The Talon, April 17, 2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

April 17, 2017


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

Year-end events stack up

The last day of classes for spring term 2017 is Friday, April 21. Here are a few of the events marking the last week of classes:

  • The Department of Teacher Education will host the spring meeting of the Alabama Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (ALACTE), Monday-Tuesday, April 17–18, in Drum Theater.
  • The Center for Career and Vocation will offer a Professional Head Shot Day Tuesday, April 18, from 11a to 1p on the lawn in front of Bellingrath Hall. Dress up and come out for photo!
  • Sport Science and Physical Education students will present their Senior Capstone project posters in Houghton Library Atrium, Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20, 3:30–4:30p. All are invited to view and participate in the q&a about these research projects.
  • Home Sweet Huntingdon, presented by the Office of Admission, is a time for future students who have been accepted or who have made their tuition deposits to stay on campus and experience classes and residence life. Hosts are needed for the overnight program Thursday, April 20. Sign up in the Office of Admission. Park Band will play on the Green that evening. Watch your email for more information. It’s free and open to all students.
  • Awards Convocation will take place Friday, April 21, at 11:45a in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.
  • Huntingdon Winds and Jazz will perform an outdoor concert Friday, April 21, beginning at 5:15p (new time) on the Green at Top Stage.
  • Huntingdon Bands will host a Symphonic Honor Band on campus Friday-Saturday, April 20–21.
  • Stop in the bookstore this week for 25% off of clothing and gift items through April 24.
  • If you haven’t yet registered for fall 2017, you may do so this week. Summer term registration continues as well.
  • Reminder: during the week of April 17: turn in anything you’ve borrowed from the library and pay any parking tickets or other assessments on your account.
  • Finals, April 24–28; 24-hour quiet hours will be observed in the residence halls; the library will offer extended hours.
  • Last day for non-graduating students to move out of residence halls, Saturday, April 29, by noon
  • Reminder: if you rented books for the term or were assigned books in the new books-included student fee (freshmen/new students only), you’ll be reminded to turn them in by a particular date to avoid paying a fine or buying the book(s). Don’t forget!

Syrup helps the knowledge stick—and other fun finals activities

Finals week is April 24–28. The schedule is posted on the 2016–2017 Academic Calendar page of the website. The Office of Student Life will offer numerous study breaks  during finals week, so watch your email for opportunities to take a break and pick up a treat on campus. The Office of College and Alumni Relations and the National Alumni Board will offer a pancake study break Sunday, April 23, 9:45–10:45p in the DH. Free and open to all Sunday night studiers (and other students).

Information for graduating seniors

  • Commencement information and practice (attendance required), Friday, May 5, 9a, Ligon Chapel
  • Graduation Brunch for graduating seniors, Friday, May 5, 10a, Russell Dining Hall, RSVP to the Office of College and Alumni Relations
  • Traditional Day program Baccalaureate Service, Friday, May 5, 5p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall (note that this service and both commencement services will be webcast live.)
  • Traditional Day Commencement, Saturday, May 6, 9a, The Green (Rain location: Roland Arena); Evening Studies Baccalaureate/Commencement, Saturday, May 6, 6p, The Green
  • Last day for graduates to move out of residence halls, Sunday, May 7, by noon

Faculty/Staff news

  • Summer hours will begin Monday, May 8: 7:30a–4p with 30-minute lunch breaks
  • TIAA field consultant Ricky Pavelock will be on campus Wednesday, April 19, to present information about changes in the College’s 403(b) Retirement Plan with TIAA and our investment options. Hour-long sessions will be held at 10:00 and 11:45 a.m. in Smith Music Building’s Delchamps Recital Hall. He will be available for 30-minute individual meetings in the President’s Conference Room, Flowers Hall, all day April 20 and following the group meetings on the 19th. Watch your email for more information on signing up for an individual session.


  • Deadlines have been extended for high school students who wish to apply for participation in summer academic and vocational programs: Huntingdon Leadership Academy; Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy; and Huntingdon Economic and Community Development Scholars Program.
  • Corey Smith, who headlined CloverJam 2015, will be in town again to perform at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, Friday, April 28. Purchase your tickets through MPAC.
  • Judicial Board applications are due Friday, April 21.

