Stories

  • Split Rail Records: A Student-run Record Label
    November 5, 2008

    Students learn best by doing. In the Hayes School of Music, students expand their knowledge of the recording industry by signing, recording and marketing local bands through their own record label called Split Rail Records.

  • Appalachian hosts statewide research symposium
    November 5, 2008

    The next generation of North Carolina's brightest scientific and creative leaders gathered at Appalachian State University Nov. 22, 2008, for the 4th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS).

  • Appalachian State University Cycling Team
    November 2, 2008
  • Cycling Team Wins 2008 Division II National Title
    Tomaszewski and Thomas win individual national titles
    November 2, 2008

    Appalachian State University's Cycling Team, led by individual national champions Rebecca Tomaszewski and Michael Thomas, took home the Division II national title at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships hosted by Lees-McRae College, October 24 - 26, 2008, in Banner Elk, NC.

  • Laurie Williamson: An education of a lifetime
    October 17, 2008

    Laurie Williamson, professor and coordinator of the professional school counseling program in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University, received a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research and teach graduate counseling courses at the University of Balamand in Lebanon for the 2007-08 school year.

  • Earthquake Evidence
    Clues to the next big earthquake are right under this woman's feet
    October 14, 2008

    Kate Scharer uses everything from backhoes to trowels to reach deeply for evidence of earthquakes that have occurred over time. Along with colleagues from the University of Oregon and U.S. Geological Survey, this Appalachian State University geologist has documented dozens of earthquakes that occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault since approximately 3,000 B.C.

  • Gloria Steinem: A Leader in Social Change
    October 13, 2008

    Writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem visited campus in February 2008 as part of Appalachian State University's Forum Lecture Series, which brings prominent speakers to campus. She gave a public lecture on the progress of feminism. She also met with students, listening to their dreams and concerns and encouraging them to follow their passions.

  • Diverse Educational Journeys
    October 13, 2008

    In 2008, Appalachian's Cratis D. Williams Graduate School administered more than 40 graduate degree programs and 12 graduate certificate programs—accommodating over 2,000 graduate degree-seeking students—as well as oversaw activities related to research and program funding. Watch now as four graduate students describe very diverse educational journeys at Appalachian and beyond in their own words.

  • Snowfall Prediction Research
    Research project aims to improve WNC snowfall projections
    October 13, 2008

    Accurately forecasting snowfall can be a hit or miss proposition in North Carolina's mountains as residents and visitors can attest. Professors from Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville and N.C. State University hope to change that by collecting a range of data to refine computer models used by weather forecasters to predict snowfall.

  • Seven Girls - Seven Dreams
    October 13, 2008

    In Summer 2007, seven girls in high school participated in a photography elective as part of Upward Bound's summer academic activities. Appalachian State University photographer Troy Tuttle taught the class as a staff volunteer. He photographed each girl as she appears today and as the woman she desires to become. The experience created a dynamic visual of what Upward Bound can mean to young people whose life and career aspirations may seem out of reach. Their faces tell the story.

  • A Solar-Powered Stage, 15 Bands, 12 Hours of Music
    Student Jimmy Hunt creates a music festival fueled by the call for ecological change
    September 29, 2008

    When Jimmy Hunt gets an idea, look out. A business class project in 2007 wasn't hypothetical in this student's mind. When his professor assigned the task of coming up with a business plan, Hunt decided to take it a step further. Together with his friend Nick Barringer, he put the plan into action. The result was Boone's first large-scale music festival, Music on the Mountain, held in August 2008.

  • Conveying Grief Through Art
    Student exhibits art project on Lenoir's lost furniture industry
    September 27, 2008

    The city of Lenoir, North Carolina lost thousands of jobs when the furniture manufacturing industry moved overseas for cheaper labor. Growing up, Appalachian State University student Jennifer Livingston knew her hometown's economic future looked bleak. Years later, she began asking laid-off workers about their mental and emotional anguish.

  • 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.

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