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Many GLS students deserve recognition for their activities and accomplishments. A list of these students, in alphabetical order by last name, is provided below. Please click on the student's name to go to the entry regarding their activity or accomplishment.

Curt Allen-Little (deceased)

Robert Barnes III

Virginia Baysden

Lisa Bertini

Sarah Bode

Brandon Boswell

Jessica T. Bowen

James Burke

Dave Caldwell

Timothy Corbett

Travis Corpening

Barbie Cowan

Joel Finsel

Brian Flynn

Ashley Gaddy

Toni Gazda

Amanda González-Moreno

Tammy Graham

Lesia Heltzell

Katja Huru

Frank Howard (deceased)

Amanda Grace Johnson (deceased)

Michael Edward Keane (deceased)

Leonard Lanier (deceased)

Heather Latham

Jen Yi Lee

Holly Lentz

Andrea Lucie

Sandra McClammy

Zachery Miller

Bonnie Monteleone

Suzie Morris (formerly Bean)

Travis Newkirk

Keith O'Steen

Martha Poole

Stephanie Post

Kim Proukou

Linda Ramge

Carlton Robbins

Josh Shelton

Sandie Sue

Justin Szymik

Vallie Lynn Watson

Sarah Bode - (MALS Alumnus)

Sarah reported (3/16/2016) that her job title/division is "Marketing Coordinator, Oxford University Press USA, English Language Teaching" Sounds like a great job, Sarah! Congratulations!!

Sarah has published her essay "Timber" in Cahoots magazine. Click on the essay title and read her essay, which was part of her MALS final project.

Well Done, Sarah !!


Joel Finsel - (MALS Alumnus)

Joel has coauthored an essay titled "Though the Heavens Fall" with John Jeremiah Sullivan that is published as a web feature in Oxford American. Click on the title above to see the essay.

Well Done, Joel!!


Katja Huru - (MALS Alumna) -

April 2015 - Katja is now an Assistant in Political Affairs at the Embassy of Finland, Washington, DC.

Katja's essay "Where Y'at" has been published in Gravel magazine, a publication of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The magazine PopMatters is publishing Katja’s cultural criticism as a series across the next few weeks. You can read the first installment here:

Congratulations Katja!


Michael Edward Keane - (MALS Alumnus) - Deceased

Mike was a 2001 graduate of our MALS program. We knew him primarily during that time. He was a good student and a really nice guy. We're sure all who knew him will miss him.


Zachery Miller - (MALS Alumnus) -

On October 12, 2013, Zachery launched Kanawha Individual Development Solution (K.I.D.S) in Charleston, West Virginia, Quoting from "The State Journal," a West Virginia busness newspaper, "K.I.D.S offers standard educational services that include individualized academic coaching, individualized learning assessments, core workshops, learning foundations and homework help." Creating and launching this organization was a major effort and the organization is expected to provide many education benefits to those in need. For details, please read the article at (This link will take you away from UNCW's website.) Well Done, Zachery


Ashley Gaddy - (MALS Student) - Accepted into Doctoral Program

Ashley was accepted into the Cultural Studies PhD Program at George Mason University and will be attending in the fall 2013 semester! She indicated that she has enjoyed her Liberal Studies program and made that known in the personal statement and writing samples sent with her application. Well Done, Ashley!!


Vallie Lynn Watson - (MALS Student) - Book Published

Lynn's book, A River So Long, was officially released on Friday, June 15, 2012. Click on the title for more details. The link on the title will take you away from the UNCW website.


Stephanie Post - (MALS Alumnus) - Books Published

Stephanie's book, The Hunter, The Hunted, and the Thief, was published on September 12, 2011, by Riot Dog Publishing. Click on the title for more information about the book. Stephanie tells us that the original manuscript of this book was her MALS final project and she will be sending the program copies soon. She goes on to say, "Without the GLS program this couldn't have happened so I just wanted to say thank you."

Pandamoon Publishing has released A Tree Born Crooked, the critically acclaimed debut novel by Stephanie on October 8, 2014. The book is available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon. Keep it up, Steph!


