We are Walker
The Walker College of Business values diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Like our students, our professors are multi-faceted.
One facet of Aaron Ratcliffe, an assistant professor in the college's Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management, is being an old-time string musician.
Ratcliffe, pictured left, is a member of the Kraut Creek Ramblers, a band known for their traditional mountain music.
The group performed for Watauga County School students in the Schaefer Center on Appalachian's campus Oct. 23, 2019.
Named for the waterway that runs through campus and is steeped in Boone history, the core members of the Kraut Creek Ramblers are all faculty and staff members at Appalachian State University. In addition to Ratcliffe, who provides fiddle, guitar, bass, vocals, the core members are Julie Shepherd-Powell (banjo) and Alex Hooker (fiddle), professors of Appalachian Studies, and Trevor McKenzie (fiddle, guitar, vocals), archivist in the Special Collections at Belk Library. Other rotating members of the band include a variety of talented multi-instrumentalists-all students, faculty or staff at Appalachian.
About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.