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March 7, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College students selected as Hess Center Fellows

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern is pleased to announce the inaugural class of Hess Center Fellows. The students will spend eight weeks this summer working with local, state and international organizations on various advocacy issues including constitutional and tax reform, empowering women, the environment and federal hunger legislation. They will also participate in pre-internship seminars and give presentations to the college community next fall.

The Hess Center for Leadership and Service fellowships are funded by the Dixon Foundation and the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation, both of Birmingham.

Fellows, listed alphabetically by hometown, are:


Farley Lord, a junior French major, environmental studies minor and the daughter of Dr. Wayne and Rosa Beatty Lord. Farley has previously interned at the Global Species Address Book Project at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. She will continue her work in environmental advocacy with the Alabama Rivers Alliance.


South : Mary Ivey, a junior political science/sociology major from Homewood and the daughter of Bill and Cathy Ivey. As an intern for the YWCA of Central Alabama, Ivey will follow federal and state legislation relevant to its advocacy issues and develop support letters for the issues, and will assist with Eleanor's E-Tree, an electronic newsletter that includes news and events.


Eddie LaCour, a junior political science major, religion/philosophy double minor and the son of Edmund and Mary LaCour. LaCour will work with Greater Birmingham Ministries on issues of constitutional reform.


Brittany Winfree, a junior history major and the daughter of Russell and Wanda Winfree. As an intern with VOICES for Alabama's Children, Winfree will develop and conduct focus groups in the Black Belt that address the failure of Amendment One. She will also be involved with the analysis and reporting of her findings.


Lisa Owens, a sophomore and the daughter of Frederick and Denise Owens. Owens is currently working with Birmingham-Southern faculty to contract a major in human rights, which will include courses in political science, philosophy, environmental studies and sociology. At AIDS Alabama, Owens will work to establish community support and will also educate city and county officials on HIV-related issues.

MADISON , Miss. :

Kate Brantley, a junior French/English double major and the daughter of Mary Brantley. Brantley will work with Aletheia House to analyze services provided to Birmingham's homeless men and women in order to determine how to best meet their needs.


Marcus Dillender, a junior math/economics double major, journalism/psychology double minor and the son of Robert and Sherry Dillender. Dillender will conduct an independent research project with Bread for the World on federal food stamp legislation and will assist the domestic lobbying team on hunger issues.



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