2022 - 2023 Happenings

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2021 - 2022 Happenings

Below are just a few of the interesting and powerful experiences in Watauga Residential College this past academic year. 

Dr. Jessica Martell's class "A Critical Perspective on Food" was part of the Appalachian Teaching Project and, with that grant, worked with local farmers to feed local, food-insecure families.

"LocalFAM, which stands for "Food as Medicine," is operated by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA), a woman-led nonprofit dedicated to building an equitable, sustainable local food system. Since August, students helped BRWIA pack 600 food boxes, which served 50 families a week over a 12 week period. Local farmers in the Boone area were paid over $17,000 to participate in the project."

These students then went on to make a presentation of their work at the Appalachian Teaching Project Symposium, a national conference. You can read more about their fascinating projects here: https://cas.appstate.edu/news/critical-perspective-food-classroom-community or, if you would like to see the students make their presentations, there is a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAnbSVCGzFc

In Dr. Audrey Fessler's class "(Be)Longing: Identity Formations in 19th-Century American Arts," students researched paintings by local artists including Elliot Dangerfield at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.. These students not only wrote papers on the various paintings but also had their research included with the painting when it was displayed. You can read more about this collection here: https://www.blowingrockmuseum.org/athome/daingerfield

Watauga students excel in many ways, supported by faculty, staff and their colleagues.

Taylor Young, a WRC student, and a Music Therapy major, is this year's recipient of the 2022 Student Research Prize from the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies. The prize includes a $250 cash award and Taylor will also be invited to present her work at a Center research colloquium in Fall 2022.

Emery Turner, Student Director of Watauga Peer Advising, and Audrey McKay, Watauga Peer Advisor, participated in a panel that was hosted by the Peer Advising and Mentoring Community of the National Academic Advising Association in April. This was a panel made up of student peer advisors from Appalachian State University, York College of Pennsylvania, and IUPUI in Indiana.


Ilya Wang has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in cooperation with a faculty member at a university in Buenos Aires.


Oliver Bandong has been selected to participate in the Southeastern Women's Studies Association 2022 conference.

Payton Blaney was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. 

These experiences, and many others that are part of our Watauga Residential Experience, are possible because of support from the university but also through the support of alumni and parents.