A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community
January 13, 2020
Welcome back to returning students, faculty, and staff and welcome to our newest Hawks. Students, here’s what you need to do this week:
- If you haven’t already done so, pick up your books in the old bookstore location in Roland Student Center, which will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- If you want to change your meal plan for the semester, do so by the deadline on Friday, January 17. See your email for instructions.
- If you’re new or have a new vehicle, get a parking permit from the security office in Wilson 112.
- If you need to adjust your schedule, the deadline for adviser approval of class changes is 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, so be sure your request is received well before then. Don’t drop below 12 credit hours (full-time status), which affects your athletic eligibility, housing status, financial aid, etc.
Dr. Tom Perrin, Dr. Sarah Sours, the Center for Career and Vocation, the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, and the Offices of College and Alumni Relations and Communications and Marketing have moved! Here’s where you can find us now:
- Dr. Tom Perrin, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty: Flowers 107
- Dr. Sarah Sours, associate dean of faculty: Flowers 109
- Center for Career and Vocation (Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar ’13): Jackson 113
- Office of Communications and Marketing (Su Ofe): Jackson 112
- Office of Alumni Engagement (Laura Marie Tyree Brelsford ’05): Jackson 101
- Office of Development Operations (Cathy Wolfe): Jackson 103
- Office of College and External Relations (Luke Ates ’17): Jackson 102
- Anthony Leigh, senior vice president for student and institutional development: Jackson 104
- Huntingdon Leadership Academy (Macon Armistead ’14): Jackson second floor (office move still taking place)
Applying Wisdom in Service
Huntingdon will once again partner with Rise Against Hunger for the College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 20. College volunteers will work in two shifts, 8:30–9:30 a.m. and 9:30–10:30 a.m., to package 12,096 meals for people in need around the world. Rise Against Hunger is an organization whose goal is to wipe out world hunger by 2030. The event will take place in the Wilson Gym on the Cloverdale Campus. For more information, contact Da’Monta Wiggins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 833-4575. There are no classes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day but offices remain open.
Huntingdon Choir Performs for AMEA
The Concert Choir has been invited to perform for the Alabama Music Educators Association conference, Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Renaissance Hotel and Spa at the Convention Center. In preparation for that concert, the choir will perform their AMEA selections Wednesday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Each program is free and the public is invited to attend. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Damion Womack, director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, performs regularly on campus for convocations, concerts, and the annual Service of Lessons and Carols and tours in the Southeast annually. In March 2020, the choir will perform at the prestigious Spivey Hall at Clayton State as part of the Young People’s Concert.
New Academic Structure
Dr. Tom Perrin, professor of English, is a month into his role as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, and Dr. Sarah Conrad Sours, assistant professor of religion, has joined him in the Office of Academic Affairs as associate dean of faculty. Moving forward, academic departments, which will remain as they were named at the beginning of this academic year, will assume a new structure of organization into four schools, for which the following faculty have been named to serve as deans: Dr. Kristine Copping, dean of the School of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, comprised of the Departments of Fine Arts; Language and Literature; Religion; Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology; and History and Political Science; Dr. William Young, dean of the School of Applied Sciences, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences, comprised of the Departments of Accounting and Business; Sport Science and Physical Education; Mathematics; Biology; and Chemistry; Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, dean of the School of Graduate and Evening Studies, which includes the Evening Bachelor’s Degree Program and any future graduate programs authorized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Dr. Perrin will serve as interim dean of the School of Teacher Education until a new dean is appointed June 1.
Revive Your Research Brain
Are you in the thick of Capstone? Got a big paper or project due this semester? Paige Crumbley ’14, access services librarian in Houghton Library, will offer two seminars this month, Reviving Your Research Brain, designed to enhance your knowledge of the resources available to you on campus and to revive or improve your research skills. Bring your lunch or dinner to one of the following sessions in the library atrium: Wednesday, January 22, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. or Wednesday, January 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Tree Campus USA
For the sixth consecutive year Huntingdon has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA helps colleges and universities establish and sustain healthy community forests. To be designated a Tree Campus USA, the College had to meet five standards, maintaining a tree advisory committee; a tree care plan; dedicated annual tree expenditures; Arbor Day observance; and documentation of a service learning project related to trees. This year 12 Alabama colleges were awarded Tree Campus USA status.
