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The Talon, August 3, 2021

THE TALON

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

August 3, 2021

What’s New

Let’s Get Started!

Later this week, Hawks will fly in for the beginning of the fall semester. Here is the schedule of arrival and orientation events:

All students, regardless of whether you are a residential or a commuter student, or if you are a returning student or a new student, must complete check-in procedures upon arriving on campus. If you’d like to know more about what will be required for check-in, see your Huntingdon email for a message from Dean Leigh, July 23, 2021.

NOTE: Updated protocol: Masks required for all events that are indoors, whether you are vaccinated or not.

Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders—RAs moved in July 28 and OLs arrived July 29; formal check-in is today, August 3.

Freshmen/First-Year Students—Choose to check-in/move-in Wednesday, August 4, OR Thursday, August 5.  Official Orientation events will begin the evening of Thursday, August 5. All freshmen — residential students and commuters—should plan to check-in on the 4th or 5th. Contact Dean Leigh (aleigh@hawks.huntingdon.edu) with your arrival preference, if you have not already done so.

New Transfer Students—Choose to participate in the full new student orientation experience and arrive with the freshmen on the 4th or 5th, or choose Friday, August 6, for check-in/move-in. There will be a special transfer orientation session at lunch, Saturday, August 7.  All transfers will participate in the orientation activities on the 7th and the evening of the 8th.

Move-in/check-in schedule (check-in is in Roland Arena; please come to check-in before you move in):

  • Check-In #1:  Tuesday, August 3, 9:00 a.m. to Noon—Returning commuter students, Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders
  • Check-In #2:  Wednesday, August 4, 9:00 a.m. to Noon—Freshmen residential and commuter students, new transfer students
  • Check-In #3:  Thursday, August 5, 9:00 a.m. to Noon—Freshmen residential and commuter students, new transfer students
  • Check-In #4:  Friday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. to Noon—Residential seniors and juniors, new transfer students
  • Check-In #5:  Saturday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. to Noon—Residential sophomores, any student who couldn’t come to a previous check-in
  • Check-In #6:  Sunday, August 8, 10:00 a.m. to Noon—All remaining students

Electronic Transition Underway

During the summer the College migrated to new information systems that offer better security and function. Campus Café has replaced Self-Service, and Canvas has been expanded as your learning resources platform. Be patient and learn the new login procedures as necessary. Faculty will be trained later this week and will be able to process Add/Drop requests after training. If you have difficulty accessing either electronic service, put in a Cayzu ticket (you’ll learn how at orientation if you’re a new student).

Welcome, New Hawks!

About 300 new high school graduates and transfer students have made the decision to become part of the Huntingdon family this fall. They come from 51 of Alabama’s 67 counties and 15 states, from Nevada to New Jersey. Among our new students are four sets of twins, a high school state champion bass fisherman, an Azalea Trail maid, a competitive gymnast, and students with a whole host of other unique talents, accolades, and stories. We’re eager to roll out the scarlet carpet for them and welcome them to campus this week!

Mathematics Placement Test

New or returning students who need to complete mathematics courses are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test to determine whether they should be placed in MATH 154 (College Algebra), MATH 155 (Precalculus Mathematics), or MATH 255 (Calculus I). Students who already have credit for MATH 154 (with a C or higher) may take MATH 155 without taking the placement test. Students who already have credit for MATH 155 (with a C or higher) may take MATH 255 without taking the placement test. Otherwise, students should take the placement test to enroll in either MATH 155 or MATH 255. The test should become available Wednesday, August 4, and has moved to the Canvas platform. To access the placement test, log into Canvas and find the Course “MATH PLACEMENT” on your Dashboard. Look for “Mathematics Placement Test – Part 1.” Students who score at least a 70 on the Quiz in that module will be able to take MATH 155 and should also progress on to the second part of the placement test. The second module, “Mathematics Placement Test – Part 2,” will become available once the student passes the first part. Student who score 70 or higher on the Quiz in the second module may take MATH 255. (Note that scores for students who passed the first part of the placement test from its former location but never got around to taking the second part should have been entered into Canvas, so those students may take the second part on Canvas when necessary.) Please email mathplacementtest@hawks.huntingdon.edu if you have any questions.

MAT Program Begins

The College’s inaugural cohort of Master of Athletic Training students began the program in June 2021. Five students are groundbreakers for the College’s first-ever graduate program. Cohort #2 will enroll in summer 2022. Admission is already underway.

