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The Talon, February 12, 2020


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

February 12, 2020

What’s New?

Springing into Fall

Pre-registration for fall term 2020 classes will begin in March, but dates have changed from those published in the academic calendar on the website and in the catalog. Rising sophomores and returning students retaining freshman status will register first, March 10–11; rising seniors will register March 16–17; rising juniors will register March 19. Seniors, no worries: the Office of Academic Affairs is guaranteeing approval of closed-class requests to graduating seniors who need a class to graduate on time.

To prepare for registration, review the curriculum for your major(s) and general education requirements in the catalog under which you entered Huntingdon, determine the classes you need (making sure you have fulfilled prerequisites), and review the classes available in the fall on Self-Service (they aren’t posted yet—keep checking). Meet with your academic adviser(s) to determine the best class schedule for you. If you complete these steps, you’ll be ready when it’s time to hit the button for your registration request.

Remember that registration for summer 2020 is already open. Look for courses that could help you complete prereqs for classes you’ll take in the fall; courses for which better grades could replace grades you know you could improve upon; and courses that will take you further down the path toward completion of your major or gen-ed requirements. Most classes are online (indicated by the notation “Distance Learning”) so you can complete them wherever you’ll be this summer. After April 10, the summer schedule will be reviewed to determine which classes will be offered or canceled based on enrollment. Register now to improve your chances of getting the classes you want or need. Summer I begins May 20 and ends June 24, with finals June 25; Summer II begins July 1 and ends August 5, with finals August 6. Note that books are only provided for fall and spring courses; summer book costs are on your own.

Conference Gives Vocation a Close-up VUE

Huntingdon will host a regional gathering of colleges involved in the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education, or NetVUE, Friday–Saturday, February 21–22. NetVUE, a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students, is an initiative administered by the Council of Independent Colleges and is supported by the Lilly Endowment Inc. Huntingdon’s regional meeting will involve 50 participants, and many sessions (except meals) are open to students, faculty, and staff to attend at no cost. Review the schedule—there may be a session of interest to you. Sessions are in Drum Theater and the Cloverdale Building.

Presidential Fellows Adds a Team

Beginning fall 2020, Presidential Fellows, a program designed to attract academically talented students who are not otherwise committed to intercollegiate sports or band, will add a Sports Medicine team to its line-up. One-day-a-week clinical experiences in rotations involving shadowing doctors and nurses, observing surgeries and procedures, performing intakes and assessments of injuries and illnesses, assisting Huntingdon athletic trainers, and a number of other opportunities will be offered. Students will gain experience working with the Office of Student Health Services and Huntingdon’s 18 athletic teams, as well.

The Presidential Fellowship is open to incoming students who are admitted unconditionally; are not involved in intercollegiate athletics or band; and who have achieved ACT scores of at least 23 (composite, determined by the Office of Admission) and GPAs of 3.0 in high school (and transfer, if applicable) coursework. Candidates accepted into the program, which requires a special application and interview, are given a $5,000 scholarship that is stackable with selected Huntingdon academic scholarships and grants. Fellows agree to participate in an academic team; complete a Capstone project; participate in Student Affairs programming; live on campus; fulfill general program requirements; make satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees, and remain in good conduct standing with the College. The deadline for fall 2020 program applications is April 1, but Presidential Fellows Day is Friday, February 21. Contact Leanne Mallory Carroll, vice president for enrollment management and director of the Presidential Fellows program, for more information (leanne.mallory@hawks.huntingdon.edu or 334.833.4069).

Need Help? It’s Here!

Spring 2020 academic coaching sessions are already underway through the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. Need a little help in a class? Reach out and grab it now!

  • Accounting 202: Monday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 201
  • Chemistry 106: Monday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 205 or Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 102
  • Chemistry 306: Monday, 8:00 p.m., Flowers 202
  • Math 171: Monday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 202
  • Math 176: Monday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 203
  • Psych 201: Monday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 102
  • Econ 202: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 201
  • History 112: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 203
  • Math 255: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 205
  • Math 256: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Flowers 202

Time to Suit Up!

Now’s your time to get great deals on professional attire for life after Huntingdon! J.C. Penney and the CCV have partnered to offer their second annual J.C. Penney Suit-Up Event, Sunday, February 16, 3:00–6:00 p.m. at Eastdale Mall. Enjoy extra discounts on top of President’s Day Weekend sale prices. You’ll need a current student ID to get your discount. Alums, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend, as well. Don’t miss this event!

