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The Talon, 06.01.2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Send us your news at news@hawks.huntingdon.edu


Time to get oriented
Registrations for New Student Orientation-Session I maxed by mid-May, which is an indication that the Chapel will be full of enthusiastic future Hawks and their family members June 16–17. Come out and greet our newest Hawks as you are able and welcome them to the family. Read more.

Kicking up the sand
Huntingdon President J. Cameron West and Director of Athletics Mike Turk announced in May that Huntingdon will add varsity sand volleyball to the roster of NCAA-Division III women’s athletics, bringing the total number of teams to 16. The team will begin practices in 2016–2017 and play in spring 2017. The popularity of the sport during recent Olympic games has led to the sport’s growth—the fastest-growing NCAA sport today. Huntingdon is the only D-III college in Alabama or the Southeast to offer the sport. The University of Alabama-Birmingham and Jacksonville State University offer the sport at the D-I level and Spring Hill College has a D-II team. Besides Huntingdon, the only D-III teams in the country are at Principia College (IL) and Stevenson University (MD). Read more.

Asbury Theological Seminary provides scholarship, advanced standing
The Department of Religion has received a letter from Asbury Theological Seminary announcing the seminary’s intention of awarding a $5,000 Scholarship of Distinction to any qualifying Huntingdon graduate. Students may also qualify for other scholarships. The letter states: “This scholarship will be awarded to students who enroll at Asbury Seminary within a year of completing undergraduate work, and then maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, continuous enrollment, and full-time student status. This scholarship can also be combined with our Advanced Standing program, which allows for college credit to be applied to their graduate degree at Asbury Seminary. Students with a major or minor in ministry- or religion-related fields may receive up to 18 credit hours toward the Master of Divinity degree or 12 credit hours toward a Master of Arts degree.”

Booking through summer
A group of faculty has formed the Quality with Soul Book Club this summer. They’re meeting once a month to discuss the book, Quality with Soul, a treatise on achieving excellence in private higher education.

For the Class of 2016, life has commenced
They did it! The Class of 2016 moved their tassels from right to left as they left college and moved on with the commencement of life May 14. You can find a recap of Graduation Weekend 2016 on the website and look at loads of photos on the Huntingdon Facebook page. Congratulations to the day and evening members of the Class of 2016, one of the largest classes in recent memory.

The only constant is change
“The secret of change is to focus not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” said Socrates, and he was probably on to something. It is in that frame of reference that a number of personnel changes are taking place on campus this summer. We welcome the following to new roles or new office spaces, or both (for some, new contact information is not yet in place but will be posted on the web directory when it is known):

  • Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, professor of economics and finance, who has served as an academic vice president for the past few years, will return to the classroom full-time this fall.
  • Mr. Blake Bosch ’15 has stepped down as assistant coordinator for student activities and intends to further his education in graduate study. We wish him well.
  • Mr. Vinson Bradley ’10 has been promoted to director of the College’s Evening Studies program.
  • Ms. Meggie Bridges ’11 has been promoted to assistant registrar. New email: records.mbridges@hawks.huntingdon.edu; phone (334) 833-4522; office Wilson 105C.
  • Mr. Justin Brooks has joined the housekeeping staff.
  • Dr. Renee Culverhouse, director of the Evening Studies program, has announced that she will retire December 31, 2016.
  • Ms. Brittany Davis has been promoted to director of financial aid.
  • Ms. Megan Edmonds, coordinator of Greek Life, has taken a job with another institution. We wish her well.
  • Ms. Amber Gorman has joined the housekeeping staff.
  • Mr. Frank Grier, director of institutional technology, has moved his office to the Wilson Building; same contact information.
  • Mr. Nathan Howell ’16 (we know him as Jamal) joins the Office of Student Financial Services as assistant director of financial aid; financialaid@hawks.huntingdon.edu; Wilson 108C, (334) 833-4524.
  • Ms. Sherry Leigh Lacey ’13, who has served as internship coordinator for the Center for Career and Vocation for the past year, will move to director of the CCV.
  • Chaplain Woods Lisenby ’11 is in the process of moving his office from the first floor of Jackson Home to the basement. The process should be complete by mid-June (no title change, just new space).
  • Ms.Patsy Maddox, who has been a long-time and much-loved member of the Evening Studies program staff, will retire August 31, 2016. We wish her a long and happy retirement.
  • Ms. Kristin McDaniel ’11 will move from her position as director of college relations and keeper of the College calendar to assistant dean of students in the Hut.
  • College Counselor Kelley Rehm will move Counseling Services to the space in Jackson Home that the Office of the Chaplain is vacating.
  • Ms. Christine Simone, director of residence life, has accepted a position with another college. We wish her well in a new part of the country.
  • Ms. Fran Taylor, who has directed the Center for Career and Vocation since 2012, has moved to the Hut and to the new title of Dean of Students. Dean Fran has more than 30 years of experience as a high school teacher and principal, before joining Huntingdon.

