During the 2010-11 academic year, students in Professor Richard Prisco's furniture design classes were given the chance to enter their creative work in a competition sponsored by Groovystuff Inc., a Dallas-based wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional rustic home furnishings and décor. Those students with winning designs then received the opportunity to see their work produced as part of Groovystuff's recently licensed Dick Idol Legends collection.
The installation of green roof systems on top of buildings in urban areas has the potential to provide solutions to some of today's pressing issues, including rainwater runoff and local food production.
Appalachian's Office of International Education and Development (OIED) works with students to help them understand the many opportunities available and to help them make a plan that incorporates an international experience into their individual programs of study.
Students at Appalachian State University played the last notes on an out-of-tune, 80-year-old piano—ragtime pieces, reminiscent of bygone era. Then, with sculptor Michael Frassinelli, they respectfully dismantled the instrument for a new life in the visual arts.
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts stands as a pivotal cultural connection between Appalachian and the High Country community. With 25 exhibits, numerous lectures and seemingly countless workshops presented each year, Brook Bower, the museum's assistant curator, proclaims: "The Turchin Center's program offerings are the most diverse of any you will find in the High Country."
Exploring a rain forest, touring a pineapple plantation and teaching children at a rural school were among activities that started the college experience for 13 students at Appalachian State University.
Jake Gentry traveled to Tanzania in 2008 to conduct research for his master's thesis about the impact of refugee camps on their host communities. Emotionally touched by the many abandoned children in the camps, Gentry and his friends started a non-profit organization that supports orphanages becoming self-sufficient and sustainable.
Students in a First Year Seminar course at Appalachian State University focused on leadership and legacy this fall. The freshmen explored examples of people who took the initiative to leave a place better than they found it. They also considered what legacy they could leave behind at Appalachian.