The Talon, August 9, 2022


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

August 9, 2022


It’s Week One!

Welcome and welcome back, Hawks! The first week of classes is always filled with a flurry of things to get done in addition to acclimating to classes and your college home. But you’ve got this. Just breathe. This week, make sure you (see instructions for how to do all of these things in your Huntingdon email):

  • If you’re a resident student and want to adjust your meal plan from the default 15-meals per week to one of the other plans, do so by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 12.
  • If you want to add flex points to your meal plan, or need a new ID card, etc., same deadline.
  • If you need to add/drop classes—particularly if you are in need of a class that is a prerequisite or is required and that you have to take this semester in order to graduate according to your Plan of Study—there are very specific directions for what you need to do. See your email for a message from Registrar Maryann Beck. Deadline is 4:00 p.m. Friday.
  • Register your vehicle for parking—go to the Security Office, Wilson Hall. Ticketing will begin next week. (Parking permits are free.)
  • Get a library card if you don’t already have one.
  • Pick up your books in the Scarlet & Grey Shop (it’s part of the Huntingdon Plan!)
  • If you need to request learning accommodations, or if you want to put together a plan for staying on track for your degree, or if you want a little extra advising help, etc.—see the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment in the second floor of Houghton Library.
  • And a word of advice: get out of your room! There are so many friends to meet, so many memories to make. Don’t waste a moment!

What an Orientation!

Huge Hawk ’ems to our AMAZING orientation leaders, faculty, and staff for a well-executed and highly spirited four-day event.  Class of 2026, you rock! You embraced Huntingdon day one and showed tremendous enthusiasm throughout the weekend.  Great times, great people, great memories—onward to a great year!

Welcome Back Week Events, Office of Student Development

  • Saturday, 8/6, 7:30p, Drum: Silent Disco
  • Sunday,8/7, 2p, Behind Flowers: Nancy’s Italian Ice
  • Sunday, 8/7, 8p, Drum: IFC Mixer
  • Sunday, 8/7, 8p, Ligon Lounge: Ligon Mixer
  • Monday, 8/8, 7:30p, in front of Jackson Home: Block Party
  • Tuesday, 8/9, 7:30p, meet at Jackson basement, pilgrimage to Drum Theater and TNW (8p), followed by Breakfast in the DH!
  • Wednesday, 8/10, 7p, Wynlakes Country Club: Pool Party!
  • Thursday, 8/11, 7p, Top Stage (The Green): Lambda Chi Jam (open to all)
  • Your First Flexible Friday! 8/12, 5:30p, Reynolds Sand VB Courts (Samford Stadium/Charles Lee Field): Sig Ep Sand Slam (sign up via a form in your email)
  • Friday, 8/12, BSU Center (ground floor, The Hut, enter from the back of the building), 8p: BSU Back-to-School Bash
  • Saturday, 8/13, in front of the Hut on The Green, 12p: Sigma Nu SLIDE into the Semester!

Huntingdon Joins Collegiate Conference of the South

Huntingdon is a charter member of the new Collegiate Conference of the South and remains affiliated with the USA South Athletic Conference in selected sports. The CCS was formed from a restructure of USA South Athletic Conference, which had previously been the largest NCAA-III conference in the South. The new members align as follows:

Conference Membership Beginning in 2023-23 (Source: USA South Athletic Conference website)

USA South Athletic Conference

  • Brevard College
  • Greensboro College
  • Mary Baldwin University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • N.C. Wesleyan College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Salem College
  • Southern Virginia University
  • William Peace University

Collegiate Conference of the South

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Berea College
  • Belhaven University*
  • Covenant College
  • Huntingdon College*
  • LaGrange College*
  • Maryville College*
  • Piedmont University*
  • Wesleyan College

*Associate Members of the USA South in select sports.

The CCS launched a website in July:

Huntingdon and UAB Sign Agreement

Huntingdon College and the University of Alabama-Birmingham have signed an agreement for HC students to apply for early admission to the UAB Accelerated Master of Nursing Pathways Master of Science in Nursing program. The agreement allows students to apply for the AMNP in their junior  year and receive word of admission by the end of the semester, provided all requirements are met. For more information, contact Dr. John Berch, professor of chemistry.

