The Talon, October 11, 2017

Jeff Hatch; Bria Rochelle; Mini-Camp; Princeton Review; Adapted PE; Chemistry in Italy; the Red Lady; Upcoming Events; Headliners


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
October 11, 2017


Former NFL Player Jeff Hatch on Campus

University of Pennsylvania graduate and former NFL (New York Giants) player Jeff Hatch will be on campus Thursday, October 12, to speak on his battles with addiction stemming from opioid use. His talk is sponsored by the Counseling Center. The lecture is free and open to all, 7:30 p.m. in Roland Arena.

Bria Rochelle ’18 named Homecoming Queen

Huntingdon senior Bria Rochelle was announced as the 2017 Homecoming queen during the Homecoming football game, Saturday, October 7. Unfortunately, as a member of the volleyball team, she had a match out-of-state that day and was unable to be on the field for the crowning. She will be recognized formally during football Senior Day, Saturday, November 4. The daughter of Celia and Bill Rochelle of Mobile, Alabama, Bria is an Exercise Science major, captain of the volleyball team, and an inaugural member of the beach volleyball team. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, an Ambassador, Orientation Leader, and a Huntingdon Leadership Academy. She works with Campus Ministries and serves on the Student Philanthropy Council of the Student Alumni Association. Bria has been inducted into Alpha Beta and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She is a recipient of the Sara Lee Insley Dunbar Scholastic Award and the Megan Cook Sportsmanship Award. She serves as a pastoral intern for First United Methodist Church in Montgomery.

Hawks Cheerleading hosts Mini Cheer Camp

Youth from grades kindergarten through 6 are invited to participate in the Hawks Cheerleading Fundamental Cheer Skills Camp, Saturday, October 14, 8:00–10:00 a.m. in the Wilson Gym. The cost is $30 per participant. Coaches and cheerleaders will instruct in motion skills, cheer, chant, and band dance. The campers will perform a cheer during pregame of the Hawks contest versus Maryville College. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. To sign up, contact Coach Stephanie Hicks at (334) 833-4571 or

Huntingdon again named a “Best Regional College”

The Princeton Review has named Huntingdon among their “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region” in the Southeast. The listings are based on surveys of student opinions regarding the college’s administration, academic environment, student life, and fellow students. Inclusion in TPR’s list continues a long tradition at Huntingdon.

Mid-term grades posted

The end of the mid-term grading period was Friday, October 6; grades were due Monday, October 9. Check Self-Service to see your progress. Parents can see a student’s grades if the student shares access to his/her account.

ASN Trainees reach the 100-mark

At the Saturday, September 9, Huntingdon Ability Sport Network (ASN-HC) program, 19 HC students completed the on-site portion of Adapted Sport Training taught by Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman and Dr. Jared Rehm. The participants attending the all-day program (classroom and gym-based) included students from Physical Education, Business Administration, Sport Studies/Health Promotion, Sport Studies/Sport Management, and Exercise Science. Also in attendance were special educators from the public schools and staff members from the YMCA. This program is recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education as meeting the standards for continued professional education and is part of the grant awarded to the ASN-HC by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. The ASN-HC has trained more than 100 people: public school teachers, coaches, higher education students (HC, AUM, UAH), faculty members (HC, UAH, AUM), allied health professionals, and other community members, in adapted sport.

Graduates, professor present research in Italy

Huntingdon College Class of 2017 chemistry graduates Aubree Archie, of Kinston, Alabama, and Emily Fike, of Magnolia, Alabama, traveled with chemistry professor Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy to present their undergraduate research in Italy in September. The pair presented “Metal Analysis of Deer Hooves from South Alabama: Sentinels of Deer Health, Nutrition, and the Environment,” for the World Chemistry Conference in Rome. They completed their research during their senior year at Huntingdon. Their research, the first of its kind in the literature, showed that metal content in deer hooves reflects the health, nutrition, and environment of deer in Alabama.

Time for the Red Lady to appear

Huntingdon, which has been recognized among the most haunted college campuses in America, will have hearse-loads of visitors this month as Haunted Hearse Tours drive by Pratt Hall each evening. The story of our most famous ghost, The Red Lady, is included in the book, 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, by the late Kathryn Tucker Windham ’39 and the late Huntingdon English professor, Margaret Gillis Figh. Watch for a red glow from the upper floors of Pratt Hall. You just might catch a glimpse of her.

Upcoming CCV (Center for Career and Vocation) Events:

  • Friday, October 13, all day; Field Trip to Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Forum: opportunity for pre-law students to travel to Atlanta, attend information sessions, and meet with representatives from law schools from all over the nation. Only 10 spots available—first come, first serve.
  • Wednesday, October 25, Career Networking Fair
  • Tuesday, November 7, Meet the Firms Accounting Fair
  • Thursday, November 16, Health Pre-Professional Graduate School Fair


