The Talon, January 9, 2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

January 9, 2017


More about some of these stories may be found in the News section on the Huntingdon website.

First week reminders

Welcome or welcome back! During this first week of classes, remember …

  • If you’re new to campus, get your parking permit in the Security Office, Wilson Center first floor (it’s free but you’ll need to take info about your car and your license plate number). Security will begin issuing citations next week.
  • If you want to change your meal plan this semester from the default 15-meal plan to the 10-(with $200 in flex points) or 19-(with $50 flex points), do so by Friday, January 13, at 4:00 p.m. Do this even if you changed your meal plan last semester, because you automatically begin each semester with the default plan. Here’s how to change:
    • online, visit
    • log in with your email and SelfServ password
    • select request type “Change Meal Plan”
    • select either “10 Meal Plan” or “19 Meal Plan”
    • click save and the process will be complete. You’ll receive a confirmation email.
  • The Add/Drop deadline for class registration is Friday, January 13. See an email from Ms. Adrienne Gaines with instructions on changing your schedule. Remember that changes that drop your schedule below 12 hours will affect your financial aid, housing status, and athletic eligibility.
  • Buy (or pick up–for those on the new Information Resources plan) your books in the Huntingdon bookstore this week. Unpurchased or unclaimed materials and books are returned to the publishers within a few weeks. The bookstore (located in Roland Student Center) is open 8:30a–5p daily this week.
  • If you anticipate a credit to your account (money leftover after your bill is paid), pay attention to the Book Voucher Schedule or the Commuter Meal Plan schedule sent by email from Ms. Amanda McElwain.
  • Payment of tuition and fees is due. Statements have been published to students’ SelfServ accounts.
  • Did you receive your copy of the 2017 Huntingdon College Magazine? If not, pick one up in the Office of Communications, Flowers 103.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated with service

Huntingdon will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year with a Day of Service, Monday, January 16. In cooperation with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), students will assemble Homeless Kits during the morning hours and Health Kits during the afternoon hours. Huntingdon faculty, friends, students, and staff may donate (new) socks, bottled water (the size that will fit in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag), and granola bars for the Homeless Kits. The kits will be assembled on campus and will be used for homeless relief in the River Region. Donations will also be accepted for the Health Kits, one of UMCOR’s greatest needs. Take donations to The Hut. Give with Hawk spirit! There are no classes January 16. Houghton Library will show the film of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at 9a, noon, and 8:30p that day.

HLA registrations welcome

If you know a high school student who is a United Methodist and is discerning his or her call to a ministry profession or to church service, encourage him or her to participate in the 2017 Huntingdon Leadership Academy, June 25–30. A generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., supports this year’s academy, which has been expanded to five days and includes accommodations in Huntingdon residence halls. Current high school sophomores or juniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort will benefit from the program.

Cross Country program back on track

Dan August, who completed a master’s degree in leadership and innovation at Wisconsin Lutheran College in December, has joined the Huntingdon athletics staff as head coach for the cross country programs. He served as a grad assistant for the WLC cross country and track teams and was a four-year letter-winner in cross country and track and field at Carthage College. Huntingdon cross country will resume competition in the fall of 2017.

Announcements and Coming Events

  • The Office of Student Life is celebrating Welcome Back Week with food and fun for all, beginning with chicken biscuits this morning and continuing with Tuesday Night Worship (every Tuesday at 8p); Men’s Basketball Red Pride Night (Wednesday,  7p, Roland Arena); Ice Skating (Thursday, 7:30p, Eastdale Mall, free with student ID); and Rockin’ Jump (Friday, 8p, free with student ID).
  • The Center for Career and Vocation will offer a University of Alabama Law School information session, Wednesday, January 25, 11:45a to 1p in the Stallworth Dining Room. Bring your lunch and learn more. Contact the CCV ( to sign up.
  • The CCV will offer a University of South Alabama School of Allied Health information session, Wednesday, February 8, 11:45a to 1p in the Stallworth Dining Room. Bring your lunch and learn more. Contact the CCV ( to sign up.
  • The CCV will present a panel of attorneys to discuss the law profession, Wednesday, March 8, 11:45a to 1p in the Stallworth Dining Room. Bring your lunch and learn more. Contact the CCV ( to sign up.
  • In-Service Days for the spring semester are Fridays, January 27, February 17, March 3, and April 14 (Good Friday).

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Ashley Adams ’12, a first grade teacher for Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Holy Spirit Campus, and Mike Watts ’09 have announced their engagement. They will be married in June 2017.
  • Hawks quarterback Luke Bailey ’17, defensive lineman Heath McCray ’17, and linebacker Trey Hayes ’19 were named to the All-Region Team in December. This is the sixth consecutive year the Hawks have had two or more players honored with inclusion on the All-Region team.
  • Lauren Coe ’15 and Josh Veazey ’16 were married December 17, 2016.
  • Daniel Davis ’13 has begun a new position as coordinator of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s SPLC On Campus program. He will complete his Master in the Arts of Religion degree from Yale Divinity School in May 2017.
  • Zach den Besten ’17 has been offered admission to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
  • Ken Garrett, who has been a member of the Huntingdon staff for more than 25 years, announced in December that he will retire (again) at the close of this academic year. His wife, Linda, and both children, Matt and Michelle, are Huntingdon alumni. Ken works in the Print and Mail Services Center.
  • Wesley Guy ’13 is a new State Farm insurance agent in Alabaster, Alabama (your “Guy” for all your insurance needs).
  • Montgomery attorney Joe Hubbard ’03, who owns the Joe Hubbard Law Firm, has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
  • The Huntingdon Plan trip to Hawaii during Thanksgiving break 2016 took on special significance for at least two participants, when, during a group stop at Diamond Head State Park, Justin McQueen ’17 took a knee and presented a real diamond to Jamie Lin Langford ’17. She said yes.
  • Emily Minor ’15 married Mac Wingard, December 17, 2016.
  • Richard Moses ’61 has retired from his position as a primary examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He and his wife, Barbara, live in West Virginia.
  • Amanda Thomley ’08 married Joe Marsh, December 17, 2016.
  • Allison Vuyovich ’12 has been hired as director of Christian education for MacPherson Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Barbara Whatley Christenberry ’78, whose husband, David, passed away December 19, 2016 in Montgomery. Barbara is a loyal alumna and David supported her alma mater, as well.
  • Barbara Johnston Dismukes ’50 died December 19, 2016, in Birmingham. She was a recipient of the Alumni Loyalty Award and a former member of the National Alumni Board. Barbara was the first woman to earn a Master of Science degree in zoology and entomology from Auburn University.
  • Celia Price Sims ’68, a loyal and faithful member of the Huntingdon Society, died January 5, 2017, in Wetumpka, Alabama. We extend our condolences to her husband, William Roland Sims ’69.
  • James Rufus Spear ’67, a former member of the National Alumni Board and of the Montgomery City Council, died November 22, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
  • We were saddened to learn of the death of Dana Temple, husband of Lisa Cheek Temple ’97 and father of Dana “Temp” Temple ’16, November 24, 2016, in Montgomery.

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