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The Talon, September 19, 2018

The Talon

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
September 19, 2018
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What’s New?

Hawk the Vote

As citizens, one of the most important things we can do is vote. Voting gives each person who has the ability to cast a vote equal representation. In short, my vote and your vote count just as much as Oprah’s and Beyonce’s. What power! Last week, the Huntingdon Ambassadors helped 32 students register to vote. Registration forms are still available in the Office of College and Alumni Relations. In addition, the Office of Communications issued a special edition of the Talon to inform students and parents about absentee ballots and other voter information. Since all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested in this election, plan now to have your voice heard! Deadlines for requesting absentee ballots and turning them in differ by state, but consult the Talon link and you’ll know what to do.

More National Kudos

Huntingdon has been named among the 100 Best Small Colleges in America by College Consensus Magazine (one of only two colleges from Alabama on the list), and, in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings released September 10, Huntingdon rose two places to #11 among Regional Colleges-South and is listed at #6 in Best Values among colleges in this region. So pat yourself on the back. You made a good decision. Other people think so, too.

We’re Two Weeks from Mid-Terms

The end of the mid-term grading period is Friday, October 5, which is an In-Service Day. Grades should be available on Self-Service by Monday, October 8. Check them. Pay attention. If you are not doing as well as you thought you were, you still have time to correct the course, in most cases, by attending class, turning in your assignments, improving your understanding of the material, and studying more productively. The really good news is that there are people here who WANT to help you succeed! These undercover superheroes are also known as your faculty, the staff in the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, your coaches, and just about everyone else employed at the College. Talk to someone. Let us help you help yourself!

It’s Alive!

Houghton Memorial Library’s 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein observance began this week! Here’s the full line-up of events as we know them to date (more may be added—stay tuned)!

  • LECTURE: Frankenstein Meets the Constitution, presented by Keith Norman, J.D., Monday, Sept. 17, 11:45, Library Atrium
  • LECTURE: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Genesis of the Female Gothic, presented by Dr. Robin Gunther, professor of English, Wednesday, September 19, 11:45 a.m., Library Atrium
  • LECTURE: Frankenstein + Science = ?, presented by Prof. Jaime Demick, physics, Saturday, September 22, 7:00 p.m., Library Atrium
  • LECTURE: If I Had a Million Dollars: An Account of the Human (Financial) Condition, presented by Prof. Brianne Smith, accounting, Monday, October 1, 11:45 a.m., Library Atrium
  • MOVIE: “Frankenstein: The Man Who Made A Monster,” the 1931 movie starring Boris Karloff and Colin Clive and directed by James Whale, Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m., Searcy Theater, popcorn and drinks provided
  • 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
  • MINI-CONFERENCE: What It Means to Be Human, October 29 and 31. 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. Proposals are due by October 5. Send to frankthelibraryghost@hawks.huntingdon.edu.
  • 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.
  • LECTURE: Artificial Intelligence as Human Evolution: A Conversation on Humanity, presented by Dr. Siobahn Stiles, communication studies, Wednesday, November 7, 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
  • LECTURE: ” Frankenstein: Constructing the Body,” presented by Drs. Lisa Olenik Dorman and Michele Scharff Olson, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, date and time TBA

Presidential Fellows Program Introduced

New students entering in the fall of 2019 may be part of the new Presidential Fellows program, announced September 6. Presidential Fellows must have earned a 23 on the ACT and 3.0 GPA and agree to participate in an academic team, as well as other commitments. Because of the time involved in being part of this program, Presidential Fellows may not be part of intercollegiate athletics, band, or cheerleading and must live on campus. Leanne Mallory ’05, director of strategic initiatives, oversees this program. If you know a prospective student who would be perfect for this new program, contact Leanne at (334) 833-4453 or leanne.mallory@hawks.huntingdon.edu. The Presidential Fellows program is part of the Building Great Lives strategic plan, adopted by the Huntingdon Board of Trustees in May.

