Congratulations to our Ohio-Bama Recent 2021 Graduates
Ohio had nearly 100 graduates this past Spring! Including17 Graduate School Degrees
and 1 Juris Doctor
Dana Berry & Jessica George
A Double Bama Success Story…
In July of 2017 on a very hot weekend in Tuscaloosa, Dana Berry and Jessie George met each other at Bama Bound. Both girls were from the Columbus Ohio area and planning on public relations careers. They were both also Presidential Scholarship Students. They found themselves in a C&IS (College of Communication and Information Science) breakout session and struck up a conversation. As fate would have it back in the Ferguson Center, Dana’s dad and Jessie’s parents were also meeting up after having connected via the Bama Parents page on Facebook. Planning on introducing the girls they found them walking down the quad together already starting what would become a four-year joint path of study and new best friends.
The girls both found themselves in study abroad programs in Germany and following each other into the prestigious Capstone Agency. Dana was a media specialist for Alabama Power and Jessie a strategist for The
Plank Center. As their sophomore year was ending both had found their way to Dr Kenon Brown’s office to discuss the AMP (Accelerated Master’s Program) This is a program that allows students to start taking graduate study classes while still finishing their undergraduate degree. Normally doubling up in the Senior year and finishing with one added year. It turned out that both girls had enough credits to apply and qualify for this program as sophomores and not only did they get accepted but they were going to finish this program within their four years at Alabama versus the standard five.
Dana would add German Club, and President of PRSSA to her resume and Jessie Oakley Society, PRSSA and Director of Event Production for Tide Talks. Both girls graduated in 2021 with both their Undergraduate and master’s degrees – Jessie with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences, Minor in Studio Art and her Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations working for Angelic Branding Consulting remote from NYC and Dana with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences, Minor in German and her Master of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations. She is working for MERGE Communications in Atlanta. Way to go girls!
Arianna’s Interest started at a college fair where she spoke with Alabama recruiter Kelly Watson about opportunities at The University of Alabama. It continued at a mixer at The Columbus Museum of Art, where Tracy George; Roll Tide Ohio Recruitment Chair shared her daughter’s journey. It started to feel real at then Roll Tide Ohio President; Christina Brown’s Send Off Party. Looking back now, I feel that all these experiences, and the Bamaly feeling we all had, continued to make The University of Alabama stand out. She started her freshman year by participating in Health action. She was able to form friendships before school started and got to move in early. During her freshman year, she applied and became a member of the Blackburn Institute. That year she was awarded the Don and Barbara “Bobbie” Siegal Endowed Scholarship. During her spring break she participated in the Beyond Bama Service Trip to New Orleans. She was also able to play intramural soccer. Sophomore year, despite COVID, she applied and was nominated to Chair of the Blackburn
Institute. An organization she had grown to love, she was now going to play a part in leading and choosing the new student class. In one of her honor’s classes, she volunteered to help prepare taxes, free of charge, for a local community. She then applied and was accepted into the Nursing Program summer of her sophomore year. Junior year, she was a Nursing Ambassador, as well as being nominated to the XXXI organization (picture with hat - part of their tradition). Then she was elected Vice- President for XXX1, for next year. She also continued to support, in any additional way, the Blackburn Institute. During her time at Alabama, she has been a member of the BFSA, and been on the Dean’s List. While a member of BFSA she received the Earnestine Tucker Award, Archie Wade Award, and the Harold Bishop Award. This past summer she had an externship at Children’s Hospital in the NICU. She loves attending football games (freshman year picture) and walking the quad and enjoying the beauty of the campus. This school year she will graduate with honors with a BSN and a minor in Spanish. As we look back, we have seen our daughter grow not only academically, but mentally and socially as well. Our hearts are full, and we feel blessed to have been supported and surrounded by the University of Alabama family - from instructors to fellow parents, and those we have met from various university communities. As we were told at Bama Bound - Roll Tide has many meanings. By having a child there, it has given the phrase much more meaning than we ever imagined. Roll Tide!
Lewis and Tyra are extremely proud of our 2020 graduate
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Major: Interior Design
Relocating back to central Ohio
Original plans after graduation have been altered due to current events
Current plans are to work as a residential and/or small commercial freelance designer throughout the region
I'm a junior at UA majoring in Marine Conservation and Environemental Science through the New College. Within the New College, I have the ability to take control of my courses and work closely with my advisor to plan out the best path for me and my future. This spring, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for a semester at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. While there, I took unique classes such as Corals and Coral Reefs, and Beaches, Reefs and Climate Change, as well as volunteer at a stranding lab in Kaneohe Bay. It was my first time on the island, and every place I went was more breathtaking than the last! The ocean was so clear and blue, and I went on a different hike almost every weekend. This picture is from my first hike, Kuli'ou'ou Ridge. It was about 2.5 miles to the top, but the view was stunning. My friends and I even went to the Big Island one weekend, where we got to see one of four green sand beaches in the entire world! UA has provided me with such great opportunities and experiences that I will forever be grateful for.
Alabama Gymnast Makarri Doggette Named All-American
The Pickerington, Ohio, native earned All-America honors on the uneven bars during her rookie campaign. Read the whole story here.
Your dad and I are so very proud of you and all your accomplishments at The University of Alabama! We love you!
Graduating with 3.95 GPA.
Major: k-12 Collaborative Special Education
Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Deans/Presidents list 6 semesters
Volunteer Young Life leader at Tuscaloosa County High School for 3 years; a faith-based mentorship program
Madeline has been a Student Mentor with CrossingPoints for 3 years at The University of Alabama , working with special needs students and college-age adults in the community of Tuscaloosa She worked for a summer being an on-campus faculty member for the Summer Bridge program, a CrossingPoints program where students live on campus for the summer and take classes, learning independence and academics at the same time. She helped pioneer the CCOS (CrossingPoints Certificate in Occupational Studies) program, a program for college-age special needs adults to come live on campus and have a college experience, while getting a degree.
Madeline plans on staying in Tuscaloosa and is applying for a teaching job in the Tuscaloosa City Schools.
Alexis Van Winkle
My name is Alexis Van Winkle and I am a Sophomore at the University of Alabama. Ever since I stepped foot on campus, I have looked for possibilities to expand my involvement in campus life beyond the classroom. Some of my activities include competing on the Equestrian Team, obtaining my Scuba Diving license and then being elected as the Treasurer for the Crimson Dive Club, working for UA Housing as a Resident Advisor, and becoming a member of the Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta. I spend the majority of my time working hard on my studies, but I do make time for CrossFit workouts, Alabama Football Games, and riding my horse. I have absolutely loved my time at the University of Alabama and I continue to explore the many and varied opportunities that UA provides - which is truly what college is about! Roll Tide!