Through the grant, the Child Development Center is partnering with Appalachian’s Department of Family and Child Studies to offer expanded services that include a new home visitation program and increased availability of infant and toddler care.
Appalachian State University, Ashe County Schools and RTI International are collaborating as part of a five-year, rural mental health grant that has received $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education. Their grant proposal was titled “Rural School Mental Health Training and Service Provision in North Carolina.”
Curt and Linda Gillespie of Blowing Rock and Naples, Fla., were so inspired by the hard work at the first High Country Blitz Build, which was completed within 48 hours on Sept. 21-22 in affiliation with Watauga Habitat for Humanity and the student-led organization App Builds a Home of Appalachian State University, that they made a matching gift to the project.
During fall break, 29 students, staff and faculty gave back to organizations in North Carolina and Georgia by participating in Alternative Service Experience (ASE) programs offered through Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) — part of Appalachian State University’s Division of Student Affairs. Among them was Bri Carter of Randleman.
Dr. Kurt Michael, Appalachian’s Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology, is the university’s principal investigator for the federal grant that, over the next five years, will support the provision of mental health services and training in Western North Carolina’s rural K–12 schools.
Powell, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Anthropology, is using her ACLS funding to collaborate with Diné community experts in the Navajo Nation to explore human–water relationships and the impact of climate change on the region.
Appalachian GEAR UP, a federally funded college access program, serves approximately 15,000 high school students from 11 Western North Carolina school districts by helping them prepare to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
The ninth annual Spooky Duke Race at App State raised over $24K in support of the university’s Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country, which assists regional families who have children with special needs.
The award recognizes Moser, a professor of German and TESL/applied linguistics, for her years of service to foreign language education in North Carolina and the Appalachian region. Moser has taught at Appalachian more than 20 years.
Double Wood Farm, owned by Appalachian Board of Trustees Secretary Mark E. Ricks ’89, donates two scholarships to Appalachian to recognize students for academic excellence and service to the community. The scholarships were awarded during the Oct. 31 football game.
Smith, an associate professor of psychology at Appalachian, received more than $40,000 in NSF grant funding for the first year of a three-year study on optimism biases. Such biases can cause people to engage in risky behaviors, he said.
Over the 2019 fall break, teams of Appalachian students chose to participate in one of three Alternative Service Experience programs offered through the university’s Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) office.
Appalachian professor and 2019–20 Fulbright awardee Dr. Paul Wallace is spending the 2019–20 academic year teaching at NovSU in Russia and refining the curriculum for a new App State Online graduate certificate in international leadership.
Powell, professor of creative writing at Appalachian, will teach a course on contemporary U.S. literature at Ovidious University of Constanta, in Romania, during spring 2020, as well as conduct research for his seventh novel.
Appalachian’s Sornito-Carter, an assistant professor of anthropology, will travel to the University of the Philippines Visayas in August 2020 to complete Fulbright research on heritage conservation and disaster management in relation to climate change in the Philippines.
Through the Fulbright Scholars Program, Williams, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, will teach and perform research at Management Center Innsbruck in Austria in spring 2020.