Outreach and Community Engagement

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...

Announcing Trevor McKenzie, director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Photo by Megan Sheppard

Alumnus Trevor McKenzie named Director of Center for Appalachian Studies
Aug 17, 2021

Trevor McKenzie '10, '12 has been named director of the Center for Appalachian Studies effective Aug 1, 2021. McKenzie has worked for almost a decade ...

A collaborative partnership between Appalachian State University and Moses H. Cone Memorial Park has existed for more than a century and is one example of the interconnectedness of the High Country community with the Appalachian Experience. Illustrated is Flat Top Manor, part of the park’s 3,500-acre estate located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock. Illustration by Jim Fleri

App State and Cone Estate connection spans 100-plus years, yields academic and engagement opportunities
Aug 12, 2021

Appalachian State University’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina opens avenues of academic and civic engagement particu...

Patricia Ferreira, ’21, masters in Experimental Psychology graduate. Photo submitted.

Alumna Continues Legal Psychology Research from time at Appalachian
Jul 22, 2021

Patricia Ferreira ’21 received a masters in Experimental Psychology in May and contributed to research in the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psych...

Appalachian State University alumna Julianna Roupas ’21, of Charlotte, earned a self-designed B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in studies of integrative health sciences, as well as a minor in Spanish. She graduated summa cum laude from App State in May. Photo submitted

App State’s Julianna Roupas ’21 designed her own path to medical school
Jul 6, 2021

Julianna Roupas ’21 wrote her own ticket for her journey to medical school with a self-designed major at Appalachian State University. Roupas gradua...

F.A.R.M. Cafe and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) logos. Graphics submitted.

Grant writing course assists local organizations
Jun 1, 2021

This past fall semester, a community-engaged grant writing course for English majors assisted Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) and F.A.R.M. Caf...

Dr. Louis B. Gallien Jr., professor in the university’s Department of Leadership and Educational Studies and Honors College. Photo by Marie Freeman

App State joins Universities Studying Slavery consortium, continues its work to foster diversity and inclusion
May 27, 2021

Appalachian State University is among more than 70 higher education institutions across the nation and world that have joined the Universities Studyin...

Appalachian State University student Tatum Schwartz, a junior from Chapel Hill majoring in sociology with a concentration in families and intimate relationships. Photo submitted

Service-learning and undergrad research make the grade for student Tatum Schwartz
May 25, 2021

When Tatum Schwartz arrived at Appalachian State University she did not anticipate launching a clothing drive for migrant families or assisting in a r...