Changing Minds in Partnership
Huntingdon President J. Cameron West and Northwest-Shoals Community College president Glenda Colagross signed an agreement for Huntingdon to offer the College’s Evening Bachelor’s Degree program at NW-SCC beginning this spring. NW-SCC is one of 10 Huntingdon Evening Bachelor’s Degree sites in Alabama. The program allows students who have earned credit toward their bachelor’s degrees to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in business management or criminal justice by taking classes just one night a week. Classes are five weeks in length and there are three five-week terms each semester.
Young People’s Town Hall
At the height of his transformative influence in our community, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the same age as the largest generation in American life today. During his 30s, Dr. King organized the March on Washington, wrote his powerful Letter from Birmingham Jail, and led the famed march from Selma to Montgomery. He was an example of how young people can be the catalysts to change the world. As part of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Celebration, the Capri Theater will host a Town Hall event featuring Millennial and Generation Z leaders discussing the importance of stepping into power. Audience members will have the opportunity to engage with young activists, educators, organizers, and lawmakers in a Town Hall-style format, followed by informal breakout conversations following the event. The event is hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, co-Chairs Rep. Kirk Hatcher (AL-78) and Rep. TaShina Morris (AL-77). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Wes Hutto: 903-262-0918; email@example.com.
The fall semester ended with flurry of scholarly lectures on campus. Emily Blejwas spoke on her book, “The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods,” as the Scarlet & Grey Shop’s first guest author event. Robbie Farquhar ’15, a history teacher and coach at LAMP High School, and his student made a presentation on the life story of an Alabama soldier killed in the Normandy invasion. Dr. Ed Bridges, retired director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and chair of the steering committee for the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, spoke on his book, “Alabama: The Making of a State,” an Alabama Bicentennial event supported by the libraries of the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium. Dr. Rick Chappell, retired research professor of physics, director of science and research communications, and executive director of the Dyer Observatory at Vanderbilt University (and a Huntingdon trustee) spoke on the observance of the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and reflected on the future of the space program. All events were free and open to all.
Fall Sport Recaps
FOOTBALL: Hawks football enjoyed an extra-long season in the fall after winning the USA South Conference championship for the fourth time in five years and beating Berry College in the first round of the NCAA Division III play-offs. Otis Porter ’20, Eric Thomas ’21, Darrell Hixon ’22, and Mal Caldwell ’21 earned All-South Region recognition with the release of the D3Football.com All-Region teams in December. Otis, who was named USA South Offensive Player of the Year, became only the second Huntingdon receiver to earn this recognition. He ended his college career as the Hawks’ career leader in receptions (160), receiving yards (3,045), and receiving touchdowns (35). Otis, Eric, Darrell, and Mal were also named to the USA South All-Conference first team in November 2019. Quarterback Michael Lambert ’20, offensive linemen Reed Crosby ’20 and Kodee Kuncho ’20, defensive lineman DeAnte Griffith ’20, and kicker Cole Starr ’22 were named to the USA South All-Conference second team. Head Coach Mike Turk was named USA South Coach of the Year.
VOLLEYBALL: Likewise, the Hawks Volleyball Team made it to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament before falling to Averett University. This was the team’s first appearance in the USA South semifinals. Amy Tyma ’21, USA South Player of the Year, became the first Huntingdon player to be named to the American Volleyball Association’s Division III South Region Team during the NCAA era. Amy and three teammates, Addison Genard ’21, April Reese ’20, and Ashley Murphy ’22 were named to All-Conference teams: Addi and Amy to the first team and April and Ashley to the second team, West Division. Taylor Wright ’20 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The season was one of the most successful for the program during the NCAA era. In addition to reaching the USA South Tournament for a fourth consecutive season and advancing to the semifinals for the first time, Huntingdon put together a 23-15 record. The 23 wins were the most for the Hawks since at least 2006. The season was the second in a row for Huntingdon reaching 20 wins—just the third time since 2005.
SOCCER: In soccer, mid-fielder Erin Cembrale ’23 and defender Erika Gebhard ’22 were named to the second team West Division by the USA South. The Lady Hawks made it to the conference quarterfinal match for the third consecutive year, where they lost to Greensboro College. Faithe Korponay ’23 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The men’s team achieved the most wins in a season since 2003. Kelan LeBlanc’22 ws named to the All-Conference third team and became the Hawks’ NCAA-era leader in assists. Thad Lievens ’23 was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
GOLF: The Hawks golf team, who entered their final fall tournament, the O-Briant-Jensen Memorial, ranked second in the nation in Division III, finished tied for seventh in the tournament. But the rest of the fall season was terrific, and we know they’ll be flying high again in the spring. Lady Hawks golf ended their fall season with their best round of golf of the season, accomplished in the final round of the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational at Coosa Country Club in Rome, Ga.
