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Parham, Jenny

Jennie Parham

To senior Jennie Parham, helping others comes as naturally as breathing. Last semester she organized the Home and Garden Art Auction as part of an Agricultural Communications internship class and wound up raising $7,900 for the Madison County Habitat for Humanity. She collected work from artists from across the state including well-known folk artists such as R.A. Miller and the late Reverend Howard Finster. The art pieces varied from homemade quilts to pine needle baskets to ceramic bulldogs, and all…

Pitts, Charlie

Charles Pitts Jr.

Charlie Pitts, Jr., a senior management information systems major, participated this summer in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program, housed at 156 universities across the U.S., is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and named after Challenger astronaut-physicist Ronald E. McNair. The summer research experience prepares undergraduates, who come from underrepresented populations and have strong academic potential, for doctoral studies. Charlie took classes on research methods, information systems and technical writing…

Wolcott, Leslie

Leslie Wolcott

Senior Leslie Wolcott has seen a lot of the world while she has been at UGA. Even before she enrolled in classes, she attended the UGA Honors Program’s Interdisciplinary Field Program in Geology, Anthropology and Ecology in the western United States. She has studied in Cuba, New Zealand and England, and she has spent a summer in Washington, D.C. working in the office of Congresswoman Denise Majette. After seeing so much of the world, Leslie plans to teach in an…

Bryan, Beau

Beau Bryan

Undergraduate Beau Bryan isn’t much for doing things halfway. He started taking pre-med college classes while he was still in high school. He graduated as his high school valedictorian in spring 2003, finished his associate’s degree as salutatorian, and started UGA in fall 2003 with 72 credits—enough to hold junior class standing. An accomplished pianist, he debuted as a soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra at age 15. He could go anywhere for college, but with family ties to UGA…

Nelson, Heather

Heather Nelson

When doctoral student Heather Nelson is not researching ways to better filter, recycle and reuse chiller water used in chicken processing plants (one of Georgia’s biggest industries) to help save money and natural resources and to improve safety concerns like bacterial contamination, she is developing programs to get high school and middle school students more interested in science. She recently developed a new category for the state and national Science Olympiad program based on her work in food science.

Taylor, Krista

Kristina Taylor

Graduate student Kristina Taylor came to UGA from Texas in 1999 to play basketball for the Lady Bulldogs and go to business school, but she says fate dealt her the “toughest years of my life.” Injuries, including serious knee injuries last year and during her freshman year, have plagued her basketball career. On top of it all, her father died suddenly during her junior year. Still, she was one of only two players to play in every game during the…