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Sept. 26, 2007

Birmingham-Southern recognizes 2007-08 Vail teaching and research fellows

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Twelve Birmingham-Southern College students have been awarded fellowships that allow them to collaborate with their professors on teaching or research projects during the 2007-08 academic year.

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 2007-08 Vail Fellows, listed by hometown and category, are:

ALEXANDER CITY: Mary Patricia George, a junior biology major and the daughter of Steve and Margaret George, distinguished teaching fellow with Wayne Shew, BSC associate provost and professor of biology, project titled “Development of a Lab Manual for Microbiology.”

Charles Richard Byrd of Mountain Brook, a senior church music major and the son of Rick and Rene Byrd, distinguished teaching fellow with Lester Seigel, BSC Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music, project titled “Conducting and Teaching the College-Level Choral Ensemble.”

Jannese Edverlyn Stallworth of Homewood, a junior biology major and the daughter of Orrilyn Stallworth, distinguished research fellow with Gretchen Repasky, BSC assistant professor of biology and chemistry, project titled “Role of the PEDF Tumor Suppressor in Ras-Mediated Pancreatic Oncogenesis.”

Susanna Jean Miller of College Hills, a sophomore English major and the daughter of James and Ann Miller of Nairobi, Kenya, research fellow with Guy Hubbs, BSC associate professor of library science, project titled “Methodism in Alabama: An Annotated Bibliography.”

CORDOVA, TENN.: Shaundrin Yvette Elliott, a senior music major and the daughter of Sandra Richards, distinguished teaching fellow with Dorothy Hindman, BSC assistant professor of music, project titled “MU 150 (1Y) Music Rules! Fundamentals of Music Theory through Service Learning plus Teaching Internship at Woodrow Wilson.”

DOUGLASVILLE, GA.: Shannon Keough Stevens, a senior biology major and the daughter of John and Bonita Stevens, distinguished teaching fellow with Matthew Levey, BSC associate professor of history, project titled “HI 182: East Asian Civilization II: Japanese Civilization” and “Evolution of the Use of History, Mythology, and Fiction for Political Use in Japan.”

Susan Chesley Fant, a junior accounting major and the daughter of George and Jane Fant, distinguished research fellow for entrepreneurial studies with Byron Chew, BSC Monaghan Professor of Management.

Liza Marie Pugliese, a senior psychology major and the daughter of Dr. Thomas and Jean Pugliese, distinguished research fellow for teaching of research with Heather Meggers-Wright, BSC assistant professor of psychology.

Allison Rose Schuver, a junior English major and the daughter of Michael and Dianne Schuver, teaching fellow with Judith Cox, BSC professor of German, project titled “HON 222: Frankenstein Meets Snow White: Cross-cultural Studies in Romanticism,” and distinguished teaching fellow with Tynes Cowan, BSC assistant professor of English, project titled “Recreating BSC Folklore Interim Project.”

GLENSHAW, PA.: Leslie Reagan Brown, a senior theatre arts major and the daughter of Donna Jordan of Glenshaw, Pa., and Scott Brown of Montgomery, distinguished teaching fellow with Alan Litsey, BSC professor of theatre, project titled “THA 120-1Y: Beginning Acting.”

HUNTSVILLE: Lisa Lucile Owens, a senior individualized human rights major and the daughter of Dr. Frederick Jr. and Denise Owens, research fellow with Vincent Gawronski, BSC associate professor of political science, project titled “The Transnationalization of Central American Gangs: Penetrating the Deep South?”

MUSCLE SHOALS: Kelly Michelle Gronemeyer, a sophomore biology major and the daughter of Donna Nelson of Muscle Shoals and John Gronemeyer of Granbury, Texas, teaching fellow with Duane Pontius, BSC associate professor of physics, and Mark Rupright, BSC assistant professor of physics, project titled “Peer Instruction in Introductory Physics.”

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