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Biographies – Fall 2008 – Volume III, Issue I

Jessica Ayers – Tampa , Florida

Major/Minor: Public Relations/World Business, Russian

Academic Achievements: Recipient of National Merit Scholarship, Recipient of Mel Allen Scholarship, Recipient of The University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, Kappa Tau Alpha National Communications Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honorary Society, Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Society, University of Alabama President’s List, University of Alabama Dean’s List

Jobs & Internships: Middle School Ministry Intern for South Tampa Fellowship

Community Service: Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama Volunteer, Martinview Assisted Living Center Volunteer, Make–A–Wish Foundation Volunteer

Organization Membership: University Stewards: Vice President, Treasurer; Chi Omega Sorority; Public Relations Student Society of America; University Honors Program; SGA Homecoming Committee; Capstone PR Agency; Dateline Alabama; Intramural tennis; Young Women Leaders Program

Meredith Clements – Tallahassee, Florida

Major/Minor: Communication Studies/Public Relations

Academic Achievements: Recipient of the Mercer University Leadership Scholarship, 2004—2005

Jobs & Internships: The Crimson White—Account Executive, 2007—present, Salesperson of the Year Award 2008

Community Service: Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa, Make–A–Wish Foundation, Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC)

Organization Membership: Ad Fed, 2008—present; Chi Omega Sorority, 2004—2008; Chi Omega Cardinal Cabinet member for scholarship

Martha Griffith – Spanish Fort, Alabama

Major/Minor: History, Public Relations/Liberal Arts, Computing Technology

Academic Achievements: University Honors Program, Blount Undergraduate Initiative, College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Sophomore, President’s Cabinet Scholarship, Supply Store Books Scholarship, Elizabeth Coleman Scholarship, The University of Alabama National Alumni Association’s Academic Walk–On Scholarship, 2007 Theta Link Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation Scholarship, 2008 Joyce Anne Vitelli Memorial Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation Scholarship, The Charles Grayson Summersell Memorial Scholarship Award, President’s List, Dean’s List

Jobs & Internships: Congressman Jo Bonner, Washington, D.C.—Intern, 2008; Bayside Academy College Preparatory School—Summer and seasonal staff, 2005–2007

Community Service: Alabama Girls’ State Counselor, Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ALACRAO) State Convention Panel Volunteer, Monster’s Making It Count National Student Advisory Council Meeting Collegiate Volunteer

Organization Membership: Capstone Men and Women, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Alabama Collegiate Summit Planning Committee, The XXXI, The Anderson Society, Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Fraternity, The Omicron Delta Kappa Society, The Order of Omega, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Lambda Sigma National Sophomore Honor Society, The Blackburn Institute, The Other Club, Freshman Forum Government Track, VOTES Coalition Board of Directors, Golden Key International Honour Society

Miranda Harbin – New Hope, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/ Business

Academic Achievements: Kelly Sisk Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Dean’s List

Jobs & Internships: The University of Alabama Media Relations Student Worker, Fall 2008; College of Education Public Relations Worker, Fall 2008; Capstone Agency, Crossroads Community Center, 2007—2008; Crestwood Medical Center, Summer 2007

Community Service: Habitat for Humanity and American Cancer Society

Organization Membership: Sigma Alpha Lambda, Golden Key, Kappa Tau Alpha (Vice–President), PRSSA

Brandi King – Birmingham, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Business Administration

Academic Achievements: UA Academic Scholarship, Magic City Links of Birmingham Scholarship

Jobs & Internships: William E. Winter Reading Room Library Assistant, Bryant–Denny Skybox Team, Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority Intern

Community Service:

Organization Membership: Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization

Kristin McDonald – Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Major/Minor: History, Public Relations

Academic Achievements: University Honors Program, John Forney Scholarship, Jefferson County Philip Nichols Scholarship, Lee David and Florence Weinberg Black Scholarship, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, President’s List, Dean’s List

Jobs & Internships: Relay for Life—Chairman, 2008—2009, Vice President of Team Development, 2007—2008; University of Alabama Career Center Peer Advisor; JH Ranch Summer Staff; Birmingham YMCA worker

Community Service: Camp Smile–A–Mile counselor, Women’s Resource Center Supply Drive Organizer, American Cancer Society Smoke Free Ambassador, Salvation Army Angel Tree Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Laps for Cystic Fibrosis, Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, Turning Point Item Drive Organizer, Capstone Casino Black Jack Dealer, Hopeline Drive with Verizon Wireless, Trick or Treat at DCH Volunteer, Halloween Carnival Volunteer, Pantene Pro–V Beautiful Lengths

