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REUNION Fall 2012/winter 2013

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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Congratulations The faculty and staff of the College of Human Environmental Sciences were thrilled to see our very own Dr. Judy Bonner named 38th President of The University of Alabama on November 1, 2012. Dr. Bonner’s rise from undergraduate student to UA President and the first female President in the campus’ 181-year history demonstrates her dedication to this University and to the futures of its students. “Our University holds a very special place for all who have been touched by it, from the newest faculty to staff who have been here for the longest period of time to students who are walking across the Quad for the very first time,” President Bonner said when addressing Board of Trustees members on November 1. “Everyone who has crimson in their blood understands the lifechanging way in which the Capstone impacts individuals.” President Bonner started her career as an undergraduate student in HES between 1965 and 1969, earning her bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition and then again from 1972 to 1973 when she earned her master of science degree, also in nutrition. She left UA to work as a pediatric dietitian and to earn her doctoral degree at The Ohio State University. She has held faculty positions outside of UA, at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ohio State. President Bonner made a permanent career move back to UA and HES in 1981 when she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management, later becoming Department Chair and then Dean of the College from 1989-2003. She moved into the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2003 and then Executive Vice President and Provost in 2006. Her former professor Dr. Kathleen Stitt, a longtime supporter of HES, remembered President Bonner as a student, “The Trustees could not have picked a better president for our University. Judy Bonner always worked hard and was well-liked by faculty and students. She was always a leader and considered others when she made a decision.” Former colleague Ernestine Jackson in the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management shared Dr. Stitt’s sentiments, “I have known Judy Bonner for many years and have seen her ability to plan and implement the plans in the positions she has held in the past. I know she will continue to do this in her new position.” Ms. Jackson also shared a sentiment that countless former students and colleagues have of President Bonner, “I consider her my friend.” Genna Jones, CHES

President Judy Bonner served as a faculty member and later Chair of the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management. In 1989, she became HES Dean and served until 2003. President Bonner has remained a supporter of HES. She attended the dinner for scholarship donors with Dean Milla Boschung in the spring 2012 term.


Welcome to the latest issue of Reunion magazine and greetings from the Capstone! What a wonderful time to be at The University of Alabama and in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. The College has reached an enrollment of 3,549, a record for Human Sciences, and places us as one of the largest units in the United States. Our faculty and staff are committed to the success of our students and our graduates. The College is committed to providing an excellent academic experience for all of our students and committed to keeping our academic programs at the forefront of each of the disciplines. Earlier this year, alumni who graduated during the past five years were given the opportunity to respond to a survey. We are very pleased with the results. 81% of CHES alumni from 2005-2011 reported that they are employed full time and that an impressive 91% are employed either part time or full time. Perhaps even more impressively, 66% of alumni were employed within 3 months of their graduation and 84% within 6 months. When asked whether their CHES degree was helpful in obtaining a job, 95% indicated that it was. Alumni further indicated that they benefitted greatly from the skills and knowledge received through their program of study in the College. Some of these alumni were not traditional on-campus students but instead graduated from one of many CHES online programs. CHES has long been seen as a leader in online education on the UA campus, bringing high-quality academic programs to the doorsteps of students around the state and throughout the nation. Online classes have even become popular with on-campus students. The survey indicated that 70% of alumni took at least 1 online class during their time in CHES. Survey results also indicated that 71% of CHES alumni actually began their academic careers in another UA program or on another campus before finding a home in CHES. This result underscores the strong reputation that CHES has for attracting excellent students and the sense of community and purpose those students feel once they join the College. With the tremendous growth of enrollment in HES, additional building space for classrooms and faculty was needed. The Departments of Health Science and Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management are now housed on the fourth floor of Russell Hall, the former Student Health Center. As of the fall term, HES classes, labs and research facilities can truly be found from one end of the campus to the other. HES faculty now lead classes and guide students in Doster Hall, Adams Hall, East Annex, Moore Hall and the Design House, as well as at the Child Development Research Center, the Stallings Center and now, the University Club. As we celebrate the College’s successes, we look to the achievements of our alumni. HES alums not only carry our name worldwide but also give back to their alma mater by serving as mentors and generously offering scholarship support to ensure current students realize the future they envision. In this issue of Reunion, we asked recent graduates as well as well-established alums to address five questions we believe prospective and current students need to know. I hope you enjoy reading their responses. This fall, we also saw production of the official UA tartan scarf. Linnzi Rich, an Interior Design major in HES, designed UA’s new official tartan. Linnzi’s “We Are Crimson” creation, now officially recorded in the Scottish Tartans Authority’s International Tartan Index, is featured on the cover of this issue. The scarf is available at the Supe Store on campus and online at We celebrated in November as Dr. Judy Bonner was named President of The University of Alabama. President Bonner was an integral part of the growth of HES and we are fortunate to have had her strong leadership while she served the College as a faculty member, department chair and then Dean spanning the 1981 to 2003 time frame. The HES family is forever indebted to President Bonner for her ongoing support and we are thrilled to see her lead this wonderful University into the future. We invite you to reunite with the College, online and on campus. Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/ua.hes, and via Twitter at

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College of Human Environmental Sciences

IFC President Judy Bonner

College of Human Environmental Sciences Box 870158, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0158 Phone: 205.348.6250 Fax: 205.348.3789 Student Services: 205.348.6150

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6 Holly Taylor 7 Beth Chaney 8 Ashley Kilpatrick 9 Elyse McLaughlin 10 Jason Bell 11 Hunter Bell 12 Jessica Maupin 13 Holley Grainger