Stroking Victory

The fall golf season is underway, beginning with the Hawks’ B-Team bringing home the SAA Men’s Golf Preview tournament championship at Greystone Country Club in Dickson, Tennessee. Fourteen teams participated in the tournament. Walker Winselette ’22 led the team with a 3-under 141 and tied for 5th individually. He shot a 68 on the first day of the tournament. Way to Hawk ’em! The men’s team, ranked third nationally, is completing round three of the NCAA Tournament Fall Preview today. Katelyn Gilmore ’19 led the women’s team to a sixth place finish in the MCC Women’s Intercollegiate this past weekend. Katelyn finished fifth, shooting 72 in the final round, tied with her best collegiate round and with the women’s team’s third best round score in the team’s history. The women are ranked 13th nationally.

Hawks tennis teams played their only fall tournament over the weekend, hosting the annual John McWilliams Fall Invitational, a tournament named for the legendary former Huntingdon coach and tennis director. Five college teams participated.

Lindsay Paskman ’21 scored the first goal and Alexis Louk ’21 scored the first assist at the Samford Complex, as the women’s soccer team kicked off their first competition on the new field September 12. The team also recorded their first win and first shut-out (third of the season) on the field during that contest, in which they faced Oglethorpe University. On the men’s side, Kelan LeBlanc ’22 scored the first goal in the Samford Complex during the team’s contest vs. Guilford College, September 1.

See all of the sports news, team rosters, and schedules at www.huntingdonhawks.com.

Fall Stats

According to the College’s official second-week report, 23 states (AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MS, MO, NE, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VT, WI) and 5 countries (Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and the U.S.) are represented in our enrollment this year, with an overall headcount of 1081, including day, evening, full- and part-time students. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1. Of the 878 students in the full-time day program, 555 live in campus housing. The largest majors are Business Administration and Exercise Science. Thirty-five percent of students declare ethnicity other than Caucasian, representing strong growth in diversity during the past two decades.


  • Need a job or an internship? Check your email! The CCV sends out nearly weekly lists of part-time jobs and internships available.
  • 47 Huntingdon women joined greek life during fall recruitment. See the list here.
  • 30 Huntingdon men pledged to fraternities during fall recruitment. News release coming soon!
  • To date, 78 members of faculty and staff have contributed $37,770  to the Huntingdon Fund as part of the annual Faculty and Staff Campaign. BRAVO! If you haven’t added your name to the list, you can do so by one-time gift, online gift, or payroll deduction. The campaign closes Friday, September 21 (but, of course, anytime you want to give, you help the College!)
  • Thank you to faculty who encouraged students, to students who attended, and to alums who participated in the CCV Hawks Power Hour Luncheon and Hawk Talks last week! The sessions were packed, the conversation was lively, and the career advice was on point.
  • Elementary Education majors have the opportunity to earn targeted pre-certification in math and science education through the Alabama Math-Science-Technology Initiative (AMSTI). AMSTI-specialists Ms. Jocelyn Tubbs-Turner and Mr. Clarence Pettaway are providing training.
  • The CCV emailed a list of free online Kaplan courses for MCAT and GMAT prep today. Check your email and sign up!

Coming Events

  • September 19, Wednesday, 11:45 a.m., Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Genesis of the Female Gothic, a Houghton Library 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein event, speaker Dr. Robin Gunther, professor of English, Houghton Library Atrium; 11:45 a.m., Careers in Counseling, Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall, CCV—Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar—RSVP required
  • September 20, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Harald Rohlig Organ Concert Series: The King of Instruments, featuring Dr. James Conely, adjunct instructor of piano and organ, Ligon Chapel
  • September 21, Friday, Last Day to withdraw from a class without grade penalty and receive a grade of W; note that you cannot withdraw from ENGL 105 or REL 101 if you are enrolled in these courses for the first time. Grades of W, WP, or WF are not used in the calculation of the grade point average but are used in the determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress. Financial adjustments are not made for withdrawals processed after the third week of classes. Withdrawal can affect academic standing, financial aid eligibility, athletic eligibility, on-campus residency, and V.A. benefits, so weigh your options carefully before making this decision, but don’t wait until the last minute to make it.
  • September 22, Saturday, (all day) Marching Scarlet and Grey Marching Honor Band; 7:00 p.m., Frankenstein + Science = ?, a Houghton Library 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein event, presented by Prof. Jaime Demick, physics, Houghton Library Atrium
  • September 23, Sunday, Celebrating Voices: The Huntingdon College High School Choral Festival (day 1)
  • September 24, Monday, 3:30 p.m., Celebrating Voices: The Huntingdon College High School Choral Festival Concert, Drum Theater
  • September 28, Friday, In-Service Day (no classes/offices open); 7:45 a.m., HC CCV Central Perk, a career networking opportunity, Stallworth Dining Room (must RSVP for this event to ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu)
  • October 1, Monday, 11:45 a.m., If I Had a Million Dollars: An Account of the Human (Financial) Condition, a Houghton Library 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein event, speaker Brianne Smith, Houghton Library Atrium
  • October 3, Wednesday, 2:00–5:00 p.m., The Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo (a consortium of schools presents this event), Faulkner University Multiplex; for more information, see Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar in the CCV
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Loeb Southern Writers Series lecture, featuring Michael Knight, acclaimed author of Eveningland, among other works, Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Delchamps Recital Hall, Smith Music Building

