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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Rica Abbott ’11
    University of Alabama Birmingham As a result I m able to effectively present sophisticated information through the use of high quality documents and oral presentations to non medical populations she said Coming out of high school her professional goal was to be a physician She debated on a major when she learned that a science degree is not required for medical school The Professional Writing major appealed to her because it can be applied to a broad range of careers Whether you want to be a doctor lawyer professor researcher or whatever the skills you learn in this major will be an important part of your everyday work experience Abbott said Want to be a CEO Professional Writing teaches students to create memos and reports and to conduct presentations in a professional manner Want to be a lawyer Professional Writing teaches students how to craft a point of view and argue it in a public forum Whether she s pursuing opportunities in the global health field working with management in a medical community or preparing assignments and projects for her master s degree Abbott said she has found the Professional Writing major to be a key factor in her success I know pursuing this degree was the best decision I could have made she said The opportunities have been endless for me because of what I learned in the program Having excellent writing and communication skills is a bonus in the real world and will make you a top job applicant she said Apply Visit Info Program English BA Professional Writing The English BA Professional Writing is one of the few of its kind in North Carolina preparing students with communications fundamentals as well as experience with different types of print media technical and science writing digital design and writing

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/rica-abbot (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Leia Gearhart
    graduate in 2017 She s looking forward to taking what she s learning in the program and helping her own students succeed in whatever they choose to pursue in life English teachers are great at getting students to analyze dissect and think deeply about everything around them she said Providing the necessary tools to look critically at the world enables them to grow into thoughtful careful citizens I look forward to using what I ve learned in my own classroom As a Secondary Education major Gearhart says she has access to the best of two worlds at Appalachian Taking classes and working closely with faculty in both the English department and the Reich College of Education have been so valuable she said Both are highly regarded on campus There s a wealth of knowledge to be gained from both components of this program especially the opportunity to study your professor s teaching techniques Every one of them wants you to succeed and will do whatever they can to make that happen she said Gearhart plan to pursue a graduate degree through Appalachian s Accelerated Admission program sometimes called 4 1 because she believes it will allow her to grow further as an educator and thus provide her future students with more challenging experiences By taking advantage of the 4 1 program I can continue to work with the faculty and professors who have been so integral to my academic success she said I believe that teachers should be experts in their field and use that expertise to help their students A graduate degree is the best way to achieve that status Apply Visit Info Program English Secondary Education BS This degree program is CAEP accredited and is designed for students who want to teach high school English Department Department of

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/leia-gearhart (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Elaine O’Quinn
    girls and boys was the beginning of what is now called the Elaine J O Quinn Girls Studies Special Collection O Quinn has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor of the Year and the Academy of Outstanding Teachers Awards In 2012 she was a recipient of the NC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award O Quinn describes the Secondary Education program in English as a fully comprehensive preparation for students who are pursuing teaching as a career We are about more than just content she stated How teachers approach teaching and the way they work with their students is just as important to us as how much they know about their discipline Our graduates are in a variety of positions all across the state They thrive in their work and many of them have been awarded local as well as state awards for their teaching and service Over the years students frequently contact us to say that many of the things they learned in our program continue to guide them in their own classroom Quite a few of our students have gone on to get advanced degrees and a number of them are influential in educational spaces beyond the classroom When O Quinn is not teaching and writing she spends her time working as an artist Her most recent collection of art work titled Beauty in All Things was displayed in the Looking Glass Gallery on campus in Fall 2015 Meet more faculty Our graduates are in positions all across the state They thrive in their work Apply Visit Info Program English Secondary Education BS This degree program is CAEP accredited and is designed for students who want to teach high school English Department Department of English The Department of English offers five degrees English

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/elaine-o-quinn (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Jason Rhodes ’98 ’00
    teacher but I believe English is the most important subject for creating well rounded critical thinkers and communicators After completing a BS in Communication at Appalachian in 1998 Rhodes decided he wanted to be a teacher He came back to Appalachian for the Secondary Education major which he finished in 2000 I had every intention of using my degree to teach However the conversations I had with my professors and the literature I read inspired the budding intellectual in me said Rhodes He ended up in New York City where he applied and was accepted to Columbia University for a master s degree in English Education I owe so much to my English professors at Appalachian for engaging with me both in and outside of the classroom They helped me feel comfortable exploring new ideas in my career as a teacher he said That foundation played a major role in me being named the 2010 Henderson County Teacher of the Year In his current role Rhodes is responsible for all aspects of communication for Buncombe County Schools He oversees websites for the district office and the county s 44 schools and works closely with each school to highlight stories of their teachers students and activities internally and with local media We live in a wonderful age of technology Information is literally at our fingertips whether on our phones tablets and even our watches he said Because of this now more than ever people need to be discerning readers A degree in English education is great for cultivating both critical thinking and an open mind Apply Visit Info Program English Secondary Education BS This degree program is CAEP accredited and is designed for students who want to teach high school English Department Department of English The Department of English offers five

