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The Talon, August 20, 2018

The Talon

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
August 20, 2018
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What’s New?

Happy New Year!

Welcome to Huntingdon, Class of 2022, and welcome back to the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Here are a few reminders for your first week of classes; deadline: Friday, August 24:

  • Obtain a student parking permit from Campus Security in the Wilson Center, Room 112. You’ll need to know the make, model, year, and license plate number of your car. There’s no fee. You’ll receive a detailed list of places where you’re allowed to park. Don’t park where you shouldn’t and you’ll save lots of money. FYI: the campus speed limit is 15 mph.
  • Get a library card at Houghton Library. No fee for that, either.
  • If you entered Huntingdon on the Books and Information Resources Plan (your books are provided, rather than having to purchase them separately), you may pick up your learning materials during business hours any day this week in the Scarlet and Grey Shop (bookstore) in Roland Arena. But FIRST, visit the front desk in Wilson 108 to sign your user agreement for the year.
  • If you want to adjust your schedule, do so well before 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 24, which is the last moment faculty can approve an adjustment. Only make changes under faculty advisement. There are certain classes you aren’t allowed to drop based on your grade level. Remember that if you drop below 12 hours you are not full-time, and you can’t live in the residence halls, play intercollegiate athletics, or receive the financial aid package you were promised. Schedule changes are made in Self-Service. Proceed with caution and lots of good advice from your faculty mentor. Never drop a class before you’ve got a replacement already approved in your schedule.
  • Resident students enter on the default 15-meal board plan with $150 in Flex Dollars you may use in the dining hall, Coffee House, or The POD. If you would like to change your meal plan to the 10-meal (with $200 Flex Points) or 19-meal (with $50 Flex Points) plans (all plans cost the same), you must do so by Friday, August 24 (don’t wait till the last minute, in case you have a log-in issue). To change your plan, visit https://helpdesk.huntingdon.edu; log in using your HC email User ID and Password (new students: visit the Tech Team in Wilson 111 or email them at techteam@hawks.huntingdon.edu if you have trouble logging in); select +Change My Meal Plan; Select the meal plan you wish to have; click Save.
  • If you haven’t signed up for a deferred payment plan, your fall balance is due in full today. You may pay online. If you are signed up for the deferred payment plan, your payments are due on the 15th of each month and may be paid online or by check, money order, or cash in Wilson 108A (7:30a–4p weekdays); or by mailing (check or money order) to the Student Account Manager at the College’s address.
  • If you need a new ID, want to purchase a Commuter Meal Plan, or want to add Flex Points to your swipe card, there are two ways to do this: with either a purchase or a charge against a guaranteed anticipated credit. To purchase using a credit/debit card, use the online payment link. To purchase using a check or cash, visit the Office of Student Financial Services in Wilson 108 during normal business hours. To use the guaranteed anticipated credit system (which charges items to your account), use the Helpdesk system described above for changing your meal plan, but choose +Charge My Account instead. Here are the costs for these purchases:
    • ID Card: $10
    • Flex Dollars: Input the amount of Flex Points you’d like to purchase—you may use them in the DH, the Coffee House, or The POD.
    • 25 Commuter Meal Plan: $210, 25 meals in the DH and $50 Flex Points
    • 50 Commuter Meal Plan: $310, 50 meals in the DH and $25 in Flex Points

Three New Minors Introduced

During the April faculty meeting, faculty approved three new interdisciplinary minors: Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Public Policy; as well as a revision in the interdisciplinary Women’s Studies minor. Each minor requires completion of 18 hours of study. To learn the requirements for any of these new areas of study, students should consult a faculty adviser or Dr. Tom Perrin, associate provost.

Hawks Around the World

The Huntingdon Plan Travel-Study destinations for the 2018–2019 academic year are, in the fall and spring, Hawaii and Ireland, and in summer 2019, Australia, Iceland, and Costa Rica. Through the Huntingdon Plan, costs for travel (except for meals and personal side-trips) are covered within regular tuition and fees. Students travel in groups led by Huntingdon faculty and staff, with a class preceding the trip.

