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February 2, 2004

Birmingham-Southern students use Interim scholarships to aid studies in U.S. and abroad

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—More than 30 Birmingham-Southern College students received Interim 2004 Scholarships in January for independent study excursions throughout the United States and overseas to gain academic credit toward their BSC degrees.

Both the college's Student Government Association and various endowed funds helped sponsor the annual scholarships, which ranged this year from $150 to $2,500.

“The scholarships make Interim travel possible for students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Carlye Dudgeon, Interim director at BSC. “For many students, it's their first time overseas, and it gives them the chance to complement their education.”

Interim is a four-week period each January that gives students an opportunity to develop their creative potential by exploring topics of interest in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and world. Students may choose from on-campus projects, independent study or research, travel-study experiences, and challenging internships.

Students who received scholarships, listed by hometown, were:

BIRMINGHAM Area:

Bessemer Cutoff: Landon Raiford of Hueytown, a junior political science major, who interned with 2005 presidential candidate Howard Dean in the New Hampshire Primary. He is the son of Brenda and Randall Raiford.

Hoover/Vestavia: David Gaston of Vestavia Hills, a sophomore music major, who traveled to Greece and Italy to study the Christian missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. He is the son of Victoria and James Gaston.

Eric Harper of Hoover, a junior math major, who traveled to Greece and Italy to study the Christian missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. He is the son of Nancy and James Harper.

Kim Johnson of Hoover, a senior biology major, who traveled to Peru to study its culture and language and to observe the ecology of the Amazon rainforest. She is the daughter of Donna and Mark Johnson.

Lauren Kilgore of Vestavia Hills, a junior political science major, who visited Zambia, Africa, to study the political environment and to volunteer at a regional medical facility assisting AIDS patients. She is the daughter of Patricia and Larry Kilgore.

Trey Rayfield of Hoover, a senior music major, who attended opera performances in five European countries. He is the son of Larry Rayfield and Lynda Wheeler.

North/East: Alyssa Cummings of Warrior, a sophomore English major, who traveled to Ireland to study its literature. She is the daughter of Nancy and Lloyd Cummings.

Greta DiGiorgio of Warrior, a junior voice major, who attended opera performances in five European countries. She is the daughter of Sharon and John DiGiorgio.

Frank Hadder of Trussville, a sophomore computer science major, who attended opera performances in five European countries. He is the son of Linda Hadder.

Libby Yost of Trussville, a junior biology/sociology major, who traveled to Peru to study its culture and language and to observe the ecology of the Amazon rainforest. She is the daughter of Allyne and Michael Yost.

Shelby: Rachel Langford of Helena, a sophomore undecided major, who traveled to Ireland to study its literature. She is the daughter of Amy Camarda and Michael Tigroud.

South: Chloe Andrus of Southside, a sophomore psychology major, who traveled to South Africa to study the post-apartheid issues of gender equality and reconciliation. She is the daughter of Sheila and Mark Andrus.

West: Tiffany Newborn of Ensley, a junior English major, who traveled to Ireland to study its literature. She is the daughter of Deborah and Charles Newborn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.:
Amy Perkins, a sophomore psychology major, who studied ecosystems of saltwater and freshwater aquaria at aquariums in Chattanooga and Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Susan and Don Perkins.

CULLMAN:
Margaret Ege, a senior psychology major, who traveled to the Caribbean aboard a schooner for a sail-training project and studied Caribbean culture. She is the daughter of Brenda and James Ege.

DOTHAN:
Claudia Adams of Webb, a senior English/musical performance major, who attended opera performances in five European countries. She is the daughter of Marilyn and Larry Adams.

FORT PAYNE:
Lindsey Denson, a senior political science major, who interned with 2005 presidential candidate Howard Dean in the New Hampshire Primary. She is the daughter of Rita Louise and Christopher Denson.

FORT VALLEY, Ga.:
Thomas Martin IV, a junior religion major, who traveled to Greece and Italy to study the Christian missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. He is the son of Florence and Tom Martin III.

GADSDEN:
Melinda Hill, a sophomore undecided major, who traveled to Italy to visit major cultural and historical sites. She is the daughter of Linda and Charles Hill.

GREENVILLE:
Scott Stetson of Troy, a sophomore biology major, who traveled to Peru to study its culture and language and to observe the ecology of the Amazon rainforest. He is the son of Toni Stetson.

HUNTSVILLE:
Barbara Pusey, a junior dance major, who researched protein crystals at a college laboratory in London. She is the daughter of Sjoerdje and Marc Pusey.

Stewart Stokes, a junior biology/psychology major, who traveled to Peru to study its culture and language and to observe the ecology of the Amazon rainforest. She is the daughter of Kathryn Stokes.

Kristina Zuschlag, a senior biology major, who visited the Southeastern U.S. to research purported haunted sites in several towns and cities. She is the daughter of Kathy and Bodo Zuschlag.

JACKSON, Miss.:
Janet Palmer, a senior psychology major, who visited the Southeastern U.S. to research purported haunted sites in several towns and cities. She is the daughter of Dorothy and Clifford Palmer.

LEWISBURG, Tenn.:
Clarissa Givens of Columbia, a sophomore biology major, who traveled to Chile to assist the Chilean Methodist Church with community construction projects. She is the daughter of Jennifer Murray.

MOBILE:
Jeffrey Pitts, a senior art/photography major, who traveled to France to photograph the settings of the French Alps. He is the son of Jeanne and Perey Pitts III.

ROSWELL, Ga.:
Sarah Kasbohm, a junior psychology major, who traveled to Chile to work on community construction projects with the Chilean Methodist Church. She is the daughter of Nancy and Peter Kasbohm.

SCOTTSBORO:
Amy Brown, a senior religion/sociology major, who traveled to Greece and Italy to study the Christian missionary journey of the Apostle Paul. She is the daughter of Rev. K.R. and Sarah Brown.

SOPERTON, Ga.:
Audrey Cook of Dublin, a senior photography major, who traveled to the Florida Keys to create drawings, paintings, and photographs. She is the daughter of Jo and Harry Cook.

TUCSON, Ariz.:
Stacey Taylor, a senior art major, who traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Capital Hill Internship Program. She is the daughter of Stephanie and John Taylor.

TUSCALOOSA:
Melissa Brown, a junior English major, who traveled to Ireland to study its literature. She is the daughter of Elizabeth and Steven Brown.

VERNON:
Laura Faulkner, a junior accounting major, who studied Spanish at a language school in Grenada, Spain. She is the daughter of Carol and Thomas Faulkner.

 

 

 
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