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The Talon, August 3, 2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

August 3, 2016


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

It’s here!

Summer is waning, although you can’t tell it by the weather, and the new academic year looms. August 22 is our first day of classes for the fall term, when our visionary Class of 2020 students will enjoy their first college classes. Faculty return August 15, and that’s when office hours return to the normal 8a–5p routine. Here are the orientation, Big Red Weekend, and move-in dates:

  • August 10: Football move-in (first practice, August 11)
  • August 16: Band; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Cheerleading move-in (first practices, August 17)
  • August 17: Volleyball move-in (first practice, August 18)
  • August 18: Participants in Orientation III move-in
  • August 19–20: Big Red Weekend—new students who haven’t moved in previously will move in and all new students will attend (laptop computer distribution, college-wide service projects)
  • August 20–21: Noon each day, residence halls open to returning students
  • August 22: Get some class!

Buckner recognized for UMC service
Dr. Frank Buckner, professor of religion and associate provost, was one of 21 leaders nationwide recognized with the Francis Asbury Award by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church this summer. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to fostering UMC ministries at the local, district, or annual conference level of the church.

Huntingdon tops pre-season football poll

Huntingdon, the reigning USA South Athletic Conference football champions, was selected once again in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll to win this year’s championship. The results of the poll were announced August 1 at the USA South Media Day, hosted by Huntingdon. In July, Huntingdon ranked 24th in the nation among the D3football.com preseason poll. The 2015 season, the most successful in program history, saw the Hawks capture their first 10-win season, their first post-season win, and the USA South Sportsmanship and Coach-of-the-Year awards. Last December, the American Football Coaches Association ranked Huntingdon at #25 in Division III. But none of these numbers matters as much as the strength of the wings that carry you upward, Hawks. Hawk ’em.


  • Normal office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, resume August 15.
  • If you missed registering for Fall 2016 during the designated weeks, it’s not too late. Simply speak with your adviser and register now. If we can help you iron out any issues that are preventing you from registering, please see Ms. Maryann Beck ’92 in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment for assistance.


