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The Talon, March 23, 2021


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March 23, 2021

What’s New

Stallworth Lecture Features Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers, an internationally recognized authority on environmental justice and a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, will deliver the 2021 Stallworth Lecture, Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. CDT. The lecture, “Sanitation Equity: Bridging the Divide,” will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Ms. Flowers is a native of Lowndes County, Alabama, where failed infrastructure in public water and sanitation, public health, and economic development has led to raw sewage in yards and waterways, contaminated drinking water, and a resurgence of parasitic infection long thought to have been eradicated in the United States. Her work has brought national attention to the reasons the failure of these important and necessary systems contribute to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease. Ms. Flowers is the author of “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret” (2020, The New Press), a Smithsonian Magazine Top Ten Best Science Book of 2020. The Zoom link for this event is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89444877355?pwd=VXBKRDI0blNSYVJwTjNHbWJHVUJjUT09.

Farewell to Dean Fran                                                            

During her nine years of service to Huntingdon College, vice president for student affairs and dean of students Fran Taylor has focused her attention on students: how to find and prepare yourself for life in the real world, as director of the Center for Career and Vocation (2012–2015) and how to thrive in student life (2015–2021). Last week, she announced that she will retire June 1. She will be deeply missed. If you can make time to write a farewell, see the tributes on the College’s Facebook and Insta accounts and add your words of warmth for her journey.

Here Come Flexible Fridays!

Next fall the College’s daily calendar will morph to accommodate longer sessions during four days of the instructional/teaching week, Monday through Thursday, as Fridays become “flexible,” allowing time for all-things-college and all-things-human. Read more about the particulars here.

Fluff Up Your Feathers

One of the most fun events and biggest bargains of the year—especially as you’re planning your professional wardrobe—is the CCV’s JC Penney Suit-Up Event. This year you can shop either online or in the store, Sunday, April 18, 3:00–6:00 p.m. Save up to 60% on men’s and women’s career apparel, shoes, and accessories. Door prizes will be awarded. See your email for the event flyer from the CCV (3/18/21) and text for your coupon, or pick up your coupon in the store.

Library Presents 2021 Mini-Conference

Houghton Library will host “Representation,” a fitting title to describe the conference topic as well as what happens when you present your paper, panel, creative literature, or artwork during a conference segment, April 5 and 7. The topic is an extension of the library’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, but you can discuss any related topic. If you’d like to “Represent,” submit your proposal by Friday, March 26. Contact Prof. Eric A. Kidwell, director of the library, ekidwell@hawks.huntingdon.edu; or Ms. Paige Crumbley ’14, access services librarian, at paige.crumbley@hawks.huntingdon.edu.

Learn More about the Peace Corps

Interested in serving in or learning more about the Peace Corps? Huntingdon alumna Sue Miller ’99 will present “The Peace Corps at Sixty,” an online video conference for the Alabama World Affairs Council, Tuesday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom. Sue is a foreign assistance expert with 20 years of experience in designing policy and strategy for development and humanitarian assistance programs in Latin America, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa. She has implemented large foreign assistance programs for the U.S. Department of State, the Peace Corps, the U.S. Agency for International Development, a development consulting firm, and non-profit organizations. Sue served the Peace Corps in Russia and in the new nation of Timor Leste before leading multi-million-dollar projects for non-profits. She later returned to the Peace Corps, serving as the director of programming and training and acting country director in the Republic of Georgia, Panama, and the Philippines. Sue is currently the team lead at Dexis Consulting Group for a $30+ million program to support the Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of Western Hemisphere Programs. Sue lives in Washington, D.C., and exhibits her fine art photos in several area galleries and juried shows. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Huntingdon College and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. She speaks English, Spanish, Russian, and Tetum.

