University of the South (Sewanee)
Local residents were named to the Dean’s List at the University of the South (Sewanee) in Sewanee, Tenn., for the fall 2017 term. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.625 on a 4.0 scale.
Cottondale: Nathaniel Morgan Schlesinger, son of Abigail Morgan.
Tuscaloosa: Mary Margaret Murdock, daughter of Margaret W. and John T. Murdock and Kailey Elisabeth Bissell, daughter of Michael R. Bissell and Kimberly L. Bissell.
Jacksonville State University
JSU students dominated at the annual YMCA Collegiate Legislature on March 1-3 in Montgomery, winning the Speaker’s Cup as the most outstanding delegation. Participants included Desmond Thomas of Northport.
The following students served in key positions:
Hayden Clay, lieutenant governor; Corey Deerman, Senate floor leader; Ulises Herrera, Senate clerk; Kyteria Marshall, chief justice; Hunter Limbaugh, attorney general; Miranda Fairel, media and school representative; and DeLena Harris, chief of staff.
Kyra Watral was awarded the Statesman of the Senate Award, recognizing her as the most outstanding delegate in the Senate, while Jerod Sharp was awarded the Statesman of the House Award, recognizing him as the most outstanding delegate in the House. Hayden Clay, DeLena Harris, Hunter Limbaugh and Kyteria Marshall were recognized with honor cords for graduation, signifying more than two years of involvement in the organization.
Looking ahead to 2019, JSU delegates were elected or appointed to nearly half of the major positions for next year: Corey Deerman was elected lieutenant governor; Ulises Herrera was elected president pro tempore; Desmond Thomas was elected speaker pro tempore; Mariana Alvarez was elected Senate floor leader; Adam McNeal was elected House floor leader; and Hannah Leonard was appointed House clerk.
The Alabama YMCA Collegiate Legislature is the state’s premier College Mock Legislative Conference. Delegates have the opportunity to draft, present and debate pressing, relevant bills on the floor of the Alabama House of Representatives.
University of Alabama
• Destiny Montgomery of Tuscaloosa came in second place in the Poly-Sci team in The University of Alabama’s Global Health Case Competition. More than 80 students, in interdisciplinary teams of four to six members, competed for prize money as well as the chance to represent UA in the Statewide Global Health Case Competition at the University of Alabama Birmingham. The competition was in January. The students analyzed a scenario involving recovery after a cyclone in Bangladesh. With only five days to prepare, the teams were challenged to study the situation described in the case and propose short-term and long-term solutions that were culturally appropriate and that fit within the assigned budget. The teams then presented their solutions in 20-minute sessions and were judged by a panel consisting of faculty members from UA, UAB and Auburn University. The competition was sponsored by the UA Honors College with support from UA’s College of Arts & Sciences, Capstone International and the Graduate School.
• The University of Alabama recently selected 39 students as Capstone Men and Women. Among them are:
Alexander City: Elizabeth Harvey.
Fayette: Luke Nolen.
Northport: Samuel Cooper.
Tuscaloosa: Elizabeth Bonhaus, Allison Coogler, Hallie Harrison, Mason Lake, Price McGiffert, Paul Patterson III.
Capstone Men and Women serve as official ambassadors of UA. They assist the University president’s office, admissions and alumni during functions held on campus and in other locations, as well as host daily tours of the campus for prospective students and other visitors.
• The University of Alabama swept the American Advertising Federation awards competition in Tuscaloosa last week winning 13 awards, including three Best of Show awards, eight out of nine Gold awards presented and two Silver awards.
The AAF Tuscaloosa chapter stretches across western Alabama and encompasses some of eastern Mississippi.
Where Legends Are Made won six awards, including Overall Best of Show, Best of Print and four Gold awards for magazine ad (single), magazine advertising campaign, local television commercial and integrated brand identity campaign.
The University’s campaign for the Performing Arts Academic Center won five awards, including Best of Broadcast and four Gold awards for cinematography, video editing, magazine and design.
UA won a Silver award for collateral material publications design for The Giving Effect, a report mailed to University donors, and a Silver in the category of collateral material for a special event for the President’s Cabinet spring meeting invitation.
All Gold award winners advance to the district competition in April, with national award winners announced in June in Chicago.
