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s an out-of-state student from North Carolina, I remember standing on the vast expanse that was the Quad my freshman year and wondering ZKHUH,ZRXOGÀWLQGXULQJP\FROOHJH career. After dodging Frisbees slung by my fellow classmates, a quick glance to my left would have led me to Nott Hall, the home of the Honors College, where I and many others have found a haven to develop as individuals intellectually, socially and purposefully. The Honors College has seen tremendous growth, both in quantity and quality, over the past year. With the addition of a student governing body, the Honors College Assembly, and a variety of student-led initiatives, Honors College students are more involved and diverse than ever. From football tailgates to documentary screenings and new course selections, there is never a shortage of opportunities to engage in. Mosaic in its third year aims to cover the emerging powerhouse that is the Honors College and focus on what makes the hallowed halls of Nott so great: the impressive faculty and students that have formed more than a just a college. We have formed a community. The involvements of Honors College students are as varied as the people themselves. From balancing a hectic athletic schedule with honors classes, like many teammates on the wheelchair basketball team (page 18), to pursuing internships in New York City (page 30), the possibilities for students seem endless.

The faculty and staff make these possibilities so. With outstanding new faculty, such as Renaisssance English professor Brad Tuggle (page 27), in addition to the directors and deans of the Honors College, the support system that is in place for the student body of the Honors College is second to none. At what other University are there opportunities to practice yoga with your professors? In what other college does the dean attend student tailgates (and even seems to enjoy the music blaring from the speakers)? It is reassuring as an Honors student to know that the full support and attention of faculty and staff are always available. 7KHVHOÁHVVQDWXUHLQZKLFKVWXGHQWV pursue their interests is evident in their efforts. Bethany McAleer raised the spirits of an entire community with her HIIRUWVWRRUFKHVWUDWHDÁ\LQDW9DLGHQ Field (page 48), while students made foreign exchange students feel right at home in Tuscaloosa through the ‘First Friends’ program (page 36). The heart and initiative that Honors College students undertake while pursuing their interests is a remarkable thing to watch. It is with this heart and initiative that the pages you are about to read have come together. The writers, photographers and designers spent countless hours honing their work to best represent their fellow students and Honors College. $V\RXÁLSWKURXJKWKHSDJHVRI Mosaic, I hope you notice the unique LQÁXHQFHRIWKHXQGHUO\LQJVXSSRUWLYH

community that the Honors College continues to create. The future of the Honors College will be determined by the initiatives and actions of the faculty, staff and students. If this issue of Mosaic is any indication, the Honors College’s potential is boundless.

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contents Editor’s Letter

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HONORS COMMUNITY

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A Brighter Future First Generation Students Find UA

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Four Years of Fellows The University Fellows Experience

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Making a Splash Weeks Excels from Pool to Classroom

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Honors College: Making History Growth of the Honors College

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Moments from Guatemala A Photo Essay by Adam Booher

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SCHOLARSHIP

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Champions On and Off the Court Wheelchair Basketball Scores

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No Question of Success The Quiz Bowl Team Buzzes In

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From Preheat to 375 Degrees A Photo Essay by Jenn Johnson

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All Rhodes Lead to Alabama Tuggle joins the Honors College

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World of Color A Photo Essay by Lauren Aylworth

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Big Al in the Big Apple Students Intern in New York City The Little Things A Photo Essay by Quint Langstaff

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Storm Bonds Community A Photo Essay by Adam Booher

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CULTURAL INTERACTION

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Je Speak Franglais First Friends Program is a Success

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University Fellow Helps Vaiden Field Reach New Heights Runway opens in the Black Belt

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It’s a Jungle Out There Alabama Action Abroad in Costa Rica

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It Takes “More Than U Think� Ad Team’s Campaign

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From Binary to Boomerangs Engineering Across the Globe

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Making “Every Move Count� Students Teach Chess in Schools

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from the experience, and he still works with Nelson-Gardell as a data entrance specialist for the Parent Assistant Line, which offers parenting support and advice. Hudson has also served as treasurer of Freshman Forum, vice president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, assistant director of Up ’Til Dawn, and justice for the Academic Honor Council. Nearly 20 percent of the UA undergraduate population consists of Ă€UVWJHQHUDWLRQFROOHJHVWXGHQWV1RWDOO of these students enter as Honors College PHPEHUVEXWPDQ\EHFRPHTXDOLĂ€HG DIWHUWKHLUĂ€UVWVHPHVWHU Motell Foster, a freshman majoring LQWHOHFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGĂ€OPGLGQRW immediately enter the Honors College, but says he plans to apply soon because he is now eligible. Foster lived in foster homes for seven years and the Talladega Presbyterian Home for Children for three years. He came to the University after receiving a scholarship and feeling at home on campus during a visit. So far, he says he has enjoyed his college experience. “I see The University of Alabama and the Presbyterian Home for Children as the only homes in my life,â€? he says. “They say home is where the heart is, and my heart cherishes both.â€? Foster says he hopes to be a professional actor after graduating from the University. Like Hudson, Foster insists that determination can allow anyone to overcome a turbulent history. “Your past, no matter how dark or dreary, does not prevent you from having a brighter future,â€? he says. Q

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Sean Hudson, a sophomore majoring in social work, is one such success story. Raised in foster care from age 13, Hudson Ra says he began considering college at 17. say “[My background] has taught me to be more independent and fend for myself,â€? he says. “I guess I think of some my things differently than other students.â€? thi Hudson says he hopes to earn a master’s degree in social work before ma attending law school to ultimately att become a family court judge. He urges be RWKHUĂ€UVWJHQHUDWLRQVWXGHQWVWRIROORZ RWK their passions as well. the “Don’t let the general mentality of œÀUVWJHQHUDWLRQ¡SOD\ZLWK\RXUPLQGÂľ œÀU he advises. “Don’t fall behind because people are expecting you to fall behind, pe because people are saying it’s ok, because be \RX¡UHDĂ€UVWJHQHUDWLRQVWXGHQW,ZLVK \R >RWKHUĂ€UVWJHQHUDWLRQVWXGHQWV@ZRXOG >RW reach beyond their limits, because that’s rea what I did.â€? wh Hudson says the Honors College has helped him develop into a successful he student. During his freshman year, stu he participated in the Emerging Scholars Program, an Honors College Sch organization allowing freshman students org to work with a faculty member on a research or creative project. res “The program helped me put my foot in the door,â€? Hudson explains. “If it foo had not been for the Emerging Scholars ha Program, I don’t think I would be as Pro successful as I have been.â€? su Hudson worked with Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell in the School of Ne Social Work on a project researching So approximately 170 child abuse and ap neglect programs in Alabama. He says he ne learned research and data collection skills lea


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Although the structure of the University Fellows Experience LVÁH[LEOHDQGGHSHQGHQWRQ the individual, there are certain characteristics that distinguish one year from another. During their freshman year, the Fellows program is geared toward personal development of the student. ´,W·VDUHÁHFWLRQRIZKHUHWKH\·YH been and what they are looking forward to in the next chapter of their life,” says Wellon Bridgers, coordinator of the UFE. During the summer of their freshman year, the Fellows embark on a journey to the Black Belt, where they immerse themselves in the culture of Marion, Ala. and learn about servant leadership. After an exploration project and the Black Belt Experience in their freshman year, the sophomore year’s project of responding to a need they see in the community is ‘intentionally ambiguous’, according to Bridgers. The junior year of Fellows, though still being shaped, according to Bridgers, has a focus on professional development and internships while looking at how students are able to carry on some of the principles of leadership and community that they have learned. Senior year is geared toward preparing for life after college and serving the younger classes of Fellows. “[It’s] more about them giving EDFNDQGUHÁHFWLQJRQWKHLURZQ experiences to help the younger classes,” Bridgers says. However, though somewhat structured, none of these experiences are set in stone. “We really want each Fellow to have a unique experience that is catered to his or her unique selves,” says Jacqueline Morgan, director of the UFE.

“We want to establish consistency ZKLOHVWLOODOORZLQJIRUWKDWÁH[LELOLW\DQG individualized student experience,” Morgan says. That uniqueness draws many high school seniors to the Capstone, such as Hallie Paul, a junior Fellow. “I realized that this was a place where I could play a huge role in shaping my own unique college experience and where I would be challenged to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of,” Paul says. Ask many Fellows about their experiences within the program, and the buzzword ‘servant leadership’ is apt to enter the conversation. As a theme central to the Experience, servant leadership is not merely a concept experienced by the Fellows, but becomes a lifestyle. “Servant leadership is that the philosophy of your leadership style is to facilitate the success of your followers,” Cockrum says. The idea of servant leadership is something that Fellows are able to understand more deeply during the Black Belt Experience wherein Freshmen Fellows live in the community of Marion, Ala. and partner with local community members to address issues of systemic poverty. “[The Black Belt Experience] is magical: there is something about having all of the students together in a very unique place that is different than [what] most of them have ever seen before -- in a place where the people in that community are very loving,” says Wellon Bridgers, coordinator of the University Fellows Experience. “They love our students well, and yet they are very open to recognizing that there is a lot of need in their community, and they want to KDYHWKHVWXGHQWV·LQÁXHQFHLQLPSDFWLQJ those areas of need.” Many Fellows cited the experience as one of the most poignant parts of their college careers. It is the place where they not only were able to give themselves to others, but they also received valuable knowledge. “It’s all about not coming in on your white horse and thinking you have the solution to someone else’s problem, but [it’s] OLVWHQLQJWRWKHSHUVRQDQGEHLQJFRQÀGHQW that you have a perspective to bring or gifts to lend in response,” she says. “Ultimately,

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we all learn more from these community members than we offer in return.” DJ Jackson, a freshman says his experience in Fellows has been a positive, individualistic one thus far. “The program in itself is an experience in that each individual has his or her own experience within the program,” he says. “At the end of the day we can come together. I want to be able to develop into the best of whatever I want to be and help others at the same time.” The Fellows maintain a closeknit community through interclass H[SHULHQFHV&RPPXQLW\9LVLWVVXFKDVWR the Good Samaritan Clinic in Northport enable Fellows to see role models who have responded to community needs through creative solutions; Dinner Discussions with professors and community leaders expand Fellows’

knowledge while challenging them to see inspiring models of engaged citizens; collaborative projects enacts the philosophy of servant leadership while learning practically to be change agents for their communities. Through different personalities, interests, and goals, Fellows all strive to be those change agents who SRVLWLYHO\DIIHFWWKHLUVSKHUHVRILQÁXHQFH “I never could have predicted what a wonderful group my Fellows class would turn out to be. I soon realized what a creative, eclectic and encouraging group of people I had been given the opportunity to be a part of for the next four years,” says Kate Werner, a sophomore Fellow. “Every single one of the Fellows had their own unique personality and passion, and [they] HQFRXUDJHGPHWRÀQGP\RZQDVZHOOµ The future of the growing Fellows

Experience is as dynamic as the individual Fellows themselves. Paul sees the possibility of the University Fellows as the focus continues to expand outward. “I hope we’re able to become even more diverse and that our members continue to look outward at the role we play on campus, in the community, and in the world rather than inward,” she says. Though the program is a far cry from the nameless organization that Cockrum applied to as a high-school senior, his feelings regarding the program still remain constant. “Other schools said ‘You can help us be great,’ while Fellows and the Honors College said, ‘We want to help you be great,’ he says. “I think the Fellows Experience has emphasized that.” Q

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he doctors told my parents I would never be an athlete,â€? Kyle Weeks says with a smile. “I was just a kid, and my muscles weren’t developing properly— they had me tested for cerebral palsy.â€? ,W¡VKDUGWRLPDJLQHWKHFRQĂ€GHQWVHOIDVVXUHG University of Alabama swimmer comparing himself to his young classmates playing in the local soccer leagues. But Weeks soon found his strength. “My mom was a collegiate water polo player, and said, ‘well, let’s put him in the water’—since it’s not pressure bearing, I probably wouldn’t get hurt. It really surprised everyone when I was able to start doing well. I put my whole self into it. That really developed my character in a big way, because all of a sudden I was committed to Left: Kyle Weeks prepares to dive in at the Aquatic Center.