Bible Study Groups Formed

Campus Ministries has announced the bible study and college discussion groups that are meeting this spring:

  • Gnosis Bible Study: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Jackson Basement; an in-depth, spicy, honest Bible study
  • Dude-Bro Life Group: Once a month, TBA
  • Ligon Ladies: Mondays, 8:00 p.m., Ligon lobby, led by Savannah Ryan, Shelby Blair, and Katy Pass, for freshman women
  • Fella’ship: Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Searcy basement, led by Chandler McDougal and Cullen Stafford, for freshman men
  • Women’s Life Group: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m., led by Dr. Diana Abernethy and Emily Conoly

FAFSA Priority Deadline Approaching

To plan for financial aid for the 2020–2021 academic year, it’s important that you file your 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. You will need a completed copy of your (and your spouse’s, if applicable) 2018 federal tax return(s) and W-2(s) to complete the FAFSA. In addition, dependent students need a completed copy of their parents’ 2018 federal tax return(s) and W-2(s). The priority date for completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA is March 1, 2020. You may complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

Art Exhibit Sponsored by Black Student Union

In observance of Black History Month, the Black Student Union invites you to meet and view the artwork of Tuscaloosa artist Jamie Bonfiglio, Monday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. in Seay Twins Art Gallery on The Green. A 2003 graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham with a degree in biology, Jamie Bonfiglio was working toward her graduate degree in forensic science in San Diego when she discovered the stress-reducing power of art. She helped create a mural in Wetumpka, Alabama, illustrating the city’s history, and another for a Birmingham engineering firm. Her work has been exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and her portrait of Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin hangs in his office. Ms. Bonfiglio is listed among Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year for 2019 and is one of 20 on the Reckon List of people who will shape Alabama in 2020.

Coming Events

If a CCV event requires an RSVP, simply email the CCV at ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu.


  • Last Day to Withdraw without Grade Penalty and Receive a W, Friday, February 14
  • CCV JC Penney Suit-Up Event, Eastdale Mall—Sunday, February 16, 3:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Huntingdon Preview Day—Monday, February 17
  • Faculty Recital—Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Presidential Fellows Day—Friday, February 21
  • NetVUE Conference—Friday–Saturday, February 21–22
  • In-Service Day, Friday, February 21; no classes, offices open
  • CCV Career Networking Fair—Monday, February 24, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room
  • BSU Black History Month Art Event—Monday, February 24, 7:00 p.m., Seay Twins Art Gallery
  • Academic Showcase—Thursday, February 27
  • End of Mid-term Grading Period—Friday, February 28
  • LEAP DAY! Do something special. This only happens once every four years. Saturday, February 29.
  • The Miss Huntingdon Pageant—Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m., Drum Theater; visit link to view the pageant online


  • Concert Choir Spring Tour—March 4–8, Georgia/South Carolina
  • Last day to change to “P/N” grading, audit, or non-credit status—Friday, March 6
  • Daylight Saving Time begins, 2:00 a.m., turn clocks forward one hour (2:00 becomes 3:00)
  • Fall 2020 Pre-Registration, rising sophomores and returning students retaining freshman status—March 10–11
  • CCV and Black Student Union Professional Networking Symposium—Tuesday, March 10, 3:30–5:00 p.m., Drum Theater
  • Concert Choir Performance—American Choral Directors Regional Convention, March 12–14, Mobile, Ala.
  • Vann Vocal Institute Celebrity Recital—Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • In-Service Day, no classes/offices open—Friday, March 13
  • Vann Vocal Institute Master Classes—Friday–Saturday, March 13–14; master class in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, open to the public
  • SGA Ball—Friday, March 13, 8:00 p.m., Wynlakes Country Club
  • Vann Vocal Institute Emerging Artists Recital—Saturday, March 14, 5:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Huntingdon Winds Spring Concert—Sunday, March 15, 3:30 p.m., Drum Theater
  • Fall 2020 Pre-Registration, rising seniors—March 16–17
  • Greek Week—March 16–20
  • CCV Jones School of Law Information Session—Wednesday, March 18, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Stallworth Dining Room
  • Academic Showcase—Thursday, March 19
  • Fall 2020 Pre-Registration, rising juniors–March 19
  • Harald Rohlig Organ Concert Series featuring Dr. James Conely—Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall
  • Last day to withdraw from a course without grade penalty and receive a “WP” or “WF;” Spring Break begins at 10:00 p.m.
  • Spring Break—March 21–29; no classes, offices closed; residence halls close Saturday, March 21, at noon, and reopen Sunday, March 29, at noon; classes resume/offices open Monday, March 30

