Conference Dates: February 27th– 28th
Conference Dates: February 27th– 28th
OnFeature is Ms. Taylor Ulmer, C’2015
Ulmer is a double major in Anthropology/Sociology, and International Studies, and a Spelman College Githii Honors student. She is a Truman Scholar and recently received a Marshall fellowship. But first she will coordinate a study of Black American tourist behavior in West Africa.
This interview was conducted by Ashley Reid, a sophomore Economics and Political Science major, and member of the Honors Program.
Q: Reid: How did you first become involved with the honors program?
I received an invitation to join the honors program when I first applied to Spelman. From there I lived in LLC 1, and that gave me a great introduction to the Honors Program and to the individuals in the program. I am also a Bonner scholar. It was a great way to meet new people and they are still my best friends to this day.
Q: What opportunities in the honors program have you taken advantage of?
I have gotten great support from the Honors Program. My sophomore year I was able to travel to Yale for the Black Solidarity Conference and from there I was able to network and discuss the current state of Black America with other Black undergraduate students and the trip was sponsored by the Honors Program.
Q: Do you think among your class there is a distinction between honors students and non-honors students?
Honestly no. [Y]ou’re not able to tell the difference since we’re so mixed [into the College population]. But academically I definitely think the honors program gives students a certain “leg up” because they come in having to take honors courses and certain electives that really aid in their holistic learning.
Q: How has honors helped you throughout your matriculation at Spelman?
Honors has provided me with a network that I couldn’t have possibly tapped into and given me great support through the administration, and always being supportive . . . wanting to see me succeed in whatever I am doing.
Q: What are you doing right now?
This year is pretty hectic; I am currently working on a project that focuses on Black American’s identity. I am particularly interested in Black Americans who [volunteer abroad] . . . and how they engage privilege when they go abroad. I am working on that for my thesis. I am very busy on campus. I am a Truman scholar [and] I started a mentorship program called “My Brothers Keeper” which pairs young boys from Kipp Strive academy with a mentor from Morehouse College. Also I am on the Miss Spelman Court— I am 1st attendant to Miss Spelman. That has been a great experience; it has [shown me] a different side of Spelman. I also am president of “Girls Going Global.” We’re constantly doing speaking engagements and going out into the community to inspire girls to go abroad. Those are the major things right now.
Read more about Ulmer here.
Cydney Tucker, C’2015, spent this past summer interning at CBS National News in New York. For 10 weeks, Cydney interned for CBS’s top-rated morning program, CBS This Morning. Alongside 16 other interns, she spent the majority of her summer networking, assisting producers, and pitching stories for weekly segments. In addition to reporting to CBS This Morning, Cydney also created an “Intern Project.” The project required her and three group members to write, report, and film their own story. The group was provided with all of the camera equipment, tapes, and mics necessary to complete the project. For her project, Cydney travelled all the way to Natick, Massachusetts to film at a special needs camp called Camp Arrowhead. Once they returned to CBS, she was able to report her story behind the Evening News desk that Scott Pelley (the anchor and managing editor of the Evening News) uses. In an effort to further her understanding of the journalistic profession, Cydney rotated around the corporation, meeting and learning from producers, bookers, and editors alike. In doing so, she mastered the art of networking at an undergraduate level and solidified an Internship at the CBS Atlanta Bureau. While working at the Atlanta bureau, Cydney will be researching, pitching tories, interviewing, and learning how to shoot. This past month she has spent much of her time at press conferences held at the CDC, in efforts to cover the recent Ebola outbreak.
Chelesea Fearce, C’2017 currently conducting research with Dr. Yassi Jeilani as a part of the RISE program. She will present her research at ABCRMS on November 12th– 15th.
Jasmin Eatman, C’ 2017 accepted an internship in Neurophysiology at Morehouse School of Medicine and is the recipient of a WISE Scholarship.
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