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Finance major and aspiring entrepreneur Weeks soaks up leadership lessons from the UA swim team for a future in business


VRPHWKLQJIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHLQP\OLIHÂľ he says. Years later, the junior UA Computer%DVHG+RQRUV3URJUDPVWXGHQWĂ€QDQFH major, long-distance freestyler and 200\DUGEXWWHUĂ \VWURNHVZLPPHUVWLOOKDV that childhood drive to push himself. Engaged in athletics, academics and an internship at Apple, Weeks is right to claim he’s “not a traditional student.â€? Hailing from San Diego, Calif., Weeks was recruited for the swim team and found it and UA much to his liking. “Swimming was really important to me, and a great business education [was] too,â€? he says, explaining his move to Alabama. “Once I took a recruiting trip here and spent a weekend with the team, I fell in love with the campus and the people, and [I] was able to take advantage of the Presidential Scholarship.â€? 8$SURYHGWREHDJRRGĂ€WIRU:HHNV ´,¡PGHĂ€QLWHO\QRWWKHIDVWHVW>RQWKH swim team], but I’m able to contribute in a big way. Those guys are closer than

making plans for the “juicy tech startup� company he hopes to kick-off in the WHFK0HFFDRI6LOLFRQ9DOOH\&DOLI7KH website designer for the Culverhouse Investment Management Group—a student-run group with the responsibility for $300,000—and summer Apple intern is already thinking big about his future in entrepreneurship and venture capitalism. Again, some of his inspiration comes from his parents. Weeks was considering studying engineering when his father decided to leave his job at Hewlett Packard to grow his own small business. That passion was infectious. “I saw how exciting that was—it was making him feel younger,� he recalls. “And it made me excited too about the rush of starting a business.� Weeks realizes too that an entrepreneur needs to be a “jack-of-alltrades,� with the leadership skills to inject that passion into his employees. But unlike most of his classmates, he gets his business training in the pool. “In the pool, everything you do is so

Weeks sees the reciprocal accountability of a sports team as transferable to a boardroom. Weeks enjoys serving as president of SAAC, or the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a coalition of UA athletes from all different sports who work together in community service projects within Tuscaloosa. “Kyle is very easy to talk to and willing to help anyone, whenever,� says Calli Johnson, women’s volleyball member and SAAC vice president. “He is very proactive and has a great ability to accomplish any task at hand.� Weeks intends to take that cooperative attitude to his internship with Apple in Cupertino, Calif. during the summer of 2011. “What’s interesting about Apple is that it’s team structured, and they have a very casual corporate culture,� Weeks says. “It’s extremely innovative, creative, fun and young: perfect for a college student.� Weeks’ career is already moving

any fraternity because of what we go through each day, pushing each other— in the pool or out. I know I’m going to be connected to them for the rest of my life,� he explains with a laugh. “I’m with them almost all the time.� Or at least, all the time he isn’t

transparent—your teammates can see how you work out, what kind of person you are, and if you can really back up what you say,� he explains. “If you tell your friend, ‘it’s time to buckle down and work harder,’ they won’t listen to you if you aren’t doing the same.�

beyond the classroom, and he credits the unique education he received at UA. “They’re about real life applications,� he says of his favorite classes. “It’s about thinking big—not working for the man for 30 years, but doing your own thing.� Q

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The Honors College has made a lot of changes since its beginnings in 2003. by Sarah Massey

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or a college that started less than a decade ago, the Honors College has experienced tremendous growth in its short seven-year history. Although the College only formally began in 2003, the foundation for the Honors College formed decades ago in the minds of those who continue shaping the institution, seeing that it continues to grow and provide for current and future honors students. One such visionary is Dr. Cathy Randall, former director of the Computer-Based Honors Program and University Honors Program, who came to work at Alabama in 1978 to oversee the Computer-Based Honors Program, a program that had begun only 10 years prior and was recognized as “one of the six most intriguing honors programs” in the country by the National Institute of Education. While the Computer-Based Honors Program is the oldest of the four programs that comprise the Honors College, the decades leading up to the formal charter of the Honors College saw a growth in many honors programs throughout the University. The desire for

higher academic achievement ultimately led to the establishment of the University Honors Program, a University-wide honors program. Created in 1987 by President Joab Thomas, the University Honors Program was an expansion to the whole university of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program. With the success of this program, the International Honors Program, a program for students with a desire for an international focus in their education, was established in 1997. These three honors programs’ enrollment numbers are quite different from today’s numbers. Randall capped enrollment to the ComputerBased Honors Program to 20, and the International Honors Program admitted 14 students annually. In 2002, the year prior to the founding of the Honors College, the University Honors Program had 323 students, easily the largest group of the honors programs. After one year of recruiting, the next class size would increase to 470 students. With these three programs available for University students who applied and were eligible and the large number of

students participating in the University Honors Program, many sensed a need for a larger body to oversee the Universitywide programs. President Robert Witt recognized this need upon his arrival to the University, and the announcement of the creation of the Honors College was made in September 2003. “When I came to The University of Alabama in the spring of 2003, the University had an Honors program with the potential to become a strong Honors College. I encouraged the creation of Honors College to provide a more comprehensive honors experience for the University’s top students and to put the University in a strong position to compete for the best and brightest students,” he says. “The founding dean, Dr. Bob Halli, and Provost Judy Bonner worked tirelessly to make Honors College a reality.” Nearly six months later, the Honors College was formally chartered, becoming the overseeing institution for the University Honors Program, the International Honors Program and the Computer-Based Honors Program.

On opposite page: Nott Hall, the home of the Honors College. The Quad-facing building houses classrooms and is a central location for all Honors College operations.

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were still scattered throughout campus, with Temple Tutwiler and Maxwell Hall being two of the locations. Sharpe, who joined the Honors College in 2005 as the director of the Computer-Based Honors Program following Randall’s retirement, believes that the relocation of the College under one roof to Nott Hall was a move that was crucial to the success and community of the Honors College. ´,WXQLĂ€HGWKHSURJUDPVÂľKHVD\V ´,WEURXJKWDGHĂ€QHGSK\VLFDOSUHVHQFH to the College with a prominent Quadfacing building.â€? 7KHEXLOGLQJRQO\VLJQLĂ€HVRQHRI the many changes in the history of the Honors College. Although Sharpe UHFRJQL]HVWKDWLWLVGLIĂ€FXOWWRFRPSDUH current honors students to past honors program students due to the differences in messages and expectations, he says there is “more of an emphasis on rounding across multiple dimensions.â€? Randall says current Honors College students have “the opportunity and encouragement to do things on their own,â€? noting the University Fellows Black Belt Experience in Perry County, the success of Alabama Action and expedited admissions to law school at the

Below: Early Honors College students in front of Maxwell Hall, where the Computer-Based Honors Program was originally held.

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University for honors students. “I think its future is limitless,â€? Randall says, citing the College’s “explosive growth.â€? Witt also has many high expectations for the future of the Honors College and sees successes in its continued role to both recruit students to the University and serve its current students. “Honors College continues to be one of the major factors in attracting the best and brightest students,â€? he says. “These students arrive on campus with very high expectations. They expect outstanding academic programs, superior teaching, strong staff support DQGĂ€UVWFODVVIDFLOLWLHV+RQRUV&ROOHJH the Blount Initiative and the honors programs in the various majors across the University’s colleges and schools meet those expectations. I expect Honors College will continue to grow, its programs will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students, and it will thrive.â€? Halli says he believes that the autonomy given to both the staff and students in accomplishing tasks and goals will continue to yield successful results. “I expect the Honors College will advance in wisdom and age and grace, but also that it will come up with wonderful programs and courses of which we have not yet dreamed,â€? Halli says. Randall says the Honors College is “really a familyâ€? to her and she takes delight in students that come back to visit. Sharpe shares a similar sentiment and is also eager to see the future accomplishments of current students. “The thing I’m really looking forward to is watching the success of our students continue to grow and blossom,â€? he says, “and in that sense, I think it’s a bit like being a parent. You take great delight and hope you have some small part in who they are and what they’re doing, and eventually they go out on their own, and you revel ‌ [and] watch with amazement at their accomplishments.â€? Q

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The University Fellows Experience was eventually added under the body of the Honors College in 2007. In November 2003, Bonner appointed Halli as the dean of the Honors College, where he was able to contribute to Witt’s goal of recruiting the top students to the University. Halli says that the College gave the University “a focus we hadn’t had before.� The changes that were made to the program contributed to tremendous success, according to Halli. “We achieved success in recruiting in terms of numbers and quality of students; in adding truly fascinating seminars and programs; in the winning of major scholarships and awards; and, certainly and importantly, in terms of the satisfaction of our students with their Honors College experience,� Halli says. Since the formation of the College, both Dr. Shane Sharpe, current dean of the Honors College, Halli and Randall say that it has continued Witt’s vision of recruiting the best and brightest students. Additionally, they point out that the College makes a statement about the University’s commitment to its top students. Initially, the location of the programs


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Emily Seelenfreed, a wheelchair basketball player since her preteen years, excels on and off the court.

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Metz says. “So it was important to be able to get notes from a friend to keep up.â€? Emily Seelenfrend, a junior majoring in political science and history, says, “That it’s an actual sport is something a lot of people don’t know, it’s not just an inspirational sport.â€? Seelenfrend was born with brittle bone’s disease, and she has been playing wheelchair basketball since she was in middle school. She was on the team WKHĂ€UVW\HDULWZHQWWRWKHQDWLRQDO championship and says that year set the bar for future successes. “We are a really close-knit team and do so much to encourage each other,â€? Seelenfrend says. Brent Hardin, director of wheelchair athletics at the University, says the students on the basketball team all UHDOL]HWKDWWKH\DUHVWXGHQWVĂ€UVWDQG athletes second. This is shown by the overall 3.7 Grade Point Average for the team for the past school year. The team is comprised of students from all over the country and the world, including women from Indiana, Kentucky, Canada and Lithuania.

