Roots with Wings


Dr. Melinda Wagner introduces the Roots with Wings presentation Wednesday, April 22 at the Student Engagement Forum in Heth Hall.


Ellisse Tracy, Bianca Dickerson, and Haley Frazier wait for their turns at the podium.


Kurt Koonce speaks about Roots with Wings, the Floyd County place-based education oral history project, where RU students develop teaching materials and mentor Floyd County High School students. The high school students learn a variety of communication and technology skills, such as interviewing, digital recording and editing, and public speaking. They apply these skills to capture the wisdom of community elders from the World War II generation.


Madison Hardin speaks while classmates Kimberly Pearman, Kurt Koonce, Lauren Bailey, Ellisse Tracy, and Bianca Dickerson listen.


Haley Frazier speaks about her media relations experience in the Roots with Wings project.


Waiting to take their turn at the podium: Kimberly Pearman, Kurt Koonce, Lauren Bailey, Ellisse Tracy, Bianca Dickerson, Haley Frazier, Blake Sholes, and Caroline Leggett.


Students enroll in the Roots with Wings project taught as SOCY 493 Sociology Practicum by Dr. Melinda Wagner. The course, offered each spring, is one way for Sociology majors to meet the required practice, or internship, experience.

Apr 22, 2015
Dr. Melinda Wagner