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The Talon 04.26.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


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

Two more weeks

The last day of classes for spring term 2016 is Friday, April 29, and then we press through finals, which begin Monday, May 2, and end Friday, May 6. Here are a few things to keep in mind in this high-stress, high-studying time of year:

  • The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment is open every day and will work with you on study skills, time management, writing papers, and other needs. Stop in Jackson Home and see Maryann Beck ’92 or Vaughan Dickson. They’re both amazing.
  • The Counseling Center, also in Jackson Home, is available for you if you need some encouragement. See College Counselor Kelley Rehm–she’s amazing, too.
  • The Office of Student Life will offer daily encouragement and stress reducers in The Hut or on The Green. They’ll send out a schedule—watch for it. (Especially great: Pets on the Green, coming Wednesday, April 27, 11a–2p, and Thursday, April 28, 11a–1p).
  • The Huntingdon National Alumni Board will sponsor a late-night Pancake Breakfast on Finals Eve, Sunday, May 1, 9:45–10:45p in the DH. Syrup always makes studying sweeter, especially when it’s free.
  • 24/7 Quiet Hours are observed in the residence halls beginning, well, now, until the end of tests.
  • Residence halls will close for non-graduating students 24 hours after your last exam or at noon, Saturday, May 7. Be sure you observe posted check-out procedures to avoid fines or sanctions.
  • Residence halls will close for graduates at noon, Sunday, May 15.

What is Baccalaureate?

Baccalaureate is a time to worship and rejoice in God’s blessings as we end the academic year and as impending traditional day graduates prepare to commence with the rest of their lives. Held Friday, May 13, at 5p in Ligon Chapel, the Baccalaureate sermon is offered by President J. Cameron West. Traditional day graduates are expected to attend and families are welcome. The Chapel is usually full for this event, so an overflow room will be available. The service will be simulcast via the internet at hawkcast.huntingdon.edu

Commencement information for guests

Here are a few pointers about Commencement Exercises, coming Saturday, May 14, at 9a for traditional day students and 6p for Evening Bachelor’s Degree students.

  • No tickets are issued or required for admission; seating is first-come, first-served; early arrival is wise.
  • Commencement Exercises are held at Top Stage on The Green. In case of rain, the ceremony is moved to Roland Arena, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
  • The ground will be soft–for women, flats fair far better than heels, which easily get stuck in the bridge slats or in The Green’s soft earth (every year, someone ignores this warning and gets stuck. Don’t let this be you.)
  • Take care with anything you place on the ground, as the ground will be damp.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and low-profile hats will be helpful as most seats are in full sun (especially for the day ceremony).
  • Both commencements and Baccalaureate will be simulcast on the internet at hawkcast.huntingdon.edu.
  • Graduation DVDs will be available for purchase through the Office of Technology Support Services.
  • Special assistance/transportation to and from parking areas/The Green will be provided by Campus Security for those in need. Please call (334) 833-4463 or (334) 324-6565.

Students honored for scholarship, service

The 2016 Awards Convocation honored some of Huntingdon’s finest students for their scholarship and/or service, as well as recognizing two faculty members for exemplary teaching, Friday, April 22. Honor society inductees will be announced separately. Congratulations to all!

Walk for the Health of It

Get ready to Walk with Lunch—for the Health of It! This week, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26–27, between noon and 1p, Applied Anatomy and Physiology students will lead short (15-minute) walks around our beautiful Green and will check your blood pressure as you move. In support of our new Health Promotion emphasis in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, this is a no-sweat event designed to show that even a little movement is easy and good for you. Exercise doesn’t have to be competitive and it doesn’t have to require special equipment. You can walk in your work or wisdom-seeking attire, enjoy some fresh air and get an even fresher perspective on your week. It’s free and fun and no-pressure (except for the blood pressure thing).  Meet in front of the DH.

The winning-est coach ever

The Huntingdon baseball team (who won the USA South Conference title earlier this month) took two games from Guilford College on Saturday as head coach D.J. Conville ’98 reached win number 320, becoming the winning-est coach in 56 seasons of Huntingdon baseball. In his 12th season as head coach, Coach Conville has a record of 320-176. “He is a great coach and this reflects on the way he has led this program,” senior Patrick Kucera ’16 said. “Being a part of his 300th win earlier this season, overcoming adversity and winning the conference championship last weekend and now, seeing him become the winning-est coach, we’re all glad we could be a part of it.”


