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CollegeDepartmentGraduate AmbassadorShort Biography
Arts and SciencesAnthropologyTina ThomasMartina Thomas is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biocultural Medical Anthropology. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Montevallo. She completed her M.A. in anthropology at the University of Alabama. She is the recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellowship. Her research interests include obesity, body image, HIV/AIDS, stigma and identity among minority populations. She is a first-generation college student and is originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Arts and SciencesArt and Art HistoryMeredith RandallMeredith Randall is a currently a MA student in the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a degree in Sculpture. She is a 2012 recipient of the Alumni Fellowship. Meredith is the Founder and current President of the Sculpture Society of Alabama and works as the Co-Director of he Black Belt 100 Lenses project based out of the Center for Community-Based Projects here at The University of Alabama. Her work has will be displayed at the Graduate Exhibition at Sella-Granata Gallery in October 2012 and was displayed at the Kentuck Gallery in April 2011.
Arts and SciencesBiological SciencesMarleshia HallMarleshia Hall is a 2006 graduate of Stillman College. After teaching junior high school for one year, she furthered her education earning a masters degree in Biology from the University of Alabama in 2009 and in Human Environmental Sciences in 2010. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She takes pride in teaching as she has had the opportunity to serve as adjunct instructor for the both the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College. She is a 2007-2009 National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow and a 2011-2013 Ronald McNair Graduate Fellow.
Arts and SciencesChemistryMelody KelleyMelody Kelley earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Wayne State University in 2007. As an LSAMP, UNCF-Merck, and NSF Fellow, she is pursuing her doctorate degree in Chemistry at UA. She is originally from Detroit, MI and has a 4 year old daughter.
Arts and SciencesCriminal JusticeSarah McCullough
Arts and SciencesEnglishJolynn Amrine Goertz Jolynn Amrine Goertz earned her B.A. in English at John Brown University and her M.A. in English at Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English, focusing mostly on Irish and Native American literature. Jolynn is a Graduate Council Fellow. She is married to Ben Goertz, and has lived in Tuscaloosa for two years. She is originally from Oakville, Washington.
Arts and SciencesGender and Race StudiesAndrea DobynesAndrea L. Dobynes is a first year graduate student in The Department of Gender & Race Studies. Andrea is originally from Virginia but finished school and her upbringing in historic Marion, AL. She received a B.A. in Communication Studies in May 2013 from The University of Alabama. While in undergrad, she was a member of The Alabama Forensics Council, Student Government Association, Future Black Law Students Association, and Collegiate 100 Black Women. Andrea is the Graduate Assistant for The Office of Student Media. She hopes to one day become a professor and make a lasting impression in the world of academia.
Arts and SciencesPolitical ScienceLaura SojkaLaura received her BA from Ohio University in 2008 majoring in Honors Tutorial College Theatre and minoring in both Political Science and History. She went on to receive her MA in Political Science in 2010 from Ohio University. She is currently pursing both a Master|s in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alabama. Her Primary concentration is on policy analysis and American politics. Laura is also working to receive a certification in women and gender studies. Laura is currently a graduate teaching assistant in the political science department. Her most recent presentation was for the Mississippi State Political Science Association Conference entitled: "Public Education as Public Responsibility: A Case Study Evaluation of the Indianapolis Public Schools." Her paper "Evaluating the Impact of Legislature Composition and Partisanship on Women Candidate’s PAC Contributions" has been accepted to the Southern Political Science Association Conference.
Arts and SciencesPolitical ScienceA.K. Shauku A.K. Shauku is a graduate of Defense Language Institute with a diploma in Korean Studies. After serving as a U.S. Army intelligence specialist in Korea, he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. A.K. is studying Law, Political Science, and Economics through UA’s joint J.D./PhD program. His research interests include Constitutional Law, as well as the intersection of law, politics, and economics.
Arts and SciencesPsychologyKrystal HedgeKrystal Hedge earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Fordham University, and her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The University of Alabama in the Psychology-Law concentration. Krystal serves as the American Psychology-Law Society|s Campus Representative for The University of Alabama. She is originally from New York.
Arts and SciencesPsychologyBecca KastnerBecca Kastner is currently a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Psychology and Law. She currently works at Bryce Hospital as a psychology intern as part of her clinical training. Becca''s research interests involve personality assessment and psychopathy. Her most recent publication was seen in Psychological Assessment, 24 entitled “A comparison of the psychometric properties of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory full-length and short-form versions”. Becca''s most recent presentation was in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the American Psychology and Law Society Annual Conference, March 2012. Her presentation was entitled Hypersexuality in College Students: The Role of Psychopathy.
Arts and SciencesPsychologyGabrielle SmithGabrielle received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College in 2010. She is currently working on her PhD in Social Psychology here at UA. Her thesis for her MA is entitled "The Role of Racial Identity and Social Support in High-Poverty African American Neighborhoods". Gabrielle maintains a graduate teaching assistantship with the department of Psychology.
Commerce and Business AdministrationBusiness & Commerce, GeneralJolyon GreeneJolyon received his BA in History here at UA. He is currently pursuing his MA in Business Administration with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013. Currently Jolyon works with the Crossroad Community Center here on campus as a graduate assistant. Jolyon has extensive experience in public relations, media, and marketing.
Commerce and Business AdministrationBusiness Administration, ExecutiveWeiwei Zhang Weiwei Zhang earned her Bachelors from Qingdao University of Science and Technology, her Masters from the School of International Studies, Yonsei University, in South Korea, and is currently working on her PhD in Finance at the University of Alabama. She has earned many scholarships and fellowships including the Lee Jung Hwan Education Foundation Fellowship and a Graduate Council Fellowship at UA. Weiwei received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the International Trade and Finance’s Award for Academic Excellence in GSIS, Yonsei. Weiwei is from China and speaks English, Chinese and Korean.
Commerce and Business AdministrationManagement & Marketing (MGMK)Oliver StoutnerOliver Stoutner is currently pursuing a PhD in Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. He received his B.A. in Music from the University of Iowa and his M.B.A. from the University of Alabama--Huntsville. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and is the recipient of The University of Alabama Langston T. Hawley Management Graduate Award. Oliver has fifteen years of leadership experience in non-profit and public broadcasting administration. Most recently Oliver served as general manager for Alabama’s NPR affiliate in Huntsville.
Commerce and Business AdministrationManagement & Marketing (MGMK)Madeleine McKenzieMadeleine received her BS in Business Management with a specialization in Healthcare Administration here at UA in 2012. She is currently a 2nd year MBA student with a concentration in Strategic Management & Marketing where she also spends time as the MBAA Community Service Chair. She also works for the Graduate School department as a Graduate Assistant for Recruitment. Madeleine hopes to use her degrees and experiences in the Healthcare field upon graduation. She is originally from Athens, Al and a long line of Bama graduates.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication (CIS), GeneralBijie BieBijie is originally from China, and is working on her Ph.D in Mass Communication at the University of Alabama. Before coming to Alabama, she received her Master''s from the University of Florida in the Arts in Advertising program. While in China, Bijie was acknowledged for her undergraduate accomplishments with the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Her primary research focus is on health communication, especially the design of effective messages for public communication campaigns and the role of cognitions and emotions in guiding people’s intentions to perform health behaviors. She is also engaged in health and risk communication research in the context of computer-mediated communication and international communication. Currently, Bijie has an abundant amount of research experience, both in performing research and presenting research at conferences. Her work has been presented at the Association for Marketing & Health Care Research (AMHCR) 2011 conference and the 2012 Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication (CIS), GeneralBin ShenBin Shen is currently a PhD student in the Communication and Information Science program. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the department. Bin’s most recent publication was in the Journal of Promotion Management entitled “Social media, Social Me: A Content Analysis of Beauty Companies’ Use of Facebook in Marketing and Branding”. Her research interests focus on media effects, advertising effects of social media, and para-social interaction.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesMatt WhitmanMatt Whitman is currently a Master’s student in Communication Studies here at UA currently focusing on organizational communication within the professional track. He was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and works with the Public Speaking Labs on campus. He was awarded the Dr. Randall Capps Forensics Award in 2012 at Western Kentucky University and is currently working with the Alabama Forensic Council as a volunteer coach.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesRichard RushRichard Rush is currently a Doctoral student in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. He received his MA from The University of Alabama in 2008 in Advertising and Public Relations. Richard previously worked at Cummings Creative Group as an Account Director and spent the last 3 years working at Birmingham-Southern College as the Marketing Coordinator where he worked providing marketing support to all departments across the campus. He is an avid golfer and member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Communication and Information SciencesCommunication StudiesBrittany GallowayBrittany J. Galloway is a 2013 graduate of Eastern Michigan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Departmental Honor. Brittany received a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.She is a McNair Scholar and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She has published two research articles that focus on shattering the "Glass Ceiling" and "Leadership within Corporate America." She is currently a full-time masters student in the Advertising and Public Relations program. Her goal is to simply prove what is possible!