SGA Executive Board Elected

Students elected an all-new line-up of officers to lead the 2021–2022 Student Government Association. Congratulations to president Cameron J. Nicely ’22; vice president Chris Mayer ’22; secretary Kennedy Chambers ’24; treasurer Emma Hallman ’24; and director of publicity Jasmine Paynter ’23. The new officers have already taken charge of their positions. VP Chris Mayer reports that fall 2020 legislation passed by SGA, before the new leadership took office, included passing resolutions to update the hours of service for the POD so that it would remain open until 5:00 p.m.; add whiteboards in Blount study rooms; and allocate funds for security enhancements to the houses on College Court. Outgoing leadership, to whom we extend congratulations and thanks: Lucy Burch ’21, president; Addison Fuller ’21, vice president; Kennedy Jenkins ’23, secretary; Shea George ’21, treasurer; and Koby Townsend ’21, director of publicity.

Fall Registration Approaching

The schedule for fall term classes 2021 should be available March 29. Take time to consider your schedule and discuss with your adviser during the week of April 5. Registration will take place the week of April 12. Stay tuned for information about when each class level cohort will register.

Coming Events

  • SGA Inauguration, Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.; https://www.facebook.com/hchuthappenings
  • Stallworth Lecture Series, Thurs., March 25, featuring Lowndes Co. native and MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers. More information above.
  • End of Mid-Term Grading Period, Fri., March 26
  • Acoustic Karaoke in The Grove, Fri., March 26, 7:30 p.m., featuring Captain Chaplain and the Rowdy Bois Band. Submit your song choices.
  • “The Peace Corps at Sixty,” Sue Miller ’99, address to the Alabama World Affairs Council via Zoom, Tuesday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. CDT via Zoom. More information above.
  • CCV Internship Information Session, Wednesday, March 31, 12:00–1:00 p.m., via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82200773209?pwd=UW1jaE41MEs3QlNVbVJEWGg0MCtPZz09
  • “Reviving Your Research Brain: Part 2: Electric Boogaloo,” presented by Paige Crumbley ’14, Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6688783645?pwd=akhJOHBiY204V00yWWxLQzFLOFhOQT09
  • “The Vagina Monologues,” presented by the Women’s Center, Thursday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. See your email for the link.
  • Good Friday, no classes/offices closed, Fri., April 2; Last day to change to P/N grading, audit, or non-credit status
  • Easter, April 4
  • “Representation,” a Houghton Library Mini-Conference, April 5 and 7
  • In-Service Day, Friday, April 9
  • Last day to withdraw from a course without grade penalty and receive WP or WF, Friday, April 16
  • CCV-JC Penney Suit-Up Event, Sunday, April 18, 3:00–6:00 p.m. in store and online. More information above.
  • CCV Hawk Talk, Sport Management, via Zoom, April 23
  • Last day of classes, spring term, May 14
  • Finals, May 17–21
  • Commencement, May 29, 6:00 p.m. on The Green (day and evening graduates combined)


  • Free online 24/7 tutoring is available by logging in to tutor.com. See your email for instructions on how to log-in (from Vaughan Dickson, 2/10/21). In addition, you may sign up for one-on-one or group tutoring sessions with an HC peer mentor through the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. View the Academic Mentoring Team’s offerings in the Staton Center’s Canvas course at https://huntingdon.instructure.com/courses/1392 (log-in from a laptop, not your phone). Questions? Contact Ms. Dickson at statoncenter@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Houghton Library is collecting memories of the COVID-19 pandemic for the College Archives from students, faculty, staff, and administration. They invite you to reflect on the experience in video or written format. Send your submissions to frankthelibraryghost@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Huntingdon Security has launched an Instagram account in order to post up-to-date safety and security information. Follow them @HC_Security.
  • Apply nowto be an Orientation Leader! Applications must be completed by April 9. Provide 2 letters of recommendation (1 from someone at HC) emailed to spalek@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • Circle K, the college arm of Kiwanis Club International, invites you to consider membership. Huntingdon’s club was chartered in 2018 in recognition of the importance of service. During the past year, the club has participated in service with the Alabama National Fair, March of Dimes, Angel Tree, That’s My Child, Distinguished Young Women, and Rise Against Hunger. Many members were active in high school Key Clubs. Complete the membership interest form to learn more.

