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Madalyn Atherton; photo by Ana Vega

Madalyn Atherton — Huntsville, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Creative Writing

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2012-Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public Relations Intern — Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion (Present); UA PRSSA (Present); Upper Street London Public Relations Intern (Summer 2015); CMA EDU Social Media Director (Present); Public Relations Intern — Child Abuse Prevention Services (Spring 2015); UA Panhellenic Sigma Rho Chi (Summer 2014); Writer for The Odyssey (Fall 2013-Spring 2015) Delta Zeta New Member Assistant (Spring-Fall 2013)

Community Service: Tuscaloosa’s One Place; Habitat for Humanity; Child Abuse Prevention Services; Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl

Organization Membership: Delta Zeta; UA Resonance Show Choir; PRSSA; CMA EDU


Shelby Bonner; photo by Ana Vega

Shelby Bonner — Foley, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success (2015); Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization (2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: UA Blend Social Media Chair (Present); Public Relations Intern — Hemsworth Communications (Summer 2015); Marketing Team Intern — Office of Student Media (2014-2015); Promotional Team Leader — WVUA-FM (2014-2015)

Community Service: Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Summer 2013)

Organization Membership: UA Blend, UAPRSSA, Professional Women in Communication and Business


Kristen Ellis; photo by Ana Vega

Kristen Ellis — Letohatchee, Alabama

Major/Minors: Public Relations/General Business and Spanish

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2012-Spring 2015); Blue Key, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa Senior Honor Societies; Order of Omega Senior Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Kappa Tau Alpha Mass Communication Honor Society; Cardinal Key Junior Honor Society; Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society; Golden Key International Honour Society (Public Relations Chair); Public Relations Academic Achievement Award (2014, 2015); Most Outstanding Freshman Award (2013)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: President — College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassadors (Present), Student Executive Council (Present), Account Services Department — Capstone Agency (Present), Public Relations Intern — Black Warrior Riverkeeper through a grant provided by the Munson Foundation (Summer 2015), Spanish study abroad program — Salamanca, Spain (May 2015), Vice President — College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassadors (2014-2015), UA Panhellenic Sigma Rho Chi adviser (August 2014), Public Relations Intern — Murphy Media in conjunction with Southern Living (Summer 2014), Marketing Intern — Jackson Hospital (Summer 2013), University Honors Program freshman mentor (Fall 2013), College of Communication and Information Sciences Senator — Student Government Association (2013-2014), Student Alumni Association (2012-2014), First Year Council — Student Government Association (2012-2013), Phi Mu Junior Panhellenic Delegate (2012-2013)

Community Service: Capstone Village (March 2014), Habitat for Humanity (March 2013), UA Dance Marathon benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (March 2013, 2014), “57 Miles” cleanup project in Marion, Alabama (October 2013), SGA Capstone for Children’s Holiday Gift Drive benefitting Children’s Hospital of Alabama (November 2012)

Organization Membership: Honors College, College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassadors, PRSSA, Capstone Agency, Ketchum Mindfire Program, Phi Mu


Katie Gatti; photo by Ana Vega

Katie Gatti — Hebron, Kentucky

Major/Minor: Public Relations/International Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015); President’s List (Spring 2014)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Director of Insights — Capstone Agency (Present); Secretary — UAPRSSA (Present); Assistant Communications Director for Financial Affairs — SGA (Present); Digital Media Intern — KC Projects LLC (Summer 2015); Emerging Scholars Undergraduate Research Finalist (Spring 2015)

Community Service: Delta Delta Delta for St. Jude

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, Delta Delta Delta, SGA, UAPRSSA


Caroline Giddis; photo by Ana Vega

Caroline Giddis — Memphis, Tennessee

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and Spanish/Art History

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013-Spring 2015); President’s List (Summer 2014)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PR Director — Project Health (Present); VP of Programs — UA PRCA (Present); Editorial Intern — Revista COSAS (Summer 2015); Corporate Communications Intern — Raymond James Financial Inc. (Summer 2015)

Community Service: Alabama Action Abroad, Costa Rica (Summer 2013); Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes (Spring 2013-Present)

Organization Membership: Honors College, Alpha Chi Omega, Project Health, UAPRSSA, PRSA, ONE Campus Alabama, Spanish Club


Sally Immel; photo by Ana Vega

Sally Immel — Mobile, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2013, Spring 2014); Jack Edwards Endowed Alumni Scholarship Recipient

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Present); Homecoming Director of Choreography — UA Homecoming (Present); Assistant Communications Director for Student Affairs — SGA (Present); Public Relations Chairman — Kappa Kappa Gamma (Present); Peritus Public Relations Intern (Summer 2015); The Odyssey Olympia Media Group Writer (2014-2015); Kappa Kappa Gamma Convention Delegate (Summer 2014); Recruitment Chairman — Kappa Kappa Gamma (2013-2014); Leadership Academy Representative — Kappa Kappa Gamma (Fall 2013)