Upcoming Panhellenic Fundraising Events

  • Tuesday, August 9, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Iced Coffee with Phi Mu, proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospitals, in front of the Hut
  • Thursday, August 11, 12:00–1:15 p.m., Cookies with Chi Omega, each cookie bag $1, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in front of the Hut
  • Wednesday, August 17, 8:00–11:00 a.m., AOII Donuts for a Cause, each donut $1, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, in front of the Hut

Sports Talk

Composite Sports Schedule

  • Basketball 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women
  • Cross Country 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women
  • Football: 2022 Schedule. Football continues in the USA South Conference and will face 7 conference opponents in addition to Linfield, Guilford, and Birmingham-Southern.
  • Golf: Three Huntingdon men’s golfers were named among 140 Division III golfers as 2021-22 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the GCAA. Congratulations to GRANT GRONKA, ETHAN UNVERZAGT and CARSON WHITTON. The women’s golf team was recognized by the Women’s Golf Association as earning the eighth highest GPA average among Division III teams, with a team GPA of 3.72. 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women
  • Soccer: 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women A hearty Hawk ’em and congratulations to ERIN CEMBRALE ’23, a member of the U.S. Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team, who won the gold medal at the Deaflympics in Brazil in June!
  • Softball: Huntingdon Softball player BAILEY MURPHY was named the 2021-22 NCAA Division III statistical champion for Toughest To Strike Out. Among all NCAA qualifiers (minimum two at bats per game played and appearances in at least 75 percent of team’s total games played), Bailey was one of three players to record no strikeouts during the 2022 season. Teammate NATALIE RITCHEY was in the top 10 in the category, with just one strikeout in 118 at-bats.
  • Volleyball and Beach Volleyball: The Huntingdon beach and indoor volleyball teams were honored with the USMC/AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2021–2022 academic year. The award, initiated in the 1992–93 academic year, honors volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 4.1 on a 5.0 scale. 2022 Indoor Schedule


