PMABS is celebrating the accomplishments of Milli Mickle, who has served as an assistant to PMABS Coordinator Nancy Barnes since the fall of 1998. Milli successfully defended her dissertation in UNC-Chapel Hill's English Department and will graduate in May 2002. The department has also awarded her a one-year post-doctoral lectureship.
"PMABS has benefitted immensely from having Milli's perspective and experience for an extended period of time--with the added bonus of her optimism and humor," Nancy said.
Milli's responsibilities here have ranged widely. They have included writing articles for the PMABS newsletter; helping to prepare letters, reports, and other documents; and assisting in preparations for workshops and other Partnership activities.
Nancy spoke about the significance of Milli's work with Summer Bridge, UNC's high school-to-college transition program. "Milli's experience with bridging new freshmen into the university has really helped us refine our program so that PMABS will be more responsive to students' particular needs."
Milli's dissertation, which is entitled "Trans-pictives: Image as Cognitive Medium in African American Poetry," examines the work of Yusef Komunyakaa, Robert Hayden, Rita Dove, Angela Jackson, Carolyn Rodgers, Jaki Shelton Green, and Anne Spencer.
[Archived: Summer 2002]