Amanda Grace Johnson - (MALS Student/UNCW Employee) - Deceased

Amanda was one of our MALS students and, in fact, served one year with us as a Graduate Assistant in our office. All are saddened by her untimely death and we will all miss her. Those who wish to may send a card or acknowledgment to her parents, Francis and Pam Johnson, at 5075 Eastern Pines Road, Greenville, NC 27858. Her family asks that contributions, in lieu of flowers, be made to "Heifer International, Women in Livestock Development Projects (Wild), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Amanda's obituary, published in the Wilmington Star-News September 17 and 18, 2011, is provided below.

"WILMINGTON -- Amanda Grace Johnson, 28, left this life on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. She is the beloved daughter of Francis and Pam.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, September 19 at 3 pm in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, with a reception following.

A graduate of East Carolina University, Amanda was living in Wilmington while working on a master's degree in liberal studies [AKA 'Any good reason to move to Wilmington']. She was a program assistant for Olli (Osher Life Long Learning Institute).

Amanda was able to take the broken heart she was born with, and fill it full with love, enthusiasm and hope for the future. With her determination and strength, she did whatever it took to live the life she so earnestly cherished and so richly deserved.

She had a life long love of theatre and cinema, and loved her cats, her family and friends. Her wicked sense of humor made her a joy to be with every day.

Amanda is also survived by her brother, Stephen and his family; her cousin Robin, her dear friend Eric; and many other friends who will miss her grace and kindness.

Her mom and dad were truly blessed to have her as a daughter, she was our hero. Every Christmas she purchased gifts of bees or a goat from Heifer International to be given to small villages. She said her dream was to purchase a whole ark of animals for a village someday. So in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Amanda's name to Heifer International, Women in Livestock Development Projects (Wild), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202,

Thank you Amanda, we know you tried as hard as you could to stay with us, you loved life and you did everything right. We love you.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenville.


Bonnie Monteleone - (MALS Alumnus)


Brian Flynn (MALS Alumnus) - Movin' On!!

Brian has been admitted to ECU's MA in English program in Spring 2011 AND will also be teaching English part time at Carteret Community College in the spring. How is that for an example of where the GLS program can take you! Well done, Brian!!


James Burke (MALS Alumnus)

Webmaster's Note: James also presented at the Spring 2008 GLS Conference at UNCW.


Travis Corpening (MALS Alumnus)


Robert Barnes III (MALS Alumnus)

Robert is now a full-time history instructor at Central Carolina Community College. Well done, Robert!


Jessica Tiare Bowen (MALS Alumnus) -- Publishing

Jessica Tiare Bowen is thrilled to announce that her first children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy" has just been published! It's a darling story, featuring Manhattan's favorite pink-nosed Chihuahua, Gillman, and his search for a "forever home". The story truly promotes the importance of spreading awareness of adopting your next furry friend from an animal shelter. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to the ASPCA. Congratulations, Jessica!


Toni Gazda (MALS Student) -- Presenting

Toni will be presenting at "The First Graduate Liberal Studies Conference for Students and Alumni at Universities in the East" at Georgetown University on Saturday, June 12, 2010. Her presentation is titled "Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Woman Ahead of Her Time." Congratulations, Toni!


Travis Newkirk (MALS Alumnus) - Accepted

Travis has been accepted into the Campbell Divinity progam. He specifically wants to thank Dr. Anne Russell her support and contribution. He is very excited and believes that he is following the right path for his life. Congratulations, Travis!


Justin Szymik (MALS Alumnus) - New Job

Justin has moved to Denver to take a position at the World Trade Center in Denver as their Director of Education. He indicates that he's enjoying the job and settling into his new home just fine. Way to go, Justin!!


Dave Caldwell - (MALS Alumnus) - Accepted

Dave was recently accepted (fall 2009) into UNCW's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. He anticipates that it will be both challenging and rewarding. Congratulations, Dave!


