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Karen Lemke

Karen Lemke

Program Coordinator, Adams State University

Karen Lemke is the director of College Readiness programs at Adams State University, where she supports students who have low test scores in reading, writing and mathematics to success in their first year and beyond. Her research interests include nutrition and cognition, and this year she has co-developed a special AmeriCorps project called "Empowering People Through Food" in which ASU students work with community agencies to offer nutrition and cooking classes and discuss issues related to hunger and food security. She holds a masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelors degree from Lawrence University. In 2014 she anticipates completing a Specialist in Education degree from Appalachian State University.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...