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The Talon, September 4, 2018

The Talon

A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family
September 4, 2018
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What’s New?

Let’s Get It Started

Academic coaching begins this week. Don’t let yourself fall behind in a single subject. If you need help in a subject not listed below, first, see your faculty member. (Faculty love to help.) You can also consult the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment. Remember: there are always options! Here are the locations for the coaching sessions.

  • Mondays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: Chem 105 in Bellingrath B4; MATH 171 in Wilson 205
  • Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.: HIST 111/12 in Flowers 201; CMST 201 in Flowers 202; General Math in Flowers 203

What it Means to Learn at a Teaching Institution

Huntingdon is a teaching institution. Huntingdon faculty place a love of teaching and are evaluated on their ability to teach above any other aspect of the educational experience. This is not true at some higher education institutions, where research and publishing are more highly apprised and rewarded than teaching. That said, I’ve got a few tips for you:

  • If you get a paper/assignment/test back and don’t understand the grade, ask to talk with your teacher. That’s why they have office hours—to meet with students.
  • If you feel like you’re not catching on to the material, talk with your teacher. That’s why we have small classes—so that you get more one-to-one-attention.
  • If you want to ask a question about your own future, talk with your teacher. That’s why we call our faculty “mentors.” They’re really wise.
  • If you’re looking ahead at course requirements and course descriptions, and you’re not sure what to take next, talk with your adviser. S/he will give you great advice not only to stay on track and to graduate on time, but also to take courses you might not have considered.

If you were enrolled in a really big school, you wouldn’t have this kind of access to faculty as an undergraduate. You’d speak to a graduate assistant, at best. But here, you can tap the richest minds directly—and even daily. And have I mentioned before that faculty love to help?

Learn from a Cast of Hawks

Did you know that a flock of Hawks is called a “cast”? That’s just what we’ll have on campus this Friday, when students have the opportunity to meet a cast of young Huntingdon alumni who are working in a wide range of career fields, and to learn from their experience. These seminars are free, beginning with a Power Hour at 11:45 a.m. in the Stallworth Dining Room (RSVP only–sign up ccv@hawks.huntingdon.edu by the end of the day today). Then, at 3:30, Hawks will fill Flowers Hall with five different seminars on different career fields. Anyone may attend: Health & Science, Flowers 101; Business, FL 102; Education, FL 201; Off the Beaten Paths, FL 202; Theology and Counseling, FL 205. It’s always been said it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Come, and you’ll know someone new!

2019–2020 Tuition and Fees

Huntingdon College administrators have determined the costs for the 2019–2020 academic year. Full-time day students will have no increase in tuition, which remains at $25,900, while fees remain at $1,500. According to the College Board, public four-year college tuition and fees have increased, on average, by 3.2% annually from 2007–2008 to 2017–2018, while private non-profit four-year college tuition and fees have increased 2.4 percent annually during that same time period. For the 2019–2020 academic year, Room and Board will increase from $9750 to $9950.

Greek Recruitment Underway

Huntingdon offers four women’s fraternities and three men’s fraternities. The Panhellenic Council oversees the women’s fraternities, which are Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, and Phi Mu. Recruitment for AOPi, ChiO, and Phi Mu began during the weekend–AKA conducts their recruitment by a separate calendar. Men’s organizations include Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Phi Epsilon, which are overseen by the Interfraternity Council. If you missed this round of recruitment but think you might be interested in joining in the future, you can do so anytime. Take some time to get to know the students involved, and that will lead to a more informed decision about which organization fits you best. If you’ve already decided to participate, Bid Night for women is Wednesday, September 5. Men’s recruitment, or Rush, will begin September 10. Good luck!

New Website Launches

Change is the only constant, right? Huntingdon launched a new website last week and we understand that’s a lot like when your favorite store changes the location of the items you buy most—a pain in the neck. Breathe. It will be ok. If you’ve looked and you simply can’t find what you need to know, please email either news@hawks.huntingdon.edu (me) or webmaster@hawks.huntingdon.edu. If I can’t find it and send you a link, I will ask the webmasters to do so. Updates, broken link notices, and changes should be sent to the webmaster address. Frank Grier and Kristy Sharpe are maintaining the site. Kristy Sharpe is the genius who built it, from scratch, on her own, so that it will be accessibility compliant, and those regulations are difficult to meet. Please bear with us through this time of transition and give Kristy a hearty congratulations when you see her.