Greek Recruitment Registration Underway

Huntingdon Greek Life offers 8 national sororities and fraternities, and six of those organizations have opened recruitment for fall 2021. To learn more about Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, or Phi Mu women’s fraternities or Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Nu, or Lambda Chi Alpha men’s fraternities, visit the Greek life page. Students may register their interest in the recruitment process through form links at the bottom of the page. Greek recruitment events for the above chapters will take place the first week of classes, August 12–15.

Two of the Greek chapters conduct their recruitment in a different manner and timeline. If you are interested in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., contact chapter advisor Tondalaire Ashford at rhochi.advisorbno@gmail.com. If you are interested in joining Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., contact chapter president Akeem Hunt at ahunt@hawks.huntingdon.edu or Christian Irons at cirons@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Broaden Your Mind

Want to reach into a new realm of thinking? Consider an interdisciplinary minor. Huntingdon’s interdisciplinary minors include courses on related subjects from across the academic disciplines. This fall, for example, the course Literature in the American South can count as an elective or toward the minor in African American Studies. The Environmental Justice class can count toward the minor in Environmental Studies. To add a course, wait until the all-clear from the registrar’s office for the new computer system, and then begin the add on Campus Café.

Miss Huntingdon Crowned

On Saturday, May 1, nine women competed for the title of Miss Huntingdon 2021, but it was Jordan Ashley Hollis ’22 of Newton, Ala., who showed the strength and conditioning to take the crown. Jordan is an elementary education major and was sponsored for the pageant by the Strength and Conditioning Club. She was crowned by Miss Huntingdon 2020 Brynn McGlamery ’22. Other contestants were Miss Philanthropic, Natalie Harris ’24, an elementary education major from Phenix City, Ala.; Alyssa Lear ’22, an English/secondary education major from Greenville, Ala.; Miss Congeniality and Crowd Favorite, Erin Cembrale ’23, an exercise science major from Palm Harbor, Fla.; Meagan Edgar ’23, a religion and mathematics/secondary education double major from Fort Deposit, Ala.; Second Runner-Up, PresLee Pittman ’24, an elementary education major from Billingsley, Ala.; First Runner-Up, Jasmine Paynter ’23, a communication studies and political science double major from Pensacola, Fla.; and Madison Chastain ’22 , an exercise science major from Alexandria, Ala. Emcees for the pageant were Mr. Huntingdon 2021 Kurt Kraft ’23 and Mary Stanley ’21. Mary Stanley and Hedi Docking ’21 were the student coordinators of the pageant, working with Staci-Jo Palek and Kathleen Penney ’15 in the Office of Student Affairs (now the Office of Student Development).

Recent News

Coming Events

  • First day of classes, fall term: Monday, August 9, 2021
  • Last day to change your meal plan for the semester; to drop/add classes for the semester; and to register your vehicle to avoid parking fines: Friday, August 13, 2021
  • HOMECOMING: October 15–16, 2021 (Reunion classes are those ending in 0, 1, 5, or 6.)

Announcements

  • Vaccination is a central point of defense in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 and the dangerous Delta variant, and in keeping our fall semester as “normal” as possible. Vaccines are available at no cost to anyone age 12 and older at CVS, Sam’s Club, and Walmart pharmacies. You can also book your vaccine at alcovidvaccine.gov or call the ADPH vaccine hotline at 1-855-566-5333. You may also register online through Baptist Healthcare at baptistfirst.org under the patients and visitors section. Once you are fully vaccinated, provide a copy of your vaccination card to Mrs. Nyree Conville in the Office of Institutional Health by emailing healthandwellness@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • The Office of Campus Security phone number has changed to (334) 324-6565. Please make a note of this new number and erase any previous phone numbers you have associated with Campus Security in your phone.

