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David Campbell

Center for Virtual Appalachia (CVA) Director and Web Manager for IRAPP

David Campbell is the Center for Virtual Appalachia (CVA)Director and Web Manager for IRAPP. He is a graduate of Morehead State University, where he completed a BS in Geology in 1996. He attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky and continued work towards his MS in Geology until 1999, at which point he co-founded Smoothstone Systems, Inc.

Started primarily as a web design firm, Smoothstone quickly evolved into an educational multimedia firm, as well. David worked with publishing firm Houghton-Mifflin on several college textbook e-learning projects, and spearheaded development of a global web-based learning system for Glaxo-Smith-Kline. He also worked with British Petroleum in conjunction with Region 4 EPA on development of a web-based training system.

In 2004, he left Smoothstone and relocated back to his home town of West Liberty, Kentucky, where he started a new web development firm, design53. In addition to the web design and computer repair, David also began teaching basic computer education classes at the UK Regional Technology Center in West Liberty, and partnered with Maysville Community College to offer a 4-week course on Starting an Online Business.

David began work at MSU in July 2005 and will primarily be building and maintaining the CVA and IRAPP websites. He feels a special connection to the people and places of Appalachia and is excited about working to develop the CVA.

Current IRAPP Web Projects

IRAPP Department Site

  • Site has been redesigned, with new and up-to-date content, sections, and links
  • Faculty/Staff page "makeovers" - added a contact form to all F/S pages, to make contact easier and avoid email gathering by spam spiders; added space for additional information, such as CV, Syllabi, Links, Photo, etc; updated background and academic information for F/S
  • Added a News and an Announcements section
  • Added rotating pictures from Appalachia to the home page
  • Added map of the MSU service region and a map of Appalachia's 410 counties (maps by Kevin Calhoun)

CVA (Center for Virtual Appalachia Site)

  • Sorting through information from the previous site
  • Working on structure and layout for the new site
  • Gathering new information sources (with great help from work studies) and photos (many thanks to Eric McCarty)
  • Designing graphics and working on new "look and feel"
  • Set up new server to house the development of the new site


  • Working with Dr. Christine McMichael to develop the web presence for
  • Designed a new logo for the group
  • Posted a page containing information about the project and its goals

Environmental Education Center

  • Working with Dr. Brian C. Reeder to and April Haight to develop the site, which will provide information and resources relating to the center
  • Designed a logo for the Center at Morehead State University

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