Stories

  • 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.

  • Appalachian expands international higher education at Universidad de las Americas Puebla
    December 8, 2015

    Students from any major can study abroad at this partner institution in Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Appalachian recognizes alumni with Faces of Courage Awards
    The award recognizes those who were instrumental in Appalachian State University’s early diversity efforts. Another former student received an honorary degree and the Black and Gold Medallion.
    November 25, 2015

    Five alumni who played key roles in Appalachian’s history were recognized - four with Faces of Courage Awards and one with an honorary degree - at a special ceremony during Homecoming 2015.

  • Scholarly Teaching Academy recognizes teacher-scholars
    November 18, 2015

    Meet the latest participants in Appalachian State University’s Scholarly Teaching Academy, and see how these faculty are focused on teaching excellence.

  • Three honored by Alumni Association for distinguished careers or service
    October 13, 2015

    A N.C. legislator, a healthcare professional and a leader in the state’s tourism industry have been honored by the Appalachian Alumni Association for distinguished careers or service.

  • We Were Travelers, Not Tourists
    Traveling through Cuba with 15 students, 2 colleagues and no Internet
    October 9, 2015

    A group of students and faculty learns about the history, culture and politics of Cuba – and some of what Cubans experience each day – during a study abroad experience.

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