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The Talon, July 5, 2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


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

Disbrow appointed dean

Huntingdon College president J. Cameron West and provost Chad Eggleston announced June 15 the appointment of Dr. Lynn Disbrow, professor of communication studies, as dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. A member of the Huntingdon faculty since 2010, Dr. Disbrow has served in a number of key roles, including chairing the Department of Communication Studies and Psychology and the Tenure, Promotion, and Development Committee. She has also served on two committees tasked with revisions to the College’s general education curriculum.

Student Life settling in

We welcome Craig Shore to the Office of Student Life as assistant director of residence life/senior residence director, Blount Hall, and with his hire, the new Student Life family is almost complete. When you stop in the Hut, you’ll find Dr. Frank Parsons, vice president for student life; Fran Taylor, dean of students; Kristin McDaniel ’11, assistant dean of students, who will coordinate Greek life, the Leadership Initiative, and SGA; Talyn Sands, coordinator of campus recreation and intramurals, and residence director, Ligon Hall; Sallie Forrester, director of student activities; and Camilla Irvin, director of student health services. A search is underway for a residence director for Searcy Hall who will also coordinate community service initiatives. Offices for Kelley Rehm, director of counseling services, and Woods Lisenby ’11, chaplain, are in Jackson Home.

Huntingdon hosts Media Day

Huntingdon will host the annual USA South Athletic Conference Football Media Day, Monday, August 1. Head football coaches from each of the eight contenders in that sport will speak. Conference football opponents include Maryville (Tennessee), N.C. Wesleyan (Rocky Mount), Averett (Danville, Virginia), LaGrange (Georgia), Methodist (North Carolina), Greensboro (North Carolina), and Ferrum (Virginia). Results of the pre-season football poll will be released at the event. Huntingdon President J. Cameron West has been elected chair of the Presidents Council of the USA South Athletic Conference for the coming year. Huntingdon is the USA South defending champion as we enter the 2016 season, posting a 7-0 conference record in 2015.

Can you see them?

Regardless of your visual acumen, we’re all seeing 2020 as part two of the Class of 2020 will be on campus July 28–29 for New Student Orientation, Session II. More than 160 students attended Session I in June. This year’s Orientation Leaders are Te Archible ’17, exercise science, Mobile, Ala.; Miles Barnhardt ’18, English, Monroeville, Ala.; Ragin Berry ’19, political science, Enterprise, Ala.; Abby Blankenship ’18, communication studies, Alexander City, Ala.; Luke Boyd ’18, biochemistry, Luverne, Ala.; Bailey Burns ’18, biology, Arab, Ala.; Meagan Clausell ’18, biochemistry, Uriah, Ala.; Morgan Clausell ’18, exercise science, Uriah, Ala.; Emily Conoly ’19, undeclared, Montgomery; Morgan Harris ’19, undeclared, Brantley, Ala.; Vic Jerald ’18, sport management, Birmingham; Hannah Johnson ’18, elementary education/collaborative special education, Greenville, Ala.; Jennifer Knox ’19, religion, Alexander City, Ala.; Alex Manning ’17, chemistry, Montgomery; Bria Rochelle ’18, exercise science, Mobile, Ala.; Abby Rohde ’18, business administration, Montgomery; Ryan Runager ’17, religion/communication studies, Moulton, Ala.; Kayla Strickland ’19, accounting, Skipperville, Ala.; and Joe Thomas ’17, accounting, Birmingham. We’re grateful to Diane Humphreys ’15, who returned to help organize and lead this year’s orientation sessions.

Honors are for the birds!

176 Huntingdon Hawks were named to the the USA South Academic All-Conference Team in June; once again, more than any other member institution. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 GPA during each semester of the school year. Members of sports not sponsored by the conference, including women’s golf, men’s lacrosse and wrestling, are eligible for recognition.

Huntingdon hosts second annual Leadership Academy

Huntingdon welcomed a group of high school students who are members of churches in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of The United Methodist Church for participation in the 2016 Huntingdon Leadership Academy June 22–24. HLA was established in 2015. High school juniors and seniors who have the gifts and graces for ministry of any sort—whether as deacons or elders, missionaries, music ministers, children’s or youth pastors, worship leaders, or lay leaders, among the many ways to minister—are welcome at this three-day retreat, which is sponsored by a grant from the Lilley Endowment.

