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The Talon, August 22, 2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

August 22, 2016


More about some of theses stories can be found in the News section on the Huntingdon website. 


The only thing that makes us happier than meeting and getting to know new Hawks at Huntingdon is watching your progress through to graduation. Welcome to your college home, new Hawks, and please let us know how we can help if you need directions, need help with a process or procedure, or just want to chat. Every Huntingdon faculty and staff member is pulling for you—your success is the focus of everything we do. So stop for a moment and let us get to know you as you get acclimated to your college home. (My office—the Office of Communications—is Flowers 103. Don’t hesitate to stop in if you have a question.)


Here are some things you need to do this first week of classes, whether you’re a new Hawk or this isn’t your first flight:

  • All Students: If you plan to make an adjustment to your schedule, you must do so by Friday, August 26—the last day to Add or Drop a class. Add/drop should be done through SelfServ. Remember that you must be full-time (12 credit hours or more) to play an intercollegiate sport, to receive full-time financial aid or scholarships, or to live in a residence hall, so don’t drop a class without adding something in its place if you’re close to that threshold. Dropped classes do not appear on your academic transcript, so dropping is preferable to withdrawing (withdrawals do appear on your transcript).
  • Resident Students: Friday, August 26, is the last day to adjust your meal plan from the 15-meal default plan to either the 19-meal or 10-meal plan. All plans cost the same but allow for different “flex” points that can be used in the Coffee House in addition to the DH. Adjustments are made by going to helpdesk.huntingdon.edu; log in using your Huntingdon email and your SelfServ password; select request type “Change Meal Plan;” select either “10 Meal Plan” or “19 Meal Plan;” click save. You will receive an email thanking you for your request once the change has been made.
  • All Students:  Make sure you register your vehicle for a Huntingdon Parking Permit this week. You will need to know the year, make, model, and license number. Register in the security office in the Wilson Building. There is no fee for the parking permit, but there will be one if you don’t get one. Citations will begin next week. When you register, you’ll be given paperwork on where you can park. Heed the color of the parking spots you seek.
  • New Students: Stop by Houghton Library with your student ID and complete the brief paperwork to get a library card, which you can use all of your years at Huntingdon. The library offers more than just books—you can also check out movies and other assets, which are free as long as you return them by the due date.
  • Student-Athletes: Team meetings, team study halls, physicals, and NCAA paperwork times will be announced by your coaching staff. Be sure you don’t miss those requirements.
  • New Students: If your parent(s) did not accompany you to New Student Orientation, please forward this newsletter to him/her/them. Parents of new students, if you haven’t signed up to receive The Talon, you may do so by sending an email to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu. If you email, please provide your email address(es), names, and the name(s) of your Hawk(s).


Fall semester In-Service dates (no classes, offices open) have been added to the 2016–2017 Academic Calendar. They are Fridays: September 2 and 30; October 21; and November 4 and 11. The Academic Calendar also contains academic deadlines, holidays, final exam dates and times, and other important information.

ROTC offers new program

Huntingdon’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) connection with Alabama State University offers students several options to be of service to the country and to earn valuable scholarships for that service. Three-year scholarships are available for students who are already enrolled in college. Students can compete for the scholarships after completing one year of AFROTC. The scholarships pay college tuition and most fees up to $18,000, as well as providing book allowances. Scholarship students also receive monthly stipends—and those who achieved a 24 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT may be eligible for even more scholarship money. Normally a student must sign up as a freshman, but this year and for a very limited time, a new program allows college juniors and seniors to sign up. The deadline is approaching fast, so call the AFROTC recruiter at (334) 229-7756 or (334) 229-4305 if you’d like to know more.


Before they even had time to memorize the Huntingdon motto, more than 300 of our freshest Hawks served in 14 community locations for Big Red Day of Service, Saturday, August 20. Accompanied by faculty and staff, the Hawks painted, hammered, cleaned, weeded, planted, harvested, and sundry other activities as they entered to grow in wisdom. Hawk ’em, y’all! Thank you for serving! (For those who don’t know it yet, the motto is: “Enter to grow in wisdom, go forth to apply wisdom in service.” If you forget, just look above the front door of Flowers Hall.)


