Student and Faculty Spotlight

Madeleine Frankford

By Savannah Johnson

Madeleine Frankford is from Athens, Alabama, and graduated from The University of North Alabama in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Gerontology, a minor in Family Studies and Certified Family Life Educator certificate.
She worked for the Shoals community in several different capacities—as the Assistant to the Executive Director at the non-profit organization Shoals Scholar Dollars, Children’s Director at the Broadway campus of Highland Baptist Church, and HR Assistant in the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at UNA. During her time as an HR Assistant, she applied to the Master of Science in Family Studies program and began taking classes.

Frankford said, “I knew the first semester of my freshman year that I had found my academic home in the Department of Sociology and Family Studies at UNA. From my very first course in the department and throughout my academic journey, I have felt challenged and inspired to learn about our world and my place in it.”

As an undergraduate pursuing her CFLE, Frankford completed an internship with the Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama where she taught parent education courses to court-ordered mothers. Now she is pursuing her Master of Science in Family Studies and as the Title IX Graduate Assistant Coordinator, she has the opportunity to facilitate Title IX and Bystander Intervention trainings in First Year Experience (FYE) courses and other venues on campus.

Frankford is a singer/songwriter, so in her spare time she enjoys honing her guitar and piano skills. She loves being active with friends and fuels her love of learning about other cultures by traveling abroad.

After she completes her degree, she hopes to travel to Gaborone, Botswana to facilitate music leadership workshops in churches, orphanages, and the surrounding villages. She would also like to continue to utilize her passion for education by teaching others.

Dr. Cameron Gren

By Kayla Braidfoot

Dr. Cameron Gren, from Franklin, Tennessee, is a professor in the Chemistry department. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University and his Doctorate of the same from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Gren came to UNA after meeting some UNA faculty at an event while he was still in graduate school. He was invited to see the campus, and offered a six-month position in the Chemistry department. He applied and was granted a tenure-track position the next year. “I have loved my time at UNA. It has gone from a school I had never heard of (even though I grew up only about 120 miles away) into a place I couldn’t imagine being away from. UNA has a small school atmosphere with big school amenities, and the people associated with the university truly support each other, from students to faculty and staff, to administration, to alumni, even to the greater community as a whole. It is a wonderful place to make a career.”

He is currently the faculty sponsor for the Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society, SCACS, an RSO made up of primarily chemistry students. When asked what piece of advice he would want to leave with those students, he said, “Enjoy your time in college. For many students, it is truly their first taste of independence. At the same time, however, this is your training for the rest of your life, not just your scholastic education but also how you interact with the people and the world around you. Don’t waste it!”