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
The North Carolina General Assembly appointed two members to App State’s Board of Trustees in June. The House of Representatives appointed James “Jamie” E. Harris ’84, and the Senate appointed Steven D. Wyatt ’83. Their appointments began July 1.
Local nonprofit agency Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina employs about a dozen App State interns each semester, providing these students with practical experience and a chance to make a difference in the lives of others.
App State is one of 17 higher education institutions recognized nationally as a top producer of Fulbright scholars and students for 2020–21. Three App State faculty and five alumnae received the prestigious award during the 2020–21 award cycle.
Five App State business students made university history with triple wins in the 2021 Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge. In addition to state and regional titles, the students won the Americas Regional round — a first for App State — and advanced over nearly 1,000 teams to compete as a top five team in the challenge’s Global Final.
Sue Polanka has been named dean of University Libraries at App State, effective Sep. 13. Polanka has more than three decades of experience as a librarian at public, state and academic libraries. She currently serves as university librarian for Wright State’s University Libraries.
App State is among more than 70 national and international higher education institutions that have joined the Universities Studying Slavery consortium. Participating schools collaborate to address historical and contemporary issues around race and inequality in higher education and campus communities.
Chancellor Sheri Everts conferred degrees upon more than 3,600 Mountaineer graduates as part of App State’s Spring 2021 Commencement. The university held 13 in-person commencement ceremonies May 7–12 and offered a virtual conferral of degrees by Everts to allow for the greatest possible participation and maximize health and safety of all participants.
The main gallery of App State’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts has been named The Luther H. Hodges Gallery in honor of arts patron Luther H. Hodges Jr., who has contributed $500,000 to support the center’s arts and educational programming.
Jamie Parson, J.D., assistant professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance at App State, has been named interim chief diversity officer for the university. Her new position becomes effective May 10.