  • TONY ARNOLD ’08 and his wife, Deborah, welcomed a daughter, Ann Marie, in March 2022.
  • SAVANNAH GIBBS BAINE ’20 is a tax associate with Jackson Thornton in Hartford, Ala.
  • ALEX BARONICH ’10 and his wife, Sara, welcomed a daughter, Margaret Kathleen, May 27, 2022.
  • BRAD BARTON ’08 is the new principal at Coppinville Junior High School in Alabama.
  • DAKOTA BEANE ’18 married Taylor Patterson, May 7, 2022.
  • QUADARIUS BELSER ’18 is a professional bodybuilder, trainer, and nutritionist. He serves as assistant director of Edmundite Missions.
  • 20th Circuit Judge HENRY “BUTCH” BINFORD ’79 was honored for 35 years of service to the state of Alabama and to Houston County this summer.
  • AMELIA BLAIR ’22 is attending Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, on a full-tuition scholarship.
  • SAM HAVEL BLANQUISET ’14, athletic coordinator for the City of Foley, Ala., has been asked to develop an adaptive and inclusive recreation (therapeutic recreation) program for the city. The project launch is Summer 2023, at about the same time she will complete her master’s degree in human sport performance and physical education from the University of West Florida.
  • JASON BOBO ’05 works as a system counsel for the University of Alabama system.
  • LYNSIE BOELSCHE ’16 works as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst for the Jacksonville (Fla.) School for Autism.
  • DYLAN BOHLING ’22 is the new assistant basketball coach and director of basketball operations for Reinhardt University. He is also working toward his graduate degree.
  • JAMES BOWES ’15 and his wife, Molly, live in Leonardtown, Md., where he is a financial analyst with NAVAIR. The couple welcomed a son, James Matthew Bowes III, May 10, 2022.
  • KATY GARREN BRASFIELD ’16 serves as director of community engagement for the Town of Pike Road, Ala.
  • MATT BRINK ’12 married Ellen DeFleron in December 2021 and has opened Brink Rehab, a physical therapy clinic in Dothan, Ala.
  • KEVIN ’99 and ELAINE TAYLOR BROWN ’97 live in Lynn Haven, Fla., where she is in private practice as a mental health counselor and he serves as worship arts/technical director for Lynn Haven UMC.
  • SPENCER BROWN ’15 is a project manager with SalesForce in Charlotte, N.C.
  • MATT BROWNING ’10 and his wife, Tara, welcomed a daughter, Ella, in the summer of 2022.
  • JAMIE SOLOMON BURGESS ’16 works as an ophthalmic assistant with UAB Callahan Eye Clinic.
  • ZACHARY BURT ’21 recently moved to Prattville, Ala., where he works with Four Star Freightliner.
  • SHELBY CLARK ’18 is a veterinary technician at an emergency veterinary clinic in Navarre, Fla.
  • ANNA BLAIR COCKRELL ’19 serves as youth and aquatics director for Montgomery Country Club.
  • ALEX LOWERY COLE ’19 completed a master’s degree in teaching in mathematics from the University of West Alabama in May 2022.
  • KELSEY MCGUIRE CONRICK ’15 and her husband, Robert, welcomed a daughter, Elena Wesley, June 17, 2022.
  • KEIRSTIN CRAMER ’22 is a graduate student earning a Master of Arts in Teaching/secondary biology and a graduate assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
  • JAMES CONELY, adjunct faculty and College organist, served as guest organist for services at Dauphin Way UMC in Mobile this summer. The Lorenz Company has issued four books reprinting organ music by various composers, including four of Dr. Conely’s pieces.
  • PAIGE CRUMBLEY ’14, research services and interlibrary loan librarian at Huntingdon, served as convention chair for the Alabama Library Association for 2022.
  • SETH CURRIE ’13 serves as head baseball coach for Pensacola Catholic HS in Pensacola, Fla.
  • CAROLINE DENT, a member of Huntingdon’s first class of MAT students to graduate next year, was awarded the Alabama Athletic Trainers’ Association (ALATA) graduate student scholarship during the state conference held in Birmingham this summer.
  • JESSICA DAILEY ’18 works as an orthopaedic technician with Southern Orthopaedic Surgeons in Montgomery.
  • WILL ’14 and KAYLA CAUSBY DAKE ’15 and their son, Baker, have moved to Opelika, Ala., where Will accepted a position as English teacher and football coach for Beauregard High School.
  • KELSIE DARDON ’18 earned her Master of Science in human services in 2020 and completed licensure as a Certified Behavior Analyst earlier this year. She works for Summit Autism Center in Georgia.
  • LAURA SANDERS DAVIS ’03 and her husband, Claude, welcomed a son, Tyson Lamar, June 17, 2022.
  • ZACK DAVIS ’14 is moving to Charleston, S.C., for a new job as a category manager in plant services for Ingevity.
  • ANDREW DAVITZ ’13 is an IT analyst with IonX LLC and lives with his wife in Dothan, Ala.
  • TAYLOR DAY ’17 married Auburn Mercer, June 18, 2022.
  • ZACH DEDMAN ’16 has joined the new Drayer Physical Therapy Clinic in Montevallo, Ala.
  • OLIVIA DEN BESTEN ’19 is a student naval aviator with the U.S. Navy. She completed primary flight school in July 2021 in Pensacola and has moved on to advanced jet training flying the T-45C in Meridian, Miss.
  • ZACH DEN BESTEN ’17 and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed a son, Kacey Andre, June 8, 2022.
  • PAIGE DESMOND ’19 has returned to Robertsdale HS, her high school alma mater, as a paraprofessional in the Protect Reach classroom.
  • Chief DARIUS AVERY DIXON ’15 and wife, Melissa (Wallace) Dixon, welcomed their first child, a son, July 5, 2022.