Athletic Schedules


  • 2020 Fall Campus Residency and Commuter forms are online. If you have questions, see the Office of Student Affairs.
  • 2020–2021 travel will include the following travel-study experiences:
    • Fall and spring: Ireland, Hawaii, New York, and Toronto
    • Summer: Portugal, Australia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Alaska
  • The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts invites you to participate in the creation of an art installation in the museum’s Caddell Sculpture Garden. Working alongside North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty, you will weave gathered sticks and saplings to bring life to an architectural wonder. Time slots (four-hour shifts) are available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March 2–20. For more information or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Palmer at 334.625.4362 or epalmer@mmfa.org.
  • The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is offering reduced-price tickets ($20) to productions of The Agitators (through February 13), And Then They Came for Me, February 15, and Ruby: The Ruby Bridges Story (March 6–22) for Huntingdon students, faculty, and staff. Choose your ticket and use the code HUNTINGDON at checkout. Go to www.asf.net to view showtimes.
  • To submit a technology help request, please use the HelpDesk system (helpdesk.huntingdon.edu).
  • The Huntingdon Leadership Academy, a week-long summer mentorship program for high school students who feel called to ministry, is seeking Huntingdon students to serve as mentors for the program. These are paid positions. HLA will be held Sunday, June 21 through Friday, June 26. For more information, contact Macon Armistead ’14 at hla@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • A message from Student Health Services: If you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a general feeling of being unwell, please contact the Office of Student Health Services for an evaluation by emailing studenthealth@hawks.huntingdon.edu. Flu and other viruses are prevalent. Take care of yourselves, Hawks! Get checked! By doing so, you help to prevent the spread of illness.
  • Houghton Memorial Library has added a criminal justice database: HeinOnline. Links are on the library’s website. This is a trial subscription.
  • Love baseball and have some free time? Help our Hawks baseball team by working the gate and merchandise concessions during games. Sign up in the Hut.
  • Applications for scholarships through the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation are due March 1. To learn more, visit umhef.org.
  • ATTENTION CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES: it’s time to order your caps, gowns, invitations, and other graduation paraphernalia. Online orders will be accepted through March 16 at www.herffjones.com/college/hc and distributed beginning April 20 at the Scarlet & Grey Shop.
  • Resident Assistant applications and supporting materials (2 letters of recommendation) are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, February 14, in the Hut.


