Student Spotlight – April 2021

Pictured (L to R): Brunot, Dávila Gronros, Deese


Kathy Brunot is a current MLIS student and was selected as a new member of the 2021 class of the Carl Elliot Society. The Elliott Society is named in honor of the late Carl Atwood Elliott, a former University of Alabama SGA President, who later became an Alabama congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. He based his political principles on assistance to the needy, racial tolerance, and better educational opportunities to all. His works in Congress especially focused on education. The University of Alabama Carl A. Elliot Society recognizes students, faculty, and alumni who have made significant leadership contributions to the campus, community, state, and nation in areas of social and cultural progress and who portray a spirit of the ideals held by Congressman Elliott. Congratulations on fantastic accomplishment, Kathy!

Valeria Dávila Gronros, a current MLIS student, presented a poster at the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Spring Conference (online, April 14-16) on a project she recently completed at the Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center to improve access and discoverability to oral histories of Mexican immigrants in Oregon. Her presentation was part of the poster session on Thursday, April 15, 2021. More information on Valeria’s presentation can be found here.

Peyton Deese is a current MLIS student and was selected as a new member of the 2021 class of the Blackburn Institute. The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement for their remaining time at the Capstone. This year’s selection process featured 6,716 individual nominations. After group interviews and essays, 100 people were invited for in-person interviews, and then 50 students were selected. Congratulations on this exceptional achievement, Peyton!