Wayne Sumner ’75, president of Jackson Sumner & Associates (JSA) and alumnus of Appalachian State University, was bestowed the highly prestigious and honorable Order of the Long Leaf Pine award by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Dec. 4, 2017, at JSA’s annual Christmas party.
Anthropologists have debated for decades whether humans, living in tribal communities thousands of years ago, were more or less violent than societies today. Researchers at Appalachian State University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin-Madison wonder if the question of more or less violence is the wrong one — what if it’s a matter of scale?
December 2017 graduate Ireri Krueger has had vivid dreams since she was a child growing up in Mexico City, Mexico. It wasn’t until she became a studio art major at Appalachian — more than 20 years after she first pursued higher education in the arts — that she realized she could turn her dreams into art and achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a trained artist.
Hodges, who is 18 and currently attends Appalachian State University, said that his goal is to hopefully make a career out of music. His new CD, titled "Release Me," features 11 songs written by Hodges that make the rounds between edgy folk, Americana and bluesy, driving rock, with a recurring lyrical theme of love and loss.
Appalachian student Charles Walker Austin-Zimmerman's debut EP, "Whole Again" is a remarkable set of music — five songs detailing the anxieties and insecurities of moving away from home and starting college, where Austin-Zimmerman, who performs under the name Charles Walker, studies communications and sociology.
Three Appalachian students — Laurel Roser, Rhiannon Reed-Kelly and Keylen Renteria — are the recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and will study abroad during the 2018 spring semester. Named for retired Congressman Gilman, the scholarship program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.
Jay Coble ’81 (trumpet), Jack Wilkins ’82 (tenor saxophone) and Matt Vance ’91 (baritone saxophone) are members of Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, an 18-piece jazz ensemble nominated for four Grammys in the Jazz and Composing/Arranging categories.
Aaron Ballance ’04, lecturer in the Appalachian State University’s Department of English, is the recipient of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s 2017 Linda Flowers Literary Award for his poems “Sugarfoot,” “Old Trouble,” “The Peaks,” “One-Eyed Jenny,” “The Brink,” “Leading Flash to the Barn — January” and “Rust.”
The flag of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee now hangs in a place of prominence alongside the American, Chinese and Israeli national flags — and a variety of others — in Plemmons Student Union (PSU) on Appalachian State University’s campus.
Appalachian’s $38.2 million north end zone project is moving down the field with approval by the university’s board of trustees on Friday. The trustees unanimously voted to endorse the 87,400-square-foot mixed-use development that will replace the Owens Field House, which was built in 1972 and which leaders say has “significant deferred maintenance issues.”
One of Appalachian’s most used academic buildings is slated for renovation, to be funded from proceeds of the student debt services fee. Appalachian’s board of trustees approved a motion to recommend the fee increase on Friday and to endorse renovations and improvements to Sanford Hall as well as the issuance of special obligation bonds or other long-term debt up to $18 million.
Even though Appalachian State University has no significant problem with opioid overdoses, its University Police Department stands ready to help were such emergencies to occur. Members of the Appalachian police, with the support of Project Lazarus, were recently trained in the use of Narcan — an emergency medication used to treat opioid overdoses.
Appalachian State University Police announced last month that its officers are officially trained and equipped to administer the anti-overdose medication Naloxone. Naloxone counters the effects of opioids in the system and can be effective at bringing someone out of an overdose episode, according to University Police Chief Andy Stephenson.
More than 40 undergraduate Appalachian State University students attended the 13th Annual State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium held at Campbell University in November.