Five new full-time faculty joined the College this fall. Please extend a warm welcome to (website directory pages will be posted after phone numbers are assigned):

  • Dr. Shannon Henderson, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, CAEP Coordinator; Weil Center 101B, shannon.henderson@hawks.huntingdon.edu, (334) 833-4508
  • Ms. Meredith Hope, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Flowers 321, mhope@hawks.huntingdon.edu, phone number pending
  • Ms. Michele Martin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Special Education; Weil Center 101A, michele.martin@hawks.huntingdon.edu, (334) 833-4494
  • Dr. Siobahn Stiles, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Flowers 322, tstiles@hawks.huntingdon.edu, phone number pending
  • Dr. Rebecca Zimmer, Assistant Professor of History; Flowers 317, rzimmer@hawks.huntingdon.edu, phone number pending


  • Internships are the best avenues for finding out what you do or don’t want to do professionally. The Center for Career and Vocation has a long list of internships available in the area, as well as lists of part-time jobs and child care opportunities. Stop by the CCV in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, Flowers Hall, second floor, to find out more.
  • This year’s Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo will be held at Faulkner University, Wednesday, October 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m. This event is held annually at one of the participating colleges and is a wonderful opportunity for student to meet representatives from grad and professional schools from all over the United States. For a list of graduate schools and event details, as well as how to register for the event, see: http://www.alabamaconnection.org/default.htm
  • DINING HALL HOURS: Breakfast M–F, 7–9:30a; Lunch MWF, 11a–1:30p, TR 11a–2p; Dinner M–F, 4:30–7:30p; WEEKENDS (Sat/Sun): Brunch 10:30a–1:30p; Dinner 5–6:30p
  • Group Counseling, Adjusting to Huntingdon, begins for the first 15 full-time freshmen or transfers who sign up; Thursday, August 25, 12:20–1:50p, for 6 weeks (until Sept. 29), Jackson Home Counseling Services lobby; lunch provided; sign up in Jackson Home 112 or by contacting Ms. Kelley Rehm, director of counseling services, at krehm@hawks.huntingdon.edu or (334) 833-4302. Individual counseling appointments (up to 10 sessions per year for full-time day students, faculty, or staff) may be made by contacting Ms. Rehm by phone, filling out the form in Jackson 112, or completing and emailing the website form to hccounseling@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Dr. Renee Culverhouse, who has served as the director of the Evening Studies program since 2010, has been appointed dean of the W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies.
  • NEW to the website: A link to the draft version of the 2016–2017 Catalog has been posted on the Catalog page.
  • 2016–2017 Travel-Study opportunities (for seniors and some juniors): Hawaii; New York; Portland/Seattle/Vancouver; Toronto; Alaska; and Costa Rica
  • COMING NEXT WEEK: PRESIDENTIAL CONVOCATION, Wednesday, August 31, 11:45a, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall; open to all.
  • STUDENT LIFE WELCOME BACK WEEK EVENTS (watch for more information :
    • MONDAY: Block Party with the President, 7–8:30p, on the street between the Delchamps Residence (the President’s Home) and the soccer field
    • TUESDAY: Tuesday Night Worship, 8p, Drum Theater; Waffles after Tuesday Night Worship, 9:30p (Waffle House Truck will be parked outside Jackson Home so you can see Campus Ministry’s new digs in the ground floor as you munch)
    • WEDNESDAY: Skating at Looney’s, 7–9p (bring your student ID, free, Looney’s is at 3541 McGehee Road)
    • THURSDAY: Movie on The Green, 9p
    • FRIDAY: Montgomery Biscuits Game, 7:05p (free for the first 100 students! Pick up tickets in The Hut, first come first serve, Friday during the day)


