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Jean Roberts receives award for supporting student-athletes

jeanroberts_t.jpgBOONE – Jean Roberts, senior associate director of Appalachian State University’s Learning Assistance Program and director of academic services for student-athletes, has received the Jackson A. Branch Award from the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board and Former Athletes Association. The award was presented during the athletics department’s annual end-of-year, all-sports banquet.

The award was created to honor Branch’s many years of unselfish service and support to Mountaineer student-athletes and teams. A retired driver’s education teacher and coach from Wilkes County, Branch earned a master’s degree from Appalachian in 1956.  He is a former member of the Alumni Council and Yosef Club Advisory Board.

Roberts’ enthusiastic support of the Mountaineers has been a vital component of Appalachian’s success in competition and in the classroom in 2008-09. In presenting the award, Athletics Director Charlie Cobb noted Roberts’ generosity to student-athletes beyond keeping them in line academically: by sharing smiles and hugs, cheering them from the stands, and even providing home-cooked meals to students who have to stay in Boone during school breaks.

Roberts has worked at Appalachian for 25 years. She started in Student Programs and then joined the Academic Advising Center in 1994. She began working in Academic Services for Student Athletes, part of Appalachian’s Learning Assistance Program, in 2002. In her role, she helps students prioritize academics by providing a comprehensive support system that in addition to academic advising includes career and personal counseling, tutoring, NCAA eligibility information and progress reports.

The Learning Assistance Program is a unit within Appalachian’s University College.  University College consists of the university’s integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs and co-curricular programming – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom.