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The Talon, August 11, 2020


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

August 11, 2020

What’s New

Welcome to what promises to be the most unusual semester in anyone’s memory. Truly, no one on campus has ever lived through circumstances like this. Just remember: We are Huntingdon. We are Family. Let’s take care of each other.

Getting Oriented

New to campus? New to college, in general? Huntingdon faculty and staff are ready to help. We are cheering for your success. Every member of the Hawk family will get you where you need to be. Just ask!

What You Should Do This Week (If You’re a Student)

  • Download Zoom before your first class. See your email for PDF instructions from Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, sent 8/9/2020.
  • Make sure you have Google Chrome on your computer as a browser option. You will need it to use Honorlock, an exam proctoring system. See the same email above for instructions.
  • If you are a new student, see the same instructions mentioned above from Dr. Spaeth for the link to download Microsoft Office 365.
  • Get your 2020–2021 parking permit (you will need your vehicle make/model/year and license plate number). Watch your email for times when Chief Ward will be available on the Green. (Deadline: Friday, August 14)
  • Adjust your schedule, in consultation with your adviser. Be sure you do not drop below 12 credit hours, which will affect your financial aid and your eligibility to live in campus housing. (Deadline for Drop/Add, Friday, August 14)
  • Comply with the daily health checker every day. For your convenience, you will find a link in the list of links at the bottom of the home page on the College website.
  • Adjust your meal plan if you would like to do so from the default 15-meal plan to either 10 or 19 meals (with more or fewer flex dollars available.) See an email from Amanda McElwain sent yesterday. (Deadline: Friday, August 14)
  • Pick up your books and information resources at the Scarlet and Grey Shop.
  • Pay your balance due or arrange to continue on the deferred payment plan.
  • Get a library card.
  • Wear your mask everywhere; wash your hands thoroughly and often; maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.

Fun Things by Student Affairs

  • Tuesday Night: Tuesday Night Worship, on the Green, every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. August 11: Black Out Tuesday, partnering with the Black Student Union. Wear black. Taco Bell tacos after the worship service.
  • Wednesday, 8/12: Bingo Night on the Green, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8/13: College Night on the Green/Grove, 8:00 p.m.: music, Moe’s BBQ sandwiches, those age 21+ may bring up to 2 beers to the gathering in the Grove
  • Friday, 8/14: Chick-fil-A biscuits in the residence halls
  • Next week: Sorority Recruitment:
    • Registration closes 8/14 at 8:00 p.m.
    • Philanthropy Day, 8/15, 9:00 a.m.
    • Sisterhood Day, 8/16, 1:00 p.m.
    • Pref Night, 8/17, 5:00 p.m.
    • Bid Night, 8/18, 5:00 p.m. on the Green

Important Fall Term Dates

Fall 2020 In-Service Days (Offices Open/No Classes)

  • Friday, September 4
  • Friday, October 2
  • Friday, October 16
  • Friday, October 30
  • Friday, November 6

Holiday (offices Closed/No Classes)

  • Monday, September 7, Labor Day

Academic Dates of Note

  • Monday, August 10, First Day of Classes, Fall Term
  • Friday, August 14, Last day to Add/Drop classes; last day for campus residents to adjust meal plans for the semester; last day to obtain a parking permit from Campus Security to avoid parking fines
  • Friday, September 11, Last day to withdraw from a class without a grade penalty and receive a “W”
  • Friday, September 25, Last day of Mid-Term Grading Period
  • Friday, October 2, Last day to change to “P/N” grading, audit, and non-credit status
  • Sunday, November 1, Daylight Saving Time begins; turn clocks back one hour
  • Friday, November 13, Last Day of Classes, Fall Term
  • Monday–Friday, November 16–20, Finals
  • Friday, November 20, Thanksgiving and Winter Break begin for students and faculty
  • Saturday, November 21, Residence Halls close at noon

Fall Class Options and Protocols Posted

It is extremely important that you be familiar with the protocols and procedures listed in the Best Start Initiative and that you watch your email for updates to the Initiative. Here are a few highlights of changes on campus this semester:

