Category Archives: Class of 2014: Appalachia

Periclean Scholars Class of 2014 Global Pods Presentations

Periclean Scholars Global Pods Presentations

On November 11 and November 12 of 2013, the Periclean Scholars class of 2014 presented information and insight into the culture, present issues, and potential future growth in Central Appalachia as a part of the Global Experience Pod presentations.  Presenters included Ross McFarland, Mel Witman, Cassie McClellan, Brittany Graham, and Opal Patel.  Factual background information was presented along with clips from documentaries such as “The Last Mountain” and “Oxyana,” as well as the personal ties the class has through the Periclean program.

shot from planeThe presentation opened with an introduction to the areas of focus of the class, followed by a clip from “A Thousand Little Cuts,” a mountain top removal documentary, that includes an interview with the class’s partner, Lorelei Scarbro.  Presenters then continued into a history of the region, including coal camps, an explanation of coal in general, and the mountaintop removal process accompanied by footage from the class’s flyover experience in Central Appalachia.  Environmental impacts were covered next, including the mass destruction of mountains, rivers, and wildlife, among other things.  This topic also ties directly into health impacts through the contamination of drinking water, black lung development, drug abuse, and excessive cancer and birth defect rates that occur from living in proximity to mining sites.  This section was also complemented with an interview with Ron Carson, a black lung specialist that the class has been working with and learning from in the region, as well as a clip from an upcoming documentary entitled “Oxyana,” which delves into the darkness of Appalachia’s Oxycontin addiction issues.  The final component of the presentation included politics, legislation, and economy effects, clearly illustrating how expansive and invasive the effects of mountaintop removal truly can be in one community or region.

Overall, response from the audience went above and beyond expectations! The audience became interactive in that they provided their home zip codes which were utilized to present a visual of the mountains from which their energy was coming from on the website  There were many thoughtful and comprehensive questions posed, as well as apparent interest in joining efforts in Central Appalachia toward a more sustainable lifestyle and becoming a member of the Periclean Scholars of 2017.  Pins, stickers, and brochures were distributed widely, extending the “I Love Mountains” message of Appalachian Voices and the Periclean Scholars class of 2017 more prevalently across campus.

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Monthly Munchies and Cookies to Go-Go

Monthly Munchies  (Class of 2014) and Cookies to Go-Go (Class of 2016)

The Classes of 2014 and 2016 we both active this week in raising money for and consciousness about their respective causes.

Spreading the word about Appalachia and Honduras with good eats….

Monthly Munchies

Cookies to GoGo


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An update on Fall Break travel to West Virginia by the Class of ’14

An update on Fall Break travel to West Virginia by the Class of ’14

-by Dana Hedman

Over Fall Break 2013, nine members of our Class, along with Mentor Ken Hassell, traveled to Whitesville, WV to work with our community partner at the Boone-Raleigh Community Center. We built two bookshelves, completing the children’s library started last year. Additionally, we created a white-board wall, covered by a solar system mural, that could serve as a cozy reading corner for community children! IMG_2062

A few members were able to take a flight over various mountaintop removal sites to collect footage for an indiegogo promotional film. A group of our class was able to travel to other locations throughout West Virginia and Virginia to interview individuals about their experiences and efforts within the region.
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All members attended the Changing of the Leaves Festival on Kayford Mountain, where we had the opportunity to talk with many individuals involved in environmental justice efforts throughout Appalachia. Having visited Kayford Mountain at the end of our sophomore year, this festival allowed us to return to a space that has stayed with many of us since our first visit.
The trip left our class feeling excited about upcoming events at the community center this fall and looking forward to future ways we can support their efforts.
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Class of 2014: 5/8/13 Minutes

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Class of 2014: 5/1/13 Minutes



Class of 2014 spreading the word about mountain top removal in Appalachia at College Coffee

Periclean at College Coffee

Members of the Class of 2014 were spreading the word about mountain top removal in Appalachia at College Coffee this morning.  Here are a couple photos.


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Class of 2014: 4/24/13 Minutes

Keep applying for lateral entries!

We will be featured at the next College Coffee and at Moseley Tables from May 5-10th

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Class of 2014: 4/16/13 and 4/17/13 Minutes

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Class of 2014: 4/9/13 and 4/10/13 Minutes

This week, we have been meeting in our committees to work on project planning. We also heard about Gloria’s thesis project on mass media narratives on poverty stereotypes in Appalachia, listened to student speakers for, and hosted guests from Mexico.

A HUGE congrats to Ross McFarland for receiving Periclean of the Year! Ross has always brought positive energy to the class and is actively involved and beyond supportive of everyone.

Upcoming Events:

  • Grant writing workshop Saturday in Alamance 207 from 1-3
  • Art installation by the Eco Art class during College Coffee on April 30th
  • Applications for lateral entries for the Appalachia class will be coming out soon!
  • Periclean end-of-the year trip coming up soon!

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4/10/13 Minutes


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Class of 2014: Elsewhere and Appalshop


Finish this sentence: I come from a place where ______________.

Members of our class took a field trip to downtown Greensboro Friday night to support Appalshop’s presentation at Elsewhere, a living museum that supports collaborative creativity. Or as Ross would put it, “Hoarding gone right.”

Elsewhere is gathering stories in preparation for the launch of StoryBank, an innovative storytelling platform. To launch the project, Appalshop, a multidisciplinary arts and education center in Eastern Kentucky with which our Periclean class has been involved, visited Elsewhere for workshop collaborations. What a lucky coincidence for our class!

Read more about our experience and check out our photos!



Pericleans at Elsewhere

Pericleans at Elsewhere

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