Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153

FYS students’ projects featured on National Day of Listening website

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Selected stories from students in Professor Jennifer Sias’ First-Year Seminar (FYS) classes last fall at Marshall University are featured on the StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening website.

The stories resulted from the class’s final project in which students were assigned to interview a person who has made an impact on their lives and produce an audio or video digital story.  All of their stories are on the class website:

“We used StoryCorps’ Question Generator as a starting point for developing interview questions, and then students had the freedom and responsibility to develop questions tailored to their interview subjects,” Sias said. “StoryCorps, This I Believe and This American Life all influenced our approach to conducting interviews and storytelling.”

Throughout the FYS class, Sias and her students considered, discussed and reflected on various aspects of critical thinking, including the beliefs of others as well as their own.

“I am so proud of the work of these FYS students,” Sias said. “Think about it, the work of some of these first-year students has now been ‘published’ or featured on a website that has a national and even international audience.”

Sias said two of the Marshall students’ best stories on StoryCorps’ National Day of Listensing Website are interviews conducted by  students Joey Paugh and Danelle D. Wandling. They can be found at

For more information, contact Sias at 304-696-2522.

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
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