Editor Biographies, Fall 2016

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Lynn Brantley (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Lynn Brantley (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Lynn Brantley – Ashburn, Virginia
Editor/Writer

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Entrepreneurship and Computer Technology and Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Student Assistant/Creative Team Leader — UA Center for Academic Success (Present); Zeta Tau Alpha — Director of Sisterhood (Present); Communications Intern — Active Minds Inc. (Summer 2016); Business Development Intern — CourseHero (Fall 2015); Zeta Tau Alpha — Director of Founders Group (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Power of Pink Volunteer, Bright Pink Volunteer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purple Stride

Organization Membership: Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for Women, UAPRSSA, Order of Alpha Honor Society

Rachel Chandler (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Rachel Chandler (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Rachel Chandler — Woodstock, Georgia
Design Director and Treasurer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Computing Technology & Applications, General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015), The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Seven-day sales training at UNC Chapel Hill (Summer 2016), LeadAbroad Ambassador (Present), Zeta Tau Alpha Judicial Committee member (Present), Zeta Tau Alpha Director of Activities (Spring 2015–Fall 2015), Zeta Tau Alpha Recruitment Intern (Spring 2014–Fall 2014), Client Outreach Agent for Keller Williams Real Estate (Summer 2014)

Community Service: Austin Shepherd Foundation, Power of Pink Volunteers, Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter

Organization Membership: Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for Women, UAPRSSA

Sonny Franks (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Sonny Franks (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Sonny Franks — The Woodlands, Texas
Editor/Writer and Marketing Director

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and Marketing/Spanish

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2013–Present), National Merit Scholar (Present), College of Communication & Information Sciences Academic Achievement Award, Culverhouse College of Commerce Certificate of Merit for Attainment of Highest Scholastic Average (2015-Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Director of Account Services — Capstone Agency (Spring 2016–Present); Account Executive — UA EcoCAR 3 (Spring 2015–Present); Vice President of Marketing — University of Alabama Dance Marathon (Spring 2016–Present); Corporate Communications Intern — Meijer (Summer 2016); Director of Public Relations — University of Alabama Dance Marathon (Spring 2015–Spring 2016); Study Abroad — UA in Spain (Summer 2015); Account Services Intern — Oak Interactive (Summer 2015); Marketing Intern — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (Summer 2012)

Community Service: Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon, University of Alabama Center for Service and Leadership

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, PRCA, UA Honors College, Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority

Mary Catherine Molay (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Mary Catherine Molay (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Mary Catherine Molay — Birmingham, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minors: Public Relations with a concentration in Sports & Entertainment Communications Management/Computing Technology & Applications and Management

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2014), Dean’s List (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Student Assistant with The University of Alabama Athletics Communications (Present); President of the Public Relations Council of Alabama student chapter at UA (Present); Strategic Engagement Intern at Luckie & Company (Summer 2016); Assisted with communications for various Southeastern Conference (SEC) events May 2014-May 2016); Football Bowl Association’s Social Media Intern for the Birmingham Bowl (December 2015); Secretary of the PRCA student chapter at UA (August 2014-May 2015); Dean of Communication and Information Sciences Intern (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Autism Society of Alabama

Organization Membership: PRCA UA (President since 2015), UAPRSSA, Student Executive Council, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Nicole Morgan (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Nicole Morgan (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Nicole Morgan — St. Petersburg, Florida
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/International Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: EcoCAR 3 Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Present), Marketing Intern — The Dali Museum (June 2016–July 2016), Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015-Spring 2016), Director of Brand Management — University of Alabama Diabetes Education Team (Spring 2015–Spring 2016), Public Relations Committee (Fall 2014–Spring 2016)

Community Service: Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama, Al’s Pals

Organization Membership: Public Relations Council of Alabama, UAPRSSA, Capstone Agency, Chi Omega Fraternity for Women 

Amelia Neumeister (photo by Melody Schmidt)
Amelia Neumeister (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Amelia Neumeister — Marietta, Georgia
Editor/Writer

Majors/Minor: Public Relations specializing in Technological and Digital Communication Management/Computing Technology & Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Social Media Intern/Belize Study Abroad — Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Summer 2016); Web Team — Mosaic Magazine (Present); Creative Department — Capstone Agency (Present); UA PRSSA Director of Web-Based Communications (Present); Study Abroad — PR in Paris (May 2016); Designer/Writer — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Study Abroad — UA in Germany Honors (June 2015); Advertising Sales Intern- The Crimson White (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Sassafras Center for Arts and Environment (Spring 2016)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Million Dollar Band, ALta Marea Winterguard

Drew Pendleton
Drew Pendleton (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Drew Pendleton — Ballwin, Missouri
Editorial Director and President

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and Spanish/Creative Writing

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015), President’s List (Fall 2014), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Publications Committee Leader – UA PRSSA (Present); Director of Media Relations Content Creation – Capstone Agency (Present); Freelance Editor — Mosaic Magazine (Present); PR/Communications Intern – Freshwater Land Trust (Summer 2016); Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Managing Editor — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2015); Study Abroad — UA in Spain (Summer 2015); Writer — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2014–Spring 2015); Contributing Culture Writer and Film Columnist — The Crimson White (Fall 2013–Fall 2015)

Community Service: 57 Miles (Fall 2013)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society

Megan Perkins
Megan Perkins (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Megan Perkins — Palatine, Illinois
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Management

Academic Achievements: UA Scholar (Present), President’s List (Spring 2015), Dean’s List (Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016), Culverhouse LIFT Outstanding Volunteer Award (Fall 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: The Office of the Mayor of the City of Tuscaloosa Public Relations Intern (Present), Capstone Agency Assistant Firm Director (Present), The Plank Center Account Executive (Present), UA PRSSA Director of Public Relations (Present), Mosaic Magazine Writer and Designer (Spring 2016), UA Athletics Department Marketing Intern (Fall 2015–Spring 2016), Homecoming Communications Committee (Fall 2015), Greek Ambassadors (Spring–Fall 2015)

Community Service: Autism Society of Alabama, Al’s Pals, Culverhouse LIFT, The Rise Center, Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Arthritis Foundation

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, PRCA, UA Honors College, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Pi, Phi Eta Sigma

 

Brittany Ray
Brittany Ray (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Brittany Ray — Millbrook, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations with a specialization in Sports and Entertainment/ English

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: : Public Relations Intern — KC Prōjects (Present), Social Media Committee Leader — UAPRSSA (Present), Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Spring 2016- Present), Intern — College Tourist (Summer 2016), Beauty/ Online Writer — Alice Magazine (Fall 2015–Present), College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador (Present), Server — NorthRiver Yacht Club (Spring 2015 — Present), Social Media Director for Regional Conference — UAPRSSA (October 2015–February 2016), Mental Health Monologue Director — National Alliance on Mental Illness (Fall 2016-Spring 2016), Individual Fundraising and Recruitment Team — University of Alabama Dance Marathon (Fall 2016–Spring 2016)

Community Service: Christ’s Kitchen (Present)

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA, Capstone Agency, College of Communication and Information Science Ambassador

Melody Schmidt
Melody Schmidt (photo by Mary Catherine Molay)

Melody Schmidt — Austin, Texas
Editor/Writer

Majors/Minor: Psychology and Public Relations with a concentration in Technological and Digital Communication Management

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Spring 2015, Fall 2014), Dean’s List (Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014), UA Presidential Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing Intern — Tri-Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (Present); Intern — Creative Campus (Present); PR Strategist — Her Campus Alabama (present); Photographer — Melody K Photography (Present); Graphic Designer — Loopd News (Present); Historian, Social Media Chair and Colony/Chapter Founder — Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority (Present); Writer and Photographer — UA Service-Learning Magazine (Spring 2016, Fall 2014); Social Media and Publicity Team Committee Leader — Black Warrior Film Festival (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015); Undergraduate Research Assistant — Caldwell Lab (Fall 2013–Spring 2015)

Community Service: Al’s Pals, Autism Society of Alabama, Belser-Parton Literacy Center, On AllFours, Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, Tuscaloosa Spay and Neuter Incentive Program (TSNIP)

Organization Membership: Creative Campus, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, Psi Chi Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, Her Campus Alabama, University Chorus, Capstone Agency (2014)

Kennedy Studdard
Kennedy Studdard (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Kennedy Studdard — Mobile, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations specializing in Technological & Digital Communication Management/Psychology

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Alabama Power Company Communications Intern (Summer 2016–Present); PR in Paris study abroad program (May 2016); Honors College Honors Year One Intern (Spring 2016–Present); Public Relations Student Society of America Fundraising Chair (Spring 2016–Present); The Elliott Society, a community service based honors society (Spring 2016–Present); Capstone Agency (Fall 2015–Present); College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador (Fall 2015–Present); Honors College Honors Year One Mentor (Fall 2014, Fall 2015); Foley Sports Tourism Intern (Summer 2015); Alabama Power Company Internship through a youth summer intern program (Summer 2014)

Community Service: Autism Society of Alabama, Arts ’n Autism PR volunteer, various projects through Circle K International (i.e., Habitat for Humanity, Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods, The Color Run, Glow Run)

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, The Elliott Society, College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador, Capstone Agency

 

Ashley Stults
Ashley Stults (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Ashley Stults — Iron City, Tennessee
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Political Science

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant to Wayne County Election Commissioner (2013), Advertising Intern for ScorePlus (2014), PR Intern for duGard Communications (2015), Design Intern for The Crimson White (2015), Intern for Tuscaloosa Sports and Tourism (2015–2016), Business Intern for TotalCom Marketing (2015), PR intern for TruePoint Communications (2016)

Community Service: Druid City Arts Festival (2016), Tutor at Crestmont Elementary (2014–2015), Tuscaloosa Half Marathon (2016)

Organization Membership: Young Conservatives Club (2014–2015), PRSSA (2015), PRCA (2015)

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