Sports Talk

Fall 2021 Composite Sport Schedule

  • 171 Hawks earned recognition on the USA South Academic All-Conference Team in June. Eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 GPA during each semester of the school year. In addition, student-athletes earning a GPA of 3.9 or higher each semester were named to the All-Academic with Distinction list, which included 46 Huntingdon Hawks.
  • Baseball: Catcher Andrew Knight ’22 and outfielder Colton Clark ’22 were named to the second-team West Division at the close of the baseball season in May. Cullen Stafford ’22 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The Hawks fell to Brevard in a conference double-header to close the season May 1, ending with a record of 12-19, 4-10 in the USA South.
  • Basketball: The men’s and women’s basketball programs each welcome new assistant coaches this fall. We welcome Alex Moe to the men’s program and Hannah Qualls to the women’s program.
  • Football: 2021 Fall Schedule. Offensive lineman Colin Langford ’22 was named first team All-Region with the release of the D3football.com All-Region Team in June. The 2021 All-Region Team was drawn from all regions instead of the normal four regions. Colin is the fifth Hawk offensive lineman named to the All-Region team.
  • Golf: 2021 Fall Schedules: Men/Women. Women: Huntingdon golfers Abigail Cody ’22, Emma Cox ’23, and Jasmine Paynter ’23 were named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in July. This is the 11th time in 12 years the women’s golf team has produced at least one All-American Scholar. To be eligible for the All-American Scholar team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. The WGCA recognized 1,432 women’s collegiate golfers this year. Men: Owen Burt ’22, Grant Gronka ’23, Walker Hinds ’22, and Carson Whitton ’22 were named to the Golf Coaches Association of America’s PING All-Region teams in June. This is the second consecutive season Owen and Carson were recognized with All-Region honors and the first All-Region recognition for Grant and Walker. The Hawks men’s golf team finished fifth in the NCAA-III National Tournament to close the 2021 season.
  • Lacrosse: The men’s team ended their spring season with a loss to Piedmont in the USA South West Division championship game, April 30. Mike Jones ’21 was named to the USA South first team All-Conference, while he and Tyler Keiser ’21 were both named first-team West Division. Tyler was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. For the women, Shelby Martin ’21 was named first-team West Division and Savannah Ryan ’21 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team in April 2021.
  • Soccer: 2021 Fall Schedules: Men/Women
  • Softball: Brooke Stefankiewicz ’24 earned USA South Rookie of the Year honors with their release of All-Conference and All-Division players in May. She was also named first team All-Conference as an outfielder and first team West Division honors. Hannah Vines ’22 made first-team West Division, while Caitlyn Caffee ’21 was named to the All-Division second-team and to the All-Sportsmanship Team. Huntingdon lost to Piedmont in the USA South West Division championship game to end their season May 1.
  • Track & Field: Huntingdon runners competed in the USA South Championship meet in April. For the men, Jalyn Lewis ’24 turned in the first-year program’s best time yet in the 400 meters with a time of 52.24 seconds in the preliminaries to qualify for the finals, where he finished sixth with a time of 52.75 seconds. In all, 10 Hawks competed in the meet. Taylor Chestnutt ’22 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the men and Mary Stanley ’21 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team for the women.
  • Volleyball: 2021 Fall Schedule
  • Wrestling: Huntingdon wrestlers Jack Haury ’23 and Joseph Pearson ’21 were recognized as Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association in May. The two Hawks were among 413 wrestlers recognized from 84 schools. According to the NWCA, to be named a Scholar All-American, “A wrestler must have a 3.2 GPA and meet one of the following: 1. The wrestler must be a national qualifier this season with a .500 winning percentage; 2. The wrestler must have placed in the top six at the NCAA Regional Tournament. He must have a minimum .500 winning percentage and must have competed in at least 50 percent of his institution’s total scheduled competition of NCAA sanctioned events; 3. The wrestler must have a minimum .670 winning percentage and must have competed in at least 50 percent of his institution’s total scheduled competition of NCAA sanctioned events.”

