Introducing the 2016-17 Society of Fellows
May 21, 2016
We are thrilled to announce that the following University of Missouri undergraduates have been selected to be part of the 2016-2017 class of the Kinder Institute’s undergraduate Society of Fellows.
Raised in Little Rock, AR, Tom Coulter is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, where he is pursuing dual majors in Journalism and History. Tom is a Walter Williams Scholar in the School of Journalism at MU and a member of the university’s Honors College, and he volunteers weekly at Tiger Pantry. Tom will intern this summer at the Arkansas Times in Little Rock, and after completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to work for a paper as a local and state news reporter or go to law school.
Emma Earley is a University of Missouri junior from St. Louis, double-majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Classical Humanities. Her interests lie in the study of the history of democracy and its effect on the evolution of law and policy throughout the world. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, serving on the sorority’s bylaws committee and as a coordinator for its annual philanthropy initiative that benefits Heart of Missouri CASA. She hopes to go to law school after graduating from MU, with the intention of studying sports and contract law.
Natalie Fitts is a junior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Journalism, with a focus in Strategic Communication, and minoring in Political Science. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and is involved in several other campus organizations, including Greek Allies, RSVP Center Peer Educators, and the National Student Advertising Competition. Natalie will spend Summer 2016 as a marketing and communications intern with the Special Olympics, and she plans to attend law school after graduating from Mizzou in Spring 2018.
Alexander Galvin is a sophomore in the Honors College at the University of Missouri, pursuing a degree in both History and Political Science. Originally from St. Louis, Alex is a legacy student at MU, where he is involved in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the Alpha Kappa Lambda social fraternity, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Alex also will serve as the 2016-2017 acting President of the Mizzou Undergraduate History Society. He is on track to graduate from MU in May of 2019, after which he has plans to attend law school.
Born and raised in Saint Louis, Thomas Groeller is a senior at the University of Missouri, where he double-majors in Political Science and Economics. Thomas is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, a national pre-law honors fraternity, and he works for MU’s Department of Student Activities. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and pursue a career in environmental law.
Kate Hargis is a University of Missouri senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Mathematics and Religious Studies. Additionally, Kate studies Arabic and has abiding scholarly interest in immigration and refugee policy reform. While at MU, she has served as campus President of Associated Students of the University of Missouri, a non-partisan student lobbying organization. Kate also is an English tutor for a Syrian refugee, and she will participate in the 2016 Kinder Scholars Summer Program in D.C., where she will assist in client relations at an immigration and refugee law firm.
Bryanna Leach is a rising sophomore from Lansing, MI, who came to Mizzou to study at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. She also is a student in the University of Missouri Honors College and plans to minor in American Constitutional Democracy through the Kinder Institute. Among many campus activities, Bryanna works at KOMU; is involved with Global Brigades, the Outreach Student Recruitment Team, and the Chancellor’s Leadership Class; is a member of the Phi Lambda sorority and a founding member of the MU Human Rights Brigade; and is a site leader for Mizzou Alternative Breaks. She is considering attending law school or pursuing a career in news reporting or public policy after graduation, with the ultimate goal of positively engaging with and shaping human rights laws and conditions.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Ryan Loftis is a senior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Military Science. He is a cadet in the Mizzou Army ROTC program and Missouri Army National Guard, and after graduation, Ryan will become a second lieutenant in the Army. After completing his active service time, Ryan would eventually like to go back to school to pursue a law degree and a Masters in Public Affairs.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Hunter Norton is a senior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Leadership and Public Service. On campus, Hunter is a member of the MU Honors College, the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honors fraternity, and he also has served as a Missouri Students Association Senator, a mentor in the Chancellor’s Leadership Program, and a Justice for the Judicial Peer Advisory Committee. He has interned for U.S. Senator Roy Blunt through MU’s CLIP program, and he has plans to intern with U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark during Summer 2016. After graduation, Hunter plans to attend law school and pursue a career in civil litigation.
Jordan Pellerito is a senior Political Science and History major from Tampa, Florida. She currently is President of the Mizzou Democrats and a Missouri Students Association Senator, and she previously was committeewoman for the College Democrats of Missouri. Jordan also has worked for the Missouri Democratic Party, the Jason Kander for U.S. Senate campaign, and an MSA presidential campaign. Her inspirations include John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Jon Stewart, and after graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either Political Science or History, but would love to host a satirical political talk show.
Born and raised in the City of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University High School, Nick Perryman is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Mandarin. On campus, Nick is involved in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, the Intrafraternity Council Peer Educators program, and Mizzou Alternative Breaks. Nick currently is interning in the Crestwood and Columbia, MO offices for Eric Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign. Inspired by Henry Kissinger, Thomas Jefferson, and Edward Snowden (among others), Nick has abiding scholarly interest in civil liberties, constitutional rights, and the American founding, and after graduating from MU, he plans to attend law school with the hopes of one day living and working in China.