14 Homecoming 15 Homecoming 16 Catie Briggs 17 Rebecca Gordon 18 Amy Knox Jean 19 Virginia McNeal 20 Stephen Iaconis 21 Scholarship Donor Dinner 22 Frog Sculpture Dedication 23 Tee Time and Rock the Runway

Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) 480 Russell Hall; Box 870311 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0311 Phone: 205.348.8683 Fax: 205.348.7568 Consumer Sciences Adams 212; Box 870158 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487 Phone: 205.348.6178 Fax: 205.348.8721 Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design 307 Doster Hall; Box 870158 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0158 Phone: 205.348.6176 Fax: 205.348.3789 Human Development and Family Studies 214 Child Development Research Center; Box 870160 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0160 Phone: 205.348.6158 Fax: 205.348.8153 Health Science 470 Russell Hall; Box 870311 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0311 Phone: 205.348.8371 Fax: 205.348.7568 Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management 403 Russell Hall; Box 870158 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0158 Phone: 205.348.6157 Fax: 205.348.3789 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Cover photo: Teresa Golson, UA-CIT-Photography

Charles Jennings Hester

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opportunity to accept my dream job and finish school from a distance. Second, the information I was taught, particularly the projects, were a great transition from undergrad to the real world. Third, Dr. Wright does a tremendous job of providing networking opportunities. There are multiple trips throughout the year, a Sport Management Advisory Council that is comprised of industry leaders and the faculty advisors all are more than willing to reach out on a hard working student’s behalf. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be?

Jennings Hester is a 2012 graduate of the master’s program in Sport Management. Jennings works as a Sponsorship Account Executive at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. At IMG, Jennings manages multiple sponsor accounts, including Gatorade, Under Armour, NCSA Athletic Recruiting, Prince and others. He also sponsors sales, developing the sales concepts and the pitch deck, particularly for events and performance sponsors. What inspired you to pursue your field? I grew up playing sports, and dedicated myself to playing college football when I was 8. Most kids talked about playing a college sport, but I did everything possible to make it happen. I trained nonstop, studied film and got ahead in the recruiting process. As a college athlete, I was surrounded by all levels of sports administration personnel and knew it was something I wanted to pursue. My mentor is Pat Battle, former CEO and President of Collegiate Licensing Company. He

gave me the opportunity to spend time at his company and get inside access to the business side of the industry. I knew some fellow athletes who had gone through the Sport Management program and had great things to say about it. After meeting with Dr. Ken Wright, I knew that the curriculum would be comprised of meaningful, relevant material that I could use going forward.

There are a handful of necessary characteristics that stand out in my profession (teamwork, relationship building, attention to detail, work ethic, passion, organization). As cliché as it sounds, teamwork is one of the most important. You have to be able to build and maintain strong relationships to succeed. The number one mistake I see from incoming interns is not paying attention to detail. For students seeking internships; take the time to research the organization, the department you’re applying to, your potential supervisor, etc. Far too many applicants are asking questions that they should know the answers to - that’s an easy way to be dismissed for what could be a great opportunity.

What have been the highlights of your career path to date?

Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students or fellow alumni?

Prior to my job, my biggest highlight was earning a scholarship to play football at The University of Alabama. It was something I worked towards my whole life. This is my first position out of school, and I am extremely proud to be a part of IMG.

The final piece of advice I have for anyone seeking a job in the sports industry is to take as many internships as you can. Those are 100% the key to getting a job. Not only do they provide real-world experience, but they open the door to numerous networking opportunities within the organization and externally.

How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? Being a student in HES has had a great impact on my career path for several reasons. One, the faculty gave me the | 5

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is a 2010 graduate in Interactive Technology. She is the Administrative Officer for the Blue Angels division of the U.S. Navy. What inspired you to pursue your field? Receiving an education has always been important to me. I can remember my dad telling me “an education is something that no one can ever take away from you.” I had every intention of coming into the Navy for only four years so that I could qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill and receive benefits to put myself through college. However, I loved what I was doing in the Navy and decided to stay. I still wanted to get an education, so I had to do it on my own time. After researching several online programs at several different universities, I decided to apply to UA. It was the best decision I could have ever made! The program was very military-friendly and the professors were more than accommodating. I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba twice where internet connections were a challenge. However, my professors were very understanding and helped me get through the program. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I have been fortunate to have several highlights in my career.

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I enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and started my career as an E-1. In 2005 I was selected to the pay grade of E-7. Although the pay grades of E-7 through E-9  are equivalent to those of other services, the Navy is unique in that it confers much more authority and responsibility on the Chief, while demanding more performance and results than any of the other services.  Advancement into the CPO grades is the most significant promotion within the enlisted naval ranks.  Navy Chiefs have their own creed and their own fraternity, and their profession is filled with tradition dating back 119 years.  Active duty and retired alike, Navy Chiefs are the ones who have set the example and “make it happen” in the Navy.  They are bound and dedicated to their duty as leaders forever. Since joining the Navy, I always had a desire to be a Naval Officer; however, I did not have an education, and I had to come in to the Navy as an Enlisted Sailor. The Navy has a group of commissioned officers, unique among the services -- the LDO, or “Limited Duty Officer.” LDOs are former senior enlisted personnel, who were considered very highly skilled in their Navy job, and selected to become a commissioned officer. As the name implies, “Limited Duty Officers,” unlike “Unrestricted Line Officers,” are commissioned officers with a limited career path. LDOs are technically oriented officers who perform duties specific to their occupational fields and require strong managerial skills. Leadership ability, military qualifications, and technical expertise remain the key factors leading to selection. In 2005 I applied and was selected for the LDO Program. I was commissioned to Ensign (O1) in January 2007. In 2008 I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from UA, and in 2010 I graduated with my master’s degree. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? I did not need this specific degree for my Naval Career; however, I know that having an education from The University of Alabama will make me competitive in the job market upon retirement from the


