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THE TALON, August 26, 2019


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

August 26, 2019

What’s New?

First Week of Classes THINGS TO DO; Deadline: Friday, August 30

  • Residents: Meal plan changes from the default 15-meal plan (15 meals in the DH weekly + $150 in flex dollars) to either the 19- (19 weekly DH meals + $50 flex) or 10-meal (10 weekly DH meals + $200 flex) plan must be completed by 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 30. To change, visit https://helpdesk.huntingdon.edu; log in using your HC email user ID and Password (if you have trouble logging in, visit the Tech Team in Wilson 111 or email them at techteam@hawks.huntingdon.edu); select “+Change My Meal Plan”; select the meal plan you prefer; click save.
  • Students with Cars: If you plan to park on campus, you must register your vehicle at the Campus Security Office, Wilson 112. Citations for parking violations will begin Tuesday, September 3.
  • If you plan to drop a class or add a class, the deadline is Friday, August 30 by 4:00 p.m., so that your adviser has time to approve the change by the end of the day. Note that some courses (especially assigned freshman core requirements) cannot be dropped or changed; and 12 hours are required to be considered full-time.
  • Pick up your new I.D. card or get a replacement card ASAP this week. A swipe card is necessary in order to record your attendance in each class. Go to the Print and Mail Services Center in Roland Student Center to get your I.D. if you need a replacement or if you haven’t already picked up your I.D.
  • If you have not done so already, sign your Information Resources agreement in the Wilson Center today, August 26, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; then pick up your books and information resources in the Scarlet & Grey Shop (bookstore). The bookstore is still in its Roland location and will be open through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily.
  • If you need and would like to request accommodations for learning or testing in one or more of your classes, stop by the Ability First Resource Center, which has moved to Cloverdale 124–125, or email Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman at ldorman@hawks.huntingdon.edu or Tiarrial Duncan ’19 at tiarrial.duncan@hawks.huntingdon.edu to begin the process.
  • If you would like to declare a major in Art, Digital Art, or Political Science, Friday, August 30, is the last day to do so. Minors in art or political science will still be available after that date.
  • Stop by Houghton Library and get a library card. Bring your student I.D.
  • Check your email for payment deadline information from Amanda McElwain (studentaccounts@hawks.huntingdon.edu).
  • Check your email regarding procedures for adding flex points or meals or purchasing a replacement I.D. from Amanda McElwain (studentaccounts@hawks.huntingdon.edu)

Achieve A++ Attendance

As mentioned above, this year students will use I.D. cards as swipe cards to register class attendance and your attendance record will be available on Canvas (making Canvas a one-stop shop for grades, attendance, and class materials). Hardware from  aPLUS+ Attendance was installed in each classroom during the summer. The number one predictor of student academic success is class attendance, so the new system was adopted in order to achieve better data on attendance and earlier warnings for those who miss class. Absences for student-athletes who miss class for college-sanctioned travel will be pre-entered as excused but will count toward the student’s total number of absences. Beware: if you are present but are sleeping, texting, or are otherwise disengaged, the faculty member may change your attendance status to “present with concerns.” If you swipe-in more than 5 minutes after the beginning of class time, you will be marked as “late.”

Take Wings, Make Connections, Find a Guide

This year three new resources have been implemented for students to find mentors in their Huntingdon learning experience. New first-year students have been assigned the same class peers in Religion 101 and English 105, and that Wing Cohort will have a Wing Sponsor assigned from either the faculty or staff. Wing Cohorts will meet with their Wing Sponsor periodically throughout the semester (in fact, this process began with meetings last night). Freshmen will also be assigned a Huntingdon Connection—a member of staff or faculty with whom the freshman will meet individually during weeks 1, 3, 5, and 8 of the fall semester. Sophomores who are participating in the CALL 200 class will choose a Guide from a list of faculty and staff volunteers. Sophomores will meet with the Guide to discuss a particular assignment in the class and as follow-up to that assignment as understanding evolves.

Graduate Program under Development

Dr. Jennifer Ballard, who some may remember from previous employment as an athletic trainer at Huntingdon, returned this summer as assistant professor for athletic training after earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and teaching for Alabama State University. In her new role, Dr. Ballard will work with Provost Anna McEwan to write and submit a level change proposal to SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) so that Huntingdon may offer master’s degrees. She will also develop the curriculum and put in place the structure and staffing needed to support a master’s degree in athletic training. The target launch date for the master’s program is fall 2020.

