Daniel Gajda ’20 has turned his passion into a career, working as a professional freelance photographer after earning his B.S. in commercial photography from App State. He was able to put his skills to practice in summer 2021, photographing Tokyo’s Sport Climbing Olympics.
App State has stepped onto the world stage as the lead institution to operate and maintain weather stations at the highest elevation on the planet — Mount Everest. Funded by the National Geographic Society, the project is creating new opportunities on campus and impacting climate research worldwide.
Benefactor Chris Petti has pledged $500,000 to be applied toward a $1 million challenge gift from Nancy and Neil Schaffel, in support of the endowment fund for An Appalachian Summer Festival — Appalachian State University’s annual celebration of the performing and visual arts.
As a senior at App State, Carter Blue ’20 delved into intimate partner violence in her senior thesis. Now this honors graduate applies her B.S. in sociology-social inequities to advocate for domestic violence survivors at OASIS in Watauga and Avery counties.
Rhiannon Reed-Kelly ’20 plans to pursue her master’s degree in urban design in Ireland, combining her interests in planning and sustainable development to create positive changes for people and the natural environment.
First-generation student and Wilson Scholar Nataly Jimenez, a senior majoring in sociology-criminology, deviance and law, aspires to become an immigration lawyer — a goal inspired by watching her own immigrant family encounter hardships.
App State resident assistants lead the charge in helping mentor and guide the thousands of students living in on-campus residence halls each year — creating a safe, welcoming environment and helping students connect with university resources.
App State’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina opens avenues of academic and civic engagement particular to the area. The university’s partnership with the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park in Blowing Rock — spanning more than a century — is a good example.