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The Talon, February 12, 2019

The Talon

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
February 12, 2019
Send us your news at news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

What’s New?

Academic Showcase Coming

Mark your calendar! Thursday, March 14, Huntingdon academic programs will offer an Academic Showcase at various locations around campus. The day will include poster presentations, demonstrations, readings, and performances, and will end with a Speech and Forensics event at 7:00 p.m. Parents are invited to attend. More details will be provided in an upcoming Talon.

Construction at Cloverdale

Many people have asked about the new construction on the Cloverdale campus, so here’s what we know. The property under construction is owned by the Lowder Group—the same group who built the apartments along Boultier—and the word is that more of those apartments will be extended down to the corner of Boultier and Fairview (across from the Moe’s BBQ corner). There will be at least one retail establishment (probably a restaurant) as well. Target completion is fall 2019. Stay tuned for more information as we know it.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Conducts Recruitment

During lunch hours through Wednesday this week, you may pick up materials and instructions for becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in the DH. The purpose of AKA is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards; to promote unity and friendship among college women; to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature; to maintain a progressive interest in college life; and to be of service to all mankind. Hazing is not tolerated. The Formal Rush event will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 204. Attire is business professional. You must bring your filled packet of materials to this event. To find out more, contact Tondalaire Ashford, graduate adviser, at (334) 207-4047, or consult an email from Kathleen Penney.

Bringing in the Bystander

The Collegiate Exchange Club invites the Huntingdon community to Bringing in the Bystander, a special presentation by Wendy Fuller of the Family Sunshine Center, Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m., in Smith Recital Hall. Ms. Fuller will present a short course on what you should do if you witness domestic violence and abuse. This presentation is free and open to all. Donations for the Family Sunshine Center (monetary and other needs) will be accepted. Contact Amber Shirley at ashirley@hawks.huntingdon.edu to learn more.

Library Offers Curator Contest

The United Methodist Archives Center housed in the Huntingdon library invites students to design a display for the Huntingdon library—there’s a $100 cash award if your display is selected! First, meet with archivist Sharon Tucker to discuss your topic and receive approval to move forward. Then, research and collect interesting facts on your topic, using the archives center’s collection for materials to display. Then, create your display. Completed applications are due 2/28/19 and are available in the archives center in the library.

Make An Impact!

Current seniors and recent graduates interested in working with a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit fighting poverty in America should apply now! Impact America provides an opportunity for recent graduates to engage in communities of need in a meaningful way, broadening their perspectives and making a real impact in their communities.The AmeriCorps Member position combines service with Impact America’s nationally unique initiatives: FocusFirst, a high-tech vision care initiative for preschoolers; SaveFirst, a high-quality tax preparation initiative for low-income families; SpeakFirst, a debate initiative for talented and motivated middle and high school students in Alabama; and Stories from the Line, an initiative that navigates the complexities of poverty through the development of a series of short films. Positions are full-time for one year and begin in July 2019 in in Birmingham, AL; Memphis, TN; Tallahassee, FL; or Greenville, S.C. Learn more and apply.

SSPE Students Go A.P.E. through Alabama

Huntingdon Sport Science and Physical Education students, led by Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, are taking the training session they’ve offered on campus to educators throughout the state in the coming months. This Friday, they’ll be in Mobile at the University of South Alabama College of Education, where they’ll train at least 40 area teachers in Adapted Physical Education (A.P.E.) techniques, benchmarks, assessment, and strategies, among many topics. Together, Dr. Dorman and student Allies Dontavion Cunningham ’20, Savion Hill ’20, Stanley Magdon ’19, and Kate Simon ’19 have developed a model professional development adapted physical education/adapted sport workshop. The workshop is supported by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health, and by a grant (Grant 5NU27DD000017-03-00) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the future, workshops will be offered at Jacksonville State University and at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The students also serve as coaches for Huntingdon’s after-school wheelchair sport team, the RedWings.

Mid-Terms Are Coming!

Friday, March 1, is the end of the mid-term grading period. Are you ready? If you feel even the slightest need for more help in any class, act now! Speak with your faculty member or with the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. Attend Academic Coaching sessions. Do extra-credit work when it’s offered. The power to do well rests with you. Use it!

