Six other faculty receive campus-based awards for innovative teaching methods
March 23, 2022
Dr. Reeves Shulstad continually fine-tunes her teaching to engage and transform her students through discussion-based music courses. Shulstad is the 2022 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award for App State.
Graduates of the Appalachian Police Officer Development Program at App State — who are now employed with agencies across North Carolina — reflect on how the program prepared them to enter the workforce.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has ranked App State No. 1 in its “Top 50 Alma Maters by Total Number of NBCTs” list for the sixth consecutive year. App State leads the nation for the number of National Board Certified Teachers — 2,211.
Appalachian State University conferred degrees to 1,642 graduates, including 1,286 undergraduate and 356 graduate students, at its Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10 at the Holmes Convocation Center.
App State named eight Beaver College of Health Sciences students as Beaver Scholars for the 2021–22 academic year. The scholarship — established in 2019 by App State alumnus Don Beaver ’62 ’64 and his wife, Vickie Beaver, the couple for whom the college is named — provides support to North Carolina students with a commitment to health care careers.
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.
Families and friends gathered in Holmes Convocation Center to watch 274 members of App State’s Class of 2020 cross the commencement stage during two ceremonies. These events — more than 16 months in the making — were part of a weekend of celebrations hosted by App State’s Office of Alumni Affairs, Sept. 23–25.
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.