Las Vegas Mob Museum is a repository of the extraordinary and unexpected. The actual wall that caught the bullets from the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day massacre is there. So is the hazmat suit Bryan Cranston wore in his role as Walter White in the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad.” A larger-than-life Dick Tracy cutout, complete with yellow hat and drawn Colt .45, stands guard over one of the exhibits, a pixelated reminder that crime does not pay. But the capper, the big surprise? Against all odds, even in a betting town, two public history majors from Appalachian State University – 2,500 miles to the east – discovered each other working just two cubicles apart.
Appalachian State University is known for close collaboration between faculty and students, and superb faculty mentorship. In this piece from May 2016 Commencement, students share their memories of their favorite professors, and faculty share why they are passionate about imparting knowledge.
In a recent visit to Appalachian State University’s podcast studio, one of America’s foremost African American voices and renowned public intellectuals, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, shares advice on how to affect change, government and academic leadership, activism and speaking up.
Visiting the Appalachian State University podcast studio, anthropologist and author Nina Jablonski posits that human evolution has taken off like the world’s fastest sprinter, dramatically changing the human face of the earth. In this far-ranging interview, she explores skin color and race and the roles they’ve played socially, biologically and from a health perspective over the last 200,000 years.
In the first of four podcasts on sustainability at Appalachian State University, Drs. Shea Tuberty, Todd Cherry and Dinesh Paudel, each engaged in research and teaching around economics, equity or environmental issues, share opinions on what’s hopeful—and what’s not—for our university, the Boone community, our state and our world.
Appalachian State University alumna Reba Moretz ’52 ’53 is the recipient of the Appalachian Alumni Association’s 2015 Outstanding Service Award. In this video, she recalls growing up on Appalachian’s campus, her opportunities for service and adds, “It’s important to me to be a part of Appalachian and do what I can to help in any way that I can.”
Rep. Nelson Dollar ’83 ’85 is the recipient of the Appalachian State University Alumni Association’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He describes the Appalachian experience, both inside and outside the classroom, as “second to none.” The confidence faculty and others showed in him early on has aided his successful career in public service, he says.