CROSS COUNTRY: Berea College swept the USA South conference titles for both men’s and women’s cross country. The Huntingdon men finished 12th in the championships. With only three women, there was no team score for Huntingdon women at the close of the tournament.
Hawks Feed the Hungry
The Huntingdon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee collected 6,052 non-perishable food items for the Montgomery Area Food Bank during the USA South Athletic Conference’s Cans Across the Conference food drive in November. All 18 member institutions of the USA South collected non-perishable items to benefit local charities of their choosing. As a whole, the conference collected 69,387 items, the largest count in the history of the community service program and an increase of more than 5,300 items over 2018. In the 16 years the conference has sponsored the initiative, 575,168 items have been donated.Huntingdon’s total was the most yet collected by the Hawks in the seven years they have taken part in the program. Huntingdon’s collection was the third most in the conference this year.
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- College Football Championship Watch Party—Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m., Searcy Theater (basement); free food and giveaways
- Huntingdon Concert Choir and Choral Ensembles Performance—Wednesday, January 15, Alabama Music Educators Association Pre-Concert, 6:00 p.m., Aldersgate United Methodist Church, chapel
- Huntingdon Concert Choir and Choral Ensembles Performance—Thursday, January 16, Alabama Music Educators Association, 1:00 p.m., Renaissance Hotel, Ballroom A
- Last day to Drop/Add a Course, Friday, January 17
- Meal Plan Changes Deadline, Friday, January 17, 4:00 p.m.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—Monday, January 20; no classes; offices open
- Reviving Your Research Brain—Wednesday, January 22, 11:45 a.m. or Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 p.m., Houghton Library Atrium (feel free to bring your lunch or dinner)
- 100 Days to Graduation—Thursday, January 30, 7:30–10:30 a.m.; Jackson Home 113 (the CCV office)
- In-Service Day, Friday, February 7; no classes, offices open
- CCV Business and Communications Networking Luncheon—Wednesday, February 5, 11:45 a.m., RSVP required
- 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
- 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
- End of Mid-term Grading Period—Friday, February 28
- The Miss Huntingdon Pageant—Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m., Drum Theater
- Baseball (season begins February 7)
- Basketball: Men; Women
- Beach Volleyball (season begins February 21)
- Golf: Men, Women
- Lacrosse: Men (season begins February 8); Women (season begins February 8)
- Softball (season begins February 15)
- Tennis: Men (season begins February 7); Women (season begins February 8, with scrimmages on the 7th)
- IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION: 2019 1098-T Forms will be sent to applicable students through the USPS by the IRS deadline of January 31, 2020. Forms will be mailed to the address on file in the Registrar’s Office and Business Office. If the address on file is not correct, please make sure you correct this information as soon as possible. To do so, in your Self Service account, go to the My Profile tab; select Addresses; select Add Address; select Address Type=Permanent; complete the starred items; save. The Registrar’s Office will receive notification of the update and they will notify the Office of Student Financial Services, in turn. Please correct your address by 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2020, to ensure that you receive your 1098-T at the correct address.
- 2020 MAGAZINE: Did you receive your 2020 Huntingdon College Magazine? If not you may pick up a copy in the Office of Communications, Jackson 112.
- BEWARE OF SCAMMERS: Experts are warning that when writing the year 2020 you should write the full year rather than just using “20” as a designation. Dishonest people can alter a check or other documents by adding numbers to the 20. Protect yourself.
- SUMMER ORIENTATION PROGRAMS: The dates for summer orientation programs for students entering in Fall 2020 have been set. They are June 18 and July 23. The website should be updated soon so that new students can register for the date that best fits their calendar.
- Two groups of Hawks had extra reasons to be thankful in the fall, as they spent Thanksgiving week either in Hawaii or Ireland for their Huntingdon Plan travel experience. We are thankful for their safe return.
- The Forensic/Debate Team competed in the Pejaver Memorial Forensics Tournament at Middle Tennessee State University in November, with Lavia Walker ’20 winning third place in Persuasion, third place in Prose, and Top Novice in Persuasion; and Colleen Collins ’20 winning fourth place in Persuasion.