Freshman Elissa Robinson has been playing wheelchair basketball for seven years.

Lindsey Metz, a sophomore member of the team, is now a National Champion.

Photographer: Jenn Johnson; Designer: Kellie Hensley

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The team is comprised of 11 women, three of whom are Honors College students. They can be found practicing every morning in the south gym of the Student Recreation Center. With the sounds of the ball bouncing DQGWKHZKHHOVVOLGLQJDFURVVWKHĂ RRU the practices are intense. The ladies yell each other’s names, maneuver their chairs while dribbling and make passes across the court. Metz incurred a spinal cord injury when she was in an accident at the age of 11. $WĂ€UVW0HW]GLGQ¡WWKLQNZKHHOFKDLU basketball was for her, but after seeing a women’s junior division game, she told her dad she was mistaken and wanted to play. Even though the only team was two hours away, her father drove her there every year for the next four years, and now she is a member of a championship team at the University. Metz says she has learned a great deal about how to manage her time while being a member of the team and balancing her course load. “With tournaments we would have to leave on a Thursday and miss class,â€?


“We are a really close knit team and do so much

to encourage each other,â€? Seelenfrend says. Seelenfrend says the combination of basketball and Honors College commitments have also taught her about time management. Elissa Robinson, a freshman majoring in biology, joined the team this year. 6KHVD\VLWZDVUHDOO\WRXJKLQKHUĂ€UVW VHPHVWHUWRPDQDJHWLPHDQGĂ€JKW certain temptations. Robinson was born with Caudill Regression Syndrome and began to play wheelchair basketball when she was 10. “I found out then that I really loved to play, and this is my seventh year,â€? she says. There is also a lot of practice and dedication physically that go into making sure the ladies are prepared to go out on the court. “We do a lot of preparing for games

such as lifting three times a week, conditioning, chair drills to increase HQGXUDQFHDQGĂ€WQHVVÂľVKHVD\V´:H also do some scrimmage games and run plays.â€? Hardin says the team undergoes an intense recruiting process that begins at the end of a player’s junior year of highschool. The University typically recruits against the other top two wheelchair basketball teams: the University of Illinois and the University of Arizona. “Being on this team takes a lot of dedication, and the student has to really want it,â€? he says. 7KHSUDFWLFHVFKHGXOHLVUHĂ HFWLYHRI the hard work and dedication that the team puts in. “They have to practice every day

from 5:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m.: one to two hours to shoot around, and they lift three times a week,� Hardin says. Hardin is now in his eighth year at the University, where he brought the wheelchair basketball program to the University when he saw the need for competitive athletics for wheelchair students. “I just wanted them to have the same athletic experience as standing athletes,� he says. Hardin says he does not talk about winning with his team, but that he just wants them to maintain a positive energy and put forth their maximum effort. “I want the students to encourage each other on and off the court,� he says. “If they do that they can be successful and meet their goals.� Q

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by Kelli Abernathy ive words into the question, a buzzer sounds as a team member calls out the answer. He knew if he answered wrong, his WHDPZRXOGEHGHGXFWHGĂ€YHSRLQWV and fall even further behind, but WKDWERQXVĂ€YHSRLQWVIRUFKLPLQJLQ early would set them ahead. It was a risk he was willing to take. Such things go through the minds of the members of the Alabama Academic Quizbowl Team as they compete in tournaments all over the nation. The team was founded in 2006 and has since become known

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across the Southeast region and the nation from its success in tournaments. A.J. Collins, a sophomore majoring in economics and political science, is the current president of the team. “A lot of people don’t know about Quizbowl, so I usually describe it as team Jeopardy, and they look at me funny. But there are four members who play at a time on a team, a question is read out loud, and the team that answers the question correctly gets a bonus,â€? Collins says. The team practices three times a week in Bidgood Hall to prepare for tournaments it attends on the weekends. “You get better by hearing and studying the clues. We have a few members on the team who are dedicated to reading and studying all the time,â€? Collins says. The studying has paid off – the team has seen success at many levels of tournaments. “Every year I’ve been here, we’ve been to nationals,â€? says Matthew Kelley, a junior majoring in chemistry and math. “Usually only the top team or top two teams from VHFWLRQDOVTXDOLĂ€HVDQGRXU$WHDP always goes to nationals,â€? he says. The national tournament is divided into two divisions so teams may split their more and less experienced players. With teams from all over the country, especially from well-known schools like Harvard, Chicago and Michigan, the tournament becomes highly competitive. “It gets pretty ridiculous,â€? Kelley says. “I really think we have a shot to do well nationally this year; I’m

Left: A buzzer the team uses to answer questions.

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Above, upper: The Quiz Bowl team is comprised of a majority of Honors College students; however, anyone is welcome to join.

Above, lower: The team holds practices weekly to sharpen the skills of its members

question packets for teams hosting their own tournaments. At sectionals, colleges from all over the southeast will send their teams to qualify for the national tournament. Collins urges both people who have played in high school or those

who have never tried quizbowl before to come to a meeting. “It’s really fun if you know trivia about anything. If you ever watch Jeopardy or play Trivial Pursuit, you should give it a shot,� Kelley says. Q

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really looking forward to it. I’d love to put Alabama Quizbowl on the map,â€? Collins says. “I’d love for us to jump into the national spotlight.â€? According to the members, the Honors College at the University has been a great resource in the growth of the quizbowl team over the past years. ´0V%DWVRQZKRLVWKHĂ€VFDO manager of the Computer-Based Honors Program, doubles in her capacity. She works with us to make sure our budget is kept on track and RXUĂ€QDQFHVDUHVHW$QG'U6KDUSH is really supportive of the program,â€? Collins says. “If we need something, we can go ask him.â€? “The majority of people on the team are in the Honors College. We’ve recruited from there before,â€? says Andrew Magee, a senior majoring in chemical engineering and a former president of the team. “The Honors College helped me get into Quizbowl.â€? However, the team is not exclusive to Honors College members, and the team was quick to invite anyone with an interest to come try it out. In addition to attending tournaments around the nation, the team also hosts both collegiate and high school competitions at the University during the year. “We host at least one high school tournament a year. The most recent one we had about 15 teams representing 10 high schools from the area,â€? Magee says. “We will also host NAQT sectionals in the spring, which guarantees us a spot in nationals for the year,â€? Magee says. NAQT is the National Academic Quizbowl Tournament organization, which organizes the national championships as well as provides resources like


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different course set out for him or her: a distinguished ‘recipe’ to his or her outcome as an adult. As this semester began, I found myself enveloped in challenging myself with new recipes. I was totally entranced by the way the ingredients came together to form such a delicate piece of art. This photo essay in all actuality

resembles my own realization that while the socially anticipated path to adulthood exists, sometimes there is a change in the plan; a manipulation to the recipe- and while it might not be anything expected, or anything you feel prepared to handle at the time\RXUÀQDOSURGXFWZLOOVWLOOFRPHRXW okay, if not better.

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verage Shakespeare classes usually do not delve into modern political discourse and KLVWRULFDOĂ€OPV+RZHYHU%UDG7XJJOH has a way of taking a class on a widely taught author such as the Bard and turning it into something much more. Tuggle, a Rhodes Scholar and UA graduate, is one of the Honors College’s newest faculty members. “The Honors College brought Brad on for a number of reasons. He has exceptional degrees, he knows the University of Alabama, and lastly he is Rhodes Scholar,â€? says Dr. Shane Sharpe, dean of the Honors College. “Bringing a Rhodes Scholar on, someone who has been to Oxford and has gone through the process, provides us additional insight to students who aspire to be a U.K. –based scholar.â€? Tuggle’s appointment with the Honors College is unique because he is one of two faculty members that are on the tenure-track with the Honors College, rather than a faculty member that simply shares an appointment with another department, such as English. $IWHUIXOĂ€OOLQJKLV5KRGHV Scholarship, which provides a student with the ability to study at Oxford University in England, Tuggle says he always wanted to come back to the University. “Both academically and socially it was a wonderful experience, and I got a good education,â€? he says. During his senior year at Alabama,

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Tuggle applied for the Rhodes Scholarship with the help of John Burke and Dwight Eddins, the current advisers for aspiring Rhodes Scholars. Tuggle is the most current undergraduate from the University to win the prestigious award, which allows for three years of study at Oxford University in England. Eddins, who won the Rhodes himself in 1960, remembers Tuggle impressing the Rhodes selection committee in 2001. “He was extremely bright and articulate and very good in English,â€? he says. 7XJJOHZKRLVFXUUHQWO\Ă€QLVKLQJKLV GRFWRUDWHDWWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI9LUJLQLD went on to study Renaissance literature at Oxford upon his graduation, where he obtained a master’s of philosophy in Renaissance English literature. “It was one of the best places in the world to be, not only in terms of expert faculty that I got to work one-on-one with but also the library and primary materials and manuscripts. That was my compelling academic reason to be there,â€? he says. Upon returning to teach in the Honors College, Tuggle was presented with the opportunity to mentor applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship. “Because of the Rhodes Scholarship, the Honors College wanted me to come back to partially serve as a mentor to those in the Honors College. I feel really lucky to have landed the position that I did,â€? he says. Tuggle assists Gary Sloan, the

director of Honors College prestige scholarships, as a mentor for the Rhodes as well as the Marshall and GatesCambridge scholarships. Eddins and Burke also select students to endorse for the Rhodes Scholarship. “These scholarships give students an incentive to strive. Once you get them, it opens a lot of doors to you. It widens your expanse of opportunities,â€? Eddins says. However, the scholarship should directly further the goals of the applicant, Tuggle says. ´7KHVHVFKRODUVKLSVPXVWĂ€WLQWRWKH true future goals of the student. Though the University and the Honors College looks to them as trophies, and they should be something to be very proud about, we should be very careful that if someone does win a Rhodes Scholarship that they have a compelling reason to be at Oxford University for three years,â€? he says. This year, the University endorsed four candidates, two of which were invited to interview at the district level. Ynhi Thai, an Honors College student made it to the district level, along with Greg McElroy, the University’s starting quarterback. “Just as winning a football championship helps the University, winning a Rhodes Scholarship does the same thing,â€? says Tuggle of the emphasis placed on mentoring Rhodes candidates. The Honors

Photographer: Parker Murff; Designer: Lauren Aylworth

Brad Tuggle, a former Rhodes Scholar, is one of the Honors College’s newest faculty members.


