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The Talon 04.08.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Friday, April 8, 2016


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

Spring into fall

Pre-registration for fall 2016 classes will begin for rising seniors (those who have completed 90 or more credit hours) Monday, April 14, and continue for each consecutive class level for the following days of the week. Before you register, review the classes on Self Service and meet with your adviser(s) to be sure you are making the right choices for degree completion and for your graduate or professional school plans, as they pertain. You may also register for summer classes beginning on that date.

Loeb/Ellison Lecture Series features Katherine Clark

Katherine Clark, who has authored both fiction and non-fiction works, will speak for the combined Jimmy Loeb Literary Series and Rhoda Coleman Ellison Writers Festival, Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall. Ms. Clark will speak on her latest novels, The Headmaster’s Darlings and All the Governor’s Men, the latter of which was just published this month by Story River Books at the University of South Carolina Press. Both books are part of a novel series set in Mountain Brook, Alabama, where she grew up. Ms. Clark’s first books were works of nonfiction, Motherwit, the oral biography of a “granny” midwife, and Milking the Moon, the oral biography of Eugene Walter. In addition to her novel series, Ms. Clark is in the process of writing the oral biography of the late novelist Pat Conroy. Come and hear about her writing process and listen to excerpts from her novels.

Alexis Wineman ’17 speaks at the U.N.

Few 21-year-olds can say they have addressed the United Nations, but in that few shines Alexis Wineman ’17, former Miss Montana 2012 and America’s Choice in the 2013 Miss America Pageant, who spoke about autism on World Autism Awareness Observance, Friday, April 1. Alexis was the first Miss America contestant who had been diagnosed with autism and has spoken about her experiences in venues across the country. At the U.N. she joined a panel discussion on the topic of inclusive education. You can read her story in the 2015 issue of Huntingdon College Magazine.

Trey Pirtle ’16 returns from Vietnam

A United Methodist mission-work veteran, Trey Pirtle ’16 has traveled on many mission trips in the United States and abroad. He and tennis teammate Seth McClendon ’16 spent the summer between their sophomore and junior years in the Philippines with Kids International Ministries (which you can read more about at the 2015 magazine link above). For Spring Break this year and two weeks prior, he traveled to Vietnam via motorcycle with a mission team from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. A gifted and creative documentation, Trey made a video about his Vietnam experience, which you can view on the google drive here: https://drive.google.com/a/hawks.huntingdon.edu/file/d/0B2kueRxjpj3Qc0xTOFZmVkZxZWM/view or on his Facebook page. Take 6 minutes and watch. What an amazing experience!

Office of Admission hosts Home Sweet Huntingdon

Prospective students may mingle and get to know the campus and each other at the annual event, Home Sweet Huntingdon, beginning at 5:30p, Thursday, April 21, and concluding Friday, April 22, by noon. Included events are a dessert social with President West, Cosmic Bowling, and a jam session with Riley Green (complete with pizza) in the Grove (bowling and the jam session are open to current students). Overnight hosts are needed. Please contact the Office of Admission if you can offer a friendly welcome to a future Hawk!

It’s all Greek this week

The Office of Student Life and the Office of Greek Life are hosting Greek Week this week. Festivities began with Mock Rock on Monday, a favorite annual event, and have or will include baseball tailgating; a porch party at The Hut; and Greek Awards Night, Thursday, 6p at MCC. If you’re Greek, join in the fun. If you want to be Greek but haven’t yet joined an organization, learn how by consulting Megan Edmonds at medmonds@hawks.huntingdon.edu, or drop by and see her in The Hut.

Campus Rec presents April Madness

So much for March—it’s time for April Madness, offered by your friendly Campus Rec program. Beginning with Red Pride celebrations for baseball and tennis and an Atlanta Braves game trip for their home opener, the month will continue with whitewater rafting (April 8–9), an Uno tournament (April 13), Paintball on the Green (April 20), a beach trip (April 23), another Braves game (April 25), and a Campus Rec Field Day (April 27). Need to know more? See Talyn Sands in the Hut.