Community Service: Kappa Karnival for Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Annual Kappa Kappa Gamma Book Drive; Thomas Plott Foundation Fundraiser; Cystic Fibrosis Pancake Breakfast

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UA Homecoming Exec, SGA, Kappa Kappa Gamma, PRSSA


Hayley Kilgo; photo by Ana Vega


Hayley Kilgo — Cullman, Alabama

Majors: Public Relations and Restaurant, Hotels, Meetings Management

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014 – Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Digital Department — Capstone Agency (Present); Public Relations & Social Media Intern — Superfly Presents (Summer 2015); Marketing Coordinator — UA Veteran and Military Affairs Office (2014-2015); Social Media Campus Representative — 31 Bits (2014-2015)

Community Service: Ronald McDonald House, Caring for Camo, Habitat for Humanity

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, Alabama Diamond Dolls, Alpha Delta Pi


Mackenzie Lyng; photo by Ana Vega

Mackenzie Lyng—Los Angeles, California

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Political Science

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Contributing Writer — The Crimson White (February 2015-present), Publicity Team Member — Black Warrior Film Festival (January 2014-February 2015), Public Relations Contributor— (August-December 2014), Public Relations Intern — Alma& Co. (May-August 2015), Public Relations Contributor — Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama (January-May 2015), Server —Newk’s Eatery (August 2012-July 2014), Sales Associate — Abercrombie (May-August 2012)

Community Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama (Spring 2015)




Tatum Roessler; photo by Ana Vega

Tatum Roessler – Centreville, Virginia

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Psychology

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Fairfax County Government communications intern (Summer 2013), Anthropologie sales associate (Summer 2014-present), Undergraduate Research Assistant for the College of Communication and Information Sciences (2013-2014), The Crimson White News Desk contributing writer (Fall 2014), Black Warrior Film Festival publicity team (Spring 2015), Capstone Agency: Media Relations team (Spring 2015), The University of Alabama School of Law communications intern (Spring 2015-present), HAVAS Health Advertising Agency Digital Media intern (Summer 2015), Chi Omega Public Relations Committee (Spring 2015-Present)

Community Service: Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa, West Alabama Food Bank, FACETS tutoring program

Organization Membership: Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, PRSSA



Taylor Shelnutt; photo by Ana Vega

Taylor Shelnutt — Douglasville, Georgia

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and Spanish/General Business

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2012-Spring 2015), Presidential Scholar (Present), Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar (Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Firm Director — Capstone Agency (Present); Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Present); A+PR Student Initiative Board (Present); Agency Account Services Intern — Compassion International (Summer 2015); Public Relations Intern — Alchemist Branding (Winter 2014); Social Media Committee Leader — UA PRSSA (Fall 2014-Spring 2015); Assistant Firm Director — Capstone Agency (Fall 2014-Spring 2015); Assistant Communications Director for Engagement — SGA (Fall 2014-Spring 2015); Study Abroad — UA in Spain (Summer 2014); Assistant Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama (Fall 2012-Spring 2014); Spanish Outreach tutoring program (Spring 2014); Vacation Bible School crew leader (Summer 2013)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, Student Initiative Board



Luke Thomas; photo by Ana Vega

Luke Thomas — Birmingham, Alabama

Majors: Public Relations and French

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Culverhouse College of Commerce PR Intern (Present); SGA Senator (Fall 2014-Spring 2015); Crimson White Advertising & Sales Intern (Spring 2014); Vice President of C&IS Ambassadors (Present); Capstone Poll Student Research Assistant (Spring 2013-Spring 2015); A+PR Student Initiative Board Peer Relations Co-Coordinator (Present); Student Executive Council (Fall 2014-Fall 2015); Capstone Agency Insights Department (Spring 2014-Fall 2014); PRSSA (Present); Hollister Co. Associate (Spring 2011-January 2014)

Community Service: Santa’s Elves Intern (Fall 2014)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, American Mensa, SIB, C&IS Ambassadors



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Sarah Parker; photo by Ana Vega

Sarah Parker — Fort Collins, Colorado
Marketing Director

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


Ana Vega

Ana Vega — Franklin, Tennessee
Design Director

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-May 2015), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — Student Marketing Assistant (June 2014-May 2015), Assistant Communications Director for Student Affairs — Student Government Association (April 2014-May 2015), 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, Student Government Association


Ethan Wiggins; photo by Ana Vega


Ethan Wiggins — Midlothian, Virginia
Editorial Director

Major/Minor: 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