An Appalachian Summer Festival, inaugurated in 1984 on the campus of Appalachian State University, has emerged as one of the nation's most highly regarded regional, multidisciplinary arts festivals. Through innovative programming, offered at affordable ticket prices, the festival brings some of the world's finest creative and performing artists to the North Carolina High Country every June and July, contributing significantly to the cultural landscape of the region.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.