Communication and Information SciencesLibrary and Information StudiesJordan Whetstone
Communication and Information SciencesTelecommunication and FilmTheadoris MorrisTheadoris Morris earned her B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Dance from Auburn University. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Telecommunication and Film with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism at The University of Alabama. She previously worked for The Clanton Advertiser newspaper in Chilton County, Alabama as a General Assignments Reporter, where she was awarded 2nd Place Best Sports Feature Story in the 2012 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Theadoris is currently interning at The University of Alabama|s WVUA-TV as an editor and reporter. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship working with the department of Telecommunication and Film. Her research interests include the portrayal of minorities in broadcast and new media and African American women in the newsroom. She is the 2013-2014 Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of the Capstone Association of Black Journalists. She is from Birmingham, AL.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingMarsha SimonMarsha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Spanish from Grambling State University in 2008 and then an MS in Developmental Education in 2010. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Research through the College of Education. Marsha has over 8 years of experience teaching in the secondary education system. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and Golden Key Honor Society.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingGemima FauvalGemima is joining the Graduate Ambassador program as a Ed.S. School Psychology student in the Education Department. Before coming to the University of Alabama, she studied at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While at Xavier University of Louisiana, she received the Xavier University Academic Scholarship, volunteered with outreach program, tutored at local schools, become a Ronald E. McNair scholar, and inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology. She ultimately wants to obtain her Ph.D. in Psychology. Her research interests include child development, behavior problems in learning settings, the role of parents and teachers in student''s education, and child/adolescent behavior.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingKia BoydKia comes to the Graduate Ambassador Program with a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from the University of Alabama. Currently, she is working on her Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and plans on graduating in May 2014. While in her program, she has been working as a graduate research assistant with The Center for Community Based Partnerships. Kia is involved in outside community service with United Way of West Alabama, Big Brothers Big Sister''s of West Alabama, as well as the America Reads Program. During her undergraduate educational career, Kia traveled to Ghana, Africa through the Alabama in Ghana program. Kia hopes to become an Engaged Scholar, studying misconceptions and attitudes regarding school psychologists. In the future, Kia plans to work in a rural school district as a School Psychologist.
EducationEdu Studies in Psych, Research Methodology & CounselingYangxue DongYangxue Dong earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Henan Institute of Education in China. And she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Alabama. Yangxue is from China.
EducationEducational Leadership, Policy & Technology StudiesDouglas CraddockDouglas will be joining the Graduate Ambassador program while pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Administration. Douglas comes from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he graduated in the Spring of 2012 with a Master||s in Information Engineering and Management. While working on his Master||s, Douglas worked as a Project Manager and Project Analyst with Southern Company in Birmingham. As he works on his Doctorate, he works in Housing and Residential Communities as a Community Director. Outside of academics, Douglas is a participant of the Big Brother/Big Sister organization, where he mentors one-on-one with a child in Tuscaloosa county.
