Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

College News 4/7

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

College News 4/7

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The Stillman College Honda Campus All Star Challenge team has been selected to compete in the national championship tournament, which started Saturday and continues today on the campus of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. in Torrance, Calif.

Each year, 89 Historically Black Colleges and Universities compete in the challenge. Of these 89 teams, 48 are selected to compete in the National Championship Tournament.

Stillman's four varsity team members are Will Taite III, a biology major from Monroeville; Anthony Zermeno, a math major from Colton, Calif.; Erik Schmich, a biology major from Davie, Fla.; and Lawrence Brown, an English major from Helena. Their coach is Thomas S. Jennings, an associate professor of history in Stillman's department of arts and sciences.

A win will give the team an opportunity to share in more than $300,000 in institutional grants awarded annually by Honda. The two- day competition will test students' knowledge of history, science, literature, religion, the arts, social science and popular culture.

Last year, Will Taite III was the top scorer in the national championship tournament.

Eric Hull of Cottondale received a master's degree in engineering management from Kettering University at the December 2012 commencement ceremonies in Flint, Mich.

The University of Alabama Graduate School has announced recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student awards, which were presented during UA Honors Week, April 1-5.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation: John C. Mitcham, College of Arts and Sciences, department of history, won for "Sea League of All the Britons: Race, Identity, and Imperial Defense, 1868-1914." .

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation: Yanping Zhang, College of Engineering, department of computer science, won for "Surveillance and Intrusion Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks: Design, Analysis, and Evaluation."

Outstanding Master's Thesis: K. Lance Wilson, College of Arts and Sciences, department of geological sciences, won for "The Origin and Development of the Tampa Embayment: Implications for the Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico."

Excellence in Teaching by a Master's Student: Allison Hiss, College of Arts and Sciences, department of modern languages and classics. Her teaching style was said to demonstrate resourcefulness and understanding of communicative language teaching methods. She has helped implement creative extracurricular activities for the French program and served as the assistant to the director of the Alabama-in-France Study Abroad Program in summer 2012.

Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student: Jefferson Walker, College of Communication and Information Sciences, doctoral program in communication and information sciences. Walker was said to be able to teach and lead his students and foster a sense of lifelong learning. He is consistently evaluated among the top doctoral teachers in the department.

Excellence in Research by a Master's Student: Zachary Wahl- Alexander, College of Education, department of kinesiology.

Excellence in Research by a Doctoral Student: Matthew Shannon, College of Engineering, department of chemical and biological engineering.

Outstanding Service by a Graduate Student: Rosemary Clement, College of Nursing.

Mary Stone, director of the Culverhouse School of Accountancy at the University of Alabama, has been awarded the Federation of Schools of Accountancy/Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award for 2012. Stone received a plaque commemorating her service to the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and a stipend for $2,500.

The University Fellows Experience, housed in the Honors College at the University of Alabama, has selected 37 prospective freshmen members.

The selected Alabama students from The Tuscaloosa News' coverage area include:

Birmingham: Faulkner Ward Hereford, Philippa Bainbridge Straus.

Homewood: Rebecca A. Riley.

Tuscaloosa: Paaras Agrawal. …

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