The Talon, November 15, 2021


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

November 15, 2021


Finals and Final Thoughts

As we begin finals week, you might think activity is winding down. We wish. Instead, it’s gearing up, because there are still a number of things for you to do during these five short days before you leave campus.

  1. Pass your finals. Do the work, show up, commit yourself to finish strong.
  2. Be registered full-time for spring term classes before you leave campus (unless you’re graduating, in which case, Congratulations!)
  3. Turn in your books—the information resources you were given at the beginning of the semester have to be turned in at the end of the semester. Take them to the Scarlet & Grey Shop by Friday, November 19. The bookstore will be open 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily during finals. 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 19, 2021.
  4. Turn in your mail key if you are not registered for spring term classes.
  5. Return your library books and other assets you’ve borrowed from the library. Yes, it’s possible to check out books to take home with you during the break. Just ask Paige Crumbley ’14 in the library how to do that.
  6. 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 20, at noon (except for student-athletes who are still competing).

Remembering the Legacy of Patricia Guy

The Office of College and Alumni Relations hosted a lunch-in in remembrance of Patricia Guy ’69, Huntingdon’s first Black student, on Ms. Guy’s birthday, November 8. More than 50 students were present to hear the story of her courage, grace, and perseverance. Ms. Bria Rochelle-Stephens ’18, instructor of religion, offered words of wisdom for the occasion. The OCAR hopes to make the observance an annual event.

Enjoying the Life of the Mind

Thank you to Tara Sartorius, instructor of art, Fine Arts Club members, and fine arts students for the beautiful walk-through art displays on the Green last week in their Ascend program. Lighted pathways led through a solar system, bursting globes, a river walk, cloud formations, music from flutist Rachel Williams ’23, dancing from the Fine Arts club, art inside and outside Seay Twins Gallery, and even mini-cupcakes! It was a peace-filled and peaceful event, perfectly placed in the clamor of the end of classes.

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!

Library Invites Submissions for Mini-Con

“Peace, Love, and Happiness” is the topic of Houghton Library’s Mini-Conference, which has moved to the spring semester.

New Clubs Forming

Dr. Anthony Leigh, senior vice president for student and institutional development and dean of students, invites students who are interested in the following new clubs to get further involved: Huntingdon Outdoors Club; the Fine Arts ClubHawks with Guitars; and the Video Gaming Club. You may contact him at to find out more or to propose your own new club ideas.


  • The DEADLINE for returning students who do not already live on campus to request housing for the spring semester 2022 is December 1 (new students have until January 1 to make housing requests for spring semester).
  • The DEADLINE for requesting commuter status for spring semester is December 1.
  • The DEADLINE for prospective students entering fall 2022 to apply for Honors Scholarships is December 1.

Coming Events

  • Finals, November 15–19
  • Residence halls close for winter break, Saturday, November 20, at noon.
  • Huntingdon offices closed for Thanksgiving Break, November 22–26.
  • Huntingdon offices closed for Christmas/New Year Break, December 18–January 2.
  • Residence halls reopen January 9, 2022, at noon.
  • Spring Term classes begin January 10, 2022.

Sports Talk

Fall Composite Sports Schedule

Baseball: Spring Schedule

Basketball: The men’s team stands at 3-1 this fall, with DAMIEN MADISON ’22 leading the scorers at 16.3 points per game. The women’s team is at 2-1 overall, with RY WHETSTONE ’23 averaging 20.3 points per game, followed by AB DAVIS ’23 at 13.3 PPG.  Schedule: MenWomen

Cross Country: In fall 2021 MAC BROOKS ’24 (Trussville, Ala.) set a new Huntingdon men’s record during the Firehawk Invitational meet with a time of 27:07:06, beating the previous record by 30 seconds. He was also the top Huntingdon runner at the USA South tournament championship, finishing 19th with a time of 27:29:28, with the men’s team finishing 8th of 13 teams. KATE SMITH ’25 (Dothan, Ala.) was the top runner among Huntingdon women, finishing 19th in the tournament with a time of 25:7:64, leading the women to finish 12th of 14 teams.

Football: The Hawks clenched the conference championship with their win over Maryville November 6—the 6th conference championship for the team in 7 years. For their performances during that game, quarterback LANDON COTNEY ’23 was named USA South Football Offensive Player of the Week (passed for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions, and carried the ball 12 times for 72 yards and 3 more touchdowns); and BRODY HAMM ’25 was named USA South Football Defensive Rookie of the Week after 5 tackles, 2 assists, and a fumble recovery and return that set the Hawks up for touchdown. Brody received the same honor Oct. 25 after nabbing 2 interceptions, running one in for a touchdown, during the Hawks’ win over Greensboro. After beating LaGrange Nov. 13, TROY GARNER ’25 was named Offensive Rookie of the Week in acknowledgement of 19 carries for 112 yards and 2 TDs. The Hawks are on to round one of the NCAA-III playoffs and will face Birmingham-Southern Saturday, Nov. 20. The Hawks finished the regular season unbeaten in conference play.

Golf: Spring schedules: MenWomen

Lacrosse: Spring schedules: MenWomen

SoccerThe men’s soccer team earned a record of 6-9-2 overall this fall, 2-2-2 in the USA South. KELAN LEBLANC ’22 (Enterprise, Ala.) was named to the USA South first team West Division and JACE BAILEY ’24 (Childersburg, Ala.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The women’s team ended their fall 2021 season in the quarterfinals of the USA South Tournament, 9-9-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the USA-South. ERIN CEMBRALE ’23 of Palm Harbor, Fla., and DOREN STALEY ’22 of Port Charlotte, Fla., were named to the second team West Division, and FAITHE KORPONAY ’23 of Avon, Conn., was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.

