November 17, 2009
News and notes from campus

Lees-McRae students and faculty participate in Appalachian Heritage celebrations

Members of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia at Lees-McRae College faculty and the center's clogging team participated in two days of Appalachian Heritage celebration this fall.

Both Avery Middle School and Cranberry Middle School invited professors from the program and the cloggers to expose eighth grade students to various aspects of Appalachian culture. Director of the Center, Dr. Michael Joslin presented programs on the natural heritage of the Toe River Valley, Dr. Allen Speer discussed the role of mountain soldiers in the Civil War, Dr. Warren Doyle told stories and introduced students to Contra Dancing, and Jesse Knight and Melissa Ball demonstrated mountain crafts.

Donese Preswood took several members of the clogging team to both schools to demonstrate their techniques. The middle school students went wild with enthusiasm, jumping up and dancing around the cafeteria, as Lauren Ayer, Cortney Drummond, Brittany Head, Sarah Largen, Julie Loveless, Megan McClellan, Sierra Phipps and Morgan Worch clogged to contemporary tunes.

Nursing Students Volunteer at Avery County Healthy Halloween

Lees-McRae College RN to BSN students volunteered in the annual Avery County Healthy Halloween at the Rock Gym in Newland, North Carolina. Healthy Halloween is sponsored by Avery County Smart Start: A Partnership for Children. Children participated in health-oriented activities and received healthy goodies. "Healthy Halloween was a great experience for our nursing students. The students not only provided health-related services, but also gained valuable knowledge from the organizers of the event," said Martha Hartley, director of the RN to BSN program. "This was a tremendous experience for our students. They enjoyed being a part of this event and promoting health within the community," said Linda Smedburg, assistant professor of the RN to BSN Program.

"What a wonderful experience to be involved in promoting and providing healthcare to the community of Avery County! Getting to know committed and wonderful people who organized this event was invaluable. Networking with local resources and identifying health needs within a rural community was an experience I will cherish forever. The turnout was massive and I have never seen so many eager receptive children absorbing and wanting to be a part of this health adventure," said Sandy Cagle, RN to BSN senior.

"The fair was very fun. It was great to interact with all different ages of children. They really enjoyed themselves!!! And it was great to meet so many people from different community resources," said Shea Laws, RN to BSN senior

"This experience was fun and exciting. The look on the children's faces was priceless when their bags were stuffed with all kinds of treats. It would be great to young again and have as much fun as they had that day," Shilohe Otto, RN to BSN senior.

"I had an awesome time working with the elementary school children. They seemed so energetic to have their weight, temperature, and blood pressure taken. They were interested in their health and asked quite a few questions regarding the data from the various tests. All in all the children had a great day and so did I," said Angie Houston, RN to BSN senior.

Other new and notes:

Dr. Melinda Davis presented a program in November 2009 at the American Educational Studies Association meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Her paper was entitled "Changes in Roles and Responsibilities for Social Foundations Educators (from 1970 to the present).

Dr. Katherine Logan, Criminal Justice professor, took her students on an academic field trip to Mountain View Correctional facility in Spruce Pine on October 28, 2009. Students enjoyed this hands-on experience and learned a lot during this prison visit.

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