THE TALON, November 2017

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November 8, 2017
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We are the Fighting Hawks …

The Huntingdon Hawks Football Team clinched their third-straight USA South Conference title and their eighth straight win when they beat Methodist University 55-7 Saturday, November 4. The win gives the Hawks an automatic berth in the NCAA-Division III football play-offs. They’ll play LaGrange away November 11 and are waiting to hear who and where their opponent will be November 18. Congratulations to the Hawks players, coaching staff, cheerers, parents, and fans!

Let’s Debate

Faculty from the Department of Communications and Psychology have formed an all-college debate team, with the first debate set for tonight, Wednesday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. The topic is: Resolved: NFL players should be required to stand for the National Anthem. Two teams have been selected from among those who tried out for team placement. Come and watch how thinkers solve problems, and re-form your own opinion on the matter.

Kristallnacht Remembrance

Two events Wednesday, November 8, in Ligon Chapel will share the terror of Kristallnacht and reflect on Christian responsibility for repentance in the face of evil. The movie Shoah will be shown from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel, with a pause at 11:45 for communion and reflection led by Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13 as weekly Chapel services move to Ligon Chapel for this special event. As background, November 9–10, 1938, Nazis in Germany destroyed hundreds of Jewish lives, homes, businesses, and synagogues through acts of terrorism that have become known as Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” Beginning with Hitler’s appointment as chancellor of Germany in January 1933 and continuing until the liberation of prisoners from concentration camps after World War II ended in 1945, up to 6 million Jews and more than 12 million others were murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators, according to statistics compiled by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Come and remember. As we have seen so many times in history, past and recent, even in our greatest tragedies we can find hope for a better world.

Rename the Bookstore

Visit the bookstore, put in your idea for a new name, and you may win a $25 gift certificate to use toward Hawk gear or stripes. The Rename the Bookstore contest is running through November 15. Put on your Hawks thinking cap (you can get one in the bookstore if you don’t already have one) and come up with the best idea!

Huntingdon Christmas Celebration

Mark your calendars! One of the most beloved Huntingdon traditions, the Huntingdon Christmas Celebration, will take place Thursday, November 30. Gather at the front entrance as the Marching Scarlet and Grey lead St. Nicholas to campus at 6:30 p.m., then sing a few carols and watch the tree-lighting at Flowers’ front entrance. Finally, watch, listen, or take part in the beautiful Service of Lessons and Carols at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel, featuring performances by the Huntingdon Concert Choir and the Huntingdon Chamber Ensemble. St. Nick will be available in the library atrium to greet neighborhood children following his arrival. Cookies and beverages will be available. This is a beautiful event and you won’t want to miss it. Dress up (Sunday dress) and come! Free and open to all.

Fall Term is almost over!

Can you believe it? The last day of classes for fall term 2017 is Friday, December 1. Finals will be held December 4–8. The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment sent out a notice of Review Sessions via email yesterday—check your email from Vaughan Dickson. Resident students are asked to observe 24-7 quiet hours during Finals Week. The library will be open for extended hours during this time, as well. Residence halls will close at noon, Saturday, December 9, and reopen for spring term Sunday, January 7, 2018, at noon. Be sure to observe the residence hall checklist and to check-out with your RA in order to avoid extra charges. Before all of this occurs, students and faculty get a week off for Thanksgiving Break, November 20–24. We wish you beautiful holidays. And, if you’re completing your degree requirements in December, Hawk ’em in the real world!

IMPORTANT: Book Returns

Freshmen and transfer students who began during 2016–2017 or in the fall of 2017 must return textbooks at the end of the semester. Returns will be accepted at the Huntingdon Bookstore December 4–8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Keep them through your exams, but turn them in right after.) Don’t forget! You and/or your parents will not like the added charges to your bill if you don’t turn in your books.

A Leadership Role Like No Other

Resident Assistants are the lifeblood of the Huntingdon residential student experience. They support the academic and developmental mission of the College, plan fun events and activities for residents, assist students with personal and academic concerns, and mediate any conflicts that arise. The RA role is important to the College and to the student body, and if you’ve ever thought about being one, now’s the time to act. Learn more and apply online by February 12, 2018, for the 2018–2019 academic year. You will be asked to have three references complete the RA Reference Form, which is also online. Learn more about the process by attending an Information Session: November 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Flowers 101; November 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Stallworth Dining Room; January 22 at 11:30 a.m. in Stallworth Dining Room; or February 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Stallworth Dining Room. There’s more on the Resident Assistants page under Student Life/Residence Life, as well.

