Cathy Clark

Dr. Catherine Clark received a B.S. in Recreation Management and a M.S. in Higher Education and Students from Indiana University. She started her career in Student Affairs at the University of Illinois as a Resident Director. After receiving her doctorate from Indiana University, she returned to the University of Illinois as an Assistant Director of Housing for Research and Educational Programs. She worked extensively with Learning Communities and Leadership Development. She has been a Professor and Director of the College Student Development program at Appalachian State University for 15 years. Her interests include Learning Communities, Leadership Development and Christian Identity Development. Her favorite outdoor activities include hiking, white water rafting and canoeing.

What are the benefits of a concentration like COPA?

The College Outdoor Program Administration emphasis fills a need in our field to meld the best aspects of Students Affairs with Outdoor Programs. It allows students with a passion for the outdoors to gain an in depth understanding of college students and the impact of outdoor programs on the lives of college students. The natural environment in Boone and the surrounding communities gives students a great opportunity to hike, climb, raft, kayak, spelunk and explore the great outdoors. We are fortunate to have an outstanding Student Development Division and Outdoor Programs Department that supports our students in their development as outdoor educators in the context of college student development.

Jim Lancaster

James (Jim) Lancaster is Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University. He writes and speaks widely on integrity and ethics issues. He is Past-President, Center for Academic Integrity, a past member of ACPAs and NASPAs editorial boards and a past director and faculty member of the Gehring Student Judicial Affairs Academy of ASJA. He has co-edited New Directions in Student Services, Beyond Law and Policy: Reaffirming the Role of Student Affairs; edited a book titled Exercising Power with Wisdom Bridging Legal and Ethical Practice with Intention and recently co-edited Student Conduct Practice: The Complete Guide for Student Affairs Professionals.

What are the benefits of a concentration like COPA?

I believe that every student has the potential to succeed. In student affairs work, this potential can be unlocked by a synthesis of theory, experience and reflection. Experiential learning, in particular, offers immediate and direct feedback to the participant and can be used by facilitators to assist in making meaning of the specific experience and generalize that learning to other parts of ones life and professional practice. Our COPA program provides this opportunity to students in an outdoor setting that, for many students, can be a powerful means to activate their personal values, beliefs and abilities. COPA can also provide, through outdoor experiences, the opportunity for individual and group interactions and reflection removed from the confusion of everyday life. While COPA is an alternative track of academic learning for many students, it can offer a powerful competency to every practitioner.

Daisy Waryold

Dr. Diane Daisy Waryold is an Associate Professor in the College Student Development graduate preparation program at ASU. Dr. Waryold received a Bachelor of Science degree (Recreation) from the State University College at Cortland, NY, a Masters of Education degree (Student Personnel) from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Florida State University. Waryold has an extensive background and keen interest in how students grow and development from their engagement in student life outside of the classroom. Before coming to ASU, Waryold served 20 plus years in various higher education administrative roles in service to students in the field of student development. When Daisy is not teaching, she enjoys her two rescued canine companions. She enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, sea kayaking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, cycling, gardening, and anything in the great outdoors! I began teaching at ASU after 19 years as an accomplished student development administrator. My approach towards teaching has been informed by my experiences in the field and dedication to the profession. I am going into my 7th year here at ASU and was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor last spring.

What are the benefits of a concentration like COPA?

COPA to me is a solid marriage of two educational approaches- 1) being intentional about maximizing college student growth and development opportunities and 2) using outdoor programming/ education/recreation to make this happen! I have experienced the power of student development in the great outdoors as a participant in Outward Bound and several other outdoor experiences. Students are placed in an outdoor setting and the outdoors serves as the medium in which students learn. The outdoors has a sense of immediacy, it creates a leveling effect, and it is free of distractions. In my opinion, the outdoors is a perfect place for students to ask the questions that students should be asking as they grow and mature- Who am I? Who do I want to become? Where is my place in relation to others? And, What have I learned through this outdoor experience and how can I transfer this knowledge into my everyday life?