Graduate Assistants



John Ribes

Appalachian State University, 2014
Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education (828)262-4077

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, John began his outdoor tenure camping by the beach and getting stuck in pluff mud in the river swamps. He moved to Boone to complete a Graphic Design degree but fell into the study of Outdoor Education after participating in an Outdoor Programs trip to Wales, UK to study adventure education and leadership.

Since graduating, he's worked for Outward Bound in Colorado and Minnesota as well as guided rock climbing in North Carolina and ice climbing in New Hampshire. He chose to come back to Appalachian to gain a better understanding of a college outdoor programs and find out where he fits in higher education. He's excited to learn from his students and help grow in a college setting.





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Claire Bagwell

Appalachian State University, 2019
Recreation Management: Parks and Recreation (828)553-0602

I come from a long line of hill people from Appalachia, and the love for the woods didn't stop with me. I grew up camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.

I came to Appalachian Sate on a Geology Scholarship, but my passion for all things summer camp led me to study Rec Management. Throughout college, OP and the Recreation Management Department helped me further develop climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding skills. My undergraduate position with UREC also gave me a passion for helping provide recreation opportunities to my peers.

An OP ski expedition in Banff, Canada toward the end of my senior year motivated me to accept a position as an Outdoor Programs Graduate Assistant while I earn my MBA here at App. I'm pumped to further develop my technical and administrative skills. I'm also thrilled to be a part of the OP community for a couple more years.