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The Talon, 02.16.2016

THE TALON, 02.16.2016

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


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

Stallworth Lecture discusses politics/religion

As our nation prepares to elect our 45th president, this year’s Stallworth Lecture Series speaker will explore the intersections between religion and politics in America. Dr. Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke University Divinity School, is author of the biography, America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation, and six other books on religious thought and American culture. Dr. Wacker will speak on the deep connections and influences of religion on politics and of U.S. political leaders on America’s religious thought. Specifically, he will discuss how the man who is arguably America’s best known and most influential preacher in modern times deftly traversed political, religious, and cultural paths simultaneously. Please join us for “Billy Graham and American Politics,” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 7, in the College’s Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. This lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing with the author. Books will be available for sale.

Huntingdon earns Tree Campus USA status for a second year

Huntingdon has been designated a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation for a second consecutive year. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. In November 2015 Huntingdon won the Arbor Day Foundation’s national Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest and was granted $10,000 for a service learning initiative that will beautify a nearby neighborhood. That tree project will begin this spring.

Accounting students help citizens SaveFirst

Huntingdon accounting students are once again volunteering to serve with SaveFirst, a project of Impact Alabama that serves low income individuals and families by providing free tax preparation services. SaveFirst works by appointment and is housed in Cloverdale 126. Families (with children) who earn less than $50,000 annually and families without children who earn less than $20,000 annually may qualify for SaveFirst services. To find out more or to make an appointment, call 888-998-2925.

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.

Honors Program schedules seminars

Four Hobbs Honors Program seminars are planned during the spring semester, with one of those four not quite final on date, time, and place. The three that have been added to the College calendar will be held Mondays at 11:45 in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall:

  • February 22: Dr. Samir Moussalli, dean of the W. James Samford School of Business and Professional Studies, will speak on growing up in the Middle East and on the current geopolitical situation in that region. This presentation is for Honors Students only.
  • March 7: The Rev. Charles Walters ’07 will discuss his twin vocations as a pastor and an ethical farmer.
  • March 28: Mr. Mark McDaniel, an electrical engineer with experience in aero, controls, and computer science, will discuss his work on “serious games” that simulate scenarios for the military.

Spring Break travelers: consider the Zika virus

The Office of Student Health Services and the Office of Student Life provided to students last week information regarding the Zika virus for consideration by those who may be planning to travel to places among the 30 nations and territories for which the CDC has issued a travel alert because of active Zika virus transmission. The area impacted by the virus expands daily, but includes South and Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and Cape Verde. The virus is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, but may also be transmitted through unprotected sexual contact. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis, but only 20 percent of those infected have symptoms. The virus has been associated with severe birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes when contracted by women who are pregnant. There is no vaccine and no preventative medicine is available.

Canned food drive for Red Pride Night

Bring 3 canned food items to the Red Pride Night basketball game Wednesday, February 17, and make your cans count! Not only will you receive a free T-shirt, but also the organization donating the most cans will win a prize. Feed Hope Across Alabama and cheer on the Hawks, 5:30p women/7:30p men.


  • Seniors: Order your graduation invitations, caps and gowns, and other products at www.herffjones.com/college/hc. The deadline for orders to be placed is 11:59 p.m., March 18.
  • Monthly Statements that reflect financial activity from June 1, 2015, through February 11, 2016, have been posted on students’ Self-Serv accounts.
  • Mid-terms are coming up! If you need help with study skills, time management, writing, or tutoring, see the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. Contact Vaughan Dickson at (334) 833-4454 or email statoncenter@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Faculty and Staff: please complete your Tri-Sigma ballots by Friday, February 19.
  • Students: Friday, Feb. 19, is the last day to withdraw from a course without grade penalty and receive a “W” for the course. Course withdrawals are not processed via Self-Service; students must pick up a pink withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office, Wilson 105, and obtain all of the required signatures, then submit it to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline. If you are considering course withdrawal, don’t wait until Friday to pick up the form.

Coming Events on Campus (Hawks’ Home Games [see full composite schedule], special academic events, and Community/Cultural Events)