  • CLASS DELIVERY: Students may choose one of two options for fall term enrollment—in-person or online classes. The two options cannot be combined. The online option requires that students attend classes synchronously (meaning at their scheduled time). Those who choose the online option may not come on campus during the fall semester.
  • DAILY HEALTH CHECKS: For those who choose the in-person option, whether residents or commuters, daily health screenings are necessary. Please check your email for information about the GuideSafe procedure for reporting your health status daily.
  • MASKS REQUIRED: Masks must be worn indoors other than in the student’s residence hall room and outdoors if social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
  • CLASSES: The timing of class periods has changed slightly and larger venues will be used, sometimes combining sections of the same classes.
  • DINING: Dining options have expanded. Continuous dining will be offered in the DH and outdoor seating options have been added. The new DH hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with hot breakfast 7:00–9:30 a.m.; continental breakfast 9:30–10:30 a.m.; lunch 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; salad/deli/grill and pizza 2:00–4:00 p.m.; dinner 4:00–8:00 p.m.; and on Saturdays and Sundays the DH will serve brunch 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner 5:00–6:30 p.m. Access to the dining hall is restricted to students only this semester. A new food truck should begin serving soon—watch for more information on the foods to be served, as the menu is expected to vary. The POD has moved to the Scarlet & Grey Shop. For purchasing food and beverages at the bookstore, the drive-through option is recommended. Faculty and staff may purchase food items at the food truck or at the Scarlet & Grey Shop. The Coffee House in the basement of the library has closed.
  • ALCOHOL POLICY: In order to discourage students of legal drinking age from going off-campus to bars, the College has amended the campus alcohol policy to allow for those 21 and older to have access to a limited amount of wine or beer in their residence hall rooms or other college-owned living spaces. In addition, some evening gatherings in the Grove will permit students of drinking age to consume alcohol within established guidelines. Students, how well you adhere to guidelines and drink responsibly will dictate whether this policy amendment can continue.
  • Counseling services will be held by telecounseling this semester. To request an appointment, use the appointment request form on the College website under Campus Life/Health and Wellness/Counseling Services. Walk-ins will not be accepted this semester, but Dr. Latonya Graham, director of counseling, welcomes your appointment requests and looks forward to meeting with you “virtually.”Truth be told, almost everything about this semester is different, and the protocols are just as new to faculty and staff as they are to students. Be Kind. Be Patient. Be Flexible. Be Hawks.

Fall Sports Move to Spring, but New Activities Abound

The USA South Athletic Conference announced July 28 that fall sport competitions would move to the spring semester for the 2020–2021 academic year, “provided public health conditions improve in the coming months.” (Read the full release here.) In the absence of fall intercollegiate athletics, the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics are partnering to offer a robust intramural program this fall—watch for more information in the coming weeks. And, if you’re wondering about the construction outside Roland Student Center, you’ll soon see an outdoor basketball court in place of Massey Beach. (Don’t worry—beach volleyball, whether intramural or intercollegiate, has a home at the Alice Reynolds Outdoor Courts adjacent to Charles Lee Field.)

New Helpdesk System Employed

A new helpdesk system has been engaged to better address needs for maintenance, technology, and other improvements necessary to make your life comfortable at Huntingdon. You may access the new system at huntingdon.cayzu.com. You will log-in with your email username and password. Once you are logged into the system, you may request assistance for any of the technology components of your Huntingdon experience—as well as heating and air conditioning, building maintenance issues, and other needs—by submitting the online form.

Office of Institutional Health Moves to the Hut

Ms. Nyree Conville, director of institutional health, and the Office of Health and Wellness have moved to the Hut, with entrance and exit from the building exterior along the side porch, rather than through the front door. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays. The office provides treatment for minor injuries, evaluation of symptoms, over-the-counter medications, and referrals to doctors, clinics, and hospitals. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are recommended.