SoftballSpring schedule

Volleyball: The Hawks ended the fall 2021 indoor season in the USA South Tournament, finishing 15-16 overall and 10-6 in conference play. Four players were named to USA South All-Conference Teams: MORGAN ILSEY ’23 (Bartlett, Tenn.), first team West Division; JORDAN HOLLIS ’22 (Dothan, Ala.) and KAMEA NASH ’23 (Lutz, Fla.), second team West Division; and JESSI HILYER ’25 (Columbiana, Ala.), All-Sportsmanship Team. The beach team’s spring schedule has not yet been posted.

Wrestling: Hawk wrestlers hit the mats in a Nov. 13 match at Millikin University, in which 3 Hawks finished in the top 5 for their weight classes: JACK HAURY ’23, 2nd in the 285 Open class; JASON MINCHEW ’25, 3rd in the 184 Open class; and JAYSON SPENCER ’23, 4th in the 165 class. They travel to Greensboro Nov. 20.

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  • MAGGIE CASEY ADAMS ’11 and her husband, Bradley, welcomed daughter Decker Kate, Nov. 5, 2021.
  • MEGGIE BRIDGES ’11, who has served in the Office of the Registrar for a number of years, has moved to the position of director, Office of Academic Affairs. Her office is Flowers 107, phone (334) 833-4236, and email
  • KAITLYN CARLTON ’13 married Nathan Burks Nov. 7, 2021.
  • TYLER CHAFFEE ’15 married Savannah Wright, Nov. 6, 2021.
  • BEN CHENEY ’10 and his wife, Jordy, welcomed a daughter, McAllister Grace, Oct. 13, 2021.
  • KATI BRYANT CONNERS ’12, and her husband, Austin, welcomed a son, Henry Atlas, Sept. 20, 2021.
  • RUSTY COWLEY ’12 and his wife, Emilie, welcomed a son, Theodore Russell, Sept. 5, 2021.
  • JACKIE DANIELS DWYER ’12 and her husband, Pat, added baby #3, daughter Ruby Dahlia, Nov. 7, 2021.
  • COLTON EDWARDS ’17 of Pate Landscape Company was recognized by the Alabama Association of General Contractors as a Forty Under Forty leader in construction in 2021.
  • ANNA KAYLOR GOLDMAN ’06 has been made a partner at Warren Averett.
  • WILL ’13 and SHELBY ROBINSON HODGSON ’14 welcomed a son, William Malcolm Hodgson V, Oct. 13, 2021.
  • TANK ’11 and BRITNI NORTHINGTON KING ’12 welcomed a daughter, Dozier Kay, Sept. 11, 2021.
  • NICHOLE LEFEVRE ’19 has a new job in communications with Prattville First UMC.
  • NEIL ’16 and LEXI STINARD LAWLER ’16 welcomed a daughter, Emmalyn Elizabeth, Oct. 10, 2021.
  • An article in the Vanderbilt Humbler shares how SCOTT LIMBAUGH ’03 has built a dominating golf program at Vanderbilt University since taking over as head coach in 2012.
  • GRAHAM NEELEY ’11 and his wife, Sara, welcomed a son, William Graham (Ham), Sept. 13, 2021.
  • DREW HARRELL ’11 has been named vice president of governmental affairs and executive director of Progress PAC for the Business Council of Alabama.
  • KARIS ANDERSON HAYFORD ’11 and her husband, Thomas, added twin girls to their family October 30, 2021, with the birth of Laney Claire and Lexi Kate.
  • CLIFF HUCKABEE ’94 is an IT support specialist for the Montgomery Academy.
  • AMANDA MAIN ’21, EMILY MCBRIEN BLIETZ ’21, DEANNA MCKINLEY, WENDY LEIGH (wife of Dean of Students Anthony Leigh), and KARYN CAUSEY PETERSON ’17 are among the teachers featured in this story in the Elmore/Autauga News.
  • MACIE PILGRIM ’21 and DANNY HEIM ’21 were married November 13, 2021.
  • CLARA TAPPLIN ’17 and LAKE ROMINE ’17 welcomed a son, Porter Alan, Sept. 22, 2021.

Prayers and Sympathy

  • JUDY ELLEN PUGH ’68 died October 29, 2021. Judy was part of a large Huntingdon family including her brother, JOHN PUGH ’78; her sister, JILL PUGH MURPHY ’82; her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and GAYLEN SCHRIEBER PUGH ’70; and her niece, MARGARET MURPHY SCHUNEMAN ’17.
  • The Reverend Charles Jonathan “Jon” Couey, a minister in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for more 50 years, died October 24, 2021. Rev. Couey was the father of trustee ELIZABETH COUEY SMITHART ’86 and grandfather of WESLEY SMITHART ’15.
  • We report with sadness the death of BILLIE RUTH STEWART SUDDUTH ’67, a world-famous basket artist whose work is held in private and museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution. Billie Ruth received the Alumni Achievement Award and the President’s Medallion from Huntingdon. She died in her longtime hometown of New Bern, N.C., October 12, 2021.
  • Vera Delores Williams, mother of former band director EDDY WILLIAMS, died October 24, 2021.


HAVE A SAFE, WONDERFUL, RESTFUL BREAK, HAWKS! Can’t wait to welcome you back to the nest in January!


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