Check the App

If you downloaded the Huntingdon Connect App from your app store during the summer, you need to update it. According to our provider, dozens of people who downloaded the app haven’t updated it, and you’re missing a bunch of cool stuff! If you haven’t downloaded the app, now’s the time to connect. Look for Huntingdon Connect in your App Store. After you’ve downloaded it, the app name changes to HawkWings. New features are added to this app nearly every week, and it will be especially important to have it on your phone this spring. Update or download it now! (Parents, it’s a great feature for you, too!)

Come Watch Our Hams

They will admit it. Some faculty and staff are just hams for attention, and the fun-loving, fun-to-watch ones will display their talents (you be the judge) Monday, November 13, in Faculty Follies, 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. This is a fundraiser for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, supporting the annual Burns Supper, held early in the spring semester. The cost is $5.00 at the door.

Upcoming CCV (Center for Career and Vocation) Event:

  • Thursday, November 16, Health Pre-Professional Graduate School Fair; hosted with the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, must register by noon Wednesday, November 15.


  • Friday, November 10, is an In-Service Day. No classes; offices open.
  • An Ultimate Frisbee Club is forming. Interested? Contact
  • The Student Athletic Advisory Board (SAAC) is sponsoring a canned food drive and field day events this Friday, November 10, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The entry fee is one can and your team can participate in 4v4 sand volleyball, corn hole, and kickball tournaments. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Coach Latonia Brady with questions at
  • Students, you can have a say in what’s happening around campus by joining the Campus Activities Board. CAB applications are available in the Hut and due by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 16.
  • For Thanksgiving Break, residence halls close at noon, Saturday, November 18, and reopen at noon, Sunday, November 26. Offices will be open but no classes will be held Monday–Tuesday, November 20–21; campus closed November 22–24.
  • Need a holiday gift for the person who has everything, or the person who prefers giving to receiving? Attend the River Region Alternative Gift Fair, Saturday, December 2, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Drum Theater.
  • Staff Christmas Break: College offices will close Wednesday, December 20, through Tuesday, January 2, reopening January 3.

