Second Year

Jacob Meadows

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Undergraduate Education

University of Louisville (2016), Business Economics

Appalachian Studies Concentration

Sustainability

Research Interest

Appalachian Land Ownership; Leading the new study in NC Youth engagement; Y'ALL (Also applied for STAY steering committee) Community Organizing

Thesis/Internship

Internship: Appalachian Regional Commission ATP Fellow

Thesis: Who Owns North Carolina? A Quantitative and Geospatial Analysis of Appalachian North Carolina Land for Public Policy Reform

Professional Work

Y'ALL GSAS Senator

Why Appalachian Studies at ASU?

I am passionate about the mountains. I love this place, and I love the people. I wanted to make a difference in under served communities throughout the region. Hopefully the land study is a way to do that! Great school and great program. It was a perfect fit for me. (The mountains help too!)

Roberta (Robyn) Seamon

Undergraduate Education

Appalachian State University (2010), Nursing

Appalachian Studies Concentration

Culture and Music

Research Interest

Addressing health disparities in the Appalachian region with cultural competency training for health care providers and students

Thesis/Internship

Providing presentations for the School of Health Sciences on Appalachian Culture

Why Appalachian Studies at ASU?

I love the people and the region and want to see improved health care and results

KaLeigh Underwood

Undergraduate Education

Eastern Kentucky University (2016), Journalism 

Appalachian Studies Concentration

Culture and Music

Research Interest

Education, media production, ecotourism.

Thesis/Internship

Internship: Editorial intern at the Appalachian Voice

Why Appalachian Studies at ASU?

I knew I wanted to do something to help the region. I just didn't know where to start. This degree is providing me with the education, contacts, and tools to use my professional life to positively affect our region.

When I started thinking about graduate school, everyone I talked to pushed me toward App State. This was "the place" and "the program" for me according to my undergraduate adviser.

Then I toured the campus for the first time, and absolutely fell in love with the mountains and this town as a whole. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, a feeling I didn't get from other institutions I toured.