Olivia Sanchez has an extra bounce in her step these days. The Appalachian State University freshman, who is the first in her family to attend college, received a personal note from a woman she greatly admires – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Today's employers demand strong leadership skills, and getting involved in campus life isn't the only way to develop them. At Appalachian State University, students can actually pursue a minor in leadership studies as they participate in clubs and organizations.
The Blue Ridge Parkway brings thousands of visitors to the area each year to admire its beauty and recreational offerings. It also has been an outdoor playground for Appalachian students, faculty and the community of Boone for generations. However, high usage and careless behavior occurring in some areas leaves irreversible impact. The student volunteer Blue Ridge Parkway Corps (BRPC) works with Blue Ridge Parkway staff to educate the public about trails, the environment, and the biology of sensitive areas in order to preserve and protect the area for all to enjoy.
In 1989, two young women from Appalachian State University were abducted and raped by the same man. One died. One survived. Although the events took place off campus, the Walk for Awareness began as a campus response to their experience. Since then, each September, students, faculty and staff walk silently as a community to commemorate lives lost to violence, to support victims and survivors of violence, and to commit to speaking out against violence in all forms. More than 2,000 people usually participate.
This past summer, 16 students from Appalachian State University traveled to Ecuador to study indigenous activism and language in the Upper Amazon for three weeks. They came away with a greater appreciation of the impact of oil in the Amazon and its affect on the lives of the indigenous people.
As traditional and time-tested businesses and industries decline, the new economy is embracing entrepreneurism. Appalachian alumni and students are in the forefront of that development. Many young professionals are commercializing their passions and personal interests, supported by the skills and knowledge they learned at Appalachian.
Carefully digging, scraping and sifting. It's how archeologists seek clues into human history. Students at Appalachian State University learn these skills - and find cool artifacts - in a field archeology course each summer.
University College oversees Appalachian's bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies, as well as five new degrees approved in June by the UNC Board of Governors. They are the bachelor of arts degrees in Appalachian studies, global studies, sustainable development and women's studies, and a bachelor of science degree in sustainable development. These five academic areas were previously offered as concentrations through the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which has since been dissolved.
Like good neighbors, Appalachian and the Blue Ridge Parkway take care of one another
September 19, 2009
It's a natural fit that Appalachian, located so nearby, can help care for the Blue Ridge Parkway, which for generations of students has been "the" getaway for hiking, quiet time or a relaxing drive. That recreational relationship has turned far more academic and service-learning oriented in recent years. Since 2006, Appalachian has had an official partnership with the National Park Service for research and public service projects that help the Blue Ridge Parkway's management team in tight budget times and give the university an easily accessible learning lab.
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Appalachian State University teams up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to monitor air quality and atmospheric conditions in order to learn their impact on the area's ecosystems and climate.
Dan Hauser '92 '97 has amassed one of the most extensive collections of antique sports equipment in the United States. After 13 years of collecting, "several thousand" items fill his basement- from 19th-century baseball gloves to a high-wheeler bicycle, silver trophy cups and vintage uniforms.
Students from Appalachian State University and China's Fudan University have the opportunity to learn each others' culture and business practices through a prestigious exchange program. It's called the William R. Holland Fellows for Business Study in Asia.