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The Talon 03.02.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


More about some of this information may be found in the News section on the Huntingdon website. 

Spring Break lets Hawks fly

Hawks will fly to the corners of America through Huntingdon Plan Travel-study experiences during Spring Break 2016. Casts, led by Huntingdon faculty and staff, will visit Hawaii, New York, and the American Northwest. Huntingdon’s Spring Break will begin after classes end Friday, March 18, and classes will resume Monday, March 28. We wish safe travels for all, as well as those who will visit Alaska in May.

Baldwin County Evening program recognized as Small Business of the Year

Huntingdon’s Evening Bachelor’s Degree site in Baldwin County, Alabama, was recognized by the North Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce as the area’s Small Business of the Year in February. The award was presented to site coordinate Vinson Bradley ’10, father of two Huntingdon Hawks, who serves as vice chairman of the Chamber. An article in Gulf Coast News Today stated,  “While maintaining an administrative staff of just two people, this small business has been active in community involvement, supporting events like Delta Dash, Relay for Life and the Chili Cook Off, among others.”

Miss Huntingdon candidates take the stage

Eight Huntingdon women are preparing to take the stage for the annual Miss Huntingdon Pageant, Saturday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater. This year’s contestants are Peyton Allen ’17, a communication studies major from Gulf Breeze, Florida; Sarah Best ’18, exercise science, Highland Home, Alabama; Madison Elkins ’17, music education, Springville, Alabama; Lindsey Hicks ’19, elementary education, Tallassee, Alabama; Hannah Johnson ’18, elementary education/collaborative special education, Greenville, Alabama; Eliza Langille ’18, Christian ministries, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; Semetria Smith ’19, elementary education, Prattville, Alabama; and Kayla Strickland ’19, accounting, Skipperville, Alabama. The reigning Miss Huntingdon, Stephanie Yasechko ’16, a chemistry major from Niles, Ohio, will crown the new title-holder at the conclusion of the pageant, one of her last official duties before graduating and heading back to her home state for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ohio State University.

New SGA officers elected

Huntingdon students elected new Student Government Association officers last month. Taking office later this spring will be Austin Stacey ’17, president; Tori Krupa ’17, secretary; and Hannah Howard ’17, treasurer. The vice president will be appointed, as will the senior class officers. Rising sophomores elected Abby Blankenship ’18 to the role of Junior Class president, Kendall Causby, vice president; and Sarah Lugen ’18, treasurer. Rising freshmen elected Jennifer Knox ’19 as Sophomore Class Vice President; other officers for that class will be appointed. Elected to the Senate were Sydney Baumgartner, Ragin Berry, Sarah Best, Raven Bice, Laurel Billy, Kira Bohlke, Charles Byrd, Zach Camp, Meagan Clausell, Morgan Clausell, Zach den Besten, Hannah Johnson, Garrett Kull, Justin Law, Heith McCracken, John Lawrence, Ashlee McCluskey, Jake Moore, Samantha Munce, Wes Nail, Victoria Parrish, Ben Richardson, Tashia Smith, Chip Taylor, Michael Webb, and Mark White.

Houghton Library offers new databases; other goodies

Houghton Library has the following databases available for trial:  Click on Database Trials under the Resources tab on the library’s homepage or go to http://libguides.huntingdon.edu/website/trials.
Login using the Username: HuntingdonMM, and Password: HuntingdonMM. Trials may be extended if there is a sufficient need.

  • Culturegrams—available through March 2, offers concise, reliable and up-to-date country reports on 204 cultures of the world, US states, and Canadian provinces (2006), and more.
  • Music Online: The Classical Scores Library—available through March 2, is a series of four volumes with a mission to provide a reliable and authoritative source for scores of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of lesser-known contemporary works. The collections encompass all major classical musical genres and time periods from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection enhances the study of music history, performance, composition, and theory.
  • Naxos Music Library—complete catalogs or selected recordings of more than 770 labels.

The library is offering free mounted and unmounted posters and similar items provided by Capitol Book & News upon the business’ closure. You’ll find the stash (if anything is left) in the hallway where the community bulletin board is located.

