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The Talon, September 19, 2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

September 19, 2016


More about some of these stories can be found in the News section on the Huntingdon website. 

Huntingdon cracks the Top 10

Huntingdon was named among the top 10 southern regional colleges as a “Best Value” and tied for the #10 spot in the top tier of Regional Colleges-South in US News and World Report‘s 2017 Best Colleges issue, released September 13.

Mid-Terms approaching

Seems like school just started and already we’re talking about Mid-terms. With mid-term grades due October 7, students will be testing, writing, and presenting heavily in the next couple of weeks. Students, if you need assistance with writing papers, study habits, or other study needs, please stop by the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment in Miriam Jackson Home. Maryann Beck ’94, Vaughan Dickson, and other staff are anxious to help you succeed. Need help in an individual class? Talk with the professor. Your success is the focus of all they do. Don’t hesitate for a moment to reach out if you need help.

Homecoming, Family Weekend, Preview Day update (October 7–8)

The 2016 Homecoming/Family Weekend schedules are posted on the respective website pages: Homecoming, Family Weekend. Deadlines for signing up are fast approaching. For more information about Homecoming, contact Laura Marie Tyree Brelsford ’05. If you know a potential future Hawk, invite him or her to Preview Day, October 8. It’s easy to sign-up online, or call the Office of Admission at (334) 833-4497 or 800-763-0313. Note: all members of the College family are invited to celebrate with this year’s Alumni Achievement Award (Katrina Keefer Belt ’95 and Desiree Weems Murray ’86), Alumni Loyalty Award (Mary K. McGuffey ’94), and Outstanding Young Alumni (The Rev. Dave Barkalow ’03) winners, Friday, October 7, at 5p in Ligon Chapel; and Hawks Hall of Fame inductees (Jeremy Pittman ’09, Shaw Pritchett ’92, Lori Bonds Rider ’10, Clare Shannon ’11, Jerry Smith ’66, and Robert Talley ’70), Saturday, October 8, at 10a (reception), 10:30a (presentation) in Drum Theater.

What Makes a Hero?

Houghton Library is sponsoring a mini-conference on campus the week of October 24 on the theme, “Power & Gender: What Makes a Hero?” Submissions from across campus are welcome from students, faculty, and staff (this could be an excellent addition to your resume, students). You may present a paper, a poster, or event publicity design. The submission deadline is September 30. Prior to the mini-conference, the documentary film, Wonder Women: the untold story of American superheroines, will be shown in the library, Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30p. in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Wonder Woman character. For more information, check your email for the Call for Proposals.

Hawks bring home the Wesley Cup

In the annual Huntingdon vs. Birmingham-Southern football match-up that leads to the awarding of the Wesley Cup, the Hawks brought the cup home to the nest once again, soaring above the Panthers 49-28. Senior quarterback Luke Bailey was named a USA South Athlete of the Week for a second consecutive week after finishing the game with 318 yards of total offense, passing in a 20-of-26 night and rushing for 50 yards, as well. After the win, the Hawks climbed to #19 (from #21) on the d3football.com Top-25 weekly poll.

Cross Country returns to athletic roster

Intercollegiate cross country will return to Huntingdon for both men and women beginning Fall 2017, bringing the total number of team sports at HC to 18. A search for a coach is underway. Look for more news on this announcement soon from the Office of Sports Information.

Phi Mu hosts golf tournament

Phi Mu women’s fraternity will host their second annual Golf Tournament benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), Sunday, October 16, at Montgomery Country Club. Huntingdon parents, family members, friends, students, faculty, and alumni are invited to golf for this great cause. To register, go to https://phimuhc.wufoo.com/forms/phi-mu-golf-tournament-2016/. If you would like to be a sponsor or if you have any questions, contact Kira Bohlke at kbohlke@hawks.huntingdon.edu. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization that provides exemplary care, research, and community outreach. Donations are used to provide $2.5 billion in charitable care, purchase life-saving equipment, and fund research and educational programs that save and improve the lives of 17 million children each year in more than 170 children’s hospitals.

