The Talon, March 13, 2017


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

March 13, 2017


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

Deadline for graduation regalia approaching

Seniors, March 17, at 11:59 p.m., is the last minute to order your graduation regalia (cap, gown, hood), invitations, and associated items online through Herff Jones. If you haven’t done so already, order your graduation items this week by visiting this link:

A new Miss Huntingdon is crowned

Josie Waddell, a sophomore exercise science major from Tuscumbia, Alabama, was crowned Miss Huntingdon 2017 at the conclusion of the Miss Huntingdon Pageant held Saturday, March 11. Josie is a member of and was sponsored by the Student Alumni Association for the pageant. She’s also a member of Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Huntingdon Student Recruiters, Campus Ministries, and the Women’s Tennis Team. She has served with Girls on the Run, which was her pageant platform, and with the Montgomery Humane Society, Make-a-Wish, Aldersgate United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, and Helen Keller Hospital. Macy Martin was named First Runner-Up, Taylor Young was named Second Runner-up and Miss Philanthropy, and Aina Grods was chosen asname Miss Congeniality.

Beach Volleyball set to serve

Friday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. the new beach volleyball court constructed on the north end of the football practice field will be dedicated as the Alice Reynolds Outdoor Volleyball Center as the new beach volleyball team is set to begin its first ever home match. Ms. Reynolds, a long-time Huntingdon neighbor and trustee, was an advocate for Huntingdon in the community until her death in 2014. Educated at a liberal arts college, she held a deep affinity for Huntingdon and for the College’s mission in higher education. The dedication ceremony will be followed by the game at 4:00 p.m.

Alfa Foundation scholarship competition

If you’re a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Alfa Foundation Scholarship, open to high school seniors and to post-secondary undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in an Alabama two- or four-year college, university, or technical school. $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, and a statement of goals and aspirations. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required. You can join the Alabama Farmers Federation by visiting any Alfa Insurance office in Alabama or joining online at

Greek Weekend

Students who are members of Greek organizations that are part of the Panhellenic or Interfraternity Council will celebrate their organizations during Greek Weekend, March 16–18. Events are as follows:

  • Order of Omega Greek Awards
    Thursday, March 16, 7–8:30p, Montgomery Country Club
  • Italian Ice Social on the Porch
    Friday, March 17, 11:45a–1p, the Hut Porch
  • Mock Rock (open to all)
    Friday, March 17, 8–9p, Roland Arena
  • Softball Red Pride (Tailgate—open to all)
    Saturday, March 18, 12–3p, Softball Field
  • Campus Band Party (open to all)
    Saturday, March 18, 7–9p, Top Stage/Rain plan: Wilson Gym; admission: clothing to be donated to Hope Inspired Ministries

Springing away

Several Huntingdon Plan senior trips are planned to take place during spring break 2017. One group will head to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Canada; a second group will enjoy Hawaii; and a third group will ski (among other adventures) in Seattle, Portland, and Mt. Hood. In June, Huntingdon Plan travelers will fly to Costa Rica and Alaska.


  • Applications are being accepted from high school students who are interested in playing for the 2017 Symphonic Honor Band. The application deadline is March 28.
  • The Department of Sport Science and Physical Education hosted the state Special Olympics basketball championships last week. Huntingdon students served as referees, scorers, statisticians, and cheerleaders.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson’s Anatomy and Physiology students are completing “real-world labs” this semester in the cardiac rehab unit at Baptist South.
  • Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman’s Adapted Physical Education class is working with special needs students from Garrett and Wilson elementary schools this semester. The schools bring students to campus for physical education and movement training adapted to their needs.
  • President J. Cameron West will lead the communion/Chapel service this Wednesday, March 15, in Jean Rodgers Chapel, 11:45a–12:15p.