Welcome Back Week Events; all events free and open to traditional day students

  • Monday, August 26, Tonight’s Block Party has been canceled because of weather and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Tuesday, August 27, Worship and Waffles, 8:00–10:00 p.m., Top Stage/Hut Porch
  • Wednesday, August 28, Waterslide and Sno Cones, 6:00–8:00 p.m., The Green
  • Thursday, August 29, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Luau, Wynlakes Country Club
  • Friday, August 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Roller Skating, Ultimate Play Zone
  • Saturday, August 31, 7:00–10:00 p.m., Band Party: The Divines, Hut Porch

Work-Study Dumps the Clock

If you qualified for and accepted work-study as part of your financial aid offer, there are specific dates and times you may pick up your assignment and learn the basics about the process. Choose a date and time that work with your schedule. You need attend only one session. Note that you will record your attendance differently this semester, so you must attend a session to learn the process before beginning your assignment. The sessions are:

  • Monday, August 26, 3:30–4:00 p.m. OR 4:00–4:30 p.m., Flowers 101
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2:00–2:30 p.m. OR 2:30–3:00 p.m., Flowers 102
  • Wednesday, August 28, 3:30–4:00 p.m. OR 4:00–4:30 p.m., Flowers 101
  • Thursday, August 29, 12:00–12:30 p.m. OR 12:30–1:00 p.m., Flowers 102
  • Friday, August 30, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. OR 12:15–12:45 p.m., Flowers 101
  • Tuesday, September 3, 3:30–4:00 p.m. OR 4:00–4:30 p.m., Flowers 101
  • Friday, September 6, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. OR 12:15–12:45 p.m., Flowers 101

Center for Career and Vocation Events, Fall 2019

Huntingdon’s Center for Career and Vocation (CCV), located in the Office of College and Alumni Relations, Flowers 2nd floor, is here to assist you as you seek part-time or full-time employment, prepare your resume, sharpen your interviewing skills, and learn about your own interests and about the careers that fit your personality. Here are the planned events for the fall semester. Participate in as many as you are able—you will learn from everything you do. If an event requires an RSVP, simply email the CCV at ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

  • August 28 | CCV Welcome Event, Flowers Hall Lobby, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
  • September 11 | Sport Management Networking Luncheon, Stallworth, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., *RSVP
  • September 20 (In-Service Friday) | HC Central Perk, Stallworth, 7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m., *RSVP
  • September 25 | Professional Head Shots, The Green, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  • September 27 | FBI Info Session, Stallworth, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
  • October 9 | Alabama Connection Graduate School Expo, Faulkner University, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • October 11 (In-Service Friday) | Hawk Talks Networking Luncheon, Stallworth, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., *RSVP
  • October 18 (In-Service Friday) | Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Forum Field Trip to Atlanta, All day, *RSVP
  • October 23 | LinkedIn Seminar, Location TBD, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., *RSVP
  • November 7 | Meet the Firms Accounting Fair, Drum Theater, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m., *RSVP
  • November 14 | Health Pre-Professional Graduate School Fair, Drum Theater, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., *RSVP
  • December 4 | Resume Workshop, Location TBD, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., *RSVP

Hours of Coffee (and other essentials)

  • Russell Dining Hall (a.k.a. the DH): Breakfast M-F, 7:00–9:30 a.m.; Lunch MWF 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m./TR 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Dinner M-F 4:30–7:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun Brunch 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and Dinner 5:00–6:30 p.m.
  • Coffee House (Houghton Library basement): M-R 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.; F 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed Saturdays; Sundays 7:00–11:00 p.m.
  • The POD (Cloverdale Campus/Weil Center): M-F 7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays


  • IMPORTANT: Until September 3, Houghton Library will maintain normal hours, while the Wilson Building will be open 24/7 for students’ studying and gathering needs. Students may access the lobbies, ATM, and security office in Wilson, but classrooms will be closed after hours. After September 2, the new entrance to the library, Caroline Slawson Commons, will be open for 24/7 access and student use.
  • Huntingdon was ranked #3 among Regional Colleges (South) and named among America’s Best Small Colleges by College Consensus in July. Read more.
  • Read about title changes, office moves, and new employees in this Special Edition issue of The Talon.
  • Change in General Degree Requirements: At the April 2019 Faculty Meeting faculty voted to delete the following requirement, as listed in the College Catalog: “A maximum of ten percent (12 semester credit hours) of the courses used to meet the 120 semester credit hours graduation requirement may be seminars, which are listed under the various academic disciplines.” The change, which makes it possible to satisfy general degree requirements with no limits in seminar courses, is effective retroactively for current students who entered under the 2018–2019 or earlier catalogs and in either day and Evening Studies programs.
  • This year’s Library Lecture Series will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program. Watch for announcements about lectures and other events on space and science fiction (Star Trek, Star Wars).
  • The 2019–2020 Huntingdon College Catalog is available online here: https://www.huntingdon.edu/catalog/.
  • 2019–2020 parking regulations are posted online here: https://www.huntingdon.edu/campus-life/student-services/security/parking/.


