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The Talon, October 23, 2019


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College Community

October 23, 2019

What’s New?

SACS-COC on Campus

It’s time for Huntingdon’s 10-year accreditation review team visit, which will occur next week. Huntingdon, like most colleges, is on a 10-year review cycle with our regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges. A team of reviewers has already gone through an exhaustive report submitted by the College’s executive council and academic leadership and will be on campus for presentations, meetings, and further review next week. Part of the review will cover the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which includes the Sophomore Year is Calling event and Call 200/300 courses, addressing vocational call and preparation among students.

Homecoming Recap

During Homecoming 2019, a number of alumni were recognized with Alumni Loyalty and Achievement Awards and induction into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and the 2019 Homecoming Queen and Court were presented. Read more at the links provided, and congratulations to all!

Registration Is Approaching

Students will pre-register for spring term classes beginning the week of October 28 for juniors and seniors; the week of November 4 for sophomores, and the week of November 11 for freshmen. However, to avoid having freshmen be closed out of classes they are required to take, freshmen have been pre-enrolled in certain courses, such as English 106 and Religion 102, as well as in one or two major classes and band or choir, if applicable. Note that freshman Wing Cohorts will change for spring semester.  To prepare for registration, if you’re a freshman, meet with your major adviser(s) to discuss your schedule and determine any changes necessary. If you’re an upperclassman, prepare for your meeting with your major adviser by reviewing the catalog requirements for your class year and reviewing the schedule of classes on Self-Service. When you meet with your major adviser(s) be sure to find out more about summer classes so you can plan ahead.

Dead Poets Society

A “salon,” in the academic sense, is when a speaker or speakers share and discuss information or literary readings with others in a small group. It has nothing to do with hair or nails, except in the case of wigs and other garb for Huntingdon’s upcoming Fall Salon, under the title, Dead Poets Society. Come in your favorite Halloween costume (if you wish) and bring with you or find when you get there creepy/macabre poems written by authors who are now deceased. It’s a great way to spend a Halloween afternoon: Wednesday, October 31, 3:30–4:30 p.m. in Houghton Library Atrium.

Forensics/Debate Team Wins Victory

Three members of the Forensics/Debate Team competed in the Cleveland State Forensics Classic Speech and Debate Tournament in Cleveland, Tenn., October 19. Chris Mayer ’23 spoke in Impromptu; Colleen Collins ’20 competed in Persuasion; and Lavia Walker ’20 presented in both Persuasion and Prose. Lavia and Colleen advanced to the final rounds in their events, with Lavia bringing home first place in Prose and third place in Persuasion, and Colleen earning fourth place in Persuasion. In addition, Lavia was recognized as Top Novice in each of her events, a distinction given to the most outstanding individual participating in his/her first year of competition. Dr. Kyle Christiansen, assistant professor of communication studies, is the team adviser and said, “It is quite remarkable for a novice to achieve a first-place ranking as Ms. Walker did, and she received a lot of attention and praise from her fellow competitors.” The team also competed in the Golden Eagle Speak Up forensics tournament at Tennessee Technological University in September, with Lavia advancing to the final round of her event and placing third overall in Prose. In that tournament, Chris Bishop joined the other competitors. Congratulations to the team and to Dr. Christiansen!

Trustee Leads Trip to Germany

The Rev. Dr. Ed Glaize ’85, a Huntingdon trustee (honored with the Alumni Loyalty Award during Homecoming 2019) who serves as superintendent of the Dothan District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference (UMC), will lead a 10-day trip to Germany and Austria through Educational Opportunity Tours beginning July 7, 2020. The tour includes the Oberammergau Passion Play. If you are interested in learning more, go to