SaveFirst makes an impact

Huntingdon students who offered free tax preparation services as volunteers for SaveFirst, a program of Impact Alabama, prepared 1,425 tax returns for working area families that secured $3.2 million in tax refunds and saved the families approximately $570,000 in commercial tax preparation fees during the 2016 tax season. The SaveFirst Initiative exists to ensure that low-income families receive the full Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits to which they are entitled and encourages long-term financial planning and asset-building. With more that 62% of EITC recipients in Alabama paying commercial preparers to complete their taxes, Alabama families lose more than $126 million in commercial tax preparation fees annually. The Huntingdon volunteers, coordinated by Professor Brianne Wilson, accounting, were part of more than 550 students from 20 campuses across the state whose state-wide impact served 9,000 families, $17.8 million in refunds, and saved $3.6 million in commercial prep fees. Bravo to the Huntingdon team of volunteers!


  • Summer office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays until August 15
  • If you missed registering for Fall 2016 during the designated weeks, it’s not too late. Simply speak with your adviser and register now. If we can help you iron out any issues that are preventing you from registering, please see Ms. Maryann Beck ’92 in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment for assistance.
  • Counseling Services is open all summer for students who are taking summer classes or who are registered for the fall. Summer is one of the best times to come to counseling because it enables you to work through problems without the added stress of school. Please call or email Ms. Kelley Rehm (krehm@hawks.huntingdon.edu) if you would like to set up an appointment or if you have any questions.
  • The Tech Team has moved their offices from the ground floor of Flowers Hall to the first floor of the Wilson Center. Check their new locations on the staff directory pages if you need to find them: Frank Grier, John Persons, Chris Williams, Kristy Sharpe.
  • Thank you to all who voted for MANE (Huntingdon service partner, the Montgomery Area Non-traditional Equestrians) to receive a new horse! They came in 4th in the competition and therefore were able to make the fourth pick of a new gentle therapy horse.