  • The Huntingdon Concert Choir has been invited to perform for the 2020 Alabama Music Educators Professional Development Conference to be held in Montgomery in January 2020.
  • Want a reason to smile or just shed a happy tear? Read this article about the late Kathryn Tucker Windham ’39, Alabama’s grand dame of storytelling.
  • And here’s a NASA story about a Huntingdon alumna (math and business major) who was a pioneer for women engineers in the space program: Ethel Heinecke Bauer ’60.
  • Eight Huntingdon student-athletes were honored with the release of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s All-American Athlete of the Year awards. Scotty Chadwick ’20 (men’s basketball), Will Cosby ’19 (baseball), Cody Dixon ’19 (wrestling), T.I. Duncan ’19 (women’s basketball), Katelyn Gilmore ’19 (women’s golf), McKenzie Ridgway ’20 (softball), Stephen Shephard ’19 (men’s golf) and Chase Young ’20 (football) were nominated by Huntingdon director of strength and conditioning Charlie Goodyear in recognition of determination to improve in athletics while maintaining academic prominence.
  • At least 25 Huntingdon students completed internships during summer 2019. Read more about this important hands-on learning opportunity.
  • Four Huntingdon golfers were recognized with the release of the Golf Coaches Association of America’s finalized Division III Ping All-America teams in June. Stephen Shephard ’19 and Drew Mathers ’20 were announced as first-team All-America selections; Henry Gee ’19 was named third-team All-America; and Mark Connelly ’19 was named an honorable mention selection.
  • Marks Abernathy ’15 married Carrleigh Partee, June 15, 2019.
  • Keith Anthony ’13 married Cassandra Randolph, June 22, 2019.
  • Dr. Blake Ball, assistant professor of history, served as one of five round-table commentators in the article, “Roundtable: Revisiting George Wallace Fifty Years Later,” in the July issue of The Alabama Review, the journal of the Alabama Historical Association. An op-ed article he authored for the Washington Post, “How Snoopy Helped Us Remember D-Day,” appeared June 6, 2019.
  • Katelyn Stone Banks ’17 earned an MBA in marketing from American Public University System.
  • Chris Barrentine ’14 and his wife, Whittni, welcomed a son, Cooper Allen Barrentine, June 21, 2019.
  • Kylee Blake ’15 married Chris Goodwin, June 15, 2019.
  • Anna Boyd ’17 has moved to Simpsonville, S.C., where she will teach 7th grade English and begin work on her master’s degree. She has been teaching for Monroe Academy.
  • Anthony (’08) and Carrie Edwards Carboni ’08 welcomed daughter Marian Eleanor, August 5, 2019.
  • Huntingdon trustee Mark Colson ’07 has been named CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association, a post he began in June. He served previously as interim chief of staff, senior vice president for governmental affairs, and senior advisor for the Business Council of Alabama. Mark was named in Yellowhammer Multimedia’s Power & Influence: Who’s Next? list in 2016.
  • Dr. Coleman (’06) and Emily Webster Cosgrove ’07 and their daughter, Amelia, have moved to New York, where Coleman is completing his residency in psychiatry.
  • John Crawford ’20 spent the summer pitching for the Valley Center Mud Daubers, one of 10 teams in the Kansas Collegiate League baseball.
  • Linsley Bowlan Dale ’17 completed a Master of Social Work degree from Troy University.
  • Linda Diaz ’11 works as a property accountant with Foshee Residential Management in Montgomery.
  • James (’11) and Alyssa McCurry Daniels ’14 welcomed a daughter, McKenzie, July 27, 2019.
  • LeighAnn Floyd DiCesaris ’10 and her husband, Leo, welcomed son Max into their family, July 18, 2019.
  • Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, professor of physical education and sport studies, presented on two topics (Teaching for Competency in Adapted Physical Education: The 3Ps Approach; and Sensory Integration Strategies for Students in Physical Education with Non-Compliant Behaviors or Needs) at the Alabama State Department of Education’s 2019 Alabama Summer Health and Physical Education Conference in June. Through the Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum she serves as a professional mentor for Alabama high school students who have disabilities.
  • Mme. Camille Elebash-Hill, who received the Rhoda Coleman Ellison Distinguished Lifetime Service Award following her retirement last year, was honored by the faculty with emerita status, voted at the April 2019 faculty meeting. She retired as an adjunct assistant professor of French after serving on the faculty for more than 40 years. We miss her and wish her well.
  • Leann Bowdoin Edwards ’01 and her family live in Memphis, Tenn., where she works as the executive chef for Shelby County Schools, a district of about 125,000 students. She earned an AAS in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., in 2007.
  • Rene Zeron Finley ’91 serves as a medical malpractice claims supervisor in Franklin, Tenn.
  • Sam Garrison ’18 married Lauren Johnnie, June 29, 2019.
  • Gabby George ’18 graduated from Auburn University with a master’s degree in exercise physiology, concentration in strength and conditioning, summer 2019.
  • Joleen George ’16 graduated with a master’s degree in business administration and health care administration from South University.
  • Huntingdon trustee Dr. Ed Glaize ’85 has been appointed to serve as district superintendent for the Dothan District in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. His wife, the Rev. Alecia Curtis Glaize ’85, has been named director for the Alabama Course of Study Extension School, part of a network of regional, extension, and satellite schools designed to provide vital education to part-time local pastors of the United Methodist Church in the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences. Huntingdon is an Alabama Course of Study site.
  • Bill Hamilton III ’82, athletic director at Pensacola State College, has been inducted into the Florida College System Activities Association Hall of Fame. He begins his 36th year in college athletics this fall, with 30 of those years at Pensacola State. He coached the PSC Pirates baseball team for many years, earning an overall record of 703 wins and 468 losses. He was inducted into the Huntingdon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.
