The Talon, April 4, 2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

April 4, 2017


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

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: Severe weather is in the forecast for the Montgomery region Wednesday, April 5. Local weather reports will be aired on WSFA (NBC) and the Alabama News Network. Storms could include high winds, tornadoes, and large hail and could begin late tonight/early tomorrow and continue throughout the day. Review the Huntingdon Emergency Management Plan TODAY and be prepared to respond if necessary.

International stars on the Huntingdon stage

This week the 10th anniversary of Huntingdon hosting the Montgomery Symphony’s Vann Vocal Institute will be marked not only by the Institute itself, but also by a Gala Celebrity Recital, Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. At this special concert, which is free and open to the public, you can hear and see opera stars associated with such companies as the Metropolitan in New York and the Lyric in Chicago—renowned for performances all over the world—right here in Ligon Chapel. If you haven’t already made plans to be here, you should make those plans right now. This is a highlight of the year every year, and this year’s concert promises to be the best ever.

Come get it Az IzZ

The funk/hip-hop/jazz/swing/Motown/beach/rock/80s/90s/and top 40s band Az IzZ will headline CloverJam 2017, set for Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. on The Green, weather permitting. Based in Atlanta, this cover band has played all over the U.S. Put on your dancing feet, bring an outdoor chair or blanket for in-between sets, and enjoy the biggest popular music concert of the year. This is an event for the Huntingdon community and is free for students, faculty, staff, and your guests. Rain location is Roland Arena.

But wait! There’s more!

If opera and all of the genres of music named above don’t satiate your musical appetite, just wait. There’s more! The Huntingdon Concert Choir and Huntingdon Harmony will offer their spring concert Tuesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall. Huntingdon Winds and Huntingdon Jazz will offer an outdoor concert (at Top Stage on The Green) Friday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. The band program is also offering a Symphonic Honor Band for high school instrumentalists April 21–22.

It’s magic

Hogwarts at Huntingdon is happening this week. Houghton Library’s observance of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter is complete with presentations on magical creatures, potions, and astronomy. Sign up in advance by emailing The seminars, which are free, are taught by Hogwarts adjunct faculty (and full-time Huntingdon faculty) and are as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 5, Magical Creatures, with Dr. Robin Gunther, 11:45a, Atrium
  • Wednesday, April 5, Potions, with Dr. Maureen Murphy, Dr. Doba Jackson, and Dr. John Berch, 6:30–8:30p in the chem labs, B8 and B9 (special protective clothing and shoes required)
  • Saturday, April 8, Astronomy, with Professor Jaime Demick, 7:30p, in the Atrium and outside, weather permitting

Sigma Sigma Sigma

No, that’s not a typo—it’s the name of one of the most prestigious honor societies for seniors at Huntingdon. Based on high achievement or attainment in scholarship, spirit, and service, if you meet the GPA requirement you may complete the application and submit it to the Office of Student Life in The Hut. The application was disseminated by Dean Fran Taylor yesterday. Check your email. If you’re a senior and you meet the criteria, apply! You might get one more honor cord to hang around your neck at commencement!

Beta Beta Beta

The Department of Biology is accepting applications for the national biology honor society Beta Beta Beta. You qualify if you are a junior or senior from any major who has completed at least three biology courses at Huntingdon (not including 161 or 141) earning an average grade of B or better and never earning a D or F in biology courses, and if you have an active interest in biology. To apply, send an email to Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology, at by Wednesday, April 15. Include Tri-Beta Application in the subject line, and include in the body of the email a list of all the HC biology courses you’ve taken, the semesters you took them, the grades earned.

Good chemistry

Fifteen Huntingdon chemistry students presented research posters at Alabama State University March 16. They were:

  • Aubree K. Archie, Emily K. Fike, and Maureen K. Murphy, Determination of Metal Content in Deer Hooves from Central Alabama by Inductively-Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OEP), (Huntingdon College)
  • Katelin M. Pattillo, Felicia Peoples, and Maureen K. Murphy, Analysis of Lead Content in Inexpensive Imported Earrings, (Huntingdon College)
  • Alex Carroll, Joshua Dick, Lindsey E. Selph, and Maureen K. Murphy, Using Polarimetry to Examine the Kinetics of Enzymatic Reactions with the Parkinson’s Disease Drug L-DOPA, (Huntingdon College)
  • Zachary McGrady and Maureen K. Murphy, Determination of the Caffeine Content in Native American Black Tea Made from Ilex vomitoria, (Huntingdon College)
  • Emily Gaines, Amanda P. Lattin, and Maureen K. Murphy, Analysis of Metal Content in Terracina Aromatics and Herbals, (Huntingdon College)
  • Charles Lucas Boyd, Aidan Anthony Talorico, and  John K Berch, Jr, Investigating the Breakdown of Cellulosic Materials in Environmentally Benign Conditions, (Huntingdon College)
  • Caroline Henley Cooper, Wallace Angus Timms, and  John K Berch, Jr, Green Modifications to the Hajos Pathway to an Important Steroid Intermediate, (Huntingdon College)
  • Samantha Munce, Chandler Kemp, Rhyann Davis, Tiffany Dean, Doba Jackson, and Robert Villafane, Isolation, Purification, Modeling, and binding site analysis of the Salmonella Bacteriophage ε34 repressor for subsequent crystallization and structure-function studies, (Huntingdon College)

It’s almost over—but there’s a lot going on until summer begins!

  • The Bookstore is offering 25% off of clothing and gift items through April 24. Stop in to take advantage of great year-end deals.
  • Women in Music, a seminar presented by Tau Beta Sigma, features Ms. Marie Robertson and some of the adventures she’s had in her music profession; come at learn more tonight, April 4, at 7p in the band room (Smith Music Building); it’s free.
  • The Department of Music will host the All-State Solo Festival on campus, Wednesday, April 5. Offer a warm welcome to visiting high school musicians.
  • SGA Installation Banquet, Wednesday, April 5, at MCC
  • CloverJam, featuring Az-IzZ, on the Green, Thursday, April 6, 7p
  • Vann Vocal Institute, a program of the Montgomery Symphony, on campus April 7–8
  • Vann Vocal Institute Gala Celebrity Recital, Friday, April 7, 7p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, free and open to the public
  • Vann Vocal Institute public master class, all day, Saturday, April 8, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Vann Vocal Institute Emerging Artists Recital, Saturday, April 8, 5p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Fall term 2017 pre-registration begins April 10: meet with your adviser this week to determine the classes you must take in order to stay on track with your graduation plan, and watch for emails this week from the Registrar’s Office that will tell you how and when to register.
  • Evening Studies Summer Term registration begins Monday, April 10
  • CCV Teacher Education Job Fair, Tuesday, April 11, register with the CCV to participate
  • Huntingdon Concert Choir and Huntingdon Harmony Spring Concert, Tuesday, April 11, 7p, Ligon Chapel, free and open to all
  • Good Friday, College closed, Friday, April 14
  • Summer session registration begins Monday, April 17
  • The Department of Teacher Education will host a meeting of the Alabama Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (ALACTE), Monday–Tuesday, April 17–18, in Drum Theater. If you see individuals who are lost looking for that meeting, please put on a warm Huntingdon welcome and point them in the right direction. Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, dean of the School of Sport Science and Teacher Education, is president-elect of ALACTE.
  • The Office of Counseling Services will present a free workshop, Coping with Stress and Anxiety, Monday, April 17, 11:45a–12:50p, in the Counseling Services lobby, Jackson Home. Sign-up is limited to the first 10 responses and will close Thursday, April 13. This is not group counseling. Email Kelley Rehm, director of counseling services, at
  • 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.
  • CCV Professional Head Shot Day, Tuesday, April 18, 11a–1p, Bellingrath Lawn
  • Home Sweet Huntingdon, April 20–21
  • Last day of classes for spring term 2017, Friday, April 21
  • The Department of Music will host their annual Symphonic Honor Band, April 21–22.
  • Awards Convocation, Friday, April 21, 11:45a, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Huntingdon Winds and Huntingdon Jazz Outdoor Concert, Friday, April 21, 6:30p at Top Stage on The Green
  • Finals, week of April 24–28
  • Reminder: if you rented books for the term or were assigned books in the new books-included student fee (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!
  • Last day for non-graduating students to move out of residence halls, Saturday, April 29, by noon
  • Evening Studies Summer Term Session I begins Monday, May 1
  • Graduation Brunch for graduating seniors, Friday, May 5, 10a, Russell Dining Hall
  • Traditional Day program Baccalaureate Service, Friday, May 5, 5p, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall (note that this service and both commencement services will be webcast)
  • 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
  • Summer Hours begin (for staff) Monday, May 8, 7:30a–4p daily with 30 min. lunch
  • First day of classes, summer term Session I (day), Wednesday, May 17

