Roots With Wings Resumes Flight in Floyd Co.


ROOTS WITH WINGS Spring 2015. RU Sociology personnel pictured in front row: Kimberly Pearman, Taylor LaPrade, Dr. Melinda Wagner, Victoria Curtis, Blake Sholes, and Caroline Leggett. Second row: Kasey Campbell, Bianca Dickerson, Madison Hardin, Ellisse Tracy, and Lauren Bailey. Back row: Kurt Koonce. Not pictured: Haley Frazier.

Roots With Wings has resumed with the Spring semester.  In the ongoing collaboration Sociology majors teach and mentor students at Floyd County High School.  The students take SOCY 493 Practicum in Sociology, which counts for their internship/experience major requirement.  The Sociology majors teach workshops in qualitative research methods and mentor the high school students who do oral history interviews with Floyd County elders.  And make movies!  The project recently received praise from New York-based Sound & Story.

See the recently updated blog here:

See "Roots with Wings," a new 5-minute video on the Floyd Co. Oral History Program:
Radford to be one of 16 universities to participate in the 2013 Appalachian Teaching Project
See a summary of the Floyd Co. oral history project here:
Floyd County Place-based Education Oral History Project's 1-minute video on YouTube:
See local newspaper article with photographs about the project:
        The Floyd Press, Mar. 29, 2012
And more:
        Floyd Story Center flyer
        Floyd Project Mission and Goals diagram
For more information:

Feb 5, 2015
Dr. Melinda Wagner