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October 8, 2018
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Weather Alert: Hurricane Michael Approaches Gulf Coast
The administration is monitoring the development of Hurricane Michael in the Gulf of Mexico. At this point, we expect no disruptions in Huntingdon College classes or activities.
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS Broadcasts from Montgomery
Lester Holt and the NBC Nightly News Team are coming to Montgomery for his Across America Tour on Tuesday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. The broadcast will be live from Dexter Avenue in front of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. The public is invited to be a part of this live television event. If you plan to attend, the designated viewing area for spectators will be on the sidewalks lining Dexter Avenue between Bainbridge and Decatur (from the Capitol to the church) with special areas marked off and police on hand to help direct the crowd. Please be in place within the viewing area by 5:00 p.m. and enter ON FOOT via Bainbridge, as vehicular traffic will be prohibited. There will be NO designated parking for this event, so please plan accordingly. All of the City parking decks will be open and available throughout downtown, but many downtown roads will be closed, so be prepared for travel delays.
Huntingdon Announces Nursing Track
Huntingdon students have long been able to move on from their Huntingdon degrees to nursing programs across the state. Several have completed Certified Nurse Practitioner licensure. With the demand for nurses high and the program having a strong precedent of success, Huntingdon faculty have developed a devoted Nursing Track program. Track courses include coursework in the Biology major and required core courses that are compatible with health professions, totaling 92 hours. To complete the Biology degree, students pepper in electives to reach the total 120 hours required for graduation. The track courses may be completed in three years, allowing great flexibility in the fourth year of enrollment, or spread across all four years. Interested? Speak with Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, chair of the Department of Biology and professor of biology, who serves as the nursing adviser in Huntingdon’s Pre-Health Professions Committee.
Artist-in-Residence Offers Master Classes
David Cangelosi, who serves as Huntingdon’s Glenn and Betty Seymour Perdue Distinguished Artist in Residence, is on campus this week as he performs in the community, offers master classes and private vocal instruction for Huntingdon singers, meets with students, and plans for the annual Vann Vocal Institute, for which he serves as creative director. This is Mr. Cangelosi’s 12th year with the Vann Vocal Institute, a program during which rising young opera singers from the region are invited on campus for master classes and instruction, provided by Mr. Cangelosi and a cast of acclaimed opera singers from around the world. The institute’s faculty offers a Celebrity Recital on the eve of the master classes—mark your calendars! The 2019 recital will be Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. A group of finalists from among those who are taught in master classes is selected to perform in an Emerging Artists Recital at the end of the master classes—this year, Saturday, March 9, at 5:00 p.m. The Vann Vocal Institute is offered in cooperation with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
Author Michael Knight Speaks for Loeb Lecture
Acclaimed author Michael Knight will be on campus Thursday, October 18, serving as this year’s Jimmy Loeb Southern Writers Series lecturer. He will visit with three classes, present a colloquy on the process of writing at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium, and offer a public reading from his latest short story collection, Eveningland, at 7:00 p.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. The colloquy is open to students, faculty, and staff.
Adapted Phys Ed Community Outreach Begins
Huntingdon’s Adapted Physical Education class will pair 50 Huntingdon teacher candidates and other learners with 40 special education students, many of whom are on the autism spectrum, from Wilson Elementary, Garrett Elementary, and Pike Road Schools this semester. Many Huntingdon students say this one experience opened their eyes to new possibilities for their own careers, as well as new insights into the designations of “abilities” and “disabilities.” Not only do the children learn basic movements and basic group play, the Huntingdon teacher-coaches learn how to work with children with a wide range of abilities. This year’s programs begin October 9 and include five one-hour sessions with children from each school.
College Democrats Bring Candidates to Campus
There’s nothing like student involvement and activism to energize the vote, so kudos to the College Democrats for their proactive approach to this year’s mid-term elections. District 2 (encompassing the Huntingdon campus) Congressional candidate Tabitha Isner will be on campus Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. Walt Maddox, candidate for governor, will be on campus Monday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m. in front of Pratt Hall. Come out and meet the candidates! Listen to what they have to say. Make up your own mind. Huntingdon College Republicans hosted representatives from Governor Kay Ivey’s campaign earlier this semester.
Have You Seen Martha?
That’s what we call the Red Lady, our famous ghost, who floats around campus from her stopping point in Pratt Hall. There’s also Frank, the library ghost. These and other transparent characters have earned Huntingdon a #6 ranking on College Consensus’ list of Most Haunted Colleges in America. (Don’t worry, Martha. We know you’re #1.)
