Community briefs for Dec. 14

Published 11:36 pm Saturday, December 13, 2008

Two local students receive degrees from Troy

TROY — Two students from Chilton County received associates degrees Friday during fall commencement ceremonies at Troy University.

Katie Laine Fuller of Clanton and Dawn Marie Ducady of Jemison both received associate of science degrees.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb spoke Friday at fall commencement ceremonies in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented diplomas to 350 graduates from 16 U.S. states and 12 other nations at the ceremony.

Cobb urged the graduates to adopt the traits of their grandparents, who survived the twin challenges of the Great Depression of the 1930s, followed by World War II, dubbed “The Greatest Generation” by author-journalist Tom Brokaw. She told students they would need to be persistent, creative, efficient and tenacious to excel during trying times.

Kite awarded UWA scholarship

LIVINGSTON – Katherine J. Kite of Jemison was recently awarded an $18,000 Trustees Scholarship to attend The University of West Alabama in Livingston. This award, which is based on academic achievement and proven leadership potential, comes from the UWA Office of Admissions.

A senior at Hope Christian School, Kite plans to major in athletic training.

Glass named to AU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

Mary Lee Glass of Jemison became a member of the Auburn University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during its fall initiation ceremony Dec. 9.

Glass, a senior majoring in anthropology, is the daughter of Murray and Susan Glass.

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. It inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The society has chapters on 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Membership in the Auburn University Chapter is by invitation only to the top five percent of graduating seniors and graduate students, and to certain highly qualified juniors.