  • Katie Hancock Abbott ’01 serves as an agency development coordinator with Autauga Elmore Developmental Services.
  • Robert Alden ’93 is in his ninth year teaching 8th grade math at Ames Middle School. He leads student trips to D.C. and Boston during summers and says he is “continuing his search for the perfect donut.” He and his spouse, Matt, live in Ames, Iowa.
  • Welcome to Kaylee Andrews as assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse program.
  • Laural Anthony ’17 and Jon Harrelson ’17 were married March 30, 2019, in Limestone, Tenn. She is a teacher for Valiant Cross Academy and Jon is a coach for Alabama State University. Laural will complete a master’s degree in secondary education with certification through Grand Canyon University in fall 2020.
  • Austin Armstrong ’15 has been hired as the offensive line coach for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
  • Director of College and External Relations Luke Ates ’17 has been named a 2020 Ambassador for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
  • Carrie Davis Baker ’01 became a certified fraud examiner in 2019 and assists with special investigations associated with her internal audit job.
  • Philip Bailey ’09 has been named head football coach for Jasper High School. He has spent the past two years as offensive coordinator and strength coach for the school.
  • Zach Barnhill ’20 was named USA South Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse February 10 for scoring 8 goals and recording 5 assists and 9 ground balls in 2 games.
  • T.J. Brecciaroli ’03 and his wife, Lacy Marschalk Brecciaroli ’05, welcomed daughter Finley Harper, January 31, 2020.
  • Tiffany Brown ’15 completed her MBA through Columbia Southern University in 2018 and became a Human Resource Business Partner through the Human Capital Institute in 2019. She serves as human resources director for Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission.
  • Huntingdon welcomes Courtney Burgess as student leader for the Ability Sport Network.
  • Tyler (’15) and Erika Mebius Campbell ’14 welcomed a daughter, Ella Judith, January 29, 2020.
  • Deanna Broadhead Carraway ’10 became an Alabama Certified Appraiser in 2018 and works as a real property analyst for the Baldwin County Commission.
  • Lorenz Publishing has accepted Dr. James Conely’s (instructor of piano and organ) set of Little Tunes for Little Ones, short pieces intended as “walking music” for children’s sermons or similar events, to be published sometime this year.
  • Kelsey McGuire Conrick ’15 is in a Ph.D. program in social welfare at the University of Washington.
  • Zackary Davis ’14 is a revenue analyst for DS Smith in Conyers, Ga.
  • Dr. Lisa Dorman, professor of sport science, presented at the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance fall conference in November 2019 on the topic: Non-Compliant Behavior or Need: Responding to Sensory Processing Disorders in Physical Education. In addition, she and Dr. Claire Bridges ’11 attended three training sessions on edTPA and physical education at the same conference.
  • Alyssa Eason ’12, a registered nurse with Montgomery Neurological Associates, has announced her engagement to Joseph McCormick. They will be married in December 2020.
  • Emily Fedonczak ’19 is a student at the University of Alabama School of Law.
  • Olivia Levering Gunter ’09 and her husband, Adam, welcomed son Brantley Hugh, October 6, 2019. They have moved to Chesapeake, Va., where she serves as an accountant with the Norfolk Airport Authority at the Norfolk International Airport.
  • Dr. Kent Hagan ’11, a physician with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, completed an MBA and a Master of Science in Finance through Auburn University in 2019. He and his wife, Caitlin McMahon Hagan ’12, live in Philadelphia.
  • Noah Harrison ’20 has been offered admission to the graduate program in media and communications at Indiana University.
  • Samantha Havel ’13 has announced her engagement to Eli Blanquiset. She recently began a position as the athletic coordinator for the City of Foley, Ala.
  • Avery Harrison ’19 works as client excellence coordinator for Associate Business Services in Coosada, Alabama.
  • Professor Jim Hilgartner’s short story, “The Darkness in the Corners,” appears in the current Xavier Review (Vol. 39, issues 1–2).
  • Beth Jackson Hughes ’82 serves as division chief for the capital litigation division for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
  • Farah Mahan Jackson ’16 is a clinical research coordinator for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.
  • Dr. Laurel Meier Jordan ’96 is an optometrist with Tower Optometry in Spotsylvania, Va.
  • Tyler Keiser ’21 was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse February 10 after going 25-for-35 in faceoffs in 2 games, recording 22 ground balls and scoring 3 goals.
  • Jake Kistel ’15 and Ali Gonzalez were married January 18, 2020.
  • Keegan Lambeth ’14 passed his boards and is officially a physical therapist.
  • Brittany Gilliland Liebbe ’11 serves as youth pastor for Spanish Fort UMC. She completed her Master of Arts in Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2018.
  • Catie Malone ’10 is an associate attorney with Webster Henry in Montgomery.
  • Caroline McBroom works in communications with the Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance in Columbia, Tenn.
  • Carden Mellown ’20 was named USA South Pitcher of the Week February 10 in recognition of the team’s 2-1 win over Belhaven to open the season, in which he earned the win in six innings.
  • Gary Nelson ’09 has announced that he will move from his position as head football coach for the 3A Montgomery Academy team to head football coach at Southside High School, a 6A program in Gadsden, Alabama.
  • Amanda Ousley ’05 teaches chemistry for the St. James School in Montgomery.
  • Courtney Parker ’09 completed a Master of Arts in English, women’s, and sexuality studies at Brandeis University in 2015 and is a doctoral candidate in English in the University of Alabama Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
  • The Alabama Football Coaches Association has named Neal Posey ’13 as the 3A Assistant Football Coach of the Year for the State of Alabama. Neal teaches and coaches at The Saint James School in Montgomery.
  • Allyn Powell ’12 married Hank Walters, February 1, 2020.
  • Dylan (’11) and Chasity Ward Pugh ’13 live in Auburn, where he works in law enforcement and she is a chemist with the State of Alabama.
  • Catherine Reinehr ’05 married John Fell, January 18, 2020.
  • Brett Steele ’92 serves as vice president and general counsel for Smith Douglas Homes and lives in Cumming, Ga.
  • Alex Taylor ’12 works as a regional account manager with Dietitians On Demand and lives in Richmond, Va.
  • Damali Thomas ’18 completed her master’s degree in sport leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and works as the director of operations for Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Association in Charleston, S.C.
  • Huntingdon President J. Cameron West was the guest of Alabama Representative Martha Roby for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. last week. President West was already in D.C. for meetings with the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus, which Ms. Roby chairs.
  • Huntingdon welcomes Derik Wolfe ’13 as assistant site coordinator for the Center Point campus of the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program.


  • Virginia McLean ’45 died January 15 in Birmingham after a few days of declining health.  She was a faithful member of the Huntingdon Society and a previous recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Perry ’42.

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