Tell us your news! ofe@hawks.huntingdon.edu

  • Macon Armistead ’14 will complete his Master of Divinity degree in May 2017. She will apply for commissioning as a provisional elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He says, “I am grateful to Huntingdon for shaping and forming my vocational calling and my theological education.”
  • Katelyn Atkins ’13 is a police officer with the Montgomery Police Department.
  • TJ Betts ’13 works as a child nutrition worker for Pike Road School.
  • Dr. Kristine Copping, assistant professor of psychology, has been named chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Psychology.
  • Former NAIA golf champion (1987, while at Huntingdon) and professional golfer Joe Durant ’87 won the Champions Tour 3M Championship in Blaine, Minnesota, August 7. He finished 14th in the US Senior Open Championship in Columbus, Ohio, August 15, which placed him third in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
  • Diana Gray ’04 owns and operates the Montgomery Arts Academy. She also serves as a business coach for women entrepreneurs, as a motivational speaker, and as a minister of music.
  • Jarrett Hall ’14 married Adrienne Hudson, August 13, 2016.
  • Mr. Jim Hilgartner, associate professor of English, has had work published or accepted for publication this summer as follows: “Wedding Scrapbook,” short fiction, SLAB #11 (2016); “Kinney in the Dreamtime,” short fiction, Vermont Literary Review (forthcoming); “A Story About My Father, Whom I Never Met,” Neworld Review, forthcoming. Mr. Hilgartner serves as fiction editor for THAT Literary Review, first issue published March 2016; second issue scheduled for March 2017.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English, had an original essay, “Literature and Cultural Capital in Early Modern and Contemporary Pedagogy,” accepted for publication in Shakespeare and the 99%, forthcoming.
  • Evalyn Ledbetter Johnson ’38 celebrated her 100th birthday August 13, 2016.
  • Josh Johnson ’14 serves as a worship leader at Crosspoint United Methodist Church in Niceville, Florida.
  • Michael Kasmarik ’14 is a teacher and lacrosse coach for North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He completed his master’s degree in education from Ohio Valley University August 1, 2016.
  • Earlier this month, Addison Lambeth ’17 earned one of three qualifying spots for the US Mid-Amateur Championship by shooting a 3-under-par 67. The tournament will be held at Stonewall Links in Elverson, Pennsylvania, September 10–15.
  • Ian Layne ’14 is working as the head cross country coach for Emory and Henry College.
  • Dr. Jeremy R.T. Lewis, professor of political science, presented a paper, “Open Government and E-Governance Issues of Collaboration and Inequality,” at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Poznan, Poland, July 28, 2016. He convened panels for and was elected chair of the international Research Committee on Comparative Administrative Culture. At the conference, he was presented with the new anthology The Governance of Public Policy, in which a chapter he authored appears (but since the book is in Russian, he might never know if that’s really his chapter).
  • Dr. Mandy McMichael, assistant professor of religion, continued research for her book on Religion and the Miss America pageant this summer, traveling to Texas and Utah. She moderated a panel on “Gender, Race, Identity, and Power in Baptist Studies” at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion conference and wrote book reviews for the Baptist History and Heritage Journal, The Journal of Southern Religion, and Reflective Teaching. Dr. McMichael continued her participation as a selected fellow for the Wabash Institute by participating in a Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities through the Wabash Center. She completed a five-week fellowship, funded by Wabash, to study “Student Buy-in: Experiential Learning in First Year Religion Courses.” She also had a “teaching tactic” accepted for publication in the journal, Teaching Theology and Religion.
  • Jenny Zeigler Medley ’06 and her husband, Nick, welcomed their first child, son Wesley Nicholas Medley, Friday, August 12, 2016.
  • Tanjanik Munford ’15 works as a lab technician for the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Mobile.
  • Mr. Christopher Payne, professor of art, has had one sculpture accepted to each of the following exhibitions this summer: Art of the South, Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art, Memphis, Tennessee; LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia; Alabama Clay Conference Exhibition, Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Gadsden, Alabama; Decatur 2016 Fine Arts Exhibition, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta. He attended the Alabama Clay Conference, participated in a workshop at Mooncake Studio in Atlanta, and served as an exhibition judge for Troyfest Fine Art and Craft Exhibition in Troy and for the Alabama Independent School Association Art Show in Montgomery.
  • Dr. Tom Perrin, assistant professor of English, served as a guest co-editor for “The Middlebrow,” essay cluster, Post45 Peer-Reviewed in July 2016, and had an essay, “Inventing the Middlebrow,” co-authored with Cecilia Konchar Farr as an introduction to the “Inventing the Middlebrow” essay cluster, published in the same publication. An essay he authored, “The Great American Novel,” will appear later this year in American Literature in Transition, 1970–1980, edited by Kirk Curnutt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). An essay he authored, “Edited for the Old Lady in Dubuque: The Middlebrow Literature of the Midwest,” will appear in The Midwestern Moment: The Forgotten World of Early Twentieth-Century Midwestern Regionalism, volume 1 of Rediscovering the American Midwest, 3 volumes edited by Jon Lauck (Hastings, NE: Hastings College Press, forthcoming 2017).
  • Allyn Powell ’12 is an attorney with Beecher Street Law Offices in Dothan, Alabama.
  • Dr. James Robinson ’04, a sport medicine physician, has joined the staff of the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is the team physician for the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Sours, who has a new title: assistant professor of religion, this fall. This is a tenure-track position.
  • Dr. Stephen Sours, assistant professor of religion, completed a chapter, “John Wesley and John Paul II on the Eucharist and Holiness,” this summer. The chapter will appear in an edited volume on John Wesley and Holiness. He also had a paper proposal, “The Influence of the Second Vatican Council on the United Methodist Church,” accepted for presentation at a conference in November 2016.
  • Katie Wachob ’14 has entered the Master of Divinity degree program at Duke Divinity School.


  • Gloria Huey Crawford ’45, of Marion, Alabama, died August 19, 2016.  We extend condolences to her daughter, Shirley Crawford Dorrough ’68.  Gloria was preceded in death by her sister, Dr. Marion Huey Garrett ’48.
  • Our prayers and sympathy are with Joe Frazer ’82, professor of history at Judson College, whose wife, Sherie, passed away recently.
  • Lydia Blake Gillespie ’59 died July 25, 2016, in Ashburn, Virginia. We extend special condolences to her family, including her sister, Jamie Blake ’62. A long-time educator who also worked with the American Association of School Administrators, she will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her late husband, Lt. Col. Clarke McKinley Gillespie.
  • Bettie Hussey ’58 died August 6, 2016, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Bettie was a loyal supporter of the College and a member of the Huntingdon Hall of Honor. In 2014, she and her sister, Marianne, established the Bert and Carolee Hussey Endowed Scholarship in memory of their parents.

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