Stories

  • Why hire an App grad?
    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.

  • How will Appalachian State University define itself?
    September 17, 2013

    Under the guidance of the University of North Carolina’s strategic plan for 2013-18, we are developing a strategic plan that will guide the institution’s vision, mission and service to the people of North Carolina. We want to continue along a progressive path, which improves the student experience and creates an educated citizenry. Our students represent our future, and we believe the strategic plan will serve as the roadmap for continued excellence.

  • University stabilizes regional economy, provides opportunities for economic development
    September 17, 2013

    Appalachian also provides a stabilizing influence on the regional economy. While no region is immune to economic downturns, the university’s presence provides a buffer to recessionary pressures and a platform for economic recovery and growth.

  • Appalachian's role in the new economy
    It's more than you think
    September 13, 2013

    We at the university hope to prepare students for life by empowering them to navigate the ever-shifting economic and social landscapes. An increasingly high-tech and global economy makes job market shifts a certainty, and that means one’s first job after graduation is only the first hurdle in what promises to be a lifetime of career changes, continuing education and geographic moves.

  • A daughter lives on through her parents’ gifts to students
    September 11, 2013

    Hope is a word donors Ronny and Patsy Turner use often when they talk about Appalachian State University and their daughter Nicki. Hope was high for them when they moved her into a residence hall in fall 1988, with the dreams so many parents have for their child’s bright future. And hope for others drives their desire to give today.

  • Malawi: A transforming experience inspires an ongoing relationship
    September 6, 2013

    Students learn and practice community solutions through a special relationship between Appalachian and Malawi.

  • WASU begins new era of radio from the George G. Beasley Media Complex
    August 23, 2013

    90.5 WASU-FM makes its move from Wey Hall to the new George G. Beasley Media Complex.

  • Dr. Marty Meznar thinks so and believes the world is our classroom.
    August 9, 2013

    Is it possible to assign value to a four-year education? We all have to make decisions about how to invest our limited funds. We all need food, shelter, clothing, transportation and have a host of other financial obligations. A college education is in a different category of expenses; it is discretionary. Potential students, and often their parents, must decide if the cost of college is a good investment.

  • Our Distinguished Alumni weigh in
    August 9, 2013

    Appalachian State University has educated generations of students in the liberal arts tradition.  What does this mean for our graduates, who likely do not learn the same skills acquired in a trade school or technical college? How does this kind of education prepare our graduates for success in the job market and in life?

  • Veteran and Appalachian alumnus uses his love of farming as therapy
    August 1, 2013

    Local farmer and Appalachian alumnus Cory Bryk, a Marine veteran, finds healing in a new kind of mission: feeding the community.

  • Paying for College
    Creativity, sacrifice and determination make the difference
    July 31, 2013

    The headlines stir anxiety on an almost weekly basis: “Sticker Shock,” “College affordability is a struggle as state aid drops, tuition rises” and “Students battle college costs, one paycheck at a time.” There is no doubt the cost of earning a college degree can be daunting for students and their families. Tuition, fees, room and board, book rental fees and incidentals quickly add up.

  • How do you know what you owe?
    July 30, 2013

    Total student loan debt outstanding exceeded credit card debt in 2010 and auto loan debt in 2011, and reached the $1 trillion mark in 2012. While these milestones are impressive, it is more important to consider the impact of student loan debt on individual borrowers.

  • Dr. Marty Meznar thinks so and believes the world is our classroom
    July 25, 2013

    Is it possible to assign value to a four-year education? We all have to make decisions about how to invest our limited funds. We all need food, shelter, clothing, transportation and have a host of other financial obligations. A college education is in a different category of expenses; it is discretionary. Potential students, and often their parents, must decide if the cost of college is a good investment. Will the immediate cost of the education be offset by greater success in the long run? If so, going to college becomes an economically rational choice.

  • Five alumni honored by Appalachian's Alumni Association
    July 23, 2013

    What do a young married couple, former math teacher, university president and an Army commanding officer all have in common?

    They share the same defining foundation of an Appalachian State University education, which has influenced who they've become and what they've accomplished.

  • Students create public displays of campus and community history
    June 17, 2013

    Three new permanent exhibits created by graduate students showcase local history.

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