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Matthias Kramer, a graduating Appalachian senior earning a B.A. in English with dual concentrations in literary studies and creative writing, along with a B.A in languages, literatures and cultures – East Asian languages and cultures. He will begin a doctoral program in comparative literature at University of Oregon this fall. Photo by Marie Freeman

Intertwining triple majors open the door to a doctorate for Appalachian graduating senior
Jun 4, 2019

Matthias Kramer’s childhood passion for Pokémon led him on a path toward Asian studies and comparative literature. A graduating senior from Raleigh...

Apperion, Appalachian’s first solar vehicle, is one of over 50 exhibits in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ 2019 Triangle SciTech Expo. The car completed top-three finishes in the 2016 and 2017 Formula Sun Grand Prix, and placed sixth in the 2016 American Solar Challenge. Photo by Chase Reynolds

Appalachian’s first solar vehicle — Apperion — featured in 2019 Triangle SciTech Expo
Jun 3, 2019

Fourth grade student Lance Shepherd, a young admirer of science and technology who attends Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School in Mebane, had a chance...

Dr. Richard Klima and Dr. Don Presnell

Klima and Presnell Appointed Directors in University College
May 31, 2019

Dr. Richard Klima and Dr. Don Presnell will assume new positions as Directors in University College at Appalachian State University beginning July 1, ...

Dr. Martha McCaughey, director of Appalachian’s First Year Seminar program and professor of sociology, second from left, holds the plaque she received as part of her 2019 Harvey R. Durham Freshman Advocate Award. Dr. Harvey Durham, for whom the award is named, far right, his wife, Susan Durham, far left, and Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts, second from right, presented McCaughey with the award after a breakfast held at the Appalachian House in April. Photo by Marie Freeman

Dr. Martha McCaughey wins 2019 Durham Award for her advocacy of first-year students
May 29, 2019

For her contributions to improving the first-year experience on Appalachian State University’s campus, Dr. Martha McCaughey, director of First ...

Photo of the St. Francis’ satyr butterfly. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

For Memorial Day: Poet Joseph Bathanti’s ‘Saint Francis’s Satyr Butterfly’
May 27, 2019

A species of butterfly found only at the Fort Bragg military installation in Fayetteville inspired former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012–14) ...

Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Photo by Marie Freeman

Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand awarded Fulbright to teach abroad in spring 2020
May 17, 2019

Through the Fulbright Scholar Program, Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies in the Department of Langu...

Students in Appalachian’s summer 2018 STARTALK Program learn a Chinese fan dance with Rachel Zhao, a teacher at Eastway Elementary School in Durham, far left in foreground, who participated as an instructor in the program. Photo by Ellen Gwin Burnette

Appalachian awarded funding for second STARTALK Program — an immersion in Chinese language, culture
May 16, 2019

For the second consecutive year, high school students of the High Country will have the opportunity to embark on a virtual journey to Beijing and lear...

During the College of Arts and Sciences’ commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon, graduates and their families and friends, along with Appalachian faculty, staff and leadership, fill the university’s Holmes Convocation Center. Photo by Marie Freeman

Appalachian celebrates its Class of 2019 — nearly 4,000 students — at Spring 2019 Commencement
May 15, 2019

The palpable excitement of Appalachian State University’s Class of 2019 — nearly 4,000 students — was evident throughout Friday and Saturday’s...

Dr. Wendy Xie teaching Chinese to Appalachian State University students. Photo by Marie Freeman

Learn a language, expand your worldview
May 14, 2019

Appalachian’s Dr. Wendy Xie teaches Chinese. She talks about the value and importance of learning another language....

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CAS Outstanding Alumni Award nominations due May 24
May 13, 2019

The College of Arts and Sciences is seeking nominations for the 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award. Each year we hon...