Coming Events

If a CCV event requires an RSVP, simply email the CCV at

  • October 23 | LinkedIn Seminar, Location TBD, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., *RSVP to
  • October 25 | Seminary Visit: Candler School of Theology; led by Campus Ministries, see Chaplain Rhett Butler for details
  • October 25 | Houghton Library Mini-Conference, “To Boldy Go,” Session 2, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • October 31 | The Salon: Dead Poets Society, 3:30 p.m., Houghton Memorial Library
  • October 31 | Countess of Huntingdon Ball, presented by the Office of Student Affairs, 7:30–10:30 p.m., Wynlakes Country Club; attire: costume or semi-formal
  • October 31–November 1 | Seminary Visit: Duke Divinity School; led by Campus Ministries, see Chaplain Rhett Butler for details
  • November 1 | In-Service Day; no classes; offices open
  • November 2 | Diamond Hawks Showcase, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Posey Field
  • November 9 | Huntingdon Preview Day, presented by the Office of Admission; RSVP at
  • November 12 | Huntingdon Concert Choir and Choral Ensembles Performance, Alabama Choral Directors Association Collegiate Choral Festival, Montgomery
  • November 21 | Huntingdon Bands Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m., Drum Theater
  • November 25–29 | Thanksgiving Break, no classes; offices closed November 27–29
  • December 5 | Christmas Tree Lighting and Service of Lessons and Carols
    • 6:30 p.m., Parade and Arrival of St. Nicholas, featuring the Marching Scarlet & Grey
    • 6:45 p.m., Tree Lighting
    • 7:00 p.m., A Service of Lessons and Carols, Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall, featuring the Huntingdon Concert Choir and choral ensemble
  • December 6 | Last Day of Classes, Fall Semester
  • December 9–13 | Finals
  • December 14 | Residence halls close for end of term, Noon
  • December 21–January 5 | Offices closed for Christmas/New Year break

Athletic Schedules

  • Basketball: Men, first home game Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Berry College; Women, first home game Nov. 9 at 5:00 p.m. vs. Birmingham-Southern
  • Cross Country: Men, Women
  • Football: remaining home games 10/26 vs. Averett College, 1:00 p.m.; 11/9 vs. N.C. Wesleyan, 1:00 p.m.
  • Golf: Men, Women
  • Soccer: Men, Women, one home game remaining: 10/26 vs. Piedmont, 2:00 p.m.
  • Volleyball; remaining home matches 10/31 vs. Faulkner, 7:00 p.m.;  11/2 vs. Berea, 10:00 a.m. and vs. Maryville, 4:00 p.m.
  • Wrestling: first home scrimmage of the season, 10/25 at 6:30 p.m., outdoors at Samford Stadium/Charles Lee Field


  • Campus Ministries is shepherding students for visits to seminaries this fall. If seminary could be a path for your future, contact Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13 to sign up (asap) at Here are the dates: Candler School of Theology (Emory University), October 25; The Divinity School at Duke University, October 31–November 1.
  • The dates for Huntingdon’s Economic and Community Development Scholars high school summer academy have been set: June 23–25, 2020.
  • Interested in being part of Drama Club? Contact Isabella Barrera at
  • What to do if you have a tech problem: 1) Submit a Helpdesk request at; 2) email the Tech Team at; 3) if you’re having trouble with your Huntingdon-issued laptop, go to the printshop in Roland Student Center, where technology professionals can help you.
  • Record your service hours! If you perform community service, please record your hours by going to the College website, click on Campus Life, select Student Involvement, select Community Service, and select Document Your Hours. Complete each section and submit. What counts? Here are a few examples: volunteering to assist a Student Affairs staff member; volunteering for sports camps, schools, or churches; volunteer opportunities offered through Huntingdon College; volunteering with retirement homes, nonprofit organizations, or hospitals.
  • FLU SHOTS are highly encouraged and will be available through the Office of Student Health Services Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Watch your email for more information.
  • Spring 2020 IN-SERVICE DATES are: February 7, 21; March 13; and April 24. The College will also be closed Friday, April 10, for Good Friday.
  • The Second Annual Huntingdon College Book Drive will take place October 28–31. Donate books at The Hut. Children’s books are particularly welcome.
  • Read about our Presidential Fellows!
  • The Office of College and Alumni Relations is grateful for the tremendous support by the faculty and staff during the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign for the Huntingdon Fund—150 faculty and staff members contributed $38,949 in gifts.