Huntingdon Hawk-Stars

  • Parker Allen ’18 married Elizabeth Waddell, June 12, 2021.
  • Scott Aspden ’21 and Laura Vermillion ’21 were married June 26, 2021.
  • Scott Balkcum ’14 married Caitlyn Malone, May 1, 2021.
  • Reviews of Blake Ball’s book, “Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts,” were featured in the Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2021 and Time Magazine, June 1, 2021. Dr. Ball is an assistant professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He appeared on the Heartland Institute podcast, Ill Literacy, with host Tim Benson in July.
  • Tyler Blackwell ’14 has been named head basketball coach for Montevallo High School.
  • Lynsie Boelsche ’16 serves as a board-certified behavior analyst for the Jacksonville School for Autism in Florida. She completed a Master of Arts in applied behavior analysis from the University of South Florida.
  • Kira Jo Bohlke ’17 married Matthew Gilbert, June 13, 2021.
  • Devin Booth ’00 has stepped down after 12 seasons as head coach of the Opelika HS girls’ basketball program to join the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s executive staff as an assistant director for special programs. She leaves as the OHS girls’ program’s all-time winningest coach.
  • Kelvin Bowser ’21 married Brenna Yarian, June 27, 2021.
  • Kaitlyn Bradley ’19 works as an institutional research specialist for Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, Ala.
  • Prologue, a book written by Presidential Fellow E. Bruce ’24, has been published by Amazon.
  • Alaina Brannon ’18 has moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a job as an exercise physiology research associate at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Matt Brazell ’15 married Marleigh Julian, May 30, 2021.
  • Don Brewer ’76 and his wife, Joy, share six kids and seven grandchildren between them. He is a real estate broker in Montgomery.
  • Chelsey Jones Brown ’11 and her husband, CJ, welcomed a daughter, Madeline Dorothy, May 6, 2021.
  • Manci Bryars ’09 married Robert Ray, July 17, 2021.
  • Kris Burdette ’98 has joined REVELxp in Auburn, Ala., as Tailgate Guys senior sales manager.
  • Alicia D. Burnett ’06 is working as a registered nurse at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, AL. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in May 2019. She previously worked as a medical support assistant for the Veterans Administration in Shreveport, La., and Newnan, Ga.
  • A baby boy, Braxton, was born to Lamonyn Burney ’20 and Marie O’Neal in June 2021.
  • Steve Caldwell ’72 has moved back to Alabama after 37 years away. He is a professional coach and author.
  • Alex Carroll ’17 and Jacob Wright ’16 were married July 10, 2021.
  • Shaun W. Carroll ’00 assumed the roles of executive director of the Britton YMCA and state director of Alabama Youth in Government with the YMCA of Greater Montgomery in March 2021.
  • Janet Chambless ’95 began a new job in marketing with Great Lakes Coca-Cola in April 2021. She also serves on the steering committee for the Network of Executive Women.
  • Carla Crowder ’91 serves as the executive director of the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and lives in Mountain Brook, Ala.
  • Courtney Curenton ’17 married Brett Baker, June 12, 2021.
  • Erin Curtis ’18 married Justus Harvey, June 26, 2021.
  • Mo Dale ’15 and his wife, Ashleigh, welcomed a daughter, Raeleigh Neal, June 23, 2021.
  • Jerome Davis ’17 will begin law school at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law this fall.
  • Katie Hawarah Davis ’01 serves as a long-term care administrator for HNC HealthCare and lives in Simpsonville, S.C.
  • Rishard Davis ’09 has joined the football coaching staff at Chilton County High School as offensive coordinator.
  • Connie Powell Deal ’87, director of the arts for the Montgomery Academy, was honored by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey with a commendation in May 2021. Connie was named Outstanding Educator of the State of Alabama by the Visual Arts Achievement Program coordinated by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
  • Dexter Dean ’13 and his family have moved from Maryland to Johns Creek, Ga., where he serves as instructional laboratory instrumentation manager for the Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Science.
  • Trammell DeJarnett ’14 married Keisha Heuton, May 29, 2021.
  • David DuBois ’78 reports that he has retired in the village of Alfred, N.Y., after working in Manhattan “forever.”
  • Haley Norris East ’13, and her husband, Patrick, have moved to Deatsville, Ala., and are the parents of new son James Robert, born in April 2021.
  • Zack ’13 and Haley Leach Elkins ’13 welcomed a daughter, Everly Drew, April 30, 2021.
  • The Rev. Diane Brake Everette ’10 was ordained as an elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, June 6, 2021.
  • Kendall Fant ’14 married Joey Siefert, July 3, 2021.
  • Sarah Fell ’15 continues as an elementary music teacher at Bear Exploration Center in Montgomery.
  • We congratulate Dana Jerkins Dunham Freeman ’67 on her marriage to Carey Freeman in 2020. She has relocated within the city of Poquoson, Va. Dana is retired after 32 years with NASA.
  • Gardiner ’15 married Martina Meneses, June 13, 2021.
  • Sharon Stephens Garrison ’65 retired in 2011 after teaching English with Montgomery Public Schools for 30 years but remained part-time for 8 more years as IB coordinator for LAMP HS.
  • Brandie Glover ’12 celebrates her 10th anniversary with the U.S. Postal Service in 2021.
  • Sam ’11 and Morgan Senn Griffin ’13 welcomed a daughter, Kennedy Elise, May 4, 2021.