  • RACHEL DUNLAY ’16 earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University and completed a graduate internship counseling victims of crime in Palm Beach County. She then completed internships as a psychotherapist at two private practices to earn her state mental health license in 2021. In September 2021 she moved to Gulf Breeze, Fla., where she practices as a therapist.
  • CAROLINE COOPER DUNN ’18 and her husband, Josh, have moved back to Montgomery. Caroline completed her doctorate in pharmacy in 2022 at Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, and works as a pharmacist with Turenne PharMedCo.
  • CHRISTOPHER ELLISON ’16 and his wife, Madison, have moved to Hoover, Ala. He is a pharmacist with Winn Dixie.
  • EMILY FEDONCZAK ’19 completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Alabama School of Law earlier this spring. Following completion of the bar exam she will begin working in-house as an associate claims counsel for a major title insurance company in Florida.
  • COLE FOSTER ’21 is a deputy sheriff with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Milton, Fla.
  • TATE FOWLER ’14 and his wife, DeLancey, welcomed a daughter, Charlee Rae, May 26, 2022.
  • RON FULLOVE ’12 serves as director of sports medicine for Stillman College in Alabama. He earned a Master of Science in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Dec. 2021.
  • J GARDINER ’15 completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology and school psychology from Florida State University in July 2022. Beginning in August, he will work for the South Georgia Autism Center as a postdoctoral fellow while studying for licensure.
  • WALKER GARRETT ’07 was re-elected to a second term on the Columbus, Ga., City Council in 2020 (the term expires in 2024). He was elevated to equity partner and managing partner over Columbus and Macon, Ga., with Morgan & Morgan, the largest personal injury firm in the country.
  • MARY GASSON ’14 married Rob Armbruster, June 25, 2022.
  • ALICIA GAUKER ’16, who recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree, has been promoted to associate director of LifeWorks Training and Development.
  • AINA GRODS ’18 serves as program manager for the School of Health Professions at UAB.
  • ALI HAMILL’13 has changed jobs, accepting a position as senior associate consultant in the Healthcare and Government Division of KPMG.
  • BRADLEY HARRIS ’20 and his wife, Krysta, welcomed a daughter, Emery Reese, May 26, 2022.
  • AVERY HARRISON ’19 was promoted to operations manager for Associated Business Services in January 2022.
  • NOELLE CURTIS HARVEY ’18 teaches fifth grade for Elsanor Elementary School in Loxley, Ala., and is working toward a master’s degree in school counseling at the University of West Alabama.
  • JACK HENNING ’20 has accepted the position of athletic director/physical education teacher for Collier County Public School District.
  • BRADY HERRING ’22 married Marilaine Granberry, May 28, 2022.
  • LOUIS HINES ’13 is a demographer with Alabama State University.
  • SYDNEY HIRSHBERG (’15) leads worship for Life.Church Omaha (Neb.) and became a foster mom to an 18-year-old foster daughter this year.
  • JASMINE HOLCEY ’15 is a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. military, stationed in Germany.
  • JACOB HOLLINGSWORTH ’12 has changed career paths and works as an assistant team lead for Hubbell Fabrication Shop, while his wife, MARYBETH WHEATLEY HOLLINGSWORTH ’12, celebrated 10 years in banking this year.
  • JENNA PARISH HOOD ’10 serves as director of children’s ministries for Fairhope UMC.
  • BETHANY MARTIN HOPPER ’13 writes that she married Joshua Hopper, a captain in the Merchant Marines, March 26, 2022, in Virginia Beach, Va. They moved to Suffolk, Va., in July 2022, where she works as a clinical supervisor and crisis behavior intervention specialist for a non-profit autism support clinic in Chesapeake, Va.
  • HANNAH HOWARD ’17 married John Lynch, June 4, 2022.
  • NATHANIAL JAMAL HOWELL ’16 tied for the award for Jacksonville School of Autism’s Teacher of the Year, 2021–2022.
  • HALEY HUCKBAY ’22 has been hired as a special education teacher at Ashville Middle School in St. Clair County School District.
  • NATHAN HYCHE ’21 is a math teacher for Elmore County Schools.
  • RON JOHNSON ’12 serves as a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.
  • JARRYD ’12 and NOELE MATHIS KEENE ’12 made professional advances this summer. Noele was promoted to the supervisor of network operations at Associated Care Ventures, while Jarryd was awarded the 2021 Emerging Leader Directors’ Award for his work as partner services liaison with Legacy of Hope, an organ procurement organization.
  • JACOB “TANK” KING ’11 has been hired as the assistant principal at Wetumpka High School. He has taught history and coached football at the Montgomery Academy and Pike Road since graduating from Huntingdon.
  • HALEY DICKSON KINTNER ’10 completed a master’s degree in instructional design at the University of Georgia.
  • PATRICK ’16 and Dr. LAUREN CONDON KUCERA ’17 welcomed a daughter, Sophia Grace, May 31, 2022.
  • INDYA LAWRENCE ’21 works for the Department of Homeland Security.
  • CAMERON ’14 and ARLYN WILLIAMS LEWIS ’14 live in Pike Road, Ala. Cameron is a teacher and coach for Montgomery Catholic Prep School.
