Stories

  • Appalachian welcomes Sustained Dialogue as catalyst for change on campus
    May 2, 2016

    A transformative dialogue process has helped solve international conflicts. Now, college campuses around the world – including Appalachian – are using it as well, to facilitate communication about complex social issues.

  • Students experience the rich and raw side of Costa Rica’s coffee industry and reassess value of people, planet and profit
    March 1, 2016

    How do you take your coffee? After Costa Rica Experience Walker College of Business Students take their java seriously and want you to as well.

  • Dance the day and night away at Appalachian’s annual Dance Marathon
    February 22, 2016

    Can you dance for 15 hours straight? You’ll have to, to keep up with Appalachian students as they support local non-profits through the 13th annual Dance Marathon.

  • Phillip Riggs ’88 receives 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award
    February 15, 2016

    Appalachian graduates achieve incredible accomplishments! Phillip Riggs ’88 received this year’s GRAMMY Music Educator Award for “significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education.”

  • Biology professor awarded second NIH grant for cholera research
    February 4, 2016

    Dr. Ece Karatan’s cholera research may not cure the disease but harkens a new paradigm - “a model system we know a lot about that can be applied in a host of other scenarios.”

  • Joseph Gonzalez, Faculty Member of Distinction
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies
    January 26, 2016

    What’s the difference between a tourist and a traveler? If you ask Joseph Gonzalez, he might tell you it comes down to the sort of bus you’re riding in.

  • Fred Hay, Faculty Member of Distinction
    University Libraries
    Librarian of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection,
    Anne Belk Distinguished Professor and Professor of Appalachian Studies
    January 26, 2016

    Fred Hay grew up with the son of legendary singer James Brown in north Georgia. He also knew original members of The Famous Flames, the band that James Brown began his career fronting.

  • Jennifer Snodgrass, Faculty Member of Distinction
    Hayes School of Music
    Associate Professor of Music Theory
    January 26, 2016

    The first chapter of Jennifer Snodgrass’ new book “Contemporary Musicianship” is about Billy Joel. Why? Because in 2012 she noticed that her 8 a.m. music theory class students were sleepy. She used the piano man to wake them up, announcing: “You’re going to study Billy Joel. You’re going to write like Billy Joel. You’re going to learn everything you can about Billy Joel’s life and career!”

  • Karen Epermanis, Faculty Member of Distinction
    Walker College of Business
    Associate Professor of Finance, Banking and Insurance,
    Director of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center
    January 26, 2016

    Karen Epermanis – or, as her students call her, Dr. E – was nervous when she watched four mentees field questions from risk management professionals at the national Spencer Risk Management Challenge in spring 2015. It was the culmination of a semester’s worth of research. Their assigned task: Analyze company risks and make recommendations for The Walt Disney Corporation.

  • Are you up for Appalachian’s MLK Challenge?
    January 15, 2016

    Students make a difference while honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during Appalachian’s MLK Challenge.

  • Ece Karatan, Faculty Member of Distinction
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology
    January 15, 2016

    Dr. Ece Karatan, recently awarded her second National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, said her cholera research may not cure the disease – “that is ultimately a sanitation issue” – but it may introduce a new paradigm.

  • Grains of sand hold clues to the history of Alaska’s glaciers
    January 4, 2016

    Show most people a core sample from the ocean floor and they only see mud. Ellen Cowan sees a ribbon of time dating back 1 million years or more.

  • Appalachian’s top five stories of 2015
    December 22, 2015

    Here’s a list of our top 5 most-read feature stories of 2015. In case you missed these stories, or since chances are you didn’t and you’d just like to re-read them, we’ve compiled them here.

  • Salvage Dawg
    Grayson Goldsmith ’11
    December 22, 2015

    For Appalachian State University alumna Grayson Goldsmith ’11, her work at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia, is a natural extension of her Sustainable Development degree.

  • Gadugi - Working Together to Preserve Cherokee Culture
    December 12, 2015

    There are many early college opportunities on reservations across the country, but for the Gadugi Program – Gadugi is Cherokee for ‘working together’ – courses are designed specifically around Cherokee culture and history.

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