Organization Membership: 20th Order of The XXXI; Colleges Against Cancer—President, 2008; Arts & Sciences Ambassador—President, 2007—2009, Historian, 2006—2007; Alpha Chi Omega—Vice President of Fraternal Relations, 2008—2009; Omicron Delta Kappa Iota Circle; Mortar Board Honor Society; Blue Key National Honor Society; Anderson Society; Order of Omega Greek Honor Society; Cardinal Key Honor Society; Lambda Sigma Honor Society—Selections Chairman, 2006; Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society; Elliott Society; Capstone Agency; Freshman Forum Community Service Track; Student Alumni Association—Alumni Relations Committee

Molly McPherson – Madison, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations, Political Science/Economics

Academic Achievements: Public Relations Academic Achievement Award for Juniors, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The Decatur Daily Scholarship, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, Public Relations Academic Achievement Award for Sophomores, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, UA President’s List, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, UA Dean’s List, The University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, Guideposts’ National Young Writers’ Contest: Honorable Mention

Jobs & Internships: Congressman Artur Davis: Summer Intern (Birmingham), The Volunteer Center of Madison County: Public Relations Intern, The Capstone Agency: Midtown Village Account, Obama for President: Campaign Volunteer

Community Service: Project NOAH, Habitat for Humanity, VA Medical Center, ?Christian Challenge? Bible Study Awareness in Lansing, Mich., UA Alabama Action, Grand Bay, Ala., Hurricane Rebuilding Efforts, Downtown Rescue Mission (Huntsville, Ala.), Morningside Assisted Living Center

Organization Membership: Baptist Campus Ministries’ Leadership: Communications Team, Carl A. Elliott Society: Communications Chair, Apwonjo, First Connection, Hopewell Baptist Church Choir, International Relations Club, PRSSA, UA College Democrats, Honors Program Student Association (President 2007), Lambda Sigma: Public Relations Committee Chair, CCSO Outreach Team, Bama Bikes Initiative: Public Relations Coordinator, Freshman Forum: Public Policy Team: Secretary/Treasurer

Stephanie Summer – Madison, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/ English

Academic Achievements: Financial Aid Academic Scholarship 2005-2006, Academic Cmpt Grant 2006-2007, Knight Foundation Scholarship 2007-2008

Jobs & Internships: Creative Campus Assembly Intern; Missing Ink—contributing writer and photographer; Band–It Magazine—public relations practitioner, editor and contributing writer

Community Service: Awana Kids Club Leader, Hurricane Katrina Missionary 2006

Organization Membership: Public Relations Student Society of America, Creative Campus Assembly, Calvary Baptist Church, Church of the Highlands

Jacob Summers – Northport, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: University of Alabama Presidential Scholarship, University Honors Program, Mallet Men’s Honors Assembly

Jobs & Internships: Sonic Drive–In—Crew Leader, Avanti Orientation Team 2005, Avanti Orientation Team 2006, The Crimson White—Reporter, The Corolla—Reporter, WVUA–TV—Intern, WVUA–FM—Intern, Bryant–Denny—Construction Worker, HRC—Residential Advisor, HRC—Student Desk Worker, Ferguson Center—Tech Support, SGA Presidential Campaign Manager 2008, Intermark Group—Public Relations Intern

Community Service: Community Service Center—Environmental Advocate, Black Warrior Riverkeeper Alliance—Campus Liaison, Friends of Hurricane Creek, Big Brother/Big Sister, Baptist Campus Ministries Community Out–Reach, Habitat for Humanity, Carl A. Elliot Honor Society

Organization Membership: FATE, HPSA, C&IS Student Executive Council, Air Force ROTC, Silver Wings, Alabama Yell Crew, Alabama Information Management Society, RHA

Whitney Taylor – Moores Hill, Indiana

Major/Minor: Public Relations/German

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List, Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, Mercedes–Benz German–Business Scholarship

Jobs & Internships: The Alabama Blues Project Public Relations Intern, Birmingham Museum of Art Events Intern, Ulta Beauty (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Community Service: Relay for Life, Turning Point, Salvation Army Angel Tree, HopeLine Drive for Verizon Wireless, University Athletes Community Trick–or–Treat

Organization Membership: Alabama Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Teams, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Tau Alpha Mass Communications Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha German Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

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