Fall/Winter Sport Athletic Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • The Huntingdon Women’s Volleyball Team advanced to the quarter-finals of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament at season’s end, achieving the most wins in a season in more than a decade and the first winning season since 2009. Bravo, Lady Hawks! You killed it!
  • The Huntingdon Women’s Soccer Team advanced to the quarter-finals of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament, where they lost in overtime. Nevertheless, this season was great for the Lady Hawks, who achieved the most wins in a season during the NCAA era and the first winning season of the NCAA era (11-7-1). They also achieved the most shut-outs, fewest goals allowed, most assists, and most points of the NCAA era.
  • The Huntingdon Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams finished in the top 10 (6th and 10th, respectively) in the USA South Championships as the season concluded.
  • Morgan Baines ’17 married Adam Norsworthy, October 28, 2017.
  • Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, professor of finance and economics, recently chaired the conference session, “Improving Standards and Beliefs in Economic Practice,” for the Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions.
  • Dr. Blake Ball, assistant professor of history, delivered a lecture on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation for the Library Lecture Series last week. On October 31, 1517, Augustinian monk Martin Luther posted a list of objections to Roman Catholicism, known as The 95 Theses—legend says the list was nailed to the door of his church—challenging papal authority and causing the church to split, fostering Protestant church development.
  • Stone Barnard ’10 completed his MBA at the University of Washington in 2017. He lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where he works as a marketing director for Gillespie, Shields, Durant, and Goldfarb, PC.
  • Congratulations to Dr. John Berch ’98, assistant professor of chemistry, who has been awarded tenure.
  • Owen Carothers ’13 and Bonnie Nicholson ’17 were married October 14, 2017.
  • The Reverend Jennifer “Wren” Miller Clanton ’06, head pastor at Valley United Methodist Church, Huntsville, and Huntingdon classmates Dr. Coleman Cosgrove ’06 and Emily Webster Cosgrove ’07, who live in Huntsville, shared a special moment Sunday, November 5, when Wren baptized Amelia Harrison Cosgrove, Coleman and Emily’s infant daughter. Coleman is completing his medical residency in Huntsville and will begin a specialization in psychiatry next.
  • Mark Connelly ’19 was recognized as USA South Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week October 25 after winning the O’Briant-Jensen Memorial tournament. His two-round total was the fourth best score in the history of that tournament.
  • Whitney Delashaw ’14 married Kevin Parrish, October 28, 2017.
  • Carlee Gardner ’15 married David Brent Sims, October 14, 2017.
  • Thomas Gerard presented “Organ Sales: The Economical Class War,” during Houghton Library’s SPEW Social Justice Mini-Conference, Friday, November 3. Faculty presenters for the conference were Jaime Demick, associate professor of physics, on the topic, “Why is Rape Bad;” Brianne Smith, assistant professor of accounting, on the topic, “Risk Tolerance and Financial Decisions in Divorce;” and Professor Eric A. Kidwell and librarian Paige Crumbley ’14 on the topic, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Social Justice.”
  • Elena Guy ’21 was named second-team West Division for women’s soccer by the USA South Athletic Conference at the close of the season. Her four goals and three assists helped the Lady Hawks to an 11-6-1 record.
  • Trey Hayes ’19 was named Defensive Player of the Week for football October 16 after leading the Hawks with 10 tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss in the Hawks’ win over Maryville College, October 14.
  • Mary-Stewart Hinds ’17 married her high school sweetheart, Aaron Perry, August 11. They live in Dayton, Ohio, where she is taking night classes at Wright State University toward her goal of a doctorate in physical therapy.
  • Diane Humphreys ’15 is a graduate student in the College Student Affairs Administration (CSAA) program at the University of Georgia.
  • Kebba Jeng ’21 earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors October 16 after helping the men’s soccer team win its first game of the season the week prior, an 8-0 victory over Berea College.
  • Mr. Eric A. Kidwell, professor and director of the library, has accepted an appointment to the Association of Title IX Administrators Advisory Board.
  • Haley Leach ’13 and Zack Elkins ’13 were married October 28, 2017.
  • Dr. Jeremy Lewis, professor of political science, has been elected vice president of the World Affairs Council. He frequently takes students to hear AWAC speakers and to other AWAC events. He has received acceptance of his paper proposal, “Creating and delivering a solo political science program with transparency,” for APSA’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Baltimore, February 2018.
  • Brooke Meadows ’16 and Dustin Watson ’17 were married September 30, 2017.
  • Bria Rochelle ’18 was named to the second-team West Division for USA South Athletic Conference volleyball. She was second on Huntingdon’s team and 7th in the conference with 306 kills, led the Hawks with 356 digs, was second with 62 blocks and fourth with 34 aces.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant professor of mathematics, who has been awarded tenure.
  • Did you know? Of the six National Golf Coach of the Year winners at the close of the spring season 2017, three have ties to Huntingdon. In addition to Huntingdon Director of Golf Dave Schreyer ’89, who won for Division III, Division I winner Scott Limbaugh ’03 of Vanderbilt University played and coached for the Hawks, and Division II winner Steve Fell ’87 of the University of West Florida played for Huntingdon.
  • Stephen Shephard ’19 was named USA South Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week October 18 after winning the Division III Golfweek Fall Invitational the week prior. It was his second collegiate win, during which he set a Huntingdon NCAA-era record for a three-round event with a score of 205.
  • Linell Tarver ’21 was named USA South Football Defensive Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season November 6 after his performance in the Hawks’ 55-7 win over Methodist University. A freshman, he is the Hawks’ third leading tackler and added 10 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a pass break-up, and a quarterback hurry in the Methodist contest.
  • Running back Erick Thomas ’21 was named USA South Offensive Rookie of the Week November 6 after his performance Saturday, November 4, when the Hawks clinched the USA South Conference title for the third straight year. A freshman, he rushed for 161 yards on 21 carries during the second half alone. He also scored a touchdown.
  • Katina Torey-Bonner ’04 earned her MBA in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University in 2017. She works as a human resources and payroll specialist.
    Amy Tyma ’21 was named to the first-team West Division for USA South Athletic Conference volleyball at the close of the season. She was fifth in the conference with 313 kills, second on the Huntingdon team with 326 digs, third with 51 blocks, and tied for third with 40 aces. She was named USA South Rookie of the Week for volleyball October 23 after helping the Hawks to a 2-1 record during the week prior and October 16 after her performance in the team’s three wins the week prior.
  • Jason Varney ’14 earned his MBA with a concentration in health care administration at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017. He is an administrative fellow for Kettering Health Network in a one-year health services management training program at Kettering Medical Center, Ohio. He writes, “My time at Huntingdon was truly so, so valuable. With the guidance of the professors across the many different disciplines, I was able to discover my passion for leadership and helping others, hence why I have chosen to pursue a career in healthcare administration. My career goal is to one day become the CEO of a hospital and help to affect as much positive change as I can, so more people can receive quality, efficient care.”

Sympathy and Prayers

  • We extend sympathy to John Haynes ’18 and his family on the death of his great-grandmother, October 24.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with President J. Cameron West, his wife, Elizabeth, and their family in the death of Elizabeth’s father, Mack Batchelor, Sunday, November 5, in North Carolina. Final arrangements are pending.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Eddy Williams, director of Huntingdon Bands, and his family on the death of his mother-in-law, Pauline Annie “Polly” Poole.

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Suellen (Su) Ofe
Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 |

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