Sports Talk

Composite Sports Schedule

  • Baseball: The Hawks stand at 8-7 (no conference play yet) after a big win over rival Piedmont College on Saturday. Colton Clark ’22 leads the team in hits with 23, (19 Runs and 11 RBIs); followed by Andrew Knight ’22 at 20 (12 Runs and 11 RBIs) and Wes Powell ’21 at 19 (15 Runs and 8 RBIs). Colin Whibbs ’24 and Hall Billings ’23 are tied with 14 hits, with Hall contributing 12 Runs and 6 RBIs and Colin contributing 5 Runs and 12 RBIs. Colton Clark and Colin Whibbs have each hit homeruns. The team will host Covenant for a three-game non-conference series Friday and Saturday.
  • Basketball: Both the men’s (4-10, 4-7 Conf.) and women’s (5-9, 5-9 Conf.) teams have completed their seasons, with Damien Madison ’22 named to the USA South All-Conference Second Team West Division for the second straight year. Dylan Bohling ’22 and Alina Shoemake ’23 were named to the All-Sportsmanship Teams for men and women, respectively. Damien was the leading scorer for the men’s team, average 19.6 points per game. For the women, A.B. Davis ’23 was the leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points per game.
  • Cross Country: The men’s cross-country team participated in three events in February, earning 2nd place in the first contest, 5th place in the second, and 4th place in the USA South Championship. Women participated in two of those events. Placing in the top 20 in the championship meet were Mac Brooks ’24, 11thMary Stanley ’21, 13th; and Savannah Ryan ’21, 15th. Mac and Mary were each named second-team All-West Division. Taylor Chestnutt ’22 and Mary Stanley were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
  • Football: Hawks Football (2-1) had a big win Saturday, defeating Maryville 16-13 in overtime. Quarterback Landon Cotney ’23 scored 2 TDs in the contest and Will Edwards ’24 contributed a 20-yard field goal and a PAT. Casey Peppers ’23 recorded 15 tackles, and four straight runs by Kahari McReynolds ’24 set up Landon’s overtime touchdown run. Statistically, Landon is the leading rusher on the season, with 203 yards. Kelvin Bowser ’21 is the leading receiver, with 12. Kicker Cole Starr ’22 is the leading point-getter, with 14. Malachi Henry ’23 is averaging 27.4 yards per return in his 7 kick returns. Casey leads the defense with 28 tackles and assists. He was named a USA South Athlete of the Week for achieving 9 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery in the Hawks’ 26-18 win over Brevard as the season opened. Cole was also a USA South Player of the Week in that game, making all 4 of his field goals as well as 2 extra points. Casey and Cole were named to the d3football.com Team of the Week as well. Finally, yesterday Landon Cotney was named a USA South Player of the Week and Casey Peppers and Fred Flavors ’22 were named to d3football.com Team of the Week for defense.
  • Golf: The Hawks, ranked second nationally, came in second in the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational over the weekend, finishing six strokes out of first, which went to Guilford College. Two Hawks finished in the top eight: Walker Hinds ’22 at 7 and Peter Meilunas ’24 at 8. Earlier this month the Hawks finished one stroke out of 1st and tied for 2nd at the Tiger Invitational. Carson Whitton ’22 was the top Hawk golfer, finishing 10th. On March 9, Owen Burt ’21 tied for 3rd and the Hawks finished 2nd in the Savannah Invitational. Hawk women finished 10th in the Jekyll Island Tournament March 21 with Debra Ann Burdeshaw ’21 leading the team and finishing 23rd. In the Savannah Invitational, the women finished 5th with Debra Ann Burdeshaw and Anna Beth Harris ’21 leading the team and finishing in a tie for 21st. Both teams will compete in the Golfweek Invitational, April 2–4.