Commuter Fee Exemptions

A special edition of The Talon, February 5, listed the exemptions to the new Commuter Fee that will be instituted in fall 2019. They are:

  • If you are approved to commute by the August 1 deadline for fall or by the January 1 deadline for the spring, and on the basis of marriage, pregnancy, or because you reside with a dependent child or children for whom you provide more than 50% of the dependent’s (s’) support, the Commuter Student Fee will not be charged.
  • If you are enrolled at Huntingdon College during the spring 2019 semester and are approved for commuter status by the Dean of Students for the 2019–2020 academic year on the basis of age (will turn 21 by the first day of classes for the fall term) or on the basis of senior status (90 earned semester hours on file with the Registrar’s Office by the application deadline of August 1 for fall semester or January 1 for spring semester), and you complete the Commuter Student Application process and are approved for commuter status by the deadline, the Commuter Student Fee will not be charged.
  • If you live in Huntingdon-owned housing off-campus, but pay regular room and board, the Commuter Fee will not be charged.

FAFSA Priority Deadline Approaching

If you plan to attend Huntingdon College and are interested in receiving federal financial aid for the 2019–2020 award year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020), please complete the 2019–2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at your earliest convenience at www.fafsa.gov. You will need a completed copy of your (and your spouse’s, if applicable) 2017 federal tax return(s) and W-2(s) to complete the FAFSA. In addition, dependent students will also need a completed copy of their parents’ 2017 federal tax return(s) and W-2(s). The priority date for completing the 2019–2020 FAFSA is March 1, 2019.

Tax Forms Mailed

The 1098-T tax form and a statement of activity for the calendar year 2018 were mailed to applicable students January 31, 2019, to the address on file as of January 24, 2019. If you have not received your 1098-T Tax Form by February 13, 2019, please verify your address on file and make changes, if necessary, by following the instructions below. If after you verify/change your address or if you did not receive your tax document, you may request via email (or by stopping by the Office of Student Accounts in Wilson 108) that a duplicate copy be mailed to the address the College has on file after February 13, 2019. You may also request via email that the College fax your 1098-T tax form. To request a fax, include these words in your email: “I am requesting a copy of my 2018 1098-T tax document be faxed to (include number here) to the attention of (list who will receive the fax).  I agree that if there are any errors in the transmission of the fax that I do not hold Huntingdon College responsible, as the 1098-T tax form includes personal information.”
1098-T tax forms are not available electronically and cannot be emailed.

To Verify/Change Your Address

Log in to your Self Service account:
1. Go to My Profile Tab
2. Select Addresses
3. Select Add Address
4. Select Address Type=Permanent
5. Complete all Starred Items
6. Save: once you select “Save” the Registrar’s Office will get a notification to update your address and will notify Student Financial Services of the change.


  • If you are a full-time employee interested in using tuition exchange benefits for a dependent or for yourself during the 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 academic year(s), or if you will renew benefits already in place, please notify Brittany Davis, director of student financial aid, before 03/01/2019. If you are unfamiliar with the programs, here are the links: www.cic.eduwww.tuitionexchange.org.
  • The SaveFirst program has moved their former Huntingdon location to the Morgan Library in downtown Montgomery. If you should receive a call from a participant in the program conducted on our campus for the past several years, you may suggest they call 1-888-998-2925 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are a Methodist student, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church for fall 2019. The deadline is March 1, 2019. See www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication.
  • SENIORS: Order graduation regalia and memorabilia online at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_hc/. The deadline is 11:59p, March 15. If you would like to order a class ring, be sure to review the PDF information sent from the Registrar’s Office and enter the promo codes that pertain for savings up to $150.
  • Remaining Spring 2019 In-Service Dates: Feb. 22; April 12.
  • The Student Health Services Office, located in the ProImpact Sports Medicine Clinic, reminds you to request an appointment if you aren’t feeling well by emailing studenthealth@hawks.huntingdon.edu. Office hours are Monday–Friday, 8–11a and 1–3:30p (by appointment only on In-Service Days).
  • Want to change the world? The Sullivan Foundation invites you to attend the Ignite Retreat, April 5–7 in Raleigh, N.C. (registration deadline March 20); or October 18–20, Asheville, N.C. (registration deadline Oct. 9). Find out more.
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church invites you to the Poor People’s Campaign, a national call for moral revival, Monday, March 4, 6–8p at the church, 8790 Vaughn Road. On the day before the Alabama Legislative Session opens, community and faith leaders will gather for a Poor People’s Hearing to lift up the voices and stories of those most affected by systemic racism.
  • The Archibald Center/Montgomery Area Council on Aging invite you to come and dance! MACOA is offering line dancing for their senior citizens and they need a teacher for this activity, one evening per week. If you’re interested in volunteering or doing this as an internship, please contact Traci Herndon at (334) 263-0532 or therndon@macoa.org.
  • The January issue of the Alabama Review includes an article on former Huntingdon president John Massey, who served the College during the latter Tuskegee years and oversaw the College’s move to Montgomery. The article cites a number of resources drawn from Huntingdon’s library and archives. Look for it: “Dr. John Massey: Renowned Alabama Educator During a Period of Challenge and Change for Higher Education in the State,” by Barbara Sumrall White (yes! our former accounting professor!) and Dale L. Flesher.
  • The Scarlet and Grey Shop has 5 new T-shirt designs in stock! Stop by and add to your Hawk wardrobe.