Huntingdon Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

A few new faces have joined the familiar ones this year. Please give a warm Huntingdon welcome to:

  • The Rev. Dr. Diana Abernethy, assistant professor of religion
  • Coach Caleb Angerman, assistant coach, women’s lacrosse
  • Coach DeAndre Beck ’18, assistant coach, wrestling
  • Dr. Kyle Christensen, assistant professor of communication studies
  • Mr. Michael Feltman, director of soccer operations
  • Ms. Mackenzie Garmany ’17, learning support specialist in the Ability First Resource Center and director of operations for the Ability Sport Network
  • Mr. Tony Greene, maintenance staff
  • Ms. Aina Grods ’18, admission counselor
  • Coach David Gurganus, assistant coach, men’s basketball
  • Ms. Katy Hall ’16, coordinator of gift processing, Office of College and Alumni Relations
  • Dr. Emily Hare, assistant professor of biology
  • Officer Lonnie Harris, campus security staff
  • Mr. Greg Holston ’83, assistant vice president for risk management
  • Coach Vic Jerald ’18, graduate assistant, sports information and athletic operations
  • Coach Clifford Jordan, assistant coach, women’s soccer
  • Officer Michael Lamb, campus security staff
  • Coach Stewart Lowery, assistant coach, strength and conditioning
  • Ms. Leanne Mallory ’05, director of strategic initiatives, Office of College and Alumni Relations
  • Ms. Laryne Monte, accompanist to choral groups last year, joins the faculty as a full-time instructor in piano
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, a former adjunct instructor, joins us full-time as senior clinical professor in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and as director of the new Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research
  • Ms. Debreshia Randolph ’18, site coordinator for the Montgomery and Opelika sites, Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program
  • Ms. Aaliyah Rudolph ’18, assistant in the Huntingdon Printshop and Mailroom
  • Mr. Isaac Schofield, maintenance staff
  • Dr. Kristin Zimbelman, assistant professor of teacher education

Huntingdon Co-Hosts Adapted P.E. Workshop

More than 100 physical educators were part of a day-long Adapted Physical Education training seminar co-hosted by Huntingdon’s Ability Sport Network and the Alabama State Department of Education in July. The workshop provided specialized training in line with adapted physical education standards toward earning certification in adapted physical education (CAPE). Currently there are only eight CAPE-certified professionals in the state of Alabama, of which Huntingdon College professor Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman is one. CAPE certification requires three years of experience teaching students who have disabilities, as well as passing the APENS examination.

Outstanding Pharm.D. Program Acceptances Continue

A record number of Huntingdon students and alumni were accepted into Pharm.D. programs beginning fall 2018. The demand for pharmacists has increased during the past decade, and the mean salary for pharmacists in Alabama is $122,000. Employment for pharmacists is projected to grow six percent from 2016 to 2026. This year, the following students and alumni have been admitted to doctoral programs in pharmacy:

  • Aubree Archie ’17, South College SOP-Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Caroline Cooper ’18, Harrison SOP-Auburn
  • Meagan Clausell ’18, Harrison SOP-Auburn
  • Emily Fike ’17, South College SOP-Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Benjamin Marler ’18, Harrison SOP-Auburn
  • Lindsey Selph ’18, McWhorter SOP-Samford Univ., Belmont SOP-Nashville, Tenn.
  • Chelsea Swords ’14, South College SOP-Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Wallace Timms ’17, Harrison SOP-Auburn Univ.

Big Shoes

The Hawks football team, which has won the USA-South Conference Championship for three years running, was voted #1 in the conference in a pre-season coaches poll. Maryville placed second and Greensboro, third. The Hawks welcomed more than 140 players to pre-season camp earlier this month. The first game is September 1 at Guilford College (not a conference opponent), and the Birmingham-Southern game (also not a conference opponent, but a rival, nonetheless) is September 8 (first home game of the season, 6:00 p.m.).


