Kimberly Goins: 2006 UA Premier Award recipient

Kimberly is 4th from the right

The William P. Bloom Scholarship Award honors a junior who has improved intergroup relations within the University community; this year’s winner is Kimberly Goins, daughter of Walter and Jeannette Goins of Eight Mile.

Through her role as chairperson of the SGA Student Involvement Committee, her membership in Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, and her work with Collegiate Life, Goins has shown tolerance of and appreciation for all kinds of people. “She regularly engages persons across both racial, class, and gender divides” and through her opinion column in The Crimson White she writes “in a way that causes people to think about important issues,” nominators said. The political science major is active in her church and has invested time in volunteer for Focus First and Habitat for Humanity.
(Courtesy of the University of Alabama News)

USA TODAY ALL-USA ACADEMIC MEMBERS INCLUDED IN CLASS OF 2005: Abigail Smith (bachelor’s degree in speech communication): 2004 Second Team Member of USA

Abi is 2nd from the left.

Today All-USA College Academic Team – Smith’s academic career has gone from non-existent – she was a high school dropout – to being recognized for her academic accomplishments by USA Today in 2004. She is an accomplished debater, an advocate for social justice and a founding member of a multicultural sorority at UA. “I didn’t really have any direction when I was younger,” said Smith, a native of Richmond, Calif., who dropped out of school at 16. “I started working full time when I was 16 years old, and I thought I was actually going to work in the food industry for the rest of my life somewhere in Berkeley or San Francisco, and then I went to community college to take a couple of classes out of interest and was introduced to debate, and that kind of steered the course of the rest of my life so far.”

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