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The Talon, 11.02.2015


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Monday, November 2, 2015


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

President West travels to Yale

Huntingdon President J. Cameron West visited one of his graduate school alma maters last week at a special invitation to provide input for the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools. Yale hosted presidents and representatives from colleges and universities in 24 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia to discuss the urgency of supporting and retaining teachers in high-poverty, high-minority public schools.

Vote for the HC Tree Campus USA Initiative!

The Arbor Day Foundation has selected Huntingdon as one of three finalists among small colleges nationwide in the Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest. The winner will receive funding for a community project—Huntingdon’s, as proposed by Tree Campus USA coordinator Gabrielle Ehinger, Department of Biology, is for funding to plant trees in the West Fairview area along South Holt Street. The other finalists in the small college category are Illinois College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Voting will take place November 9–13 at www.arborday.org/vote (this site goes live Nov. 9 at 12:01a CST). Winners will be announced Nov. 16. Help Huntingdon beautify the West Fairview neighborhood by voting!

CCV events coming this month

The Center for Career and Vocation announces these important November events:

  • Meet the Firms, Tuesday, Nov. 3; allows students in business, accounting, and related fields to meet with representatives from seven local firms (Aldridge Borden, the State Board of Examiners, the FBI, ASCPA, Regions Bank, Warren Averett, Jackson Thornton, and possibly one more) to discuss career placement. Pre-registration required for attendance.
  • Occupational Therapy Webinar, Thursday, Nov. 4, 11:00 a.m., Cloverdale 117; come and learn more about the occupational therapy field.
  • Pre-Professional Grad School Fair, Thursday, Nov. 12; register by noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11, to participate; representatives from dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical schools, veterinary medicine programs will be present to answer your questions about admission requirements, prerequisites, etc.
  • MMFA Arts Career Fair, Thursday, Nov. 5, 6–7:30p; the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will host a career fair for students interested in professions in the visual arts, writing, orchestral music, photography, video, historic architecture and preservation, teaching, and other fields. Email ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu for more information.

Office of Admission offers Preview Day

Saturday, November 7, is the second Preview Day offered this fall by the Office of Admission. Preview Days allow prospective students and families to meet Huntingdon students, faculty, and staff, tour the campus, and learn more about Huntingdon college life. If you know a student who would make a perfect Hawk, bring him/her to Preview Day!

Global Scholars Program offered for rising high school seniors

The W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies will offer a new program for rising high school seniors during summer 2016. The Global Scholars Program will allow high school students who have completed their junior year travel/study in Paris, France, as well as a week of study on Huntingdon’s campus and several weeks of a directed study project. The combined study earns 3 credit hours of BADM 201, Cultural Issues in International Business. For more information, see www.huntingdon.edu/global-scholars. The program is under the direction of Dr. Samir Moussalli.

Prof. Demick speaks on sexual misconduct

Professor Jaime Demick will offer a Title IX presentation, Adoration, Consent, Coercion, and the Boundaries of Sexual Misconduct, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Roland Arena. Students are encouraged to attend. Prof. Demick was instrumental in getting an anti-harassment law passed in the State of Maryland.

Counseling office introduces group counseling

Director of College Counseling Services Kelley Rehm invites students who would like to discuss anxiety, stress, and depression issues to join a group that will meet November 4 & 18 and December 2 & 16. To sign up to participate, see Ms. Rehm in the counseling office, Jackson Home Room 105.

Student-leaders wanted

The Montgomery Improvement Association, headed by Dr. Martin Luther King 60 years ago, invites five student-leaders from Huntingdon to participate in a Youth Empowerment Summit, Tuesday, December 1, 8:30a–4p at the Convention Center. Offered on the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Summit will offer speakers on youth leadership, community and civic engagement, human rights, and career development. If you would like to represent Huntingdon at this event, please contact Anthony Leigh at aleigh@hawks.huntingdon.edu.