Join your Student Alumni Association

Formed in 2012, the Student Alumni Association lets students be counted as alumni donors to the College simply by giving gifts of $10 or more to the Huntingdon Fund. SAA membership benefits include invitations to special gatherings, recognition in the Honor Roll of Donors, and an important line that reflects your college loyalty in your resume. To give online, go to http://www.huntingdon.edu/alumni-friends/giving-to-huntingdon/give-now/ or to find out more, stop by the Office of College and Alumni Relations in Flowers Hall.


  • GRADUATING SENIORS: if you’d like to deliver the Graduate Address during Commencement Exercises, you may apply using the form sent from Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life and dean of students, earlier this week. Applications are due by noon Monday, April 11.
  • Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma (band fraternities) invite you to a Video Game Tournament this Friday, April 8, in the Hawk’s Nest. The cost is $5 per player and the tournament begins at 1p with Just Dance 4, followed by Call of Duty at 4p and Super Smash Bros for Wii U at 7p. The cost is $5 per player. There will be prizes for the top three winners. For more information see Jordan Storms (jstorms@hawks.huntingdon.edu) or Niki Kennedy (nkennedy@hawks.huntingdon.edu).
  • WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A HISTORY DEGREE? Come find out! The Alabama Department of Archives and History (624 Washington Ave., Montgomery) will host Making History Public, Thursday, April 14, 2016, 2–4p. To register, go to http://bit.ly/MakingHistoryPublic. There is no cost.
  • Your Center for Career and Vocation invites you to apply for summer internships this month. There’s no better way to learn what you do and don’t like to do and to gain resume-worthy experience. See Sherry Leigh Lacey ’13 in the CCV.
  • The Title IX program is conducting a Sexual Assault Climate Survey this month. Results help the College with planning and policy development and inform administrators with regard to sexual assault education and awareness. Students, please take a moment to complete this survey using the links provided in the email you received from Mr. Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library and Title IX coordinator.

Opportunities to Serve

Huntingdon hosts Science Olympiad
The campus will be abuzz this Saturday, April 9, with the whirring of motors, the roar of hand-made rockets, and other experiments as Huntingdon hosts the state’s Division B finals and Division C finals for the Science Olympiad. This is the 16th consecutive year the College has run the Division B (middle school) finals, and the 6th consecutive year for hosting Division C (high school) finals. Winning teams from regional tournaments around Alabama will compete in events from building the best egg carton to constructing the best robot. Volunteers are needed! If you’d like to help with this event (a T-shirt is involved for your day’s work), please go to the volunteer link at the bottom of the page at http://so.huntingdon.edu.

A challenge to serve

The Montgomery Advertiser’s Project 7 pits Huntingdon against our sister Montgomery colleges in an effort to raise school supplies and other needed items for children who are involved in Common Ground Ministries of Montgomery. Items needed include all forms of school supplies, from backpacks to everything in them; paper products such as paper towels, tissues, napkins, Ziploc bags, plastic utensils, and toilet paper; toys and games such as basketballs, footballs, air pumps, board games, and sidewalk chalk; and cleaning supplies, including plastic gloves, trash bags, and Clorox wipes. You will receive one hour of community service for every three items you donate. Bring donations to the Hut before April 30. Again, this is a city-wide college competition so let’s Hawk ’em! The Montgomery Advertiser will write about this donation drive toward the end of the month.

Hawks help the homeless

Several students are conducting a service project to collect items for Montgomery’s homeless. Items needed include shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, socks, bottles of water, lip balm, combs/hairbrushes, small first aid kits, gum, and other small non-perishable and unused items. The drop-off collection box is outside Room 208 (Dr. Jeffcoat’s office) in Jackson Home or call or text (334) 508-0508 to arrange for pick-up of your items. Please help those in need through your donations.