  • Lacrosse: After 4 losses to open their 9th season, the women’s lacrosse team earned its first shut-out in program history with a 17-0 win over Warren Wilson College March 20. Leading scorers on the season are Olivia Stinson ’22 and Shelby Blair ’22, with 9 each, and Shelby Martin ’21 with 8. The men’s team (3-3; 1-0 Conf.) chalked up their 3rd straight win March 19 with a 19-7 victory over the University of Dallas. Tyler Keiser ’21 and Ian Bruggeman ’23 combined for 10 points in that contest. The two are also the leading scorers on the season, with Tyler earning15 points and Ian earning 9. Both teams face conference opponent Piedmont next: men on March 26 and women on March 28.
  • Soccer: Goalkeeper Zack Moenter ’23 recorded 5 saves in the men’s team’s (4-3; 3-2 conf.) shut-out over Berea College March 20. Thad Lievens ’23 scored the lone goal. On the season, Hunter Hall ’21 leads the team with 16 points, followed by Kelan LeBlanc ’22 with 8. The men host Brevard March 27 for their final game of the regular season. The leading scorer for the women (4-4, 4-3 conf.) is Kirsten Hayes ’21 with 17 points, followed by Alexis Louk ’21 with 8 points. The women’s team’s final contest of the regular season is Saturday, March 27, vs. Berea.
  • Softball: At 5-13, the softball team has had a rocky start this season, but these Hawks keep swinging with all their might. Every player in the regular line-up has contributed at least 1 run, with Brooke Stefankiewicz ’24 leading the team with 19 runs, followed by Emma Bauer ’24 with 9 (and the single homer of the season to date). Elise Maddox ’24 pitched a complete game shut-out in the Hawks’ 6-0 win over Wesleyan, earning USA South Softball Rookie Pitcher of the Week honors March 15
  • Tennis: Huntingdon women (9-3) are burning up the courts this spring and are undefeated in conference play. Madeline Creel ’23 was named USA South Women’s Tennis Player of the Week March 8 and again March 15 after posting wins at the number-one singles position and in the top doubles spot both weeks. Her doubles partner is Marisa LaJone ’24. The team hosts Agnes Scott on Saturday, March 27. Lucy Burch ’21 and Allison Stegall ’23 were named USA South Doubles Team of the Week March 15 as well. John David Bailey ’23Clint Robinson ’22 and Carson Sands ’22 were named USA South Athletes of the Week in the singles (John David) and doubles (Clint and Carson) spots March 15. Overall, the men’s team record is 5-6, 1-1 in conference play. They travel to Piedmont April 2–3.
  • Track and Field: Yes! You read that correctly! Huntingdon now offers 20 sports, with the addition of track and field this spring (right now it’s more track than field). The team participated in two contests in March and will travel to the BSC Invitational March 26. Hawk ’em!
  • Volleyball: In indoor play, the women are at 3-3 both on the season and in conference play. Amy Tyma ’21, USA South Player of the Week for March 15, leads the team in digs with 76, followed closely by Audrey Horsley ’24 with 74. Amy is the point leader as well, with 118.5. They host Wesleyan March 23. The Beach team played in 11 contests in February, winning 2. They take the sand again April 23 at LaGrange.
  • Wrestling: The wrestling team won 3 of their 5 contests this spring, finishing their season February 6 with a sweep over Division II Kentucky Wesleyan and NAIA Allen University. Kiefer Bangham ’22Gabriel Pittman ’23Jayson Spencer ’23Jack Haury ’23, and Joseph Pearson ’21 each won their weight classes in both matches.

