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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.