Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

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Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

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Annice Brave (Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville), who teaches 11th- and 12,h-grade English and journalism at Alton (III.) High School, was named 2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Besting seven other finalists, she represented Illinois at a NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., as a result. Brave also was one of four finalists for 201 1 National Teacher of the Year; the winner is released from teaching for a year to travel as a spokesperson for the profession and the program, which began in 1952. Brave has been teaching for 23 years, the last 1 5 at Alton. She chairs the English department, advises the school newspaper, helped start a student radio program, and was the first teacher in her district to receive National Board Certification.

Katherine Cottle (University of Maryland, College Park) published Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy (219 pages; Apprentice House, September 2010; $16.95 paperback)."! wrote Halfway, which explores the year I experienced a miscarriage and a full-term pregnancy, because I felt there wasn't a creative narrative that articulated the unfiltered and honest feelings of a regular woman dealing with the internal and external challenges of pregnancy," Cottle explained in an email. "The book parallels the halfway experiences of drug addiction, recovery, and terminal illness, as the lives of the people around me mirror my own transitional journey." Cottle, a doctoral student in English at Morgan State University, won the summer 2010 Phi Kappa Phi Forum poetry contest. Go online to or

Antionette Dickens (University of Missouri-St. Louis) won the inaugural Katherine Dunham Internship from the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, Mo. The $2,500 internship - named after the legendary dancer/ choreographer, author, educator, and activist (1 909-2006) - supports African-American students, recent graduates, working professionals, and artists interested in arts management. Dickens, pursuing a master's degree in communications and a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership at University of Missouri-St. Louis, her undergraduate alma mater, will work on the commission's grants process and develop a diversity project for minority students.

Joel DiGirolamo (Kansas State University) published Leading Team Alpha (202 pages; PranaPower, October 2010; $24.95 hardcover). It teaches principles in leadership through a novel about a manager of a software business who must rise to a new challenge in a competitive market. The author, who earlier published the award-winning Yoga in No Time at All, has more than 30 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies. Go online to

Jay Fernandez (Florida Atlantic University) was named director of the North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Public Safety Department, which includes police and fire/ rescue personnel. He previously served as chief of the Deerfield Beach District of the Broward County (FIa.) Sheriff's Office and has 25 years of experience in public safety.

Amanda Fickey (University of Kentucky student vice president) won a Dissertation Enhancement Award from University of Kentucky, valued at $3,000, and a research grant for the second time from the Kentucky Oral History Commission, worth $2,500. A student of geography, she studies alternative economic practices and regional economic development. …

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