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  • Ten Huntingdon Hawks were among the recipients of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s All-American Athlete of the Year awards. Congratulations to Jenna Dorman, Jesse Dunn, Jake Green, Octavis Harris, John Iwaniec, Patrick Kucera, Don Maxwell, Alec Raley, Landon Sessions, and Jacob Wright. They were nominated by Huntingdon director of strength and conditioning Charlie Goodyear.
  • Allison Bazell has been promoted to admission specialist and assistant registrar for the Evening Studies program.
  • We welcome Laura Marie Tyree Brelsford ’05 as director of college relations in the Office of College and Alumni Relations. She is married to Joel Brelsford ’93.
  • LeeAnn Cahoon ’17 was the medalist in stroke play and advanced to the consolation semifinals of the Championship Division in match play during the 84th Women’s State Amateur golf tournament in June. The tournament was held at the Musgrove Country Club in Jasper, Alabama.
  • India Chaney ’16 has been admitted to Trinity School of Medicine, based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She will complete her third- and fourth-year clinical rotations in U.S. and/or Canadian hospitals.
  • Casey Chrietzberg ’08 has returned as head softball coach for the Lady Hawks. Welcome home, Casey!
  • 2016 Ellison and Loeb lecturer Katherine Clark was announced the 2015 Willie Morris Award winner for Southern fiction for her first novel, The Headmaster’s Darlings, in June.
  • Walt Cobb ’16 will begin studies with Cumberland School of Law in August.
  • Dr. Jim Conely, adjunct instructor of piano and organ, has been invited to play a post-theatre organ recital in the heart of Broadway at St. Malachy’s, the Actor’s Chapel in New York City’s theatre district in late October. This will be the third recital he has given in New York.
  • Coleman (’06) and Emily Webster Cosgrove ’07 have moved to the Harvest/Madison area, where Coleman will begin his osteopathic medicine residency with a Decatur hospital. Emily, who has been directing the writing center for a college near their home in Dothan, is working on a new project set to arrive later this fall.
  • Kristen Curtis ’16 and Micah Wright ’15 were married June 25, 2016, at First United Methodist Church-Montgomery.
  • Brandon and Angela Bryant Dainas (both Class of 2007) welcomed son George Russell Dainas, May 25, 2016.
  • Dusti Doss ’09 married Bart Starkey, June 11, 2016.
  • Provost Chad Eggleston, mathematics professor Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, and Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman, dean of the School of Sport Science and Teacher Education, have offered their wisdom in service to students from Valiant Cross Academy in Montgomery this summer. The students visit campus once a month as part of an ongoing relationship with Huntingdon.
  • Ron Fullove II ’12 has been hired as athletic trainer/chiropractic assistant at Bloch Chiropractic Wellness and Sports Medicine, Long Beach, California.
  • Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology, has returned from another summer teaching experience with Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
  • Incoming Class of 2020 student  Walker Gregory spent a month this summer in Donegal, Ireland, to study Gaelic. He is a cadet with the Marion Military Institute.
  • A short story, “Kinney in the Dreamtime,” by Professor Jim Hilgartner, English, has been accepted for publication in the 2016 issue of the Vermont Literary Review.
  • Taylor Hughes ’15 and admission counselor Sjohna Pierce ’15 were married June 25 in Ligon Chapel. Taylor is the son of the Reverend Tony Max Hughes ’78 and Beth Jackson Hughes ’82, and the brother of Thomas Hughes ’13 (whose is married to Ashley Angerman Hughes ’15).
  • Caleb Kimbrough has joined the athletic staff as associate head men’s basketball coach. He will take over as head men’s coach when Coach Mike Pugh retires at the end of the upcoming season.
  • Addison Lambeth ’17 (I know, we write about him in every issue, but gosh, what a year for him!) has been named the 2016 NCAA-Division III Jack Nicklaus Award winner. Folks, that’s a big deal. He’s also been named male Student-Athlete of the Year by the USA South Conference with the announcement of the Don Scalf Award winners June 3. He was also named First Team All-America by the Golf Coaches Association in their Ping All-America teams. AND he finished second in the Barbasol Shoot-Out at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, in June. I could go on, too, but you get the idea.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, introduced the film, “The Queen,” June 20, part of the Political Film Series sponsored by the AUM Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the College of Public Policy and Justice.
  • Jesse Masters has joined the athletics staff as assistant wrestling coach.
  • The Reverend David Morris ’06 was ordained an Elder in Full Connection with the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, June 13, 2016. He is the son of the Reverend Dan Morris and Sharmon Vickers Morris, both Class of 1979.
  • Kayla Northington ’11 has announced her engagement to Logan Barnes.
  • Former Huntingdon baseball player Joseph Odom (Class of 2014) is moving up in professional baseball. He joined the Double-A Mississippi Braves in June after playing with the High-Class A Lynchburg Hillcats and the Carolina Mudcats. He was a 13th-round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2013.
  • Lisa Andrich Olson ’06 and her husband, Michael, welcomed son Gideon Saevar, July 4, 2016.
  • Jack Pitts ’16 has been accepted to Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. He will begin study this fall and plans to specialize in wetlands/conservation law.
  • Brandon Rockett ’16 has announced his engagement to Shelby Lynn Gautney. They are planning a spring 2017 wedding.
  • Dr. Chasi Fowler Skinner ’08 was among the emergency room physicians who worked with victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month. We’re grateful for her application of wisdom in service!
  • The Reverend Jeremy Steele ’01 was ordained an Elder in Full Connection with the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, June 13, 2016. He is married to Laura Flynn Steele ’01.
  • Anna Stephens ’15 and Dominique Thomas ’16 were married June 11, 2016.
  • Nathan and Ginny Miller Sumner (both Class of 2002) welcomed their third son, Daniel Lee, January 27, 2016. He joins older brothers Robert, 6, and William, 4. Nathan serves as Chief of Neurology for Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Will Thrash ’18 tied for second to qualify for the 110th Southern Amateur Championship Tournament, to be played July 14–17 at Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The tournament is described by Huntingdon director of golf Dave Schreyer ’79 as one of the top ten amateur events in the country. Will also earned recognition as an honorable mention All-America golfer on the Golf Coaches Association of America Division III Ping All-America Team. Will finished the season tied for 12th in NCAA-Division III standings and scored fifth in the USA South Conference Tournament.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 has been awarded a $5,000 Literary Arts Fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), one of 16 recipients in the state. She chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.
  • Zack Turner ’14 has been hired as student activities manager at the University of Southern Mississippi Office of Student Activities.
  • Brad Vest ’09 married Emily Gover, June 4, 2016.


  • Marian Florence Gay Parker, a former member of the Huntingdon faculty, passed away June 14, 2016, in Montgomery.

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