The winning sport coat designed by Appalachian alumni Bradley Rhyne ’07 and Filipe Ho ’07, college roommates and co-founders of Charlotte-based menswear line OLE MASON JAR, features “trim lines and an emphasis on tradition.”
Appalachian’s College of Arts and Sciences has named alumna Carmen Leigh Scoggins ’94 ’98, adjunct instructor of Spanish and foreign language methodology, the winner of its 2017–18 Outstanding Alumni Award.
Students from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee high school on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina are learning about their tribal roots this weekend on a trip to New Echota and the Major Ridge Home/Chieftains Museum. "I don't want to depress them," said Appalachian State University Professor Allen Bryant at Chieftains Saturday. "I hope to inspire them. This house was built by a Cherokee leader."
Fifteen Appalachian State University students in Scott Ludwig’s Relief Printmaking course hand-printed, engraved and painted wood blocks to display along the Beech Tree Trail, an easy 1-mile loop within Elk Knob State Park in Todd, N.C. The project is part of a revitalization of the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization’s Art Plan to promote sustainability of the Elk Knob communities’ culture, heritage and natural resources.
The La-Z-Boy Foundation’s $75,000 gift will fund the creation of L.I.D.A. — the student-designed Lab for Innovating in Design. The lab will house laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printers, as well as space for a technician’s office.
How do coal-mining communities and their cultures survive once the coal industry moves on? Hansell’s book “After Coal: Stories of Survival in Appalachia and Wales,” forthcoming from WVU Press, explores this issue.
Cara Hagan, assistant professor of dance studies at Appalachian, visited Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. for a week to work with the dance program. Hagan has had guest residencies teaching dance everywhere from Thirak, India to James Madison University.
Appalachian State University’s freshman class welcomed the mother of a 1998 hate crime victim with a standing ovation at the Aug. 20 Black and Gold Convocation. The new freshman class gathered at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center before the start of the 2018-19 school year — where Judy Shepard served as the event’s keynote speaker.
Judy Shepard is president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which works to champion those causes her late son Matthew espoused during his life, including social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for LGBTQ individuals.