Coming Events

  • Tuesday, March 14: Pi Day! Come to Wilson 208–209 for tutoring, math competition, and extra credit. The event is sponsored by the Math Club.
  • Houghton Library and the Huntingdon Women’s Center invite you to a showing of the documentary, The Girls in the Band, Tuesday, March 14, 6–7:30p in the Atrium. The 2011 documentary examines women instrumentalists from the Big Band era through the present and the obstacles they faced to gain professional recognition for their talents and accomplishments.
  • Today is the last day to sign up for the Office of Counseling Services’ free workshop, Practicing Self Care, to be held Thursday, March 16, 12:20-1:50p, in the Counseling Services lobby, Jackson Home 112. This workshop (note that this is not group counseling) will teach how to take care of yourself to increase personal happiness and academic success, and to reduce stress. Email Kelley Rehm today to sign up at Sign-ups are limited to the first 10 students. Lunch will be provided.
  • Houghton Library and the Huntingdon Women’s Center invite you to The Salon, Thursday, March 16, 3:30–4:30p in the Atrium. The theme is “Austentacious,” in which participants will read from the work of Jane Austen and other women authors in observance of Women’s History Month and of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.
  • A meeting of the new Rotaract Club will be held Friday, March 17, at 11:45a in Flowers 102. Come here guest speaker Brian McDowell of Spectrum Reach Communications and learn more about this club, which is affiliated with Rotary Club International. Door prizes will be given.
  • CANCELED: Huntingdon Harmony Rock Legends concert, Tuesday, March 21
  • Hap Arnold Lecture Series: Leadership in Changing Times; Wednesday, March 22, 6p, Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith, four Air War College students from Maxwell Air Force Base will share personal and professional stories as well as their views on a wide range of military and policy topics, then answer questions in an open forum (open to all)
  • SPRING BREAK, March 27–31; offices closed; no classes
  • Watch your email for announcements regarding Hogwarts at Huntingdon: Houghton Library’s observance of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, with presentations on magical creatures, potions, and astronomy during the week we return from Spring Break. All of those offering seminars are Hogwarts adjunct faculty (and full-time Huntingdon faculty).
  • SGA Inauguration Dinner, Wednesday, April 5

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Taylor Claire Bean ’14 has announced her engagement to Patrick Hyland.
  • Linsley Bowlan ’17 has announced her engagement to Jordan Dale (brother of Mo Dale ’16).
  • Dusty Catala ’20 was named USA South Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Week February 27 after earning three wins (and no losses) in matches at No. 1 singles and two wins and no losses in doubles play in the team’s 9-0 sweep against Wesleyan College.
  • Rebecca Chavers ’14 married Patrick Johnston, March 4, 2017.
  • Kimberly Baker Cochrane ’02 and her husband, David, have moved to Eastpoint, Florida, where both are teachers. Kim teaches English language arts and social studies to fifth grade students.
  • Jerome Davis ’17 is working as a fellow in the Equal Justice Initiative’s Justice Fellowship.
  • The Rev. Dr. Mark La Branche, who served as chaplain and vice president for development at Huntingdon, will assume the presidency of Martin Methodist College later this summer. He has served as president of Louisburg College for the past eight years.
  • Raina Lanier ’18 was named USA South Softball Pitcher of the Week March 6 after earning two complete-game victories in two starts for the Hawks during the previous week.
  • Jamie Lin Langford ’17 has received an offer of admission to the master’s program in athletic training at Samford University beginning fall 2017.
  • Caroline McBroom ’18 was named the USA South Women’s Tennis Player of the Week March 6 following a match-clinching win in the number six singles spot versus Berry College.
  • Halston Michaud ’17 and Anna Leigh Page ’18 were married March 4, 2017.
  • Wes Powell ’20 was name USA South Baseball Rookie of the Week February 27 after an 8-for-15 performance, scoring four runs and five RBIs against Washington & Lee and Emory during the week prior.
  • Lori Bonds Rider ’10 and her husband, Wesley, welcomed daughter Charlie Kate, March 1, 2017.
  • Shea Rowe ’16 has enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
  • Holle Hartzog Smith ’03 and her husband, Stuart, welcomed baby boy Hooper Griffin, February 27, 2017.
  • Sarah Ward ’12 has announced her engagement to Tyler Pair.
  • Dr. Wade Whatley ’06 married Ciara Culverhouse, March 4, 2017.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our sympathies are extended to the families of:
    • Troy Nicholas Mandris, in the death of his grandmother, February 26
    • Mark White, in the death of his grandfather, earlier this month
  • Flora Grant Reese ’57, a retired Huntingdon librarian, died during the weekend. No details are available at this writing.

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