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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Kit Gruelle ’12
    and celebrate the strength of battered women said Gruelle who worked as a professional advocate for battered women in North Carolina for 25 years after her own experience in an abusive relationship I also wanted to challenge the stereotypes still attached to domestic violence Gruelle graduated from Appalachian in 2012 with the Sociology BS Individually Designed degree with a focus on violence against women The sociology professors were incredibly supportive of me she said They valued my life experience in very respectful ways Gruelle has lectured throughout the United States as a community educator to law enforcement clergy and healthcare professionals She also has helped write training curricula for professionals who work with domestic violence cases Attempting college in her mid 50s while still active in the battered women movement required Gruelle to tap into unrealized strengths of her own she told Appalachian Today magazine in 2011 I came here timid and afraid but I came to realize that I had a level of understanding about things outside of the textbook The professors have been amazing because they really want someone accurately reflecting what s happening on the streets I just love Appalachian Apply Visit Info Program Sociology BS Individually Designed The Sociology BS Individually Designed degree provides an opportunity to develop a program of study utilizing sociology and its understanding of various human behaviors social institutions and social problems The Department of Sociology will work closely with the student to develop a curriculum that applies sociological theory and helps develop critical thinking research and communication skills Department Department of Sociology The Department of Sociology offers a BA degree and six BS concentrations Applied Research Methods Criminology Deviance and Law Families and Intimate Relationships Gerontology Social Inequalities and Individually Designed which requires departmental approval The department also offers minors in

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  • Appalachian State University / Alumnus Profile: Omar Carter ’14
    daily decision making Carter knows about cardiovascular risks for athletes He suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing in a 2013 game at the Grady Cole Center in his hometown of Charlotte He had no pulse but a cardiac nurse who was in the stands located a defibrillator and administered CPR until emergency help arrived His foundation s vision is to collaborate with healthcare professionals to empower all athletes and their families with the opportunity of awareness healthy living and cardiovascular education according to its website Carter s Sociology BS Social Inequalities major helped prepare him for these career accomplishments he said Appalachian s faculty and staff pushed me with knowledge and resources and taught him to be accountable and organized along with not giving up They also taught him to keep the same competitive spirit in other areas of his life that he exhibited on the court Carter said While at Appalachian Carter s involvement included serving on the Southern Conference Student Athlete Committee and volunteering at Western Youth Network a local non profit that offers after school programming tutoring and mentoring to youth How I carried myself said a lot and my department taught me that as well In my department and around the community I could be a voice and give a perspective of not only what athletes may go through but express in my work what the meaning of a true student athlete is Omar Carter majored in Sociology BS Social Inequalities while at Appalachian He recalls faculty teaching him to be accountable and organized Apply Visit Info Program Sociology BS Social Inequalities The Sociology BS Social Inequalities degree examines the causes and consequences of various social inequalities and social stratification systems as well as the policies and practices designed to address inequality Department Department of Sociology

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  • Appalachian State University / Faculty Profile: Dr. Cameron Lippard ’98
    trees back home in Boone a job he used to do as a young man With the influx of immigrants working traditionally white jobs there came public outcry fear and anti immigration legislation he observed Through my graduate studies I realized that this same fear anxiety and public reaction related to the ways in which Americans and whites in the South treated and discriminated against blacks Lippard said From there Lippard has continued to explore various institutions and communities to better understand Latino incorporation into the American South Lippard includes students in his scholarship as research assistants He also works closely with student groups during their senior seminar For example he recently assisted a group of senior seminar students in community research with the Appalachian Women s Fund The goal of the students research was to better understand women s economic stability in the High Country Lippard also has assisted students in conducting their own research by directing undergraduate honors theses and sitting on master s thesis committees for graduate students I think it is essential to conduct research with students since it is a way to mentor students in this delicate process Lippard said As an Appalachian student turned professor Lippard said he feeds off the energy and spirit of the students who come to class willing to expand their knowledge and make a difference However he also values his interactions with the more skeptical students who question their lessons I always have to be on my game and present the latest theory and research Lippard said It keeps me fresh and ready for anything Dr Cameron Lippard s research interests include Latino immigrant issues and nativism and racism in post race America Apply Visit Info Program Sociology BS Social Inequalities The Sociology BS Social Inequalities degree examines the

    Original URL path: http://www.appstate.edu/academics/profiles/id/cameron-lippard (2016-02-17)
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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Kelly Skinner ’12
    student visiting the library student union shops on King Street etc said Skinner now a teacher at Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington Her volunteer work helped the student succeed and according to Skinner enjoy her college experience Skinner s passion for every type of learner to experience college is what led her to pursue a career in special education I definitely learned various skills from all of the courses from Special Education Adapted Curriculum that I utilize daily in my own classroom Skinner said In particular she fondly remembers Dr Sharon Richter her adviser who inspired her to be a high school teacher She definitely stood out as the professor who taught me the most and she cared for all of her students in a special way that allowed her to support us immensely throughout our college career and beyond Skinner said of Richter She added that regular communication with her adviser was part of what brought her to where she is today Skinner gives high praise to Appalachian s staff commending them for going the extra mile and inspiring her to do the same with her students I believe Appalachian can help students be as prepared as possible for the classroom experience Kelly Skinner 12 with her mother Debbie Skinner a special education teacher in Lincoln County She was my inspiration to teach as she has taught Special Education for over 30 years Skinner said Apply Visit Info Program Special Education BS Adapted Curriculum K 12 The Special Education BS Adapted Curriculum K 12 degree prepares teachers to work with students with learning mental emotional or physical challenges Department Department of Reading Education and Special Education The department offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading writing language arts and specific areas of special education A Reading

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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Jacob Hines
    being able to work with them on a daily basis will be the biggest blessing of my life said Hines I will never go to work and hate my job he added Hines said he is incredibly thankful to Appalachian s Reich College of Education for his experience mentioning the brilliant minds of the best education professors in the country as an excellent resource for future students He is opting to stay at Appalachian to earn a master s degree through the School of Graduate Studies Accelerated Admission program sometimes called 4 1 The program allows him to enroll in graduate classes during his senior year so he can finish a master s degree in just one extra year receiving what Hines describes as the best education imaginable Apply Visit Info Program Special Education BS General Curriculum K 12 Appalachian State University s Special Education Special Education BS General Curriculum K 12 work with students with disabilities North Carolina teaching license in Special Education Department Department of Reading Education and Special Education The department offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading writing language arts and specific areas of special education A Reading Clinic provides direct services to children

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  • Appalachian State University / Alumni Profile: Colyn Cornell ’13
    and ready to move from college to work Cornell says of the transition from school to his profession Praising his professors for taking the time to build personal relationships with him Cornell would let this experience inform his method of teaching Building relationships with my students is important Cornell says taking his cues from his professors In addition to keen instruction from professors the Special Education program offers a bevy of internships thrusting its students into schools and classrooms to get real world experience during their last three semesters Divided into two blocks the semester is spent taking classes the first half with the second half consisting of field experience and internships You can sit in a classroom all day but it doesn t compare to actually going out and doing it says Cornell Apply Visit Info Program Special Education BS General Curriculum K 12 Appalachian State University s Special Education Special Education BS General Curriculum K 12 work with students with disabilities North Carolina teaching license in Special Education Department Department of Reading Education and Special Education The department offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading writing language arts and specific areas of special education A Reading

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  • Appalachian State University / Student Profile: Allie Garrett ’15
    Sustainable Development I didn t mean to enroll in the class It sounded OK so I took it and within 10 minutes of the professor Dr Jennifer Westerman speaking I knew this was it This was going to be my major As a student Garrett participated in Alternative Service Experience ASE and the student run Renewable Energy Initiative REI and worked as a resident assistant for University Housing and a research assistant with Appalachian Voices These experiences prepared her to receive the Z Smith Reynolds Fellowship in spring of her senior year which enables her to work on Z Smith Reynolds Foundation activities related to philanthropy public policy community service and or the nonprofit sector during 2015 17 During the fellowship she will assist with grant making related to the environment social justice community economic development public education and the cultivation of democracy Apply Visit Info Programs Sustainable Development BA The Sustainable Development BA degree at Appalachian State University introduces students to innovative modes of interdisciplinary scholarship in this field fosters leadership in sustainability and effective environmental citizenship promotes ecological literacy and provides students with the opportunity to self design a concentration that matches their interests and career goals Sustainable Development BS Community Regional and Global Development The Sustainable Development BS Community Regional and Global Development degree examines theories and strategies for creating vibrant and sustainable communities in the U S and globally Department Department of Sustainable Development The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development SD Department is the oldest sustainable development program in the country Established in 1991 it allows students to explore concepts from social and natural sciences as well as the humanities It has multiple degree options a large teaching and research farm offering student residency and opportunities for community involvement College College of Fine and Applied Arts The

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  • Appalachian State University / Alumna Profile: Kathleen Lackey ’14
    your Appalachian education best prepared you for your career My Appalachian Sustainable Development education prepared me to be a catalyst for positive change My Appalachian education also helped me to become a better communicator critical thinker and problem solver all of which I have utilized in my management position Why did you choose Appalachian as a prospective student I chose Appalachian for their outstanding Sustainable Development program and specifically the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture concentration I believe it is the finest sustainable development program in the USA Describe your relationship with faculty what were their classes like how did faculty advise you and otherwise support you in your studies I had a wonderfully positive relationship with the faculty at Appalachian As a non traditional student I received great support and encouragement in my unique set of circumstances and challenges My advisor professors and instructors specifically all of the Sustainable Development faculty were what made my college career at Appalachian truly amazing and life changing Why should today s students interested in your field choose Appalachian as opposed to another college or university As stated earlier I believe that Appalachian s Sustainable Development program is the finest SD program in the US Any student interested in pursuing a career where they want to make a positive difference in the area of sustainable development will receive the best possible education and preparation for a career which involves sustainable initiatives Is there anything else you d like to say about this degree program or your Appalachian experience in general In reference to the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture concentration America needs more farmers The average age of farmers in the U S is 60 years of age and less than 1 percent of the U S workforce are farmers Who is going to grow

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