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By Nicole Bates, Nicole Bates M. S, Supervising Professor and David G. Bernard


Dedicated to my mother, Ms. Katrina Hicks, whose words of encouragement inspired me to continue the pursuit of my goals. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to first thank God for continuing to keep me focused and determined to reach my goal. Thanks to Dr. Bernard for continuing to work with me despite my persistent procrastination. Thank you for your patience and knowledge in helping me complete my research and thesis. I want to thank my committee members, Dr. Robinson and Dr. Frye. Thanks for giving up your valuable time to read and critique my thesis. I would like to thank my pastor Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III. I am so grateful for your motivating sermons to never give up and to always remember “whose I am.” To my friends- thank you so much for your continued support and not letting me quit and take the easy way out. I am always thankful to have friends like you. Finally, saving the best for last, mom you know that I appreciate everything that you have done for me. Thank you for always being my rock and staying strong. Even when the storms kept on raging in my life, you kept me grounded and continued to pray. I love you and thank God for you everyday of my life. Thank you for guidance and support

Year: 2013
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