Men’s Greek recruitment begins

Men’s Greek recruitment will begin with an interest meeting, Sunday, September 25, at 8p in Drum Theater. Men who are interested in learning more about Greek life are invited to attend. You may sign up for recruitment ($10) and learn more about the fraternities and the recruitment schedule on the Interfraternity Council website: www.huntingdonifc.com.

Thank you, Faculty and Staff

The Office of College and Alumni Relations expresses deep appreciation to the 151 members of the faculty and staff who collectively donated $41,670 in support of the Huntingdon Fund during our annual Faculty and Staff Campaign.  To all who made a one-time gift or are making monthly payroll deductions, we say “thank you” and “Hawk ’em!”


  • BIG CHANGE: File your 2017–2018 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016!
  • Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo, Faulkner University, Wednesday, October 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Huntingdon volunteers served as many as 5000 breakfasts during Chappy’s Deli’s annual Breakfast for Babies campaign Friday, September 16. The project benefits the March of Dimes.
  • Huntingdon volunteers also collected school supplies and hygiene products for Louisiana flood victims earlier this month. “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”
  • Houghton Library invites students, faculty, and staff, to add a quote, prayer, or word on a blue paper crane and add it to the Peace Tree located near the reference desk, in observation of the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001.
  • Ever wanted to work for the FBI? The FBI is accepting applications for their summer 2017 Honors Internship Program, a 10-week, paid internship running June 12–August 18, 2017, and for full-time opportunities for new and recent graduates beginning summer 2017. Learn more and apply at www.FBIJobs.gov. The application period closes October 14, 2016.
  • Resident students: LOCK YOUR DOORS! If you leave your room for any reason, lock your door behind you (and be sure to take your keys). Doing so prevents anyone who hasn’t learned that taking other people’s things is the WRONG THING TO DO from getting access to your stuff.
  • Upcoming In-service Days (no classes, offices open): September 30; October 21
  • The Center for Writing and Critical Thinking will offer another writing tutorial Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30p in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building. If you’re struggling with writing, attend this one-hour session.
  • Homecoming Court voting will take place during lunch hours in the DH  this week, Wednesday through Friday. Members of each class may vote for their class representatives. All students will vote for the queen.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Friday, September 23, is the last day to withdraw from a course and receive a “W” on your transcript. After that date, the designation will be “WP” (Withdrew Passing) or “WF” (Withdrew Failing) if you withdraw.
  • The Marching Scarlet and Grey will participate in band exhibitions in Rehobeth, Alabama, and Phenix City, Alabama, Saturday, September 24.
  • Get plugged in to Campus Ministries by attending Ligon Ladies Bible Study, Mondays, 8p, in Ligon Lobby; Fella’ Ship Bible Study, Mondays, 8p, Searcy basement; Tuesday Night Worship, 8p, Drum Theater; Wednesday Chapel Services, 11:45a–12:15p, Rodgers Chapel, Flowers Hall (second floor); and other new CM offerings.
  • A new club is coming to Huntingdon. Come to a General Interest Meeting to learn more about Rotary Club partner Rotaract, Friday, September 23, 11:45a to 12:45p in the Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall (bring your lunch). The club is sponsored by the Montgomery Sunset Rotary Club. Contact Kim Holman (kholman@) or Dr. Siobahn Stiles (tstiles@) if you have questions.


