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Appalachia Rising
Appalachia Rising Order Form

Ohio University colleges and departments may use this form to order institutional copies of Appalachia Rising, ISBN 978-0-9667644-5-1. A minimum order of 10 copies is required.* Individual copies of the book may be purchased at Bobcat Essentials, Baker University Center, Ohio University, Athens OH.

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A minimum order of 10 copies is required. Smaller quantities can be purchased at Ohio University’s Bobcat Essentials in Baker University Center.


To control costs, UCM places orders in lots of 100. Delivery can be expected 4-5 weeks from the date the UCM order is placed. Rush orders of small quantities are available at additional costs with a 3-4 week lead time.

Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio’s Appalachian Hills and Valleys

Appalachia Rising shows the human impact of Ohio University’s involvement in a region labeled “the ground zero of American poverty.” While highlighting the partnerships between Ohio University’s schools, colleges, and departments and the region, the book is not a story of programs and policies; rather it is a book of individuals and their lives made better. In this book we hear the stories and see the faces of how a public university can, one life at a time, be a catalyst for transformation not just of students but of an area and of human lives.

“The stories outlined here offer a glimpse into the work that is raising the region—our region—day by day. They are points of pride and sources of inspiration, but it is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can and will accomplish.”

—Roderick J. McDavis, President, Ohio University

Originally created as an editorial series in Compass, many of these articles are now being compiled into a new book, Appalachia Rising: Stories of Hope and Achievement from Ohio’s Appalachian Hills and Valleys, to be published by Ohio University Press in early February 2013. The series achieved international recognition by placing in the top three in its category in the 2011 Ragan Employee Communications Awards.

“A point of pride for me over the 32 years I've worked at Ohio University is the commitment across all six campuses to elevate the quality of life in Appalachia Ohio.”

—David Descutner, Dean, University College, Ohio University

Through 17 feature-length articles, Appalachia Rising exemplifies the mutually reciprocal relationship between Ohio University and its Appalachian setting. The stories artfully illustrate how these communities are forging ahead hand-in-hand: Revitalizing the environment through stewardship of shared resources, empowering entrepreneurs through economic development, and bringing hope and healing to neighbors in need through access to programs and services.

Made possible through a partnership between UCM and Ohio University Press, the book and series highlight contributions by a broad spectrum of academic programs, including the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Health Sciences and Professions, and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In addition, the series features the work of many student organizations and administrative offices at OHIO's main and regional campuses.

“The stories in this book reflect the essence of the Appalachian spirit and the power of combining the academic culture of higher education with the culture of the surrounding community in which we live,”

—Richard Greenlee, Dean Ohio University Eastern Campus, Interim Dean of Ohio University Zanesville Campus

Read these stories for yourself. 

Purchase your individual copy at Ohio University’s Bobcat Essentials in Baker University Center.
For bulk institutional orders, use the form on this page to submit your order.