- Thank you to the student-presenters for Houghton Library’s mini-conference, “To Boldly Go”: Stacy Brand, “The Future is Female: Women in Sci-Fi;” Courtney Moore, “Oh Honey, It’s Only Rocket Science;” and Riley Szabo, who spoke on Octavia Butler’s novel, “Kindred.”
- Meghin Agby ’17 and Sean Handerhan ’17 welcomed a daughter, Eilana Ivelle, November 21, 2019.
- Dr. Blake Ball, assistant professor of history, published a book review on Lara Saguisag’s “Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics.”
- Kevin Barnett ’18 and Rayne Ellis ’19 were married in December 2019.
- Han-‘Naeh Belser ’17 has moved from the bookstore to the Office of Disability Services, where she will serve as a learning support specialist. You may reach her at (334) 833-4466.
- Congratulations to the four Huntingdon students who had works accepted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art’s student exhibition, Local Landscapes, on display through Friday, January 17, in the ArtWorks Gallery: Tabatha-Marier Barrera, “Bellingrath in Bloom;” Haley Reynolds, “Elements of Alabama;” Aubrey Hill, “Southern Entrapment;” and Ashley Murphy, “The Story the Land Tells.”
- Zachary den Besten ’17 married Lindsay Pomranky, December 21, 2019.
- Chase (’11) and Chelsea Atkinson Blaich ’11 welcomed a son, Cooper William, December 1, 2019.
- Derick Bothwell ’15 married Kimberlyn Gilcock on December 28, 2019.
- Josh Childers ’16 married Reba Jones, November 23, 2019.
- Ann Clancy ’15 completed a master’s degree in energy policy and climate from The Johns Hopkins University in 2019.
- Rachel Crawford ’15 married Lawrence Hoffman, November 9, 2019.
- Chandler DeRieux ’18 completed a master’s degree in sport management from Auburn University-Montgomery.
- Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, professor of biology and chair, Department of Biology, was invited by the National Science Foundation to serve as a reviewer for the 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program for the Microbial Biology panel. The event will take place January 23.
- Anna Leigh Ergenbright ’17 married Ryan Brown, on October 26, 2019.
- Kyle Futral ’07 continues as principal of Holtville High School in Elmore County, Alabama. He also serves as a part-time worship pastor at First Baptist Church-Eclectic.
- Walker Garrett ’07 and his wife, Kelsea, welcomed a son, Walker Garrett, Jr., in November 2019.
- Dr. Rebecca Grant, a national security analyst based in Washington D.C., spoke on the proposed “Space Force” in November 19 in Dr. Jeremy Lewis‘ upper-level seminar class.
- Amber Hartley ’12 completed her Master of Accountancy degree at Auburn University-Montgomery in December 2019.
- Will (’13) and Shelby Robinson Hodgson ’14 welcomed daughter Scarlett Louise, October 31, 2019.
- We welcome Tina Hollinger as the new assistant manager of the Scarlet and Grey Shop. She formerly worked for ARAMARK Campus Dining Services.
- Jennifer (JJ) Jordan ’03 works as a school photographer for Dorian Studios in Portland, Oregon.
- Jarryd (’12) and Noele Mathis Keene ’12, married since March 23, 2019, live in Montgomery, where both work for Allyalign Health.
- Professor Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, was a featured speaker as part of a four-person panel for the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) East Coast Conference and moderated a roundtable during the conference, as well. He is a member of the ATIXA advisory board.
- Britni Northington King ’12 earned her master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Alabama in December 2019.
- Quarterback Michael Lambert ’20 was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week November 18 for his performance in the team’s 45-21 win over LaGrange, in which they clinched the USA South Conference championship. In the game, Michael completed 19 of 24 passes for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. Michael led the USA South in touchdown passes in the 2019 season.
- Keegan Lambeth ’14 earned a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
- Nick Lancaster ’14 and his wife, Briana, welcomed a son, Brycen James, November 10, 2019.
- Dr. Anthony Leigh, senior vice president for student and institutional development, completed his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Georgia in December 2019.
- Melissa McClure ’13 married John Allen Whitlow, November 16, 2019.
- Murrey McDonald ’17 married Drew Zimmerman, November 16, 2019.
- Austin Ohliger ’19 and Kayla Strickland ’19 were married January 4, 2020.