Navy. All of my professors were great, but the ones that stick out the most in my memory are Dr. Barrie Jo Price, Juanita McMath and Dr. Anna McFadden. They were all very understanding and actually cared about my success. I could have never done it without them! If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? There are several traits that you need to be a successful leader in the military, but the most important ones, in my opinion, are integrity, dedication, communication and fairness. A good leader has to be trusted by their followers, lead by example and deal with everyone consistently and justly. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? It’s easy to get wrapped up in your job and let all the other goals in life slip out of reach. The Navy did not require me to have an education to do my job. Therefore I had the best excuse not to pursue an education. However, it was a personal goal of mine and I was able to achieve that goal while still doing my job in the Navy. It was not easy, and I wanted to give up several times. I stuck with it and achieved my goal and I am a better person for doing so. Thanks to UA and HES and my professors, I have achieved a lifelong dream. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and ROLL TIDE! Genna Jones, CHES

Beth Chaney

Dr. Beth Chaney is a 2003 graduate of the master’s program in Health Studies. Dr. Chaney completed her doctoral work at Texas A&M University and she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education & Behavior at the University of Florida in Gainesville. What inspired you to pursue your field? I was a Biology undergraduate major at UA and reared in a family of physicians (parents, grandfather, uncle, aunt and brother). I wanted to find a career in the health field that allowed me to improve the health and lives of individuals and communities, but in a preventative manner rather than with tertiary care. The Department of Health Science in HES provided the career path that best suited me.

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Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). I am fortunate to have been elected to serve a one-year term as Chair on the Board of Commissioners (BOC) for NCHEC, which is the governing body for the credentialing agency. This experience has been one of the most rewarding in my professional career. I truly believe that my students are my major success. I am limited in what I can do as one person, but the impact that I can make on my students to help them accomplish their goals will far outweigh what I can do as an individual.

work ethic and determination. In addition, it takes passion – a passion for motivating individuals and communities to invest in healthy lifestyles for the betterment of overall health and quality of life. Health Education Practitioner – I would advise all students to enhance their experience with technology, as it is revolutionizing the way we practice. Volunteer, volunteer and volunteer with organizations to serve the profession. It will open doors and establish networks for students to have a better understanding of the profession.

How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path?

Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni?

The biggest difference to me being in HES was the personal interaction that I had with my entire faculty. Moreover, the camaraderie that was established with the faculty and my peers made my program something that I will never forget. My experience at UA resulted in my understanding of how strong mentorship and student support can make a difference in the success of so many young professionals.

I live by the motto of “work hard and play hard.” Although I work extremely hard and long hours, there is nothing more important to me than my amazing family. My husband, Don Chaney, earned his Ph.D. from HES and is now an Assistant Dean in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida, and my son, Caden Hensleigh Chaney, is 4 years old. I am blessed beyond measure, and I am grateful to the fine faculty, staff and administrators at UA who prepared me for not only my career path but my life journey.

If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? Educator - To be in the health education field, it requires being a true educator, with characteristics of patience, good

What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I have had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Health Education, which is an elected position. Being elected to serve as a Board member has been a very humbling and rewarding experience. The national agency that certifies health education specialists is the National | 7

Ashley Kilpatrick

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Ashley Kilpatrick is a 2010 graduate in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. Ashley currently works as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. What inspired you to pursue your field? I knew that I wanted to get into the healthcare field and work with kids. I just did not know in what capacity, however, until I heard someone mention Child Life when I was in an infancy and toddlerhood course at UA. After meeting with a HDFS advisor and researching the Child Life profession, I knew immediately that this was the career for me. It is the perfect mix of medicine, working with children and psychosocial support. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I would not have landed the amazing job that I have now without my education in HES, my practicum experience that I completed in Orlando and my Child Life internship that was completed at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. I am very fortunate to such an amazing family that encouraged and supported me throughout my child life experiences. My outstanding advisor, Dr. Sherwood

Burns-Nader, was able to guide me in the right direction of Child Life and helped mold me into the Child Life specialist that I am today. I am so very thankful for all of my HES instructors. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? From my experience, I feel that HES has the most loving and caring instructors who all treat each student as an individual. After starting my career in a different college and transferring into HES, I was shocked when I was personally greeted when I entered each classroom. Having instructors that are approachable and compassionate about the field of human development made my college experience unforgettable. I also had amazing Child Life instructors, Quinn Franklin, Dr. Sherwood BurnsNader and Leslie Dollar, who fully prepared me with the knowledge needed to enter this profession.


If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? I feel that Child Life specialists have to be flexible, patient and empathetic in order to provide psychosocial support for patients and families in a medical setting. Child Life is a growing field and becoming more competitive to pursue. My advice for future students who are interested in the field of Child Life would be to begin volunteering at pediatric hospitals and be open to new experiences to gain the knowledge and skills needed prior to searching for the job. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? I have the opportunity to meet a lot of different people from all walks of life, I get to learn something new and be thankful every day of my job.

Elyse McLaughlin

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opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? While I have worked with young children and families in various capacities since high school, I consider the highlight and most valuable experience to be my time as a graduate assistant at The University of Alabama Children’s Program. I have been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to travel to Cosenza, Italy, where I will be assisting Italian teachers in teaching the English language and U.S. culture in local high schools. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path?

