Our Appalachian Community

This course is about building community within TRIO Student Support Services, Appalachian State, the local community of Boone, and the world at large. We'll use service and stories to explore different ideas and concepts to broaden our understanding of the world and ourselves. Education is about personal growth and experience and this course will encourage both. Students will gain an understanding of why service is so important and how it affects our local community in Boone, and take a bigger look at how community engagement plays into the world at large. Students will complete 12 hours of service over the course of the semester

NOTE: Enrollment is restricted to TRIO Student Support Services students.

Course Details
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
162: TR 9:30am-10:45am
176: TR 11:00am-12:15pm
Fall 2024
Civic Engagement

Mady Fitzgerald

Mady Fitzgerald

Mady Fitzgerald is an Instructor and Advisor with TRIO Student Support Services. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Appalachian State University in 2010 and after a few adventures traveling across the country, she returned to graduate with her Master's in English in 2014. After too many jobs to count, and a stint as an Americorps VISTA, she returned to Appalachian to work with first generation students. Community engagement is an integral part of her classroom. She uses her backgrounds in volunteerism, rhetoric, and composition to encourage students to reflect in an impactful and intentional way which encourages a deeper connection with the material and the local community.

Mady loves her job and working with her students, but her world happily revolves around her family which consists of her two young daughters, two dogs, two cats, and her husband that keeps everything in orbit.