  • The Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo will be held in various locations across the state, October 1–4. This annual state-wide program brings representatives from graduate and professional schools nationwide to engage in conversation with undergraduates, answer questions, and provide information on the process of application. Offered in six locations during four days, the expo will be in Huntsville, October; Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Oct. 2; Auburn and Montgomery, Oct. 3, (2:00–5:00 p.m., Faulkner University Multiplex); and Mobile, Oct. 4. Learn more at the link. There is no cost to attend.
  • Many classes in the day program are using the Canvas Learning Management System, and the Evening Bachelor’s Degree program began using Canvas earlier this summer. Canvas is an online course management program that allows instructors to outline assignments, post readings, accept assignments, and provide private access to students’ progress in the class. Canvas provides 24-7 support, so if you have technical questions to access the site (you must be a student or faculty member), you may contact them at 1-833-822-2282. The program administrator is Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, associate professor of mathematics.
  • The former Sumiton site of the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program has moved to Jasper, Alabama.
  • Full-time day students, ages 17 and older: the Office of Counseling Services is available to support your success, both  academically and personally. Services are free and confidential. Appointments may be made weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To request an appointment, use the Appointment Request Form available from the Hawk Wings app or from the website; stop by the office in Jackson 112 to fill out a form; or call and provide the requested information by phone at (334) 833-4302.
  • Chaplain Rhett Butler’s door is always open as he serves as a spiritual resource for all day students. Conversations are confidential. His office is downstairs in Jackson Home.
  • Intramural season begins with Flag Football next Monday. Sign up today with Staci-Jo Palek in the Hut! (Deadline to register, Friday, August 24, at noon.)
  • HOMECOMING and FAMILY WEEKEND are coming Friday-Saturday, October 26–27. Homecoming details and schedule are posted on the website (sign-up form coming soon). Details of Family Weekend are pending. Stay tuned for more information!
  • NOTICE: Front gates will close at 5:30 each weeknight, except when there is an evening public event on campus. Please make sure you do not leave your vehicle inside the gates after 5:15 p.m.
  • NOTICE: A new Huntingdon website will launch very soon. Please bear with us through this time of transition. Report information corrections or broken links to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu and to webmaster@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Coming Events

  • Welcome Back Week Events:
    • Today, First Day of School Photo Booth, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the DH;
    • Worship and Waffles, first Tuesday Night Worship of the season, 8:00 p.m. in Drum, Tuesday, August 21, Waffle House truck following worship
    • President’s Block Party—games, shirts, That’s My Dog hot dogs; Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.
    • Chalk Paint Party and Games on The Green (white T-shirts provided for the first 100 folks); Before I Graduate wall by the Hut; Thursday, August 23, 5:30 p.m.
    • Biscuits Game, Friday, August 24, 6:35 p.m.
  • Presidential Convocation, Wednesday, August 29, 11:45 a.m., Ligon Chapel

