Calla Lovell receives Emerson Scholarship

Calla Lovell of Russellville, Mo., was the recipient of the
Emerson Scholarship from Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) during her senior year at
William Woods University. She recently graduated with a degree in American Sign
Language interpreting and Deaf studies.

Missouri Colleges Funds assists private colleges and
universities in Missouri by working with private donors to secure scholarship
opportunities. The Emerson Scholarship is awarded to students who are recognized
as outstanding because of activities and/or achievements at their school.
 
Growing up in the small community of Russellville led Lovell
to choose William Woods for higher education. She was exposed to the
communication struggles endured by the Deaf community. This, along with her
parents’ decision to become foster parents, taught her the importance of
helping others. These experiences led her to pursue a double major in American
Sign Language interpreting and Deaf studies. She hopes to become a successful
sign language interpreter, possibly within the field of education.
 
Lovell has been highly involved in the WWU campus community.
As head community adviser of R.B. Cutlip, she worked to build a community within
her residence hall. She acted as a policy enforcer, friend and mentor, and she
also planned educational and interactive activities for the residents to
encourage socialization among the community.
 
She also was a member of the Campus Activities Board, Student
Assembly, Hands-Up Club and Alpha Chi honor society. An active member of her
sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, she was elected by her peers as house manager and a
member of the Big/Little Sis Committee and the Delta Chi Council.
 
Through her sorority she participated in various volunteer
activities to support the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence, school
supply drives, canned food collections for Serve and cereal collections for Our
Little Haven. She also worked concession stands and as a teacher’s aide at the
Missouri School for the Deaf.