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 Ovidius 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 Scholar 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.
This grant funding supports graduate student Chelsey Johnson’s work during the 2019–20 academic year to document living folk traditions in Appalachia. The project is part of the “In These Mountains” initiative, which aims to preserve Central Appalachia’s arts and culture.
The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) grant awarded to Appalachian will help increase the number of graduates from the university’s B.S. in physics-secondary education program and other graduates with teacher licensure in physics secondary education.
Dr. Cara Fiore, visiting assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Biology, will travel to the Caribbean island of Curaçao in summer 2020 to begin her research of sea sponge filtration and its impact on the coral reef food web.
The “Spooky Duke” is a certified 5K and 10K race with a free Costume March and Contest where children, adults and pets can all show off their unique costumes and share in the fund. The 5k starts at 9 a.m. with those who preregister paying $20 to participate and others $25 on race day.