This year, Appalachian State University is celebrating 50 years of women’s varsity sports. Appalachian student newspapers from the time show that the university had impressive and competitive female club and intramural teams for quite a few years before the women’s field hockey team in 1968 became the first-ever women’s intercollegiate sport in Black and Gold history.
Dr. Rachel L. Smith, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian, studies the birth of stars to better understand the origins of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.
Appalachian State University is in its fourth week of school at a state-mandated laboratory school it launched in Winston-Salem this year. The Academy at Middle Fork is a public school and partnership between the Reich College of Education at ASU and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools that serves kindergarten through fifth grades.
Numerous Appalachian students, student organizations and advisors were recognized (by the university’s Division of Student Affairs) during the 2017–18 Student Organization Leadership Awards ceremony on the university’s campus.
Hurricane Florence threatened areas far inland — including Appalachia — with landslides and other perilous effects. But people keep building in the mountains, apparently unfazed. “Early people, they were living away from streams and up on flat lands,” according to Dr. Ellen Cowen. “They weren’t the best views, but they were the safest to be. But now there’s nowhere to go, so the slopes have been cut.”
First-year students Bailey Gardin, Hudson Miller, Cece Ramseur and Ashelyn Stevens are the recipients of Appalachian’s Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, which covers the students’ full in-state tuition and fees.
Sustainability efforts in place on Appalachian’s campus — from a zero waste commitment to biodegradable straws — have earned the university top rankings in AASHE’s 2018 Sustainable Campus Index and SIERRA magazine’s 2018 index of “Cool Schools.”
For North Carolina native and Appalachian alumnus Brock Long ’97 ’99, Hurricane Florence is personal. Long, who grew up in Newton, was 14 in 1989 the night Hurricane Hugo swept in, toppling trees and damaging buildings.
According to Chancellor Sheri Everts, Appalachian’s Emergency Management, Physical Plant, Food Services, Housing, Parking and Traffic, and many other campus units are preparing for the potential impacts of severe winds and rain.