Mariangela Jordan 12C, Bobby Jones Scholars, Dana Toy 12C, James Flannery, Guggenheim Fellows
Mariangela Jordan

McMullan Award winner Mariangela Jordan 12C came to Emory as a transfer student in fall 2009 after working a number of jobs, including driving an 18-wheeler truck.

Romanian immigrant receives McMullan Award

Romanian-born human rights activist Mariangela Jordan 12C earned the 2012 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, one of Emory’s highest student honors, following a lifetime of hard work and second chances. During her childhood, Romania was ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu’s repressive communist regime. Jordan attended high school and nursing school in her native country before immigrating to South Carolina to start a new life. She has held many odd jobs, including driving a semi-truck across the United States and working at a gas station. At Emory, Jordan worked as an advocate for Atlanta’s refugee community through the Ethics and Servant Leadership program while earning her degree in anthropology. Now 31, Jordan will continue her graduate studies at Cornell University in the fall, spending two years doing fieldwork in Atlanta and Mizoram, India, working with Burmese ethnic minorities. The McMullan Award, which comes with $20,000, is given to a graduating senior who exhibits “outstanding citizenship, exceptional leadership, and rare potential for service to his or her community, the nation, and the world.”

2012 Bobby Jones Scholars named

Brenda Chew 12C, Joel Dobben 12C, and William Eye 12C, along with graduate student Sarah Richards 09C 13G, are the newest recipients of the Bobby Jones scholarship, joining a select group of Emory students who have started their postbaccalaureate ambitions at the University of St Andrews. English major Dobben will study Renaissance poetry and medieval literature and said he always knew that St Andrews would be a good fit for him. Chew, Eye, and Richards each hope to earn a master’s degree from Emory’s sister institution. Four graduating students from St Andrews will attend Emory for a year of study.

Luce Scholar heads to South Korea

Dana Toy 12C is one of five Emory students since 2000 to become Luce Scholars, a prestigious fellowship that allows its recipients to work professionally in an Asian country for one year. Toy will research peripheral nerve injury and functional recovery at Daejeon University in South Korea. “I aspire to be a physician and researcher as both fields require such a dualism in order to advance society and health care,” he said. Toy double-majored in biology and sociology. The Henry Luce Foundation enhances knowledge of Asia in America.

Flannery named 2012 “Irishman of the Year”

Winship Professor of Arts and Humanities James Flannery was recently named “2012 Irishman of the Year” by the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta. His father a singer and his mother a musician, Flannery is one of the major figures in the traditional Irish music revival. “From childhood we had Irish music playing constantly in the house. A lot of the music that we listened to was Irish-American music, the songs that Bing Crosby did,” he said. He founded Emory’s theater program in 1982. Seven years later, he established the W. B. Yeats Foundation to support Yeats scholarship among students and faculty at Emory.

Two Emory history professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Professor of History Tonio Andrade and Betty Gage Holland Professor of Roman History Judy Evans Grubbs are among 181 scholars awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship this year. The fellowship is a midcareer award that honors those who have shown exceptional expertise in their field. Through the fellowship, Andrade will study the military histories of Yuan and Ming China, two dynasties that revolutionized the use of guns and gunpowder in warfare. His 2011 book Lost Colony: The Untold Story of Europe’s First War with China explores the Sino-Dutch War. Grubbs is currently writing a book titled Children without Fathers in Roman Law: Paternity, Patrimony, and Freedom, which explores how fatherless children in ancient Rome were prone to enslavement and exploitation.

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