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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Thomas Whyte
    experience will make or break a student he said Most students become hooked on the thrill of discovery Whyte loves archaeology for that same reason he said It s the thrill of solving puzzles about the human past from the clues those humans have left behind Whyte s areas of research include archeology and zooarchaeology He teaches the field archaeology class as well as classes on prehistory of the southern Appalachians and Stone Age stereotypes to name a few Eighty percent of what I teach is based in my own research Whyte said It is the only material that I truly know better than anyone else and it provides my lectures with case studies of the necessary questions theory methods and techniques When he s teaching Whyte loves to show students his passion for the field and underscore that they can find a career doing something they enjoy too Archaeology like history but even more so provides us with a broad understanding of the diversity of human culture and biology across time and space Whyte said My personal experience of practicing archaeology has not only provided me with this understanding but also a deep appreciation for human diversity in the present That being said however what leads any of us into the practice of archaeology is simply an insatiable curiosity about the human past and how humans have become what they are today Meet more faculty Dr Thomas Whyte s areas of research include archeology and zooarchaeology Apply Visit Info Program Anthropology BA Archaeology In Appalachian s Anthropology BA Archaeology degree program students focus on excavation and using artifacts to reconstruct past societies By understanding what s left behind archeologists can learn more about humanity today Department Department of Anthropology The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/thomas-whyte (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Autumn Melby
    the past and their cultures Melby said Appalachian also provides one of the best undergraduate archaeology programs on the East Coast Since Appalachian doesn t have a graduate program undergrads get to assist professors with a lot of their research that would normally fall to graduate students She said she has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in Dr Tom Whyte s research lab which she began doing her freshman year Her most recent project has involved analyzing and documenting patterns found in pottery shards from a Watauga County site Melby who plans to graduate in 2018 describes the field as so much more than simply digging in the dirt Working in the lab with Whyte has taught her so much about the methods documentation and technological resources that are associated with archaeology After graduation she plans to pursue a master s degree that will help her follow her dreams of working in a museum setting She is currently arranging to attend a field school abroad that focuses more on her specific interest in the discipline which is medieval Scandinavian archaeology and history Melby said her experiences in Appalachian s archaeology program with Whyte have helped her prepare for a graduate program in this discipline Autumn Melby plans to use her Anthropology BA Archaeology degree to work in a museum someday Apply Visit Info Program Anthropology BA Archaeology In Appalachian s Anthropology BA Archaeology degree program students focus on excavation and using artifacts to reconstruct past societies By understanding what s left behind archeologists can learn more about humanity today Department Department of Anthropology The Department of Anthropology offers a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/autumn-melby (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Joshua Goodwin ’14
    the possibilities that archaeology affords in the greater goals of understanding what it means to be human What are you doing now After graduating from Appalachian in 2014 I entered the Anthropology Ph D program at the University of Florida in order to further my study in the material remains of pre Columbian peoples of southeastern North America Currently I am conducting research in the Big Bend area of the Gulf Coast of Florida as part of the Laboratory of Southeastern Archaeology The laboratory s current focus is the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey with the mission of identifying and recording imperiled coastal sites in the region before they succumb to rising sea levels due to climate change Specializing in zooarchaeology I am exploring evidence for the use of animals particularly water birds in iconography and ritual practices at shell mound sites dating to the Middle and Late Woodland periods How did your time at Appalachian prepare you for your career after graduation The Department of Anthropology at Appalachian presents a unique opportunity for the undergraduate student to work closely with professors while developing personal research interests After graduating those professors who were teachers and mentors during my time at App have remained available when I am seeking their advice with research questions and career matters Before considering the pursuit of a degree in archaeology I would caution that it is not a license to loot nor is it as glamorous as it is depicted in Hollywood But for those who enjoy writing hard work both afield and in the lab and the search for the obscured clues left behind by past humans archaeology will afford you the opportunity to contribute to a body of knowledge that is bigger than Yosef See more alumni accomplishments Apply Visit Info Program Anthropology BA

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/joshua-goodwin (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Timothy Smith
    and understanding the world might be just one vantage point in a sea of infinite wisdom What do you love most about teaching Appalachian students Every university or institution of higher education has its own identity and flavor What I have found at Appalachian State University is that the students and their faculty maintain a small liberal arts feel We might have 18 000 students in a small town but you wouldn t really realize it given the spirit of collaboration respect and friendliness that one would usually expect at an institution half the size of our university What I have really enjoyed about teaching our students is that many come from the state of North Carolina and haven t really had the chance to explore other cultures and lives outside of the media To give them the opportunity to learn about the diversity of religion customs traditions politics praxis and worldviews in Latin America is always a great pleasure especially when they have a I didn t know that moment Why should a student interested in anthropology study at Appalachian Our faculty regularly publish scholarly material and maintain a commitment to bringing this research to the classroom as well as involving our students in our research projects We also have a solid group of professors who have received prestigious fellowships to help pursue their research interests Students receive a personalized program of study and attention from some of the best minds in anthropology that isn t watered down Our students themselves with mentoring and preparation from our faculty have won numerous awards over the years regularly land jobs and internships after graduation publish articles and go on to some of the top graduate programs in the country and now Europe in many different fields Meet more faculty Our students

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/timothy-smith (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug
    communities on ways to mitigate the destruction of primate habitats This kind of work serves to demonstrate how biological and cultural variation matter It reveals deep connections between environment biology and culture for human and non human primates It provides an entirely different kind of lens on both biological and anthropological questions or even contemporary problems To me that is really exciting What do you love most about teaching Appalachian students I have been amazed over the years at the truly strong sense of community among the students in my lab I have students from diverse backgrounds with diverse abilities and it never ceases to amaze me how they grow independently and together from their first semester in the program to the time that they graduate as mature confident young people with real skills and a new way of seeing the world I love watching students from diverse backgrounds work together to solve complex problems and to master a challenging and complex curriculum As far as teaching non majors or anthropology majors from the other sub disciplines I really enjoy having the opportunity to introduce students to evolutionary theory and particularly to the evidence for human evolution Why should a student interested in anthropology study at Appalachian Our faculty are internationally recognized as experts in our respective research areas Our department offers a large variety of classes in different topical areas of anthropology and these courses are well known for being stimulating and rigorous We regularly work with students on undergraduate research projects and some of our students have published with us If students work hard seek out opportunities to do research and other extracurricular activities they will be abundantly prepared for graduate school or whatever career they decide to pursue Related Violence infectious disease and climate change contributed to

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/gwen-robbins-schug (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Kelly Elaine Blevins ’14
    mountain all in one day Why did you choose to study biological anthropology I was originally a chemistry major but I strayed into the anthropology department when I realized my biology classes were not satisfying my curiosity about human evolution I had no idea what anthropology was before my first class but I quickly fell in love with the interdisciplinary study of humanity past and present How did your education at Appalachian prepare you for your graduate studies Unlike undergraduate studies graduate studies are internally motivated You ask your own questions based on your own observations Appalachian s anthropology department prepared me for graduate school by encouraging me to be an independent researcher What do you plan to do after your graduate education I plan to continue my graduate education in a Ph D program with the ultimate goal of being a professor of anthropology How has Appalachian helped you reach your career goals Appalachian s Department of Anthropology is comprised of excellent academics who are dedicated to the discipline and to teaching As a whole the faculty instilled in me the confidence and ability to further my education as well as educate others I had the opportunity to perform collaborative research with my advisor Dr Robbins Schug design and teach lesson plans for lab classes and use departmental resources to introduce anthropology at local elementary schools See more alumni accomplishments Appalachian s Department of Anthropology is comprised of excellent academics who are dedicated to the discipline and to teaching they instilled in me the confidence and ability to further my education as well as educate others Apply Visit Info Program Anthropology BS Biological Anthropology In the Anthropology BS Biological Anthropology degree students explore the bio cultural aspect of human history and become prepared for medical school a career in

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/kelly-elaine-blevins (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Jillian Ingle ’16
    schools might reserve for graduate students would be available to her as an undergraduate It seemed like a good fit Ingle said We have some pretty awesome professors who are experts in many different fields Ingle chose the Anthropology BS Biological Anthropology degree because of her split interest between the sciences and arts It is this interesting balance between hard science and the biological structure and at the same time trying to understand what that means for the human being Ingle said It s a lot of theory and reading and writing and for me personally it was a good mesh between the two In fall 2015 Ingle started working as an osteology assistant She works with the human osteology lab to help students review their lab lectures identify bones and help other students with extra lab time It has taught me to look at things differently Ingle said Not every one learns the same way and working with others I ve learned how to adapt to other types of learning After graduation Ingle hopes to work for a science center or museum or as a research assistant before continuing on to graduate school As a graduate student she would like to explore warfare or violence as an acceptable part of cultures and apply her education to humanitarian work by helping identify remains from genocide and return the remains to families for burial My education has taught me that as people we are not the same and cultures all have different forms of body thought Ingle said But even though we may be diverse still we are all human Apply Visit Info Program Anthropology BS Biological Anthropology In the Anthropology BS Biological Anthropology degree students explore the bio cultural aspect of human history and become prepared for medical school a

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jillian-ingle (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Blakeley Rogers ’17
    and there are a lot of eco friendly minded people around she said A pivotal moment in her education came in her freshman year when a professor showed her class the documentary True Cost about the exploitation of overseas workers by major western brands to sell clothing inexpensively a business model many industry leaders consider unsustainable Rogers later went to a screening of the film in her hometown of Atlanta and met the director I never would have known about the film if it weren t for Dr Oliver she said In addition to its engaged faculty with years of experience in the fashion industry Rogers praised Appalachian s Apparel Design and Manufacturing BS program for the required marketing minor She said the program gives her and her peers more career versatility than what they might receive at a design school I love it Rogers said of the program I have a personal relationship with all my professors and they all bring something different One teacher is really focused on textiles one is an editor for a sewing magazine all are interesting in their own ways She came to Appalachian not knowing anyone so she joined a lot of clubs in order to make friends That has led to leadership opportunities and broadened perspectives about people She has been active in Appalachian African Community App Sits meditation club Appalachian Apparel Association Muslim Student Association Women s Fund of the Blue Ridge and other groups I love App State she said Among her campus involvement Blakeley Rogers traveled to Uganda on study abroad and became interested in East African textiles Apply Visit Info Program Apparel Design and Merchandising BS The Apparel Design and Merchandising BS program encompasses the design merchandising and marketing of apparel and textile products and provides a comprehensive

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/blakeley-rogers (2016-02-17)
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