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KaitlinGoinsKaitlin GoinsArdmore, Alabama

Undergraduate Major/Minor: Public Relations/English
Graduate: Advertising and Public Relations

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014), President’s List (Fall 2012), Presidential Scholar (Fall 2012-Present), Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation Award (Summer 2014)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public Relations and Marketing Director — Borgo Publishing (August 2014-Present), Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Fall 2014-Present), Insights and Research Director —Capstone Agency (Fall 2014), Media Relations Intern — Alchemist Branding (Winter 2014), Public Relations Intern—Freshwater Land Trust (Summer 2014), Student Assistant — Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama (April 2013-August 2014), Web Designer — Tuscaloosa Neighbors Together (October 2014-Present)

Community Service: Boys and Girls’ Club of Tuscaloosa (Fall 2013)

Organization Membership: University of Alabama Honors College, PRSSA, University Scholars

 

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LauraGregoryLaura GregoryNashville, Tennessee

Majors/Minor: Political Science and Public Relations/French

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2011, Fall 2013), Dean’s List, UA Scholar Award

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Student Assistant — University of Alabama School of Law (Present); Loan Officer — Forza Financial (Fall 2013-Fall 2014); Campus Ambassador — theSkimm (Present); Intern – Congressman Marsha Blackburn (Summer 2013); Intern — Mayor Karl Dean (Summer 2012); Vice President for Academic Affairs — Student Government Association (Present); College of Arts and Sciences Senator — Student Government Association (Spring 2012-Spring 2014); Director of Communications — Mock Trial Association (Present); President — Golden Key International Honour Society (Present); Vice President — Mortar Board (Present)

Community Service: Al’s Pals Mentor, READ Alabama Mentor, Dance Marathon, Hands on Tuscaloosa, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Organization Membership: Phi Mu Fraternity, UA Honors College, Mock Trial Association, Forza Financial, Order of Omega, Mortar Board, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society

 

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Mackensie HendersonMarietta, Georgia

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Ad Sales Intern, NBC- Atlanta (Summer 2014); Marketing Intern, College Social Magazine (September 2013-May 2014); Assistant Director of Social Media, University of Alabama’s Dance Marathon (UADM) (March 2013-March 2014); Marketing Committee, UADM (January-March 2013); Social Media Intern/Administrative Assistant, Georgia Recycling Coalition (Summer 212); UAPRSSA (Present)

Community Service: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Habitat for Humanity, UADM

Organization Membership: Phi Mu Fraternity, AdFed, UAPRSSA

 

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Sarah ParkerFort Collins, Colorado

Majors/Minor: Public Relations/French and Political Science

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2013-Fall 2014)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant Director of Media Relations — Capstone Agency (Present); UA PRSSA (Present); University Stewards (Present); Chi Omega PR Committee (Present); PR/Development Intern — Respite Care Inc. (Summer 2014); UA Panhellenic Sigma Rho Chi Adviser (Summer 2014); UA Homecoming Campus Outreach Assistant Director (Fall 2012)

Community Service: Young Life Leader (Spring 2013-present); Santa’s Elves Intern (Fall 2014)

Organization Membership: Chi Omega, UAPRSSA, University Stewards, Young Life

 

HaleyPetreyHaley PetreyLake Martin, Alabama

Majors/Minor: Public Relations/Computer Science and Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PR Intern and Contributing Writer — RSVP Montgomery Magazine (Summer 2014); PR Intern — Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor Bureau (Summer 2014); UA PRSSA (Present); UASRT (Present); Kappa Alpha Theta — Recruitment Director (2013-2014); Chief Marketing Officer — Kappa Alpha Theta (2012-2013)

Community Service: Court Appointed Special Advocates (Fall 2012-Present); RISE Center(present); AL’s Pals Mentor (Fall/Spring 2012)

Organization Membership: Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity; Order of Omega; PRSSA; UASRT

 

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Sadie SchwarmSpringfield, Illinois

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Political Science

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2011-Spring 2012, Spring 2013)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Director of Media Relations — Capstone Agency (Fall 2014, Present); Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014); Intern — Strive Strategies (Summer 2014); Intern — Shaun Murphy’s Campaign for State Senate in Illinois’ 18th District (Summer 2014); Public Affairs/Lobbying Job Shadow — Illinois Association of School Boards, IASB (Summer 2013)

Community Service: VIP Concierge — The H Foundation, Goombay Bash (Summer 2014), Volunteer — Think Pink Gymnastics Meet for Breast Cancer Awareness (Spring 2014)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Capstone Agency

 

