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The Talon, 09.30.2015


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


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

Countdown to Homecoming, Family Weekend, Preview Day

Except for Graduation Weekend, no other events on campus draw crowds like the combined Homecoming, Family Weekend, and October Preview Day 2015, which will take place October 2–4. Students, alumni, families, and prospective students can check these links for more information about pertinent events:

  • Homecoming 2015
  • Family Weekend 2015
  • Preview Day Information
  • Special student events for Homecoming week (see this week’s Hut Happenings for more events):
    • Wednesday: Paintball on the Green, 3p; Chuck Cinemas, 9p (movie at The Chuck)
    • Thursday: Yearbook Distribution Day, 11a in the DH; Band Party featuring Park Band, 9p, Alley Station Ballroom, 130 Commerce St.
    • Friday: Homecoming Bonfire and Pep Rally, The Green, 8:30p
    • Saturday: Homecoming Fireworks, 8:30p, The Green

Alumni to be honored at Homecoming

The Huntingdon community is invited to celebrate alumni achievement and loyalty during the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, Friday, October 2, at 5:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. The 2015 Alumni Loyalty Award recipients are Laura Duncan ’94, vice president for enrollment management, and Chief Mike Ward ’76, head of Huntingdon’s Security Office. The 2015 Alumni Achievement Award recipients are Carl Barranco ’64, a former Huntingdon trustee and member of the Montgomery accounting firm Warren Averett; Neil McDavid ’69, a former Huntingdon trustee and  retired pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference; Betty Seymour Perdue ’51, the former supervisor of music and arts for the State Department of Education; and Gale Stallworth Stone ’87, the Deputy Inspector General for the United States Social Security Administration. The 2015 Outstanding Young Alumna Award will be presented to Gillian Lisenby Walters ’08, an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church-Montgomery. Read more.

During the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. in Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater, the following will be inducted: Jim Brantley ’96, Montgomery, Ala., baseball ; Rishard Davis ’09, Tucson, Ariz., football; Coach Tina Kyler Deese ’94, Cecil, Ala., softball; Butch Earnest ’67, posthumously, baseball; Jamaal Jemison ’07, Montgomery, Ala., football; Scott Limbaugh ’03, Nashville, Tenn., golf; Coach John McWilliams, Montgomery, tennis; Rick Myrick ’68, Marietta, Ga., men’s basketball and golf; Riley Prescott ’10, Arlington, Va., tennis; and The W. James Samford, Jr. Foundation, Opelika, Alabama, sportsmanship.

Come and show your support for these award recipients.

Huntingdon women named to Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the following women, who were elected by their peers to the 2015 Homecoming Court: Seniors (among whom the Homecoming Queen will be crowned): Deidre Corbin, Kristen Curtis and Carlee Nobles; Juniors: Alex Manning and Tori Krupa; Sophomores: Meagan Clausell and Bria Rochelle; Freshmen: Kaylee Andrews and Richardria Goodson. The court will be presented and the queen will be crowned during half-time of the Homecoming football game, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3. Read more.

Music program offers pianos

A few pianos in the Smith Music Building are being offered to students, faculty and staff at greatly reduced prices. There are two Baldwins, a 5’ Grand and a 6’ Grand; one Steinway 5’ Grand; and one Everett upright piano. It is the responsibility of the acquirer to pay for removing the piano from the building. If you’re interested in these older instruments, please contact Renee Carlisle at (334) 833-4450, or Eddy Williams, (334) 833-4506.

Lacrosse program builds community teams

Head lacrosse coaches Andrew Carey (men) and Julia Steier (women) have developed lacrosse teams that serve dozens of students ages 11–15 at the YMCA of Greater Montgomery. Accompanied by players from the team, Coach Carey is dedicating six hours a week to enhance his team’s community involvement, and as a result has created a group that serves 60 student-players. Simultaneously, Coach Steier and the women’s team are dedicating three hours a week and have developed a program that serves 15 girls. This is the first time the Y has offered indoor lacrosse. Hawk ’em, teams!

Adapted Physical Education class serves Garrett and Wilson Elementary Schools

The Adapted Physical Education class, which teaches Huntingdon physical educator candidates how to work with populations who have special needs, will begin monthly work with special needs students from Garrett and Wilson Elementary Schools this semester. The elementary students, who are bussed to Huntingdon for the hour-long session, will participate in a variety of activities designed to foster motor skill development. The children are also provided the social and cultural benefits of group physical activity and instruction available to their non-disabled peers. The course is approved as a field experience for Huntingdon students in the Physical Education or Collaborative Special Education majors.

Ability Sport Network forms fall teams, adds inclusive sport days

The Ability Sport Network, a community service that provides adapted sport programs for youth ages 6–20 who have special physical needs, is forming new teams for the fall season. The teams, the Red Wings, compete in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, boccia, and track & field throughout the academic year. Practice is held after school, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The Red Wings have invited teams from area schools to compete against them during Inclusive Sport Days, several upcoming weekends.

Academic deadlines

  • Friday, October 2, is the last day to withdraw from a class without grade penalty and receive a “W” for the course.
  • The last day to withdraw from a course without grade penalty and receive a “WP” or “WF” is Friday, November 6.
  • Students, you can’t withdraw from a course in Self-Service. You must pick up a pink withdrawal form from the Registrar’s Office in Wilson 105 and obtain the required signatures. Please don’t wait until the Friday deadline to begin processing the pink withdrawal form because you may not be able to obtain required signatures and submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date. 
  • Students, after the withdrawal form is processed, “W” will appear in the Final Grade column of your Fall 2015 Grade Report and “W” will appear in the Grade column for the Fall 2015 term of your Unofficial Transcript in Self-Service.