  • BASEBALL vs Belhaven, Tues., Feb. 16, 3p, Posey Field
  • BASKETBALL RED PRIDE NIGHT vs. LaGrange, Wed., Feb. 17, Women  @ 5:30p, Men @ 7:30p, Roland Arena; bring 3 canned food items!
  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs Hendrix, Sat., Feb. 20, 1p, W. James Samford Jr. Stadium/Charles Lee Field
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Centre, Sun., Feb. 21, 11a, the Chuck
  • MEN’S TENNIS vs Tuskegee, Mon., Feb. 22, 1p, Gibbs Courts
  • HOBBS HONORS PROGRAM LECTURE, Dr. Samir Moussalli, Mon., Feb. 22, 11:45a, Smith/Delchamps Recital Hall
  • BASEBALL vs Oglethorpe, Tues., Feb. 23, 5p, Posey Field
  • WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs Wesleyan (Ga.), Tues. Feb. 23, 7p, Roland
  • FACULTY RECITAL SERIES: KEVIN MANDERVILLE, classical guitar, Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m., Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall
  • JV BASEBALL vs LBWCC (x2), Wed., Feb. 24, 3p & 5p, Posey
  • WOMEN’S TENNIS vs Wesleyan, Wed., Feb. 24, 4p, Gibbs
  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN, Wed., Feb. 24, 6p, the Chuck
  • ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH ART EXHIBIT featuring artist JAHNI MOORE, Thursday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery on the Huntingdon Green; free and open to all; parking available in the Gibbs Tennis Center parking lot (entrance off of Narrow Lane Road)
  • BASEBALL vs Emory, Fri., Feb. 26, 6p, Posey
  • BASEBALL vs Emory, Sat., Feb. 27, 1p, Posey
  • SOFTBALL vs Agnes Scott (x2), Sun. Feb. 28, Noon & 2p, Softball Field
  • HUNTINGDON WINDS WINTER CONCERT, Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, Cloverdale Campus; free and open to the public
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Alma, Mon., Feb. 29, 3p, the Chuck
  • JV BASEBALL vs Wallace-Selma, Mon., Feb. 29, 5p, Posey
  • HUNTINGDON FACULTY ART EXHIBIT, March 1–18, Mondays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery
  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs Ferrum, Wed., March 2, 4p, the Chuck
  • MUSIC AUDITION DAY, Thursday, March 3
  • WOMEN’S TENNIS vs Albany State, Fri., March 4, 11a, Gibbs
  • BASEBALL vs Greensboro, Fri., March 4, 6p, Posey
  • HUNTINGDON PREVIEW DAY, Sat., March 5, 8:30a-Noon
  • BASEBALL vs Greensboro, Sat., March 5, 3p, Posey
  • BASEBALL vs Greensboro, Sun., March 6, noon, Posey
  • HOBBS HONORS PROGRAM LECTURE, The Rev. Charles Walters, Mon., March 7, 11:45a, Smith/Delchamps Recital Hall
  • STALLWORTH LECTURE SERIES presents Dr. Grant Wacker, “Billy Graham and American Politics,” Mon., March 7, 7:30p., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; free and open to the public


Tell us your news! ofe@hawks.huntingdon.edu

  • Derrick Ansley, who spent the first five seasons of his coaching career with the Hawks under Head Coach Mike Turk, 2005–“2010, has been hired by Coach Nick Saban to coach defensive backs for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Coach Ansley served as a grad assistant with the Tide during 2010–€“2011 and leaves his current position as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Kentucky to once again roll with the Tide.
  • Kristen Curtis ’16 has been admitted to both Duke and Candler (Emory) Master of Divinity programs. She’s still deciding between the two. She and Micah Wright ’15 will be married June 25, 2016.
  • Dusti Doss ’09, who has completed training with the Marine Corps, received the MOS of combat engineer, her first choice, and will move to Japan at the end of summer 2016.
  • Kyle Eller ’10 is a new dad—he and his wife, Erica, welcomed Matthew Hayes Eller, weighing 9 lbs., 4 oz., February 13.
  • Deb Freisleben ’79 was recognized as one of the Montgomery Humane Society’s top 15 volunteers for 2015.
  • Jared Gonzalez ’18 was named USA South Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week February 8 for his performance in the Hawks’ contest against Millsaps during Game 3 of the Firehouse Classic. Jared threw seven scoreless innings, striking out three, walking three, and scattering four hits.
  • Christian Vick Harrell ’12 passed her boards and is a licensed doctor of physical therapy.
  • Mary Hodo ’05 has accepted the position as public relations director for the historic St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama.
  • Eric Rodgers ’12 has accepted a position in customer relations with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Dr. Stephen Sours, assistant professor of religion, will speak on a panel at Spring Hill College this week regarding ecumenical theological discussions and cooperative ministry service between United Methodists and Catholics.
  • Sarah Ward ’10 has accepted a counseling position with a local psychiatric clinic.
  • The Men’s Baseball Team is 5-1 so far in this early spring season. Hawk ’em!
  • The Men’s Lacrosse Team has opened the 2016 season with three consecutive wins for the first time in program history. Hawk ’em!

Prayer and Sympathy

  • We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mary Englebert, who attended Huntingdon as a freshman during the 2013€–2014 academic year. Mary was a Sport Studies: Exercise Science major and a member of the women’s basketball team. She was fatally injured in a vehicle accident in Pueblo, Colorado. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

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