Peyton Rosencrants is a senior Journalism major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A member of the University of Missouri Honors College, she also is pursuing minors in Sociology and American Constitutional Democracy. On campus, Peyton has served as president and vice president of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law honors fraternity and vice president of the Mizzou Mock Trial Association, and she led a Mizzou Alternative Breaks women’s advocacy trip during Spring 2016. Peyton also works in volunteer programs at the City of Columbia, and she plans to attend law school upon graduation.
Logan Smith is a University of Missouri senior from Blue Springs, MO, majoring in Political Science with minors in Black Studies and Leadership and Public Service. On campus, Logan has worked with a number of programs, including Mizzou Alternative Breaks, the university’s Emerging Leaders Program, and the Mizzou Multicultural Office. Additionally, he is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, a national pre-law honors fraternity, a team leader with STRIPES, a student-run safe ride program, and President of TAPP, Tigers Advancing Political Participation. After graduation, Logan plans to attend law school where he will focus on constitutional law with the hopes of one day running for public office.
Born and raised in Springfield, MO, Tricia Swartz is a sophomore in the University of Missouri Honors College, where she is majoring in Political Science, with plans to minor in American Constitutional Democracy and Leadership and Public Service. In addition to being an active member of Mizzou Chi Alpha, Tricia serves as a Court Justice for the Missouri Students Association Student Court and as the Public Relations Officer for both the MU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Political Science Club. Tricia interned for U.S. Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler in Spring 2016, and following her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend law school and one day pursue a career in public policy.
Raised in Warrensburg, MO, Spencer Tauchen is a junior Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology major at the University of Missouri. He has been honored in the classroom as a recipient of the MU Honors College’s Hocks Humanities Award and the Philosophy Department’s Outstanding Majors Award. On and off campus, he is engaged in community service, volunteering with Mizzou Alternative Breaks and Destiny House, his hometown shelter. Spencer will spend Summer 2016 interning with the Attorney General’s Office in Jefferson City, and after graduation, he plans to attend law school.
Taylor Tutin is a senior Bright Flight Scholar at the University of Missouri, double-majoring in Political Science and Philosophy and minoring in Psychology. She currently is working on her complementary honors theses through the University of Missouri Honors College, which focuses on the insanity defense, with particular attention devoted to examining its legal and philosophical implications. In her free time, Taylor serves as a Missouri Students Association Senator for the College of Arts and Science and Chairwoman for the Academic Affairs committee. She is also an improviser in Mizzou’s long-form improvisational comedy troupe, MU Improv. Taylor is on track to graduate after three years, in May 2017, and after completing her undergraduate career, she intends to go to law school with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a judge.
Born in Kansas City and raised in Lee’s Summit, MO, Derek Van Becelaere is a senior at the University of Missouri, majoring in History and minoring in Business. Derek is a member of the Missouri Students Association Student Court and Phi Alpha Delta, a national pre-law fraternity, and after graduating, he plans to attend law school.
Raised in Kansas City, Isaac VanDyne is a sophomore at MU, pursuing a major in Economics. A member of the National Honor Society in high school, and a current member of the University of Missouri Honors College, Isaac also is a multi-instrumentalist and composes and performs music with a number of groups in Columbia.
Tessa Weinberg is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Film Studies and Political Science. A Los Angeles native, Tessa traveled to Mizzou for its prestigious Journalism school, where she currently is a Walter Williams Honors Scholar. On campus and in the community, she pursues her passions for journalism and social justice through her positions as Projects Editor at The Maneater, Secretary of ONA Mizzou, Treasurer of Mizzou Women In Media, a facilitator-in-training with MU’s Diversity Peer Educators program, and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sorority. Tessa has interned at The Los Angeles Times, where she worked with their new initiative for high school journalists, and after graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as an investigative journalist or political reporter.
Raised in Chicago, IL, Aryn Williams-Vann is a senior at the University of Missouri, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, minoring in Philosophy and Political Science, and pursuing MU’s Multicultural Certificate. On campus, Aryn serves on the Judicial Peer Advisory Council; is a member of the Black Pre-Law Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity; and works at the Relationship Sexual Violence Prevention Center. After graduating in 2017, she plans to pursue a J.D., with a focus on criminal law, with the goal of one day being able to help victims of abuse.
A fellowship program that provides students with an opportunity to build an intellectual community dedicated to studying and discussing the theory, history, and practice of constitutional democracy in the United States and around the globe, the Society of Fellows will kick off this year on August 10 with the opening reception for our annual three-day undergraduate summer seminar, held at the historic Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia.