ALS advocate Dr. Dane M. Ward, former dean of university libraries at Appalachian, served as an ALS Research Ambassador and authored editorials about ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in higher education publications. He passed away from the disease July 5.
Appalachian English majors Jay Phillips and Victoria Goff have been named winner and runner-up, respectively, of the university’s Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing in poetry for 2020–21. As the winner, Phillips was awarded a $3,649 scholarship.
Jessie Butler and Fiona Abrams — both graduate students in Appalachian’s clinical mental health counseling program — are among 41 master’s-level students chosen nationally for the 2020–21 NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors. Each will receive $15,000 in funding, along with educational support.
The six Gilman Scholars are the most Appalachian students to be recognized in a single Gilman award cycle. Each will receive up to $5,000 to study or intern abroad during 2021, with additional funding available for the study of critical languages overseas.
A collaboration between AppalCART and Appalachian State University has secured more than $1 million in grant funding to be used toward the purchase of an electric bus and charging station for AppalCART. The funding was awarded through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
Thanks to continued federal funding, marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling interns at Appalachian are helping to increase the availability of culturally sensitive behavioral health services for residents of Northwestern North Carolina. The four-year project has received $1.75 million-plus in support.
Appalachian senior Abigail Miles and alumna Barclay Ann Blankenship ’20 are the recipients of Appalachian’s inaugural David Hodgin English Award. They will each receive a $350 scholarship and their creative works will be published in Appalachian’s literary journal, Cold Mountain Review.
Thanks to a second awarded grant, Appalachian’s New River Light and Power has received more than $1.1 million to complete an environmental restoration project at the site of the Payne Branch dam on New River. The work will begin the week of July 20.
Appalachian art professor Dr. Mira Rai Waits has been named a 2020 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow for her book project “Colonial Carcerality: The Birth of the Modern Prison in India,” which explores the spatial history of British colonial prisons in India.
Jane McIntyre Barghothi ’96 has been named Appalachian State University’s vice chancellor for university advancement. Barghothi has served as senior associate vice chancellor for university development since July 2019.
App State partners with ASU for grant-funded study of photovoltaic soiling loss
June 8, 2020
Appalachian’s Dr. Jaewon Oh has collaborated with members of Arizona State University’s Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory to analyze the soiling loss — or power loss due to dirt, dust and other particles — of six PV power plants across the U.S., including one in North Carolina.
Five Appalachian alumnae have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2020–21 academic year — a new record for the university. Appalachian was named a top producing institution for Fulbright students among master’s institutions for the 2019–20 grant year.
Many of Appalachian’s 2019–20 Fulbright scholars were overseas when COVID-19 took hold. Though these faculty members have since returned to the U.S., they have opted to continue their work remotely — demonstrating the importance of fostering international connections, especially during a global pandemic.
The “Supporting the STEM Pathway” project is designed to boost student success in calculus courses at Appalachian. Such courses span majors other than math, including biology, chemistry, geology, computer science, geography and physics.