Elyse Marie McLaughlin is a 2011 graduate with her master’s in Human Development and Family Studies. During the 20122013 academic year, she is working abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant Recipient in Cosenza, Italy. What inspired you to pursue your field? After taking Human Development 101 as an undergraduate student, I longed to know more about how children developed and how to offer them the best experiences during the preschool years that would set them up for success in their future. I love spending my days with children and with other adults who love working with them. I believe that children learn through play, and I consider it such a blessing that the opportunity to play is part of my life on a daily basis. I returned to The University of Alabama in the fall of 2009 after living in New York City because I felt that having my master’s degree would help me define my goals in the field of Early Childhood Development and would provide me with

Returning to UA for my master’s degree was one of the best decisions I have ever made, both personally and professionally. The years I spent in the Human Development and Family Studies master’s program were the most challenging and rewarding I have ever experienced. During this time, and through this program, I met the greatest friends and mentors I have ever known. The faculty and staff members of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Children’s Program, shaped not only the person I am today, but each of them has played a major role in shaping my career goals. It would take me a lifetime to recount all of the ways that being a student in our department and a graduate assistant at the Children’s Program have changed my life for the better.

The best advice I can offer to current and future students in Human Development and Family Studies, and all UA students in general, is to get to know your professors and instructors. They truly care about their students and are there to teach, guide and encourage us. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? In an attempt to gain as much knowledge from the Italians about their approach to the Early Childhood Development field, I will be seeking out opportunities to observe the famous Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches to preschool education, both of which originated in Italy. Reggio Emilia places emphasis on creativity in young children, which I feel is an important aspect of a child’s growth and development. I hope to gain additional insight and knowledge that I can one day apply in my own early childhood classroom and share with other professionals in my field.

If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? When working with children, it is important to maintain a playful approach to your work and life. Joyfulness, flexibility, a sense of adventure and a creative frame of mind are also key characteristics of successful early childhood development professionals. I also find it helpful to be organized and prepared, while remembering to keep an open mind and willingness to follow the lead and interests of the children. | 9

Jason Bell

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Jason Bell is a 1997 graduate in Interior Design. Jason is the owner of J D Bell, Inc. in New York. What inspired you to pursue your field? I grew up around the design and construction industry because my father is a contractor and my mother dabbled in decorating. When I started at UA, I was Marketing major and in my junior year, I hit a point where I missed using my creative side. In 1995, I began the Interior Design program in HES. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? Over Spring Break my senior year at UA, I came to New York to visit. With a few lucky breaks, I ended up having 11 job interviews, had 11 call backs and was offered jobs by all 11 firms. I accepted a junior position at an established 40year old firm, Irvine & Fleming, where I received excellent training in traditional decorating. After 4 years, I was made a silent partner, then a named partner in 2002. In 2004, I decided it was time to venture out on my own and I started J D Bell, Inc. in my apartment living room. Now 8 years old, J D

Bell, Inc. has an established office in the Soho neighborhood of New York, with a talented staff that assists with project management. J D Bell, Inc. has been recognized by many successful publications, including a feature in Architectural Digest in 2009. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? I could not have done what I did as successfully as I did it without the support of the HES administration and the wonderful professors in the Interior Design department. They pushed me to do my best work and to go beyond what was expected. This was excellent training for owning your own company, where days and nights and weekends are all synonymous with work! If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? To be successful in any career path, you have to be determined, passionate and a hard worker. To be successful as a high end residential Interior Designer, you need to be a seasoned listener and understand that you are creating a home


for a person or a family. It is a very personal relationship that I have with my clients and this is what makes each project so unique. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? Since starting my company, it has been important for me to “pay it back� to HES and the Interior Design students. The Interior Design department plans a biannual New York trip for the students. I have called on colleagues in the industry to give them office and showroom tours for many of the different trades. I also host a gathering at my office for the students to see what I do and ask questions. In addition, each summer I hire a group of interns to work at J D Bell, Inc., and many of our interns have come from The University of Alabama. It is so important to aid students in getting some practical experience, and I look forward to the HES students that arrive in New York each year. I like to look at it as an investment not only in the future of my company, but also an investment in the industry as a whole.

Hunter Bell

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Hunter Bell is a 2003 graduate of the Apparel Design program. She is the CoFounder/Designer at Hunter Dixon, Inc. in New York. What inspired you to pursue your field? I have always had the dream of owning my own clothing line one day. I chose UA for this specific purpose. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I have so many highlights of my career path to date but to name a few: Internships with Rebecca Taylor and Nanette Lepore in New York while a student in HES; launching my clothing line, Hunter Dixon Inc., in 2006 and growing it quickly; Hunter Dixon was picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue and then by Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie; and Hunter Dixon is collaborating and designing a collection for Anthropologie UK locations, which will be released in March 2013. I also am proud that Hunter Dixon has been recognized by celebrities and magazines such as ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky Magazine, Marie Claire, People Magazine and InStyle, just to name a few. The Hunter Dixon line has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily twice as a “brand to be looking out for.” To cap those accomplishments, we doubled our sales in 2011.

