Beyah-Taylor Receives College Academic Team Honors

Beyah-Taylor Receives College Academic Team Honors

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Rowan University senior English major Clarissa S. Beyah-Taylor, of Glassboro, was named an honorable mention member of the 1999 All-USA College Academic Team sponsored by USA TODAY and several
Rowan University senior English major Clarissa S. Beyah-Taylor, of Glassboro, was named an honorable
mention member of the 1999 All-USA College Academic Team sponsored by USA TODAY and several
education organizations.

A 1994 graduate of Glassboro High School, Beyah-Taylor, 22, is a wife, mother, full-time student at
Rowan University, full-time employee and active volunteer.

Rowan University English professor Dr. James Haba, one of the professors who nominated Beyah-Taylor
for the team, said, <+>What has impressed our department is Clarissa's remarkable intellectual curiosity
coupled with an unusual combination of life identities and responsibilities. She's been deeply immersed in
the world of actual work and actual life without letting go of her natural curiosity and feelings as a student.
She's just been such an example to other students of what is possible to do if you care enough, and she
clearly has cared a lot.<+>

Beyah-Taylor earned a four-year academic scholarship to Rowan University, where she achieved a 3.8
GPA. She also is a recipient of a scholarship from the New Jersey Health Care Public Relations and
Marketing Association.

At Rowan University, Beyah-Taylor has been a contributing writer and actress in two original plays, a
member of the university's literary magazine and newspaper, and project coordinator for an original
children's film project about Native Americans. She will perform in Macbeth this April.

As the Provider Communications Project Coordinator she leads a team of writers in the Provider
Communications Department at Independence Blue Cross (IBC) in Philadelphia, where she has received
numerous professional awards.

Also active in community events, Beyah-Taylor helped coordinate the Million Woman March, took part in
AIDS Walk Philadelphia, served as a mentor and project facilitator for City Wide Shadowing Day in
Philadelphia, and served as a mentor for Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and Toastmasters
International.

Married to Andrew Taylor and the mother of one son, Rafiq, 3, Beyah-Taylor is the daughter of Charles and
Cynthia Mobley of Glassboro.

Of her award, she said, <+>When I consider the accomplishments of the students chosen for the first, second
and third teams I just feel humbled and honored I was chosen as an honorable mention. I'm grateful for the
encouragement of my Rowan professors and the support of my Glassboro High School teachers, which led
me to Rowan,<+> she said.

In its 10th year, the All-USA College Academic Team is co-sponsored by USA TODAY, the National
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of State Universities and
Land-Grant Colleges, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Council for
Advancement and Support of Education.

Close to 1,000 students were nominated for the 1999 team, and approximately 10 percent were honored.