Huntingdon’s Ability Sport Network, a program for regional youth ages six through 21 who have physical disabilities, will offer an Ability Sport Network SuperSport Saturday event October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on campus. The event is open to participants ages 6–21 of all abilities. Family members of ASN participants are encouraged as well. The College will host participants and volunteers from our sister program at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The goal is to provide ASN and UAH participants, Huntingdon community members, and other the chance to play alongside one another in adapted sport programs. Equipment and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call (334) 833-4466 for more information. ASN sponsors an adapted sport team, the RedWings, in which youth from the region participate in wheelchair sports.
Hawks Hit the Road
There’s nothing like a road trip to give you a new perspective and to interrupt the routine a bit, and that’s especially necessary at mid-term. That’s why several groups hit the road Friday, October 5, for various destinations (one was even a secret to all but the group leaders). Here’s where they went:
- Dr. Paul Gier and Dr. Jim Daniels, Department of Biology, took two vans of students to Dauphin Island Sea Lab for their annual beach critter exploration trek.
- Kathleen Penney ’15, director of student activities, took a group on a Mystery Trip. Destination? Dollywood.
- Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar ’13, director of the Center for Career and Vocation, took members of the Freshman Leadership Initiative to the Equal Justice Initiative.
- Chaplain Rhett Butler ’13 took a group of hikers to Mt. Cheaha.
- Various athletic teams, band, and cheer were on the road for competitions and service.
See all of the sports news, team rosters, and schedules at www.huntingdonhawks.com.
Alumni Spotlight: Heith McCracken’18
(Source: Lambda Chi Alpha)—Amidst the tragedy and destruction that enveloped the lower Atlantic coast in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Heith McCracken ’18 made the decision to join the Alabama Cajun Navy in their efforts to aid and assist those in need. Heith traveled from Montgomery September 14 with a van-load of food and supplies, rendezvousing with the Alabama Cajun Navy at a staging center in Lexington, North Carolina. He then toured the Carolinas helping to distribute supplies and aid to those affected by the hurricane’s destruction. The second night Heith spent in South Carolina, the college the Cajun Navy was using as their base of operations flooded and required Heith and all the volunteers to relocate. We thank him for applying courage, along with wisdom, in service!
- October 10: Find Your Fit: Choosing a Major and Career Path, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Flowers 205. Pizza will be served. RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- MOVIE: “The Bride of Frankenstein,” the 1935 film starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, and Elsa Lanchester, Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., Searcy Theater, popcorn and drinks provided
- October 11: Congressional candidate Tabitha Isner (District 2, Democrat), on campus, 6:30 p.m., Smith Recital Hall
- October 13: Huntingdon Preview Day, offered by the Office of Admission, 9:00 a.m. to noon; plan your visit!
- October 14: Midnight Madness, Sunday, 10:00 p.m., Roland Arena
- October 15: Campus Activities Board Applications Due; apply here.
- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox on campus, 4:00 p.m., in front of Pratt Hall (he is the current mayor of Tuscaloosa, AL)
- October 18: Jimmy Loeb Southern Writers Series lecture, featuring Michael Knight, acclaimed author of Eveningland, among other works, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building
- October 20: SuperSport Saturday, (:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; participate in adapted sports alongside the Ability Sport Network’s RedWings team; RSVP to email@example.com.
- October 22: Gabrielle Daniels, Racial Justice Fellow at the Equal Justice Initiative, will offer the first NETVUE Lecture of the year, a discussion of vocation and calling, Monday, November 22, at 11:45 a.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building. Ms. Daniels earned master’s degrees at Yale University and at Duke Divinity School. Her research spans the areas of theology, public health, and vulnerable populations.
- October 24: “Frankenstein: Constructing the Body,” presented by Dr. Lisa Olenik Dorman and Dr. Michele Sharff Olson, a 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein event, 11:45 a.m., Library Atrium
- October 26–27: HOMECOMING: Countless Stories, One Legacy; see registration information.
- October 27: FAMILY WEEKEND: Countless Stories, One Legacy; sign up!
- October 29 and 31: MINI-CONFERENCE: What It Means to Be Human; CALL FOR PROPOSALS: the library welcomes student proposals for a presentation or project on the conference topic—this is a great chance to polish your presentation and public speaking skills in a welcoming environment. On your proposal, state your name, the type of presentation you propose (such as a paper presentation), the working title, and a paragraph on what you’d like to discuss or present about. Deadline for proposals extended to October 12. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SALON: The library staff and the faculty in the Department of Language and Literature will present a reading of the play, “Frankenstein,” inspired by Mary Shelley’s original story, Wednesday, October 31, at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Atrium. Come and listen, and enjoy refreshments.
