  A slice of trivia (to go with your King Cake):  this year is being celebrated as the 100th anniversary of the Moon Pie (and this little pastry will last just about that long!).  For those uninitiated, the Carnival season begins with the Epiphany and ends on the Tuesday (Fat Tuesday) before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.
  • The Center for Career and Vocation (CCV) will offer several college-to-career seminars and programs coming 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.
  • Upcoming 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.
  • Applications are being accepted from high school students who are interested in participation in summer academic and vocational programs: Huntingdon Leadership Academy; Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy; and Huntingdon Economic and Community Development Scholars Program.
  • Ever thought about earning a minor in marine biology or just taking a few classes that allow you to study marine life? Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers a wide array of summer courses that can be taken on site this summer through the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, of which Huntingdon is a member. To learn more, contact Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology, who has taught in the Dauphin Island program.
  • SGA Elections will take place February 14–15.
  • Greek Weekend will take place March 16–18. Watch for more details from Student Life.
  • Love to run? HC will re-start the cross country program in fall 2017, and new coach Dan August welcomes participation from interested and devoted runners. Contact him on his cell at (708) 785-4256; office (334) 833-4300; by email at; or stop by his office in Weil 120.
  • New tutoring for REL 106 and HIST 112 is available in the Staton Center, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10–11a and 11:30a–1p. Stop in at Jackson Home if you need assistance; see Adam Mann.
  • Kyle Lancaster is available to provide tutoring in MATH 154, 155, 255, and 256 and BIOL 101 and 315, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–11a in the Staton Center. Stop in if you need assistance.

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Ashlyn Edde ’16 has begun studies in the graduate program in professional communication at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where she accepted a Graduate Teaching Assistantship.
  • Kalen Morgan ’17 has been offered admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at Mississippi State University.
  • Lexie Ofe ’17 has received an offer of admission to the divinity school at Vanderbilt University.
  • 1969 Huntingdon SGA president, former Hawks basketball player, and 1969 Loyalty Award winner Jeff Sessions ’69, who formerly served as a U.S. senator, took the oath to serve as U.S. Attorney General, Thursday, February 9.
  • Kristy Sharpe ’16, a member of the College’s Tech Team, has announced her engagement to Aaron Boyt.
  • Lane Wilson ’91, who served as vice president, portfolio manager, and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley in Huntsville, Alabama, has been appointment to the board of the Alabama chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization funding diabetes (T1D) research.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • We extend condolences and prayers for comfort to Rondarius Hall, whose mother passed away recently.
  • We extend condolences and prayers for comfort to Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English, whose mother died earlier this month.
  • Sadie Lou Gibson Jackson ’53 died January 28, 2017, in Birmingham.  Mrs. Jackson was a former member of the Huntingdon College Alumni Board and received the Huntingdon College Alumni Loyalty Award in 1984.
  • Marie Sinclair ’44 died January 30, 2017, in Northport, Alabama.  Dr. Sinclair was a deeply devoted alumna of Huntingdon College. She was a member of the Huntingdon Society, the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, the Hall of Honor, and the John Massey Heritage Society.  She established numerous endowed scholarships at Huntingdon and was a faithful supporter of the Huntingdon Fund.  She was one of only a handful of alumni who have received both the Huntingdon College Achievement Award (1976) and the Huntingdon College Loyalty Award (1995).

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Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
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