  • Come and celebrate: Cloverdale Open House, Monday, November 9, with tours 5–6p and a dedication ceremony at 6p in Drum Theater.
  • Students: Spring Term Pre-registration begins November 16. To prepare for that process, be sure you review the major and degree requirements listed in the Catalog under which you enrolled and meet with your academic adviser to review your progress toward your degree.
  • Kristallnacht: A Holocaust Memorial/Remembrance will feature the continual showing of the award-winning documentary, “Shoah,” along with classical music led by Dr. Serebryany. This is a day-long event during which individuals may come and go, Monday, November 9, in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building.
  • The Office of Student Health Services is offering flu shots for $20. See SHS director Camilla Irvin in The Hut.
  • Since Houghton Library’s collection of the Loeb Classical Library volumes is available online now, the print volumes are available to anyone who would like to add to their collections. Contact Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, by Wednesday, Nov. 4, if you’re interested in learning more (ekidwell@hawks.huntingdon.edu).
  • Dr. Brad Hebing’s class will offer a Kan Jam Tournament, Monday, Nov. 9, 8–10p. To sign up, contact Dawson Jones (dawson.jones@hawks.huntingdon.edu) or Alec Pallerino (alec.pallerino@hawks.huntingdon.edu).
  • Welcome to Moe’s! Eat at Moe’s Southwest Grill Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5–9p; proceeds will benefit Stella’s Voice, a project of the Voice of Justice Club that fights human trafficking.
  • The Women’s Center will host a Take Back the Night event Wednesday, Nov. 4.
  • The Office of Student Life will offer the sixth annual Countess of Huntingdon Ball, Friday, November 6.
  • IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INFORMATION: The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church has extended the fall 2015 loan application deadline to November 13. If you are a United Methodist Student (have been a full member of a UMC church for at least one year), maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average, and have credit-worthy co-signers, you may borrow up to $5,000 per calendar year, with a 10-year repayment following a 6-month grace period after graduation or withdrawal. More information can be found at www.gbhem.org/loanapplication.
  • Read a great article about “What It’s Like at a Huntingdon College Football Game,” http://www.midtownmontgomeryliving.com/?p=41684. (Thank you, Kate and Stephen.) And make plans to come out this weekend! We want a full nest for the Hawks’ field battle with Maryville!
  • BASKETBALL begins in November! First women’s home game, Nov. 14, 6p, vs. Agnes Scott; Hawks vs. BSC, Tues., Nov. 17, 7p. Put your Rowdy on and come make some noise in Roland! (Check the schedule for JV games, too!)
  • WRESTLING begins in November! Hawk ’em!
  • Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 21–29, no classes; offices closed Nov. 25–27. Separate Huntingdon Plan travel groups will tour Vienna, Austria; Berlin, Germany; and Hawaii.


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  • The football team has a key home game Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1p vs Maryville College. Both teams are 7-1 and are playing for the Conference championship. Come out and #fillthenest and cheer the Hawks to their first Conference championship! After that game, Senior Day is Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1p vs. Averett University.
  • The men’s golf team closed their fall season with a win in the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. The Hawks’ score, at 606, bested Wittenberg by six strokes, led by tournament medalist Addison Lambeth ’17, who also won by six strokes.
  • The men’s soccer team played for the USA South Athletic Conference soccer play-offs for the first time since the College joined the conference. The Hawks, 8th seed, lost to #1 seed Greensboro Saturday, Oct. 31.
  • Courtney Allen ’15, who serves as a recruiter for Huntingdon College bands, married her high school sweetheart, Alex Woodman, October 18 at ShellB Acres in Helena, Ala.
  • Vinson Bradley, Baldwin County site coordinator for the Evening Bachelor’s Degree program, has been approved to serve on the board of directors for the Baldwin County United Way beginning in January 2016. He has also been appointed to serve as vice president on the executive board for the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, beginning January 2016. Mr. Bradley is also the father of twin Hawks in the Class of 2019.
  • Jeff Jenkins ’12 was recognized as USA South Men’s Coach of the Year for cross country. He coaches the Piedmont College Lions.
  • Madeline Pendley ’16 has been admitted to Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, as a Merit Scholar.
  • Trey Pirtle ’16 will be part of a mission team that will visit North Vietnam for two weeks during summer 2016.
  • Dr. Vadim Serebryany, assistant professor of music, will be the featured artist for the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s concert November 23, 7:30p at the Davis Theater. The evening’s music will feature Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Bach’s Orchestra Suite No. 4, and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.
  • Dr. John Thornhill ’06 has accepted a position as assistant professor at Life University, a college of chiropractic medicine. He and his wife, Robin Steele Thornhill ’07, and their daughters will move to Marietta, Ga., soon.
  • Katie West ’08 married Matt Davey, Saturday, October 17.
  • Anthony White ’16 was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for football October 26 for intercepting two passes in the Hawks’ contest versus Methodist University, returning one for 100 yards (a school record) and a touchdown, and the other for 23 yards (after his second interception, the Hawks scored within two plays). He also recorded three tackles.
  • Stephanie Yasechko ’16 has been accepted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Ohio State University.

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