  • 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 2016 Football Schedule has been announced.
  • If you missed registering for Fall 2016 or Summer 2016 during the designated weeks, it’s not too late. Simply speak with your adviser and register now. If we can help you iron out any issues that are preventing you from registering, please see Maryann Beck in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment for assistance.


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  • Four Huntingdon men’s golfers were named to USA South All-Conference teams earlier this month. Addison Lambeth ’17 landed a place on the USA South First Team; David James ’16, Chad Ring ’17, and Will Thrash ’17 were named to the Honorable Mention team; and David James was also named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
  • Sarah Bethea ’15 has been hired as a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Oversight Inspector monitoring government facilities for possible violations under EPA laws for the State of Alabama.
  • Rebecca Chavers ’14 has announced her engagement to Patrick Johnston.
  • Josh Clayton ’17 was named to the SEILC (see Jakob Works’ story below for an explanation) All-Conference Team. He plays in the mid-field position.
  • Jessica Dickson ’12 and Evan Haulman ’09 have announced their engagement.
  • Huntingdon alumnus Floyd (Mick) Jett ’59 has retired after 27 years as a writer and editor with the Miami Herald. His historical novel, Knowing Daniel, is available at Amazon.com and on Booksmash.
  • Congratulations to John Jones ’18 and Zoya Robinson ’19, who were named honorable mentions on USA South All-Conference Team for men’s and women’s tennis, respectively. Justin McQueen ’17 and Caroline McBroom ’18 were named to the USA South’s Sportsmanship teams.
  • Patrick Kucera ’16 earned USA South First Team All-Conference honors as the team closed the season with an upset of Maryville to take the Conference title. Patrick started in all 44 games this season and led Huntingdon with a .355 batting average, 60 hits, 54 runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run, and a .462 slugging percentage.
  • Kelsey McGuire ’15, a graduate student at the University of Washington in the Master of Public Health program, will intern with Harborview Research and Injury Prevention this summer.
  • Jen Price ’16 was named USA South Women’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week April 11. The recognition came after Jen totaled 12 ground balls, 8 caused turnovers, 5 draw controls, 4 goals, and 4 assists in two games during the week prior.
  • Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Pugh has announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2016–2017 season, which will end a decade with the Hawks and 41 seasons coaching at the high school and college levels overall.
  • Congratulations to Director of Golf Dave Schreyer ’89, who was named USA South Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. In his fourth spring as head coach, he guided the Hawks to four team wins this year, and the Hawks climbed from 33rd to 7th in the nation.
  • Congratulations to Landon Sessions ’16, who was named to the USA South Baseball Sportsmanship Team at the close of the season.
  • Stephen Shephard ’19 became the first Huntingdon golfer to be named USA South Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year as the Conference closed its regular season. Stephen won the Wynlakes Intercollegiate tournament earlier this year in a playoff and averaged, at the time of his award, 75.8 per round in 15 rounds of golf this season.
  • Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant professor of mathematics, and Alexander Dunkel ’14 are among the coauthors of a peer-reviewed book chapter, with Alexander M. Powell (Dr. Spaeth’s Ph.D. adviser), and Ozgur Yilmaz. The chapter, “Quantization, finite frames, and error diffusion,” will appear in a Proceedings of Symposia in Applied Mathematics book, Finite Frame Theory: A Complete Introduction to Overcompleteness, to be printed this spring. PSAPM is an American Mathematical Society series.
  • Kayra White ’13 and Drew Davis ’10 were married April 9, 2016.
  • Senior attacker Jakob Works ’16 was named Southeast Independent Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Year and landed a place on the All-Conference Team as the men’s lacrosse season ended earlier this month. The SEILC is comprised of the five USA South Athletic Conference members who offer men’s lacrosse. At the time of his induction, Jakob led the SEILC and Huntingdon with 66 points (53 goals and 13 assists), as well as 31 ground balls for the season.


  • Elizabeth “Betty” Krueger Spencer died April 16, 2016, in Pascagoula, Mississippi.  Mrs. Spencer was the widow of the Rev. Lamar Spencer ’42. The Spencer family has established the Rev. Lamar and Betty Spencer Endowed Scholarship at Huntingdon College.

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