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.
Appalachian alum Shohei Tsutsumi, of Osaka, Japan, exceled in the university’s Appalachian studies graduate program — receiving scholarships for studies on local music traditions, winning prizes at old-time music contests and more.
Last weekend, the weather in Boone was just was it was supposed to be — 10 degrees cooler than Winston-Salem. So some Winston-Salemites headed up U.S. 421 to cool down and enjoy a few of the awesome offerings at Appalachian Summer Festival.
Students in Cameron Van Dyke’s spring 2018 Preliminary Design Studio course designed and built the furniture from scratch. The minitheater, which seats 15 and is handicapped-accessible, will screen Appalachian video productions.
Dr. Rachel Smith, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, joins a group of scientists in “The Most Unknown” — a documentary film investigating questions that have fueled scientific inquiry for generations.
Three new students have been selected to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year, including Ryan Decker, a senior Industrial Design major at Appalachian. The Celia Moh Scholarship is considered one of the preeminent academic scholarship programs for students bound for careers in the home furnishings industry, paying full-time tuition and fees, room, board and books for its recipients.