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April 16, 2007

Birmingham-Southern College students selected as Hess Center Fellows

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern has announced the 2007 class of Hess Center Fellows. The students will spend eight weeks this summer working with local and state organizations on various advocacy issues including constitutional 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:

ANDALUSIA: Rachel Stinson, a junior English major and the daughter of Rev. Judson and Rev. Mary Elizabeth Stinson of Auburn, will intern with Bread for the World in Washington, D.C., to explore advocacy as a lifelong commitment. She will monitor specific legislative issues and general political trends and will accompany policy analysts as they lobby members of Congress.

BIRMINGHAM:

Northeast: Jenna Webb, a junior sociology/psychology major and the daughter of Mem Webb II of Gardendale and Ann Webb of Montgomery. She will intern with A+ Education Foundation to work on a comparison of preparedness of Alabama's students in both professional and skilled jobs with national data. She will lead focus groups of students and employers, interact with the governor's staff, and work with members of the State Department of Education to determine the readiness of the state's work force.

South: Elizabeth Heck, a junior psychology major from Homewood and the daughter of Dr. Louis and Nancy Heck, will intern with Project ID of Highlands United Methodist Church to help connect the homeless with social service agencies that can meet their unique needs.

South: Christine McKenzie, a junior collaborative education major from Mountain Brook and the daughter of Stephen and Gail McKenzie, will intern with VOICES for Alabama's Children. She will focus on the network of individuals and organizations advocating for public policies related to early learning and pre-K that will be introduced in the 2008 legislative session.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.: Emmy Corey, a junior religion major and the daughter of John and Jean Corey of Harrisburg, Pa., will intern at Alethia House, a local organization that works to empower low income individuals and communities with the skills and values they need to be responsible for their own well being. She will use her conversational Spanish skills to help determine the need for substance abuse services for the growing Hispanic population in Birmingham.

DECATUR: Carson Land, a junior history major and the daughter of Edward and Allyson Land, will intern in the New York City office of Vital Voices. She will be examining and documenting women's issues in various countries including national anti-trafficking and domestic violence legislation.

HUNTSVILLE: Rebekah Pine, a sophomore environmental studies major and the daughter of Dr. William and Loye Pine, will intern with the Alabama Rivers Alliance. She will focus on The Alabama Water Agenda, a multi-year protective campaign designed to address priority water threats through grassroots and citizen support of policy initiatives.

MONTGOMERY: Missy Golson, a junior political science major and religion minor and the daughter of William and Kathy Golson. She will intern with the YWCA of Central Alabama to address advocacy issues such as violence against women, women's income, and welfare reform.

RUSSELLVILLE: Art Richey, a sophomore political science/economics major and the son of Benjamin and Mary Richey, will intern with Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. He will work to help make systematic changes that will strengthen the quality of life for all Alabama citizens, work collaboratively to help educate the populace on reform issues, and form coalitions between unlikely groups.

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