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New MA Students


Originally from Atlanta, GA, Lauren Drewicz Ewing obtained her BA in European history and German literature from Washington and Lee University in 2004. Upon graduating, Lauren moved to Greensboro where she teaches ninth grade ancient history and twelfth grade AP European history at Greensboro Day School. She also coaches cheerleading and until she began her studies at UNCG, coached girls’ soccer at the middle school level. Laura is actively involved with the school’s Relay for Life club and serves on the school-wide professional development committee. She is looking forward to applying what she learns in the WGS program to her work in the classroom and in coaching, particularly with regard to issues of gender, sexuality, and body image/ perception among young people and in curriculum. She loves to walk, especially outdoors, and considers herself settled in Greensboro with her husband, Brad, and “our surly beta fish, Mr. Fishy.”


Emily Peffer is originally from Charlotte, NC and did her undergraduate work at Appalachian State University, graduating with a degree in Recreation Management with a focus in Experiential Education. Emily was an untraditional student, returning to school after taking a few years off after gaining her associate degree. She spent her time off working at experiential education campuses and in Girl Scout camp settings. It was through her work there and at App State that she became very interested in the way recreation (specifically experiential education) impacts women and the positive effects it can have on women who have dealt


with any kind of demeaning stress in their lives. Emily decided to pursue this passion with an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies, while also working as a graduate assistant for Team QUEST, the experiential education campus run through UNCG. She hopes to pursue a job in recreation or the non-profit sector that impacts women directly, however wouldn’t mind being a professor either. Emily also has a 3 year old son with her partner, loves to hike and kayak, and enjoys nicely crafted beer.


Lauren Pereira is originally from Rhode Island and has spent the last 10 years in Myrtle Beach, SC. She chose to pursue the MA program in WGS at UNCG because it’s one of the best in the southeast, and she is passionate about LGBTQI issues and rights. Lauren plans to use her degree to work with/ for the LGBTQI population. She has a BA in Sociology with a minor in WGS from Coastal Carolina University, and is currently a Graduate Assistant in the WGS office. She also LOVES her dog Brody, is a feminist artist by hobby, and enjoys going to the park, good coffee, quad skating, and reading.


Sally and Alan Cone Awards 2011-2012


Spring 2011


Major Scholarship Emily Ritter


Course Scholarships Casey Buss Christie Haugh


Fall 2011


Course Scholarships Brittney Anderson Tabitha Peters Leslie Singerman


Special Projects Award:


Yasmeen Chism for a travel grant to present “Explorations of Black Feminism Through Nicki Mianj” for the PCA/ACA Conference in Boston


Graduate Travel Award


Belinda Walzer for her paper presentation, “Graphic Narrative as Feminist Methodology” at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference


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Outstanding Work Awards: Andrea Schronce for her paper, “A Feminist Conception of No-Fault Divorce: Evaluating Gender Equality” (Undergraduate Award) Sharon Kelly for her paper “Bi-Sexual Bronte: Examining Gender in Villette” (Graduate Award)


Meg Scott Phipps, a native North Carolinian, is returning to the alma mater of her mother and grandmother, after 30 years in a legal career. She has a BA (History) from Wake Forest (‘78), a JD from Campbell University School of Law (‘81), and a Masters in Law from the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville (‘87). Her first career was in law, government, mediation, and politics. After being “awakened from the dead” by WGS, she is considering a PhD program and hopes to teach, research, and write now that she is an empty-nester. Meg is a Graduate Assistant in the WGS office and will graduate in May.


Nicole Simmons is originally from Charlotte, NC where she graduated from EE Waddell High School in 2005. That same year she entered North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro. After graduating with a BA in History in 2010, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in WGS. Her interests are in women’s activism, particularly women and their roles during the Civil Rights Movement and in organizations such as the Black Panther Party, SNCC, and SCLC. After she finishes her Master’s degree, she looks forward to entering a PhD program in History at one of the surrounding universities in North Carolina.


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