  • HAYDEN WALKER LEWIS ’16 and his wife, Maci, welcomed a son, Sawyer, in June 2022. Walker teaches with University Charter School in Butler, Ala.
  • LATARA LOFTON ’19 works as a compliance analyst with Employee Fiduciary in Mobile, Ala.
  • TAYLOR ’14 and SHIRIN TORABINEJAD LONG ’15 live in Lawrenceville, Ala. She is a corporate recruiter for PwC and he is an assistant project manager for Inglet & Stubbs of Atlanta.
  • DEBORAH GARRETT LOVE ’11 and her husband, Billy, welcomed a daughter, Danielle Kathleen, June 13, 2022.
  • JAI’LYN LOVER ’17 is an area coordinator for Winston-Salem State University in N.C.
  • AMANDA MAIN ’21 will begin her second year as a 4th grade teacher at Airport Road Intermediate School in Millbrook, Ala., this fall, where she also coaches and sponsors the Robotics Club. During this past season, one of the Robotics teams made it to the VEX World Championships in Dallas, winning the Inspire Award in the Engineering Division.
  • Defensive backs coach/academic coordinator ZACH MALLARD is participating in the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Program with the LA Chargers.
  • DYLAN ’18 and MARY FRANCES MILES MARTIN ’18 welcomed twin daughters, Elizabeth Blake (Libby), and Beatrice Emerson (Bea), May 25, 2022.
  • AMBER MOORE MCBRIDE (’18) is an underwriter with Amerisave.
  • MAEGHAN JORDAN MCCARDLE ’12 is a senior client associate with Pittman Wealth Management.
  • TIFFANY DEAN MCNELLEY ’12 works as a nuclear chemist with Farley Nuclear Plant in Dothan, Ala.
  • KAYLAN MECKLEMBURG ’16 works as a media business manager for Martin Advertising and lives in Vinemont, Ala.
  • KALI SANDS MEYER ’14 is an emergency veterinarian in Cumming, Ga.
  • MATT MIMS ’17 reports his marriage to his wife, Sheena, earlier this year, and his new job as head football coach at Abbeville Christian Academy.
  • KALEN MORGAN ’17 is a veterinarian with Calera Animal Hospital and lives in Deatsville, Ala.
  • HALLIE GRACE MUNCHER ’17 married Drake McKenzie, June 4, 2022.
  • DAVID MUNROE ’17 serves as strength and conditioning coach for Holtville High School.
  • CAM NICELY ’22 is the new band director for Highland Home School in Alabama.
  • JENNIFER ODOM NICHOLS ’18 teaches for Walker County Schools and lives in Jasper, Ala.
  • LEXIE OFE ’17 completed a Master of Science in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • KAYLA STRICKLAND OHLIGER ’19 is an accountant with the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.
  • MICHELE SCHARFF OLSON ’86, senior clinical professor of sport science, is quoted in an article that appeared in Yahoo News, “How much should we be exercising? Here’s what experts say.”
  • CHASSITY PAGE ’20 and PIERCE ERHARDT ’20 were married July 23, 2022.
  • KATY PASS ’22 was among the headliners starring in Millbrook Community Theater’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” during summer 2022.
  • ALEAH PAYNE ’12 serves on the Opelika community baseball rec board and basketball rec board. Aleah says she love getting youth “involved in sports early to teach the love of the game as well as God’s love for them as His children.”
  • A hearty “Hawk’em!” and congratulations to Dr. KATHLEEN PENNEY ’15, director of external relations, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and completed her Ed.D. through the University of Alabama in July.
  • KRISTY MCLENDON PHILLIPS ’12 and her husband have moved to Pensacola, where she will begin teaching 4th Grade ELA for Gulf Shores Elementary this fall.
  • RACHAEL PHILLIPS ’13 married Greg Eddings, May 23, 2022.
  • GARRICK PIMIENTA ’17, former coach and teacher for Pike Road School, led the team to the 5A Football State Championship, after which he accepted the position as offensive coordinator and teacher for Greenville High School.
  • TREY ’16 and ZOYA ROBINSON PIRTLE ’19 welcomed a daughter, Poet Lynn-Marie, August 6, 2022.
  • Huntingdon trustee MAT POPE ’88 was ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church, June 11, 2022.
  • JUSTIN RALEY ’20 is teaching physical education and coaching football and baseball for Jay High School in Jay, Fla.
  • MANCI BRYARS RAY ’09 and husband, Robert, welcomed a daughter, Lily Elizabeth, July 11, 2022.
  • CATHERINE REINEHR ’05 is a digital marketing specialist with Morris Group International and lives in Montgomery.
  • EVA REARDON ’17 married Matthew Frye in November 2021 and teaches music in Columbus, Ga.
  • JULIA SHAPPERT REVILLA ’17 and her husband, Michael, live in London, Ohio, where she works as a bookkeeper for Our Lady of Perpetual Help church and mothers their one-year-old, Lucas. Julia was cast in the role of Ali for Madison County Art Council’s musical production of “Mama Mia” during summer 2022.
  • PEYTON NELSON REYES ’16 lives in Orange Park, Fla., and works as a forensic biology technologist with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She and her husband, Randy, have 3-year-old daughter, Sophia.
  • MARGARET RHODES ’21 works as property manager and assistant to the director of Circle R Farms in Montgomery.
  • AMBER FORD RIVERS ’21 is working on her first book and is a captioner for the National Captioning Institute.
  • DRAYTON ROGERS ’15 works as a land surveyor in Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • SAVANNAH RYAN ’21 is studying in the graduate program in occupational therapy at UAB.
  • MALLORIE RICHARDSON SALING ’14 works as a clinical pharmacist with Jackson North Medical Center.
  • SYDNEY BAUMGARTNER SANDERS ’17 is a marketing coordinator for CDG in Andalusia.
  • KALI MEYER SANDS ’14 is an emergency veterinarian in Alpharetta, Ga.
  • KIMBERLEE SECHRIST ’19 is teaching in Niceville, Fla.
  • BRANDON SEWELL ’15 and MACKENZIE GARMANY ’17 were married June 25, 2022.
  • RYAN SEWELL ’21 was accepted to 3 medical schools. He has chosen and is now enrolled at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM).
  • AMBER SHIRLEY ’20, a student at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, was selected to represent the school at the American Osteopathic Association’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., advocating for healthcare policy.
  • CARLEE GARDNER SIMS ’15 works as deputy finance director for the City of Prattville.
  • The Rev. Dr. BRIAN SMITH ’94, a former chaplain at Huntingdon College, completed his Doctor of Ministry and Apologetics degree from Liberty University in June 2022.
  • TANNOR SMOOT ’20 works with El Paso Locomotive in El Paso, Texas.
  • GLENN STEARNS ’75, a manufacturing planning and inventory administrator with Hager Companies, completed a Ph.D. through the Washington Center for Management and Leadership, July 2021.
  • SHANE STEFFEY ’22 works in commercial roofing sales for Peach State Roofing in Atlanta.
  • KIMBERLY STEPHENSON, assistant professor of elementary education and accreditation support specialist, was awarded a Dissertation Mini-Grant from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation.
  • NICK SWISHER ’21 married Ashlee Bradley, July 23, 2022.
  • MATT TABOR ’10 and his wife, Katherine, welcomed a son, Leo Matthew, June 1, 2022.
  • DINO ’12 and CHEYENNE YOUNG TAMPARY ’14 have moved to Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • JOSH ’13 and KAYCE ESTES THOMAS ’14 welcomed a daughter, Remington Eloise, June 8, 2022.
  • HANNAH JOHNSON THOMPSON ’18 serves as director of student engagement for the Collat School of Business Career Center at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
  • VICTORIA PARRISH TOLLEY ’18 married Joshua Tolley, May 14, 2022, and will soon graduate with a Master of Special Education degree from the University of South Alabama. She serves as an itinerant music teacher for Mobile County Public School System.
  • CLAIRE TOMBERLIN ’21 has moved to Birmingham, Ala., and has begun law school at Cumberland School of Law. In her first year she was named a finalist for the Parham H. Williams Trial Competition and a 2022–2023 Cumberland School of Law Ambassador. (Claire says she will always be a Hawk Ambassador.)
  • KOBY ’21 and SHEA GEORGE TOWNSEND ’21 were married June 18, 2022. In January 2022 Koby became City Clerk for the City of DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Shea will begin teaching science at Samson HS this fall.
  • AARON TRIPLETT ’17, a teacher and coach for Boaz City Schools, led the Boaz HS men’s tennis team to the 2022 4A-5A State Tournament, finishing 8th after a 10-1 record on the season. This was the team’s first appearance in the tournament since 2014. Aaron is simultaneously working on his master’s degree in history at Jacksonville State University.
  • COLTON TWIGGS ’20 and his wife, Anna Leigh, welcomed a son, Oliver Lee, May 24, 2022.
  • ALEX VAINSTEIN ’20 owns an independent Christmas card business and applies wisdom in service through volunteer work for the Montgomery Zoo and for his church.
  • ANNA VAUGHN ’22 has joined the staff in the Office of Student Development as residence director for Ligon Hall and coordinator of Panhellenic activities.
  • CHRISTINA VRANICH ’04 married Winston Miller, June 25, 2022.
  • DUSTIN ’17 and BROOKE MEADOWS WATSON ’16 welcomed a son, Stetson Cooper, July 14, 2022.
  • JORGI SIMS WEIDE ’16 works as a physical therapy assistant and lives in Calera, Ala.
  • CHRISTINA ARNETTE WHATLEY ’20 is a retirement counselor with the Retirement Systems of Alabama.
  • JEREMY WHITE ’10 serves as a registered nurse in the Hearth Cath Lab at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. He and his wife, Jessica, have a 2-year-old daughter, Nealie. He writes, “Attending Huntingdon College was the best time of my life and I will always cherish my memories there.”
  • QUEN WHITLOW ’19 married Jhona Wood, August 6, 2022.
  • BREANNA GIORDANA WIERSMA ’12 and her husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Nico Karsten, June 9, 2022.
  • JONATHAN WILLIAMS ’15 is a pharmacist with CVS. He and his wife, Morgan, welcomed son Thomas Glynn in January 2022. Thomas is the grandson of REBECCA HUGHES WILLIAMS ’76.
  • RYAN ’16 and KATI PERDUE WILLIAMS ’16 welcomed a daughter, Eleanor Faye, June 1, 2022.
  • CARLY WILLIAMSON ’14 works as a medical advisor for the U.S. Army.
  • EMILY MINOR WINGARD ’15 and her husband, Mac, welcomed daughter Ivy, May 12, 2022. Emily is a teacher with Prattville Christian Academy.
  • ANNA DEMEDICIS WRIGHT ’16, who previously earned a Master of Science in Health Administration and became licensed as a nursing home administrator in Mississippi, completed licensure in Alabama in 2022. She serves as nursing home administrator for North Mississippi Health Services-Marion Regional Nursing Home.
  • ALLEE WURTZ ’18 is an Alfa Insurance agent in Deatsville, Ala.
  • TYLER YOUNG ’11 and his wife, Heather, welcomed a son, Beau Elias, May 31, 2022.