  • Luke Ates ’17, director of college and external relations, completed his Master of Arts in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University.
  • Alex Calhoun ’21 was named USA South Player of the Week for women’s soccer September 30 after scoring the first three goals of her collegiate career in the Hawks’ 3-2 win over Berea College September 28.
  • Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05, vice president for enrollment management, and her husband, Clay, welcomed daughter Lucy Beth, September 26, 2019.
  • Emma Cox ’23 earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors for women’s golf the second time this year, October 16. In her third collegiate tournament, the Golfweek DIII Fall Invitational, she shot 261 in three rounds, jumping from a 93 to an 86 to an 82 in three days.
  • Fred Flavors ’22 earned Special Teams Player of the Week recognition for the USA South Athletic Conference October 7 after setting up an early touchdown in the second quarter by blocking a punt during the Hawks’ win over Methodist University. He also recorded four tackles in the game.
  • Carmen Fuentes ’19, a reporter in Dothan, anchored his first television newscast for WRGX-Dothan, an NBC affiliate, last week. He interned with WSFA during his time at Huntingdon.
  • Huntingdon welcomes Officer William Guilford to the security team.
  • Malachi Harvey ’23 earned USA South Special Teams Player of the Week recognition October 14 for a kick-off return that went 90 yards and ended in a touchdown, giving the Hawks their first lead in the team’s win over Maryville last week.
  • Kyle Lancaster ’18 and Taylor Blackwell ’17 were married September 28, 2019. Kyle is a student at Virginia College of Medicine-Auburn University.
  • Olivia Levering Gunter ’09 and her husband welcomed a son, Brantley Gunter, in October.
  • Farrah Mahan ’16 married Will Jackson, October 19, 2019.
  • Drew Mathers ’20 was named USA South Golfer of the Week October 16 for the fourth time this season. The top-ranked golfer in Division III, Drew fired a 64 in the final round of the Golfweek DIII Fall Invitational, finishing second in the tournament individually and helping the team to a second-place finish, as well. So far, Drew has turned in 7 rounds with scores in the 60s this fall.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, senior clinical professor of sport science, is quoted in an article on, “7 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Fitness Tracker.” She was also interviewed as an expert for a recent article in U.S. News & World Report, “To Get Fit, Take a Break: Making time for recovery is key to a successful exercise plan.”
  • Bruno Parducci ’69 has retired from the Alabama Department of Corrections, where he served as a substance abuse counselor.
  • Otis Porter ’20 is the Hawks’ career leader in receiving yards (2,675) and receiving touchdowns (31), and earned a personal best 10 receptions in the Hawks’ victory over Brevard College in Saturday’s game. Otis was recognized as USA South Offensive Player of the Week October 14 for earning 7 receptions, 175 yards, and 3 touchdowns in the Hawks’ win over Maryville last week.
  • Jeff (’09) and Jessica Reeves Reamer ’09 live in Tampa, Fla., where Jessica works as a CPA, having passed her licensure in 2014.
  • Dr. Jared Rehm was inducted into the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Hall of Fame, October 9, in recognition of his extensive work and competition in disability sport and of his work for the Catholic faith. McT is his high school alma mater.
  • Matt Reilly ’15 married Hannah Baker on October 5, 2019.
  • Dr. Anneliese Spaeth, assistant vice president for technology, presented “Blueprints for Quality Assurance in an Adult Degree Completion Program” during a convening of the Canvas SouthEast Users Group: Canvas Day, October 10.
  • Jeremiah Stone ’16 married Allison Putman on October 5, 2019.
  • Trey Thompson ’16 and Ragin Berry ’19 were married October 19, 2019.
  • Hawks volleyball player Amy Tyma ’21, who reached 1,000 career digs earlier this season, reached another milestone in the Maryville match with her 1,000th career kill. Tyma is just the third Hawk to reach 1,000 kills since 2006 and is only the second Huntingdon player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs during that time period. The Hawks currently rank second in the USA South-West Division.
  • Jeremy Wolfe ’16 completed his MBA at Auburn-Montgomery in 2018 and works as an international trade specialist for the Alabama Department of Commerce.
  • Jakob (’16) and Kalyn Spatol Works ’15 have purchased and moved into their first home in Batavia, Ill. Jakob is a manager and team sales representative for Tama Lacrosse. Kalyn is a teacher.


  • Bonnie Cleaveland Donaldson ’64 died October 11 in Foley, Ala. Bonnie graduated from Huntingdon with a degree in education and taught in the Pasadena Independent School District in Houston, Texas, for 29 years before becoming a school counselor, a position she held until her retirement. Returning to Foley, where she was born and raised, she served as executive director of the Foley Railroad Museum.
  • With sadness, we share the news of the death of Marion Henry “Bubba” Hampton Jr., September 26; husband of Harriet Hampton, director of housekeeping; father of Joanna Hampton Collier ’09, admission specialist, Evening Studies, and Heather Hampton Slagle ’99, administrative assistant to the senior vice president and treasurer; and grandfather of Anna Grace Lawson ’22 and Caleb Slagle ’22. We continue to surround these members of our Huntingdon family with care and comfort.

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