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Dr. James Conely, adjunct professor of music, wrote the score for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Tempest, which will run April 20–May 14. He has written scores for most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as numerous other plays at ASF, leading to more than 25 annual ASCAPlus Awards. Come out and see the play!
  • Lady Hawks tennis teammates Maria Bastos ’20 and Josie Waddell ’19 were named to the USA South All-Conference West Division Second Team at the conclusion of the season. Maria finished the season with a 10-5 record in singles and a 12-4 record in doubles. Josie, who finished with an 11-6 record in singles and 10-7 record in doubles, was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
  • Dusty Catala ’20 finished the women’s tennis season with a 10-7 record at No. 1 singles, 4-3 in conference play, earning recognition on the USA South West Division All-Conference First Team.
  • Jennifer Wren Miller Clanton ’06, who has served as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church-Huntsville for eight years, has been named lead pastor of Valley United Methodist Church in Huntsville.
  • Kaison Darden ’15 competed recently in the IBM Student Showcase, part of their Women of the Industry (WOTI). She presented an app she developed, winning the competition over other technology, software, and coding projects. She has also accepted a position at IBM to be a SAP technical specialist. It is a consulting position that will involve working with clients throughout the country.
  • Dr. Chad Eggleston, provost and dean of the college, has announced that he will be leaving Huntingdon at the end of this academic year as his family moves to Texas. A search committee has been formed to fill the provost/dean of the college role, beginning immediately.
  • Elizabeth Gowan ’02 is working as an academic adviser for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. She will complete her master’s degree in higher education administration May 7.
  • Hannah Howard ’17 has been offered admission into the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.
  • John Jones ’18 was named to the USA South All-Conference West Division First Team at the conclusion of the season.
  • The second volume of THAT Literary Review, the journal for which English professor Jim Hilgartner serves as fiction editor, has launched and can be viewed at
  • Addison Lambeth ’17 was named USA South Player of the Year for Men’s Golf, leading the All-Conference Team, named in April. He is the first Hawk to be named a USA South Player of the Year, but that’s only one of the many titles he’s garnered during his Hawk years, which include NCAA-Division III Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year, USA South Don Scalf Award winner, three-time USA South Player of the Week this season alone, and a Second Place finish (tie) in last year’s NCAA-Division III National Tournament.
  • President West announced this morning that Chaplain Woods Lisenby ’11 will be appointed in June to serve as an associate pastor at a church in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. More news will come soon on the appointment of a new Huntingdon chaplain.
  • The men’s lacrosse team is the No. 2 seed in the Southeast Independent Lacrosse Championships, which Huntingdon will host at Samford Stadium, April 22–23. The Hawks will play No. 3 seed Ferrum College at 4p April 22. Hawk ’em, guys!
  • Lady Hawks softball player Samara Miller ’20 was named First Team All-Conference and First Team West Division by the USA South Athletic Conference in April. She is the first Huntingdon softball player to earn first-team honors since 2014. She has the highest batting average on the Huntingdon team and is 8th in the USA South, with .407.
  • Dr. Mandy McMichael, assistant professor of religion, has accepted a position on the faculty of Baylor University and will begin in early summer. We wish her well in her new role and thank her for all she has contributed to the life of the mind at Huntingdon College.
  • Justin McQueen ’17 was named to the USA South All-Conference Sportsmanship Team at the conclusion of the tennis season.
  • Heath Miller ’11 married Erin Sloan, April 14, 2017.
  • Chad Ring ’17 was named to the USA South All-Conference Second Team for men’s golf in April. He is ranked 39th in Division III.
  • Hawks Golf director Dave Schreyer ’89 was named USA South Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year in April. In his fourth full season at the helm of the Hawks, he has guided the men’s team to 5 wins in 8 tournaments. The Hawks have been ranked in the No. 1 spot in Division III since September and as they entered the USA South Conference Tournament, in which they finished third.
  • Olivia Scott, sister of alumna Katie Scott ’13 and daughter of alumnus Mike Scott ’79, is one of two youth who will be featured in the role of Jane Banks for Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins.
  • Steven Shephard ’19 came in second in the USA South Championship tournament, which concluded Easter weekend, his best collegiate round leading the Hawks to an overall third place tournament finish. Steven was named USA South Men’s Golf Rookie of the Year last year, and earned an honorable mention to the All-Conference Team this season.
  • Business and accounting professors Brianne Smith and James DeLoach presented a Financial Literacy Workshop to more than 50 students last week. The event, coordinated by the Business and Accounting Clubs, discussed budgeting, retirement saving, investing, paying off student loans and other debs, and credit scores, among other topics. The clubs and professors hope to make this the first of what will be an annual event during April, Financial Literacy Month.
  • Jameson Stephens has been hired as a receivers coach for the Hawks football team.
  • Read about future student Joshua Stevens, Class of 2021, at AL.COM.
  • Jeremiah Stone ’16, who serves as youth pastor for Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, has been accepted into the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) to earn his graduate degree in youth ministry. It is a three-year program through Memphis Theological Seminary, which he will complete while continuing full-time with Vestavia Hills.
  • Merita Stovall ’17, who serves as president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and is an accounting major, was presented with a $2,500 scholarship by the CEO of the Alabama Society of CPAs, Jeanine Birmingham. Merita was instrumental in organizing the Financial Literacy Workshop on campus last week.
  • Will Thrash ’17, who is ranked at the No. 7 spot in Division III men’s golf, was named to the USA South All-Conference First Team in April. He has 2 wins in 8 tournaments this season.
  • Jordan Tippit has been hired as a defensive backs coach for the Hawks football team.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion and associate provost for curriculum and faculty development, on the death of his mother, Katherine Kearn Buckner, April 12, 2017. Ms. Buckner, who was just shy of her 103rd birthday at the time of her death, maintained a social work practice well into her 90s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Christopher Payne, professor of art, on the April 6th death of his sister following a battle with cancer.
  • Patrick Wilbanks ’67, a retired mortgage banker and real estate developer, died March 14, 2017, in Orange Beach, Alabama. We extend our condolences to his wife, Suzanne Mitchell Wilbanks ’67.

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