- SHORT (GHOST) STORY CONTEST: As we know, Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein as the result of a challenge to a group of friends and acquaintances to write a ghost story on one “dark and stormy night.” The Library is accepting submissions until midnight Oct. 31. Winning submissions will be published on the library’s website and social media, and in the Prelude, the college literary magazine. In your story, one of the characters must be a ghost.
- November 1: DEADLINE: Huntingdon Leadership Academy Program Applications for Staff Positions (for 2019 program) due Thursday, November 1.
- November 7: LECTURE: Artificial Intelligence as Human Evolution: A Conversation on Humanity, presented by Dr. Siobahn Stiles, communication studies, Wednesday, 11:45 a.m., Library Atrium
- MOVIE: “Young Frankenstein,” the 1974 movie starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman (and many others), directed by Mel Brooks, Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., Searcy Theater, popcorn and drinks provided
- November 8: Faculty Follies, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. You won’t believe what our faculty can do (or will do)!
- November 10, Huntingdon Preview Day, offered by the Office of Admission (see the first bullet above for the sign-up link).
- Men’s Cross Country
- Men’s Golf
- Men’s Soccer
- Women’s Cross Country
- Women’s Golf
- Women’s Soccer
- A big shout-out to the Hawks Volleyball Team, who are on top of the USA South Athletic Conference standings at this writing. Hawk ’em!
- Dr. Cinzia Balit-Moussalli, professor, Department of Business, presented a paper, “Financial Crises, Corporate Scandals, and the Role of Ethics in Teaching Economics and Finance and Graduating Responsible Leaders” at an economics conference last week.
- Dr. Jan Heier, Prof. Brianne Smith, and Prof. James DeLoach, Department of Business, have led the Accounting and Business Clubs to launch the Investment Challenge. The game provides a competitive and fun environment in which Huntingdon students can sharpen their investing skills. In an attempt to maximize portfolio value while minimizing risk, participants select investments, adjust asset allocations, and buy and sell stocks. Nearly 60 students signed up for the game. A faculty version is also available.
- Dr. Blake Ball, Department of History, was interviewed by Dame Magazine on the topic of racial redlining and segregation in Birmingham.
- The third exercise in Dr. James Conely’s (adjunct instructor, piano and organ) Progressive Pedal Exercises for organ has been published in the October issue of The American Organist, the journal of the American Guild of Organists.
- Henry Gee ’19 was named USA South Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week September 26 after his performance in Rhodes Fall Classic, September 23–24, when Henry finished as runner-up and led the Hawks to the tournament win.
- Karsha Hill ’13 is working as an insurance sales agent at AAA Insurance of Alabama. She lives in Gadsden.
- Riley Manasco ’16 is a student in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Greensboro, N.C.
- Hunter Pattison ’14 has been hired to serve as a prosecutor for the State Attorney General’s Office, Pensacola, Florida.
- Sport Science professor Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86 is quoted as an expert in the article, “Six Fat-Melting Ab Workouts You Can Do Right At Home,” published by Prevention magazine; and in a piece by Shape magazine on the importance of activating gluteal and hamstring muscles. In commenting on the article, Dr. Olson said, “The gluteus maximus plays a key role in keeping us upright. Our seated desk work and other lifestyle mainstays such as driving, watching television, etc., permit these important muscles to remain inactive.”
- Felicia Peoples ’18, one of five graduates who took the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) exam last April, scored in the top 12 percent nationally and received Certification with Distinction. She has received notice of acceptance to the University of South Alabama School of Medicine for Fall 2019.
- Former Hawks softball player Hayley Praytor ’12 and her brother, Thomas “Moose” Praytor, a NASCAR driver, have been inducted into the St. Paul’s School Hall of Fame in Mobile, Alabama. Hayley played on the Saints volleyball team for 6 years, claiming an All-County spot two of those years. She played softball at Huntingdon, garnering a number of awards and helping the team to the conference championship during her senior year.
- Carson Whitton ’22 was named USA South Rookie of the Week for golf for his performance in the Gordin Classic, in which he led the tea. The team finished sixth; Carson tied for 12th individually.
- LaPearl Johnson Wright ’02 and her husband, Jeffrey, welcomed daughter Mya Amari Wright, March 1, 2018, in Montgomery.
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