  • Payton Holmes ’17 earned a master’s degree in history education from Liberty University.
  • Willy Howe ’86 works as the principal attorney editor for Thomson Reuters and lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He completed his J.D. at Tulane University School of Law in 1989.
  • Nathanial (Jamal) Howell ’16 has moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he has begun a new position as a behavioral therapist at the Jacksonville School for Autism.
  • Dr. Chris Huckle and his wife, Brittany, have moved to Oakwood, Ga., where he serves as a sports medicine physician with Northeast Georgia Physician Group. In his new post, he will serve as a team physician for the Atlanta Falcons (which, by the way, means he’s still a HAWK!).
  • Dr. Elizabeth Keeble ’05 married Quincy Murphy, July 13, 2019.
  • Trustee Katrina Keefer ’95, former CFO for Baptist Health, has moved to Augusta, Ga., where she is the executive vice president for health affairs at Augusta University and chief executive officer for the Augusta University Health System. In her new role, she will oversee the  Augusta University Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospitals, Georgia Correctional Healthcare, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, and more than 80 outpatient clinics and ambulatory sites.
  • Hunter Long ’19 married Emily Lau, June 22, 2019.
  • Dylan Martin ’18 and Mary Frances Miles ’18 were married June 8, 2019.
  • Drew Mathers ’20 won the Spirit of America Golf Classic at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur, Ala., in June 2019 with a 13-under total. He and teammate Connor Bruce finished third in team standings. In June, Drew was one of three Division III golfers named to the All-Nicklaus Team and was a finalist for the Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. He is the second-ranked golfer in Division III.
  • Carden Mellown ’20 spent the summer pitching for the Charlottesville Tom Sox, one of 11 teams in Valley League baseball. He was named Valley League Pitcher of the Day in an 8-3 win over the Strasburg Express.
  • Katy Messick ’16 married Alex Short, July 27, 2019.
  • We welcome Ryan Nowell as head men’s lacrosse coach and Taylor Sheriff as assistant baseball coach.
  • Former Huntingdon All-American Joseph Odom, Class of 2014, was selected to play in his first minor league All-Star game this summer. He is a catcher for the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, a Seattle Mariners affiliate. Joe was drafted in the 13th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2013.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, senior clinical professor of sport science and physical education, is quoted extensively in the Livestrong.com article, “6 Elliptical Mistakes that Can Derail Your Workout,” July 16, 2019, as well as in the online article, “Light Weights vs. Heavy Weights—Which Should You Choose?” in SHAPE.com, June 27, 2019.
  • Katelin Pattillo ’17 lives in Hoover, Ala., and works as a forensic scientist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
  • Heather VanderHey Perdue ’10 completed a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Auburn University-Montgomery. She teaches at Coosada Elementary School in Elmore County, Ala.
  • McDowell Pinckard ’12 and his wife welcomed son Dow, August 16, 2019.
  • Trey Pirtle ’16 and Zoya Robinson ’19 were married June 7, 2019.
  • Neal Posey ’13 married Mallory Kane, June 22, 2019.
  • Clay Rankin ’90 lives in Fairhope, Ala., and teaches for Mobile County Public Schools.
  • Jason Reynolds ’18, a student in the M.S. Health Physics program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, received an internship appointment with NASA, May–December 2019. He is the first person in the UAB Health Physics program to receive a NASA internship.
  • Christopher Rief ’89 serves as vice president for operations at Clear Nexus in Atlanta.
  • The Rev. Geary Rowell ’63 serves as pastor for Center Ridge United Methodist Church in DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
  • Buck Robinson ’17 and his wife, Polly, welcomed a son, Hudson, in July 2019.
  • Alex Sanford ’10 has been hired as head baseball coach for the newly combined Northview and Dothan High Schools, which opened earlier this month. He has served as head baseball coach for Northview High School for the past two years. The new program will begin as a 6-A program but will likely grow to the state’s largest classification, 7-A, next year.
  • Dr. Gene Shelton ’65 has retired in Kerrville, Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
  • Stephen Shephard ’19 has already won his first professional golf event, finishing the Taco Bell Natchez Classic at Beau Pre Country Club in Mississippi at 15-under-par in August 2019 and collecting a $20,000 check. His next stop is beginning the stages of qualification for the Korn Ferry Tour.
  • Nic Stanley ‘11 and his wife, Hillary, welcomed a daughter, Maggie, in July 2019.
  • Ream (’90) and Jennifer Grundy Stokley ’91 live in Charlotte, N.C., where she works as a senior counsel for Wells Fargo Bank and he pilots for Southwest Airlines.
  • Katie Sullivan ’19 is working in the Montgomery office for U.S. Senator Doug Jones.
  • Frankie (’09) and Jessica Veseskis Vorrosso ’06 live in Lynn Haven, Fla., where he is a senior accountant with Tipton Marler Garner and Chastain.
  • Amanda Wineman ’15 and Zac Baldwin ’15 were married June 29, 2019.
  • Austin Wood ’17 completed the physical therapist assistant program at South University.
  • Dr. Austin Worley ’13 and Lauren Lugen Worley ’16 welcomed a son, Ander, July 31, 2019.
  • Bo Wright ’06 and Caroline Celeste were married in June 2019, just days after Bo learned (on his 37th birthday) that he had colon cancer. He underwent surgery 5 days later. A fund has been started to help with his medical bills. If you would like to contribute, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/bo-wrights-cheeseburger-recovery-fund.