How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? I have cherished my college experience ever since graduating. I made the most incredible friends while in school. I really loved the classes in HES being very hands on and smaller to allow us to remain focused. I’m currently hands on with every aspect of my business. I learned amazing pattern making skills and Dr. Marcy Koontz was instrumental in challenging our illustration skills. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? In my profession, you need a go-getter attitude, should always prepare for the next day and be on time and organized. Think outside the box and be open to learning and willing to roll up your sleeves to get the job done. This industry

moves very fast so I would tell students that being organized and a good listener go far in this field. Don’t turn down internship opportunities right out of school, just getting your foot in the door and making yourself indispensable to a company could lead into a full-time job. Any final thoughts or surprise facts that you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? A surprising fact about Hunter Dixon and me as a designer is that I design all of the in-house silk prints for each collection. Lots of designers purchase “already produced” silk prints. But I like to keep custom prints special to our brand. | 11

Jessica Maupin


products, such as jewelry and handbag lines as well as new business opportunities in Qatar and Asian Markets. I worked on several accounts including Selfridges, Saks Dubai, Bloomingdales Dubai, SK Networks (Korea), EL Corte Ingles (Spain), Harrods, Lane Crawford and the list goes on and on. Soon after my graduation I was invited back to Elie Tahari to interview for a Sales Assistant position on the domestic side of Wholesale. I was a little hesitant, but I knew New York was what I wanted. I accepted the position and began assisting and learning the business on a deeper level.

Jessica Maupin is a 2010 graduate in Clothing Textiles and Interior Design, with a concentration in Fashion Retailing. She is currently an Account Executive in Wholesale Sales at the Elie Tahari firm. What inspired you to pursue your field? I was a business major the majority of my collegiate career at UA. It wasn’t until I studied abroad in London on a marketing Internship for Burberry Ltd. that I realized my love for the business side of fashion. A huge perk in transferring to HES is that they required you to have an internship prior to graduation. I believe this opportunity and experience helped me to get to where I am today. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I started out my career as an intern at Elie Tahari through the HES Fashion Retailing Internship Program. I remember flying up to New York City in the spring of my senior year and interviewing with more than 14 different fashion companies. Out of all the places I had interviewed, Elie Tahari felt right. I started off in the Wholesale Department for International Sales and Licensing and quickly was forced to learn the fashion business. I helped develop new licensing

Currently, I am an Account Executive on the Wholesale Sales team and run several major accounts for all Elie Tahari brands, including: Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew (Canada), Macys and Zappos. Some highlights of the job of course are NY Fashion Week, Fashions Night Out, Market Appointments, traveling and monthly Fashion Events. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? HES was a huge part in my success because having that internship under my belt enabled me to have real work experience in the field. Plus, HES’ internship program is different than other fashion internship programs. While interning at Elie Tahari, there were a lot of interns from major fashion schools, but their interns were not full time and only worked two to three days a week while still attending classes. UA’s program blocks off the time for you to dedicate to your internship and learn as much as possible in your 9-5pm, five-day-a-week period. An additional plus is that you get to live in NY with your friends from class and have an apartment in the heart of the city. There are so many ways to enjoy the city. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? Wholesale Sales is the heart of any fashion house. You hold the relationships with Buyers and help convey the designer’s


vision and inspiration of the collection to the selling floor of these department stores. Wholesale works closely with Design, Production and Merchandising as well as Public Relations and Marketing to help develop each season’s collection. As wholesalers, we showcase the designer’s line after major fashion shows or line previews to the Buyers for major department stores. The Buyer and their team (Assistant Buyers, Planners and Buy Planners) will come into your showroom and, as a sales person, you will show them each piece of the collection and work with them on selecting the best assortment for their store. Department store Buyers become your best friends and this relationship enables you to trust one another on building a successful business for your brand. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? The fashion trend is always changing and the “it” brands of today may not be the “it” brands of tomorrow. Do not take a job and or internship solely based off the name of the company. Take the position that you feel you will learn the most and grow within the company and where you feel like you can make the biggest impact. Believe me, the “glamorous” side only lasts for a few short days. You need to go where you will be happy.

Holley Grainger

Holley Johnson Grainger, MS, RD, is a 2001 graduate of both the bachelor’s and master’s programs in Human Nutrition. Holley is a Registered Dietitian and the Nutrition Editor for and MyRecipes. com. What inspired you to pursue your field? I’ve always had a dual passion for good food and good health so a degree in nutrition was a natural fit. I knew the traditional hospital route wasn’t for me and I loved how the program in HES offered a variety of opportunities to learn about all aspects of a nontraditional nutrition and dietetics career. The faculty in HES were willing to work with me to help balance a busy extracurricular schedule and schoolwork, and I was naturally drawn to the more community/family feel of the College. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? After finishing my dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, I moved to Birmingham to begin a career in publishing. I began as an Assistant Food Editor at Oxmoor House Books working on titles for Cooking Light and Weight Watchers.

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After three years, I decided to try my hand as a magazine editor and moved into the position of Associate Food Editor at Southern Living magazine covering healthy trends and of course, traditional Southern cuisine. When the concept of an online recipe portal for all of the Southern Progress Corporation and Time Inc. brands was established, I jumped on board to help launch as the founding Food Editor. Within 2 years, I was promoted to Nutrition Editor of and While working in the digital space, I have filmed over 650 online cooking videos including the longest running daily online cooking show,’s Dinner Tonight. To help launch MyRecipes and put us on the culinary map, I became the spokesperson for the brand and have appeared in dozens of national and local television shows including NBC’s Today Show and Weekend Today, CBS’s The Early Show, TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, Fox News Channel, CNN and more.

busy senior year but I am so thrilled that I was able to complete an advanced degree in Human Nutrition. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? Flexibility, humor, a desire to help others, a drive for hard work and a hearty appetite are the hallmarks of a great food editor! I always advise students considering a nontraditional career in nutrition to seek the advice of mentors, shadow dietitians in their field of interest and not be afraid to take risks. If they are interested in a career in publishing, any writing they can do to enhance their portfolio is a bonus. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? A degree from HES doesn’t end when you walk across the stage at graduation. From serving on the Leadership Board for the College to attending brunch on Homecoming Saturday, there are always ways to stay involved and rekindle the relationships established with friends and faculty during your college career. Let’s connect! Follow me for healthy recipe suggestions, videos, nutrition tips, and more!

