The Talon, November 14, 2022


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November 14, 2022


Finals and Final Thoughts

As we begin finals week, there are still a number of things for you to do during these few days before you leave campus.

  1. Pass your finals. Do the work, show up, commit yourself to finish strong.
  2. Observe quiet hours. Please be respectful of others’ need for quiet time to study.
  3. Be registered full-time for spring term classes before you leave campus (unless you’re graduating, in which case, Congratulations!)
  4. Turn in your books—the information resources you were given at the beginning of the semester must be returned at the end of the semester. Take them to the Scarlet & Grey Shop by Friday, November 18. The bookstore will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily Monday–Thursday and 6:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Friday during finals week. If you have already left campus and you still have your books, mail them back to the bookstore. Look for an email sent from the bookstore to explain how this should be done. Deadline: November 18, 2022.
  5. Turn in your mail key if you are not registered for spring term classes.
  6. Return your library books and other assets you’ve borrowed from the library. HOWEVER, if you’d like to check out materials to take home during the holidays, you’re welcome to do that, too! Just tell Liz McCord, access services librarian, that you will return them when you come back in January.
  7. If you live on campus, observe the posted check-out procedures, turn in your room key, and leave your room and building garbage-free and looking like new to avoid fines and extra charges. You should plan to leave campus within 24 hours of your last final. Residence halls close Saturday, November 19, at noon (except for student-athletes who are still competing).
  8. See a list of additional end-of-semester deadlines and information sent from on Thursday, 11/10.

Remembering the Legacy of Patricia Guy

The Office of College and Alumni Relations offered its second annual lunch-in remembrance of Patricia Guy ’69, Huntingdon’s first Black student, last week. Guest speakers were Nevaeh McIntyre ’24 and A.B. Davis ’23, vice president and president of the Black Student Union, respectively. Bria Rochelle-Stephens ’19 emceed the event.

Spring Term Registration

Now that registration has opened for all class levels, the sooner you register, the greater the chance of getting the classes you want or need. Don’t delay!

Student Inducted into Kappa Delta Pi

The Department of Teacher Education inducted more than a dozen students into Huntingdon’s new Alpha Kappa Omega chapter of Kappa Delta Pi honorary last week. KDP is an international honor society and the largest and most prestigious honorary for education majors worldwide. Inductees were nominated by teacher education faculty and met certain chapter requirements. Congratulations to Laney Adams, Mackenzie Cherry, Madison Clay, Camden Cochran, D’Ereka Coleman, Destiny Cross, LeAnna Harper, Natalie Harris, Abigail Hoggle, Jordan Hollis, James Hollis, Anna Grace Lawson, Abigail McManigle, Kaitlyn Pack, Breanna Smith, Allie Tarvin, Baylee Wills, and Macie Wilson.

Getting into Good Trouble

Houghton Library’s annual mini-conference was held Tuesday, Nov. 1, under the theme, “Good Trouble.” Presentations included “The Effects of Viewing Aquariums on Physiological and Psychological Stress among College Students,” Parker High ’23; “Shedding Light on Injustice: The Whitehurst Case in Montgomery,” Prof. Foster Dickson; “Good Trouble Makes Us Uncomfortable,” Prof. Daniel Dubei; “Crime and Punishment via Harry Potter,” Hailey League ’24; “Step into Your Magic,” Laiken Hussey ’23; “Does Size Really Matter? Investigating Presentation of Body Image in ‘Harry Potter,’” Rebekah Wriston ’23; and “Un/Seen,” Caroline Elliot ’23.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers Spring Courses

Huntingdon is a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium, through which member institutions offer classes at Dauphin Island Sea Lab during the summer. Students who commit all four summers during their academic years at Huntingdon to DISL study may earn a minor in marine science. Students who register for summer classes live on the DISL campus, attend classes, and participate in field labs. DISL University Programs will offer a special course on Coral Reef Biology and Ecology during spring/summer 2023, with part of the course online and part of it in San Salvador, Bahamas, at the Gerace Research Center. Information sessions about this course will take place December 6 and January 31. Contact Su Ofe in the Office of Communications or Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology, who frequently teaches at Dauphin Island, if you’d like to know more about this opportunity.


  • Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Contact Jace Bailey ’23 at if you have questions. More information on what can be included and on box requirements can be found on the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Finals Week Food for Your Hungry Studying Soul

  • Today: Chick-Fil-A Breakfast in Jackson Home
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: Pizza following the last TNW of the semester
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: Wings from 8 to 9 at the Food Truck
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: Donuts with the Dean at Jackson Home

Sports Talk

Composite Sports Schedule

  • Baseball: 2023 Schedule
  • Basketball 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women It’s rockin’ in Roland again as basketball takes over the court. The Hawks have recorded two losses to Berry in this early season but were victors over Millsaps during the weekend’s Hawks Classic tournament. The women’s team lost their first game, but JUST BARELY at 63-61, and will be back in action 11/20 at Mississippi University for Women.
  • Beach Volleyball: Schedule
  • Cross Country 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women Congratulations to Mac Brooks ’24, who was named to the Collegiate Conference of the South First Team All-Conference at the close of the XCo season. Mac finished first for the Hawks in every meet this season.
  • Football: 2022 Schedule. What an amazing season the Hawks have crafted! The team, ranked fourth in NCAA Division 3 Region 3 and 21st in the nation, has secured a bid for national play-offs and, with their victory over LaGrange Nov. 12, won the conference championship for the 7th time in 8 years and the fourth year in a row. QB Landon Cotney ’23 has been named USA South Offensive Player of the Week 4 times this season while Kahari McReynolds ’24 also earned the accolade; Tyrell Davis ’23, Tucker Spence ’24, and Casey Peppers ’23 (2x) have landed Defensive Player of the Week honors; Robert Vickers ’26 was name Defensive Rookie of the Week; and Tyler England ’24 and Zach Johnson ’23 earned stand-out honors for Special Teams Player of the Week. The Hawks travel to Texas for the first round of national playoffs versus defending national champs Mary Hardin Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 18.
  • Golf: 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women Jack Burr ’26 earned CCS Golfer of the Week and Rookie of the Week after finishing tied for 7th in the GolfWeek D3 Invitational in October. The Hawks finished third in that tournament, their best finish of the fall season. The women’s team finished 8th at the Chick-fil-A Invitational to finish their fall season. Both teams are back on the course in the spring.
  • Lacrosse: Schedules:  Men; Women
  • Soccer: 2022–2023 Schedules: Men; Women The men’s team finished their season in the first round of the CCS tournament, while the women’s team finished their season in a loss to Belhaven with a 3-3-1 record in the CCS and 5-6-3 overall.
  • Softball: Schedule
  • Tennis: Schedules: Men; Women
  • Track and Field: Schedules: Men; Women
  • Volleyball: 2022 Indoor Schedule; After a scarlet-hot season, the Hawks finished as runners-up for the first ever CCS conference title with an overall record of 28-9. Morgan Ilsey ’23 and Reece Rhodes ’24 were named to the All-Championship Team and were also the team’s stat leaders in the tournament, followed by Kamea Nash ’23 and Izzy Valldeperas ’25. All-Conference honors were placed on Kamea and Morgan (1st Team) and Reece (2nd Team). Kamea and Morgan both earned Player of the Week recognition during the season and were first and second, respectively, in overall points earned this season.
  • Wrestling: Schedules: Men; Women; the Hawks traveled to the Millikin Open for their first match of the season over the weekend, where Jayson Spencer ’23 finished first in the Open 165 and David Burgess ’25 and Jeffrey Tubbs ’26 finished second in the Open 157 and 184, respectively. The team travels to Virginia after finals.