AnaAna VegaFranklin, Tennessee

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Psychology

Academic Achievements: Fall 2013 Dean’s List, Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant Digital Director — Capstone Agency (August 2014- present), Student Marketing Assistant — Bryant Conference Center (June 2014-Present), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — Student Marketing Assistant (June 2014-Present), Assistant Communications Director for Student Affairs — Student Government Association (April 2014-Present), Digital Manager — Capstone Agency (January-August 2014), Vice President of Communications — Alpha Omicron Pi (November 2013-November 2014)

Community Service: Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa (April 2014), Habitat for Humanity (March 2013), The Arthritis Foundation (August 2012-present)

Organization Membership: Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity, PRSSA, Capstone Agency

 

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Katie VetteMontgomery, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/International Studies

Academic Achievements: CIP Study Abroad Scholarship (Fall 2013), Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society (Fall 2013-present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Intern — Stamp Idea Group (Summer 2013/2014); Senior Analysis of Insights — Capstone Agency (Fall 2013-December 2014)

Community Service: Boys and Girls Club of West Alabama (Fall 2011-Present), Make-A-Wish Foundation (Fall 2011-Present), CLEAN Tuscaloosa Project(Spring 2012)

Organization Membership: Chi Omega Sorority, PRSSA, Capstone Agency

 

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EthanWigginsEthan WigginsMidlothian, Virginia

Major/Minors: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: President’s List, Dean’s List, Richmond Scottish Rite Scholarship recipient

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Server — Outback Steakhouse (October 2010-Present); Front of House and Bar Manager – Outback Steakhouse (August 2013-Present)

Community Service: Web Designer – Humanity Road (September 2013-February 2014)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Golden Key International Honour Society, Tau Sigma National Honor Society

 

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AnnsleeWilsonAnnslee WilsonMadison, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Sociology

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2014), Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society (Spring 2011-Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PR Intern — Football Bowl Association (Fall 2014), Intern — Heron PR (Chicago, Summer 2014), Advertising Intern — The Crimson White (Fall 2013), Intern — Pinnacle Advertising & Marketing (Summer 2013), Social Media Campaign Manager — UA PRSSA (Fall 2013-Spring 2014), Assistant Director of Insights — Capstone Agency (Fall 2013), Most Valuable Insights Member (Spring 2013)

Community Service: Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama (Fall 2011-Present), Make-A-Wish Foundation (Fall 2011-Present), West Alabama AIDS Outreach (Fall 2014)

Organization Membership: Chi Omega Sorority, PRSSA, Capstone Agency

 

EstherWorkman-783x1024Esther WorkmanMontgomery, Alabama

Majors: Public Relations and Theater

Academic Achievements: President’s List, Dean’s List, Suma Cum Laude, Kimbrough Pannone Scholarship recipient, Nanellen Lane Scholarship recipient

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PR Intern — Peritus PR (Present); Director of PR — Caring for Camo (present); Communications Intern — Frist Center for the Visual Arts (Summer 2014); Web-based Communications Committee — UA PRSSA (2013-2014 academic year); Equal Opportunity Committee member — UA Student Government Association (2012-2013 academic year)

Community Service: Caring for Camo, Ronald McDonald House, Jesus Way Homeless Shelter

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Golden Key International Honour Society, National Society for Collegiate Scholars

 

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MSMichelle Sue Agee — Hurst, Texas

Design Director

Major(s): Public Relations/Restaurant Hospitality Management, concentration in Meeting and Event Planning

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List, President’s List

Jobs, Internships and other Achievements: Marketing Intern — The New Movement, Austin, Texas (Summer 2014); Public Relations Intern — Red Mountain Entertainment, Birmingham, Alabama (Spring 2014); Public Relations Intern — DDA, Cannes, France (Summer 2013); Resident Advisor — Housing and Residential Communities, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Fall 2012-Spring 2014)

Community Service: St. Joseph’s (Haiti), Tuscaloosa Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity

Organization Membership: MPI, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity (President, Delta Beta Chapter)

 

michelleMichelle Pierce — Birmingham, Alabama

Marketing Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations/English

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Account Services Committee at the Capstone Agency (Present); Public Relations Intern for 360 Media (Summer 2014); Public Relations Representative for Rent the Runway (August 2012–May 2013); Marketing Assistant at The Lofts at City Center (August 2012-May 2013)

Community Service: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Tornado relief efforts (2011)

Organization Membership: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, PRSSA, Capstone Agency

 

marymaryMary Kathryn Woods — Birmingham, Alabama

Editorial Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: President’s List, Dean’s List, Public Relations Award for Freshman, Golden Key Honour Society, Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Media Relations Committee at the Capstone Agency (Present); Public Relations Intern at STYLE Advertising (Summer 2014); Staff Writer at The Odyssey (September 2013–May 2014); Public Relations Representative for Rent the Runway (August 2012–May 2013)

Community Service: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Tornado relief efforts (2011)

Organization Membership: Phi Mu Women’s Fraternity, PRSSA, Capstone Agency