How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? During my four years in HES, the faculty encouraged me to follow my heart to pursue a Dietetic Internship path versus the Coordinated Program path so that I could continue to stay extremely involved in my collegiate activities, including HES College President, sorority president and member and officer in multiple senior honor societies. They also inspired me to try the Scholar’s Program, a dual degree program, my senior year so that I could complete my master’s during my senior year and the summer before my internship. Looking back now, it was a

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From top left: Dean Milla Boschung and her husband, Paul; Morgan Haygood with Andrea Wilson, Angelique Dean and Holli Huval Frey; Diane Bridgewater and her husband Mike; Paula and Erik Boschung with Ruth Dailey; Amy Baker-Parton with artist Frank Fleming; Dr. Barrie Jo Price and Dr. Anna McFadden with Jack Davis Award winner Colleen Cornelius and her husband John Bjork; Dr. Olivia Kendrick and Dean Boschung; Amy Baker-Parton with Annie Hunter Galloway; and Raegan Powell and daughter Macy

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From top left: Young UA fans; Alvin Niuh with Dr. Olivia Kendrick and Dr. Roy Maize; Jan Brakefield with HES Ambassadors Kathleen Logan and Callie Jowers; Dean Boschung with Logan Dowell; Dexter Hancock with Brenda and Bill Goodwin and Alice Maxwell; Michelle Samaritan with Sally Edwards; John and Alice Maxwell with Molly Donlon Lusian; Amy Baker-Parton with her father, Dwight Baker; Dr. Mary-Liz Curtner-Smith and her daughters Emma and Lauren | 15

Catie Briggs

Catie Briggs is a 2008 graduate of the Restaurant and Hospitality Management Program. She works in Marketing & Casino Events at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino as the Director of Special Events and the Property Developer for the company’s M life customer loyalty program. What inspired you to pursue your field? My inspiration for events stems from growing up in the hotel industry due to our family business so I truly feel that hospitality runs in my blood. I chose UA’s Hospitality Program because it wasn’t too big, and I didn’t want to feel like a little fish in a big sea, which was important to me in my selection. I knew I was going to be able to develop one-on-one relationships with my professors and other students that would benefit me as I gained knowledge and experience in this field. As I took more courses and took on projects during my time in the RHM Program, I began to realize that one of the most rewarding components of being in the hospitality industry is knowing that you made a difference in a customer’s experience or better yet, conceived and produced that customer’s experience through an event from the start to finish. After the opportunities I was exposed to during college, such as working as a Supervisor in the Bryant-Denny Stadium Skybox Suites, I knew that event planning and was the route I wanted to take.

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Hospitality Internship Program. After applying to the program, I was selected to join the Slot Marketing Department to assist with casino events and learn the ways of casino operations and marketing at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The greatest highlight of my career path was being selected as one of 11 young professionals for MGM Resort’s Management Associate Program (MAP) at one of the largest luxury properties on the Las Vegas Strip. This was a six-month interdepartmental management training program that opened my eyes to events, casino marketing and casino operations allowing me to obtain an all encompassing experience of the resort and casino industry. After graduating from the MAP program, I was offered a more centralized position as a Slot Event Coordinator where I focused on the ins and outs of all casino slot events. Shortly after I was promoted to the first Slot Marketing Event Manager for Mandalay Bay, where I began to transform and brand over 20 yearly slot and special events,VIP experiences and Executive Hosted Weekends. Most recently I was promoted to Director of Special Events and Mlife Property Developer where I will take on a larger role in casino wide events, VIP ticketing, and Mlife, MGM Resort’s Customer Loyalty Program. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? Do you have a specific memory of being in HES (i.e., a faculty member who made a difference in your life?) Throughout my four years in the HES program, the faculty always pushed us

What have been the highlights of your career path to date? It all began my junior year of college when I was introduced to a classmate who recently completed the MGM Resorts International


and inspired us to make our academic career what we wanted it to be. They provided many opportunities to give us the experiences we needed to figure out the career path we wanted to pursue and did everything in their power to make sure we had the tools and resources to make it happen. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? In the event world I definitely think organizational skills, the ability to multitask and an ability to solve problems efficiently are three major attributes to have to succeed in this industry. I do think the most important personality trait that trumps all three of these characteristics is passion. If you have passion for creating unique, unparalleled experiences for people, then you will succeed in this profession. Passion is what drives us. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? To current and future students: Take advantage of every facet the University has to offer. Prepare to wear many hats and become an expert in everything you do. Knowledge is power! To fellow alumni: I’ve found that going beyond your job description can only make your career that much better.

Rebecca Gordon

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pull in my decision to pursue that career path, along with having the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. I would first learn the fundamentals of running my bakery through the Restaurant and Hospitality Management program at UA and planned to attend Johnson & Wales University immediately upon graduation for the baking and pastry skills. What have been the highlights of your career path to date?

