Blue Ridge Country Magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary during July and August. One of the featured profiles of the anniversary edition – The Future of the Mountains: 25 Gen-X and Gen Y-People Making a Difference – is Professor Theresa Burriss, director of the Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center.
Burriss is known for her passion for all-things-Appalachia and is a strong advocate for the region’s people and environment. She is a believer in making college a viable option for all people, as is indicated by her involvement in RU's Appalachian Arts and Studies in the School (AASIS) program. The program is aimed at rural high school students who are considered college-able but not necessarily college-bound.
"Programs at schools such as Radford University and elsewhere are connecting students with the heritage and challenges of the Appalachian region," the article states. "They work with children, with activists, teaching, researching and learning with the goal of making the region better. These students are just a few of the young people who are discovering or rediscovering their love for the Appalachian mountains.
Additionally, RU students Kelli Billips, Taylor LaPrade, Paige Cordial and Victoria Curtis were interviewed and featured in the magazine's special eight-page spread.
To learn more about Burriss and these students and to view a video of Burriss' interview, visit BlueRidgeCountry.com/XY.
Learn more about Radford University at www.radford.edu.