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The Talon, September 6, 2016


A grip on news in the Huntingdon College family

September 6, 2016


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

Government changes aid application process—IMPORTANT

There are significant changes to the process of applying for federal financial aid for the 2017–2018 academic year. First, you will begin the aid application process for fall 2017 using the 2017–2018 FAFSA after OCTOBER 1, 2016, (that’s not a typo, and it’s right around the corner). Second, you will use earlier income information—the results of your 2015 tax returns.

Homecoming and Family Weekend coming up!

The 2016 Homecoming/Family Weekend celebration will be held October 7–8. Many events are free and open to all, but the deadline for sign-up for paid events (for alumni) is September 25. The Family Weekend schedule will be posted soon and is being mailed from Student Life to students’ homes this week.

Men’s golf ranked third in nation

The Huntingdon Men’s Golf Team ranked No. 3 in NCAA-Division III with the release of the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The top spot went to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, with Methodist University in second. The Hawks finished the 2016 spring season as the runner-up in the NCAA Tournament and finished second in the conference championship tournament. The Hawks open fall season play September 18.

Hawks can be dragons too

Twenty-two young alumni and staff of the College rowed their way to victory in the College and Alumni Challenge at the 2016 Montgomery Dragon Boat Festival on August 27. Our Huntingdon sOARing Hawks flew past teams from AUM, the University of Alabama, and Troy. This was the second consecutive year a Huntingdon team has won the college contest. Yes, we are the little school that CAN.

Mini-Hawks cheer in a mini-camp

The Hawks Cheerleading Team will host their annual Mini Hawks Cheer Camp for girls in grades K–6, Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9–11:30a, in Roland Arena. The cost for participation is $50. Each camper will receive a t-shirt. The campers will be invited back to perform a cheer during the pregame of the Hawks’ football game versus Birmingham-Southern, Saturday, September 10, at 6pm at W. James Samford Jr. Stadium. Camp instruction will focus on cheer fundamentals, basic stunts/gymnastics, and skills to become a great cheerleader. For more information or to sign up, contact head coach Stephanie Hicks at (334) 833-4571 or stephanie.hicks@hawks.huntingdon.edu. (Space is limited, so act soon.)


  • R. Scott Robertson ’16, former Hawks baseball pitcher and English major from Pensacola, Florida, has joined the staff of the Staton Center for Learning Enrichment as a Learning Support Specialist. You can contact him at rrobertson@hawks.huntingdon.edu or learningsupport@hawks.huntingdon.edu. He’s a particularly good writer and enjoys helping students with their writing needs; (334) 833-4426 in Jackson Home.
  • Sophy Shore has joined the College as director of the Huntingdon Leadership Academy. A project for which Huntingdon received a grant from the Lilly Endowment last year, HLA is a summer leadership development program for high school students exploring religion and service vocations. Sophy is working from the President’s Conference Room right now, but will move to an office in the Office of College and Alumni Relations soon. You may reach her at (423) 580-0852 or sophyshore@gmail.com until her Huntingdon phone and email are set up.


  • This year’s Alabama Connection Graduate and Professional School Expo will be held at Faulkner University, Wednesday, October 5, 2:00–5:00 p.m. This event is held annually at one of the participating colleges and is a great opportunity for students to meet representatives from grad and professional schools. For a list of graduate schools and event details, as well as how to register for the event, see: http://www.alabamaconnection.org/default.htm
  • Hawk’s Nest Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8a–3p and 6p–10p; Friday, 8a–5p
  • Roland Arena Hours (bring your Huntingdon ID):  Monday–Thursday, 6p–10p
  • Campus Rec has the following items (and more) available for rent. Be sure to bring your student ID to the Hawk’s Nest to check out equipment: basketballs, volleyballs, kickballs and bases, table tennis, billiards, card games, tennis rackets and balls, and soccer balls.
  • Campus Security reminds you:
    • Lock your car and don’t leave any belongings visible inside your car.
    • If you keep a wallet or purse in your residence hall room when you aren’t there, secure it in a locked cabinet or drawer.
    • Don’t walk around campus or in the adjoining neighborhood after dark. Campus Security provides a 24-hour escort service; call them at (334) 833-4463.
    • The speed limit around campus is 15 mph. Surrounding neighbors also appreciate your care in driving at slower speeds for the safety of all. And please be respectful of noise levels.
    • Do not litter, either on- or off-campus.
    • If at all possible, park in a parking lot rather than on the street.
    • Be sure to look both ways before crossing at the crosswalk between campuses. A blinking light is no guarantee that passing cars will stop. Be alert and be careful.
    • If the power should go out on campus, campus phones will not work. You may contact Campus Security from your cell phone at (334) 324-6565.
    • Huntingdon’s campuses are smoke-free. All forms of tobacco are prohibited.
    • Please don’t ride in the bed of a pick-up truck.
    • See the Emergency Procedures document for where to go in case of an emergency on campus.
    • Weapons of any kind are prohibited on Huntingdon College property, as are hoverboards.
  • Panhellenic Recruitment Schedule: Formal recruitment in the chapter houses, September 4–7; Bid Night, Sept. 7, 8p, Roland Arena
  • Know a high school or transfer student who would make a great Hawk? Invite her/him to a Huntingdon Preview Day, September 17 or October 8. Reservations can be made online at www.huntingdon.edu/visit.
  • The mid-term grading period ends October 7. Good luck with your studies, papers, and tests! Need help? The Staton Center for Learning Enrichment is waiting for you! Go to Jackson Home.
  • Interested in law school? Come to a Pre-Law Interest Meeting with Pre-Law Adviser Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, Friday, September 9, at 11:45 a.m. in Flowers 303.
  • Join the HC Wellness Initiative! Be part of Total Body Tuesdays, Walk/Run at 7a from the Hut Porch, Tuesday Night Worship at 8p in Drum Theater; and Wellness Wednesdays, Snacks on the Porch (the Hut), 10a and Walk/Run from the Hut Port, 5p.


Tell us your news! ofe@hawks.huntingdon.edu

  • Congratulations to Luke Bailey ’17, John Iwaniec ’17, Heath McCray ’17, Octavis Harris ’17, and Drew Wheeler ’17, who were elected by their teammates to serve as captains for the Hawks Football Team this year.
  • Berrell Cobb ’13 has completed his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Troy University.
  • Zack Davis ’15 lives in Covington, Georgia, where he works as a supply chain/operations program coordinator for UniPro Foodservice.
  • Dr. Lynn Disbrow, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, was honored during a coin ceremony following her invited address at the Air War College, August 22. Her topic was  “Leadership: Influence through Behavior.” She was invited to speak to the class in Leadership and Warfighting and then to spend time with select seminars.
  • Brittney McCurry ’11 has published and released her first book of poetry, The Real Deal: The Journey. A book-signing was held September 3.
  • Melissa Taylor Moore ’06 recently received a promotion to GS-12 and works as a financial specialist for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Gunter AFB, Montgomery. Her husband, Justin, is an Air Force officer. They have two sons.
  • Dr. Michele Scharff Olson ’86, adjunct instructor of Sport Science and Physical Education, served as an expert cited in the article, “The #1 Thing Runners Should Do When Stuck at Stoplights.”
  • Sydney Robbins ’16 has been accepted to the Florida State University College of Nursing.
  • Former Huntingdon professor Dr. Jacqueline Allen Trimble ’83 invites the Huntingdon community to the launch of her book of poems, American Happiness, Thursday, October 20, 6–8p, at the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Ave., Montgomery.
  • DeAndra Garrison Zorkpeh ’08 serves as a counselor with Family Guidance of Alabama. Her husband, Moko, lives in Liberia, and together, DeAndra and Moko began a school in 2011, which now serves students up to grade 9. DeAndra completed her Master of Science degree in Adult Education through Troy University.

CORRECTION: The title when introducing a new faculty member last week should have been Dr. Meredith Hope, rather than Ms. Meredith Hope. We apologize for the error.

Sympathy and Prayers

  • Our prayers and condolences are extended to the family of Marcella Foster, a former member of the Huntingdon College faculty, who passed away September 2, 2016, at age 92.

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