NOTE: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, call the office (phone 334-833-4440) to report your symptoms but do not come to the office. You may email the office at healthandwellness@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

State-wide Mask Mandate Extended

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has extended a statewide mask order until August 31 at 5:00 p.m. The amended order includes mandating masks in schools and colleges for employees and students, grades two and above. The state had experienced growing numbers of cases and hospitalizations, but the mask mandates seems to be working to slow the spread. Although Montgomery schools will begin with virtual classes for the first nine weeks, other businesses, restaurants, and establishments are open but with social distancing and mask mandates in place.

Alumni E-mails Moving to a New Address

The Tech Team is in the process of updating the structure of our E-mail system to facilitate increased electronic functionality to current faculty, staff, and students.  Soon, email accounts for alumni will transition from the traditional @hawks.huntingdon.edu suffix to @alumni.huntingdon.edu. The process will protect any emails you have already received and enable you to continue receiving emails addressed to the @hawks address. Your password will not change. The only change will be in the way you login to the system. Simply type in @alumni.huntingdon.edu instead of @hawks.huntingdon.edu. If you discontinued attendance at the College but did not graduate, you may lose access to your Huntingdon email entirely. If you experience issues logging in, you may email techteam@hawks.huntingdon.edu for assistance.


  • A new Criminal Justice course, part of the College’s Race and Justice Initiative, has been added to the fall curriculum. CJ 371, section 2, Racial Disparity in the American Application of Law, will be offered MWF, 12:00–12:50 p.m., and taught by Dr. Christopher Clark. You may sign up for the class through Self-Service. Dean Kristi Copping will approve your application. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Clark (cclark@hawks.huntingdon.edu) or Dr. Copping (kcopping@hawks.huntingdon.edu). You may add this course until Friday, August 14.
  • Huntingdon Archives invites your items, stories, and reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected members of the Huntingdon family. You may contribute photographs, personal writings, audio or video recordings, journals, blogs, social media posts, three-dimensional objects, and anything else that represents the life-changing experiences during the pandemic. The archives also invites oral histories about this time. Please contact Sharon Tucker, archivist, at stucker@hawks.huntingdon.edu or (334) 833-4413.
  • Huntingdon Plan Travel-Study during 2020–2021 will be domestic, bus-based, and conducted during summer 2021, according to Dr. Tom Perrin, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. If you are a senior and are interested in exploring travel for summer 2021, be sure to sign up for a travel class among your fall 2020 course options.
  • The College has employed a new messaging system, Remind, used by schools and colleges in place of regular texting and emailing. Watch your email for procedures for setting up the app and using this new service.
  • Houghton Library hours have changed for fall 2020. Regular office hours with full access to library staff, faculty, and services will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Slawson Commons (the front part of the library, first and second floors) will remain accessible to students only, 24/7. No food is allowed in the library. Drinks must be in cups with lids and straws so that masks do not need to be removed in order to partake.
  • Need to print something for class? The PrintShop, located in Roland Student Center near the mailroom, offers free black-and-white printing for students’ academic papers and projects. Just take a jump drive or email them at printshop@hawks.huntingdon.edu with instructions. There is a charge for color printing.

