Alumni

Joe Graber ’20, from Tryon, earned a B.S. in computer science from Appalachian State University in December 2020 and is now working toward his master’s degree in computer science through App State’s Accelerated Admission program. Photo by Marie Freeman

First-generation App State student hammers out a new perspective
Jan 21, 2021

A few years ago, Joe Graber ’20 — hammer in his hand — was working in construction and unsure of what he wanted to do with the rest of his life....

Aric Thoresen '16, Anthropology major. Photo submitted.

Aric Thoresen on combining anthropology and teaching
Jan 13, 2021

After Aric Thoresen received his degree in anthropology from Appalachian State University in 2016, he travelled throughout Latin America and became TE...

More than 3,600 Appalachian graduates were conferred degrees during the university’s virtual Spring 2020 Commencement. Numerous Class of 2020 graduates took to social media to share their celebratory commencement photos, some of which are shown in this photo collage. Photos submitted

Fall 2020 Chancellor’s and Dean’s List
Jan 7, 2021

Appalachian State University is pleased to announce that 7,861 undergraduate students in total have been named to the Chancellor’s or Dean...

More than 1,700 Appalachian State University graduates were conferred degrees during the university’s virtual Fall 2020 Commencement Dec. 11. This photo collage shows a handful of the numerous celebratory commencement photos shared by App State’s Class of 2020 graduates via social media. Photos submitted

A December to remember for App State’s more than 1,700 graduates
Jan 5, 2021

Approximately 4,000 Appalachian Community members gathered virtually during Appalachian State University’s Fall 2020 Commencement to celebrate App S...

Titlemark and block A representing the Cratis D. Williams School of Gradate Studies.

Cratis D. Williams Society inductees include three CAS graduates
Dec 11, 2020

Each year, the Graduate School seeks nominations for students to induct into the Cratis D. Williams Society. This society is designed to include the t...

Displayed in front of the Appalachian State University sign, located in Founders Plaza on App State’s campus, are the university mace and banner, along with the banners for App State’s College of Arts and Sciences, Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Hayes School of Music, Reich College of Education, Walker College of Business and Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies. The state flag is shown at far right and the U.S. flag is pictured at far left. Photo by Marie Free

Fall Commencement
Dec 7, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close — a year marked by the global pandemic — Mountaineers near and far will celebrate more than 1,700 Class of 2020 graduates...

A worm on the carapace of a New River crayfish. Photo by Wayne Van Devender.

Worm and Crayfish mutualism affects entire stream ecosystems
Dec 3, 2020

A recent paper by researchers at Appalachian State University and Virginia Tech, published in the journal Ecology, titled: “Strong effects of a mutu...

Appalachian State University alumnus Harrison Esterly ’19, a research technician in the lab of Dr. Gary Pielak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Esterly, of Belews Creek, graduated from App State in 2019 with a B.S. in chemistry — an American Chemical Society-certified degree — and minors in biology and mathematics. Photo submitted

App State alumnus credits Mountaineer experience for his research success
Nov 30, 2020

When reflecting on his experience at Appalachian State University, alumnus Harrison Esterly ’19 said he harbors a fondness for the “times when I d...

A 3D rendering of a tardigrade — a microscopic, eight-legged animal found in water and/or damp moss. Appalachian State University alumnus Harrison Esterly ’19 is a co-author of recently published research that shows a tardigrade-specific protein is safe for injection in mice and may therefore be suitable to stabilize vaccines at room temperature, which would eliminate the need for costly refrigeration during storage and transport. Shutterstock/3Dstock image

Out of cold storage — App State vaccine and drug research could speed delivery, cut costs
Nov 24, 2020

Co-authored research by three members of the Appalachian State University Community could yield a more cost-effective storage and delivery method for ...