Stories

  • Student Research: On Campus and Beyond
    Appalachian lauds opportunities for student research
    September 27, 2008

    Are bridges in Watauga County structurally sound? What effect does waste water treatment effluent have on fish? Can adding music to pre-school activities better engage children in learning? These are among the questions student researchers ask at Appalachian State University, which values academic inquiry because of the opportunities it provides for learning, faculty/student collaboration and career development. What better way to apply classroom knowledge than to conduct actual experiments and other forms of scholarship?

  • What's in a Tomato?
    Student's research addresses nutritional questions
    September 27, 2008

    In the United States, food typically travels between 1,500 and 2,500 miles from the farm before it reaches our dinner plates. Local farmers and environmental advocates would like to shorten that distance. Among their possible marketing approaches is nutritional value. Are locally grown tomatoes, for instance, healthier for you than commercially grown and shipped tomatoes?

  • The Value of Undergraduate Research
    Students examine a gene related to preterm birth
    September 27, 2008

    Chemistry major Allison Newell holds a passion for women's health and plans to become an ob-gyn, which explains her fascination to better understand how cervical changes lead to preterm birth. Her research partner is biology major Morgan Thompson, who wants to become a veterinarian.

  • On the Rock Face
    Biologist Gary Walker and his students make unexpected finds in hard-to-reach places
    September 27, 2008

    Biology professor Gary Walker has spent more than 20 years investigating unique plants growing on and around cliff faces in the Appalachian region. He has found that these rare and restricted plant species hold interesting data on their natural history, as revealed by their genetics, as well as how they have adapted to the earth's changing climatic history.

  • Dancing with the Dragon: Contemporary Art from Beijing
    September 27, 2008

    In October 2007, a delegation from Appalachian State University and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) traveled to China in preparation for Dancing with the Dragon, TCVA's Summer 2008 exhibition and education outreach program familiarizing people in the community with contemporary art from China, and to explore the possibility of a partnership with the Shanghai Institute for the Visual Arts (SIVA).

  • Student-athlete Exhibits Drive and Passion in ROTC
    September 25, 2008

    Robertson, who is from Dobson, graduated with honors in summer 2008 from a Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, KY. In the five-week training, she earned the highest score of any cadet—including her male peers—in physical conditioning, and a team award in land navigation-orienteering. She also had the privilege of being asked to help teach other cadets.

  • Student Explores Another Culture Through ROTC
    September 25, 2008

    Few people get the opportunity to spend time in a foreign military. ROTC Cadet Michael Hoffman did. The political science major earned a spot in last summer's competitive Cadet Culture Immersion Program sponsored by Army ROTC. He traveled to Slovakia and spent five days training alongside members of the Slovak army at the European nation's equivalent of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.

  • Charles Darwin at 200
    September 24, 2008

    One hundred and eighty years ago, Charles Darwin enrolled in Christ's College, University of Cambridge after a disastrous year studying medicine at Edinburgh University. He was 20 years old. Darwin graduated in 1831 with a degree in theology. By the end of the year, he was on board the HMS Beagle as it left Britain on a voyage that lasted almost five years, and changed his life forever.

  • 2008 Carbon-Neutral Trip to New Zealand (Part three)
    Experiencing other cultures is powerful learning
    September 19, 2008

    Through one of Appalachian's many study abroad opportunities, students enjoy the indigenous culture of New Zealand.

  • 2008 Carbon-Neutral Trip to New Zealand (Part two)
    Students learn about themselves while exploring New Zealand
    September 19, 2008

    The New Zealand expedition gave students from seven different academic majors—recreation management, biology, health education, public relations, art, business and communication—the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations.

  • 2008 Carbon-Neutral Trip to New Zealand (Part one)
    New Zealand trip kicks off new approach to studying abroad
    September 19, 2008

    To show kindness to the planet and increase environmental awareness, Appalachian State University has formed a partnership among its academic areas, Outdoor Programs and Office of International Education and Development to design carbon-neutral international travel.

  • Stepping Out and Becoming One
    Stomp. Stomp. Clap. Stomp.
    April 29, 2008

    It's all about tradition. The step dancing of the historically African-American Greek organizations on campus pounds out a rhythm that echoes through generations of Appalachian's minority student population. The steps and chants symbolize unison, a unique sisterhood and brotherhood.

  • Young photographers gain national exposure
    April 29, 2008

    Appalachian’s technical photography program gains national attention through a magazine ad featuring students’ work.

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