More service invitations (all from alums!):

  • Huntingdon alumna and Montgomery March of Dimes director Ashley Dubuque Gorum ’03 invites the Huntingdon family to participate in the River Region March for Babies, benefiting the March of Dimes, Saturday, June 4, 8a, beginning at the Baptist Health DeBoer Building, 301 Brown Springs Road in Montgomery.
  • The Montgomery Muscular Dystrophy Association seeks volunteers who can help with office work or at events. If you are interested, contact alumna Ariel Rocker ’12 at arocker@mdausa.org.
  • Anne Preston Speed Bullock ’14, a student in the graduate program in occupational therapy at Alabama State University, invites students to participate in the ASU OT program 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk, roll, or run, Saturday, April 23, beginning at the John L. Buskey Health Science Building (corner of Hall Street and North University Drive) at 8a. Registration, $20, can be completed online at Active.com. Proceeds benefit Child Advocacy and Children’s Center Adult Program.

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

  • HUNTINGDON BAND SPRING SHOWCASE: SMALL ENSEMBLES IN CONCERT, Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • JV BASEBALL vs Faulkner Univ., Monday, April 18, 4p, Posey Field
  • TEACHER EDUCATION JOB FAIR, presented by the CCV, Monday, April 18, 5:30–7:30p; reservations required
  • SPRING CHORAL CONCERT, presented by the Concert Choir,Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • LOEB/ELLISON LECTURE SERIES featuring writer KATHERINE CLARK, Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall; free and open to all; http://katherineclarkbooks.com/index.php
  • HOME SWEET HUNTINGDON, Thursday–Friday, April 21–22
  • CLOVERJAM, Friday, April 22, times TBA, Top Stage, The Green; featured bands: Norris Dates and the Power Surge; Park Band; blankets and outdoor chairs welcome; concessions available; no entry fee
  • HC CHEER TRYOUTS, Friday, April 22–Saturday, April 23
  • HC BASEBALL vs Guilford College (x2), Saturday, April 23, 3p and 6p, Posey Field
  • HC BASEBALL vs Guilford College, Sunday, April 24, noon, Posey Field
  • HUNTINGDON MUSIC HONORS RECITAL, Sunday, April 24, 3:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • HUNTINGDON CAPSTONE ART EXHIBIT, Mondays through Fridays, April 25–May 6, special viewing during Graduation Weekend, May 14–15, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, Seay Twins Art Gallery
  • HUNTINGDON WINDS AND JAZZ OUTDOOR CONCERT, Thursday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., Top Stage on The Green, blankets and outdoor chairs welcome; free and open to the College and the community
  • BACCALAUREATE, (Traditional Day Program) Friday, May 13, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • 2016 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES, Saturday, May 14, The Green