  • Wesley Guy ’13 and his wife, Marlee, welcomed a son, Shaw, May 10, 2021.
  • Hunter Hall ’21 is playing soccer for the National Premier Soccer League team the Bay County Roots in Panama City, Fla.
  • Sean Handerhan ’17 has begun new appointments as the band/choir director at Marbury Middle School and the assistant band director at Marbury High School.
  • Sam Havel ’15 and her fiance, Eliecer Blanquiset, welcomed a daughter, Kaylyn Briella, May 27, 2021.
  • Jennifer Anderson Hoffman ’90 and her husband live in Satellite Beach, Fla., where she practices law.
  • Willy Howe ’86 works as a principal attorney editor for Thomson Reuters and lives in Elyria, Ohio.
  • The always-enterprising Nick Howell ’16 flew 1000 combat flight hours and left the U.S. Air Force in September 2020 at the rank of captain. He is working as a leasing agent at an apartment complex in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and has founded a logistics company that contracts with the State of Florida and the State of South Carolina furnishing their prison systems with cleaning supplies. Nick is also building a short-term rental business, owns an AirBnb rental, and has purchased an RV park in Milton, Fla.
  • Chelsey Huneycutt ’15 married Trey Brizendine in the summer of 2021.
  • Emily Bowers Jackson ’98 has moved to the position of principal at Eufaula HS in Alabama. She has served Eufaula City Schools since 1998 and recently earned the credential Certified Instructional Leader from the Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools.
  • Brenda Jones ’10 has earned board certification as a chaplain. She is leaving Alaska and moving to Arizona.
  • Lonnitria Keenan ’16 was honored as Student Nurse of the Year in the Moffett and Sanders School of Nursing, Samford University.
  • Jarryd Keene’12 made a career change in October 2020 to serve as a hospital partner services liaison with Legacy of Hope. He and his wife, Noele Mathis Keene ’12 live in Montgomery.
  • Cambree Kennedy ’21 has been hired as a recreation assistant for the City of Hoover.
  • Jessica Kyser ’14 married Joel Duggins, May 15, 2021.
  • Michael Lambert ’20 married Emily Grace Wilson, June 5, 2021.
  • Jamey Lester ’15 married Mandy Abbott, April 24, 2021, and has begun a new position as development manager for the American Legislative Exchange Council. He has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., since 2019.
  • Heath LeVert ’11 has moved to the position of varsity assistant baseball coach and career prep teacher at Tuscaloosa County High School after serving as head football coach for Dallas County High School for the past two years.
  • Megan-Rhea Lewis ’15 married Logan Nash, July 2021.
  • Trey Livingston ’19 has been hired as assistant basketball coach for Hampden-Sydney College. He moves from the position of head assistant coach for the post-grad team at Advance Prep Academy in Auburndale, Fla. He served as assistant coach for the United States Basketball Academy in Eugene, Ore., during 2019–2020.
  • Bob Lowry ’69 says he is happily retired in Auburn after a 40-year career in journalism in 6 states, primarily with United Press International (UPI) and the Associated Press (AP).
  • Brandon Maddox ’14 serves as wellness director for the Montgomery YMCA.
  • Celeste Paulson Manuel ’07 completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in human resource management from Capella University in 2020. She works for St. James Church as director of communications and serves as a member of the church’s worship team.
  • Elizabeth Hinson Marschall ’90 teaches for the Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fla.
  • Bethany Martin ’13 is a board-certified behavior analyst. She works as an ABA supervisor, direct therapist, and safety care crisis management trainer for a job-profit autism clinic in Chesapeake, Va.
  • Cullen Milner ’14 and his wife, Sofia, welcomed a son, Liam McLain, in May 2021.
  • Shelby Marsh Jackson ’20 and her husband, Andrew, live in Auburn, where she works as a recreation leader/supervisor for the city.
  • Abby Duke McGinn ’17 and her husband, Tanner, welcomed a daughter, Bethany June, June 10, 2021.
  • Destree Brown McNeil ’09 lives in Panama City, Fla., where she is beginning a ministry for women experiencing infertility and pregnancy loss. She is the lead female vocalist for Northstar Church and head of the varsity and JV cheer programs and a 6th grade English teacher for Bay District Schools. In 2021 she earned teaching endorsements in K-6 Reading and K-12 ESOL.
  • Retired teacher Dee Wright Munger ’65 writes, “You can go home again. I left Sheffield in the fall of 1962 to begin my sophomore year at Huntingdon and have only returned for visits since. Now at the young age of 77 I have returned to the area to spend more time with family and friends. It was a great place to grow up and is a fantastic place to grow old.”
  • A baby girl, Miller Jean Neal, was born to Philip Neal ’14 and Lindsey Miller, June 17, 2021.
  • Glen Newton ’17 was promoted to the position of manager, Quality Resource Center for Motion Industries Inc. in May 2021. With this promotion he manages a Quality Management System that covers more than 500 locations throughout North America.
  • Tori Nicole ’15 was a featured artist for this year’s FLIMP Festival, held by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Kayla Strickland Ohliger ’19 and her husband, Austin ’19, live in Pike Road, Ala. Kayla has begun a new job as an accounts examiner with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.
  • Victoria Parrish ’18 has begun a master’s degree in special education. She teaches music in Mobile County.