Springing away

Several Huntingdon Plan senior trips took place during spring break 2017. The group led by senior vice president Anthony Leigh, Dr. Mike Bamman, and Mrs. Elizabeth West headed to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Canada; a second group led by Dale and Belinda Goris Duett and Dr. Jimmy Jeffcoat and his wife, Sherri, enjoyed Hawaii; and a third group led by Chaplain Woods Lisenby, Da’Monta Wiggins, and Coach Landius Wilkerson skiied (among other adventures) in Seattle, Portland, and Mt. Hood. In June, Hawks will fly to Costa Rica and Alaska.


  • 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.
  • Houghton Library has introduced a new product from Ebsco called Flipster. Access the app through iTunes or Google Play to download eMagazines to which the library subscribes for offline reading. See an email from Ms. Brenda Kerwin sent 3/21/17 for more information.

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Alex Aulerich ’20 was named USA South Tri-Rookie of the Week for men’s golf March 29 after helping the Huntingdon B-Team to a third-place finish in the Wynlakes Intercollegiate Tournament. Alex tied for 16th individually in the tournament. The Hawks A-Team won the tournament, as did Hawk Addison Lambeth ’17.
  • LeeAnn Cahoon ’17 and Katelyn Gilmore ’19 tied for third in the Joe Duncan Rhodes Invitational, finishing four strokes behind first place in the tournament that ended March 27. The Lady Hawks finished third in the tournament, as well.
  • Dusty Catala ’20 was named USA South Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week for the third time this spring (Hawk’em!) for her performance during spring break matches, winning two  singles matches and three matches at No. 1 doubles with teammate Mariah Bastos.
  • Tiffany Dean ’12 married Justin McNelley, March 18, 2017.
  • Madison Hunt ’20 was named USA South Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week March 13 after turning in a 3-0 record for the week prior. She threw 22.1 innings with an ERA of 1.25 and allowing 7 runs (4 earned) on 16 hits.
  • Addison Lambeth ’17 was named USA South Co-Golfer of the Week March 22 after achieving a second-place finish (tie) in the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational, finishing with a 3-under-par 213, one stroke behind the lead. The Hawks finished tied for second in the tournament. At the time, Addison was ranked No. 2 in Division III by Golfstat, but after earning Golfer of the Week again March 29 and winning the Wynlakes Intercollegiate Tournament (which also helped the Hawks to a first place finish) he has taken over the No. 1 spot. Twice during the Wynlakes tournament, Addison finished with a 5-under 67.
  • Kayla Northington ’12 married Logan Barnes, March 18, 2017.
  • Erin Ofe ’12 married Lance Mauldin March 18 in Ligon Chapel. Erin is a speech/language pathologist in the St. Louis area.
  • The Women’s Softball Team earned the No. 3 spot in the USA South Athletic Conference West Division standings with a sweep of Agnes Scott College last week. The Lady Hawks will compete in the USA South championship tournament later this month.
  • Huntingdon history professor Rebecca Zimmer is getting married this summer. A special reception was held in her honor earlier today in Flowers Hall. We send congratulations and best wishes to Rebecca and her fiance, Tyler, who is also a historian.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Huntingdon College friend and patron Joyce K. Caddell passed away March 10, 2017.  In 1991, Joyce, along with her husband, John Caddell, established the John A. and Joyce K. Caddell and Caddell Construction Co, Inc., Endowed Scholarship. We extend our sincerest condolences to John Caddell and to his family.
  • At publication time for the March 13 Talon, we had just learned of the March 12 death of Flora Grant Reese ’57, librarian emerita. Ms. Reese was a member of the Huntingdon faculty from 1972 to 1999, then retired and continued part-time until 2016. She served as a cataloguing and classification librarian with an expertise in original cataloguing. She was the first librarian at the College to be granted tenure. According to Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, her expertise was integral to the library’s retrospective conversion project that laid the groundwork for automation, completed in 2002. She was also among the staff who planned the Charles and Thelma Dixon Wing of the library, completed in 1989. Mr. Kidwell said, “On a more personal note, her colleagues on the library faculty and staff, past and present, will deeply miss her.  She was a wonderful mentor to those who came after her and her kindness and generosity made her a cherished friend.” Ms. Reese died following a prolonged illness.

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