Prayers and Sympathy

  • Gail Burdick Derbin ’58 passed away in May 2022 in Tucson, Ariz. We extend condolences to her family, including her sister, June Burdick Bisard ’56.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Madame Camille Elebash-Hill, professor emerita of French, on the death of her husband, Inge Hill, August 7, 2022.
  • Cecile (Ceci) Gay Gray ’72, former Huntingdon professor of English, died July 6, 2022, in Montgomery. Ceci also taught for the Ohio State University and served as campus minister for UCLA’s University Catholic Center during her professional career. She was 71.
  • Hays McKay Jr. passed away July 16, 2022. Dr. McKay was a distinguished pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and grew Covenant United Methodist Church into one of the largest congregations in the Conference. He was a great supporter of the College and steered many students to Huntingdon from his church. We extend our condolences to his family and friends.
  • The Huntingdon family surrounds Jayden Quire ’23 with love in the loss of her mother last week.
  • The Huntingdon family was deeply saddened to learn the news of the death of Trey Pike’09, athletic director and football coach at Vernon High School, who was killed in a boating accident August 6 in Panama City, Fla.
  • Sarah Gilreath Thompson ’61 died June 7, 2022, in Shorter, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew D. Thompson’61.
  • The Alumni Office was saddened to learn the loss of Alice Thomason Walkup ’39, who died May 30, 2022, at the young age of 104.  At the time of her death, we believe that she was the second-oldest living alumna of the College, only surpassed in age by Elizabeth Cox Hassell of the Class of 1935.  We give thanks for Alice’s life of longevity and the many years of loyal and faithful support she extended to Huntingdon.  We offer our prayers and condolences to her family.



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