For Scott Ludwig, the “moment a student discovers something about their artistic abilities is the most rewarding. It keeps me coming back to the classroom.” In turn, he’s rewarded his students by making the printmaking process safer.
Each February, women’s basketball teams around the country don the ubiquitous pink T-shirts and shoes and have a “Play 4Kay” game to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. At Appalachian, the fight against breast cancer includes one of their own – Hall of Fame player and current high school coach Valorie Whiteside ’89. The Mountaineers’ all-time leading scorer and one of just two players to have their number retired, Whiteside began her fight against the disease in 2011.
For his efforts on the court this past season, Healy was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Year and received second-team all-SoCon (media poll) and all-SoCon (coach poll) honors. He also became the first player in Appalachian history to earn Academic All-America honors. Healy’s strong work ethic was evident off the court as well. As a double major in business and finance, he earned a 3.99 GPA and earned the Walker College of Business Top Student of the Year Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
A new head coach, a new conference and new opportunities
September 23, 2013
On Dec. 14, 2012, Athletics Director Charlie Cobb announced former standout player and coach Scott Satterfield ’96 would take the reigns of the Mountaineer football program from longtime head coach Jerry Moore. The 20th head coach in the program’s history.
The transformation of Farthing Auditorium into the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts was funded privately through a $7 million gift from Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, patrons whose corporate sponsorship by Westglow Resort and Spa and Rowland’s Restaurant has enabled An Appalachian Summer Festival to enhance the quality and diversity of its music programming since 2007.
In April 2003 Aldridge walked away from a promising career with Gap and signed on as an unpaid intern for Betsey Johnson, an American fashion diva known as much for her runway cartwheels as for her whimsical, feminine designs.
Moore has been “going for it” since she joined the GRAMMY-winning band fun. as a touring musician in 2010. She plays guitar, keyboards, an occasional sax riff and sings back-up with the band. And yes, that’s “fun” with a period.
This commission was no conventional wedding reception or cute pet portrait. To bring the wild to Appalachian State University’s Plemmons Student Union, photographer Katie Langley ’01 hiked to Western North Carolina’s most sublime natural areas in pre-dawn and post-sunset darkness. Laden with up to 60 pounds of gear, she often ascended 1,000 to 2,000 feet. Langley, a wedding and portrait photographer based in Boone, took 20,000 photos of heavenly vistas in every direction. Shot over a year’s time, the dramatic large-scale, wide-angle photographs, at once serene and stimulating, resemble paintings and reflect Mother Nature’s many moods in changing skies and seasons.
While Appalachian struggles with budgetary cuts and many faculty and staff are fatigued, we must be resilient and creative in making sure that this is accomplished as the “potential benefits of global interdependence are extraordinary.
I envision an exciting future with opportunities for entrepreneurship at Appalachian State University as we continue to emphasize and build programs focused on global opportunities, cross-disciplinary collaboration, social and sustainable entrepreneurship, industry engagement and experiential learning.
Appalachian is a truly comprehensive university offering a diversity of majors. We should remember we are not just consumer-oriented purveyors of siloed knowledge. A rigorous higher education provides an inquiry-based experiential journey through which students develop not only a major discipline but also a robust and extensive worldview.
Comments from employers on how Appalachian graduates stack up
September 17, 2013
Employers endorse the concept of a liberal education. 74% would recommend the concept of a liberal education to their own child or a young person they know. Liberal education is similar to the liberal arts tradition; however, it is geared even more toward empowering students to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in the 21st century.