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Founders Day 2021
Friday, Sept. 17, 2021
Our annual fall celebration honors our founders and the first day of classes held in 1899 at Watauga Academy — the small school that flourished into the App State we know today.
Learn University History: Historic Cemetery Presentation
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Ballroom, Student Union
Senior lecturer Trent Margrif will place events from the past in a current context based on information on tombstones. He will also explain why the cemetery on campus is also known as the Boone or town cemetery, and highlight some of the notable names from both campus and local history that are buried here.
Learn University History: Tombstone Tales: A Cemetery Tour
4 p.m. Boone Cemetery, 614 Howard Street
Learn the context of the Boone cemetery and why the Appalachian region is unique in its burial of the dead. Senior lecturer Trent Margrif will describe certain individuals buried here and place them in relation to Founders Day and the history of Appalachian State University.
Ice Cream Social and Bell Ringers Ceremony
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Founders Plaza
Enjoy a complimentary ice cream social provided by Chancellor Sheri Everts. Join Chancellor Everts for the ringing of the Founders Bell and induction of the 2021 Bell Ringers Society members.
Appalfest and Founders Day Festivities
4 – 6 p.m. Sanford Mall
Visit Sanford Mall for free snacks, music, crafts and more!
Images from Founders Day 2020
Inside the Archives with Kim Sims
Appalachian State's Coordinator of Special Collections and University Archivist, Kim Sims shares some of her favorite pieces from Special Collections. You can find these items and more on the 4th floor of Belk Library and Information Commons, the Special Collections Research Center is home to the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, the Stock Car Racing Collection, Rare Books & Manuscripts, and University Archives & Records Management Services.
Where's My Bell? | Dave by the Bell: Founders Day Edition
"Dave by the Bell" is a podcast hosted by University Communication’s own Dave Blanks, where he wanders the earth in search of answers to all of life’s questions, great and small. Okay, so he mainly stays on Appalachian State University’s campus... he still wanders though... and he definitely wonders as he wanders.
In this video edition of Dave By The Bell, Dave goes in search of the bell that used to sit in front of Anne Belk Hall. Learn about App State's Special Collections Research Center from university archivist Kim Sims, and catch a glimpse of interesting historical items from Appalachian's past!
A new tradition at Appalachian State University — the ringing of the Founders Bell, an iconic symbol of Appalachian’s history — was established Sept. 5, 2019, as the university celebrated its second annual Founders Day. Twelve members of the Appalachian Community were selected to ring the bell 10 times each to signify the university’s 120th anniversary as an innovator and leader in higher education. These 12 bell ringers are the inaugural members of Appalachian’s Bell Ringers Society. New members are inducted into the society each year to ring the bell on Founders Day.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.