In the summer of 2018, REL formed its first Alumni Liaison Committee, in an effort to begin to develop more routine relationships with its grads.
We’ve long sent out annual newsletters and, since the Fall of 2013, we’ve hosted a variety of Grad Tales events (in which alums who have gone on to a wide variety of careers return to talk to students in lower-level core courses about the relevance of their liberal arts training), and we’ve even had grads host career workshops for majors. But we’ve never pulled these initiatives all together and drawn on the enthusiasm and expertise of grads to help plan and host them.
Until now, that is.
So, with the help of four local REL grads we’ve formed a group that will help us not only be in touch with grads but also to bring them back to town periodically. Our goals, initially, are (i) to host an annual career workshop each Spring semester, (ii) to host at least one Grad Tales event per semester, beginning in Fall 2018, (iii) to host an annual REL Homecoming tailgate, on the Manly balcony — which was a great success, and (iv) to establish an annual Alum Liaison Committee Award.
We’re also hoping (v) to work toward creating a database of grads and careers so that current students whose interests overlap might have someone to talk to about their future. And Prof. Vaia Touna, in charge of events in REL, will be the Department’s representative to the committee.
If you’re a grad then we need to hear from you so we can keep in touch.
Please update your contact info here.
REL’s Alum Liaison Committee is comprised of:
Jennifer Alfano Nelson
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Religious Studies and English at UA in 2007.
She went on to earn a M.A. in Education at UAB and taught middle school English from 2010-2017. During this time, she developed an interest in educational technology and software development and decided to learn to code, receiving a scholarship to Flatiron School’s Web Developer program from Women Who Code. She is now a software developer at Quantalytix, Inc. in Birmingham, AL. She also gets to combine her passion for education and technology as a Microsoft TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) volunteer, co-teaching an introduction to computer science course at Tarrant High School.
Meet Jennifer here.
Khara earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and Public Relations at UA in 2013.
After graduating, she began her career in health care product development and marketing at BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee. She started an MBA program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (graduating in 2016) and now, back in Birmingham, AL, she works as a product specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama while also being on the prowl for historic artifacts in and around Birmingham.
Learn more about a careers workshop Khara recently ran for REL.
Kim graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies and French from UA in May of 2003.
She then went on to earn an M.A. in French (in 2007) and then also a Class A Certification in Second Language Pedagogy from UA (in 2010). She currently teaches French as well as a very popular class on mythology at Tuscaloosa County High School. Kim lives in Northport, AL with her two cats, a dog, and several fish, and sometimes takes students on study abroad trips to France.
Meet Kim here.
Justin graduate in 2007 with a B.A. major in Religious Studies and a minor in REL General Business.
After graduation, he pursued roles in information technology, working for a software-as-a-service startup in 2007. He has worked in operations, marketing, and sales, and now information technology infrastructure sales with a Birmingham-based company. In 2015 Justin moved to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he focuses on information technology asset recovery and disposition strategies for major corporate brands.
Meet Justin here.