BOONE—Distinguished leadership and work to enrich student life at Appalachian State University are hallmarks of this year’s W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion recipients: Lauren Brigman, James C. Terrell III and Dr. Jim Street.
Named in honor of Dr. William H. Plemmons, the university’s second president, the award will be presented during convocation Sept. 10.
Brigman is a senior communications/electronic media broadcasting major. She has been station manager of WASU-FM 90.5 Radio for the past two years.
“Under her leadership the station is recognized as one of the best college radio stations in the nation, and has completed a successful rebranding of its image,” wrote nominator David W. Freeman, assistant director for student engagement in Appalachian’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. “She is a superior example of the quality of student Appalachian produces and she represents the university well in everything she has taken on.”
The Marshall resident is a student within Appalachian’s Honors College and the Department of Communication’s honors program. She is a member of the campus chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and Lambda Pi Eta national honor society and has worked for the student newspaper, The Appalachian. She also is an Appalachian Ambassador and Plemmons Fellow, and has served on the Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Cabinet and Student Media Board. She also is a Kellar Radio Talent Institute graduate.
“Over the last two years, Lauren has continued to build a legacy that will be very difficult to match. Her commitment to academic excellence is a testament to how well she balances life, course load, and co-curricular involvement,” wrote nominator Jamar Banks, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.
Terrell is a senior risk management and insurance major from Belhaven.
“James manages to maintain his high academic standards while seeking out a wide array of leadership opportunities,” wrote nominator Heather Lippard, assistant director of Learning Skills Services and academic advisor.
Terrell has been an Appalachian Ambassador for three years, a member of Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) for two years and was president of Club Council for one year. He also has been a mentor with the Western Youth Network and a senator in the Student Government Association.
“James has actively sought out leadership roles in his entire tenure at Appalachian State University. He thrives in these roles and I believe has made a positive impact on students all over campus,” Lippard wrote.
In April, Terrell was honored at the On Course National Conference for an essay he wrote in his freshman year about his story and how he got to where he is as a student and person. His essay will be included in the next publication of the textbook “On Course,” which is currently used in classes at Appalachian and in courses across the nation. His essay focuses on the importance of accepting self-responsibility and using visualization as a method to achieve goals and experience success.
Street is associate director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. He teaches courses in First Year Seminar and the leadership studies minor. “Jim exemplifies what a student development professional should be, one who bridges (and fulfills) the academic and the student development missions of the university to the absolute best of his ability,” wrote nominator Joseph Gonzalez, an assistant professor at Appalachian. Gonzalez also praised Street’s modeling of leadership skills to his students.
Street also has directed Phase II orientation for freshmen, advises clubs and organizations, and serves as a mentor to students and professionals in student development. He developed and co-taught a leadership study abroad course to Bolivia, established the Keystone Senior Leadership program, founded the Women’s Leadership Conference and the Appalachian Leadership Forum. He also co-created the Emerging Leaders program, Trailhead Summer Leadership Academy and the PEAKS Student Programs Leadership Program.
“Jim charged us all with the challenge of becoming leaders on campus,” wrote Emily Brown, a student in the Emerging Leaders program. “He pulled me aside at one point and told me the ACT Office was something I needed to look into. It was no gentle suggestion. Four years later, my college career can be defined by the experiences I was provided through the ACT Office.” ACT is Appalachian and the Community Together, a service-learning and community-based research program within Appalachian’s University College.
“There are countless life lessons I have learned that I can attribute to Jim Street. His genuine interest in others and endearing personality are traits that I aspire to demonstrate to others,” Brown wrote.