Roots with Wings, a Floyd County Place-Based Education Project:: Intergenerational Connections

Floyd Story Center

Since 1998, a community oral history collection partnership of the Old Church Gallery, Ltd., Radford University’s Center for Social and Cultural Research, Honors Program, Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, and Floyd County High School. Our archives now hold over 100 interviews.

In our Roots with Wings project, college mentors, high school staff, and community volunteers meet weekly during the school year to teach the discipline of oral history collection to Floyd County High School students.

Students learn ethical, methodologically sound interview techniques, practice and complete several interviews, transcribe the audiotapes, create searchable content logs, archive interviewee resources and period photographs, learn the technology of audio and video recording, research historical backgrounds, acquire proficiency in iMovie and storytelling, and finally extract a theme from an hour long interview to create a seven minute movie production.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Our RU Mentors Excel!

In a presentation on April 26 in Muse Banquet Hall, Mark Shanley, RU's vice president for student affairs, bestowed the university's highest honor, the Outstanding Student Award, to:

  • Analise Roccaforte, senior       

  • Mary Dickerson, graduate student

The award recognizes those who have excelled in promoting the true spirit and ideals of Radford University, both in academics and leadership.   


Current mentor Langley Looney, RU senior studying business management, Appalachian studies, and history received the Outstanding Student in Appalachian Studies Award.

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