Outreach and Community Engagement

Appalachian Regional Commission’s 15 participating Appalachian universities in the 2021 Appalachian Teaching Project, including App State. Map courtesy of ARC.

A critical perspective on food from the classroom to the community
Feb 2, 2022

Eighteen of Appalachian State University’s Watauga Residential College students participated in the 21st annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) S...

Sophomore, Kaela Sosa holding a yellow fin tuna she caught. Photo submitted.

What a catch! Sophomore holds positions in both baseball analytics and pro-fishing
Jan 26, 2022

Kaela Sosa is a sophomore at Appalachian State University majoring in Management (BSBA). Through her experiences at Appalachian, she has been able to ...

Appalachian State University’s new Bachelor of Science in veterinary technology will prepare students for meaningful employment in the growing veterinary medical profession and lead to career advancement opportunities for those already working in the field.

App State to offer online veterinary technology degree beginning in August
Jan 24, 2022

Appalachian State University received approval from the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors on Jan. 20 to offer a Bachelor of Scien...

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...