Bring Appalachian to Charlotte

By Audrey Gurkin

Charlotte, NC — On October 10, 2019, Appalachian State University hosted a “Bring Appalachian to Charlotte” event at the Carmel Country Club. The purpose of the event was to celebrate and share the accomplishments of the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) and enhance our partnerships with our Charlotte colleagues.

Approximately 70 guests were in attendance, including current students and alumni, Appalachian faculty and staff, and numerous health care professionals and community members from the Charlotte area. 


Michael Lutes addresses the Charlotte audience at Carmel Country Club. Photo by Marie Freeman.

Michael Lutes ‘94, Senior Vice President of Atrium Health and Dean Marie Huff decided last year that they would work together to help develop opportunities for students from BCHS to work within the health care systems in Charlotte and the surrounding regions. Lutes challenged all in attendance to do the following:

  1. Provide internships, externships and clinical experiences to BCHS students

  2. Hire new graduates from Appalachian

  3. Consider making a gift to the BCHS Scholarship fund

  4. Go to campus and tour Leon Levine Hall

Megan Campany, a 2019 BCHS exercise science graduate, spoke about her experiences and plans to apply to medical school, “As a recent graduate and a current employee at Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center, I would like to emphasize the importance of offering internships, employment opportunities, clinical rotations and more for undergraduate students pursuing professional careers in health care. As a pre-medical student and a current medical school applicant, I can promise that we as a group are desperate for these experiences: this translates to a willingness to work, a readiness to learn and an excitement for medicine.” Campany also extended her appreciation for those who support scholarships at Appalachian, “Scholarships allow us to pursue our dreams and transform our lives and because of scholarship support, I was able to take full advantage of all that Appalachian had to offer.”


 Megan Campany. Photo by Marie Freeman.

Dean Huff states, “I was thrilled to meet so many wonderful Appalachian alumni and friends at our Beaver College of Health Sciences Reception. It was exciting to see how many outstanding Appalachian alumni are health care leaders in the Charlotte area!”

View additional photos here.


Dean Marie Huff
Published: Oct 22, 2019 4:48pm