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Students excel at LRU Asheville campus
Students excel at LRU Asheville campus

Center for Graduate Studies Asheville provides the perfect classroom for the next generation of environmentally and socially conscious citizens.


Alisha Goodman (Pictured with Dr. Keith McDade, Associate Professor of Sustainability Studies) is passionate about education and the learning process. Just six months after completing her undergraduate degree, she knew she was ready to go back to school. "I viewed every reading as a rock unturned and each assignment as an opportunity to explore a new possibility." A possibility that intrigued Alisha was the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies program at the Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, and she enrolled right way. The program provided the flexible scheduling she needed to allow her to attend classes while maintaining a full-time job. In addition, she was impressed by the commitment the Center and the city of Asheville have made to sustainability and providing a stable environment and resources for generations to come. "I believe the study of sustainability is relevant to every aspect of life," Alisha said. "I would like to see the concentration of sustainability organizations and institutions spread past the city limits of Asheville into neighboring communities in North and South Carolina, and I knew I could make an impact on that process." And Alisha has done just that. She graduated in December 2015, and now works as a Logistics Specialist for GE Power & Water in Greenville, SC.

"I believe that earning my master's degree made me a more competitive candidate and helped me to secure the job that I love," Alisha said.