College, with the addition of Tuggle and the presence of Sloan, has started to put more emphasis on the prestige scholarships. “One component is getting the recognition for the achievements that the students have done and rightly deserve, and also the scholarships really open up doors from the student’s

perspective,” says Sharpe. In addition to having a compelling need to travel to Oxford, Tuggle and Eddins both recommend students perform academically and become involved in things that interest them if they plan to apply for the scholarship. “I would encourage students to be well versed in current events. They want to hear how well you know the facts and how well you stand on

them. They don’t want you to solve the world’s problems, but they want to hear what you would say if you had to,” Eddins remarks. Ultimately, the hard work put into the application process will be worth it, Tuggle says. “The graduate community there is so international, so the good friends that I made from my time there were from all over the globe. That itself was very compelling in a social way. There is a level of discourse that you get there that is hard to replicate anywhere else. [My time in Oxford] was a very positive experience for me,” he says. Q

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s she stepped off the plane into a world of the unknown, Ashley Atwell says she was ready to begin her summer internship experience in a place where being a “go-getterâ€? and working hard is necessary to prove yourself. ,PDJHVRI.REH%U\DQWĂ DVKHGDFURVVWKHVFUHHQ$WZHOO a senior majoring in broadcasting, sat back and watched the work she created. Atwell helped communicate a message of ´2QH:RUOG2QH+RRSÂľWKURXJKDSURPRWLRQDOĂ€OPIRUWKH National Basketball Association while gaining invaluable experience during her New York City internship. Atwell’s video shows images and commentary from NBA players regarding international aspects of basketball and the sentiment that “when you are on the court there are no cultural differences separating you, because in basketball you all speak the same language,â€? she says.

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Ashley Atwell’s internship with the National Basketball Association brought her to NYC. Hannah Black had the opportunity to intern with Elle magazine during Fashion Week.

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Atwell is one of many Honors College students who have immersed themselves into different cultures, different states and different internships that stretch past Alabama’s borders and, in some cases, all the way to the “Big Apple.” After searching for many athleticsfocused internships, Atwell found success in New York with the NBA. “I began to look for the internship on P\RZQDQGÀUVWWULHGWKH6DQ$QWRQLR Spurs,” she says. “Then I heard about an internship with the NBA and applied.” She says over the course of three or IRXUPRQWKVVKHSDUWLFLSDWHGLQÀYH interviews. Atwell says students should be openminded when thinking about internship opportunities and be open when thinking about which businesses to apply to. “In New York there is so much more opportunity,” Atwell says. “Everything is crazy, and going there brought out the toughness in me.” She says she learned so many things such as creating a promotional video, helping her boss with events and editing. Basketball was not the only opportunity that Honors College students found in New York. Mo Fiorella, a senior whose depth study is community renewal in New College, interned at the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, where she worked to create and bind something we all come in contact with everyday—books. “I wanted to learn to make books because they are so special to us,” she says. “Books last for such a long time. They are on your bookshelf forever.” She says she learned to print, design and put together a portfolio for the

Broadside series. Fiorella says her love for book-making was brought more to life by a book arts course she took in the Honors College. New York not only brought a learning experience for Fiorella, but it showcased for her some regional differences in the South and North. “I wanted to bring a little of the South with me to New York,” she says. “In the South we talk to people, but in New York they just hold their head down and keep walking.” Fiorella continued to spread knowledge with her efforts of making books, while Hannah Black, a senior majoring in marketing, used words to communicate in an article she wrote in the nationally circulated Elle Magazine. Black says the internship fell into place for her when she was recommended after interning the previous summer for designer Billy Reid based in Florence, Ala. “I learned that there is an opportunity for networking in every place you go, and in any scenario,” she says. Black was able to network with a professional when she was in New York getting a smoothie, she says, because she knew the importance of being able to get out of her element and introduce herself. “Some of my responsibilities included writing articles about things such as Fashion Week or fashion shows that were coming up,” she says. Black also worked with the largest issue Elle has ever produced, which commemorated the 25th year of circulation for the magazine. “The experience in New York has changed my life, and instilled more in me the ability to work hard,” Black says. Q

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The little things. They’re there, just like all the other things, but somehow they’re given the title “little.” Not necessarily because they’re small, but because they just don’t really matter that much. Or at least, we perceive them that way. I love the little things. They should be noticed. And, if you take the time to assign them their due appreciation, it makes your day better. They say lucky people are the ones who are open to the possibilities, and I say happy people are the ones who appreciate the little things. On our campus, there are tons of little things that go by without notice or appreciation. Here, I’ve chosen four of my favorites. Not shown, but still appreciated, are the small cemetery next to the Biology building, the Alston Hall rotunda, the trees, Marrs Spring, the AMAZING names of elevator inspectors, the campus itself, nice Crimson Ride drivers, and all the sculptures and pieces of artwork from all over campus, including street art (transformer A23 and the Nott Hall steps’ penguins being two of my favorites), and many more that I haven’t the room to mention. Thank you for the little things.

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eep in the rural rain forests of Costa Rica, nine UA students were losing a muddy soccer game. Their opponents were not a robust group of inhabitants of the indigenous village, but a rather skilled team of 7 year olds. Rachel Hunkler and A.J. Collins, student co-directors of Alabama Action 38 | Mosaic 2011

Abroad, remember this scene well. As Alabama Action Abroad participants during its inaugural year last summer, they traveled for 10 days to Amubri, a small area in the region of Talamanca, Costa Rica to participate in various community service projects at a local elementary school. “We taught children English and

painted basketball courts, and we did, basically, whatever needed to be done in the school,� Collins says. The students started preparing for the trip during the spring of 2010 by taking a service-learning University Honors course to learn about the culture and people of Costa Rica. The initiative was the brainchild of Trey Johnson, a now


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graduate of the University and Honors College who began to lay the foundation of the program in 2009. The program partnered with the Costa Rica adventure guides of Costa Rica Outward Bound Adventure Co., who, along with University faculty member Larissa Clachar and Community Service Center staff member Wahnee Sherman, led the group. Although the group had a few encounters with bugs and bats, they found the Costa Rican jungle to be tamer than they expected. ´:HZHUHVXUSULVHGWRÀQGWKDWHYHQ the rural part of Costa Rica is relatively civilized. They had wireless Internet, clean water and even text each other,” Collins says. However, as in many adventures to foreign countries, not everything went as planned. “The road leading to the village FRPSOHWHO\ÁRRGHGRQWKHÀUVWGD\ZH traveled there. We forded the river in

“We learned indigenous dances and were completely immersed in a new culture. Costa Ricans are such sincere people. They really slow down and appreciate the simpler things in life,” Hunkler says. This year, the program will take 13 students to the same location. “We will know what to expect now, where as last year we had no idea,” Collins says. The students taking the Alabama Action class this spring are visited by various faculty members and guest lecturers who talk on topics such as Costa Rican history, culture and literature as well as learning how to teach English as a second language. Last year, Costa 5LFDQÀOPPDNHU(VWHEDQ5DPLUH] VFUHHQHGKLVÀOPIRUWKHVPDOOJURXSRI honors students. Collins’s wish is that the mostly freshman and sophomore group will KHOSWKHSURJUDPÁRXULVKLQWKHIXWXUH “We want to expand the program to

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Alabama Action Abroad Travels to Costa Rica for its Inaugural Year a pickup truck and had to climb into a canoe with a motor on it to get across the river,” recalls Hunkler of their arrival into Amubri. After arriving, the students stayed at a specially constructed series of huts that were built with the hope of fostering tourism in Costa Rica’s more rural areas. “They want to keep the traditions and religions of the BriBri, the indigenous people there, but also want to use more English, the commercial language of San Juan, the capital,” Collins says. The group became familiar with the area by being exposed to a different local cultural group every night.

different places. My hope is that next year we go to four different locations,” Collins says of the limitless future of the program. “Dr. Sharpe has been great about letting us pursue that goal.” Ultimately, the program has been successful for all involved, according to Collins and Hunkler. “I enjoyed being out in the middle of nowhere, and having that intercultural experience to share with others really brought us closer together,” Collins says. “You get to know each other while being in class, but it’s on a completely different level when you are sliding down the side of a mountain together.” Q

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Hall, a senior majoring in electrical engineering and member of the Computer-Based Honors Program, has always held a passion for culture. He practices speaking French and German daily and serves as president of the UA French Club. Hall also interned in Germany the summer after his sophomore year. During the spring semester of his junior year, Hall took an even bigger leap into international culture by studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia. “Studying abroad really opens your

study-abroad experience,â€? he explains. “We simply don’t have time to take a break from our classes here and spend a semester abroad without having to stay an extra semester here. It takes a lot of effort both here and abroad to make this work. I was constantly going WRSURIHVVRUV¡RIĂ€FHVDQGDVNLQJWKHP to look at one class or another to see if I could count a class [in Australia] as a class here at UA.â€? Despite the organizational challenges, Hall was determined to make his study abroad dream a reality. Even though his

own study-abroad experience. She is a German citizen and has lived in the U.S. since high school. Like Hall, Kuczynski’s interests expand far beyond the engineering classroom. She is a French &OXERIĂ€FHUDQGD)UHQFKPLQRUDQG she has participated in the International Relations Club and Apwonjo, among several other campus organizations. Kuczynski says she wanted to study abroad in France to continue exploring her passion for French language and culture. “As an engineering student, it was

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GLOBE. location options were limited, Hall says he made the most out of his experience in the southern hemisphere. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and I would do it again if I could. Living somewhere else is just the most exciting thing you could ever do,â€? he says. “I now know people in Germany, Holland, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Malaysia, Sweden and more, all because of this study abroad experience. I got to not only experience the Aussie culture, but also cultures from many of the international students there. Everyone should do it, no matter how impossible it seems.â€? Hall’s friend, Anika Kuczynski, a senior majoring in civil engineering, KDGVLPLODUGLIĂ€FXOWLHVRUJDQL]LQJKHU

GLIĂ€FXOWIRUPHWRĂ€QGZKDW,ZDV looking for – an affordable program that would allow me to take engineering classes in French and transfer credits,â€? she remarks. Kuczynski was not able to study in )UDQFHEXWVKHĂ€QDOO\IRXQGDSURJUDP in Liège, Belgium that met her criteria. 6KHZDVWKHĂ€UVW8$VWXGHQWWRVWXG\ at the University of Liège’s engineering college. “I spent hours and hours reading through course descriptions online, and I met several times with Dr. Fridley, the civil engineering department head, to Ă€JXUHRXWZKDW,FRXOGWDNHDQGKRZ things would transfer,â€? she recalls. Kuczynski maintains that living in The University of Alabama | 41


but even if you take classes in English, you will still see how different cultures approach problems differently,â€? she notes. “But, that’s what engineering is about – we want to solve problems, develop ideas, build and create things. By studying abroad, you learn to use new methods and ideas and can combine them with what you already know.â€? Kuczynski encourages engineering students to study abroad, even though planning the experience requires a VLJQLĂ€FDQWDPRXQWRIZRUN

through the city, like a true LiĂŠgeoise.â€? Engineering classes abroad are especially illuminating, Kuczynski explains, because the same problems are solved differently across the globe. “Engineering classes in a foreign ODQJXDJHDUHGHĂ€QLWHO\DFKDOOHQJH

“Be prepared to face obstacles, but as long as you know what you want, you can make it happen,â€? she urges. “Things ZLOOJHWGLIĂ€FXOW\RXZLOOĂ€QG\RXUVHOILQ unexpected situations and won’t know how to handle things, but you can.â€? Q

Senior civil engineering major Kuczynski says studying abroad in Belgium was worth any obstacles she faced.

Hall, a senior electrical engineering major, chose to study abroad in Australia due to the ease of transferring classes.

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Belgium proved to be a life-changing experience. ´7KLVZDVQRWWKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKDW, found myself in a foreign culture, having to adapt and speak a different language, EXWLWZDVWKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKDW,IRXQG myself in such a situation completely on my own,â€? she says. “I became so much PRUHLQGHSHQGHQWDQGVHOIFRQĂ€GHQW One of my best little memories includes a time toward the end of my semester when somebody asked me for directions in Liège and I was able to direct them


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Aylworth World of Color Color has always been a motivating factor in artistic endeavors. Bright and brilliant colors are what draw me to the objects of my photographs and what inspire

me in my daily life. From my wardrobe to desktop EDFNJURXQGHYHU\SDUWRIP\OLIHLVĂ€OOHGZLWKFRORU and that was also the focal point of this photo series.

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Adam

Booher Storm Bonds Community

While traveling in Central America this summer, tropical storm Agatha devastated the small town of San Miguel, Guatemala. The storm caused massive mud slides that left 111,000 people homeless. The mud ripped the roofs off of KRXVHVĂ€OOLQJKRPHVFKHVWKLJKDQG ruining possessions and livelihoods. While helping with relief efforts, I witnessed a fantastic display of community and determination as the entire town worked together to help their neighbors. These images attempt to capture this spirit of VHOĂ HVVQHVVDQGFLYLOGXW\WKHVWURQJ ties of family and community in Guatemala and a resilience in the face of adversity.

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‹ University Fellow Helps Vaiden Field Reach New Heights ‹ It Takes “More Than U Think” ‹ Making Every Move Count ‹ Cyberspace: Healthcare’s New Frontier ‹ Morocco: A Photo Essay by Parker Murff ‹ Topophilia: Love of place: Photo Essay by Alex Cotter

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n the heart of Perry County, surrounded by hundreds of acres of undeveloped land, lies an economic engine with the potential to bring vast improvements to one of the poorest counties in Alabama – a 10,000 foot runway at 9DLGHQ)LHOG The runway has fallen into disrepair since Craig Air Force Base in Selma FORVHGLQDQGWKHĂ€HOGORVWLWVIHGHUDO funding. When Perry County came into RZQHUVKLSRI9DLGHQ)LHOGLWEHFDPHD seldom-used airstrip, frequented only by crop dusters and other small planes. John Martin, executive director of the Perry County Chamber of Commerce, has been working toward restoring 9DLGHQ)LHOGIRUVHYHUDO\HDUVEXW struggled to make progress until three years ago.

“It was kind of a last hope stand that if we didn’t have a viable airport in Perry County, we would be below the bottom of the list in economic development and receiving federal funding,â€? Martin says. $Ă€YH\HDUSODQIRUWKHLPSURYHPHQW RI9DLGHQ)LHOGZDVWKHQGHWHUPLQHG including extensive efforts to attain funding and develop a plan for the DLUĂ€HOG$URXQGWKLVVDPHWLPHWKH University Fellows Experience expressed an interest in bringing students to Marion, Ala. for a month-long project, Martin says. When Bethany McAleer, a senior PDMRULQJLQDFFRXQWLQJĂ€UVWOHDUQHG that she would be traveling to the Black %HOWZLWKWKHUHVWRIWKHĂ€UVWFODVVRI University Fellows, she had no idea what to expect. Although the Black Belt Experience is now a staple component of WKH)HOORZVSURJUDPWKHĂ€UVWJURXSRI students to venture to rural Marion had

no precedent to follow. “Perry County is one of the poorest counties in the state,â€? McAleer says. “What we realized was that we didn’t go down there to create a bunch of projects and save Marion, we went down there to learn. And we knew how to do that, as college students. We got involved and WULHGWRĂ€JXUHRXWZKDWZHFRXOGGRWR learn about the community.â€? When McAleer, a licensed pilot, learned about the renewed efforts to WUDQVIRUP9DLGHQ)LHOGLQWRDYLDEOH airport, she realized that she could use her own experiences and contacts as a member of the aviation community to aid in those efforts. In order to do this, VKHFKRVHWRIRFXVRQSODQQLQJDĂ \LQWR 9DLGHQ)LHOGWKDWZRXOGIXOĂ€OODQXPEHU of goals of the project. $OWKRXJKVKHJUHZXSLQ9HVWDYLD Hills, McAleer was familiar with the Marion community because of family ties

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WKHVXFFHVVRIWKHĂ \LQRQSXEOLFLW\LW received throughout the state. Col. Bill Hansen, a retired Marine who now serves as the airport director IRU9DLGHQ)LHOGVDLGWKDWWKHPRVW LQĂ XHQWLDOFRPSRQHQWRI0F$OHHU¡V LQYROYHPHQWLQ9DLGHQ)LHOGZDVWKH exposure that she brought to the project. Due to her connections with pilots throughout the state, McAleer helped make the general aviation population aware of the opportunity to utilize 9DLGHQ)LHOG “That’s what Bethany and the Fellows did for us,â€? Hansen says. “What was lacking was exposure and advertising for 9DLGHQ)LHOGDQGWKDW¡VZKHUHWKHĂ \LQ

was a huge asset.â€? Because both she and her family are involved in the aviation community in WKH6RXWKHDVW0F$OHHUIHOWFRQĂ€GHQW that she could encourage the pilots she Ă LHVZLWKRQDUHJXODUEDVLVWRPDNH DSSHDUDQFHVDWWKH9DLGHQ)LHOGĂ \LQ “On their Saturday mornings they don’t wake up and look forward to football, they wake up and are excited DERXWĂ \LQJVRPHZKHUHÂľ0F$OHHU says. “There’s no better way to spread the word about this land and this opportunity than through people who have the connections, either directly or indirectly, to bring in industry to Marion.â€?

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to the area. Like many rural, Southern towns, Marion has had a history of racial tension, McAleer says. She wanted to use WKHĂ \LQWRKHOSXQLWHWKHFRPPXQLW\ toward the common goal of revitalizing the Marion economy through the airport DW9DLGHQ)LHOG “I wanted to help bring Marion WRJHWKHU:KHQDSODQHLVĂ \LQJRYHU your house, you can’t help but to ORRNXSDQGQRWLFHDQG,Ă€JXUHGWKDW curiosity would help get a lot of people to come out who wouldn’t normally be involved,â€? McAleer says. $OWKRXJKDZDUHQHVVRI9DLGHQ)LHOG within the Marion community was essential, Martin also bases much of

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Although thunderstorms were a FKDOOHQJHIRUWKHĂ€UVWĂ \LQHYHQWLQ 2009, the community and pilots that had planned to be involved still showed enthusiasm for the project. McAleer says that a few of the pilots drove to Marion from Birmingham to support McAleer and the event when the weather SUHYHQWHGWKHPIURPĂ \LQJ “Still over 200 people from the community showed up, which was incredible,â€? McAleer says. “They were black, they were white; they were 5, they were 95. It really united the community, which is what I had been hoping for the entire time.â€? 7KHLPSDFWWKDWWKHĂ \LQKDGRQWKH

school program initially failed because RIWKHODFNRIIXHOVWDWLRQVDW9DLGHQ)LHOG WKDWSUHYHQWHGFRQWLQXRXVĂ LJKWVWRDQG from the airstrip. After borrowing about WRĂ€QDQFHWKHIXHOV\VWHPWKH Flying Tigers were able to fully take advantage of the airstrip beginning in September 2010. Hansen says that MMI has a legacy in aviation through the Flying Tigers that has struggled in the past several years. However, many of the cadets have LQWHUHVWVLQOHDUQLQJWRĂ \EHFDXVHWKHUH LVDĂ LJKWFRPSRQHQWWRDOOIRXUGLYLVLRQV of the military. “When you put that legacy together with the infrastructure really coming

of work is completed on the airstrip, improvements will continue at 9DLGHQ)LHOG%HFDXVHWKHĂ \LQ impacted so many areas outside of Perry County and will continue to do so, Martin considers McAleer’s SURMHFWWKHFHQWHUSLHFHRIWKHĂ€UVW tour of the Fellows in Marion. ´7KHVHLPSURYHPHQWVDW9DLGHQ Field are the best improvements to be done in this community in 50 years,â€? Martin says. “We appreciate not only the energies of Bethany and WKRVHWKDWKHOSHGZLWKWKHĂ \LQ but we appreciate the efforts of Dr. Morgan and Wellon and everyone else involved in the Honors College

community was evident, Martin says. “It has brought the community more together than it’s been in some time,â€? Martin says. “They have touched all sorts of life in Marion.â€? The event saw even more success LQZKHQDOPRVWSLORWVĂ HZWR 9DLGHQ)LHOGIURPDFURVVWKHVWDWH)RU WKLVVHFRQGHYHQWWKH)O\LQJ7LJHUVĂ LJKW club from Marion Military Institute cohosted the event. 7KHVXFFHVVRIWKHĂ \LQDQG WKHSURJUHVVPDGHRQ9DLGHQ)LHOG encouraged the idea of restoring the Ă LJKWVFKRROSURJUDPDW00,7KHĂ LJKW

together, you get a synergy of all of the HIIRUWVWKDWZHUHJRLQJRQDW9DLGHQ Field,â€? Hansen says. “It was exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.â€? There are currently 18 cadets who DUHDFWLYHO\LQYROYHGLQĂ LJKWWUDLQLQJ and there are 45 total members of the Flying Tigers club at MMI. These cadets VSHQGWKHLUZHHNHQGVDW9DLGHQ)LHOG OHDUQLQJWRĂ \DQGWKH\UXQDERXW WUDLQLQJĂ LJKWVHDFKZHHNHQG+DQVHQ says. He expects the program to continue to grow in the next several years as PRUHFDGHWVDWWDLQWKHIXQGLQJWRĂ \ Martin says that although the majority

in using our community to expose students to a rural way of life.â€? 7KHĂ \LQZLOOFRQWLQXHWREHDQ DQQXDOHYHQWDW9DLGHQ)LHOGEXW McAleer plans to assume a different role as the Flying Tigers host the event in the future. “I’ve never had a project that has succeeded on all levels before, and that has been so encouraging,â€? McAleer says. “But at the end of the day, it’s not about me. It’s been a humbling experience, but I’m so excited because it has really been about the Marion FRPPXQLW\DQG9DLGHQ)LHOGDOODORQJÂľQ

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It Takes “More Than U Think� The Ad Team Talks About Their Award-Winning Campaign n by Isabela Morales

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manda Kirkland grew up surrounded by creative people. Encouraged by her mom, a painter, the Leeds, Ala., native drew, sculpted and sketched her way from grade school to high school graduation. But when honors student Kirkland envisioned her work, she saw it on the walls of Reese Phifer — not a museum.

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“I knew I couldn’t just be an artist sitting alone in my studio, working,â€? she says. As an undergraduate at the University, Kirkland explored the practical applications of art through Honors College seminars– book arts and paper-making, comics and VXSHUKHURHVĂ€HOGDUFKHRORJ\DQGWKHDUWVRI Tuscaloosa. But the business world drew her as well.

“Not many colleges offer advertising as a major,� she mentions, but the University boasts the number one undergraduate public relations program in the country, according to PR Week magazine. That ranking, and Kirkland’s current career path, owes quite a bit to one of the University’s most unique courses: Ad Team. “I actually heard about Ad Team


before I even came to the University,â€? VKHUHPDUNVUHFDOOLQJKHUĂ€UVWYLVLWWR the advertising hub at Reese Phifer. “When I toured the college, the posters hanging on the walls were the winning submissions from last year’s Ad Team. I was really impressed.â€? By application only, Ad Team accepts roughly 16 students a year and divides them into different departments — public relations, account management, graphic design, research, media planning --and all the other subdivisions necessary to create a real-world advertising campaign. Here, textbooks get tossed out the window. “It’s a really different class than most majors take because it’s not just theoretical,â€? Kirkland comments. “It’s pretty much just like a real advertising agency.â€? Students take on a challenge from a national client with less than a year to develop and pitch a full advertising campaign. In 2009, when Kirkland Ă€UVWMRLQHG$G7HDPWKHFOLHQWZDV WKH&HQWXU\&RXQFLODQRQSURĂ€W organization focused on reducing underage drinking and drunk driving. The Century Council asked groups like Ad Team all across the country to design DFDPSDLJQWRĂ€JKWELQJHGULQNLQJRQ college campuses. “One of the major goals of our

campaign was to come up with something that people pay attention to, what people are really concerned about when it comes to the consequences of drinking,â€? Kirkland explains. Not surprisingly, Kirkland’s extensive research found that college students were less worried about staggering health problems than social false steps — wild dancing, drunk dialing, embarrassment and what faculty adviser Teri Henley calls “social death.â€? Henley, instructor in the College of Information Sciences and, after 22 years, Ad Team’s veteran faculty adviser, said she knew the students’ campaign resonated on campus when their materials started disappearing. “People stole the posters because they liked them that much,â€? she says with a laugh. 7KRXJKVKHGHĂ€QHV her job as “pushing the students harder than they think they can be pushed,â€? Henley also notes that “it’s all their ideas. I’m just in the background cracking the whip.â€? But Kirkland and other Ad

Photographer: Lauren Alyworth; Designer: Jennifer Ireland

Ad Team’s Kirkland shows off a prop from the campaign.

What do ‘U’ Think? Ad Team’s pop art posters may have focused the campus on the dangers of binge drinking, but Less Than U Think is about more than you think too. Ad Team members want students to recognize that smart decisions about their social scene can carry over into other aspects of campus life: healthy living,

healthy academic habits and healthy relationships. For more information, log onto the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Less Than U Think Lifestyleâ&#x20AC;? website and blog for tips on making $GHFLVLRQVDERXWIRRGĂ&#x20AC;WQHVVDQG even fashion. Just visit <www.ltut. org> or <http://ltuthink.wordpress. com>.

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People are just crazy who do it. â&#x20AC;?

Team members were pushing themselves just as hardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pulling all-nighters in the Reese Phifer computer lab two or three nights in a row. Henley and Kirkland calculate that Ad Team members spent on average 50 to 60 hours a week on the campaign, and worked close to 100 hours during one particularly feverish week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to that point unless you put your heart and soul into something,â&#x20AC;? she says, almost awed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our industry is such that good work doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from punching a time card. Good work comes from putting so much into a project that it becomes almost the only thing you think about.â&#x20AC;? The heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears paid off: the spring 2009 Ad Team won Ă&#x20AC;UVWSODFHLQWKHGLVWULFWFRPSHWLWLRQ in Baton Rouge for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Less Than U Thinkâ&#x20AC;? anti-binge drinking campaign. And when Kirkland and four fellow

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students presented their work to Century Council clients themselves in Washington, D. C. at the National Student Adverting Competition, they placed second in the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just missing the gold trophy by one-tenth of one point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like losing the national FKDPSLRQVKLSZLWKDĂ&#x20AC;HOGJRDOWKDW bounces in and bounces out,â&#x20AC;? Henley UHĂ HFWV$G7HDPVWXGHQWVZHUHSURXG but they thought the experience had ended. In fall 2009, however, Henley received a letter from the Century Council offering the UA Ad Team one of four $75,000 grants to implement the campaign on campus, turning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Less Than U Thinkâ&#x20AC;? from a plan in a book to a reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The pressure is high,â&#x20AC;? admits Greer Borland, one of the students comprising the implementation team.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This campaign is real and not just a class projectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that is what has made working on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Less Than U Thinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; so rewarding.â&#x20AC;? By the time the campaign launched in September 2010, Kirkland was already Ă&#x20AC;QLVKLQJXSKHUPDVWHU¡VWKHVLVLQ advertising, but she recognizes the same spark in new Ad Team members like Borland as she had in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m watching another group of people take our campaign, get excited about it, and expand it,â&#x20AC;? Kirkland comments, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can see â&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just as passionate as we were.â&#x20AC;? Henley, who has watched and guided Ad Team students for 22 years, has another word for them: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advertising â&#x20AC;Ś â&#x20AC;? she muses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are just crazy who do it.â&#x20AC;? Q


making every move count

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coordinator for the program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stephen Black had already heard of a lot of the ways that chess was being used as an educational reform tool in a lot of other countries, but it has not achieved the same status here.â&#x20AC;? The course, offered as University Honors credit for Honors College students, caught the attention of three students when signing up for Sspring 2010 classes. Matthew Tucker, a junior majoring in biology and University Honors student, saw the program as a unique opportunity to gain University Honors hours while getting involved in the community. The small class size was ideal in WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHPHVWHURIWKHSURJUDP Grider says, because allowing the program to grow and gain momentum slowly would add to its success. The group began working with 12 sixth graders at Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools in the spring of

learning, and it was neat seeing that,â&#x20AC;? Tucker says. Grider and Tucker worked together with other UA participants to develop an approach to lesson plans that would both engage the students and effectively teach them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key we found was not to have some big lecture at the beginning, or to even start out with the beginning of the game, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of boring to them, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the point,â&#x20AC;? Grider says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We teach them the end JDPHĂ&#x20AC;UVWZHJLYHWKHPWKHNLQJDQG WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWFRXSOHRISLHFHV7KH\JHWWR DSRLQWZKHUHWKH\FDQĂ&#x20AC;JXUHLWRXW on their own.â&#x20AC;? This strategy, Grider says, allows each student to move at his or her own pace. Although each student has the opportunity to take their time, Tucker has noticed that the students

2010, and the group now teaches 60 elementary and middle school students Each UA student is responsible for teaching the strategies of chess to a small group of children and simultaneously serves as a mentor DQGUROHPRGHOWRWKHNLGV,QKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW semester with the program, Tucker discovered that he had a knack for teaching chess and has continued to work with Every Move Counts to develop the program further. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From the very beginning I loved working with the kids, and I was just really impressed with how fast they were learning and wanted to keep

tend to pick up the game quickly and retain the information they learn well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some that focus more than others, but I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the real asset of starting early,â&#x20AC;? Tucker says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With standardized testing and things that require a lot of focus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really helpful skill for them to develop. That preparation of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just them and the board and these pieces, DQGWKH\KDYHWRĂ&#x20AC;JXUHLWRXWÂľ As a celebration of the progress theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made each semester, the students participate in a chess tournament. Grider says while the winning team will be awarded a

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room full of sixth and seventh grade students is typically a raucous RQHĂ&#x20AC;OOHGZLWKODXJKWHU and a constant rumble of conversation. This atmosphere is transformed each week while students at Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools work with University of Alabama students to learn the game of chess. These students are part of the Every Move Counts program, an initiative that began in Spring 2010 after leaders at the Freedom Chess Academy in Tuscaloosa approached Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, about an opportunity to get involved in the local schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really wanted to be able to provide this service to more children and families in the community,â&#x20AC;? says Olivia Grider, research project


trophy, each student will receive a green participation ribbon. “We didn’t tell them that there would be a tournament at the beginning,” Tucker says. “I think there’s a huge potential for them to win, but getting them to start thinking critically and logically – that’s the real goal of the program.” The next step the program will take, Grider says, is expanding to schools throughout Tuscaloosa. She hopes to bring the program to students without access to the same opportunities as those at Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools. The program has proven to be PXWXDOO\EHQHÀFLDOIRUWKH8$ participants and the students that they teach. “One of our main focuses is to give our students a tie to the community, to help them get involved in Tuscaloosa,” Grider says. “Part of the mission of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility is

to prepare students to serve as effective, engaged citizens.” Through the Every Move Counts program, Tucker and the other UA participants became invested in the Tuscaloosa community through the time they have spent working with local students. “It’s all so rewarding,” Tucker says. “The school has lots of different activities and programs, and even with all those opportunities there are a lot of them who still keep coming back to keep working with us. That’s really neat, to see them coming back and wanting to get better, and succeeding in getting better.” Q


ichael Robson and Samantha Lindsay call themselves the “Odd Couple.” But both of them — the zany, expressive, junior computer science and mathematics student Robson, and the chic, polished senior international business and Italian student Lindsay — count themselves as members of the UA Computer-Based Honors Program “family.” “He’s a computer person,” Lindsay says of Robson. “The word is ‘geek.’” Unlike Robson, who dreams of a career as a government cryptographer, future entrepreneur Lindsay doesn’t consider herself a tech whiz: she sighs indulgently as Robson explains the ins and outs of Fortran and C++ programming languages. But CBHP attracted the “Geek and the Greek” for the same reason: research. Both from Spanish Fort, Ala., the unlikely duo teamed in Fall 2009 to develop an iPhone and iPod Touch application for diabetes self-management under the guidance of Drs. Julia Hartman and Felecia Wood. The project began with a health

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literacy survey conducted at the Good Samaritan Clinic, which Wood and Hartman used to create an application for that late-20th century device, the PDA. But as technology evolved, so did WKHUHVHDUFK1H[WWRFRPHZDVD'9' DQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\5REVRQDQG/LQGVD\¡VL3KRQH and iPod application. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole goal of this project is health literacy in rural populations,â&#x20AC;? Lindsay explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For diabetes patients, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of lifestyle management, and exercise is a huge component. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we added the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Couch to 5Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; podcast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to encourage users to get up and start running,â&#x20AC;? Robson says. Other features include basic information about healthy eating, nutrition and portion size, simple quizzes, videos and a dictionary of commonly used medical terms relating to diabetes (a nephrologist, for example, is a kidney doctor). All of these components are made accessible to individuals with low levels of literacy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; every entry in the diabetes dictionary has corresponding audio, recorded by UA music therapy major Casey Brasher. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Technology is the new frontier for

healthcare,â&#x20AC;? Robson insists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is the future.â&#x20AC;? Cameron Bolt and Taylor Massey agree. These two CBHP research partners also took on a project regarding childhood obesity that integrated technology into public health awareness. Bolt, a junior management information systems major from Prattville, Ala., says he had no previous computer science experience when he applied to the CBHP as a freshman, unless passing familiarity with the 0LFURVRIW2IĂ&#x20AC;FH6XLWHFRXQWV%XW%ROW originally a pre-med major, did have a passion for health. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The project really intrigued me,â&#x20AC;? he says as he recalls learning about University Medical Center Head of Pediatrics Dr. Karen Burgessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plan to create an interactive online game to inform children about healthy eating habits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was something that struck near and dear to me because I struggled with obesity growing up,â&#x20AC;? he explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I noticed that I was bigger than everyone HOVHEXW,GLGQ¡WNQRZKRZWRĂ&#x20AC;[ it. Now I want to give back to those younger kids like me.â&#x20AC;?