Team Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Mary Tyler Head Ashe ’05 and her family live in Montgomery, where she serves as communications and marketing director for Capell and Howard, P.C.
  • Julie Zorka Baker ’96 lives in Plano, Texas, where she works for Stryker as a senior regulatory affairs compliance specialist. She brought her son, Braxton, age 8, to visit Huntingdon during summer 2018 and we can’t wait to welcome her future Hawk to the student body!
  • Secure Your Own Mask, the third collection of poetry published by Shaindel Beers ’99, became available for sale on Amazon.com yesterday. The collection garnered the White Pine Poetry Prize. Her other two books of poetry are also available on Amazon: The Children’s War, and A Brief History of Time.  Shaindel’s poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, and serves as poetry editor of Contrary.
  • Archivist Blake Denton presented, “The Methodist Archives Center: More than a Repository of Old Churches,” for the Southern Archivists Conference, highlighting the types of conference and church records held in our Methodist Archives Center’s collection in Houghton Memorial Library.
  • Mikalah Bowman ’17 stopped by Friday, September 14. She is the U.S. alternate in equestrian vaulting for the World Equestrian Games (the Olympics of the equestrian world), which will take place in North Carolina later this month. She lives in Los Angeles, where she trains, performs, and competes regularly in her sport.
  • The Rev. Sam Brown ’11 was licensed and ordained in 2014 and serves as a pastor for Northstar Church, a non-denominational church in Panama City, Florida. He and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their first child, Ellie Gray Marie Brown in 2016.
  • Bill Carson’68 has retired from foreign service and lives in San Diego. He completed his MA in Oriental Studies at Harvard University in 1970.
  • Karyn Causey ’17 has announced her engagement to Dylan Peterson.
  • Trustee Berrell Cobb ’13 and a team of volunteers gave away more than 300 backpacks filled with pencils, rulers, packs of of paper, coloring utensils, glue, binders, dividers, legal pads, and spiral notebooks to Montgomery children who needed them before school started in August. The team gave away 207 at an event in Roland Student Center, and then 93 more were given to Seth Johnson Elementary School. They also provided students with $300 in school uniform gift certificates to Kids Corner. “Enter to grow in wisdom, go forth to apply wisdom in service.” Right on.
  • Robbie Eichhorn ’14 and his wife, Amber, live in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They were married August 4, 2018.
  • Jim Hilgartner, professor of English, became a grandpa September 1. Congratulations to his family!
  • Jacob Kintner ’18 completed his degree in the Evening Studies program after attending Huntingdon’s traditional program 2007–2011. He worked for Motivated Movers, moving with the company to open a Nashville office and growing the company successfully. After completing his degree at Huntingdon, he earned a project management certification at UAB and will begin courses through UAB in the spring toward a Master of Engineering degree with a concentration in Advanced Safety Management. Simultaneously, he is working as a project manager for Performance Sealants and Waterproofing in Montgomery. He and his wife, Haley Dickson Kintner ’19 live in Montgomery.
  • Catie Malone ’11, who completed a Master of Arts in communication studies at the University of Alabama in 2013 and a juris doctorate at UA law school in 2017, is an attorney with Webster, Henry, Bradwell, Cohan, Speagle, and DeShazo in Montgomery.
  • Heith McCracken ’18 is living in Montgomery, but stopped by campus as he headed out of town for search and rescue work in North and South Carolina with the Alabama chapter of the Cajun Navy in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
  • Sarah McCarthy Mingledorff ’69 has been inducted into the Robert E. Lee High School Hall of Fame (Montgomery). Her husband, George Mingledorff ’70, was honored in the same way in 2008. The two make annual mission trips with their church, this year visiting Red Bird Mission in Kentucky and Aida Leon, Ecuador.
