Appalachian has prepared quality teachers for North Carolina's schools for more than 100 years. With over 1,400 students majoring in teacher education, Appalachian now offers the largest undergraduate teacher preparation program in the state. Meet three young people getting ready for the classroom, plus an award-winning teacher.
Keeping athletes healthy is a passion for David Nieman. A world-renown expert in nutrition and exercise science, Nieman has led numerous research projects—including those funded by Gatorade, the U.S. Olympic team, and the U.S. Department of Defense—that test what influence certain vitamins, carbohydrate sports drinking and exercise regimens have in preventing upper respiratory infections among extreme athletes.
Meaningful relationships are a hallmark of an Appalachian education. Carolyn Clark has achieved career success in part because of caring professors and alumni who value being of service to others. Carolyn Clark took a chance on applying for a New York City early career program, and the experience has dramatically shaped her career.
Meaningful relationships are a hallmark of an Appalachian education. Amy Sarno has achieved career success in part because of caring professors and alumni who value being of service to others. She got her first job because of the strong ties her professor kept with a former student.
The Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Creative Writing
November 13, 2008
Through a $75,000 endowment, the Truman Capote Literary Trust funds a scholarship at Appalachian State University to support students in its creative writing program. The competitive scholarship, currently valued at almost $2,000, is awarded annually.
A new scholarship fund called Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success (ACCESS) brought its first group of recipients to campus this fall. Each year, it will provide scholarship money to about 40 of Appalachian's most financially needy, in-state freshmen.
Among Appalachian State University’s top researchers is geologist Dr. Ellen Cowan. She was among a select, international group of scientists who drilled the Antarctic sea floor for indications of how global warming affected our planet in the past.
Biologist Howard Neufeld has spent 20 years documenting the impact of ozone on native plants in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has studied changes to the plants' fertility, photosynthesis and growth and observed how these mutations are influenced by shifts in pollution and weather patterns.
15 Pakistanis strengthen their teaching skills and leave behind a better understanding of their culture
November 10, 2008
Fifteen secondary-level biology teachers were selected by the Fulbright Commission to attend a six-week training program at Appalachian in July and August of 2007. They spent four weeks strengthening their skills in science, educational technology, teaching and English. Then, they spent two weeks applying what they learned by team teaching in Watauga County Schools. While in the public schools, they also shared information about their native culture with children in social studies and other non-science classes.
Professor dispels myths and misinformation of Islam and the Arab world
November 10, 2008
As a child, Curtis Ryan was intrigued with the Middle East and Arabic culture. Stories and movies about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin's Lamp fed his fascination. "Things that I now think of as horribly stereotypical of the region are, oddly enough, probably the reason I got involved in this research area,"
Students learn best in diverse educational environments. Central to the depth and quality of intellectual life at Appalachian is a diverse faculty. The Faculty Fellows Program recruits and retains faculty members with life experiences unique to Appalachian's underrepresented student and faculty populations.
Students learn best by doing. In the Hayes School of Music, students expand their knowledge of the recording industry by signing, recording and marketing local bands through their own record label called Split Rail Records.
The next generation of North Carolina's brightest scientific and creative leaders gathered at Appalachian State University Nov. 22, 2008, for the 4th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS).