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Ashley Copeland is a senior at UWG. She is a Mass Communications major with a concentration in Convergence Journalism, and is a Political Science minor. Copeland has been involved with The West Georgian since 2011, where she began as Copy Editor. Copeland is in her second year of being Editor-in-Chief. Copeland has an extensive background in print journalism, and has experience in the areas of news, sports, and editorials. Copeland serves as the Executive Secretary of the 2013-2014 Georgia College Press Association and is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Toyal Jackson “Making a Difference” Award presented by the UWG Student Government Association. Aside from school and journalism, Copeland enjoys attending concerts, spending time with her friends, family, and her shih tzu—Kennedy. After graduating from UWG, Copeland plans to attend graduate school at West Virginia University or the University of Georgia to obtain a Master’s in Journalism. She plans to someday work for ESPN in either print or broadcast and later teach journalism on a collegiate level.

Donny Karr is a senior at UWG and is studying Mass Communications with a focus in convergence journalism. He has worked as the sports editor for the West Georgian and is also an intern at the Times-Georgian.   He is a native of Carrollton, Ga.  He enjoys sports, fishing and hunting.

Kathleen Sturgeon is a senior at UWG. She is a Mass Communications major and Sociology minor. She has been involved with The West Georgian since 2012, and is excited to join the staff this year as Chief Copy Editor. Sturgeon loves print journalism and hopes to have career in it in the future. Sturgeon has a history with newspapers, where she started writing for her high school newspaper, The Hook, for two years in Alpharetta, Ga. During the summer of 2013, Sturgeon interned with Appen Media Group. Appen Media Group produces four papers, Alpharetta and Roswell Revue & News, Milton Herald, Johns Creek Herald and Forsyth Herald. Outside of journalism and editing, Sturgeon is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and enjoys hanging out with her sisters, reading and watching movies.

Ken Martin is a senior at UWG and is majoring in Art Education. While intending to teach art after graduation, he knows that his development as an artist is crucial to his future students. Ken often finds himself experimenting with new media. Though he has tried his hand at methods ranging from photography to collaging, he currently serves as the Graphic Design Editor.

Born and raised in Griffin, Georgia, Spencer Lewis is a graduate of Griffin High School. After attending Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia for two years he transferred to the University of West Georgia in 2011. Lewis is a history major with a concentration in secondary education; he began working as the Advertising and Business Manager for The West Georgian in the fall of 2012. When not working or at school, Lewis enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and the animals on his family’s farm which includes three dogs, six goats, and thirteen chickens. After graduating from UWG, Lewis plans to become a high school history teacher while he works toward his master’s degree and hopes to one day obtain his doctorate degree and teach history at the collegiate level.

Aramis Thomas is a senior at the University of West Georgia studying to earn a BBA in Marketing and Real Estate with an emphasis in social media marketing, sales, B2B marketing, and promotion. Thomas would like to have a marketing position in a fortune 500 company in the future. Thomas’ strong point is that he has an attitude of a winner, and is very competitive and self motivated which allows him to put forth a high level of expertise in every field that he works in. He is always positive and he makes every decision strategically. Thomas is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA). His ambition and determination keeps him focused and drives him towards his future goals. He strives for excellence and plans to achieve every goal that he has set forth. He is a firm believer that “your network is your net work” and his focus is to grow and personally develop.

Shelby Phan is a biology major from Gray, Georgia. Phan someday hopes to work with genetically modified plants/agriculture as a career. He enjoys chess and a variety of card games. Phan is excited to work for The West Georgian as the Circulation Manager.

Daniel Burkhart is is a sophomore at UWG majoring in Computer Science. Born and raised a Georgia native, Burkhart always knew that he wanted to study and utilize technology when he grew up. Before coming on to The West Georgian staff in Spring 2014, Burkhart has had past experience from both instruction and personal experience in Web Design and Web Management. While in high school, Burkhart began teaching himself Web Design knowing that it would be a useful skill in the professional world. Other activities that Burkhart enjoys are reading, enjoying time with friends and family, and music. After completing his undergraduate degree, Burkhart aspires to go on to graduate school to obtain his M.S. in Computer Science, followed by a career in the professional field of either software development or networking.

As an educator my goal is twofold: to provide viable career training, and to foster critical thinking in hope of spurring progressive social change. Although my professional history and current focus at UWG is in journalism, I also have a strong background in cultural studies, critical theory, and critical/rhetorical ethnography. My research is focused on gendered identities associated with rock music subcultures. At present I am rewriting my dissertation, “‘Doing it for The Dudes’: A Comparative Ethnographic Study of Performative Masculinity in Heavy Metal and Hardcore Subcultures” as a book project. I am excited to be working with the staff of The West Georgian, and have high expectations for the newspaper this year.

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