Tammy Graham - (MALS Alumnus) - Admitted to UNCG (with scholarship)

Tammy has been accepted at UNCG on a scholarship for Library Science. Only 12 people could be chosen for this opportunityand she was one of the 12. She indicated that her thesis in the GLS program had a lotto do with getting this scholarship. After two years of Library science she will be entering UNCG's Ph.D. History program. She will be starting this latest life adventure in the fall 09 semester. Congratulations, Tammy--keep us informed!


Sandra McClammy - (MALS Alumnus) - New Job and an Appointment!

Sandra, who recently graduated with a MALS degree, is teaching English at Cape Fear Community College AND has just been appointed as the Vice-Chair of the UNCW Alumni Board of Directors! Way to go, Sandra!!


Amanda González-Moreno - (MALS Student) -- A Soaring Seahawk

On February 16, 2009, our own Amanda was selected to be a "Soaring Seahawk." For those not familiar with it, the "Soaring Seahawk" program profiles highlight people in the UNCW community who excel and exemplify the university’s Seven Strategic Goals.. Congratulations, Amanda ! !


Suzie Morris (formerly Bean) - MALS Alumnus


Brandon Boswell (MALS Alumnus)


Carlon Robbins (MALS Alumnus) -- Movin' On ! !

Carlon reports that he's been admitted to UNC Charlotte's Post-Master's Certificate Program in Applied Ethics. Way to go, Carlon, and please keep us informed! !


Curt Allen Little

Curt Allen Little -- A Loss

We are saddened to report that Curt Allen Little, a MALS alumnus and past instructor, died on Thursday, October 2, 2008. Details are provided below in the Death Notice (italics) as published in the Star-News on Sunday, October 5, 2008 (page 4B).

"Curt Allen Little, age 61, of 1640 Waterway Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. died Thursday, October 2, 2008, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. He was born on June 1, 1947 in Stanly County, N.C. Curt graduated from South Stanly High School, and UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Political Science. He was a Masters graduate in Liberal Studies from UNC-Wilmington and Theatre Arts Catawba College, University Gainesville, Florida. He was the author of For As Many As Will—Cultural Heritage Anthology, Text Book, Humanities, Yard Dog- The Killing of Paco Muldoon-Fiction and SAC-Biography of George A. Little. He was co-author of Chicken Chronicles-Campus Humour. He was a founding member of and Charter President of Uwharrie Players in Stanly County. He was involved in the Thalian Hall in Wilmington and a former operations manager of Kenan Auditorium. Curt was also an instructor in Humanities at UNC-Wilmington.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the son of the late George Little and Marie Smith Little of Ocean Beach, NC.

He is also survived by his Sister-Susie L. Johnson of Albemarle, N.C., Nieces, Blair Johnson and Kristi Treptow and nephew, Andrew Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Boys & Girls Homes of NC, Inc., PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 2850.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Hartsell Funeral Home – Albemarle, PO Box 7, Albermarle, N.C.


Lisa Bertini -- "The Lost Colony"

Lisa's documentary short, "The Lost Colony," will be the opening film of the Trade and Row Film Festival in Los Angeles, screening October 16, 2008. The short was Lisa's final project for her MALS degree. It has also been screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival in November 2007. Great job, Lisa ! !


Linda Ramge (MALS Alumnus) -- A New Job!

After a stint of part-time teaching at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Linda became a full-time instructor in the Medical Assisting Program in the Health Sciences Division at CPCC. Obviously, CPCC recognized quality when they saw it. So do we. Congratulations, Linda! !


Sandie Sue (MALS Alumnus) -- Back to School!

Sandie has been accepted into the Gerontology Certificate Program starting this fall (2008) and will be teaching the Freshman Seminar for the third semester. Sandie's not a "lifetime professional student" but she's getting close. Seriously, congratulations, Sandie! !


Holly Lentz (MALS Alumnus) - A New Job!

Holly has completed her doctorate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Congratulations, Holly and all the best in your new position!


Keith O'Steen (MALS student) -- Teaching at Brunswick County CC

Keith is the lead instructor in Project Uplift. For details, check out the relevant Star-News article.