  • Heather VanderHey Perdue ’10 is the new computer/technology teacher for Coosada Elementary School.
  • Congratulations to Kevin ’90 and Kelly Whatley Pettit ’91 as they celebrate their son, Turk Pettit, a Clemson University senior who won the NCAA Division I national golf championship.
  • Tristan Powell ’20 married Allison Stewart, May 30, 2021.
  • Jeremy Reid ’11 married Anna Laura Dyer, July 31, 2021.
  • Julia Shappert Revilla ’17 and her husband welcomed a son, Lucas Antonio, May 13, 2021.
  • Chris Rief ’89 serves as vice president for Clear Nexus and lives in Hoschton, Ga.
  • Bria Rochelle ’18, instructor of religion, and Jameson Stephens, assistant football coach, were married in May 2021.
  • Shea Rowe ’16 and his wife, Hannah, welcomed daughter Paisley James, May 25, 2021.
  • Kaitlin Rozof ’12 married Chad Johnson on May 1, 2021.
  • C.J. Sauce ’17 married Sofi Gelabert, May 15, 2021.
  • Tyler Schmutz ’14 has returned to his home state to take the position of men’s golf assistant coach at the University of Maryland, a Division I program. Since 2019 he has served as head men’s golf coach for Wabash College (Ind.), a Division III school, prior to which he served as assistant coach for the Division II golf program at Regis University in Denver, Colo.
  • Bailey Scott ’14 married Scott Bateman, June 12, 2021.
  • Michael Scott ’79 and his wife, Cindy, are the proud grandparents of Massey Lynn Morrison, born in June 2021.  Massey’s aunt is Katie Scott ’13.
  • Kasey Andrews Seevers ’09 received a promotion to clinical supervisor of the interventional radiology department at DCH Health Care System in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • The Rev. Dave Simpson ’84 has moved to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Frederick, Md., following 10 years in Millersville, Md. His book, “Too Smart for God,” was published in 2020.
  • Jes Smith’10 has begun a new position as co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for Benjamin Russell High School.
  • Brianna Spiers ’21 married Ryan Loomis, May 15, 2021.
  • Austin Stacey ’17 has begun a new job as manager of patient experience at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.
  • Hannah Still ’15 married Cody Fetters, July 10, 2021.
  • The Rev. Jeremiah Stone ’16 completed his Master of Arts in youth ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary as well as a certificate in youth ministry from the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) in 2020. In addition to serving as pastor of student ministries for Vestavia Hills UMC in Alabama, he is working as a coach for CYMT, guiding youth ministry residents and youth directors in their first three year of ministry while they take classes as part of their residency.
  • Stephen Strickland ’20 married Landyn Bassett, June 5, 2021.
  • Congratulations to Ron Steube ’75 and Jim Arrington ’72, who were inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • Katie Sullivan ’19 has begun a position as an executive legislative assistant for Senator Tim Melson in the Alabama Senate.
  • Nathan Sumner ’02 and his wife, Ginny Miller Sumner ’02 report that they have lived in Ocean Springs, Miss., for 10 years. Nathan, a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Air Force and deputy commander of the 81st Healthcare Operations Squadron, Medical Specialties Flight Commander, and Chief of Neurology at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler AFB. They have three future Hawks.
  • Chip Taylor ’18 married Alyson McDonald, July 10, 2021.
  • Tristan Thompson ’18 and Hannah Johnson ’18 were married June 26, 2021.
  • Will Thrash ’17 married Elley Colley, May 29, 2021.
  • Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 is a featured poet with four poems in the latest edition (July/August) of Poetry Magazine. Her latest collection, “How to Survive the Apocalypse,” will be published by NewSouth Books in 2022.
  • Adrienne Adams Usher ’97 and her family have moved from Overland Park, Kan., where she has served as CFO of the largest Keller Williams office in the Midwest for the past 7 years, to Walton County, Fla., where she is working as a leadership coach with clients around the country.
  • Brandon Van Camp ’13 and his wife, Morgan, welcomed a daughter, Amelia Michelle, June 27, 2021.
  • Miguel Vidal ’16 and Lexi Rangel ’16 were married July 10, 2021.
  • Jay Ware ’17 married Brianna Killough, June 19, 2021.
  • Suzanna Wasserman ’05 married Brian Edwards, May 1, 2021.
  • Dakota Williams ’20 and his fiance, Alyssa, welcomed a daughter, Adalyn Mae, June 2, 2021.
  • The Rev. Lee Ann Williams ’01 was ordained in the Vineyard movement of churches in the summer of 2019. She has continued her work with the non-profit, Bluegrass Oola Bandits, she developed in 2016 to further girls in sports and help young athletes develop a sense of balance between sports, family, friends, faith, and fun.
  • Austin Worley ’13 has joined the team of doctors at Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons in Montgomery. Austin is a former Hawks football player who helped created the musculoskeletal residency curriculum at Forrest General Family Medicine in Hattiesburg. He joins SOS as a primary care sports medicine physician.
  • Caitlin Wright ’21 married Michael Aplin, June 12, 2021.
  • The Rev. Kristen Curtis Wright ’16 and the Rev. Micah Wright ’15 were ordained as elders in full connection with the United Methodist Church during the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference in June 2021. Kristen serves with Ashland Place UMC and Micah with Spring Hill Avenue UMC in Mobile.