EducationEducational Leadership, Policy & Technology StudiesKristi GarrettKristi is currently pursuing her doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Instructional Technology at the University of Alabama. Her undergraduate career lead her to a Bachelor''s of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management Information at Auburn University. Following her undergraduate career, she followed her interests in Management and completed her Master''s of Science in Management from Troy University in 2005. Currently, Kristi has been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the College of Education in Computer Concepts and Application every semester since August 2010. She also intermittently works with the Superintendents Leadership Academy as the Technology Specialist. She will be joining the Ambassador Team this year, while also working as the Technology Specialist for the Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines. Her portfolio can be viewed at:
EducationEducational Leadership, Policy & Technology StudiesJean SwindleJean is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Leadership at the College of Education at UA. Before returning to the USA to complete her doctorate Jean was the General Director for the Faith Christian School in Asuncion, Paraguay. Jean received her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business at Coker College in SC and went on to receive her MA in Secondary Education from UA. While Jean received her MA from UA she was working in Asuncion, Paraguay, as teacher and middle school administrator at Asuncion Christian Academy, experiencing first-hand one of the College of Education''s international programs. Prior to entering education, she served as a US diplomat and has extensive experience in international relations, international education, and international programs. She is fluent in Spanish has served as a simultaneous translator at various conferences and conventions in South America.
EngineeringCivil, Construction & Environmental EngineeringAbigail MaloofAbigail Maloof participates in the Scholars Program at the University of Alabama, which allows her to work towards both her BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Environmental Engineering simultaneously. She participates in research on glacier mass and volume variability in the Wind River Range and will be a graduate research assistant in January. Abigail is secretary of the USGBC student chapter at the university. She is originally from Tennessee.
EngineeringElectrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)Huiying ZhengHuiying Zheng earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering at Shanghai University of Electric Power in Shanghai, China. She was a member of the torch relay of the 2008 Olympic Games as the representative of college students all over China. She is an UA Graduate Council Fellowship recipient and pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in solar energy.
EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials EngineeringNicholas De LeonNicholas De Leon earned his Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the same field at the same institution. He is a McNair Fellow and is from Coral Springs, Florida.
EngineeringMetallurgical and Materials EngineeringDerrick StokesDerrick received his BS in Physics at Jackson State University in 2010. He is currently obtaining his MS Metallurgical Engineering and his PhD in Materials Science from UA. His expected graduation date is May 2014. Derrick is currently a graduate research assistant for the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He is analyzing the development of Ti-TiA13 Metallic-Intermetallic Laminate Composites (MLC|s) for structural, defense, and aerospace applications. Derrick has extensive presentation experience with his most current presentation being at Corning Incorporated Research Conference in Corning NY August 2011.
Human Environmental SciencesClothing, Textiles & Interior DesignAnna AthertonAnna is originally from Gulfport, MS and is currently in her second year of the Master''s Program in Clothing and Textiles at UA. She is also a graduate research assistant in the Clothing and Textiles Department. Anna is a2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) where she earned her BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. At Ole Miss, she was involved in the Ole Miss Marketing Organization, Kappa Delta Sorority, Hope for Africa, and the Chancellor''s Leadership class.
Human Environmental SciencesHuman Development and Family StudiesVanessa CarterVanessa is a 2nd year Master''s student in Human Development & Family Studies. She is a 2012 recipient of the McNair Graduate Fellowship. She is a native of Helena, Arkansas, and she earned her B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She is currently working on her Master''s thesis entitled "Do maternal warmth and maternal risky sexual behavior predict intergenerational teenage pregnancy across time?" Upon graduation, she plans to pursue her Phd in Maternal and Child Health.
Human Environmental SciencesHuman Environmental Sciences, GeneralKatie MellownKatie began her Higher Education career at The University of Alabama where she earned a degree in Communication and Information Sciences. When she graduated from The University of Alabama, she continued her studies here hoping to get her Masters in Human Environmental Sciences in May. Currently, Katie is an Executive Assistant for The University''s Athletic Department where she provides support for the Associate Athletic Director of Special Projects.
Social WorkSocial WorkChelsea TuckerChelsea Tucker is currently obtaining her Master of Social Work degree at The University of Alabama with a concentration in adults and families. After graduating with her Bachelor of Social Work degree in May of 2013, she enrolled in the Advanced Standing Program and plans to graduate in May of 2014. Chelsea is a Graduate Council Fellow for the 2013-2014 school year and hopes to intern in Washington DC in the spring.

Total number of Graduate Ambassadors: 38
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