University College


2004 McNair Scholars


LaNelle A. Barber

LaNelle A. Barber soon to be known as Dr. Barber! Currently she is a junior at WVU in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Communication Studies. LaNelle also serves as a conductor of the Center for Black Culture and Research Paul Robeson/ Mahalia Jackson Choir. She volunteers in her free time at the Center for Black Culture and Research. She also worked as a Resident Assistant for the 03-04 school year. Her future goal is to become a Professor of Communication Studies or Theology. LaNelle loves working with people and knows that she will be teaching somewhere someday.


James F. Greene

James F. Greene is a Journalism major from Beckley, WV. He is currently a junior and going into his senior year. He is a member of M.I.A. mens ministry and attends Salvation Praise Ministries in Morgantown. In 2003 he transferred to WVU because his former school Mountain State University didn’t offer his major. He currently plans to attain a Ph.D. in education.


Xinhuang (Tony) Huang

Xinhuang (Tony) Huang is a Mechanical Engineering Major at WVU. Tony lived in New York City for a year before moving to West Virginia with his family in 1996. He is interested in the Mini Baja design class at the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources which is offered to seniors. Tony is interested in researching heavy-duty diesel engine emissions. He plans to continue in automotives in his graduate studies.


Deana Kleine

Deana Kleine resides in Arthurdale, WV on a mini farm with her husband. Currently she is finishing her undergraduate studies in Horticulture at WVU. After earning her bachelor’s degree she plans on attending graduate school in a closely related field and work towards obtaining her doctorate. Conducting organic crop-related research and teaching on a college level are her goals. She is presently involved in the Plant and Soil Science Club and the Bonsai Club.


Michelle Mantooth

Michelle Mantooth is currently a Psychology major at West Virginia University. She is the daughter of Pamela and the late Billy Joe Mantooth. She has been a resident of West Virginia for twenty-one years and plans to attend graduate school on the east coast. Michelle’s future goals entail gaining a Ph.D. degree in child clinical or developmental psychology.


Greta Martin

Greta Martin is currently a junior in the Social Work program at West Virginia University. She is the eldest of nine children and enjoys interacting with others. She also enjoys dancing and is a dance minor. Greta is a Resident Assistant for Boreman Hall and a member of Kappa Phi, the Christian Sorority on campus. Greta loves to travel and is always open to new experiences. Greta looks forward to graduating and going on to graduate school.


Katrina McCoy

Katrina McCoy is a junior pre-psychology major at WVU. After she earns her B.A. in Psychology she hopes to attend graduate school on the west coast to attain her Ph.D. Social Psychology is what attracted Katrina to her major, but for The McNair Scholar’s Program she has chosen to expand her horizons and learn about another specific area, Forensic Psychology. She also enjoys creative writing and singing.


Brittany Morgan

Brittany Morgan is a psychology major from Princeton, WV. She is currently a senior and a member of Psi Chi (the National Honor Society of Psychology). Her future plans are to attend graduate school at Carnegie Mellon or Duke University and to obtain a PhD in either Social Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychology.


Wayan D. Rata

Wayan D. Rata is completing a B.A. in Liberal Arts. A single hammer stroke upon a block of plaster caused him to reevaluate his academic orientation and he is now completing a B.F.A. in Studio Sculpture. In graduate school he plans to pursue a M.F.A. in the same discipline and then a Ph.D. in Art History or Art Theory focusing on the contemporary movement in animation art dubbed, “Japanime.”


Tenishia Rhodes

Tenishia Rhodes is from Parkersburg, West Virginia. She is currently a junior at West Virginia University. Tenishia is double-majoring in Secondary Education and Spanish presently and plans to pursue her doctorate in Spanish.


Linda Riddle

Linda Riddle is currently working on a BFA in Visual Arts with a studio concentration in Sculpture. She is an active member of both WVU’s student chapter of the National Art Educators Association and the Women’s International Bowling Congress. Linda Plans to graduate in May 2005 and immediately pursue an MFA in either Studio Art or Arts Administration.


Amy Elizabeth Ritterbusch

Amy Elizabeth Ritterbusch is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences as an International Studies Major with a double concentration in Business and Latin America. Amy is also working towards a double major in Spanish. Amy plans to attend graduate school in order to attain a master’s and Ph.D. in International Affairs with a concentration in business. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia but has resided in Canton, Connecticut for a majority of her life. She is a transfer student from the United States Naval Academy. At West Virginia University she is involved in founding the first Latin Sorority on campus that will be present on campus in fall 2004 (Lambda Theta Alpha). She is a member of Sigma Iota Rho (International Studies Honors Society) and has many interests such as running, dancing, singing, listening to music and attending church at Salvation Praise Ministries.


Jeremiah Samples

Jeremiah Samples is Political Science and History double major. He grew up in a rural area 15 minutes south of Charleston, West Virginia. He is currently President of the WVU Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. He plans on attending graduate school and earning his Doctorate in History. He is most interested in the history of Cold War diplomacy and the history of the labor movement in Appalachia. Jeremiah’s ultimate goal is to conduct research and teach at the college level.


Natalie L. Wesley

Natalie L. Wesley is a rising junior in the College of Business and Economics as an Accounting major. Her expected date of graduation is May 2006; after which she plans to go to graduate school to obtain her Master’s in Professional Accounting. Natalie is a native of Charleston, WV. As well as being in the McNair Program she is an active member of the Paul Robeson Mahlia Jackson Choir and sits on the executive board of Brothers and Sisters United. Natalie is a second year Resident Assistant for Extending Housing. Some of her interests include: reading, singing, playing the Sims, listening to music, and being with friends.