Outreach and Community Engagement

As part of its mission, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. As of spring 2021, more than 240 App State alumni were living and working abroad. Photo by Kate Brown ’16

A black and gold world — 6 Mountaineers share how App State prepared them for life, career success
Dec 17, 2021

Whether Mountaineers come to App State as domestic or international students, they leave with an App State Experience that has prepared them for life ...

Eddie Bowling, a current Forsyth Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate student and the fire chief in Thomasville. Photo submitted.

Grant writing pays off for one MPA graduate student
Dec 8, 2021

Eddie Bowling, a current Forsyth county Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate student and the fire chief in Thomasville participated in ...

 Image of AmeriCorps members & AmeriCorps Senior Volunteers. Photo by Americorps.

Sociology faculty lead charity initiatives for the holidays
Dec 2, 2021

Appalachian State University’s Department of Sociology oversees two programs this time of year that benefits populations in need in the surrounding ...

A research team at App State has received nearly $1.1 million in grant funding through the University of North Carolina System’s Research Opportunities Initiative to conduct a three-year honeybee research program aimed at addressing honeybee decline in the U.S. Photo by Todd Bush, courtesy of Hive Tracks

App State researchers working to save honeybees with informatics
Nov 30, 2021

Hardworking honeybee populations — responsible for a third of the food on Americans’ plates — are on the decline in the U.S., meaning ...

The Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation (RRI) in partnership with Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) has awarded seed grants to five collaborative research projects.

Rural Resilience and Innovation Inaugural Seed Grants
Nov 3, 2021

The Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation (RRI) in partnership with Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) has awar...

This spring, Appalachian State University alumna Megan Broome ’21, of Cherryville, served as an intern at Horizons Elementary School in Lenoir as part of the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Public Fellows Intern Program. The program helps students develop their professional skills as they work with leaders of community-based businesses, nonprofits or government agencies. Broome earned a B.S. in social work from App State. Photo submitted

16 App State students develop professional skills through SECU Foundation internships
Nov 2, 2021

The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Public Fellows Intern Program, funded by the SECU Foundation, afforded nine Appalachian State Universi...

Appalachian State University is located in the Blue Ridge, part of the Appalachian Mountains that extend from Georgia to Pennsylvania. Photo by Marie Freeman

Learning in the High Country — beyond the classroom
Oct 14, 2021

Appalachian State University students and alumni often refer to the university as their “home on the mountain.” The use of this physical reference...

As a client services advocate at OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) in Boone, Appalachian State University alumna Carter Blue ’20 said she enjoys the variety in her job, which includes engaging in crisis support services with clients, serving at the OASIS housing shelter, acting as a medical advocate for sexual assault victims and connecting people to other agencies and resources. Photo submitted

App State alumna Carter Blue ’20 — a champion for survivors of violence
Sep 21, 2021

As a senior at Appalachian State University, Carter Blue ’20 delved into intimate partner violence in her senior thesis. Now, she is a champion for ...

Rhiannon Reed-Kelly ’20, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in community and regional planning, a B.S. in geography with a certificate in geographic information systems and a minor in sustainable development. She is pictured in the Dublin Mountains. Photo submitted

Mountaineer alumna Rhiannon Reed-Kelly ’20 has her eye on international urban design
Sep 9, 2021

Rhiannon Reed-Kelly ’20 dreams of designing a world of happy, healthy cities — inspired by a book she read as a geography student at Appalachian S...

Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation (RRI) university titlemark

Rural Resilience and Innovation Seed Grants
Aug 25, 2021

New Department in the College: Rural Resilience and InnovationThe mission of the Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation is to sustain partnersh...