Family Weekend Registration Begins

Homecoming and Family Weekend are held together each year, and this year’s dates are October 26–27. Family Weekend registration and information has been added to the website here: https://www.huntingdon.edu/admission-aid/about-huntingdon-college/huntingdon-traditions/family-weekend/, or you can use the short-link at www.huntingdon.edu/family-weekend. On the Homecoming page, the online registration form link has been added.

Let’s Have a Debate

The new Forensics/Debate Team will hold an interest meeting Wednesday, September 5, at 11:45 a.m. in Wilson 212. Bring your lunch and learn more, or, if you can’t make the meeting, contact Dr. Siobahn Stiles or Dr. Kyle Christensen. Tryouts will be held Monday and Friday, September 10 and 14, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; and Wednesday, September 12, 3:30–4:30 p.m., in Flowers 320. Students may present a 2-to-3 minute informational speech, a speech supporting one side of a debate topic, or an interpretation of a piece of poetry or prose on the topic: “How Does Media Shape Us?” All majors and interest areas are welcome!

Freshman Leadership Initiative Applications Due

The Freshman Leadership Initiative (FLI), led by CCV director Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar ’13, provides opportunities to become involved with both the College and the community. Seminars on leadership topics, self-management education, SGA meetings, etiquette sessions, community service projects, luncheons, off-campus field trips, and leadership group meetings are part of FLI. All you have to do is sign up! Participation is free. Applications are due by Thursday, September 6, at 4:00 p.m, in Flowers 218A. Check your email for the application, or stop by the office, or email ccv@hawks.huntingodn.edu to request an application.


  • The Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo will be held in various locations across the state, October 1–4. This annual state-wide program brings representatives from graduate and professional schools nationwide to engage in conversation with undergraduates, answer questions, and provide information on the process of application. Offered in six locations during four days, the expo will be in Huntsville, October 1; Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Oct. 2; Auburn and Montgomery, Oct. 3, (2:00–5:00 p.m., Faulkner University Multiplex); and Mobile, Oct. 4. Learn more at the link. There is no cost to attend.
  • College Consensus magazine has named Huntingdon among the best colleges and universities in Alabama, achieving the highest student consensus of any college or university in the state.
  • Hawk’s Nest Hours this fall: Sunday, 1:00–8:00 p.m.; Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, closed.
  • Need a job or an internship? Check your email! The CCV sends out nearly weekly lists of part-time jobs and internships available.
  • Campus Ministries offers three spiritual support and study groups this semester, all meeting on Mondays:
    • Prayer Group meets at 11:45 a.m. in Rodgers Chapel (Flowers, 2nd floor) for prayer and quiet reflection.
    • Fellaship meets at 8:00 p.m. in Jackson Basement, for Huntingdon men.
    • Ligon Ladies meets at 8:00 p.m. in Ligon Lobby, for freshman women.
  • STUDENTS: In honor of the 200th anniversary of the writing of “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley, the library is sponsoring a ghost-story-writing contest that will end at midnight, October 31. Your story should be 800–1000 words in length. At least one character in your story should be a ghost or spirit. Include your name and contact information (Huntingdon email address) and email your story to frankthelibraryghost@hawks.huntingdon.edu. At least three stories will be published on the library’s website, social media, and the in the spring issue of the Prelude, the College’s literary magazine.