Huntingdon Hawk-Stars

  • Huntingdon’s indoor and beach volleyball programs were recognized as one of eight USA South Athletic Conference colleges to achieve Team Academic Awards from the U.S. Marine Corps/American Volleyball Coaches Association in July. In all, 1,313 college teams earned team academic status among all colleges with Division I, II, or III programs. The award requires a team cumulative grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The Huntingdon women’s golf team was recognized by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association with the release of the All-Scholar Team GPA Awards and top-25 team GPAs in July. Huntingdon ranked seventeenth in Division III with a 3.684 team GPA.
  • Te’ Archible ’19 is a fitness trainer and defensive back coach for Valiant Cross Academy in Montgomery.
  • Jim Arrington ’72 was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Alabama Chapter this summer. A teacher and wrestling coach at Lee High School in Montgomery for many years, Jim coached the Grapplin’ Generals to two AHSAA State Championships, two AHSAA State Runner-Ups, and three AHSAA third-place finishes between 1981 and 1995. He served as principal of Capitol Heights Junior High and as principal of the Saint James School after leaving Lee. He serves as vice president of the Alabama Independent Schools Association (AISA) board of directors, as well as AISA accreditation committee chair and leader of the accreditation review teams. He and his wife, Veverly Baird Arrington ’72, live in Enterprise, Ala.
  • Taylor Belsterling ’15 completed a master’s degree in justice administration at Faulkner University in August 2020.
  • Jarred Billups ’16 has taken a position as K-12 music teacher and head middle school basketball coach for Sarasota Christian School.
  • Alaina Brannon ’18 completed her Master of Science degree at the University of South Alabama this summer.
  • Taylor Calloway ’15 completed her master’s degree in elementary education at the University of West Alabama in August 2020. She is a sixth-grade teacher at Prattville Intermediate School.
  • Jacob Champion ’20 married Jordan Fulkerson, July 18, 2020.
  • Nolan Clark ’17 graduated from Samford University School of Law.
  • Lauren Condon ’17 completed her doctorate in pharmacy.
  • Tina Tompkins Crawford ’47 just celebrated her 95th birthday, and writes that she has “great memories of my years at Huntingdon—warms my heart to see the wonderful things going on at the college!”
  • Cody Dixon ’19 has been hired as assistant football coach and assistant wrestling coach for W.S. Neal High School.
  • Wesley Faulk ’20 has been hired as the band director for Goshen High School.
  • Jason Fisher ’02 has been appointed head coach for the girls’ varsity basketball program at Edgewood Academy. He teaches middle school science and history.
  • Taylor Yeargan Freeman ’12 and her husband, Adam, welcomed daughter Ann-Lee Mae, July 17, 2020.
  • Alicia Gauker ’16 is a new recruitment ambassador for Alpha Omicron Pi women’s fraternity.
  • John Gluschick ’95 has been hired as head baseball coach and assistant football coach for Pinson Valley High School beginning this fall. He has 14 years of head coaching experience and brought home four state championships.
  • Dr. Kent Hagan ’11, a sports medicine and team physician at the University of Arkansas, is serving on the SEC COVID medical committee.
  • Sam Havel ’15 completed a second bachelor’s degree in fitness and sport coaching through the University of West Florida.
  • Grant Hayes ’14 married Maura Teschner, August 1, 2020.
  • Sidney Ison ’20 became the College’s second graduate to achieve certification by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
  • Thank you to Kirk Johnson ’12, assistant head football coach, defensive coordinator, and strength and conditioning coach at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, who provided an alumni Hawk Talk in July 2020.
  • Woods (’11) and Brianna McClure Lisenby ’13 welcomed their second child, Bradshaw Woods, August 7, 2020.
  • Cole Muzio ’11 and his wife, Spencer, welcomed daughter Audrey Noel, August 3, 2020.
  • Joseph Odom ’14, who was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2017 and his been a member of minor league teams for three years, made his major league debut with the Seattle Mariners July 28. Prior to his appearance he was considered one of the top defensive catchers in the minor leagues. He appeared in 98 games last season, between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Tacoma, and was selected to the Double-A All-Star Game.
  • Lexie Ofe ’17 will begin a position as communications coordinator for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin, in August.
  • Austin Ohlinger ’19 is working as the chief operating officer for Arius, Inc., while his wife, Kayla Strickland Ohlinger ’19, works as a revenue examiner for the Alabama Department of Revenue.
  • John Phillips ’14 completed his juris doctorate degree at Jones School of Law, Faulkner University.
  • Jamie Allen Piper ’04 and her husband, George, welcomed a son, July 8, 2020.
