Julie Sole

Sociology/Human Services
Graduation Year: 
Weirton, WV
Current City: 
Fairmont, WV
Current Position and Company: 
Executive Director, Disability Action Center
What brought you to Fairmont State University?: 
I actually came to Fairmont State in 1993 to play basketball….that didn’t last long. I also had several friends who attended Fairmont State.
Were you a commuter or a resident?: 
I lived off campus but always resided in Fairmont since 1993.
What activities were you involved with as a student?: 
I was active in Student Government, Intramurals, and the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority.
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?: 
I took a wide range Sociology, Psychology, and Political Science courses. I really enjoyed the Social Stratification and Social Justice classes I took Dr. Craig White.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?: 
I had a lot of great professors in the Social Sciences including Dr. White, Dr. Larry, Dr. Joshi, and Dr. Wang.
Share your best college memory.: 
I always enjoyed Homecoming and the traditions that were celebrated that week including the parade and spirit stick competitions. Even now as an alumni Homecoming is still my favorite time of year.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?: 
I remember painting the bell with my sorority sisters and hanging out in the Nickel with the sororities and fraternities. I also made many lifelong friends and met my husband at the College Lunch.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.: 
Tradition, Simplicity, Friendships
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?: 
I would have liked to have had more experiential learning experiences and taken advantage or more internships or practicums, not just the minimum that was required for graduation.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?: 
It was because of the relationships that were built at Fairmont State and in the community that I decided to make Fairmont my permanent home. The courses I took at Fairmont State in sociology and political science really sparked my interest in social justice, equality, and empowering those less fortunate to overcome obstacles in their life. My career has always focused on at risk children, disadvantaged youth, and people with disabilities. I think my career path leads directly back to those courses that challenged me to think more collectively about community and humanity; igniting a desire in me to serve others over 20 years ago.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?: 
A career in social services is not always going to high paying but the payoff is in the impact and contribution you can make to individuals and society as a whole.
What is the last book you read? : 
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. : 
I love board games and puzzles.
I go to bed really early and wake up very early as well.
As an unlikely sorority girl type I have some of the most amazing friends and lifelong connections anyone could ever ask for.
Pat Snively, FSU Alum, and I won the 2017 Marion County Dancing with the Stars raising a record breaking $15,000+.
I’m overly involved in my children’s life from a show choir stage coach to a basketball coach.