Huntingdon Hawk-Stars

  • Dr. Diana Abernethy, assistant professor of religion, presented “Imagined Dynasties: Interpreting and Over-Interpreting ממלכה in 1 Samuel 13:13-14” for the Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in November.
  • In January, Laney Adams ’23, majorette, and Rachael Williams ’23, flute, represented the MS&G in the CBDNA Intercollegiate Marching band virtual half-time performance, along with 1500 nominees from 200 college band programs. See it on the band’s Facebook page: /huntingdonbands.
  • Paxton Tharpe Adkison ’19 has been admitted to Duke Divinity School’s Hybrid Master of Divinity program.
  • Luke Ates ’17 married Caroline Royston, March 20, 2021.
  • Haylan Bailey ’20 has been admitted to the Pharm.D. program at Samford University.
  • Dr. Jennifer Ballard’s article, “Recognition of Maximal Lift Capacity using the Polylift,” appeared in the January 2021 issue of the Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems Journal. Her co-author was Dr. Jerry Lee. Dr. Ballard is the director of the Master of Athletic Training program.
  • Sarah Best ’19 is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Alabama State University.
  • Ashley Neely Blackwell ’09 completed her Master of Science in Nutrition in December 2020 and passed her boards to be a registered dietician in February 2021.
  • Logan Carden ’06 was named Nashville division vice president for Motion, a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a provider of industrial technology solutions. In his new role he will be responsible for overseeing the sales growth initiatives of 20 branches located in parts of Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. Logan joined Motion in 2007.
  • Courtney Bunce Carroll ’11 and her husband, William, welcomed a son, William Honor, March 3, 2021.
  • John Samuel Cason ’23 became the first Huntingdon student to win the Annual Research Frontiers Symposium Outstanding Student Award in Poster Presentation, given by the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Alabama State University after the conclusion of the symposium, which was held virtually March 10–11. John Samuel presented his Presidential Fellows research, “Using Chemistry to Understand Nature: From the Waters of the Blue Lagoon to the Composition of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.” Co-authors on the research were Professor Eric A.Kidwell, director of Huntingdon’s Houghton Memorial Library, and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry and dean of Huntingdon’s W. James Samford Jr. School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Read more.
  • Kelly Frazier Clark ’10 and her husband, Scott, welcomed a daughter, Vally Rose, March 1, 2021.
  • Davis Dalton’16 is working as a project coordinator for CTS Group in Missouri.
  • Zach den Besten’17 will complete medical school at the University of South Alabama this summer and has matched for residency in general surgery at Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine.
  • Ashlyn Edde ’16 married Jacob Brooks, March 20, 2021.
  • Dr. Foster Eich ’60 retired from medical practice after 48 years in 2012. He then completed a Master of Arts in ministry through the Nashotah House in 2013. From 2018 through 2020 he served as a priest for St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Ala. He and his wife, Ginger Graves Eich ’60, live in Florence, Ala.
  • Kendall Fant ’14 and Joey Siefert welcomed daughter Mila James in February 2021.
  • Jewell Ferguson ’63 reports that she is happily retired and living near family in Lincoln, Calif., after serving for many years as a clinical laboratory scientist.
  • Addi Genard ’21 has been offered a graduate teaching assistantship and a spot in the graduate program in English at Auburn University, beginning this fall.
  • Joleen George ’16 completed Leadership Montgomery in February 2021.
  • Steve Helms ’88, athletic director and head baseball coach at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, achieved his 1000th win in February. He has been at the helm of LBW athletics for 30 years.
  • Alex Houston ’17 will graduate from the University of Kentucky School of Law in May.
  • In February, Akeem Hunt ’22 made his debut as the drum major for the Huntingdon College Marching Scarlet & Grey. He also serves as president of Huntingdon’s Phi Beta Sigma chapter. Majoring in criminal justice, Akeem is completing a remote internship with the United States Department of State this semester.
  • Erica Keith ’14 married Barton Ivy, March 6, 2021.
  • Mandy Spencer Jamison ’01 is a teacher with the Autauga County Board of Education in Alabama.
  • Alison Hudson Harrell ’01 is a marketing/channel partner marketing lead for Dell Technologies OEM Solutions and lives in Atlanta.
  • Madison Hunt ’20 has joined the staff of Retina Specialists in Montgomery.
  • Sidney Ison ’20 has been admitted to Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn University.
  • Kelly Kahumoku ’14 has joined the staff of the ASF Foundation as director of communications and registration.
  • Lonni Keenan ’16 is a nursing student at St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham.
  • After completing medical school at VCOM Auburn this summer, Dr. Chandler Kemp ’17 and his wife and child will move to Jacksonville, Fla., where he has matched for a residency in pediatrics with the University of Florida-Jacksonville.