  • Hogwarts at Huntingdon sessions continue at 11:45 a.m. in the Library Atrium on the following days:
    • Wednesday, October 11, Arithmancy, presented by Department of Mathematics faculty
    • Monday, October 16, Divination, presented by Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13
    • Wednesday, October 18, Herbology, presented by Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, Chair, Department of Chemistry
  • In-Service Days are coming up October 20 and 27 and November 10. No classes; offices open.
  • Phi Mu, Theta Kappa chapter, will host their third annual Golf Tournament, Sunday, October 15, at Montgomery Country Club. Money raised goes to their philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To sign up or sponsor the tournament, contact Kirstin Wood at
  • The Office of Counseling Services will offer the free two-part workshop, “Understanding Yourself and Others,” Monday, October 16, 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., and Tuesday, October 17, 12:20–1:50 p.m., in Jackson Home 112. Lunch will be provided. You must be able to attend both days in order to participate. To sign up, email Kelley Rehm at This is not group counseling. Sign-up closes Friday, October 13.
  • Need help in a class? Perhaps a little extra tutoring? Staton Center Review Sessions have moved to the main campus. Mondays, 7:000–8:00 p.m., BADM 311 meets in FL203; CHEM 105, FL102; ECON201, FL204; REL105; FL202; writing tutor and general help in Flowers 205. Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., MATH 155, FL203; MATH171, FL202; MATH175, FL204; MATH176, FL205. Wednesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m., BIOL/CHEM, FL204; CHEM105, FL102; MATH255, FL203; REL105, FL202; general help in FL205. Staton Center Review Sessions are free.
  • Chi Omega will present their annual Owl-O-Ween fall carnival, Sunday, October 22, 3:00–6:00 p.m. on the Green.
  • Houghton Library will present The Salon, Tuesday, October 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Come in costume and read from the works of J.K. Rowling.
  • Know someone who is just made to be a Hawk? Bring him/her to Preview Day, Saturday, November 4. Preview Days are hosted by the Office of Admission. Sign up at
  • Mark your calendar now: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 a.m. Turn any manual clocks back one hour.
  • 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.
  • Make plans now to attend the College’s annual Christmas service, A Service of Lessons and Carols, Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Ligon Chapel. The event is preceded by the arrival of St. Nicholas at 6:30 p.m. and tree lighting and caroling at 6:45 p.m. in front of Flowers Hall.
  • 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.


Huntingdon Headliners

  • Coco Burgess ’21 was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for women’s soccer September 18 in recognition of leading the defense to post three shut-outs over opponents Oglethorpe (1-0), Wesleyan (5-0) and LaGrange (2-0).
  • Dr. Jim Conely, instructor of piano and organ, played an organ recital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, September 24.
  • Junior golfer Mark Connelly scored a second place finish in the Tournament Town Preview in Greensboro, North Carolina, September 25. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. His performance led the Hawks to a second-place finish as well.
  • Alyssa Eason ’12 earned her R.N. licensure in 2017 and serves as a registered nurse with Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery.
  • Doug Fontaine ’09 married his wife, Janae, June 10, 2017. They live in Chancellor, Alabama. He is a math teacher for Charles Henderson High School.
  • Elizabeth Bird Graf ’99 is a fraud analyst with Protective Life in Leeds, Alabama.
  • Tyler Jones ’08 and his wife, Anna, live in Decatur, Alabama, where he owns and operates the The RailYard, a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant; Whisk’D Cafe, a southern breakfast eatery, and High Point Market, a smoothie bar opening this winter. His wife owns Breathe Yoga Barre and is an ambassador with Lulu Lemon Athletica. Tyler is a member of the boards for the Downtown Decatur Redevelopment Authority, the Decatur Parking Authority, the Huntingdon National Alumni Board, the Downtown Decatur Merchant and Business Association, and the Princess Theater Programming Committee.
  • Birmingham’s Virginia Samford Theatre has dedicated a dressing room in honor of Huntingdon trustee Betty Thurman McMahon ’64. The room was used by her dancing group, the Sugar Babies, when they appeared in 1993 for the inaugural production of the remodeled theater building.
  • Karina Scott Ryan ’12 is working as the assistant director for student conduct at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
  • Mac Pearson ’21 was named USA South Rookie of the Week for women’s soccer September 18 after scoring the game-winning goals in two Lady Hawks contests during the week prior.
    Huntingdon linebacker Linell Tarver ’21 is not only a freshman powerhouse football player (third leading tackler this season), he’s been recognized three times as USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week. His latest recognition came after six tackles in the Hawks’ battle versus Averett University.
  • Josh (’13) and Kayce Estes Thomas ’14 report that they welcomed daughter Rebekah-Jean Loraine Thomas, December 6, 2016. Kayce is a special education teacher at Highland Garden Elementary School. They live in Prattville, Alabama.
  • Krista Leachman Womble ’04 and her husband, Seth, welcomed twins, Elliott and Elleana, July 21, 2017. Their family, including the twins’ older brother, Ethan, lives in Cumming, Georgia. Krista is a marketing manager with Vivial.
  • Placekicker Chase Young went 2 for 3 on field goals during the Hawks’ Homecoming game versus Averett University October 7, earning him USA South Special Teams Player of the Week status. Chase also went 1-for-1 on field goals and 4-for-4 on extra points in the Hawks’ win over Ferrum College, September 23. He garnered the same USA South honor September 25.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • The Reverend Dr. Langdon Garrison Jr., a long-standing pastor in the Alabama-West Florida Conference and a former member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, died September 18, 2017. We extend our condolences to his family, including his granddaughter, Abigail Garrison Pridgeon ’06, and her husband, Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, a current member of the Huntingdon Board and pastor at First United Methodist Church-Montgomery.
  • Sue Annette Clifton Landrum ’62 died September 23, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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