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The Talon, 12.01.2015


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


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

Concerts sing in the season

Beautiful words, music, and memories are in store for all who attend the Huntingdon Community Christmas Celebration, Thursday, December 3. The festivities begin with the arrival of St. Nicholas at 6:30p, followed by caroling and the lighting of the trees at 6:45p, and then the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols at 7p in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. The events are free and open to the public. Next week, Huntingdon Harmony jazz/show choir will offer their annual holiday concert, Holiday Happening IV, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6p in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Great sports

The Huntingdon Hawks Football Team was voted by members of all USA-South football teams to receive the conference’s Sportsmanship Award at the end of the season. “I don’t brag on my boys a lot,” said Head Coach Mike Turk, “but this is a proud moment for me.” The latest in a season of proud moments, to be sure. The Hawks defeated the Hendrix Warriors in Round 1 of the NCAA-Division III Championship play-offs, Saturday, Nov. 21—the first play-off win for the Hawks, following their first-ever conference championship. The Hawks traveled to Texas to take on Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday, Nov. 28, in Round 2, where they were first on the board and stayed within a touchdown or two until five minutes remained in the fourth quarter. Although the final score was 43-23 UMHB, America’s 10th-ranked DIII team, the Hawks are winners in every way, and we’re mighty proud of them! Read on:

White, Hayes, and Turk headline All-Conference Team for Hawks

The Huntingdon Hawks received three of the top-five individual awards and had a total of 16 players named All-Conference with the release of the USA South All-Conference football team on Wednesday. Senior safety Anthony White was named Defensive Player of the Year, freshman linebacker Trey Hayes was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and head coach Mike Turk was named Coach of the Year. Huntingdon, the USA South conference champions, had nine players earn first-team honors. Joining White as first-team selections are quarterback Luke Bailey, H-Back Darius Dawsey, offensive linemen Chael Pridgen, Quadarius Belser and Jesse Williams, defensive lineman Heath McCray, linebacker Jake Green and defensive back Brendon Brown. The Hawks landed seven players on second-team with running back John Iwaniec, receiver Nick Haas, offensive lineman Brandon Rockett, defensive linemen Octavis Harris and Drew Wheeler, linebacker Jacob Wright and kicker Chase Young.

National Champions!

Huntingdon made it to the final round of voting for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA Service Learning Contest and were up against two other small colleges for the prize: $10,000 to use for a service project involving trees. Thanks to all who voted, Huntingdon won! The service project, led by Huntingdon’s Tree Campus USA coordinator Gabbie Ehinger and Montgomery City Forester Russell Stringer, will commence in the spring. The proposal calls for students to participate in the planting and care of 40 trees along Holt Street/West Fairview not far from the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail.

And more national champions!

Huntingdon’s Collegiate Exchange Club, the first club of its kind in the US, became of the first club of 28 in Alabama and the first club in the country to be awarded the National Service Award for 2015–2016. The award is given when a club successfully completes six programs of service, four of which must be in the prevention of child abuse, Americanism, youth projects, and community service. The Huntingdon club distributed 251 American flags at a Boy Scout Merit Badge event; served at the Family Sunshine Center; put together 15 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; taught lessons so that 17 Boy Scouts could earn their chemistry merit badges; gave out information at the HC Org Fair; handed out 75 teacher treat bags during Teacher Appreciation Day at Bellingrath Middle School; gave $200 to the Boy Scouts of America; and gave $100 to the Foster Care program from the sale of ADEC cookbooks.

Mystery Trip takes students to places unknown

The Office of Student Life opened registration for the 2016 Mystery Trip at 7:30 yesterday morning, and 9 spots remain at this writing. The trip will take place January 15–17. The destination is unknown (at least to me and everyone going on the trip except the leaders). The cost is $100—contact Sallie Forrester (sforrester@hawk.huntingdon.edu) in The Hut to reserve your place.


  • Last day of classes, fall term: Friday, Dec. 11
  • Finals: Dec. 14–18; see schedule, but also consult your syllabus and your instructor (DO NOT MISS A FINAL).
  • Residence halls close at 9a, Saturday, Dec. 19. Make sure you check out of your room with your RA before you depart.
  • Spring term classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.
  • The Office of Student Life is selling another Huntingdon historic building ornament this year. The 2015 Christmas ornament is The Hut, and can be purchased IN The Hut for just $12, or contact Blake Bosch ’14 at blake.bosch@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Eat at the Ann Street Chick-fil-A Tuesday, December 1, 5:30–8:30p, and leave your receipt in the basket. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alpha Omicron Pi’s Arthritis Fdn. Jingle Bell Run Team, whose goal is to raise $6,000 for Saturday’s run.
  • It’s not too late to jingle your bells during this year’s run, which will start and end on campus Saturday, Dec. 5.


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  • The 2015 Hawks Baseball Team was named the NCAA-III statistical champion for double plays per game with 1.21 double plays per game.
  • Quarterback Luke Bailey ’17 was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week November 9 for his performance in the Hawks’ 38-14 victory of Maryville. Luke had a hand in all five touchdowns for the Hawks, passing for four and running for one.
  • Derick Bothwell ’15 passed his boards and is a certified athletic trainer.
  • Vinson Bradley ’10 has been promoted to director of professional development for the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies, Division of Evening Studies, November 19. He continues as site coordinator for the Evening Bachelor’s Degree programs in Bay Minette and Fairhope.
  • Spencer Brown ’15 has returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant to Dr. Samir Moussalli, dean of the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies, and as a student recruiter for the Montgomery Campus of the Evening Studies programs.
  • Mike Dunn, director of maintenance, retired as a Chief Master Sergeant with the Army National Guard in November. We thank you for your service, Mike!
  • Vincent Lee ’19 was named USA South Special Teams Player of the Week for blocking a punt during Averett’s opening possession and returning the ball for a touchdown during the Hawks’ 44-13 victory November 14. His move put the Hawks on the board and set the momentum for the remainder of the game.
  • The Rev. Jennifer Wren Miller Clanton ’07 and her husband welcomed their first baby Hawk, Foster Herbert, November 13. Wren is an associate pastor for First UMC-Huntsville.
  • Meridith Aderholdt McBride ’07 and her husband welcomed their first baby Hawk, Nathaniel Holdt McBride, November 18, 2015.
  • Katy Jo Farrill McDaniel ’11 and her husband, Matt McDaniel, welcomed daughter Ella Reese, November 19, 2015. Kristi McDaniel ’10, director of college relations, is the future Hawk’s proud aunt.
  • Huntingdon Safety Anthony White was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week November 10 for his performance in the Hawks’ contest against Maryville, where he chalked up 10 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and one interception.
  • Sport Science and Physical Education students Zach Dedman ’16, Katy Messick ’16, and Josh Childers ’16, accompanied by associate professor Dr. Mike Bamman, presented their Senior Capstone projects for the Alabama State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference in Birmingham November 19.

Prayer and Sympathy

  • Amy Marie Hall ’11 requests prayer for health concerns.
  • Two Huntingdon friends and civic leaders in Montgomery passed away during the Thanksgiving break:
    • General Will Hill Tankersley, age 87, passed away November 28, 2015. General Tankersley enjoyed his annual visits with Huntingdon’s Knabe Scholars.
    • Rod Nachman, age 91, passed away November 24, 2015. Mr. Nachman was a contributor to Huntingdon’s Cloverdale Campaign.

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