Coming Events

  • September 5, Wednesday: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.  Forensic/Debate Team Interest Meeting, Wilson 212, Dr. Siobahn Stiles; 7:30-9:00 p.m., Sorority Bid Night, Roland Arena
  • September 7, Friday, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. HCCA – Huntingdon College Christian Athletes, Dining Hall, Campus Ministries, Rhett Butler; 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Power Hour Networking Luncheon—Hear from five professionally accomplished alumni. Lunch provided. RSVP required.    Stallworth Dining Room, Russell Dining Hall, Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hawk Talks—choose a field and hear from at least three alumni who work in professions associated with Health & Science; Business; Education; Off the Beaten Paths; Theology and Community    Flowers Hall-Health &Science, FL 101; Business, FL 102; Education FL 201; Off the Beaten Paths, FL 202;Theology and Community, FL 205, CCV—Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar
  • September 8, Saturday, 12:00-3:00 p.m.,, Football Watch Party, Searcy Theater, Staci Jo Palek; 1:45 p.m., Dedication of the Soccer Field, Samford Complex; 6:00 p.m., Huntingdon Football vs. Birmingham-Southern (Student Affairs Tailgate), Samford Stadium
  • September 10, Tuesday, 11:45 a.m., Pre-Law Meeting, Stallworth Dining Room, CCV-Sherry Leigh Lacey Farquhar and Pre-Law Adviser Elizabeth Hutcheon
  • September 13, Thursday, 12:20–1:00 p.m., U.S. Army Healthcare Professions Recruitment, Chemistry Department , Dr. Maureen Murphy
  • September 14, Friday, 5:30-9:00 a.m., Breakfast for Babies (Community Service), Chappy’s Deli–see DaMonta Wiggins if you’d like to help, benefits the March of Dimes
  • September 17, Monday, 11:45 a.m., Frankenstein Meets the Constitution, Houghton Library Atrium, speaker Keith Norman, J.D., on U.S. Constitution Day, sponsored by the library, Eric A. Kidwell
  • September 19, Wednesday, 11:45 a.m., Frankenstein Anniversary Event: Mary Shelley, speaker Dr. Robin Gunther, Houghton Library Atrium, Eric A. Kidwell; 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, Dr. James Conely, Ligon Chapel
  • September 21, Friday, Last Day to withdraw from a class without grade penalty and receive a “W” 
  • September 22, Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Frankenstein + Science = ?, presented by Prof. Jaime Demick, physics, Houghton Library Atrium, Eric A. Kidwell