Coming Events

*Always check team schedules or the main calendar for updates as calendar changes are ongoing.

  • Feb. 12, Tues., 11a–1p Montgomery Biscuits (employment) and Troy Graduate School Programs on campus to recruit during lunch hour
    • 6:30p, Music Program Faculty Recital, Ligon Chapel; performances by Dr. Damion Womack, voice; Dr. Kevin Manderville, classical guitar; Mr. Curtis Hollinger, clarinet; Dr. Rusty Logan, trombone; Mr. Adam Murphy, horn; Dr. James Conely, organ; Ms. Laryne Monte, piano; and Dr. Alina Windell, flute.
    • 7p, Academic Coaching sessions, see the Staton Center for a list, sessions are free.
    • 8p, TNW, Drum
  • Feb. 13, Wed., 11:45a, Chapel Service, Rodgers Chapel
    • 1p, the Huntingdon Jazz Ensemble will perform for the Respite Program at First UMC in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The performance is open to all.
    • 4p, JV Baseball vs Wallace-Selma, Posey Field
    • 6p, 1st round Conference Tournament, Women’s Basketball vs Covenant College, Roland Arena (bring your student ID and Student Affairs will cover your ticket)
    • 6:30p, JV Baseball vs Wallace-Selma, Posey Field
  • Feb. 14, Thurs., HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
    • 7p, Chem 106 Academic Coaching, B2
  • Feb. 15, Fri., Last day to withdraw from a class without grade penalty and receive a “W”
    • Women’s Tennis begins (away)
    • Noon, Moe’s Classic Tournament, Baseball, Posey Field
    • 4–9p, Moe’s Spirit Night, hosted by AOPi at Moe’s Southwest Grill on Zelda (fundraiser)
    • 7p, Collegiate Exchange Club presents Bringing In the Bystander: what to do if you witness domestic violence and abuse, with special guest Wendy Fuller of the Family Sunshine Center. Open to all.
    • 7p, Chess Tournament in the Hawk’s Nest (prizes for first and second place)
  • Feb. 16, Sat., Music Major Audition Day (for students entering in Fall 2019)
    • Ability Sport Network Super Saturday, 11a in the Wilson gym through the men’s basketball game beginning at 2p in Roland Arena (the Huntingdon RedWings will be recognized at half-time of the game)
    • Noon, Moe’s Classic Tournament, Posey Field
    • Men’s Basketball vs. Brevard (see Athletics schedule for more information)
    • 1p, Men’s Lacrosse vs. Dallas, Samford Stadium
  • Feb. 17, Sun., 3–6p, Eastdale Mall, CCV’s JCPenney Suit-Up Event—Exclusive 40% discounts on career wear for students, faculty/staff volunteers, and first-year alumni. Huntingdon ID required.
    • Moe’s Classic Tournament continues, Posey Field
    • 6p, Women’s Lacrosse vs. Sewanee, Samford Stadium
  • Feb. 18, Mon., 9a., Admission Preview Day
    • 4p & 6:30p, JV Baseball vs. LaGrange, Posey Field
    • 8p, SGA, Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building
  • Feb. 19, Tues, 7p, Academic Coaching Sessions, see the Staton Center for more information
    • 8p, TNW, Drum
  • Feb. 20, Wed., 3p, Medical School Mock Interview Workshop, Chem Pod
    • 7p, BSU Movie Night: Black Panther, Searcy Theater
  • Feb. 21, Thurs., 7p, Seay Twins Gallery: Black History Month Art Exhibit, featuring the work of Willette Battle. Free and open to the public.
    • 7p, Academic Coaching Sessions
  • Feb. 22, Fri., In-Service Day; no classes, offices open
    • State Band Festival on campus
    • Presidential Fellows Day
  • Feb. 23, Sat., Softball Tournament on campus
  • Feb. 24, Sun., Volleyball Clinic on Campus
    • Softball Tournament on campus