Where Legends Are Made was created by The University of Alabama’s Division of Strategic Communications, with production assistance from RSQ in Mobile. The campaign for the Performing Arts Academic Center was developed by UA’s Division of Strategic Communications in partnership with UA’s Division for Advancement.
During the month of February, UA’s Division of Strategic Communications has collected 22 awards, including 10 at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III conference in Atlanta, where its honors included two Grand awards for Where Legends Are Made and the Performing Arts Academic Center.
• The University of Alabama won 11 awards, including two Grand Awards, as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III competition. The CASE District III awards were presented to UA representatives at a ceremony Feb. 13 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. CASE District III annually honors educational institutions in the Southeast for their efforts in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Awards are given in numerous categories with the Grand Award being the top honor in each category.
UA earned one Grand Award in the category of Branding/Identity Program or Campaign for the Where Legends Are Made campaign and a second in the Fundraising Publication category for the Performing Arts Academic Center Case Statement.
UA received the Award of Excellence in the Total Advertising Campaign category for the Where Legends Are Made campaign, Magazine/Tabloid Improvement III category for the Collegian Alumni Magazine Improvement, and Writing for the Media category for a story about UA engineering students developing an adapted toy car for a child with special needs.
In addition to the Grand Awards and Awards of Excellence, UA received six Special Merit Awards, one of which was earned by WVUA 23 for a collaborative project with the UA College of Community Health Sciences.
The CASE District III awards program recognizes the very best in advancement across the Southeast. Below is a complete list of UA’s awards, including the type of award, category and project title.
Grand Award: Branding/Identity Program or Campaign – The University of Alabama – Where Legends Are Made; Fundraising Publication – Performing Arts Academic Center Case Statement.
Award of Excellence: Total Advertising Campaign – The University of Alabama – Where Legends Are Made, Magazine/Tabloid Improvement III – Collegian Alumni Magazine Improvement, Writing for Media – Adapted Toy Car.
Special Merit Award: Annual Report – 2016-2017 Year-In-Review, Individual Digital Advertisement – Emergency Preparation with Big Al, Photography-Series – The Giving Effect 2016, Specialty Piece – UA Division of Strategic Communications 2016 Holiday Card, Unpublished Works – Unused Photography from “25 Faces: The College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board,” 25th Anniversary Magazine, Media Relations Program – WVUA and The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Health Matters.
• Dr. Lamea “Elle” Shaaban-Magaña has received the The Zenobia Hikes Memorial Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Center for Scholarship, Research and Professional Development for Women.
Shaaban-Magaña is director of the Women and Gender Resource Center, which provides counseling and advocacy services to survivors of interpersonal violence, social justice leadership programs and gender-related education.
The award recognizes a NASPA member with at least 10 years of full time work in student affairs who has shown a commitment to the advancement of women in higher education and to student affairs, through mentoring and professional development activities. Winners have made strong contributions to the development of students as engaged citizens and ethical leaders and have a record of community service to the profession and locally.
Shelton State Community College
The Alabama Region of Phi Theta Kappa held its annual convention the first weekend in March. Awards were given with many recognizing the achievements of Shelton State’s Alpha Epsilon Iota chapter.
The following awards were presented to Shelton State Phi Theta Kappa: Five Star Chapter Award, Distinguished Chapter Award, Distinguished Theme Award – Honors in Action project, Distinguished Advisor Team – Shywanda Moore and Dr. Kevin Windham, Outstanding Chapter Member – Caroline Smith.
The chapter’s College Project focused on mental health concerns of the College’s student body, and the Honors in Action (HIA) project addressed the academic struggles of elementary school-aged children for whom English is a second language. The action component of the HIA project allowed purchase and delivery of Spanish to English picture dictionaries to each of the fifty elementary schools in the College’s service area.
William Jackson of Tuscaloosa is one of more than 400 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University’s commencement exercises Dec. 16, 2017 in Searcy, Ar. Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
The Mississippi College Office of Academic Affairs announced the dean’s list for the fall semester 2017. To be eligible, a student must maintain a 3.5 GPA, based on a 4.0 system. The student must take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with all academic courses impacting their grade point average. Area students include:
Myrtlewood: Ethan Sakon.
Woodstock: Mathew Meadows.