- Tyler Olsen ’15 married Meghan Wood ’14,November 2, 2019.
- Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, senior clinical professor of sport science and a Shape Brain Trust member, is quoted in an article on msn.com: “Why You Need Sleep to Build Muscle.” She’s also quoted in a similar article on shape.com: “How Sleeping Can Help You Build Muscle.”
- Cody Pearcy ’12 married Courtney Patrick, November 2, 2019.
- Linebacker Casey Peppers ’23 earned the USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week title two weeks in a row in November, recording 17 tackles and three tackles for loss in the two games.
- Hayley Praytor ’12 married Michael Abram, December 7, 2019.
- Debreshia Randolph ’17, site coordinator for Huntingdon’s Evening Bachelor’s Degree site at Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, Ala., and her husband, Robert, welcomed new daughter Rhyan, November 11, 2019.
- Shay Berryhill Richards ’04 works as an executive assistant at the University of Washington Medical Center.
- Dr. James Robinson ’04 has moved to New York City to continue his career as a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
- Abby Rohde ’18 graduated from Auburn University-Montgomery with a master’s degree in business administration.
- Russ Sandlin ’15 and Shay Roberson ’16 were married December 27, 2019.
- Kristy Sharpe ’16 has taken on the role of accounts payable clerk for the Business Office and simultaneously keeps the Huntingdon website current.
- Ryan Shores ’98 has joined the U.S. Department of Justice as associate deputy attorney general and senior advisor for technology industries.
- Jorgi Sims ’16 married Connor Weide, December 7, 2019.
- Nancy Canon Thackston ’19 has taken a position as a social services assistant for Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation Center.
- Blake Toole ’07 and his wife, Britton, welcomed a son, Rhodes Burgess, in December 2019.
- Nikki Kennedy Wheatley ’16 and her husband, Nathan, welcomed a daughter, Evelyn-Marie Grace, in December 2019.
- Ashton Brinley Williams ’17 completed a master’s degree in special education from the University of West Alabama.
- Anna DeMedicis Wright ’16 has been named assistant administrator at Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Tupelo, Miss. Anna completed an administrative fellowship at North Mississippi Medical Center during completion of her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. She then completed her Administrator-in-Training program at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She is a licensed nursing home administrator.
- Caitlin Wright ’23 was the winner of the $250 Regions Bank Scholarship drawing, announced during a Hawks football game in November, at which Regions provided a generous pizza tailgate for students, faculty, and staff.
PRAYERS AND CONCERNS
- Loyal Huntingdon friend Mary Lynn Brooks, a member of the John Massey Heritage Society, died November 17, 2019, in Chattanooga. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nadia Brooks Tuley ’66.
- Dr. Winifred (Winky) Bradley Clark ’46 died December 2, 2019, in Johnson City, Tenn.
- Sara Lee Insley Dunbar ’52 died December 16, 2019. She was an annual participant in Huntingdon’s Awards Convocation as she presented the Sara Lee Insley Dunbar Academic Achievement Award to the member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority who achieved the highest GPA. We extend our condolences to her daughter, Dorothy Dunbar Rogers ’78.
- Devoted Huntingdon alumna Ethel Ellis Gibson ’49 passed away November 15, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. Known by her Huntingdon classmates as “Toby,” she was a former member of the Huntingdon College Alumni Board, a member of the Huntingdon Society and the John Massey Heritage Society, and the 1976 recipient of the Huntingdon College Alumni Loyalty Award.
- Elmer Harris, a former Alabama Power CEO who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Huntingdon, died December 23, 2019.
- Susan Carroll Martin ’51 died December 11, 2019, in Columbus, Ga. She was a former president of the Huntingdon Student Government Association.
- Elton Ashley McGaha, Class of 1953, died January 6, 2020, in Montgomery.
- W. Keith Tomlinson ’84 passed away November 22, 2019. His contributions as a member of the Huntingdon baseball team led to his induction into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts and prayers are with:
- Mike Dunn, director of maintenance, on the death of his father, Thomas Dunn.
- Frank Grier, technology services, and Tricia Grier, travel-study, on the death of Frank’s mother.
- John L. Griggs and London Johnson, housekeeping, on the death of their mother.
- Joe (’88) and Allyce Sikes Read ’90, on the death of Joe’s father, January 1, 2020.
- Fran Taylor, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, on the death of her mother.
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