Frank Howard (MALS Alumnus) -- New Kindle Book and Published in Muse and Spirit


Martha Poole (MALS Alumnus) -- Teaching at Cape Fear Community College

Martha will be teaching a course at Cape Fear Community College in April 2008 in the Film and Video Dept. on “Costume and Wardrobe”. She is considered an "adjunct professor."


Andrea Lucie -- Receives the Irving Rubenstein Award

"Andrea Lucie, head of Camp Lejeune’s SemperFit Mobile Unit, has been chosen to receive the Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award from the International Military Community Executives Association.

Lucie, who has been in charge of the Marine Corps Community Services’ SemperFit Mobile Unit for less than one year, is one of just five military moral, welfare and recreation professionals selected to receive the award, often dubbed the IMCEA’s “rookie of the year” honor.

The Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award recognizes the outstanding example set by its namesake, Irv Rubenstein, who passed away in 1996. According to the IMCEA Web site, Rubenstein was the epitome of teaching, coaching and mentoring young MWR professionals.

Winners of the Irving Rubenstein Memorial Award display exceptional management skill and leadership, achieve particularly outstanding performance results in their respective programs and possess great potential for continued success in the field.

Lucie has been invited to be recognized for her achievement May 18 at the IMCEA Conference awards banquet in Chicago."

Above is the text of an article published in "The Globe" by Jamie Cameron, Assistant Managing Editor.


Timothy Corbett -- Non-Traditional Student of the Month -- March 2007

Timothy Donnell Corbett has been named as the Non-Trad of the Month for March 2007. A MALS alumnus, Timothy completed his final project on accessible transportation for the elderly and disabled. The project explored the need for this transport in general, and in Southeastern NC, specifically, and the process of developing and operating such a business.

It is because of his dedication to this project that Jenny Yates and Elizabeth Hines nominated him for Non-Trad of the Month. Elizabeth explains, “Last year Tim realized that his grandmother, Ivory Bell Corbett, needed accessible transport beyond what was available from her assisted living facility in rural Pender County. Tim acted quickly, purchased a van and completed all the necessary steps to found Ivory’s Accessible Transport. Sadly, Ivory passed away recently, but not before she was able to enjoy the business that she inspired. Ivory’s is up and running and beginning to expand. She further adds, “In addition to Tim’s academic and entrepreneurial abilities, he is an accomplished keyboard player, an awesome wheelchair basketball star, and leader in the Southeastern Wheelchair Basketball Association.”

But that’s not all: Tim also plays the bass guitar at two local churches; he works with youth in the community as a mentor and advisor; and he is the co-founder and president of the Wilmington Disabled Athletic Association, an organization that promotes recreation and competitive sports for people with disabilities.

The 43-year-old veteran has done all of this and more while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. While at UNCW, Tim has received the UNCW Academic Achievement and Minority Student Leadership Awards. He is due to graduate this spring whereupon he plans to apply to a doctoral program to continue his studies.

As a non-traditional student, Tim said the greatest challenges he has faced have been “competing with younger students” academically, “competing with other students in general, being disabled,” and learning to manage his time between studies, family, and work.

To overcome these obstacles, Tim wanted to tell other non-trads to “be diligent.” He advised, “Don’t put pressure on yourself. Take time to enjoy your experience. Keep a well-rounded full of positive people.”

People like Jenny Yates and Elizabeth Hines, whom Tim thanked for assisting him along the way. “Special thanks to these people that always seemed to inspire me to reach for greater heights,” he said.

Whether in the classroom, on the court, or behind the wheel, Tim Corbett is definitely going places. We can’t wait to see where he ends up next.


Leonard Lanier -- A Loss

Leonard Lanier

We are saddened to report that Leonard Lanier, a MALS alumnus, died at 5:00 am on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Funeral services were held at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, North Carolina on Sunday, April 22, 2007. In lieu of flowers: please send donations "In memory of Leonard E. Lanier" to The Salvation Army, 501 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please include a statement that the funds are to be used for "Camp Walter Johnson -- Serving Youth of North Carolina -- Steven D. Lanier Memorial Chapel." Consolation cards may be sent to Marilyn Williamson, PO Box1301, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.


