“Appalachia Rising” Shows Ohio University’s Impact on Lives

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A collection of essays is show-casing the positive effects Ohio University has had on individual lives.

The 18 essays in the book “Appalachia Rising” tell the story of those impacted by university programs and their time spent living in Athens.

Editor of Appalachia Rising Monica Chapman is pleased by outpouring of support for the project.

"It was so refreshing and inspiring to see that the University was making such a positive impact in this region," said Chapman.

The book is the product of a partnership between University Communications and Marketing and Ohio University Press.

Chapman says one of the stories you can find in the book is that of Marvin Nichols, a grounds technician at the University and former coal miner, who has been working in the Stevens Literacy Center at the Patton College of Education to learn to read and eventually earn his GED.

"We've had a lot of positive feedback. A lot of people who are in the book so thankful for the opportunity to share their story," said Chapman.

Chapman would like to leave readers with the sense that Ohio University is making a difference every day.

"Through its service living programs and many programs throughout the region. We're brightening lives in ways that aren't always on the forefront of the news, but they're here in this book."

Appalachia Rising can be purchased at Bobcat Essentials in Baker University Center.