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
Under the header “What support services does the school offer?, App State is cited for offering virtual one-on-one and group mental health counseling for remote and on-campus students during the pandemic, as well as hosting a student-led mental health ambassador group that offers peer mentorship.
A Facebook community started by App State faculty members to help people become more confident in their cooking has raised nearly $10,000 for local community organizations. Dr. Jack Kwong in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Dr. Peter Fawson in the Department of Social Work are behind the “Cookvid-19” group.
App State’s Dr. Richard Christiana in the Department of Health and Exercise Science discusses his research on the physical and mental benefits of exercising outdoors. Such activity can reduce stress and ease depression and anxiety for people of all ages, and also reduce the symptoms of ADHD in children, he said.
In this outreach initiative by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, students and faculty have made 1,600 educational kits for area schoolchildren in eight counties to help them learn about geology. The Rockin’ NC kits contain rock samples and other educational materials. They are designed to substitute the in-person presentations faculty and students would typically make before the pandemic.
Dr. Leah Hamilton, an associate professor in App State’s Department of Social Work, gives historical context to the idea of a guaranteed income in the U.S. to help eradicate poverty. The 1960s notion is gaining traction again in some cities, where mayors are implementing pilot programs.
App State’s Dr. David Nieman's says COVID-19 is a wake-up call to the importance of good health — before, during and after the pandemic. He shared his research and thoughts on the coronavirus during a Basic and Clinical Immunology for the Busy Clinician symposium. Nieman is director of the university’s Human Performance Lab.
News of a veterinary tech program implemented by Appalachian State University and Banfield Pet Hospital to strengthen the pipeline of licensed veterinary technicians, especially in rural areas, was shared by The Associated Press.
App State’s Dr. David Nieman is quoted on the value of athletes double- masking while exercising indoors. The type of mask depends on the type of exercise, the director of the university’s Human Performance Lab said.
App State’s Dr. David Nieman shares his research and anecdotal experience with athletes whose strength changed after other viral infections when discussing when people can begin exercising after having had COVID-19. Nieman is director of the university’s Human Performance Lab.
App State’s Dr. Ece Karatan, biologist and vice provost for research, is quoted regarding the university’s wastewater surveillance project being used to identify possible clusters of COVID-19 infection in residence halls.
Dr. Andrew Koricich in App State’s Reich College of Education is mentioned as being among faculty conducting research on rural schools as part of the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges. The new research hub was founded to highlight the importance of regional public institutions to students and communities.
This Q&A article features Dr. David C. Marlett, managing director of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center inApp State’s Walker College of Business, on trends in the car insurance industry, including the unexpected profits auto insurers are experiencing during COVID because of fewer claims.
This article about the NC COVID-19 Student Response Corps shares comments from App State’s Dr. Susan McCracken, director of career development and economic engagement, about an Appalachian student's internship related to public service in Burke County.
App State’s Dr. Baker Perry discusses the 2019 National Geographic expedition to Mount Everest and the data that are coming from the weather stations he and his team installed there. Among them, the Khumbu Glacier receives most of its moisture from the Bay of Bengal. Perry teaches in the Department of Geography and Planning.
In a “What the experts say” sidebar to this news story, Dr. Ellen Lamont discusses why people think they need an engagement ring to be expensive. Lamont, who teaches in App State’s Department of Sociology, authored the book “The Mating Game: How Gender Shapes How We Date.”