Virginia Baysden -- Poster Presentation

Virginia Baysden, MALS alumnus and present post-master's certificate student, presented a poster at The Graduate Student Symposium held October 27-28, 2006, at the Duke Marine Laboratory located in Beaufort, NC.. The theme was “Common Ground”. Presentations from any discipline were welcomed and encouraged! The purpose of the Symposium was to foster scientific discussions in an informal setting and to promote awareness of fellow graduate student interests in Eastern North Carolina. The Center for Marine Science covered Virginia’s travel expenses to present her poster, “Signs,” photo excerpts from a paper on Topsail Island presented in Frank Ainsley’s class, “The Shaping of America.”


Josh Shelton -- Published

Josh Shelton, a new MALS student, has published a small collection of poems that he penned over the last few years. The collection is entitled lost poetix and is available at several major (and some of the smaller) bookstores in Wilmington. GLS folks are encouraged to review, read, and perhaps even buy the collection


Lesia Heltzell -- Promoted ! ! !

Lesia Heltzell, a 2002 MALS alumnus of UNCW's Graduate Liberal Studies program, has recently been promoted to the position of Assignments Coordinator for UNCW's Housing and Residence Life. Way to go, Lesia ! ! !


Heather Latham Honored!

Heather was inducted into the Alpha Zeta Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. Phi Alpha Theta is an international Honor Society for Historians. Congratulations ! ! !


Barbie Cowan -- Hospices

The below links offer both audio and a written script of a piece aired on our local public radio station, WHQR. As part of these pieces, Barbie was interviewed by Steve Meador of WHQR and, in the two-part series on hospices, Steve, Barbie, and others provide the listener with a personal, informative, and telling view of the part hospices could, and do, play in aiding the terminal patient and her or his family. To read (or listen) to the interviews, please click on the links below.

Hospice (Part 1): Writing the End of the Story
Stephen Meador

Hospice (Part 2): A Warm and Inviting Place
Stephen Meador


Jen Yi Lee -- A Paper Presentation !

Jen Yi Lee, a native of Singapore and the MALS program’s first international alumnus, presented a paper “Toward a Win-Win Model in the Kashmir Conflict” at the 44th Annual Meeting of Southeast Conference-Association for Asian Studies, held at the Asia Center at the University of Kentucky. Jen received a travel grant from the Graduate School at UNCW to attend and present her paper at the conference.


Kim Proukou -- An Article Published !

MALS alumnus Kim Proukou published her article “Young Adult Literature: Rite of Passage or Rite of Its Own” in ALAN Review, a journal sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and one of the leading international journals on young adult literature. Drawing upon her interests in Jungian and archetypal mythology, Kim provides a deft and illuminating application of archetypal and myth theory in legitimizing young adult literature as a genre in its own right/rite.

The Alumni Corner

For all our MALS alumni, you may be gone, but you are definitely not forgotten. Please note that "may" was used in the previous sentence in recognition that a significant number of MALS alumni have not "gone" as some continue to take GLS classes as non-degree students and others have joined our post-Master's certificate program. Speaking of efforts, we try to maintain a demographic (addresses, telephone numbers, email, etc.) database on both current and graduated students. If you have had a change in one of these contact elements, please send an update to campbellp AT uncw DOT edu. Please note that, to maintain contact, we will need your correct external (non-UNCW) email address. UNCW email accounts are cancelled once you are no longer an active student.

Note: The assumption is that you, as GLS alumni, would want to keep in touch by providing your contact data. If this is not the case, please so advise and your information will be removed from our database.

We would also like to hear from you about your achievements, personal, professional, academic, or whatever. If you would like to let other GLSians know about them, drop us a line and let us know what's happening in your life. Got a picture of a new baby? Going after a doctorate? Share it with us!

Last Update: March 16, 2016

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