March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  Stop by the library for bookmarks and buttons (while they last).

Huntingdon hosts AISBA Band Festival
A record 15 performing groups participated in the Alabama Independent Schools Band Association Festival held at Huntingdon and hosted by the College’s concert band in February. The Huntingdon Winds also hosted the AISBA Honor Band concert and their own winter concert during the same weekend.


  • 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.
  • The end of the mid-term grading period is Friday, March 4. Mid-term grades should be posted to students’ Self-Service accounts by noon Monday, March 7.
  • Graduation information: Traditional Day, http://hawk.huntingdon.edu/registrar/graduation1.html; Evening Studies, http://hawk.huntingdon.edu/SBPS/registrar/graduation.html.

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

  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs Ferrum, Wed., March 2, 5p (new time), Stadium
  • MUSIC AUDITION DAY, Thursday, March 3
  • IN SERVICE SERVICE, Friday, March 4, 10a–1p, River Oaks Farm
  • 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
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Beloit, Wed., March 9, 4p, Stadium
  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs Greensboro, Thurs., March 10, 4p, Stadium
  • BASEBALL vs LaGrange, Fri., March 11, 6p, Posey
  • WOMEN’S TENNIS vs Maryville, Sat., March 12, 10a, Gibbs
  • MEN’S TENNIS vs Maryville, Sat., March 12, 10a, Gibbs
  • SOFTBALL vs Maryville (x2), Sat., March 12, Noon and 2p, Softball Field
  • BASEBALL vs LaGrange, Sat., March 12, 3p, Posey
  • THE MISS HUNTINGDON PAGEANT, Saturday, March 12, 7p, Drum Theater
  • BASEBALL vs LaGrange, Sun., March 13, 1p, Posey
  • JV BASEBALL vs Faulkner JV, Mon., March 14, 4p, Posey
  • MEN’S LACROSSE vs Transylvania, Mon., March 14, 4p, Stadium
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Illinois Tech., Tues., March 15, 3p, Stadium
  • BASEBALL vs Oglethorpe, Wed., March 16, 5p, Posey
  • SOFTBALL vs Meredith, Sat., March 19, (x2) Noon & 2p, Softball Field
  • WOMEN’S TENNIS vs Meredith, Sat., March 19, Noon, Gibbs
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Methodist, Sat., March 19, 1p, Stadium
  • MEN’S TENNIS vs William Peace, Sun., March 20, 11a, Gibbs
  • WOMEN’S LACROSSE vs Meredith, Sun., March 20, 11a, Stadium
  • SOFTBALL vs William Peace, Sun. March 20, (x2) Noon & 2p, Softball Field
  • WOMEN’S TENNIS vs William Peace, Sun., March 20, 1p, Gibbs
  • (Lots more games during Spring Break week–but most are away. See the Composite Schedule.)
  • SPRING BREAK, March 21-25
  • Note: The Kevin Manderville Guitar Recital, postponed from its February date because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall


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

  • Blake Bosch ’14, assistant coordinator for student activities, has assumed the role of coordinator of community service for the remainder of the semester. Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, said, “I am very thankful for Blake’s willingness to serve, and more importantly, for his commitment to insure we don’t miss great opportunities to serve the community.”
  • Vinson Bradley ’10, site coordinator for the Baldwin County site and director of professional development for Huntingdon’s Evening Bachelor’s Degree program, was honored with an Achievement Award by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in February, citing not only his professional service, but also his many volunteer roles in the community.
  • Head Baseball Coach D.J. Conville ’98 enjoyed his 300th win in 12 seasons at the helm of the Hawks baseball team February 16, when the Hawks decisively put out the fire of the Belhaven Blazers, 25-0 in seven innings.
  • Anna DeMedicis ’16 has been accepted to the Master of Science in Health Administration program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. You may remember from the last Talon that she has also been accepted to other programs, but has selected UAB for graduate study.
  • Juliette Harp ’18 was named to the USA South Athletic Conference All-Conference second team for women’s basketball February 24. She set a Lady Hawks single season block record with 59 this year.
  • Patti Lee Kelser ’08 was named Teacher of the Year for Creekside HS in Atlanta, where she teaches history. She will move on to county-wide competition.
  • Chelsea Messer ’16 was named USA South Softball Player of the Week February 29 for finishing 8-for-12 in the team’s contests against Wesleyan and Agnes Scott, with a .917 slugging percentage, 6 scored runs, 5 RBIs, one double, one triple, and 7 stolen bases earned during the Lady Hawks’ four wins over their opponents.
  • An article by Graham Neeley ’11 in the spring edition of the Alabama Historical Association newsletter pays tribute to his grandmother, prominent Alabama historian Mary Ann Oglesby Neeley ’54. Graham works in public service for the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
  • Quintarious Perdue ’13, a student in the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharm.D. program, returned last month to talk with prospective pharmacy students about his experiences since graduation.
  • Jen Price ’16 was honored as USA South Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week February 29 for her performance in the team’s 11-6 win over Oglethorpe. Jen set a single-game record with 8 caused turnovers and finished with one goal, 8 ground balls, and 3 draw controls.
  • Patrick Reynolds, who has served as coordinator of community service and residence director for Searcy Hall since the beginning of the academic year, has resigned in order to return home to assist his family. We appreciate his diligent and enthusiastic service and wish him well in future endeavors.
  • Zoya Robinson ’19 was named USA South Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week February 29 after finishing weekend matches at 2-0 in No. 1 singles and 3-0 in No. 1 doubles. The Lady Hawks finished 9-0 in three matches.
  • John (’11) and Christy Jones Sloan ’10 welcomed their first child, son Noah Alexander, February 26, 2016. John is a pharmacist and Christy works in her family’s business.
  • Austin Stacy ’17 has been appointed Senior RA for Searcy Hall.
  • Savannah Ward ’16 and Wyatt Popovich ’18 were named to USA South All-Sportsmanship teams for women’s and men’s basketball, respectively, at the conclusion of the season.
  • Kimberly Cauthen Wolfe ’09, director of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, and her husband, Hunter Wolfe ’05, a teacher, welcomed their first child, a daughter, February 24, 2016.

Prayer and Sympathy

  • Nelle Harper Lee, famed author of the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman, died February 21, 2016 in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Ms. Lee attended Huntingdon as a freshman during the 1944–1945 academic year, later transferring to the University of Alabama to study law. President West issued this statement: “It is an honor and a privilege to call Nelle Harper Lee a Huntingdon College alumna. Ms. Lee came to Huntingdon from the small town of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1944, twelve years after her sister, Alice, attended in 1932. Sixteen years later, To Kill A Mockingbird was published and made her a literary icon. Her novels call us to consider the reality of evil and the important choices we make in life, presenting examples of goodness and courage that stand firm in the face of that reality. Particularly in her second published novel, her words resonate with evidence of personal and social holiness that reflect her own Methodist heritage, which she held dear.  Huntingdon celebrates with the world a life well lived, as well as words and stories that will live on.” We offer prayer and sympathy to her family and friends.
  • We were saddened to learn of the February 21 death of loyal Huntingdon alumna Caroline “Dootsie” Ball Matthews ’47, whose son, John, has worked in the library for more than 20 years. A 1950 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law along with her late husband, John R. Matthews Jr., Mrs. Matthews was a steadfast supporter of causes that served individuals with mental disabilities and their families. She was a faithful member of the Huntingdon Society.
  • Noted historian, professor, and author Maxine Thompson Turner ’57 died February 11, 2016, in Macon, Georgia. Dr. Turner was a Civil War historical researcher and scholar who earned graduate and doctoral degrees in English from Auburn University and continued her studies at a number of colleges and universities around the world. She was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1988 for her book, Navy Gray: A Story of the Confederate Navy. Dr. Turner served as a professor at Georgia Tech beginning in the late 1960s and became recognized nationally for her expertise in technical communication and in the development of technology. The textbook she authored, Technical Writing: A Practical Approach, was used widely. She published numerous poems, as well as articles with such wide-ranging topics as The Bay Psalm Book, 18th century hymns, naval operations and other aspects of the Civil War, the Book of Common Prayer, and technical writing. She was a pioneer in seeking equity for women and minority students at Georgia Tech.

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