Notable and historical
Huntingdon was included on a list of the 50 Most Historically Notable Colleges in America, published on Best College Reviews recently. The list was generated using the colleges and universities that are included on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The ranking was created based on the size of the historical district, historical significance, and access and availability to the public. Huntingdon, #48 on the list, was founded in 1854 in Tuskegee and moved to Montgomery in 1909. Read more.

And speaking of historical …
In 1916, Charles K. Findlay, the 16-year-old son of 1915–1916 Huntingdon music professor Alexander Findlay, completed a historic solo motorcycle ride that began and ended on the Huntingdon (then Woman’s College of Alabama) campus. He rode his brand new 1916 Indian Power Plus motorcycle. A century later, Gwen “Shogs” Phillips, a motorcycle enthusiast, is recreating “Findlay’s Road” on her own brand new 2016 Indian Scout motorcycle beginning at 5:20 a.m., Wednesday, June 8, and ending Saturday, June 25, at 10:05 a.m. Read more about the fascinating recreation of Findlay’s journey. (All are welcome to come and watch the launch and return.)


  • Huntingdon office hours shifted to the summery 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekday schedule just after Commencement, and will continue until August 15 in this timeframe. Houghton Library is open to the public from noon to 4p weekdays.
  • 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 Ms. Maryann Beck ’92 in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment for assistance.
  • Summer Schedule of Classes, Summer II: https://selfserve.huntingdon.edu/SelfService/Search/SectionSearch.aspx?sort=CourseId&num=10&year=2016&term=SUMMER&type=Trad&session=MSESII
  • Counseling Services is open all summer for students who are taking summer classes or who are registered for the fall. Summer is one of the best times to come to counseling because it enables you to work through problems without the added stress of school. Please call or email Ms.Kelley Rehm (krehm@hawks.huntingdon.edu) if you would like to set up an appointment or if you have any questions.
  • A very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ms. Mary Ann Pickard, who celebrated her 90th birthday—where else?—at work in the Huntingdon library and Alabama-Northwest Florida Conference Archives room!
  • There will be a memorial service for the late Dr. Kenneth L. Deal, Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. on The Green. All are welcome. Read more below under Prayers and Sympathy.

Fall move-in dates

  • Pending: Band (information will be sent out as soon as it is known)
  • August 10: Football (first practice, August 11)
  • August 16: Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Cheerleading (first practices, August 17)
  • August 17: Volleyball (first practice, August 18
  • August 18: Participants in Orientation III
  • August 19: Big Red Weekend—new students who haven’t moved in previously
  • August 20–21: Noon each day, residence halls open to returning students for move-in

