Appalachian’s Homecoming 2017 photo gallery

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    Dr. John E. Thomas, former chancellor of Appalachian State University, was the Grand Marshall for this year’s homecoming parade Friday, Oct. 6.

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    Participants in the 2017 Homecoming Parade included Top of the Rock contenders, alumni, university clubs and the university’s mascot, Yosef.

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    Participants in the 2017 Homecoming Parade included Top of the Rock contenders, alumni, university clubs and the university’s mascot, Yosef.

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    Participants in the 2017 Homecoming Parade included Top of the Rock contenders, alumni, university clubs and the university’s mascot, Yosef.

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    Participants in the 2017 Homecoming Parade included Top of the Rock contenders, alumni, university clubs and the university’s mascot, Yosef.

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    Participants in the 2017 Homecoming Parade included Top of the Rock contenders, alumni, university clubs and the university’s mascot, Yosef.

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    Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts Phyllis Kloda, left, carries the college flag with Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Garner Dewey as Professor Nina-Jo Moore of the Department of Communication, far right, keeps pace.

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    After the parade Friday evening, Oct. 6, volunteers dismantle the floats and sort for recycle and reuse, hoping to divert as much material as possible from the landfill.

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    Helping sort materials is Scott Johnson, a sophomore from Raleigh and Student Government Association director of environmental sustainability. He oversaw the breakdown of the floats.

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    One of the many traditions of Appalachian State University Homecoming weekend is the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards. Honored this year at a ceremony Friday, Oct. 6, from left to right, were Dale E. Tweedy ’89 of Mooresville, Distinguished Alumni Award; Sarah Freed ’09 of Seattle, Young Alumni Award; and Robert Thomas “Tommy” Sofield Jr. ’76 of Boone, Outstanding Service Award.

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    The traditional Homecoming breakfast held Saturday, Oct. 7, at the McKinney Alumni Center draws fans young and old. Michelle Tuttle ’05 of Durham looks on as Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts greets her son.

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    On Saturday morning, Oct. 8, a strip of lawn between Roess Dining Hall and the D.D. Dougherty Administration Building on Appalachian State University’s campus was designated as a formal gathering space for “The Divine Nine,” the historically black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). At the ceremony, an architectural drawing of the proposed design was unveiled.

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    Appalachian’s Mu Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at the Oct. 7 dedication of the NPCH “Divine Nine” plots on campus.

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    Senior actuarial science major Malik Hargrave of Charlotte presents Chancellor Sheri Everts with a lead gift of $15,000 from Appalachian’s Mu Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at the dedication of the NPCH “Divine Nine” plots on campus Saturday, Oct.7. Hargrave, a chair for the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Recruitment, stands with the chancellor in front of a proposed design for the plots and gardens. The Omicron Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority also made a significant contribution.

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    Appalachian State University Board of Trustees member Susan Branch ’99 of Charlotte speaks about the purpose of the “Divine Nine” NPHC Plots and Garden Project on Saturday morning, Oct. 7.

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    At the unveiling of the proposed design for the “Divine Nine” project are, from left, Avery Hall ’93 of Kernersville, senior Jaelyn Faith Felder of Blythewood, South Carolina, senior Malik Hargrave of Charlotte, James J.K. Reaves ’93 of Kernersville and Chancellor Sheri Everts. Alumni leadership for the project included Hall, Reaves and Board of Trustees member Susan Branch ’99 of Charlotte.

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    Clubs and Greek organizations gather at Duck Pond Field before the big game.

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    Each summer a select group of high school seniors interested in studying in the Walker College of Business come to Appalachian for a three-week experience as part of the Martha Guy Summer Institute (MGSI). These former MGSI students, now enrolled at Appalachian, visited with Chancellor Sheri Everts on game day.

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    The class of 1967 celebrated its 50th anniversary during this year’s homecoming. They were the last class to graduate from Appalachian State Teachers College.

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    Senior political science major Alan Lee of Matthews, representing the Student Government Association on the Homecoming Court, gives his mother, Angela Charles Lee, a kiss after being named Top of the Rock. Photo by Troy Tuttle

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    Chancellor Sheri Everts celebrates a home team touchdown at the Appalachian - New Mexico State game, Saturday, Oct. 7. Photo by Troy Tuttle

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    Fans cheer on the Appalachian Mountaineers during the homecoming game against New Mexico State, Saturday, Oct. 7.

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    Fans cheer on the Appalachian Mountaineers during the homecoming game against New Mexico State, Saturday, Oct. 7.

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    Mountaineer cheerleaders and Yosef escort the football players onto the field at Kidd Brewer Stadium Saturday, Oct. 7.

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    The Appalachian State University Alumni Association presented Chancellor Sheri Everts with a check for more than $2 million during halftime at the homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 7. The gift was the sum of contributions from alumni from classes celebrating a five-year honor year in 2017 – those years ending in a two or a seven. Pictured from left are Alumni Association President Wayne Miller ’85 with his grandson Beau Miller, Vice President Jeff Merritt ’89 and Secretary Donna Fiori ’80. Immediate past President Carolyn Clark ’04 holds her daughter, Everleigh Rasmussen, while Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Patrick Setzer ’90 shares a moment with Chancellor Sheri Everts. Vice Chancellor for Advancement Randy Edwards looks on.