• It’s just been this beautiful experience of recognizing the importance of not only physical health, but mental health, emotional health and spiritual health and how they all interconnect with one another. If you’re thinking about going to see Counseling Services, I really encourage it.

Forensics team presents award donation to AO

Academics | January 15, 2020

Senior Carson-Newman University student Thomas Fodor, of Talbott, presents a check to Appalachian Outreach Executive Director Jean-Ann Washam on Monday. Pictured from left to right are Carson-Newman University Forensics Assistant Coach Ellie Hodges, Director Chip Hall, Fodor, Washam and AO Ministry Center Coordinator Karrie Foust.

(Jan. 15, 2019) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Appalachian Outreach accepted a $250 donation from Carson-Newman University Forensics coaches and senior Thomas Fodor on Monday.

The funds were made possible by Fodor, teammates Luke Patton and David McConnell, and friend Drew Dickenson winning the new Advocacy in Action Forensics Competition, which called for a video advocating for a political or social cause. The competition allowed teams to award winnings to the organization or project featured in their videos.

Fodor, who values AO’s work, prompted the team to feature the multifaceted nonprofit.

“Thomas has volunteered with us for several years, so he took the initiative to do the video, which I was very grateful for,” AO Executive Director Jean-Ann Washam said. “It captured the essence of what we do here. Not only does he work first hand here, but he’s carrying our story out into the community.”

The video highlights AO’s varied community ministries, which includes food, housing, clothing, home repair and much more. The poverty-relief organization serves Jefferson, Grainger, Hamblen and Cocke counties.

The C-N team received the competitive award for the video during the Pi Kappa Delta 2019 Biennial Convention and Tournament in Hempstead, New York.

This is the kind of thing that validates the skills students learn in our program,” said Chip Hall, director of Carson-Newman Forensics. “I am proud of the communication skills they develop, but even more proud when they use those skills to give a voice to those who are suffering. I’m so glad their hard work paid off, in ways more rewarding than just getting a trophy.”

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and has over 2,700 students. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.