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
For Mountaineer alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, App State Homecoming 2021 represented not only an annual return to Boone, but also a return to traditional in-person gatherings and activities.
The Hatley Pavilion, which encompasses a west-side turf area at the stadium’s north end zone facility, has been named in recognition of a $500,000 TowneBank Foundation gift to App State Athletics in honor of Robert “Bob” Hatley ’72.
This spring and summer, 16 App State students served their local and regional communities as participants in the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Public Fellows Intern Program. The program, funded by the SECU Foundation, is designed to help students develop their professional skills as they work with leaders of community-based businesses, nonprofits or government agencies.
Twelve full-time App State students from North Carolina’s Piedmont region are beneficiaries of the Frank Scholars Program, funded by the late Hughlene Bostian Frank ’68 and William “Bill” Frank — longtime friends and supporters of App State.
App State celebrated its history and traditions during the fourth annual Founders Day, Sept. 17. The day’s events included a Bell Ringers Society ceremony and a lecture and tour of the historic Boone Cemetery, along with AppalFest on Sanford Mall.
App State’s Founders Hall has a new name: Watson-Brumit Hall. The building was dedicated on Sept. 18, in honor of Janice Watson Brumit ’75 — a distinguished alumna and benefactor who was born in the building when it was Watauga County Hospital.
As a senior at App State, Carter Blue ’20 delved into intimate partner violence in her senior thesis. Now this honors graduate applies her B.S. in sociology-social inequities to advocate for domestic violence survivors at OASIS in Watauga and Avery counties.
Rhiannon Reed-Kelly ’20 plans to pursue her master’s degree in urban design in Ireland, combining her interests in planning and sustainable development to create positive changes for people and the natural environment.
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.
App State alumna and Allegheny College professor Dr. M. Soledad Caballero ’95 shares how her Appalachian Experience prepared her for a career in academia — and a lifetime love of literature. She is the author of the award-winning debut poetry collection “I Was a Bell.”
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.
To advance their careers, expand their knowledge or to explore new opportunities in the nursing field, registered nurses (RNs) are enrolling in App State’s online RN to BSN program to pursue their Bachelor of Science in nursing.
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.