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University Of North Alabama Student Wins Top Geography Award

Nov. 26, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

By Bryan Rachal
University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.- University of North Alabama undergraduate geography student John Crowell is the most recent recipient of the Merle C. Prunty Scholarship Award.

The Prunty Award recognizes "an outstanding geography student from the region" and is named after a legendary professor of geography at the University of Georgia.

The award is presented by the South East Division of the American Association of Geographers (SEDAAG), the primary geographical society in the South.

Crowell received the award (in absentia) at the annual meeting of the association held in Johnson City, Tennessee, Nov. 18-19. He was recognized for his research on youth visitor dynamics in national parks.

Crowell is the first student from an Alabama university to win the award in the last 19 years. He worked closely with UNA Geography Professor Dr. Michael Pretes, who nominated him for the award.

For more information about SEDAAG:http://sedaag.org/


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.