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Student and Faculty Spotlight

Student Spotlights
Faculty Spotlight
Chloe Brownell

Chloe Brownell

Chloe Brownell will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Family Studies and Psychology.

During her time as a UNA student, she has been involved with Housing and Residence Life as a RA, been a member of the Lagrange Society, and served as a SGA Chief Justice and a SGA Senator.

Chloe is interested in using her degree to help underprivileged youth and people with developmental disorders.

Immediately after graduation, Chloe wishes to attend UNA as a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Counseling in hopes of running her own practice. 

Chloe said, “UNA has a very special place in my heart as both of my parents are alumni. UNA has truly become my home, and I can’t believe I graduate in a few short months!


Maggie Freeman

Maggie Freeman

Maggie Freeman is a Theatre major with a Concentration in Acting.

As a UNA student, she has been involved in many clubs and organizations such as: member of the Lagrange Society, 2019 Panhellenic President, Student Union of Performing Artists President, American Sign Language Club, Phi Mu, and a Miss UNA Contestant.

Because of her job as a Norton Auditorium Student Technician, she is highly involved with the technical side of theatre. 

After graduation, Maggie hopes to continue her education at UNA to earn her Master’s in Secondary Education.



Seth Jacobs

Seth Jacobs

Seth Jacobs is a dual major studying both German and French Language and Literature in hopes of graduating in 2020.

As a UNA student, he has founded the German Club and is the current President, worked as the Recruitment Chair for Delta Chi this semester, and will serve as the fraternity’s Vice President next year. Seth is also a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador and works as a RA for Housing and Residence Life.

Aside from French and German, he has also studied Esperanto, a constructed language created to facilitate international communication. Seth says, “It is more of a hobby than a true academic interest, but it does mean that I am multilingual because I will have the ability to speak four languages once I am done with my undergraduate studies.”

After graduation, he would like to pursue his Master’s degree in German and French, along with his PhD. “I want to teach foreign language at the university level,” Seth said.


Dr. Sanders

Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia F. Sanders

Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor of Communications, at the University of North Alabama where she teaches in the areas of Radio-Television-Interactive Media and Journalism. She has worked as a journalist primarily in the commercial and public sectors of radio broadcasting, as a public speaker, and as a professional voice-over artist for over 30 years.

Dr. Sanders has won numerous awards for her journalistic work and received numerous recognitions on campus and in the community for her work inside and outside the classroom including the Outstanding Service Award by the UNA Student Government Association, a Faculty Alumni Award at UNA, and Advisor of the Year from the National Broadcasting Society. Most recently, she was selected in an inaugural program as an Administrative Fellow with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Office.  In relation to and outside her faculty role at UNA, Dr. Sanders enjoys interacting with and providing mentorship to students and leading them on national and international learning experiences.

In addition, the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence presented Dr. Sanders with a State Media Award for coverage of services for victims of domestic violence.  She was also part of a team that produced pieces that won Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for various radio stories for Alabama Public Radio. She has won numerous Alabama Associated Press Awards.

Dr. Sanders has served on numerous campus committees and community boards and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, an elite group from across the state who are chosen to assist in moving it forward.  She is a past board member for the Society for Professional Journalists National Education Committee and is a member of the Broadcast Education Association where she makes scholarly presentations each spring. She also serves on the Multicultural and Religion and Media Boards. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of North Alabama and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University.  She has been with the University of North Alabama since 1999.

Dr. Sanders’ research interests center on radio, social and digital media, and women in leadership roles. A recent research interest has evolved related to diversity issues in society and the workplace, principally prejudice, perceptions, and stereotypes. She has presented papers on the topic at BEA, the University California, Berkeley and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Her personal interests include spending quality time with family, experiencing new foods, traveling, meeting people from diverse backgrounds, writing, podcasts, church involvement, and a good cup of coffee. She is married to Lin Sanders who is a health and safety professional. They have two children. Their daughter Erica lives in Houston, Texas and is in a management role for ExxonMobil. Their son, Patrick, lives near the San Francisco, California Bay Area and works in a management role for Chevron.  Her third “child” is her dog, Bella, whom she has had for 11 years.