Exploring Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain is perhaps the most recognizable peak in Northwest North Carolina. The summit ridgeline has become a symbol for our region and it is visible from all directions. But there is much more to the mountain than the familiar profile. Students in this course will explore Grandfather’s geological and cultural significance. We will investigate the mountain’s history as well as it’s struggles in being protected. We will also focus on Grandfather’s current state in terms of land management and access, and learn how that access is planned, developed, managed, and maintained. In addition, we will interact with some of the professionals that advocate for the mountain as part of their career.

NOTE: Enrollment is restricted to members of the Active Living Residential Learning Community.

Course Details
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165: MW 5:00pm-6:15pm
Fall 2024
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Active Living

Paul Stahlschmidt

Paul serves as an Academic Advisor in the University College Academic Advising and Orientation Center (AAOC). He holds two degrees from Appalachian, and before returning to his alma mater in 2003, has previously taught first-year courses at Belmont Abbey College and Pfeiffer University. With interests in recreation, outdoor leadership, and public lands, Paul uses his background in these areas with the FYS section he instructs, "About Our Trails." He has over 15 years of experience as collegiate coach in the sport of soccer, and is also an adjunct instructor in Appalachian's Physical Education Activity Program of the Department of Recreation and Physical Education (RMPE). Paul's favorite aspect of his work at Appalachian is the interaction with students on a daily basis, supporting them as they make connections and strive for excellence in college and in life. He has been nominated for the University College Award for Excellence in Student Advising and Mentoring in 2014. Paul was awarded "Outstanding Academic Advisor" for 2014-15 by Student Government Association.