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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Stephanie Sansoucy
    the news desk and by her sophomore year achieving the position of news editor This experience would serve as a worthy introduction to the journalism courses she would take When I got into the major courses I already had some background Sansoucy remarks But she insists that the program is designed so that it doesn t bore those already familiar with journalism The classroom is treated like a newsroom and professors assume both a teacher role and an editor role Sansoucy explains The degree is set up so that you get experience behind the camera and in design Sansoucy says Classes geared towards multi media storytelling gave Sansoucy a diverse education by teaching her how to use the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Light Room and how to use a digital camera to take effective journalistic photos and how to frame them properly Additionally a faculty led study abroad to Paris gave her the opportunity to visit the Associated Press Bureau where Sansoucy and her peers learned valuable interview skills by conducting interviews with the journalists This sort of preparation has imbued Sansoucy with confidence for her future despite not knowing exactly what she wants to do after graduation The skills I ve learned through journalism can translate into multiple areas of communication Sansoucy says I feel like I m prepared for whatever An unexpected conversation with a photographer from The Appalachian helped get Stephanie Sansoucy involved with the school newspaper and with the journalism program Apply Visit Info Program Communication Journalism BS The Communication Journalism BS degree teaches students how to find and gather information from primary sources communicate that information to a specific audience through multi media storytelling and be a watchdog for the public as a part of the democratic process Department Department of Communication The

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/stephanie-sansoucy (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Alexander McCall ’14
    my biggest responsibilities is laying out social media strategy for NPR s ever growing roster of podcasts which means tailoring our online voice to the tone and sound of those programs In addition I write edit and produce a variety of promos for NPR member stations across the country and handle web publishing for some of NPR s acquired programs At the moment I m working on several long term projects too We re trying to improve and shape the way our newsroom uses social and digital media tools It s a thrill there s rarely a dull moment Q How has your education from the journalism program helped you in your current job and past internship A Small class sizes were an amazing advantage I received plenty of personal attention from my professors which was incredibly helpful in growing and refining my craft My professors were dedicated to helping me become a skilled journalist They encouraged me to learn new things and pursue my interests and that put me in a great place to start my career Q If you could go back to when you were a freshman what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self A I would tell myself to read read and read some more and I d say the same for writing You won t improve your skills unless you re practicing and absorbing all the incredible work that s out there Q What does your degree from Appalachian mean to you A My degree from Appalachian means I had the opportunity to study with professors who cared not only about my education but about me personally It means I had an opportunity to broaden my perspectives with a liberal arts foundation that foundation is a huge benefit when you

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/alexander-mccall (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Lindsay Tigar ’09
    learned together and were a family I learned a lot about leadership editing and being part of a team by working at The Appalachian Tigar says of her time at the student newspaper Now years after she made the move to the big city Tigar has made quite a name for herself A respected blogger Tigar writes Confessions of a Love Addict and has watched her audience steadily grow garnering an estimated 30 000 page views a month After being featured on the front page of Wordpress Tigar gained real traction and is now represented by a publishing agency with a book on the way In addition Tigar freelances for several well known magazines and online publications piling on to an already full plate Luckily Tigar says that her time at Appalachian adequately prepared her for this I think college is a great time to learn the act of multi tasking and meeting deadlines Tigar remarks When you work at a school newspaper or a local publication on top of taking classes you re learning how to balance responsibilities and your energy to make sure everything is completed In addition to preparing her for the long hours that come with being a journalist Appalachian nurtured Tigar s passions The communications department was very welcoming and encouraging of my long term goals Tigar says of Appalachian Tigar looks back on this welcoming attitude and the family feeling community with fond memories She may have struck out on her own in New York but there is no doubt that the Appalachian community had an impact on Tigar breathing life into an already ambitious fire Lindsay Tigar 09 is a freelance journalist and blogger in New York City Apply Visit Info Program Communication Journalism BS The Communication Journalism BS degree teaches students how

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/lindsay-tigar (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Brittany Burdine ’11
    outreach for the Student Government Association and was a Leadership Educator with the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership She also worked as a public relations assistant at Back Creek Christian Academy in her hometown of Charlotte The university awarded her its Appalachian Distinguished Leadership Award for exemplary service After graduating in 2011 Burdine worked as an intern and later a media tour public relations assistant for Charlotte Motor Speedway She also gained experience as a marketing coordinator for various companies on the North Carolina coast Her experiences at Appalachian prepared her for all aspects of her career Burdine said Inside the classroom I learned about the thought process behind the strategy My extracurricular involvement helped me put these practices into a practical setting Burdine said the Department of Communication faculty supported her as she built a strong foundational skill set through their openness to questions willingness to give advice and continued exploration and discussion of topics covered in class The faculty really helps you build a skill set that sets you apart from other public relations candidates Burdine said They want to make sure you understand the practical material that is being taught and ultimately help guide you into the start of your career Burdine looks back on her time at Appalachian fondly The lessons and practical experiences I received have shaped me into the person I am today Burdine said I owe it to Appalachian for helping me grow the most I could in the short time I got to spend on the mountaintop Apply Visit Info Program Communication Public Relations BS The Communication Public Relations BS degree program develops the strong research and writing fundamentals that will carry students through their careers as public relations professionals who develop strategic communications Department Department of Communication The Department of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/brittany-burdine (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Patrick Sullivan ’16
    landing Sullivan two internships on campus and a job as an orientation leader The latter offers Sullivan the chance to sell the university to incoming students while simultaneously setting nervous parents minds at ease Part of what puts Sullivan in such a comfortable position is the intimate learning atmosphere provided by Appalachian With relatively small class sizes Sullivan finds himself surrounded by a similar group of students in each of his PR classes offering a chance to build important friendships and grow professionally as a group a valuable perk for an extrovert like Sullivan Appalachian is very freeing and open Sullivan says You re making friends with people in your classes everyone s connected In addition to connecting with his fellow peers Sullivan notes that the professors make a concerted effort to get to know the students in their program I know that I m not just another number Sullivan comments This is an impressive feat considering according to Sullivan his professors are typically engaged in professional work on top of teaching classes This direct link to the outside world of PR makes these classes valuable giving students a first person example of the work they hope to be doing post graduation he said In Sullivan s case a social media internship with University Communications has piqued his interest in doing communication and PR work in an academic setting A job in higher education sounds perfect for Sullivan giving him a place to nourish his interest in communication and his passion for people Apply Visit Info Program Communication Public Relations BS The Communication Public Relations BS degree program develops the strong research and writing fundamentals that will carry students through their careers as public relations professionals who develop strategic communications Department Department of Communication The Department of Communication offers degrees