Bolt and Masseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web application takes children through four scenes in a normal day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack. In each scene, the child â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who chooses a fruit or vegetable as her â&#x20AC;&#x153;characterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; selects what foods she ate that day and what sports she played. An algorithm calculates whether her calories consumed balanced with calories spent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negative in the program,â&#x20AC;? Bolt assures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to make kids feel bad about themselves. But the game does provide suggestions for other foods to try, or other activities.â&#x20AC;? Both apps â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Robson and Lindsayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diabetes self-management application and Bolt and Masseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childhood obesity awareness game â&#x20AC;&#x201D; went live in spring 2011. But for the four CBHP students, the work doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t join CBHP to learn how to work a computer,â&#x20AC;? Robson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined because it trains you to be a better researcher, to interact with faculty and to have an environment where I would be pushed and encouraged, even as a lowly undergrad.â&#x20AC;? Or as Bolt says, simply: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Research really does have real-world value.â&#x20AC;? Q

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Parker

Murff Morocco

The easiest form of inspiration, in my opinion, is travel. Seeing a side of the world and of yourself that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unfamiliar with can be life changing, especially when your destination is Morocco. Last year, I studied at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom. The weather was dreary, to say the least, the vast majority of the time, so when I was invited to join my father and stepmother in visiting southern Spain for a week, I gladly accepted. From there, we traveled to Tangiers, the European side of Morocco, admittedly, but the truly Moroccan aspects of Tangiers were the most fascinating. Openair markets selling everything from herbal medicine to camel cheese, the deep blue of the nearby Mediterranean and the taste of authentic Moroccan foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my senses were delightfully overloaded. My favorite aspect of my trip to Morocco, though, was the gorgeous architecture I encountered, which I share with you here. I hope that, seeing this, you will be inspired to go and see the world for yourself. There are some truly wonderful sights to see.

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Cotter Topophilia: Love of place This is a term used to describe the strong sense of affection that individuals have for particular places. Growing up in Mobile, I spent a lot of time along the coast. The beach has always been a place of great beauty to me, linking many of my favorite memories. It is a unique landscape that is always as changing as the lapping of the tide over the shore. I wanted to create an essay that captured the real beauty of the landscape as it is. I tried to emphasize the environment more than people. These images were taken at the west end of Dauphin Island where there are no houses or people. Alabama has some of the prettiest beaches anywhere, and it is my hope that these pictures capture part of this environmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great beauty.

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Film Series | by Sarah Massey In the spring semester, the Honors College Assemblyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest addition to its host of activities LQFOXGHGDĂ&#x20AC;OPVHULHVZLWKDIRFXVRQHGXFDWLRQ Each screening was followed with a panel discussion on the issue at hand in the documentary. Formed within the arts committee of HCA, the Ă&#x20AC;OPVHULHVFRPPLWWHHLVPDGHXSRI+DOOLH3DXO,DQ King and Austen Parrish, and is overseen by Will Nolan, faculty advisor of the series and professor of Ă&#x20AC;OPDQGOLWHUDWXUHLQWKH+RQRUV&ROOHJH King, a junior majoring in political science and KLVWRU\VD\VWKDWDOOIRXUĂ&#x20AC;OPVKDYHWRGRZLWK HGXFDWLRQ7KHĂ&#x20AC;UVWĂ&#x20AC;OPVKRZQ´3HUU\&RXQW\Âľ KDYLQJDIRFXVRQVWXGHQWĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNLQJ´&ULVLVÂľ released in 1963, provides a look at the integration of the University of Alabama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Etre et Avoir,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Be and To Have,â&#x20AC;? is a French documentary that shows a one-room school in rural France where the VWXGHQWVDUHWDXJKWE\RQHWHDFKHU$QGĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Supermanâ&#x20AC;? analyzes the failures of the public school system in America. Paul, a junior majoring in education studies WKURXJK1HZ&ROOHJHVD\VWKDWĂ&#x20AC;OPVWKDWIROORZHG the education theme kept coming up during the brainstorming process, so the committee settled on this subject. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[Education] also seems to be a hot topic for honors students right now,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope WKDWVWXGHQWVZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHVHĂ&#x20AC;OPVUHOHYDQWWRWKHLU interests and goals.â&#x20AC;? The series ties into the overarching theme of the HCA this year: â&#x20AC;&#x153;What If?â&#x20AC;? which â&#x20AC;&#x153;encourages students to analyze ways in which the world has been impacted by profound people, events, and ideas,â&#x20AC;? according to King. Paul says the committee hopes that students Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHLUYLHZVFKDOOHQJHGDIWHUZDWFKLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPV and also will challenge the views presented in the Ă&#x20AC;OP7KHSDQHOGLVFXVVLRQVKDYHSOD\HGDUROHWKXV far in allowing both to take place. ´7KHSDQHOGLVFXVVLRQVIROORZLQJWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPV KDYHEHHQDNH\HOHPHQWLQWKHĂ&#x20AC;OPVHULHVÂľ3DXO says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to encourage questioning and challenge students to make up their own minds.â&#x20AC;? :LWKWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHULHVXQGHUZD\3DXOKRSHVWKDW it will continue to grow and develop. ´,WKLQNWKDWWRSLFVDQGĂ&#x20AC;OPVZLOOHYROYHWR match student interest,â&#x20AC;? she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but as long as we maintain an academic perspective we will be IXOĂ&#x20AC;OOLQJRXURULJLQDOPLVVLRQÂľ

-VV[WYPU[ZVU*VUĂ&#x2026;PJ[LK:VPS | by Brittney Knox While recent hostile situations in Lebanon and Egypt are far off, they still hit home here in Tuscaloosa through International Honors Program student Caitlin Trotter. Trotter, a sophomore majoring in New College pursuing a depth study in international relations and development, has visited both places; most recently Beirut, Lebanon as one of 22 participants in the Beirut Exchange, a program that sends students from around the world to Beirut to promote dialogue and understanding about the Middle East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students from all over the world were a part of this program, and it was one of the most valuable learning experiences Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever had,â&#x20AC;? Trotter says. :KLOH/HEDQRQLVDFRQĂ LFWHGFRXQWU\ Trotter says she witnessed no violence during her stay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their government collapsed during our stay which was very interesting to see how that would play out,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way this affected us directly was some of the political leaders we were meeting could not meet their appointments.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Fran Oneal, director of the International +RQRUV3URJUDPQRWLĂ&#x20AC;HG7URWWHURIWKH opportunity to go to Beirut.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe any overseas experience for a student is important on all levels such as personal, and professional,â&#x20AC;? Oneal says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have such a global environment that some things you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just read about, you have to get out and experience things for yourself.â&#x20AC;? Trotter also visited Cairo, Egypt this summer to see her sister Kristen Chick, a University of Alabama graduate who works there for The Christian Science Monitor. Chick covered the protests that raged in Egypt during the early months of 2011. Trotter often had trouble contacting her sister. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The government cut off the Internet for a week, and I was unable to get in touch with my sister. After the connections resumed, I learned she had been in some really dangerous situations, and it worried me,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next, I hope to apply to study in Morocco if I am able to get the money for the trip which would take place all next year,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would be studying French and Arabic.â&#x20AC;? Oneal says that Trotterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passions are infectious. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caitlin is using her remarkable interests in international issues to make a difference at UA and in the lives of others,â&#x20AC;? she says.

Stretching the Student Body | by Isabela Morales â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember being a beginner, not being able to WRXFKP\WRHV%XWWKDWĂ&#x20AC;UVWWLPH,GLGVRPHWKLQJ right, I walked away feeling more open, walking taller.â&#x20AC;? So says junior Jess Smith, a communicative disorders major and, now, an Honors College instructor in yoga. Talk of Sun Salutations, Mountain Poses and Downward-Facing Dogs may as well have been a foreign language to Smith when, in Fall 2008, the IUHVKPDQIURP3UDWWYLOOH$ODDUULYHGDWKHUĂ&#x20AC;UVW yoga class at the University Recreation Center. But soon Smith was taking weekly classes back in Prattville, learning how to take a physical practice and turn it into a holistic experience of mind, body, and emotion. %\)DOO6PLWKZDVFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;HGDVDEHJLQQHU level yoga teacher by the national Yoga Alliance and was looking for a way to share her experience with

the UA campus. The result was an introduction to yoga class co-sponsored by the Honors College and Housing and Residential Communities. Each class attracted between 10 to 15 studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and on one day of particularly good karma, 36. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I started doing it, I realized there really is a big interest on campus,â&#x20AC;? Smith says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another area of outreach for the Honors Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;health and wellness.â&#x20AC;? Thanks to Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion and the support of the Honors College, her project has become a regular feature in the campus calendar for both fall and spring. Smith also notes the particular support of UHP director Dr. Jacqueline Morgan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it shows the depth to which the Honors College is devoted to helping students,â&#x20AC;? Smith explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to consider the welfare of the entire student body, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also focused on the individual.â&#x20AC;?