  • Rowena Haynes Boland ’62 died July 12, 2019, in Peachtree City, Ga., after a long career as an educator in the Fayette County Georgia School System and at Auburn University.
  • We extend our love and condolences to Laura Hinds Duncan ’96 and Craig Duncan, former vice president for enrollment management and head wrestling coach, respectively, on the death of Laura’s mother in July 2019.
  • Huntingdon benefactor Mr. Renis Jones, whose contribution in memory of his wife, Noble Seay Jones ’49, and her twin sister, Peggy Seay Compton ’49, refurbished and renamed the Seay Twins Art Gallery on The Green, died June 27, 2019. He was an architect, a world traveler, and a benevolent patron of Huntingdon’s arts programs. His family has asked that memorial gifts be made to the Seay Twins Art Gallery.
  • We extend condolences to Theresa Major ’61, whose husband, the Rev. Roy Major, passed away in May 2019. He was a minister of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church for 40 years.
  • With sadness we share the loss of C. Gray Price ’69, who served as president of the Huntingdon College National Alumni Board from 2003 to 2005. Gray died August 18, 2019, at age 76. He was a loyal and faithful member of the Huntingdon family who applied great wisdom in service during his professional career, including his service as mayor of Prattville, 1980–1992, and as a teacher and principal for the Autauga County School System. The bridge on Selma Highway crossing Autauga Creek into downtown Prattville is named in his honor. We extend our condolences to his wife, Julie, and to the many individuals he befriended throughout this life.
  • After a sudden and brief illness, Elizabeth Rogers‘ mother passed away in July 2019. Elizabeth serves as an academic support specialist in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment and as an instructor for the Communication Studies program, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to her.

Send your news to news@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Suellen (Su) Ofe
Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

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

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