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The U.S. Small Business Administration stated in its 2013 newsletter that small businesses “significantly impact North Carolina’s economy.” They represent 98 percent of all employers and employ 47.8 percent of the private-sector labor force.
Student interest in entrepreneurship has been growing at Appalachian. Nearly half of all students taking entrepreneurship courses and attending related activities in the Walker College of Business are non-business majors. [ more . . . ]
Three years ago, the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO) partnered with the Watauga Arts Council to create a public art plan for the Elk Knob Community. Their goal was to promote sustainable development of the communities surrounding the Elk Knob State Park and stimulate people’s curiosity related to the culture, history and natural world on and around Elk Knob.
In fall 2012, twelve Appalachian State University Honors College students began to make this art plan a reality. [ more . . . ]
A collaboration between the Center for Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana and Appalachian's Walker College of Business allows for the exchange of ideas between Appalachian students and faculty, and thought leaders in Cuba who are key to effecting change and building relationships between Cuba and the U.S. [ more . . . ]
Appalachian State University's Alternative Service Experience (ASE) Program immerses students in a service experience in local domestic and international communities during school breaks. Created and led by trained student peer leaders, ASE involves direct service to a community, purposeful reflection and relationship building with others. [ more . . . ]
Members of the ROTC program's Ranger Challenge Team have brought home a championship trophy to Appalachian State University. The 11-member team won 1st place in their division in the 4th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held in late October 2012 at Fort Pickett, Va. [ more . . . ]
At 230 members, the Marching Mountaineers marching band are a source of pride and "Mountaineer spirit" for the Appalachian community. The band performs for more than 28,000 fans at each home football game, provides support for the football team at select away games, and performs in exhibition at high school festivals. [ more . . . ]