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/jason-rhodes (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Scott Collier
    strengthen your teaching My research primarily focuses on how the vessels remodel with diseases such as hypertension and how exercise can help prevent or treat the disease in humans Recently I have completed some studies on sleep and how it changes with stress or pain and how thermal therapy or exercise may help an individual attain better sleep which in turn will help several clinical conditions The American Heart Association has cited two of our studies in their position stand on exercise as an alternative therapy for hypertension This decreases the dependence on pharmaceuticals and all the side effects they elicit I have over 20 students that participate as research technicians in the Vascular Biology and Autonomic Research Laboratory and since I have been here at App over 25 of those students have their names on published manuscripts The laboratory allows me to teach in a different manner than traditional lectures and lends real life examples to the students Most of our students go on to professional degrees such as medical school DPT PA OT and their research teaching experiences in the lab help them gain better interpersonal skills and a better understanding of the physiological functioning of the human body Also since my classes are too large to bring to the lab I video some of the measures we use in the lab so that I can show them in class The students can then see how the body can make changes to real world stimuli What do you enjoy most about teaching Appalachian students We have a very high level clinical exercise physiology program so our students are academically excellent Our students come prepared to ask next step questions to keep the lessons moving forward Also our students come in with excellent communication skills so they can talk well with their peers which leads to greater collaboration Why should a student interested in an exercise science degree choose Appalachian as opposed to another institution Our program is one of the top undergrad and master s degree programs in the nation Our students gain acceptance into professional clinical programs at high rates which is due to the academic and lab experiences they have here at Appalachian They also are encouraged to present their research at regional and national conferences which again adds to their curriculum vita which really sets them apart from other applicants For the students who do not seek higher education we have an excellent reputation throughout North Carolina for knowledgeable graduates who can come into a program and immediately contribute to the mission of their employer Our Clinical Concentration students have gained employment all over the state in places such as Carolinas HealthCare System Duke Medical Chapel Hill Health and Wellness and several research universities that employ research technicians just to name a few Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Programs Exercise Science BS Strength and Conditioning The Exercise Science BS Strength and Conditioning degree prepares students to work in applied and academic settings by focusing

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/scott-collier (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Andrew Gibson ’14
    and tangible I can see active fermentation I can watch beer that I produced being transferred into kegs and bottles I can hold and taste the fruits of my labor and can enjoy it with friends Appalachian prepared him well for his position he said especially because of the experiential learning he received in the program s on campus Ivory Tower Brewing Company I know the chemical and biological aspects that are important to beverage production because of how the program was structured I also understand how breweries work from a business stand point once again due to how the structure of the program Dr Cohen and Dr Taubman were not only great professors they were great mentors he said Why should prospective students choose Appalachian for fermentation sciences I think any potential student should consider attending App State for the fact that students can be so hands on in this program if they chose to Ivory Tower Brewing Company gives students a great chance to see and try the brewing process with the help of very knowledgeable faculty and the faculty want to see you succeed Gibson said Apply Visit Info Program Fermentation Sciences BS The interdisciplinary Fermentation Sciences

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/andrew-gibson (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Seth Cohen
    they learn in coursework is interwoven with real world projects within the industry For example Cohen is engaged in collaborative research with local wine producers to understand and support grape and wine quality in the region Among other projects he and his colleagues are exploring genetic fingerprinting of native yeast and bacteria used in food and beverage production bioprocessing and waste remediation product shelf life and stability issues and tactics for producing gluten free beer The collaboration with local beer and wine producers and the comprehensive undergraduate research program are coupled with small classes and a close knit community of faculty staff and students What is he most passionate about in his teaching I simply want students to appreciate the science and applied knowledge and skills associated with their degree so they can choose the appropriate career path to meet their interests to broaden their view of their potential and to take away the skills to make informed well educated decisions he says All this in turn helps solidify the program s reputation and its positive relationship with the industry which builds an even stronger program for students Meet more faculty Apply Visit Info Program Fermentation Sciences BS The interdisciplinary

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/seth-cohen (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Steven Dalgetty
    Dr Epermanis and Dr Wood offer are eye opening Dr Wood leads a team of students every year over spring break to London for the week to look at Lloyds of London and how they operate Each semester there are at least five travel opportunities for RMI majors The RMI major at Appalachian prepares students for a wide variety of professions within the greater risk and insurance field including General Management Underwriting Claims Agency Sales Operations Brokerage Surplus Lines Risk Management Reinsurance Specialties During the summer of 2015 Dalgetty worked as an intern for Wells Fargo Insurance Services in Charlotte gaining hands on experience of how brokers in the insurance world work and forming a better understanding of how insurance companies are run Because the Brantley Center bridges the space between academics and industry Dalgetty adds that scholarship opportunities for RMI majors are abundant There are many companies that offer scholarships just for majoring in RMI because there are so many job positions available that they want to encourage graduates to fill Dalgetty s advice for prospective students Be thoughtful and intentional with classes taken and connections made at Appalachian I don t just think it s another class I have to pass but rather as something that will benefit me in my career I surround myself with friends who are driven and want more out of college than just going to class We represent Appalachian I have a professional mindset and I can take on any task he said After graduation Dalgetty plans to take on the insurance industry pursuing a career as a broker build his own books and eventually create his own insurance company Apply Visit Info Programs Risk Management and Insurance BSBA This degree prepares students for a variety of professions within the risk and insurance

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