Appalachian’s top five stories of 2015

What happened at Appalachian in 2015 that you found most interesting?

Here’s a list of our top 5 most-read feature stories of the year. In 2015, we told you about our alumni who are putting their degrees to great use, our students who are creating innovative design solutions, making global connections and learning about themselves while contributing their time, effort and talent to communities across the world, and we shared a moment with you when Appalachian took some time to say “thank you” to some amazing individuals who blazed the trails for their successors. In case you missed these stories, or since chances are you didn’t and you’d just like to re-read them, we’ve compiled them below:

  1. Salvage Dawg
    For Appalachian State University alumna Grayson Goldsmith ’11, her work at Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia, is a natural extension of her Sustainable Development degree.
  2. Learning by doing: Simple solution to complex problem creates award-winner at design competition
    One student’s broken leg, creativity and the ability to simplify a complex problem resulted in an award-winning design project for two Appalachian State University industrial design majors.
  3. We Were Travelers, Not Tourists
    Traveling through Cuba with 15 students, 2 colleagues and no Internet.
  4. Appalachian students explore social issues during Alternative Service Experience
    Forget beach parties. Appalachian State University students find something more meaningful as an alternative to the traditional spring break.
  5. Commemoration of Integration
    They might not have realized it at the time, but many former Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students spearheaded the university’s diversity efforts beginning in the 1960s.