Rebecca Gordon is a 1996 graduate of the Restaurant and Hospitality Management program. She was the Test Kitchen Director for Southern Living magazine in Birmingham for the past two years and just recently stepped out on her own as a freelance Southern Lifestyle Expert with an emphasis on food and entertaining. What inspired you to pursue your field? There are several reasons I chose to attend UA and actually entered the University premed. As fate would have it, fortunately, I took a different path and settled into the Restaurant and Hospitality Management program. I made the switch based on my desire to do something every day that I absolutely love—which is to cook. My plan was to complete my degree at UA, attend culinary school and eventually open my own bakeshop. Preparing homemade cakes, pies and cookies for others and knowing that what they had just nibbled on conjured a food memory or a moment in time for them was exciting—recipes are such a connection to the past in that way. That was such a strong

I have so many fond memories of each step along the way. Fresh out of culinary school, I worked in fine dining establishments, such as Highland’s Bar and Grill and Bottega restaurants in Birmingham, where I was able to hone my skills and master my craft in an upscale setting. There’s much discipline to be learned and practiced in order to succeed in that setting. It’s definitely the foundation of everything you do. Those skills followed me along my career path as a Foods and Entertaining Specialist with the Southern Living Cooking School where a small team of us would bring the pages of the magazine to life across the South via twohour live cooking shows where I would prepare anywhere from 13 to 17 recipes at a time. I then worked in the Southern Living Test Kitchens for years developing and testing recipes and styling food for photography. Most recently I ran the daily operation of those same tasks and planned and approved the food images that ran in the magazine month to month. I also ran point on our first television show, Southern Living’s Tailgate Playbook that was filmed the day of the Western Kentucky game this football season.

If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? Food is a tough gig…fun but tough. Be diligent, flexible and strong–but being a team player is just as crucial. Definitely stand your ground when you truly believe in an idea. For me personally, I had wanted to work on a tailgate franchise with Southern Living for the 13 years I had been with the company. From partnering with the Southeastern Conference on a cookbook to a television show, these are all things that I had wanted to do for a long time and they all came to pass in the 2012 football season. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? Definitely do what you love, challenge yourself and stay the course. You may even need to go rogue in a couple of instances for the good of your cause as there will be pesky little road blocks along the way. It’s up to you and your best judgment to determine if you’re going to allow them to stop you or not. Now hop to it and make it happen!

How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? Do you have a specific memory of being in HES (i.e., a faculty member who made a difference in your life?) HES is the foundation of who I am as a professional in my field today. I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. | 17

Amy Knox Jean

Amy K. Jean, PA-C, ATC is a 2008 graduate of the Athletic Training Education Program in the Department of Health Science. Amy also earned her master’s in Medical Science and completed Physician Assistant Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University. She is a Physician Assistant at Faith Family Medical Clinic in Nashville. What inspired you to pursue your field? My career choice was inspired initially by my own high school athletic trainer. I loved sports and being active—I found that athletic training seemed to be the perfect fit for my personality and passions. I chose The University of Alabama because of the rich heritage of the University and the warmth I experienced when I came for a campus visit. The Athletic Training Education Program was quite impressive to me as a prospective student—right from the start they were very organized and straightforward about what their requirements were and what outcomes they expected. I am a planner, so those things stuck out to me in a big way. Once I started the application process to get into ATEP, the professionalism of the program excited me even more. I wanted so badly to be a part of this elite group of students! What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I have to admit, I still feel very “green” as a physician assistant, but I know

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in the couple of years I’ve been in medicine, I’ve already grown so much. After graduating from UA, I practiced for a year as a Certified Athletic Trainer before entering a master’s level physician assistant program in Nashville. Two of the highest honors I have received are the honors that my professors and classmates have given me. I received the ASMI scholarship my senior year at UA, which was voted by the faculty and staff who interacted with me on a daily basis. For the past year, I have worked as a physician assistant in a primary care clinic serving the working uninsured patients in Nashville. I took the job serving the working uninsured because my heart hurts for those unable to gain access to quality healthcare simply because they can’t afford it. Good health is something everyone deserves, and I feel it is my mission to provide that. The fact that anyone would trust me with their health and well-being, like my patients do every day, is truly the highest professional honor I can imagine. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path? I truly believe I would not be where I am today had it not been for the “gentle nudging” of the faculty of HES, particularly in the ATEP. Without my experience in the ATEP, I would never have learned the value of taking criticism and allowing it to make me better. Dr. Deidre Leaver-Dunn and Dr. Jeri Zemke were instrumental in my academic, professional and personal development. They not only cared what I did in my career, but also who I became as a person. I never felt like a statistic in the Athletic Training Program. When I graduated from the ATEP, I had the confidence I needed to enter a graduate Physician’s Assistant program, simply because I had succeeded in UA’s Athletic Training program. The challenge of UA’s curriculum prepared me to excel in grad school as well as my career as a physician assistant. At UA I also learned valuable lessons: I learned how to work on a team; I learned how to deal with the public; I learned how to be responsible for my own professional actions;


I learned how important it was to listen first and act second - all vital lessons in practicing medicine. If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? I have a quote on the wall of my office that says “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” In my profession, I think that empathy and compassion are critical assets. If a patient feels that I can’t relate to them or don’t care about their problems, how can I expect them to follow my instructions? I see my patients as real people in real circumstances living real life - not just a puzzle to be figured out or a diagnosis to be made. This helps me maintain a healthy perspective and hopefully help my patient’s right where they are. I feel that health professions like athletic training and physician assistants are seeing a surge of employment opportunities as the shortage of physicians persists in our country. We are expected to fill that gap between the patient being evaluated on the field or in the office and them having to go in for imaging and/or a surgical consult. I truly think we will ultimately save healthcare dollars. We help prevent unnecessary ER visits, we are able to adequately manage conditions and injuries with conservative treatment first, and we are giving quality medical care without the patient necessarily having to spend the high cost of seeing a specialist. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? I have to say that I 100% believe in HES and the Athletic Training Education Program. I am eternally thankful for the experience I gained at UA and I will always look back on my time in Tuscaloosa with fond memories. That school changed my life, and, in turn, I hope I can impact others. Surprise fact: Every day in the office I sport my Crimson and White lapel pin proudly on my lab coat. It’s great being a Bama fan in (Tennessee) Volunteer country!