  • Shane Barnes ’99 has joined the Minneapolis office of the law firm Faegre Drinker as counsel in the real estate practice group. He previously served as assistant general counsel and vice president for U.S. Bank National Association.
  • Katy Garren Brasfield ’16 and her husband, Perry, welcomed a son, Gus, Oct. 26, 2022.
  • Zach Burt ’21 and Madison McNaughton welcomed a daughter, Eleanor Mae, Nov. 1, 2022.
  • John Cardenas ’18 serves as project lead at American Honda in Alabama.
  • Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05 and her husband, Clay, welcomed a son, Hinton Wade, Aug. 15, 2022.
  • Audri Hargitt Coman ’18 and her husband, Evan, welcomed a son, Liam Paul, Oct. 29, 2022.
  • Rhyann Davis ’15 married Andrew Parker, Nov. 5, 2022.
  • Hunter Hall ’21 married Kassie Waddy, Oct. 22, 2022.
  • Lindsey Hicks ’19 married Christian Dillahey, Oct. 15, 2022.
  • 2021 Alumni Achievement Award recipient Bessie House-Soremekun ’78 is serving as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Jackson State University.
  • Eric A. Kidwell, professor and director of the library and Title IX coordinator, presented a featured session titled “Title IX Coordinators Serving in Dual Roles” at the annual conference of ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators).  Prof. Kidwell continues to serve as a member of the ATIXA Advisory Board, a member of the organization’s DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Committee), and Publications Committee (as co-chair). For the latter he received a distinguished service award from the ATIXA leadership at the annual conference.
  • Anna Grace Lawson ’22 has accepted a teaching position at Beauregard Elementary School beginning in January 2023.
  • James Malone ’13 completed his MBA at AUM in 2021 and serves as a consumer installment credit risk manager for U.S. Bank.
  • A documentary on the life of legendary pastor John Ed Mathison ’60 premiered in November at Frazer Memorial UMC, where he served as senior minister for 36 years.
  • Elizabeth McCord, assistant professor and access services librarian, has been appointed a member of the planning committee for the annual Montgomery Higher Education Academic Library Research Forum.
  • Alyssa Eason McCormick ’12 and her husband, Jody, welcomed twin daughters, Ruby Ellen and Ollie Gibbs, Oct. 18, 2022.
  • Samara Miller McNair ’20 and her husband, Cordell, welcomed a daughter, Lilah Anne, Sept. 23, 2022.
  • Brennan Parker ’16 and his wife, Samantha, welcomed a son, August Ayala-Parker, in September 2022.
  • Larry Pritchett ’13 married Kali Boyle, Nov. 5, 2022.
  • Johnny Ragan ’84 has retired after 25 years in the insurance industry. He spends his retirement umpiring for HS baseball and softball in Georgia.
  • Justin Raley ’21 married Madison McCurdy, Nov. 5, 2022.
  • Jeremy Reid ’11 and his wife, Anna Laura, welcomed a son, Jasper, Nov. 1, 2022.
  • Mallorie Richardson Saling ’14 and her husband, Jacob, welcomed a daughter, Scout Morrison, in October 2022.
  • Carlee Gardner Sims ’15 and her husband, David Brent, welcomed a son, John Brinton, in October 2022.
  • Stephen Strickland ’20 was named Teacher of the Year for B.B. Comer Memorial HS/Middle School. He teaches 7th grade civics and geography and 8th grade history, coaches baseball, and serves as assistant coach for football.
  • Austin White ’13 and his wife, Macy Cate, welcomed a son, Chapman Reed, in November 2022.

Prayers and Sympathy

  • Mary Cecil Lawter Easterly ’63 died Oct. 23, 2022, in Greeneville, Tenn.
  • Bill Granger ’85, father of Craig Granger ’14 and a long-time coach in Montgomery for schools including Lanier, Jeff Davis, Lee, and Macon East, died November 9 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
  • Dorothy (Dot) Felkel Rigsby ’46 died Oct. 27, 2022, in Thomasville, Ga.
  • Sharon Wagnon Tibbets ’64 died Oct. 28, 2022, in West Monroe, La. Her husband of 54 years, Paul Warfield Tibbets III ’62, died in 2016.


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