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Scholl Haus Rocks| by Jessica Cheek Some students study a foreign language in a classroom for three hours each week, but residents of the Hans und Sophie Scholl Haus make learning German an integral part of daily life. Located within the Bryce Lawn apartment complex, the Scholl Haus is a cozy German retreat on the edge of the UA campus. The Scholl Haus was established in the early 1970s, making it the oldest livinglearning center at the University. Of its current 12 residents, half are native speakers of German from Germany and Austria. The other residents are UA students either majoring or minoring in German. Dr. Elaine Martin, faculty adviser for the Scholl Haus, says having native speakers in residence makes the community unique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because half of the residents are native speakers of German, the language is spoken on a day-to-day basis in the Scholl Haus,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where else in Tuscaloosa would that be possible?â&#x20AC;? Alex Haber, a senior majoring in German, lived in the Scholl Haus for a year before studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany. He also believes that the community offers a rare opportunity for cross-cultural interaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both the American and German students EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WIURPEHLQJDURXQGSHRSOHZKRVKDUH a common interest in their history, language and culture. From this commonality come

instant friendships and the understanding of another society,â&#x20AC;? he says. The Scholl Haus was named after two students at the University of Munich who lost their lives opposing the Nazi regime. German program students chose the name during the early 1980s. Students can gain course credit by living in the Scholl Haus and participating in weekly discussions concerning current German issues. To apply, prospective residents must write a personal statement and interview with the director and faculty adviser. The Scholl Haus, however, is not all about academics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The German House is also an excellent opportunity to become active in life outside the classroom,â&#x20AC;? Haber says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have awesome parties organized by the house and the German Club, as well an intramural soccer team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; FC Swaffel â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and normally take a few weekend trips each semester as a group.â&#x20AC;? Martin also says she has observed deep friendships grow between Scholl Haus residents of different nationalities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifelong friendships have developed among residents over the years, with lots of visits in both directions,â&#x20AC;? she remarks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fun way to learn a lot of German.â&#x20AC;?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Show Business | by Danielle Drago What do you get when you combine a theatre major, a business management major, research DERXWQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WVDQGDQLQWHUQVKLSLQYROYLQJ a stage production of a worldwide childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s phenomenon? The answer is Brad Lee, a senior in the University Honors Program, International Honors Program and Business Honors Program. Lee says that his diverse majors give him a unique perspective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is so interesting to see the different worlds. In any given day, I have to go back and forth between the different schools,â&#x20AC;? Lee says of his hectic schedule. In addition to his work in the classroom, Lee participated in a great deal of undergraduate research as part of the Faculty Scholars program, a business school initiative that allows undergraduates to complete research with the help of a faculty member. With Jim Cashman, a management faculty member, Lee researched management of the arts, QRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQVDQGVXVWDLQDELOLW\ Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement in local theatre is extensive. He served as an assistant director, stage manager and even director for University-sponsored plays. Lee also serves as an intern for Theatre Tuscaloosa,

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ZKLFKSURGXFHVĂ&#x20AC;YHWRVHYHQSURGXFWLRQVLQD given season. However, his expertise stretches far beyond the Capstone and Tuscaloosa. Recently, his interests landed him a summer internship with the Onassis Program, a Londonbased leading producer of classic Greek dramas. It was there that he was inspired by classic plays and later helped to coordinate a production of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In the Garden Live!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a worldwide childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s television phenomenon brought to stage. All in all, Lee says his experience within the Honors College and Business Honors Program have helped him with his pursuit of goals. Participation in both of these programs taught him that he would like to be behind the scenes rather than onstage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eventually I would like to be the artistic manager for a production. It is about balance,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finances in the arts are so important, because DUWLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWWKLQJPRQH\JHWVFXWIURPÂľ Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement in every aspect of the theatre and business management keeps him involved, but he says that the effort is worth it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people ask me why I do everything I do, and why I commit to so many things. But at the end, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hey youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve turned out alright,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Lee comments with a smile.

Jumping Off the Page | by Isabela Morales Books donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only live at Gorgas Library. During the fall 2010 semester, Honors College faculty member Jennifer Horne introduced her students to the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library on the UA campus through the Honors Common Book Experience course, focused on William Bradford Huieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mud on the Stars.â&#x20AC;? Horneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an award-winning author, poet, and committed educator herselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;saw Huieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book as the key to introducing the Honors Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest students to both the extensive library collections on campus and the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture and history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The book deals with so many aspects of Alabama in the twenties and thirties,â&#x20AC;? Horne says, citing college life, politics and segregation as examples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it would make a great book to teach to students in Honors, whether they had grown up in Alabama or were new to the state.â&#x20AC;? Students, Horne says, responded deeply to the larger themes of the novel: ´)RRWEDOOĂ&#x20AC;JXUHV>JUHDWO\@DVGR questions of personal identity and philosophy, leaving home, love, sex, marriage, and loyalty to friends and family,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Huieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel seems to VSDUNGLVFXVVLRQDQGSHUVRQDOUHĂ HFWLRQ among students. It teaches them about a particular time period in Alabama but also spurs them to clarify what they think about a number of issues raised in the book.â&#x20AC;? 2010 rang in the centennial celebration of Huieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and careerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an occasion marked specially by Hoole Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DFTXLVLWLRQRIĂ&#x20AC;UVWHGLWLRQERRNVDVZHOO as personal effects of the famous author himself. Students in Horneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class visited Hoole and came away not only with a better sense of Huie the man, but also the resources available for original research on campus. Final projects for the course involved close reading, creative writing, and primary source research at Hoole. A number of character sketches written by Honors College students were posted on the Huie

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Danielle Drago is a junior majoring in HFRQRPLFVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDQFHDQGPLQRULQJLQ6SDQLVKLQ the University Honors Program. She hails from Cary, N.C. Drago is pursuing a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Finance through the University Scholars Program and is an Honors College Ambassador as well as a Commerce Associate. She enjoys running and completed her Ă&#x20AC;UVWKDOIPDUDWKRQWKLVVSULQJ

Kellie Hensley is a senior from Montgomery, Ala. She is majoring in studio art with a digital media concentration, and minoring in advertising. In 2009 Hensley was an intern for Reid Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donahue Advertising. In 2010 Hensley interned with Time Inc. in New York as a graphic designer for All You Magazine. Hensley has been a designer for Mosaic since its conception in 2008. She recently studied abroad in Oxford, England. She is in the University Honors Program.

Avery Driggers is a junior from Birmingham, Ala. pursuing a communications and the culinary arts depth study through New College and a journalsm double major. She is the food columnist for The Crimson White and is also a member of Capstone Men and Women. Driggers is in the University and International Honors Programs.

Quint Langstaff is a senior majoring in religious studies with a self-designed minor in Interdisciplinary Art. He is from Florence, Ala., and is in the University Honors Program. He is WKH9LFH3UHVLGHQWRIWKH5HOLJLRXV6WXGLHV6WXGHQW Association and is a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society.

Chip Cooper, was former Director of Photography for the University for 33 years and is now Artist in Residence in the Honors College and a faculty member in Arts & Sciences. He received his BA from the University in 1972 followed by post-grad work in photography. He had an exhibition in Havana Cuba with Cuban photographer Nestor Marti called Side by Side. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and his work is in many museums, private and corporate collections.

Laura Lineberry is a full-time instructor of graphic design at The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences Art Department. A graduate of The Florida State University, she earned a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in visual communication. Lineberry also holds a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in advertising and public relations from The University of Alabama. She is married to Casey Lineberry, and they have a 21-year-old son, Drew Madison.

Chris Bryant is the assistant director of media relations at The University of Alabama. This is his third year as Mosaicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial adviser. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1991 and lives in Gordo, Ala. with his wife, Dawn, and their two children, Jackson and Noah.

Rick Dowling is a multimedia producer who works full time for The University of Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Multimedia Services 'HSDUWPHQWRIWKH2IĂ&#x20AC;FHRI,QIRUPDWLRQ7HFKQRORJ\+H has taught Advanced Post Production for the last 14 years,. Rick and his wife, Suzanne, have been involved in autism causes, in large part due to the fact that their son, Sam was diagnosed with autism in 1993.

Sarah Massey is a junior majoring in media studies through New College and English from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the managing editor of Changing Tides magazine, a VWXGHQWĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNHULQ'RFXPHQWLQJ-XVWLFHDQGDQLQWHUQ with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. She is in the University Honors Program.

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staff Kelli AbernathyLVDVHQLRUPDMRULQJLQĂ&#x20AC;QDQFH and world business from Franklin, Tenn. She is in the University Honors Program and is the current president of ABXY Gaming Network, . She is minoring in Japanese and has studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka.

Jennifer Ireland is a senior from Birmingham, Ala majoring in advertising and minoring in Spanish. She is media director of the Advertising Team and secretary of the Capstone Advertising Federation. She is also an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and the University Honors Program.

Lauren Aylworth is a junior within the University Honors program studying advertising with a minor in Italian. Lauren is currently from Enterprise, Ala., but has lived all over the world as a part of a military family. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, a designer in the advertising department of the Crimson White newspaper and an avid photographer.

Jenn Johnson is majoring in photojournalism and minoring in studio art with a concentration in photography. Jenn is from Boston, Mass. Outside of her academic responsibilities, Jenn competes on the University of Alabama Division 1 Rowing Team. Jenn also really likes to bake and try new recipes. An East coast girl at heart, Jenn is a Boston sports fan and loves watching the Red Sox.

Adam Booher is a senior from Washington Grove, MD. He is in the University Honors College studying visual media and cultural anthropology. He is a diver for the Crimson Tide and an avid traveler. His interests include reading, drawing, JUDSKLFDUWSKRWRJUDSK\DQGĂ&#x20AC;OPPDNLQJ

Brittney Knox is a journalism major and business minor. She is a proud member of the Pratt City community in Birmingham, Ala. She is president of the Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority, Staff Reporter for The Crimson White, and an intern at The Tuscaloosa News. She is a member of the University Honors Program.

Jessica Cheek is a senior majoring in English from +XQWVYLOOH$OD6KHVHUYHVDVDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHURIWKH8$ French Club and enjoys volunteering with Big Brother/Big Sister of West Alabama. Cheek is a member of the University Honors Program, and this is her second year to work with Mosaic.

Isabela Morales was born and raised in Orange County, Calif. A junior history and American studies major, she is researching enslaved women and mixed-race inheritance law in antebellum Alabama as a part of the McNair Scholars Program. Isabela is a member of the University Honors 3URJUDP9LFH3UHVLGHQWRI6XVWDLQHG'LDORJXHDQG DQDYLGVFLHQFHĂ&#x20AC;FWLRQUHYLHZEORJJHU

Alex Cotter is a senior from Mobile, Ala. majoring in biocultural health through New College. He is the Director of Cultural Experiences for the Honors College Assembly. He is also an avid bird watcher DQGĂ&#x20AC;VKHUPDQ

Waseem Hussaini is a sophomore from Hoover, Ala. majoring in nursing and nutrition. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and serves as their webmaster, a member of NCSC, and a member of the Mosaic committee, currently working on putting together a website for the magazine. He is a member of the University Honors Program.

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Parker Murff is a sophomore from Jackson, Miss. She is pursuing a depth study in humanitarian work and multicultural studies through New College. She is minoring in Asian studies and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. She is a coordinator of the Culture House in New Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $IĂ&#x20AC;QLW\+RXVHSURJUDPDQGLVDQDYLGPRYLHJRHU

Kellie Munts is a junior from Harvest, Ala. majoring in journalism with a minor in creative writing. She is a staff copy editor at The Crimson White and is an intern at Alabama Heritage history PDJD]LQH0XQWVKDVFRQWULEXWHGWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWHGLWLRQ of DewPoint literary magazine and is a member of the University Honors Program.

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