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry Moorer ’83 has been confirmed by the Senate to serve a lifetime appointment as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile. He has served as a Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama since 2007.
  • Christopher Payne, Professor of Art, has had ceramic sculptures accepted in two upcoming juried exhibitions. His work, Becalmed, will be a part of “Sculpted and Small,” an exhibition at the Clay Center of New Orleans, during the month of October. Another sculpture, This Spectered Isle, is included the “52nd Annual Montgomery Art Guild Regions Exhibition,” which runs September 13-October 4.
  • Dr. Tom Perrin, associate provost and associate professor of English, is the author of a new children’s book, Riley: Ace of Spies, under the pen name, Tom Spencer.
  • John (JR) Racine ’85, and his wife of 34 years, Tonja Waddle Racine’87, live in Haymarket, Virginia. He is an aerospace engineer/senior principal systems engineer for Raytheon. He completed a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering through the US Navy Post-Graduate School.
  • Kara Rawls will join the Huntingdon women’s basketball coaching staff in October as assistant coach.
  • Jason Reynolds ’18 was hired and sponsored by the 2nd World Chemistry Conference and Exposition in Valencia, Spain, to serve as moderator for the conference, introducing each speaker and managing questions asked. He is a graduate student working on this Master of Science in Health Physics at the UAB School of Public Health.
  • Will Stephens ’09 completed an MS in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Memphis in 2012 and works as a brewer for SanTan Brewing and Distilling. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Chandler, Arizona.
  • Jennie Pratt Sumner ’04 has announced her engagement to Scott Allen.
  • Eric Thomas ’21 was named USA South Offensive Player of the Week for football September 10, earning 285 all-purpose yards, including 158 rushing yards, 127 yards in 5 kick-off returns, and 3 rushing touchdowns on 16 carries during the team’s 41-35 loss to Birmingham-Southern, September 8.
  • Jim Turner ’72 serves as CEO of Southland Image and lives in Eclectic, Alabama. He also consults with the Montgomery Independent newspaper.
  • Allison Vuyovich ’12 was the featured artist for a recent art show in Andalusia. A woman of many talents, she earned her Master of Divinity degree at Duke University, where she gained horticulture experience by working in the the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. She also traveled across the country working with churches and non-profit organizations on garden initiatives focused on providing fresh produce to community members in need.  She moved back to her hometown of Andalusia in 2017 to work with the city’s Horticulture Department. She also manages the Andalusia Farmers Market.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • We extend our deepest sympathy, love and prayers to Laura Hinds Duncan ’94, vice president for enrollment management, and Craig Duncan, head wrestling coach, and their family in the death of Laura’s father this week.
  • Our deepest sympathy, along with love and prayers are sent to the Reverend Ed Glaize ’85, a Huntingdon College trustee and senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Brewton, and The Reverend Alecia Curtis Glaize ’85, a former member of the Huntingdon College faculty and the director of adult ministries at First UMC-Brewton, in the death of their son, Curtis, 24. Curtis was a teacher and coach at Benjamin Russell High School.  He was killed in an automobile accident September 9.
  • Lillie Pitts Lloyd ’35 died September 11, 2018, at her home in Panama City, Florida. She was 105—possibly Huntingdon’s oldest alumna at the time of her death. Ms. Lloyd attended First United Methodist Church-Panama City and played piano for her Sunday School class every week until three weeks before her death. Our sympathy is extended to her family.

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Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
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