Fall sport schedules

Happening around Montgomery


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

  • The Huntingdon Hawks golf team placed second overall and Addison Lambeth ’17 tied for second individually in this year’s NCAA-Division III National Tournament. We congratulate all Hawk golfers for an outstanding year of competition! Read more.
  • Vinson Bradley ’10, recently named director of the College’s Evening Studies program (and an ongoing Huntingdon dad of twin Hawks), has been selected by Business Alabama as a 2016 Baldwin County Mover and Shaper. Vinson serves as vice chair of the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
  • Abby Nicole Brown ’14 has completed her Master of Education in special education at the University of West Alabama.
  • Destree Brown ’09 will teach at Southport Elementary School for the 2016–2017 academic year.
  • Candice Ruston Bunn ’11 and her husband welcomed their first child, son Sawyer Grant, May 12, 2016, less than a week after she completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Samford University.
  • Rhett Butler ’13 and Heather Jones ’14 were married May 21, 2016. Rhett completed his Master of Divinity degree at Duke University in May 2016.
  • Ashley Childs ’16 and Matthew Russell ’13 have announced their engagement. Ashley has been accepted into the graduate program in journalism and mass communication at the University of Florida, which she will begin this fall.
  • Ann Clancy ’15 has been accepted into the master’s program in public policy at the University of Chicago.
  • Mitchell Clemmons ’14 and Georgianna Hunt ’16 were married May 29, 2016.
  • Lisa Collins, who studied at Huntingdon for a year as part of the Irish-American exchange program in 2007, has completed her M.D. She married a fellow medical student in April. They live in Great Britain.
  • Chad Cotant ’12 graduated from Jones School of Law, May 8, 2016.
  • Dr. Lynn Disbrow, professor of communication studies and chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Psychology, was a co-author on the article, “The development of a set of core communication competencies for introductory communication courses,” published in Communication Education, the premier national scholarly journal for communication pedagogy, in March 2016. The article stemmed from the coauthors’ work on a national task force that focused on the development of core communication competencies and possible assessment during three years’ time.
  • Ray Evans ’12 graduated from Jones School of Law, May 8, 2016.
  • Walker Garrett ’07, J.D., was elected May 24 to a term on the Columbus, Georgia, City Council, earning a whopping 66% of the vote.
  • Karis Anderson Hayford ’11 has completed her Master of Education degree at Auburn University.
  • Chip Hicks ’80, director of of patient safety for Baptist Health System, and his wife, Rhonda, welcomed daughter Callie Brooke Young to the family on leap day, February 29, 2016.
  • Jacob Kendall ’08 has completed his Ph.D. in interdisciplinary aging studies from Tulane University. Jacob has also earned Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees at Tulane. In August 2016 Dr. Kendall will move to Upland, Indiana, where he’ll begin a 9-month position as visiting assistant professor of social work at Taylor University.
  • Patrick Kucera ’16 earned recognition on two All-Region teams for baseball released May 24. He was named third-team All-South Region by D3baseball.com and was selected third team All-Region on the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-South Region team. Patrick played outfield for the Hawks and led the team in 8 statistical categories with a .347 batting average, .487 on-base percentage, 61 hits, 55 runs, 9 doubles, 38 walks, 26 stolen bases, and tied for 3 triples.
  • Addison Lambeth ’17, who tied for second overall in the individual standings at the NCAA-III Men’s Golf National Championship Tournament and led the team to a second place finish as well, was named to the PING All-Region Team; was recognized, along with teammate Chad Ring, as an NCAA-III All-America Scholar; and was named a Jack Nicklaus Award finalist.
  • Anthony Leigh, senior vice president for institutional development and alumni relations, was inducted into the Sheffield, Alabama, Education Foundation Registry of Honor in May 2016.
  • Farrah Mahan ’16 has been admitted to the graduate program in genetic counseling at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Dr. Merritt Moseley ’70 has retired after 38 years as a professor of literature at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. He’ll get to spend more time with his wife, Madeline Nichols Moseley ’72, and grandchildren.
  • Mr. Christopher Payne, Professor of Art, has had artwork accepted into three recent juried exhibitions. One ceramic sculpture, Forest of Sighs, was accepted in the La Grange Southeast Regional Exhibition, at the La Grange Art Museum, in March. The same sculpture was accepted for inclusion in the University of Memphis’ upcoming Art of the South exhibition. Another sculpture, La Source, was accepted in the 28th Annual Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition, to be held at Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery.
  • Women of Distinction Magazine has selected Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, as a distinguished professional in her field. She will be featured in an upcoming issue of the magazine. Read more.
  • Among the students who will enter this fall in the Class of 2020 is Kara Grace Pettit, a cheerleader and the daughter of Kelly Whatley Pettit ’91 and Kevin Pettit ’90. We love our legacies! Is your legacy enrolling this year? Tell us your story at news@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Anna Raley ’16 has been admitted to the graduate program at Dartmouth College.
  • Dr. James Robinson ’04 (M.D.) has accepted a sports medicine position with the Campbell Clinic in Memphis. For several years he has practiced in Livingston, Alabama.
  • Carl Sanders ’14 married Dadrianna Green May 7, 2016, in Sandestin Beach, accompanied at the altar by former football teammates Jes Smith ’10, Walker Gantt ’11, and Heath Woodruff ’11. He works in sales and operations for Penske.
  • Nicholas Sheppard ’13 has accepted a position as assistant manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Destin, Florida.
  • Mary Elizabeth Terrell ’12 completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy in May 2016.
  • Zack Turner ’13 complete his master’s degree in higher education administration/student life from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2016.
  • Ashlee Walters ’12 has completed her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University.
  • Nicole Weldon ’08 married James Auvil May 14, 2016, at Primrose Cottage in Roswell, Georgia. Nicole works as a senior accountant with Home Depot.
  • Micaela White ’15 has moved to southern Japan, where she will teach English this year.
  • Linda Jackson Willis ’86 has taken a position as a middle school and high school reading teacher at the Orange Park, Florida, campus of the Broach Schools of Jacksonville.


  • We learned May 3 of the death of long-time Professor of English Dr. Kenneth L. Deal, who served Huntingdon from 1979 to 2003 in capacities as far-reaching as teacher, department chair, dean of evening studies and continuing education, interim academic dean, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, chair of the freshman seminar program, fencing instructor and coach, adviser to the film society, and director of the 1998–2000 SACS Self-Study, among many other roles. Ken was contagiously passionate about Shakespeare and Milton and their writings—as well as many other subjects—and his ability to communicate that passion made him a soul-engaging, mind-advancing, literary tornado of a teacher.  Many who are at Huntingdon today didn’t have the chance to know Ken, but those of us who worked and taught with him and, in particular, those who were taught by him will never forget his intelligence and his impact. After leaving Huntingdon, Ken taught at Booker T. Washington High School and at Alabama State University. He was planning retirement in late May 2016. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, including his wife, Connie Powell Deal ’87, who teaches art for the Montgomery Academy, daughter, Clarissa, and son, Baines. A memorial service for Dr. Ken Deal will be held at 6:00 p.m. on The Green, Saturday, June 4. All are welcome.
  • Our oldest living alumna until her death, Dr. Ouida Fay Paul ’30, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away May 24 at age 105.  A 1998 Huntingdon Alumni Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Paul was a music educator who taught for the University of Hawaii, the University of Florida, and Greensboro College. She established the Paul Endowed Scholarship at Huntingdon in memory of her parents, and this is the designated charity for memorial contributions. Just a few months ago she said she thought of Huntingdon every day and wished she could come back to college because it was the happiest time of her life. We hold her in loving memory.
  • Mr. William C. “Wick” Watkins passed away May 15, 2016, in Auburn, Alabama. He was the husband of loyal Huntingdon alumna Shirley Faye Parker Watkins ’56.  Wick was a member of the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon, the Hall of Honor, the John Massey Heritage Society and the Huntingdon Society.   We extend our deepest sympathy to Shirley and her family.

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