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Scholarship is an important part of being a student-athlete at Huntingdon, which is why we’re super-proud that 139 Huntingdon student-athletes—more than any other college— were recognized on the USA South Academic All-Conference team released earlier this month. Hawks on the list represent every sport and team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have earned at least a 3.3 GPA during each semester of the school year. Members of sports not sponsored by the conference, including women’s golf, beach volleyball and wrestling, are eligible for recognition. This year, for the first time, the USA South recognized student-athletes who earned a 3.9 GPA or higher in each semester as All-Academic with Distinction; 35 Huntingdon student-athletes earned the honor.
  • The Huntingdon volleyball team and the beach volleyball team received 2017–2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards in July. According to the letter of notification, “The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom.”
  • Laurel Anthony ’17 has been hired to teach 8th and 9th grade science and biology at Valiant Cross Academy, Montgomery.
  • Macon Armistead ’14 has announced his engagement to Amy Scroggin.
  • Dr. Claire Bridges ’11 completed her Ph.D. in kinesiology at Auburn University in August.
  • The American Organist of the American Guild of Organists, the national professional association for organ and choral music, has begun publishing Dr. James Conely’s series of “Progressive Pedal Exercises for Warm-up or Teaching.” The first exercise in this series appears in the August issue of the magazine with progressively more challenging ones to be included in each issue over the next several months.
  • Berrell Cobb ’13 has taken a new job with the LV Stabler Hospital in Greenville, Alabama, working as a therapist in the geriatric psychology unit. He earned his Associate Licensed Counselor license recently and is working toward Licensed Professional Counselor certification. In July, he gathered the supplies and funded a back-pack giveaway in Roland Arena for hundreds of area elementary students in need.
  • Caroline Cooper ’18 married Josh Dunn, July 28, 2018.
  • Will Davis ’14 and Michelle Gonzalez ’14 were married July 28, 2018.
  • EmilyBeth Dickinson ’07 has moved to D’Iberville, Mississippi, where she is teaching for The Children’s House Montessori.
  • John Dunn ’17 has been hired to teach middle school physical education and to serve as assistant coach for the varsity football team for Pike Road Schools.
  • Doug Fontaine ’09 teaches for Charles Henderson High School in Troy, Alabama.
  • Sean Handerhan ’18 has been hired to teach music at Dalraida Elementary School in Montgomery.
  • Huntingdon linebacker Trey Hayes ’19 and offensive guard Chris Hering ’19 were named to the USA South Athletic Conference Preseason All-America Team by D3football.com in July. Trey earned second team honors and Chris was named to the third team. Both were third team selections last fall.
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Hicks, who has been promoted to director of admission; and to Jenny McDavid, who has been promoted to assistant director of admission.
  • Kimberly Holman ’18 passed her Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Skills Assessment and is a rollergirl with the Montgomery Roller Derby. (She’s also in the doctoral program in mathematics at Auburn University.)
  • Bailey Ikner’14 married Jeremy Brantley, June 22, 2018.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, chaired a global research committee that conducted three panels of the International Political Science Association’s World Congress, held in Brisbane, Australia, in July. He also presented a paper on Transparency and e-Government. Subsequently, he has been asked to act as lead editor and provide an introduction and a chapter for an anthology project “Digitalization of Politics: E-Governance, Surveillance and Sousveillance in Public Space” for a leading publisher in world politics.
  • Taylor Long ’15 and Shirin Torabinejad ’15 were married July 21, 2018.
  • Alex Moore ’17 married Chandler Livingston, July 28, 2018.
  • Eva Reardon ’17 has accepted an adjunct teaching position in music with Phenix City School System.
  • The Rev. Townley (T.J.) McGiffert ’84 serves as chaplain for Emory Hospitals in Georgia.
  • Graham Neeley ’11 married Sara Cobb Birdsong, July 28, 2018.
  • Aaron Odom ’14 married Haley McHugh, July 21, 2018.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, senior clinical professor for the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, is quoted in an article  in the July 13 online SHAPE magazine, “Why Some People Have an Easier Time Toning Their Muscles.”
  • Rachael Phillips ’13 was recognized as a 2018 National Safety Council Rising Star for her work in hygiene and occupational safety. She is a safety supervisor for Ameren in St. Louis.
  • Jeffery Postell ’17 has been hired to pastor Solley United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
  • Lexie Rangel ’16 and Miguel Vidal ’16 have announced their engagement.
  • Jeremy Reid ’11 has accepted a new position as manager of campus tours and customer relations for the University of Alabama.
  • Jade Reynolds ’14 married Mike Smith, August 11, 2018.
  • Tyler Robinson ’14 married Shelby Hendon, July 14, 2018.
  • Sam Schjott ’07 has stepped up to the role of president of the Monroeville/Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. He works with Alabama Power.
  • Chad Shannon ’99 serves as assistant principal for the Cullman Area Technology Academy. He earned his Master of Arts in Secondary Education/Biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham; his Ed.D. from the University of the Cumberlands; and his Ed.S. from the University of South Dakota Educational Leadership program.
  • Trustee Tony Stallworth ’78 has retired from his role as associate executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lomax-Hannon Community College in Greenville, followed by 32 years of teaching, serving in administration, and coaching at the high school level, earning numerous championships and accolades.  He has served with the AHSAA since 2011. He was named to the Hawks Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Kimberly Butler Tigner ’11 has been hired as an admission representative with Georgia-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Atlanta. She completed her Master of Education degree in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University in May 2018, where she has worked as an admission representative previously.
  • Makaila Swisher ’18 married Weston Wingo this summer and is living in Prattville, working as an accountant with Jackson Thornton.
  • Mark White ’17 has moved to the role of staff specialist for teacher education, and moved his office to Flowers 308.
  • Da’Monta Wiggins, Tommy Dismukes ’83, and A.J. Harper ’19 volunteered to be part of the Montgomery Public Schools’ Power of 10MEN to welcome young people to elementary schools on the first day of classes earlier this month. The schools’ central office organized the program in order to present positive male role models for the students. We thank them for their service!
  • Austin Worley ’13 and Lauren Lugen ’16 were married August 11, 2018, in Ligon Chapel.
  • Kathryn Yates Williams ’12 and her husband, Micah, own and operate Many Moons Farms in Blairsville, Georgia, selling flowers, herbs, and nutrient-dense vegetables.

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Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 | news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

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