Athletic Team Schedules

Huntingdon Headliners

  • Learn more about Huntingdon’s six newest members of faculty.
  • Kira Bohlke ’17 has been named interim head coach for the cross country team at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She also serves as an assistant teacher at The Hirsch Academy in Atlanta.
  • Berrell Cobb ’13, a Huntingdon advisory trustee, has accepted a new position as a therapist for the substance abuse program at Community Counseling Services in Columbus, Mississippi. We wish him well in his post!
  • The second exercise in Dr. James Conely’s organ pedal series appears in the September issue of The American Organist, the foremost professional magazine for organists. The series is planned to continue with an exercise each month through November when a piece will be included for pedals alone on the tune for “Joy to the World.”
  • Mavis LeighAnn Floyd DiCesaris ’10 and her husband, Leo (Class of 2010), live in Hamilton, Georgia, where she serves as community development director for Teen Advisors Inc. and works part-time for Trinity UMC as the director of youth ministry. Leo owns and operates a pizza restaurant in Phenix City. Their daughter, Emersyn Mavis, was born August 28, 2017.
  • Ali Hamil ’13 is working as a senior associate consulting analyst with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Dr. Donna Manson, Jones Professor of History and Ethics, has partnered with Dallas Hanbury, director of the Montgomery County Archives, as well as with Huntingdon’s Houghton Memorial Library archivists, to teach HIST 215 students how to conduct 30-minute oral history interviews. The project is part of an effort to help history majors discover research and career possibilities in the field of oral or public history.
  • Alabama Governor Kay Ivey appointed Dr. Michele Martin, assistant professor of teacher education, to the State Rehabilitation Council, with a term of service through 2020.
  • The Rev. Jenny Zeigler Medley ’06, who serves as a chaplain/pastoral care professional for Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida, contributed five prayers to the book, “We Pray With Her,” published today by Abingdon Press. The book is written by UMC young clergywomen for women, with proceeds going toward a scholarship fund for women seeking seminary education at a United Methodist seminary.
  • Dr. Samir Moussalli, Frank A. Plummer Professor of Management, was inducted as a fellow in the Global Business and Technology Association, which met in Bangkok in July. In the past, he has received the Global Leadership Award, Best Paper Award, and Best Review Award from this association, on which he serves on the Board of Directors and on the Board of Reviewers for the association’s journal.
  • Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy ’78, professor of chemistry, was named the Outstanding District Director for the Alabama District Exchange Clubs recently. Exchange Club is a civic organization that emphasizes prevention of child abuse, provides service to youth programs, and promotes patriotism. Dr. Murphy was also one of three keynote lecturers to open the 2nd World Chemistry Conference and Exposition, held in Valencia, Spain, July 9–11. Her lecture, “Sentinels in Chemistry: What Can They Tell Us about Nature and Our Environment?” encompassed two years of ICP metal and elemental analysis of deer hooves, duck feet, fingernails, Monarch butterflies, and Asian lady beetles with 20 Huntingdon undergraduates in Huntingdon chemistry and biochemistry courses.
  • Wes Nail ’17, who is studying mechanical engineering at Auburn University, has joined the team with War Eagle Motorsports, where he has become a chassis engineer and a driver. War Eagle Motorsports is a team affiliated with the international organization, Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). The team’s car has performed extremely well in test runs and they are looking forward to the next season after placing 7th overall in international competition last season.
  • Mary S. Palmer, a member of faculty in the Evening Studies program, has published a new book, “Tourism Writing: A New Literary Genre Unveiling the History, Mystery, and Economy of Places and Events.” The book is available through amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. See her website: www.maryspalmer.com.
  • Dr. Jared Rehm, associate professor of sport science, is serving as an external member for a dissertation committee at the University of Texas-Arlington. The candidate’s research involves studying trunk function as it relates to wheelchair basketball classification.
  • Dr. Sara Shoffner, assistant professor in the Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, became a new mom last week. Madelyn Marie was born Tuesday, August 28. We send our love and congratulations to the Shoffner family.
  • Charles Thomas Smith ’14 serves as a project director with South Alabama RSVP for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, Area Agency on Aging in Brewton, Alabama.
  • Jeremiah Stone ’16 has been appointed by North Alabama Conference Bishop (and Huntingdon Trustee) Debra Wallace-Padgett as a supply pastor to Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. His new title is Pastor of Student Ministries.
  • Amy Tyma ’21 was recognized as the USA South Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week yesterday for her performances during opening weekend of the team’s season. She totaled 48 kills, 41 digs, 7 blocks, and 7 aces as the Hawks went 2-2 in the Rhodes Invitational.
  • Patrick Wallace ’13 works as a financial operations associate for Franklin Creative Solutions and lives with his wife, Sarah, in Madison, Alabama.
  • Jakob Works ’16 serves as the store manager for Tama Lacrosse in Naperville, Illinois, where he is heavily involved in team sales, as well.
  • Kalyn Spatol Works ’16 serves as a full-time preschool teacher and a part-time assistant coach for the North Central College women’s lacrosse team in Naperville, Illinois. She also just earned her real estate license.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Sue Wood Harris ’53 died August 23, 2018, just five months after her husband of 65 years, Joe Ed Harris ’51. Together, they founded Abbeville Christian Academy in Abbeville, Alabama, where she was a nearly life-long resident. We extend our sympathy to her family.
  • Huntingdon alumna Mary Ann Oglesby Neeley’ 54 passed away August 29, 2018. Mary Ann served as director of the Landmarks Foundation for 25 years, while teaching and conducting historical tours and writing and publishing articles and books. President West issued this statement: “Mary Ann Oglesby Neeley was one of Alabama’s most respected historians. She was an expert on the city of Montgomery and on Huntingdon’s history, having served as research assistant to Dr. Rhoda Coleman Ellison’s ‘History of Huntingdon College: 1854–1954’ when she was an undergraduate. Mary Ann taught for Huntingdon periodically during her long career, and her enthusiasm for history was effervescent. She was curious—a quality of the best learners and knowers—seeking connections from the past among the many ideas, institutions, and individuals she researched and about which she spoke and wrote. Committed to giving accurate, documented information, her demeanor was always calm and confident, while her love of the subject matter was evident from the sparkle in her eyes. She was a treasure, and we will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, including her husband, Aubrey Neeley, Class of 1959; her grandson, Graham Neeley, Class of 2011; and her sisters, Lenore Oglesby Kirkpatrick, Class of 1956, and Elizabeth ‘Libba’ Oglesby Johnson, Class of 1960.”

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Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 | news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

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