Team Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Cory (’14) and Kali Martin Belyeu ’16 welcomed son William Brooks Belyeu, January 31, 2019.
  • T.I. Duncan ’19 was named USA South Women’s Basketball Player of the Week February 11 for her performance in the team’s 65-63 win over Agnes Scott and 73-66 win over Berea during the previous week. She averaged 17 points, 4 steals, 2.5 assists, and one block in 2 games.
  • Michelle Garrett ’98 has been promoted to special programs manager at Covenant Care in Mobile. In her new role, she supervises the hospice social workers, chaplains, and bereavement coordinators.
  • Robert Harry ’92 is a protection from harm investigator for the State of Tennessee and lives in Goodlettsville. He earned his juris doctorate degree from Washington & Lee University.
  • Caleb Hart ’17 has been working in live sound and event production since graduating. He runs the live in-house and online streaming for Oasis Church in Nashville and serves as the production manager for the Tennessee Titans’ football home game public pre-game tailgate entertainment shows. He also runs shows as an engineer for BMI, ASCAP, Sony Music, and others, and has run sound mixing or speaker systems for the Nashville shows of such artists as Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, U2, Jay-Z, Morgan Wallen, Darius Rucker, and Keith Urban.
  • Charlie Hearn ’11 and his wife welcomed son Brooks Michael Hearn, February 6, 2019.
  • Zack Holmes ’06 has been hired to serve as head football coach for New Brockton High School. He has served in coaching roles for 14 years, including as an assistant coach for Huntingdon; head track coach and offensive coordinator for Brindlee Mountain High School, Guntersville; defensive coordinator and head coach for Sumiton Christian School; defensive coordinator for Eufaula High School; and special teams coordinator for Enterprise High School.
  • Paige Huff ’08 will continue in her role as head coach for the Hawks’ women’s basketball team, but on a formal basis now. She has served as interim head coach since former coach and athletic director emeritus Buzz Phillips announced his retirement in November. She has been with the Hawks program since 2012 as assistant coach, prior to which she coached high school teams for four years. Under her leadership this year, the Lady Hawks have achieved their second 20-win season of the NCAA era.
  • Dr. Rusty Logan (Music) was inducted into the Alabama Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Bandmasters Hall of Fame during the 2019 Alabama Music Educators Association conference last month.
  • Carden Mellown ’20 was named the USA South Baseball Pitcher of the Week February 11 for his performance in the Hawks’ season opener. In the 2-0 shut-out of Berea College, Carden pitched 7 scoreless innings and faced 23 batters, striking out 8, walking none, and allowing only 3 hits.
  • Leanne Mallory ’05, director of strategic initiatives, married Clay Carroll, February 2, 2019. Clay’s brother is Sean Carroll ’00, who is married to Sara Francis Carroll ’10 … and her mother and brother are … (you get the idea. This is a very hawk-ful family.)
  • Associate Provost Tom Perrin wrote a piece on vocational programming for private, faith-based liberal arts colleges that appeared in the New York Times last week. You may read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/opinion/sunday/vocation-college-higher-ed.html.
  • The Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, who serves on the Huntingdon board of trustees and as senior pastor for First United Methodist Church-Montgomery, and his wife, Abby Pridgeon ’06, welcomed son Jordan Kimble Pridgeon, February 4, 2019.
  • Melba Bolton Richardson, Class of 1968, was inducted into the University of Alabama College of Education Hall of Fame in February. Melba spent 40 years in education and retired as the Head of Saint James School in Montgomery. The Hall of Fame is the highest honor given by the College, recognizing individuals who have made a difference in the educational lives of others and have achieved lifetimes of sustained accomplishment. Melba attended Huntingdon from 1964 until her marriage in 1966 to Bill Richardson ’65. She has remained close to her Class of ’68 classmates—she and Bill host a gathering for each class reunion.
  • We congratulate Brandon Sewell ’15 and Mackenzie Garmany ’17 on the birth of their son, Kannon Maddox Sewell, last week.
  • Dr. Joseph (’09) and Rebekah Redden Sewell ’11 welcomed son Samuel, February 1, 2019. Samuel’s uncle is Ryan Sewell ’22.
  • Ms. Brianne Smith (Accounting) recently had an article, “The Life-Cycle and Character of Crypto-Assets: A Framework for Regulation and Investor Protection,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting and Finance.
  • Lynda Swayne ’14 and her husband have moved to Little Rock, Ark., to be closer to their daughter and her children. She works part-time as a United Methodist Church administrative assistant.
  • Debbie Porter Turner ’77 has retired after a career in social work with the Alabama DHR. She lives in Mobile.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Sara Danner Carter ’36 died February 2, 2019, in Roswell, N.M., at age 105. She was the daughter of early Huntingdon faculty member Sallie Canning Mayes.
  • Virginia Coyner Clark ’73 died January 27, 2019 in Eufaula, Ala. Between her freshman and sophomore Huntingdon years, she studied French at Sorbonne University in Paris, then spent a lifetime learning and teaching. We offer our condolences to her family, including her husband, Greg Clark ’80.
  • Mary Sue Calhoun Montague ’52 died February 5, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Louise Calhoun Duffey ’42 and Bishop Paul A. Duffey.

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Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

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

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