The Cato College of Education is deeply saddened to announce the passing of counseling alumna Amie Begg. Begg, 33, passed away in a skydiving accident in July. While pursuing a master’s degree at UNC Charlotte, she earned a national fellowship to support her education and facilitate her addictions counseling service to underserved minority youth. She focused her efforts on “adventure counseling”, a type of therapy that exposes people to outdoor recreation and integrates experiential therapeutic practices, and was an adventure sports enthusiast herself. Begg earned great respect from her professors and classmates because of her passion and energy for learning.
The Begg/Rossomando Family has created the Adventure Amie Foundation in Amie’s memory. The foundation will support efforts of drug and alcohol abuse recovery through adventure sports communities, extreme sport safety research and women’s empowerment.
“My sister was my hero and touched so many lives, we want everyone to be inspired by her story,” said Cody Begg, Amie’s brother. “It is my hope to continue the legacy of Amie by helping others find their path and continue to provide opportunity through adventure.”
Cato College of Education faculty also reflected on Amie and her impact at the university and beyond.
"I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Amie Begg's passing. Though I only knew her for a semester as a graduate student in my internship class, Amie was one of my most energetic and encouraging students. In every class Amie would motivate her fellow classmates, and provide supportive feedback to peers who were counseling clients each day.I recall a time where I personally witnessed Amie reaching out to a distressed student, and providing comfort and support as both friend and counselor. Even as a counselor in training, she was already a phenomenal counselor. As a new faculty member at UNC Charlotte, Amie was one of the first students I had the privilege to teach, and I have a group photo of our class that I will forever keep in my office. I will remember Amie's energetic spirit in my class as a reminder to always show love and kindness to others, and to cherish the time we have with friends and family."
- Taryne Mingo, Assistant Professor
"I have taught counselor education students at UNC Charlotte since 2001. Few that I encountered during my time could be compared to Amie Begg. Amie was willing to be challenged, willing to challenge and eager to explore the meaning of those challenges. She was always curious about why and why not and willing to say can we try it. She was perhaps most open to challenging herself, rather it be kayaking in foreign lands or cycling on unknown trails. Amie was never content with doing just enough, she was determined to go the extra mile for the clients she served. She used her experiences as metaphors that her clients could connect with. The counseling world has lost an important adventure-based counselor. Not only did she use adventure-based counseling in practice, she lived it out in her life."
- Dr. Lyndon Abrams, Associate Professor
"Amy was passionate about the field of addictions. She often shared her knowledge and experiences in class, which always added to the learning process and was valued by her fellow students."
- Dr. Pamela Lassiter, Professor