  • Spencer Lee ’90 will retire after 25 years serving the State of Alabama, most recently as a securities analyst supervisor for the Alabama Securities Commission. He has joined Polaris Consulting LLC as director of compliance.
  • Victoria Luchner ’15 married Michael Rommel, March 13, 2021.
  • Katy Jo Farrell McDaniel ’11 and her husband, Matt, welcomed a second daughter, Emma June, in March 2021.
  • Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry, has been named dean of Huntingdon’s newly renamed W. James Samford Jr. School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Read more.
  • Dr. Michele Scharf Olson ’86, senior clinical professor in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, was a co-presenter for “Come Thirsty: Being Whole in Christ,” a seminar/workshop for Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church that encouraged nearly 100 community women to be whole in mind, body, and spirit, Saturday, March 13. Dr. Olson was also quoted as an expert in the article, “Lunchtime Workout? 6 tips to Freshen Up Fast,” Livestrong.com, March 1, 2021.
  • Quintez Pearson ’20, an admission counselor, has been admitted to the Master of Public Administration program at Jacksonville State University.
  • Dr. Quintarious Perdue ’13 has been promoted to pharmacy manager at the Winn Dixie store he serves as a pharmacist.
  • Amy Peterson ’92 is a trust officer with City National Bank and lives in Old Hickory, Tenn.
  • Pat Pickens ’15 completed her Master of Science in sport management at Jacksonville State University and works as the center director for the City of Anniston Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Congratulations to Trey Pirtle ’16 on his commissioning as a second lieutenant signal officer for the United States Army in February at Fort Gordon, Ga. Trey and his wife, Zoya Robinson Pirtle ’19, were both involved in the life of the College as Huntingdon students, including as student-athletes on the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
  • Michaela Tillery Pope ’16 and her husband, Charlton, welcomed a daughter, Amelia Joy, February 25, 2021.
  • Professor Austin Rivera (religion) presented two papers at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November: “Hagar’s Bestial Daughters: Christian and Barbarian in Ephrem’s Nisibis” and “Sanctification and the Experts: Patristic Models for Wesleyan Theological Education.”
  • Dr. Allison Miller Sauls ’71 has retired as a professor of art history and chair of the Department of Art at Missouri Western State University.
  • Patsy Slater ’08 has been promoted to regional occupational health coordinator for Middle Tennessee for Results Physiotherapy. She will move from Memphis to Nashville for her new assignment.
  • An article in the online magazine, Reckon, discusses the influences, differences, and inspiration shared between mother-daughter Huntingdon alumnae and attorneys Elizabeth Couey Smithart ’86 (now a Huntingdon trustee) and Wesley Smithart ’15—both past Huntingdon SGA presidents.
  • Kayce Estes Thomas ’13 is a special education kindergarten teacher for Autauga County Board of Education.
  • Dr. Brandon Veach ’15 and his wife, Lauren, welcomed a son, Hudson Craig, February 23, 2021.
  • Austin ’18 and Audra Osborne Washington ’18 welcomed a son, AJ, February 26, 2021.
  • Chad Watford ’13 married Margaret Dronet, March 14, 2021.
  • Austin White ’13 and his wife, Macy Cate, welcomed a son, Sanders Glenn, February 22, 2021.
  • Dr. Marcus Witcher’s article, “Barber Licensing in Arkansas: Public Health or Private Gain,” co-authored with Mr. Tanner Corley, appeared in the Winter 2021 issue of the Cato Journal. Dr. Witcher is an assistant professor of history.
  • Dr. Damion Womack, director of choral activities and chair, Department of Fine Arts, has been invited to conduct the New England Symphonic Ensemble and various soloists at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, April 30, 2022.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • The College was saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia A. Bailey ’68, March 12, 2021, in Birmingham.  She was a distinguished teacher and a nationally recognized speech and debate coach. She was the first Alabamian inducted into the National Speech and Debate Association Hall of Fame.  We celebrate her great life of applying wisdom in service.
  • We extend sympathy to Professor Jim Hilgartner (English) and his wife, Karen, on the death of Karen’ father, Pettus Sparrow, February 27, 2021.
  • We extend sympathy to Wesley Lyle, director of sports information, on the death of his father, Robert Taylor Lyle, February 25, 2021.
  • We received word in February that Todd Schilperoort, former Huntingdon athletic director and soccer coach, has been diagnosed with ALS. Todd has started a blog, toddschilperoort.org. Words of encouragement from those who know him are welcome.
  • We are saddened to report the death of Diane McWilliams, wife of long-time coach and director of tennis John McWilliams, March 16, 2021.
  • Huntingdon extends condolences to the family of the Rev. John Gary Waller ’56, who died March 15, 2021, in Laguna Woods, Calif.  Rev. Waller was a faithful alumnus of the College, regularly stopped by the Alumni Office when he visited Montgomery, and attended his 60th class reunion in 2016.


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