Part of the reason we take our students to Cuba on these programs is we are trying to train them to be critical thinkers and policy shapers as we move in to the next century. Over the next couple of years we really expect to see some significant changes in Cuba and we trust that our students will be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
Melanie Whitaker '01 is the learning and development manager for the Dorchester Collection, three, five-star luxury hotels in the United Kingdom. She oversees training and development for more than 1,100 employees. A study abroad opportunity led her to discover a passion that developed her career.
Appalachian's undergraduate and graduate degree programs are preparing graduates to be critical, creative and global professionals. Here are examples of students' international explorations during fall break 2012.
Novella Carpenter loves city life. She also loves being able to live sustainably off the land. In her bestselling book, 'Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer,' Carpenter chronicles how she joined these two loves and what she learned about community and herself in the process. Her book was read by incoming freshmen at Appalachian State University in 2012.
Tyler Branch wishes more students would take risks. Not the kind of risks one might immediately think of when considering risk-taking behavior and college, but the kind that pay off—big time—like winning not one but two of New York City's most coveted television internships.
National publications consistently praise Appalachian for its quality education. Now, a new top administrator is taking the university's academics to an even higher level of excellence. Dr. Lori Gonzalez joined the Appalachian family in the fall of 2011. A native of Kentucky, she's a licensed speech pathologist and a former dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.
Lampe is a 1994 graduate of the Walker College of Business. He is vice president and chief financial officer for Hendrick Motorsports, overseeing the aviation, information technology, facilities and human resources departments.
Dubner is a 1984 graduate of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. He is co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” More than four million copies of the book have been sold and it has been translated into 35 languages. The book received a Quill Award in 2005, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times.