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  • Hawks QB Luke Bailey ’17 was named USA South Football Offensive Player of the Week September 5 after leading the Hawks to a 52-49 win over Louisiana College September 3, earning 423 yards, 3 touchdowns, and achieving 24-for-39 on passing. He rushed for 66 yards in 15 carries and scored two touchdowns on the ground.
  • Senior golfer LeeAnn Cahoon ’17 captured the first individual tournament win in Lady Hawks golf history and the Huntingdon women’s golf team finished third in the BSC Southern Shootout earlier this month. During the tournament, LeeAnn shot the best round in women’s program history with a 1-under-par 69. Her two-round total was 142, the best 36-hole total in Lady Hawks’ history. Can you say Super-Hawk? Katelyn Gilmore ’19 and Courtney Harville ’17 also finished in the top 20 in the tournament.
  • Mark Connelly ’20 shot a 5-under-par 67 in round 2 of the Rhodes College Fall Classic, finishing fifth in the tournament and leading the Hawks B team to an eighth-place finish among the 18-team field.
  • Kay Gomillion Elam ’76, founding president of the Huntingdon Alpha Omicron Pi chapter, will be on campus Monday, October 31, to talk with PACT and Hobbs Honors Program students about her late-in-life career change from business to writing fiction. She has recently published two stories in a new young adult horror anthology, among other projects. She will speak at 11:45 a.m. in Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building.
  • Mackenzie Garmany ’17 and Justin McQueen ’17 are serving as senior interns working with students who need study/writing assistance in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment this year. Another Hawk resource for success!
  • Trey Hayes ’19 was named USA South Football Defensive Player of the Week after leading the team with 12 tackles and a game-clinching interception with 1:06 left to play in the Hawks’ contest against Louisiana College September 3. Trey was the 2015 USA South Defensive Rookie of the Year (and can we just say that interception was amazing?)!
  • Alex Houston ’17 spent the summer working for the Montgomery Biscuits and was recently named Employee of the Year. If you want the job done right, hire a Hawk!
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English, and Alice Novak, curator of education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, co-led discussions about the artwork displayed in  “Women’s Work,” an exhibit at MMFA, September 15.
  • Bailee Ikner ’14 has begun graduate study toward of a Master of Science in human resource management at Troy University.
  • We bid a warm farewell to Ivey Jones, executive assistant to the Office of the Provost, Friday, September 16. We’ll miss you, Ivey! She and her husband, Klein, are moving to Troy, Alabama, to be nearer to his work and both sides of their family.
  • Heidi Knecht ’16 is on the front lines studying the Zika virus as she works on a Master of Science in environmental health at East Carolina University (N.C.). She is studying the effects of various pesticides on disease-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Lady Hawks keeper Leah Leach ’19 was named USA South Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week after recording her fifth career shutout against Toccoa Falls and allowing only one goal in the team’s contest against Birmingham-Southern.
  • Kali Martin ’16 and Cory Belyeu ’14 were married September 10, 2016 at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, Alabama.
  • Lauren Miller ’13 and Jesse Collinsworth ’10 enjoyed a Las Vegas wedding in August and moved to Dallas, Texas, in September. Lauren has passed all parts of the CPA exam.
  • Jen Moody ’09 has announced her engagement to Matthew Nelson.
  • Kathleen Penney ’15, who has been working as an accounting assistant in the Huntingdon business office since graduation, has moved to the post of executive assistant in the Office of the Provost. Her contact info: officeoftheprovost@hawks.huntingdon.edu; (334) 833-4236.
  • Trey Pirtle ’16 enlisted in the Army in August. He will begin training to be a satellite communications systems operator in the Army Airborne program after reporting for duty October 17 at Fort Jackson.
  • Mac Puller ’19 was named USA South Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week September 12 after an impressive weekend of play in which he scored three times and recorded one assist in the Hawks Soccer contest against Toccoa Falls.
  • Jade Reynolds ’14 has completed her master’s degree in communication at Auburn University and teaches as an adjunct instructor for Tuskegee University.
  • Blakely Sanders ’14 and Victor Taylor ’16 were married Saturday, September 17.
  • Rebecca Jordan Shippen ’12 and her husband, John, welcomed twins Charlotte and Luke, September 16, 2016, each weighing just over four pounds.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Mackenzie Garmany ’17 in the death of her grandmother earlier this month.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Jamie Lin Langford ’17 on the death of her grandmother, Ganelle Langford, September 16 in Montgomery.
  • Captain John Merritt Pickard ’68, USAF (Ret.) died September 10 in Charleston, S.C., at age 69. We extend our condolences to his family.

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