  • Tachera Porter ’16 has moved from the Office of Student Financial Services to the Business Office as the accounts payable clerk. Her new office phone is 4424. See your email for a special edition Talon announcing other personnel newcomers and changes.
  • Jeffery Postell ’17 has joined Franklin UMC as associate pastor of the Tri-City Charge.
  • Alexis Rangel ’16 and Miguel Vidal II ’16 were married July 10, 2020.
  • Dr. Margaret Reams ’78, professor of environmental sciences at Louisiana State University, and colleagues were awarded an $11.8 million dollar grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to fund the LSU Superfund Research Center. She is co-principal investigator of the center and directs the Community Engagement Core, conducting research to address persistent health disparities and environmental justice concerns in Louisiana’s industrial corridor.
  • Justin Reeder ’18 married Lauren Elaine, June 27, 2020.
  • Hawks director of golf Dave Schreyer ’89 was named South Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It was his fourth time to earn the honor in five seasons.
  • Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ’69 and his wife, Mary Blackshear Sessions ’69, celebrated their 51st anniversary in July.
  • We are grateful to a family member of artist Janie Hope Stabler, who gifted the College with Janie’s original painting of Huntingdon’s first location in Tuskegee, Alabama, this summer. Janie attended Alabama Conference Female College (Huntingdon’s second identity), 1899 through 1901. She died in 1926 at age 42.
  • Sierra Sumrall ’17 married Mayank Sharma, June 28, 2020.
  • Thank you to Heather Tabor ’19, an administrative recruiter with Express Employment Professionals in Birmingham, for presenting a CCV Hawk Talk, July 8, 2020.
  • Elizabeth Thrower ’14 completed her Master of Science in sport and fitness administration from Winthrop University.
  • Jack Vibbert ’08 and Ashley Bunt Vibbert ’09 welcomed daughter Madelyn Grace, July 27, 2020.
  • Thank you to Caitlin Walker ’17, an accountant with the Alabama Department of Insurance, who provided a virtual Center for Career and Vocation Alumni Hawk Talk for students July 22, 2020.
  • Austin Washington ’19 and Audra Ebony Echols ’20 were married July 11, 2020.
  • Brooke Meadows Watson ’16 completed her master’s degree in May and has moved from Pike Road High School to Reeltown High School, where she will teach 7th and 8th grade history and coach girls’ basketball and JV softball. Her husband, Dustin Watson ’17, completed his MBA this summer and has begun PTA (physical therapy assistant) school.
  • An article in the July 2020 edition of The Alabama Review, a publication of the Alabama Historical Association, highlights the life of Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins ’56, who died earlier this summer. Ms. Wiggins served as the journal’s editor from 1976 to 1996.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Jlasphemeth (Joe) Glass ’98 died unexpectedly July 17 in Jersey City, N.J. Classmates remember Joe as always ready to make everyone around him smile. He worked as a film, audio, and video producer, loved music, film, food, and the arts, and was the devoted partner to his long-time girlfriend, Liz, and father of two children, ages 6 and 8. We will miss his bright mind, big heart, and warm humor.
  • Robert Clinton Johnson ’51 passed away August 1, 2020.  The Wetumpka resident was a pioneer for men at Huntingdon. He matriculated to the College after serving our country for two years in the United States Army during World War II.  We extend condolences to his family and friends.
  • Robert Jones ’49, half of Huntingdon’s oldest living couple with his wife, Nelda Welch Jones ’48, passed away July 9, 2020, in West Columbia, South Carolina. Robert and Nelda were married in the Flowers Hall Chapel. They have faithfully supported the College for decades. We extend our condolences to Nelda and her family.
  • Jay Frazier Holcey, long-time score-keeper/announcer/statistician for Hawks sports in Roland Arena and for a short time Huntingdon’s SID, passed away July 16 at age 48. We extend our condolences to the many people who loved this very special man.
  • Ann (Gabby) Bush Kennedy ’51 and her husband of 64 years, Tom, of Monroeville, Alabama, passed away within five days of each other in July 2020.
  • Former Huntingdon visual arts professor James R. Nelson passed away July 29, 2020, in Birmingham.
  • Former adjunct instructor and attorney Benjamin Pool died August 3, 2020, after a brief illness.
  • We extend condolences to Huntingdon trustee Celia Smith Rudolph ’80 on the loss of her mother, Mary Emmalyn Murphree Smith, who passed away July 28, 2020.
  • Julia Arbuthnot Strickland ’53 died July 23, 2020, in Mountain Brook, Alabama. She served as secretary to the dean of men and dean of women at Huntingdon for three years after graduating from Huntingdon and marrying James Strickland, her husband of 63 years. We extend our condolences to James and to the Strickland family.

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