Read a (shhhhhh) banned book!

September 27 through October 3 is Banned Books Week. All over the world, people are celebrating the freedom to read, or are fighting for that same freedom. Banned Books Week is about more than just reading things that some people have deemed unfit for the general public—it’s about fighting censorship that stops the free flow of ideas that may (or may not) coincide with the mainstream ideals of a nation. Houghton Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with a glance into what it may be like for people to see or get banned books—peeking into the restricted section to see what books are “so bad” that they can’t be on a shelf with the other books. They will also take a look at some recent events around the world that highlight issues of censorship. In keeping with tradition, the annual Banned Books Week Haiku contest will be judged by library and English program faculty. Check the Library’s website for details about the contest and how to submit your haiku.

Houghton Library offers new and expanded resources:

  • ACI Scholarly Blog Index – a curated database of scholarly social media; includes blogs by experts, frequently with links to their other social media accounts.
  • JSTOR – three new collections: Arts & Sciences V, VIII and the Life Sciences collection.
  • Loeb Classical Library – a Harvard U collection, the Loeb Classical Library of Greek and Latin literature is now available in e-book format. Each volume contains the original text with English translation. This acquisition replaces the library’s print collection. If you are interested in any of the print volumes for your personal library, let library personnel know.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education – the library’s electronic account has been expanded to allow domain access.  Anyone who registers for an account at Chronicle.com using their Huntingdon e-mail address is automatically linked to our site license account and can access premium content from any device at any location.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
  • Literature Criticism Online (Gale) – this database replaced the Gale literary criticism print series in the library’s reference collection (referred to by some as the big brown books). Works beyond the literature and the other humanities disciplines are included.
  • WorldCat Discovery – this is what use to be called WorldCat Local, the library’s online catalogue, Countess. If you experience difficulties using the new version of the online catalogue, let library personnel know.


  • Freshman Football Parents: Freshman football parents Gayle and Bruce Alexander invite you to bring your chairs, tables, and snacks and join them for tailgating on the Cloverdale Campus prior to the Homecoming football game, Saturday, October 3.
  • Students who plan to attend law school: Your Center for Career and Vocation is offering a trip to the Law School Admission Council’s Law School Forum in Atlanta, Friday, October 23, for students who are considering law school as their next step after Huntingdon. The group will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return after the forum concludes at 7:00 p.m. The only cost is for your lunch and dinner. LSAC forums allow prospective law school students to collect materials and to speak with representatives from law schools across the country. To reserve your spot, contact CCV director Fran Taylor at ftaylor@hawks.huntingdon.edu. After you reserve your spot in College transportation and receive a confirmation from the CCV, you must register for the forum here: http://www.lsac.org/jd/choosing-a-law-school/law-school-recruitment-forums.
  • Thank you to the students and staff who volunteered their time to raise money for the March of Dimes through Breakfast for Babies, Friday, September 18.
  • Thank you to the students and staff who served the Tree Campus USA Initiative and the Family Sunshine Center Friday, September 25, 2015.
  • Former State Representative Steve Flowers invites students, faculty and staff to a book-signing for his new book, Of Goats and Governors: Six Decades of Colorful Alabama Political Stories, Oct. 6, 5–7p, in the main lobby of the State Archives building.
  • The Bookstore will be closed for inventory, Friday, October 16, 8:00 a.m. to noon.


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

  • Matt and Amy Garrett Bennett ’02 welcomed daughter Grace Annaline Bennett, June 17, 2015. The Bennett family lives in Nebraska.
  • Shane ’10 and Lynley Godwin Corley ’11 welcomed their firstborn, daughter Emmalyn Grace Corley, September 21, 2015, 6 lbs., 13 oz. Lynley is an occupational therapist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Shane is a teacher and coach at Enterprise High School and Dauphin Jr. High School.
  • Midfielder Tyler DeJianne ’19 was named USA South Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week September 7 in recognition of his collegiate soccer debut, scoring two goals and one assist during his first three collegiate games.
  • Andrea Garrett ’06 married Jeff Helms November 8, 2014, at a private ceremony in the Tennessee mountains. Andrea was the 2005–2006 Homecoming Queen.
  • John Iwaniec ’16 was named Football Offensive Player of the Week for the USA South Athletic Conference September 7, recognizing his career-high performance of 179 yards during the Hawks’ win over Louisiana College. He also earned three touchdowns on 15 carries.
  • Heath LeVert ’11 and his wife, Christina, welcomed son Maddox James, September 28, 2015, 9 lbs., 6 oz.
  • Chad Lovelady ’11 married Tracey Rund September 26, 2015.
  • Michael ’10 and Abby Grace Chandler Payson ’11 welcomed their firstborn, daughter Lillie-Ruth Ryan Payson, September 18, 2015, 7 lbs., 3 oz.  Abby Grace works with the Huntingdon Office of Institutional Research and Compliance.
  • An essay, “Harper Lee’s Bad Form,” written by Dr. Tom Perrin, assistant professor of English, and published on publicbooks.org September 15, 2015, was named Best of the Week by the website LitHub.
  • Jeremiah Stone ’16 has been named assistant director of youth ministries at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our sympathy and prayers are extended to  Shelby Marsh ’19 and her family in the death of her mother, Sharice Homan, last week. The funeral was held Friday in Wetumpka.
  • D. Lynoid Vaughn ’58 died September 23, 2015, in Montgomery.  Mr. Vaughn was a faithful member of the Huntingdon Society. We extend our condolences to his wife, Patsy.

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