Congratulations to these Hawks, who Flew a Degree Higher this Year!

  • Jesse Dunn Bagley ’17, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Samford University
  • Savannah Gibbs Baine ’20, Master of Accountancy, Troy University
  • Gavin Baugh ’20, master’s degree in accounting, Troy University
  • Dakota Beane ’18, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University
  • Abby Blankenship ’18, Juris Doctorate, Cumberland School of Law
  • Robyn Chambers ’18, master’s degree in speech language pathology, Faulkner University
  • Arielle Barraca Clark ’15, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
  • Jessi Dailey ’18, master’s degree in sports management, Troy University
  • Zach den Besten ’17, Doctor of Medicine, University of South Alabama—he graduates as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, as well.
  • James Daniels ’11, Montgomery Police Academy
  • Michelle Gonzalez Davis ’14, master’s degree in bilingual education, Southern Methodist University
  • David Ellison ’16, Doctor of Pharmacy, Auburn University
  • Ethan Fuller ’19, master’s degree in public administration, Auburn University
  • A.J. Harper ’19, Master of Business Administration, Averett University
  • Laural Anthony Harrelson ’17, master’s degree in secondary education, Grand Canyon University
  • Morgan Herfindahl ’19, master’s degree in accountancy, Auburn University-Montgomery
  • Alex Houston ’17, Juris Doctorate, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Joe Hubbard ’03, Master of Divinity, Virginia Theological Seminary.  He has accepted a call to serve as the Vicar of St. Christopher’s Mission in Utah and as a ministry developer in the Utah Region of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland.
  • Mary Palm Jackson ’18, master’s degree in occupational therapy, Florida A&M University
  • Jasmine Cardwell Jones ’19, master’s degree in accountancy, University of South Alabama
  • John Jones ’18, master’s degree in public health, Emory University
  • Chandler Kemp ’17, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn University’s Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Jessica Kyser ’14, master’s degree in Christian education with a concentration in childhood and family ministries, Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Dylan Martin ’18, Juris Doctorate, Cumberland School of Law
  • Zach McGrady ’17, Doctor of Pharmacy, Auburn University
  • Kalen Morgan ’17, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
  • Keith Paulk ’13, master’s degree in accounting, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Jeffery Postell ’17, Master of Divinity, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Jen Price ’16, Master of Science in physician assistant studies, Concordia University-Wisconsin
  • Alec Raley ’16, Doctor of Pharmacy, Auburn University
  • Bria Rochelle ’18, Master of Divinity, Duke Divinity School
  • Eliza Langille Stewart ’18, Master of Divinity, Duke Divinity School
  • Chelsea Swords ’14, Doctor of Pharmacy, South College School of Pharmacy
  • Trey Thompson ’16, Doctor of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
  • Jake Walker ’17, master’s degree in pastoral ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Jello Weatherspoon ’17, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Alabama State University
  • Macy Martin Willoughby ’18, master’s degree in elementary education, University of West Alabama
  • Anthony Wood ’18, master’s degree in sports science and strength and conditioning, Jackson State University
  • Micah Wright ’15, master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, University of South Alabama