Virginia McNeil

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I worked there for 15 months, and then was offered the position at McNeil, Ahrens & Lambert Financial Group. This is another great accomplishment of mine, to be able to follow in my family’s footsteps and carry on a legacy that my great grandfather started 90 years ago. How did being a student in HES make a difference in your career path?

Virginia McNeil is a 2011 graduate in Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Family Financial Planning. Virginia is an Associate at McNeil, Ahrens & Lambert Financial Group, LLC. in Mobile, AL. What inspired you to pursue your field? I am the fourth generation in my family to go into the Financial Planning industry. My great grandfather started our firm in 1922, and both my grandfather and father have followed in his footsteps. When I was in high school trying to decide “What I wanted to be when I grew up” my answer was a veterinarian. The summer before senior year of high school, I worked at my father’s office and knew by the end of the first week that this is what I wanted to do. He got to help every person that stepped foot in that office, and I loved that. I was always going to The University of Alabama, and HES was a given as the College has one the country’s best Financial Planning programs. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? I was offered a job with a prestigious financial planning firm in Birmingham during my senior year. My family was so proud of me for securing a job before graduation, especially graduating at a time with terrible economic conditions.

I became involved with the Capstone Financial Planning Association (CFPA) as a freshman, and my senior year served as President. This leadership role really made me stand out to potential employers. I could not imagine being in any college at UA but HES. Everybody in that college is so warm and welcoming. Two different people in HES stand out in my mind, and they are people that I talk to on a regular basis to this day. My academic advisor, Jan Brakefield, or as I call her “Mrs. B,” as well was Dean Milla Boschung, or as I now refer to her as “Mrs. Mills.” I do not know another student in any college at UA, or any university for that matter, that still talks to their Dean via text message. That is what sets HES apart from other divisions. The people there are genuinely interested in their students, even when you aren’t a student anymore.

you can’t find something there you are interested in, the wonderful people there will find the perfect fit for you. My advice to current students: GET INVOLVED! Whether there is a current organization for your major or not, you need to get involved with different organizations that make a difference. I am confident that the connections I made and the experience I got from leading university organizations have made a huge impact on the person I am today.

If you could give prospective students advice regarding your profession, what would that be? You have to be outgoing in the financial advising profession. Your clients don’t care how fast you can crunch numbers; they care about how comfortable they are with you. My clients have worked hard for the money that they have earned and trust is the biggest part of my relationship with my clients. I get to know them on a personal level, and I enjoy keeping up with them and their families. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? I think if you are undecided about what you want to do, visit HES. I guarantee if | 19

Stephen Iaconis

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Stephen D. Iaconis is a 2001 graduate in Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Financial Planning. Stephen is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Bridgeworth Financial, LLC. in Birmingham, AL. Stephen and his wife believe in giving back to the University and HES. What inspired you to pursue your field?

Dean Boschung personally recruited me and if it wasn’t for her, I believe my path would have been much different. She is responsible for a great portion of my success. Her door was always open. I can only recall visiting with her a handful of times, but the notion that I could at any time was a reassuring feeling. What prompted you to give back so early in your career? Earning an academic scholarship to UA was an integral part of my ability to

attend college. As my career bloomed a few years after graduating, my wife and I both agreed that making a lasting impression for future students was the right blessing to make. Someone helped me; therefore I want to pay that back many times over. Any final thoughts you would like to share with current and future students and fellow alumni? Don’t forget your passions in life and don’t be unbalanced. Work is great, but keep doing the things that make you, YOU.

I knew that I wanted to be in the financial industry, but I just wasn’t sure of the path to take me from point A to point B. My academic advisor and business division chair at my community college steered me to UA, and specifically to Dean Boschung. After meeting with her and meeting with other universities, it was clear that the intent of HES was to give students the attention that they deserve, as well as prepare them for a realistic path to pursue their profession. What have been the highlights of your career path to date? Building my own clientele directly after leaving college is my career achievement that is easily the most remarkable. Eleven years later, I have a loyal client base that I share not only a business relationship with, but my clients and I have a more in-depth and close relationship than you would typically envision. In a onehour meeting, our conversations are 10 minutes business and 50 minutes usually catching up on their family and my family.

CHES alum Stephen Iaconis and his wife Ashley celebrate son Anthony’s first birthday in August 2012. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Bridgeworth Financial, LLC, a registered investment advisor and separate entity from LPL Financial.


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All photos by Genna Jones, CHES

Dean Milla Boschung hosted friends and longtime supporters of scholarships within HES at a Donor Dinner during the spring 2012 term. Students from across the College were able to meet their scholarship founders and thank them for their support. Longtime friends of HES attended, including Woody and Caroline Fulmer, The Jack Davis Family and President Judy Bonner. | 21

Frog Dedication President Judy Bonner and CHES Dean Milla Boschung celebrated the dedication of the frog sculpture at the Child Development Research Center with artist Frank Fleming and HES friend Margaret E. Rhoads. The sculpture, named Frank, joined two other installments, Peter the Rabbit, and John the Turtle. All sculpture installations were given on behalf of John L. and Margaret E. Rhoads.


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Students in the Apparel Design major have two signature events each year, the Tee Time and Rock the Runway Fashion Shows. Department Chair Shirley Foster viewed students’ designs with Dean Boschung and Reata Strickland during the Spring 2012 Tee Time event. | 23

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