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.
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.
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.
While Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Eugenie Mukeshimana are from different parts of the world, both women share a commonality — of being a survivor of a genocide. Both women served as speakers on July 25 during the 17th Annual weeklong Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium, presented by Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.
Cafe Appalachia, in South Charleston, W.Va., is just as innovative, as the menu is delicious. With a pay what you can, farm to table, format, the open kitchen is staffed with folks who are recovering from addiction. Cheryl Laws modeled the cafe after one that she spent much of her time in while she was getting her master’s degree from Appalachian State University.
Middle and high school students in Appalachian’s Vietnamese Summer Academy are learning about American and Appalachian culture and improving their English language skills as they explore the region and interact with the community.
The academy allows visiting middle and high school Vietnamese students to learn about American and Appalachian culture and improve their English language skills as they explore the region and interact with the community.