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Former Huntingdon and Montgomery Academy librarian Donna-Mai Allen died June 7, 2021.
  • Michael C. Bass ’68 passed away May 5, 2021, in Ooltewah, Tenn.  Mike had a distinguished career with the Krystal Company.  According to his obituary, at Krystal Mike served as vice president of administration and as “Doctor of Steamology” and “purveyor of the pickle.”  Upon his retirement in 2012, Mike was inducted into the Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame.  We extend condolences to his family and friends and gratitude for his life on behalf of Krystal lovers worldwide.
  • Huntingdon College extends condolences to the family of Ralph K. Bates, who passed away in April 2021.  Dr. Bates was a former member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees and a distinguished member of the clergy in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • With sadness, we share the loss of Ruth Brady Cousins Brink ’46, May 5, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. At the time of her death, Ruth was the oldest living Huntingdon SGA President and Miss Huntingdon.  She was a member of every Huntingdon giving society—the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon (lifetime giving), the John Massey Heritage Society (made plans for Huntingdon in her estate), the Hall of Honor (established multiple endowed scholarships), and the Huntingdon Society (annual giving over $1,000).  She was the 1982 recipient of the Huntingdon College Loyalty Award and a champion for bringing the women of her era at Huntingdon back to campus for reunions.  We extend condolences to her husband, Dick, and to her children.Upon her death, her family designated that memorial gifts may be made to the Ruth Brady Cousins Brink Endowed Scholarship Fund at Huntingdon.
  • Joe Frazer Jr. ’82 lost his battle with cancer May 3, 2021. He was an emeritus professor of history at Judson College and a loyal Huntingdon alumnus. We extend condolences to his son, Joe Frazer ’19, and his family.
  • The Rev. George W. Gilbert Jr. passed away May 20, 2021, in Dothan. Dr. Gilbert was a distinguished pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Huntingdon College. We extend condolences to his family, including his sons, Greg Gilbert ’81 and Kyle Gilbert ’84, and granddaughters, Lauren Gilbert ’12 and Jenni Gilbert ’15.
  • The College received notification that Betty Vanna Glass died November 6, 2020, in Austin, Texas. She was the widow of the late Huntingdon professor of music James Glass, who died in 2014.
  • Willie S. Hickman, age 92, died April 21, 2021, in Florence, Ala. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and an expert on antique cars and domestic and foreign car parts.
  • Lynda Miller Lipscomb ’65 died May 1, 2021, in Charleston, S.C.
  • Huntingdon College extends condolences to the family of Hayden Pugh ’14, who passed away May 12, 2021.  Following his graduation from Huntingdon, Hayden completed law school at Jones School of Law.  The Haleyville native was a member of the Huntingdon football team and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
  • Jane Black Roberts ’45 died March 29, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. The recipient of the Huntingdon Alumni Loyalty Award in 2003, she served as gift agent for the Class of 1945 for decades. The alumni staff remembers with fondness her last visit to campus for her class’ 70th reunion in 2015. We extend our condolences to her family.
  • Sheron Rundall ’93 died May 2, 2021, in Pensacola, Fla.

Image: Left to Right, Natalie Harris, Ms. Philanthropic: Jasmine Paynter, First Runner-Up; Miss Huntingdon 2021 Jordan Hollis; PresLee Pittman, Second Runner-Up; and Erin Cembrale, Crowd Favorite and Miss Congeniality

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