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  • Andy Ackerman ’16 has been admitted to the Master of Social Work program at Troy-Montgomery.
  • Amanda Gilbert Barnes ’05 is a chiropractor with HealthSource Chiropractic of Hampton Cove in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Abigail Bellman ’16 has accepted a position as a technical writer for Command Alkon in Birmingham.
  • Lynsie Boelsche ’16 works as a registered behavior technician with Select Specialty Services in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Mikalah Bowman ’17, Jen Price ’16, and Tori Krupa ’17 were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s 2016 Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll. Each earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Our deepest congratulations are extended to long-time trustee, The Reverend Dr. Lawson Bryan, who has been elected bishop for the United Methodist Church and will serve in the South Georgia Annual Conference.
  • Rhett (’13) and Heather Jones Butler ’14 were married in May 2016. Colby Leonard ’12 helped to officiate the ceremony. Heather is a seminary student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
  • Greg Clark ’80 is an urban planner who serves as executive director with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission. His wife, Virginia Coyner Clark ’73, is a retired educator.
  • Lauren Fabrizi Colangelo ’04 is a first grade teacher for Fort Braden School. She and her husband, Preston, have two daughters.
  • Leah Cuthriell-Dawkins ’07 works as a chemistry instructor for Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama.
  • LeighAnn Floyd DiCesaris ’10 and her husband, Leo, have a family pizza restaurant, Cerrone’s, in Columbus, Georgia. LeighAnn also works as a youth minister for Trinity United Methodist Church in Phenix City and as the associate director for Teen Advisors Inc.’s high school program. She says she and Leo are “loving the pairing of teenagers and pizza!”
  • Dr. Casey Maugh Funderburk ’00 welcomed second child Liam Malone Funderburk, July 12, 2016.
  • Walker Gantt ’11 and his wife, Stacey, welcomed daughter Lula Ryleigh Gantt, July 6, 2016, in Birmingham.
  • Andrew (’04) and Anna Kaylor Goldman (’06) live in Montgomery, where he works as the director of soccer for the YMCA.
  • Huntingdon welcomes Bishop David Graves to the Alabama-West Florida Conference and to the Huntingdon Board of Trustees.
  • Sam Griffin ’11 has completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a registered nurse.
  • Courtney Harville ’17 was named an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in July, the third consecutive year she earned the honor.
  • Dr. Chris Huckle ’11 and his wife, Brittany, live in Centerville, Georgia, where he is a physician with Houston Healthcare.
  • Suzanne Mock ’12 lives in Northport, Alabama, and works as a lab technician for Hunt Refining Company.
  • Patti Irwin Johnson ’07 is a nurse coordinator for the University of South Alabama health system.
  • Becky Morgenstern Jones ’93 and her husband have relocated to Birmingham after 13 years in the Chicago area. She works in sales support for McLeod Software.
  • Katie Jones ’13 serves as membership coordinator for the Alabama Pharmacy Association in Montgomery.
  • Our deepest congratulations and thanks are extended to Alabama-West Florida Conference Bishop Paul Leeland, who will transfer to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church later this summer. Bishop Leeland has been a long-time trustee of the College.
  • Olivia Levering ’09 has announced her engagement to Adam Gunter.
  • Rocky (’04) and Lindsay Glaze Lyons ’04 welcomed son Rush Lyons, July 6, 2016.
  • Leanne Mallory ’05 serves as the assistant director of First Year Experience and Parent Programs at the University of Alabama, where she coordinates the Bama Bound Parent Orientation, Family Weekend, and the Peer Leaders program.
  • Tristan Martin ’14 has completed a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Mercer University and will attend Syracuse University this fall to begin a doctorate in the same field.
  • Andrew McNamara ’08 has announced his engagement to Lucy O’Kelley.
  • Landon Mims ’10 has accepted a teaching position (P.E.) at Monroeville Elementary School. He will also coach for Monroe County High School.
  • Brent Murrill ’01 serves as the director of development for the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.
  • Linda Olsen ’87 has joined Middle Tennessee State University as the director of undergraduate admissions and recruitment. She says, “I feel like I’ve come full circle from my first job after college graduation as an admissions recruiter. So much that I learned while at Huntingdon has shaped everything that I do today.”
  • Brennan Parker ’16 is an accountant with Southeast Wood Treating.
  • Courtney Parker ’09 is pursuing a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature at the University of Alabama.
  • Octavia Pendleton ’16, Emily Waters ’18, and Josie Waddell ’19 were named International Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes in July. To qualify as ITA Scholar-Athletes, players must be varsity letter winners and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
  • Alyce Penniman ’12 has announced her engagement to Garrett Meadows.
  • Kathleen Penney ’15 has joined the staff in the Huntingdon Business Office as a graduate student/accounting assistant.
  • Quintarious Perdue ’13 will complete his Pharm.D. at Auburn University in May 2017 and is employed with Rite Aid Pharmacy as an intern. He plans to do his residency in ambulatory care after completing his doctorate.
  • Congratulations to the Reverend Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, who has been appointed senior pastor of First United Methodist Church-Montgomery. He is married to Abigail Garrison Pridgeon ’06.
  • Rick Riley ’10 married Randi Kierce, July 30, 2016.
  • Huntingdon Director of Golf Dave Schreyer ’89 was named Golf Coaches Association of America Division III Southeast Coach of the Year in July, after leading the men’s team to a second place national finish in May.
  • Taryn Bianca Scott ’13 works as a marketing coordinator for Stanley Beaman & Sears Architecture and lives in College Park, Georgia.
  • Julia Shappert ’17 sang with the Columbus International Children’s Choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in June.
  • Amber Shirley ’20 (a new Hawk!) won first place in for public speaking in the 2016 4-H State Competitions last week at the 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama.
  • John (’11) and Christy Jones Sloan ’10 live in Navarre, Florida, where he is a pharmacist with Rx Express Pharmacy.
  • Hunter Smith ’14 married Candice Nichols June 4, 2016, in Greenville, Alabama. They live in Montgomery, where he works as a tax accountant with Warren Averett LLC.
  • Kalyn Spatol ’15 serves as assistant women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Montevallo.
  • Dusti Doss Starkey ’09 has deployed to Japan with the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Shirin Torabinejad ’15 completed her Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Alabama in May. She was named the Top Accounting Student from the Alabama Chapter of Financial Executives International and was awarded the J. Craig Smith Integrity Award from the Culverhouse College of Commerce. During summer 2016 she has worked as the interim director of student ministries at Epworth United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. She will begin as a full-time assurance associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham in September.
  • Jasmine Turner ’11 works for Renasant Bank in Birmingham and is a licensed real estate consultant with Alabama Realty Brokers. She also devotes time to mentoring a Little Sister through the Big Brother Big Sister program. (She’s definitely a Hawk who’s gone forth “to apply wisdom in service.”)
  • Zachary A. Turner ’14 has begun the Ph.D. program in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. He serves as assistant director of leadership and student involvement for Southern Miss.
  • Dustin Watson ’17 and Brooke Meadows ’16 have announced their engagement.
  • Heather Hall Wells ’03 is in her eighth year as program director for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. She and her husband, Cade, are the parents of two daughters.
  • Brandon Womack ’10, and his wife, Danielle, welcomed their first child, son Braxton Stone Womack, in 2014. In 2015 Brandon completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. He is employed as a systems control engineer with Coalmont.


  • Our sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Dr. Dixie Hicks Dodge ’64, who died June 22 in Colorado Springs after a long illness.
  • Huntingdon alumna and Rotary Club International dynamo Dr. Blanche Carlton Sloane ’45 died at age 92, June 30, 2016, in Carbondale, Illinois. She was an Alumni Loyalty Award and Alumni Achievement Award winner. She was preceded in death by her son in May 2016 and her husband in 2008.
  • Our sympathy and prayers are extended to Wesley Smithart ’15 and Huntingdon Trustee Elizabeth Cooey Smithart ’86, in the death of their grandmother and mother-in-law, respectively, Gay Lane, July 7, 2016.

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