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Victoria Pettis is a married mother of two children. Besides being a doctoral student in Language Education, she is an English teacher at Clarke Central High School in Athens. Using critical race theory as a theoretical lens, her dissertation explores how English teachers negotiated issues of race in five books within the context of a teacher book club. Victoria has earned external grants and recognition from the AERA/Spencer Foundation, Teaching Tolerance Foundation, and National Conference of Teachers of English in…
Becky Childs studies the dialects of residents of Texana, a 150-member African-American community nestled in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Although most of Texana’s residents are African American, Becky is finding that they engage in large-scale vowel rotations, or shifts in vowel pronunciation, characteristic of Appalachian Whites who more typically inhabit the Smoky Mountains. Her work illuminates the importance of considering the regional characteristics of African-American speech. Becky also has obtained grant funding to compile and preserve Texana’s oral…
Joanna Griffin-Craven is a senior Agriscience and Environmental Systems major at the UGA Tifton campus. She is a native of Nashville, Georgia, and the first student ever selected to participate in the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum, a year-long program that includes all aspects of Georgia’s agriculture industry and is designed to mold future leaders.
As senior Kate Walker is about to graduate, she says she’s “been involved in everything from UGA Crew to Delta Zeta sorority.” In her time at UGA, she studied in Spain and worked in Australia picking fruit and drawing blood, among other things. She is currently working part-time as an intern for Oasis Católico Santa Rafaela, a local program designed to help Hispanic children adjust to life in America.
Stephan is no ordinary veterinary student. Besides caring for her little sister and her mother, who was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm one year ago, she is president of the UGA student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA), she works with many community service projects including Adopt-a-Highway and the Images of Success Program (a mentoring program), and she has been to South America to investigate the economical impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.…
Kit Hughes has shown his conceptual art projects at venues throughout the southeast region since 1998, including the Fugitive Art Center in Nashville and the Murfreesboro Art Center, also in Tennessee. He is also a net artist who has received a grant from the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) for his Tagging project, an online tool for covering downtown Athens in virtual graffiti.