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/patrick-sullivan (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Melinda Hayton ’15
    prepared me with the best giving me confidence in whichever direction I take My experience with Appalachian is undeniably remarkable and one of a kind Hayton came to Appalachian as a transfer student from UNC Charlotte and was immediately welcomed by so many people she said To help her choose a career path and gain leadership experience Hayton joined over 15 different organizations on Appalachian s campus These included Appalachian Popular Programming Society APPS PEAKS Leadership WASU radio station International Business Student Association International Justice Mission the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Appalachian Marching Band Majorettes She also interned for Appalachian Athletics Marketing and Fan Engagement Clear Channel Radio in Charlotte and Wine To Water International Aid My studies and experience with public relations within the many organizations I volunteered with were able to teach me the skills I needed to succeed Hayton said I would have never done as well in my major without the people I met and opportunities I had within the student clubs and organizations I am incredibly grateful for the fantastic professors I have had over the past several years who truly care Hayton encourages future PR majors to get involved in Appalachian s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America I have been to national conferences around the country and made connections with people with Warner Bros Entertainment the Miami Heat Oxfam International and many more organizations There are so many resources available to you through PRSSA she said Melinda Hayton is working as a public relations intern for J Public Relations in New York City a leading firm for the hospitality industry Apply Visit Info Program Communication Public Relations BS The Communication Public Relations BS degree program develops the strong research and writing fundamentals that will carry students

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/melinda-hayton (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Evan Montpellier ’17
    step in education and for a career in the field What are you planning to do after graduation I would like to pursue a doctorate in geography in hopes of teaching The idea of teaching is appealing and being able to conduct research and field work is also another draw to the profession How has your time at Appalachian helped you work toward your post graduation goals I feel Appalachian State University has given me more opportunities than I could have ever asked for With faculty being so willing to talk and devote their time to a project it makes wanting to learn easy I feel that taking that passion for a subject to the next step of education or into the field won t be a problem Research is taking place all the time on campus and by just showing interest I was able to develop a research opportunity These opportunities are what will prepare me for the next step in my goals after graduation Where did you do a study abroad and what did you take away from the experience I did a faculty led study abroad to Peru in summer 2015 We were looking at Andean Mountain geography as well as global climate change We were able to spend time at 18 000 feet on glaciers looking at how a changing climate is affecting the Andean landscape This program provided a lot of insight to the current state of the tourism industry in Peru and how much our actions in the United States and in Western culture are affecting the Andean highlands Evan Montpellier in Peru where he traveled as part of a short term study abroad program to study Peru s tourism industry and how climate change is affecting the Andean landscape Apply Visit Info Program

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/evan-montpellier (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Amy Marion ’13
    with various zoning densities utilities and budgetary constraints About half the class myself included confessed and that s when I knew I was in the right place Although faculty member J Rosie Tighe has since left Appalachian Marion said they have continued a mentoring relationship Marion graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Sustainable Development She said any student thinking of studying planning should also consider a minor as she did because taking an array of classes allows you to find the specific niche that interests you the most Marion served as the president of Appalachian s Sustainable Development Student Alliance for a year and was a member of the ASU Solar Energy Society She said being part of a club gave her a sense of community but also experience in planning events and presenting education workshops Another avenue really prepared her for graduation and her first career steps There s no better preparation than the Geography and Planning Senior Seminar class Marion said We spent months perfecting our resumes drafting cover letters taking personality career tests going to career fairs and job shadowing I am indebted to my Senior Seminar professors Marion said They went above and beyond to prepare me for life after undergrad and write letters of recommendation for graduate school In addition to benefitting from Appalachian s strong academics Amy Marion said participation in campus clubs gave her a sense of community and experience in planning events and presenting education workshops Apply Visit Info Program Community and Regional Planning BS The Community and Regional Planning BS program teaches students how to research design and develop programs that help a community or region reach its goals The work of community and regional planners includes policy recommendations economic development strategic

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