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May 15, 2007

Birmingham-Southern recognizes 2006-07 Vail teaching and research fellows

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Four Birmingham-Southern College students were recognized during the college's 2007 Honors Day Convocation for completing fellowships during the 2006-07 academic year that allowed them to collaborate with their professors on teaching or research projects.

The Charles B. Vail College Fellows Program, named after the 1945 BSC graduate, is a program of joint faculty/student projects leading to scholarly presentations and joint publications.

Vail Teaching Fellows work closely with professors in certain areas of preparing for and conducting classes. Vail Research Fellows collaborate with professors on research projects. Both receive academic credit. Vail Distinguished Teaching and Research Fellows are involved in longer, more extensive projects and receive $1,000 tuition stipends.

A contribution from Bessemer native and longtime educator Dr. Charles B. Vail, president emeritus of Winthrop College, endowed the Vail College Fellows Program at BSC in 1994.

The 2006-07 Vail Fellows, listed by hometown and category, were:


Katherine Jenkins of Vestavia, a senior theatre arts major and the daughter of Wanda Webster, distinguished teaching fellow with Alan Litsey, BSC professor of theatre, project titled “THA 120-1Y Beginning Acting.”

Erin Montgomery of Hoover, a senior chemistry/professional history major and the daughter of Dana Wetzel and Robert Montgomery, distinguished research fellow with Steven Hendley, BSC professor of philosophy, project titled “Sartre Studies International.”

Daniel Mauldin of Center Point, a senior history major and the son of Rev. Donald and Glenda Mauldin, distinguished research fellow with Randall Law, BSC assistant professor of history, project titled “History of Terrorism: Manuscript for Polity Press.”

Haley Box, a sophomore history major and the daughter of Jack and Dawn Box, distinguished teaching/research fellow with Matthew Levey, BSC associate professor of history, project titled “HI 182 East Asian Civilization II: Japanese Civilization” and “The Samurai Family during the Tokugawa Period.”

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