2014-15 Ambassadors

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    Mason C. Calhoun

    Hometown: Hopewell Township, PA

    Graduate Progam: Exercise Science

    Undergraduate Degree: Exercise Science, Slippery Rock University

    I am an avid marathoner and triathalete, and have Celiac disease. My research is on the efficiency of ultrasound hydration monitors on elderly and athletic populations. My current internship is in cardiac rehabilitation at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

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    Mary Feamster

    Hometown: Lewisburg, WV

    Graduate Progam: Professional School Counseling - Expressive Arts Therapy

    Undergraduate Degree: Sociology, University of Virginia

    I did a year of AmeriCorps service, one mile from the Mexican border near San Diego. I love road cycling and will ride the Blue Ridge Parkway end-to-end this summer. I was a community radio DJ before I came to Boone for graduate school. I am the GSAS co-Treasurer and the President of the Orchesis Expressive Arts Honor Society.

  • Drienie Grobbelaar

    Drienie Grobbelaar

    Hometown: Charlotte, NC/South Africa

    Graduate Progam: Nutrition - Dietetics

    Undergraduate Degree: Nutrition and Foods - Dietetics, Appalachian State University

     Afrikans is my first language. I love skiing.

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    Nichole Gross

    Hometown: Andrews, NC

    Graduate Progam: Public Administration

    Undergraduate Degree: International and Comparative Politics, Appalachian State University

     I play the saxophone and am currently interning at Stop Hunger Now in Raleigh, NC.

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    Mindy Hill

    Hometown: Statesville, NC

    Graduate Progam: Social Work - Individuals and Families

    Undergraduate Degree: Child Development - Family and Consumer Sciences, Minor in Social Work, Appalachian State University

    I am the co-President of the Graduate Student Social Work Association. I enjoy hiking, coffee, and spending time with family and friends. I am interning at the Forsyth Medical Center in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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    Zachary Hottel

    Hometown: Woodstock, VA

    Graduate Progam: Public History - Museum Studies

    Undergraduate Degree: History, Roanoke College, Salem, VA

    I am the Graduate History Student Association President and GSAS Parlimentarian. I have received the Clara Brown Scholarship Award from the ASU History Department and an ASIA Network Freeman Fellowship to China in 2012. My research is on mud in the Civil War and my internship will be at the Historic Courthouse Museum of the Shenandoah County Historical Society.

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    Dr. Edelma Huntley


    Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Graduate Programs: MA, American Literature/Music History; PhD, 18th-Century British Drama

    Former professor of interdisciplinary studies, playwright, pianist, graduate dean. I serve on the GRE Services Committee, the Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors, and the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Executive Board. Current research focuses on food and culture, gastronomy and narrative. For fun, I travel to Italy to cook with Italian chefs.

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    Daven Johnson

    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    Graduate Progam: School Psychology

    Undergraduate Degree: Psychology, Minor in Social Welfare, Winthrop University

     I love to sing and try new recipes.

  • Dr. Rob Sanders

    Dr. Rob Sanders

    Program Advisor

    Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

    Graduate Programs: MSLS, Library Science, Univeristy of Kentucky; EdD., Instructional Design and Technology, University of Cincinnati

    Undergraduate Degree: English Education, Indiana University - Bloomington

    I came to ASU in 2003 as a faculty member in the Library Science program and currently serve as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. My wife, Amy, also works here at the university. We have a daughter, Caitlin (12), and a Rat Terrier, Chipper. In my free time, I like to hike and am a drummer in a local band.

  • Charles "Brandon" Tate

    Charles "Brandon" Tate

    Hometown: Cowgap, NC

    Graduate Progam: Biology - Cellular and Molecular

    Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Technology and Management, North Carolina State University

    I own a Golden Doodle named Jelly. My research is focused on using a bioassay to find a quantitative approach to identifying xenoestrogens, a class of compounds that mimic natural hormones causing a host of physiological responses.

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    Luke Tunstall

    Hometown: Butner, NC

    Graduate Progam: Mathematics - College Teaching

    Undergraduate Degree: Mathematics, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

     I love math and working with others. I started a GRE Quantitative Review program in partnership with the Learning Center on campus and have received the Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award for 2013-2014. I love tennis, skiing, and animals. My thesis is titled, The Efficiency of Projects and Discussions in Increasing Quantitative Literacy in an Online College Algebra Course.