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  • More than two dozen Huntingdon College students majoring in chemistry and biochemistry presented their undergraduate research at academic chemistry conferences in San Diego and at Alabama State University in March. The students were accompanied by Huntingdon chemistry professors Dr. Doba Jackson, Dr. John Berch, and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, who also worked with the students on their projects. Undergraduate research is required of every Huntingdon chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Wes Anderson ’13 and his wife, Charsy, welcomed their first child, Laila Grace Anderson, in March 2016.
  • Annie Arrington ’11 married Cody Lee Hooks, March 26, 2016.
  • T.J. Brecciaroli ’03 and Lacy Marschalk Brecciaroli ’05 welcomed their first child, son Xander, December 27, 2015.
  • Gavin Breslin, who studied at Huntingdon in 2000 as an international exchange student through the Irish-American Exchange program (the same program that took Lexie Ofe ’17 to Northern Ireland during fall 2015) has completed his doctorate and is a senior lecturer in sport psychology at Ulster University in the UK. He has coedited a textbook, Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies, which will be published in June 2016 by Wiley-Blackwell. He says, “To write the book I have to thank staff at Huntingdon for being part of my educational journey.”
  • Katie Svela Crews ’06 and her husband are parents to a second child, daughter Lucy Nell, born March 24, 2016.
  • April LeClerc DePaola ’04 and her husband, Angelo, welcomed their first child, daughter Charlie Jane, March 21, 2016.
  • John and Amanda Jo Napier Dean ’11 will always be a part of each other—in deeper ways than even marriage could achieve. Earlier this year Amanda Jo donated a kidney to her husband, who was battling end-stage kidney disease. She says, “[The transplant] has made us appreciate Huntingdon even more, because of course if it were not for Huntingdon, and Dr. Buckner’s Logic class, we would never have met, been married, and then discovered I was a match to donate to him!” John and Amanda Jo live in Jacksonville, Fla., where he is a national organizer for the American Federation of Government Employees and she is a registered nurse. They’re both recovering nicely, for which we’re grateful.
  • Mary Elizabeth Gasson ’14, who is in graduate school for vocal music, has been accepted to “Si parla, si canta,” a summer vocal music and language program in Italy.
  • Darius Dixon ’14  and Devin Douglas ’14 graduated from the Alabama State Police Academy March 29, 2016. Both are employed by the Montgomery Police Department.
  • Alicia Gauker ’16 has accepted a position with Alpha Omicron Pi women’s fraternity as an educational leadership consultant.
  • Davis Glass ’13 married Lauren Campbell, March 26, 2016.
  • Sam Griffin ’11 has accepted a job offer with Baptist South SICU and will begin June 6. He will graduate from nursing school in May.
  • Lauren Lugen ’16 has received letters of acceptance to Physician Assistant programs at the University of South Alabama and Lincoln Memorial University. She will attend USA, beginning two days after she graduates from Huntingdon.
  • Leanne Mallory ’05 has been hired as assistant director for the First Year Experience and Parent Programs at the University of Alabama. She has worked in housing at Florida State University for the past few years after completing her master’s degree.
  • Erin Ofe ’12, who serves as a speech/language pathologist in the St. Louis area, has announced her engagement to Lance Mauldin. A spring 2017 wedding is planned.
  • Terah Phillips ’11 and Brandon Shrout ’08 were married March 26, 2016.
  • Julia Shappert ’17 would appreciate your vote! She’s in the running for a scholarship through the Young & Free Alabama Scholarship Video Competition, and that scholarship depends on your vote! You can see her video and vote every day through April 30 at https://youngandfreescholarships.us.launchpad6.com/contest/1/entry/2.
  • Stephen Shephard ’19 won his first collegiate tournament and the Huntingdon men’s golf team won their third event of the season in the Wynlakes Intercollegiate in March. Stephen shot his best round as a Hawk with a 3-under 69 in the final round and finished with a 3-under 141. Tied with Emory’s Stefano Butti after 36 holes, Stephen won the tournament on a playoff hole. He was recognized by the USA South Conference as men’s golf Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week following the win.
  • Former Hawks quarterback Ryne Tyme Taylor ’14 married McKenzie Byrd, April 2, 2016. Ryne works for Campus Outreach in the Southeast.
  • Alumna and former Huntingdon English professor Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 will be the featured poet for Auburn-Montgomery’s 3 Mondays of Poetry, Monday, April 11, 7p, at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. She will read from her upcoming book, American Happiness, which will be released in hard cover from NewSouth Books in October 2016. Dr. Trimble chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.
  • Zack Watson ’16 earned USA South Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors March 21 in recognition of throwing a complete-game three-hitter in the team’s 14-1 win over the Piedmont College Lions.


We were saddened to learn of the death of Marguerite Shiver Carlisle, who passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Daphne, Alabama. Marguerite was a friend of the College and a member of the Huntingdon Society. She was the mother of the late Dr. Tony Carlisle ’76, professor of computer science emeritus, and mother-in-law of Renee Byrd Carlisle ’76, administrative assistant in the Music Program.

Head women’s basketball coach and athletic director emeritus Buzz Phillips, his wife, Nancy, and son, Scott ’01, have our prayers for comfort and peace in the death of their daughter and sister, Kerri, Thursday, April 7, 2016. Buzz and Nancy wish to thank the Huntingdon community for their prayers and warm thoughts during their daughter’s illness. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday, April 12, at 2p, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, with visitation preceding at 1p.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our sister school, North Carolina Wesleyan College, following the deaths of four students in an automobile accident near the College. We grieve with NCWC and with the students’ families in remembrance of Robyne St. Claire Barnes, Kandis McBride-Jones, Donesha Scott, and Quedeshia Brown, who were members of the NCWC Class of 2019.

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