Stories

  • Patterson Scholarship makes a difference for 16 students
    October 23, 2013

    The Patterson Scholarship turns the dream of going to college into reality for 16 education majors.

  • Journalist Soledad O'Brien speaks Jan. 21
    October 1, 2013

    Journalist Soledad O'Brien headlines remaining events in 2013-14 Diversity Lecture Series.

  • Faculty of Distinction: Scott Ludwig
    Associate Professor, Department of Art
    September 24, 2013

    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.

  • Faculty of Distinction: Jeff Goodman
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
    September 24, 2013

    Jeff Goodman ’93 is not above sticking his head in a bucket of water to illustrate the principle of displaced volume. Or, to teach about light and color, to turn his classroom literally into a camera obscura, blocking all but a pinpoint of light and flipping his students’ viewed world upside down and backwards.

  • Faculty of Distinction: Dr. Libby Puckett
    Associate Professor and Forensic Science Program Director, Department of Chemistry
    September 24, 2013

    A high school science teacher encouraged Dr. Libby Puckett to forego a career in law and pursue science — a major life changer. Puckett combined her passion for chemistry and law by pursuing a degree in forensic science and has been paying it forward ever since.

  • Women’s Basketball Coach Darcie Vincent
    September 23, 2013

    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. 

  • Student-athlete Nate Healy
    September 23, 2013

    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.

  • Scott Satterfield
    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 Schaefer Center: A Premier Venue
    September 20, 2013

    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.

  • Taking the smarter risk
    September 20, 2013

    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.

  • Having FUN. with Moore
    September 20, 2013

    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.

  • Honorary Degrees
    September 20, 2013

    Five individuals with close ties to the university received the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa degree.

  • Career Innovation: New Trends and Cutting-edge Jobs
    September 20, 2013

    Appalachian alums work their way to the forefront of emerging trends and cutting edge professions.

  • New Horizons
    September 19, 2013

    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.

  • My Appalachian Vision: Global Preparation
    Dr. Garner Dewey
    September 18, 2013

    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.

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