Stories

  • The Power of Mentoring: Carolyn Clark '04
    November 13, 2008

    Meaningful relationships are a hallmark of an Appalachian education. Carolyn Clark has achieved career success in part because of caring professors and alumni who value being of service to others. Carolyn Clark took a chance on applying for a New York City early career program, and the experience has dramatically shaped her career.

  • The Power of Mentoring: Amy Sarno '03
    November 13, 2008

    Meaningful relationships are a hallmark of an Appalachian education. Amy Sarno has achieved career success in part because of caring professors and alumni who value being of service to others. She got her first job because of the strong ties her professor kept with a former student.

  • Supporting the Best Writers
    The Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing
    November 13, 2008

    Through a $75,000 endowment, the Truman Capote Literary Trust funds a scholarship at Appalachian State University to support students in its creative writing program. The competitive scholarship, currently valued at almost $2,000, is awarded annually.

  • A Debt-Free Education
    November 12, 2008

    A new scholarship fund called Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) brought its first group of recipients to campus this fall. Each year, it will provide scholarship money to about 40 of Appalachian's most financially needy, in-state freshmen.

  • Global Climate Change
    November 12, 2008

    Among Appalachian State University’s top researchers is geologist Dr. Ellen Cowan. She was among a select, international group of scientists who drilled the Antarctic sea floor for indications of how global warming affected our planet in the past.

  • The Polluting of a Park
    November 11, 2008

    Biologist Howard Neufeld has spent 20 years documenting the impact of ozone on native plants in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has studied changes to the plants' fertility, photosynthesis and growth and observed how these mutations are influenced by shifts in pollution and weather patterns.

  • Cultural Exchange
    15 Pakistanis strengthen their teaching skills and leave behind a better understanding of their culture
    November 10, 2008

    Fifteen secondary-level biology teachers were selected by the Fulbright Commission to attend a six-week training program at Appalachian in July and August of 2007. They spent four weeks strengthening their skills in science, educational technology, teaching and English. Then, they spent two weeks applying what they learned by team teaching in Watauga County Schools. While in the public schools, they also shared information about their native culture with children in social studies and other non-science classes.

  • Shades of Green
    Professor dispels myths and misinformation of Islam and the Arab world
    November 10, 2008

    As a child, Curtis Ryan was intrigued with the Middle East and Arabic culture. Stories and movies about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin's Lamp fed his fascination. "Things that I now think of as horribly stereotypical of the region are, oddly enough, probably the reason I got involved in this research area,"

  • Enhancing Diversity: The Faculty Fellows Program
    November 6, 2008

    Students learn best in diverse educational environments. Central to the depth and quality of intellectual life at Appalachian is a diverse faculty. The Faculty Fellows Program recruits and retains faculty members with life experiences unique to Appalachian's underrepresented student and faculty populations.

  • 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.

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