App State has returned to pre-pandemic operations for the Fall 2021 semester, with safety precautions in place. There are no current plans to move in-person classes online. All students, faculty and staff should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Face coverings are required in all indoor campus locations for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Read the latest updates
App State student Tatum Schwartz found her major by taking an introductory course through the general education curriculum. Now she is excelling in sociology with plans for graduate school — she counts service-learning and undergraduate research among her most meaningful experiences.
Jesse Barber, a senior from Sawmills, combines his passion for photography, the environment, people and culture in his self-designed interdisciplinary studies major, focusing on documentary studies in Appalachia.
The climate science research of App State’s Dr. Baker Perry has inspired a 4-year-old science enthusiast in Brazil. In an email to Perry, the child’s father shared his son has become fascinated with Perry after watching a documentary on the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Expedition to Mount Everest, in which Perry participated.
Appalachian State University alumna and adjunct instructor Denise Presnell ’93 ’17 has made it her mission to educate and inform the High Country about trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resiliency. In the process, she has engaged a village.
App State’s Dr. Gregory Perreault, assistant professor of multimedia journalism, has been awarded a 2020–21 Fulbright to teach and perform research at Austria’s University of Vienna this spring and summer. Through his research project, he is comparing the differences in journalistic values and practices between Austrian digital journalists and their American counterparts.
Justin Marks, a senior sustainable development major with a concentration in community, regional and global development, announced on national television he hopes to “save the world” — a plan playing out through his community engagement and service.
Q&A with Dr. Steven J. Hageman, professor of geology
April 8, 2021
Two-time Fulbright award recipient Dr. Steven J. Hageman talks about his love for teaching and researching geology at Appalachian State University and how he helps students become effective problem-solvers.
Alumna Marisa Sedlak ’14 ’20 has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as one of the top 30 parks and recreation professionals under age 30 to watch in 2021. Learn how Sedlak’s Appalachian Experience — from mountains to mentors — helped prepare her for her role with Town of Beech Mountain’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Lynn Patterson ’89, university program specialist in App State's Belk Library and Information Commons, considers her relationships with students as an important part of her job. The alumna has mentored many students over her 30-year employment at the university.
As a child, Cashae Cook ’14 said she was always glad to see police officers arrive at her house — because it meant she and her siblings would be safe. Now, as Appalachian Police Department’s new diversity, inclusion and community engagement officer, Cook wants to make sure the Mountaineer community also experiences positive interactions with police officers.
Dr. Lubna Nafees, assistant professor in App State’s Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, studies how social media influencers shape the attitudes, perceptions and buying habits of consumers.
Looking to transfer to App State? You’re in good company, and you’ll find support to help you succeed. One in four students at App State is a transfer student, whether they come from a community college, a four-year institution, the military or years spent in the workforce.
Wendy Wilt was pulled out of traditional schooling in the seventh grade. Years later, she earned her high school diploma and is now on her way to a B.S. in public health at App State. She also serves as a full-time staff member in the university’s Advancement Services.
Recent App State graduate and public health major Emilee Schluth offers advice on how to choose and adhere to a pandemic pod — a small, social network that looks out for each other’s well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.
Generations of Black Mountaineers — from innovators to motivators — continue to inspire the Appalachian Community and beyond with their hard work, vision and dedication. Read on to learn about some of App State’s most prominent and influential Black figures.
As part of her internship with Appalachian Brian Estates, App State senior Mary Carver Deal is engaging the facility’s older adults in a colorful mural project — one taking shape right outside their windows. Learn how Deal, along with other App State students and Dementia Awareness Club members, is bringing joy to the residents’ lives amid COVID.