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This 1758 map, authored by English cartographers Emanuel Bowen and John Gibson, shows the “Apalachaen Mountains” region of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and part of Virginia. According to App State’s Dr. Sandra Ballard, professor in the Department of English and the Center for Appalachian Studies, 16th century mapmakers splayed the word ‘Apalche’ (and other spellings) — indicating the homeplace of Native Americans called Apalachee — across large inland areas of the U.S., leading others to take it

'Appalachian' — how do you say it?
Nov 1, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — At Appalachian State University, Mountaineers have a preference in the pronunciation of Appalachian: “appa-latch-un.”...

Dr. Paul Worley, professor in and chair of App State’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, right in foreground, and Andrea Elaver, assistant director of university events, unveil the rededicated portrait of Lillie Shull Dougherty — one of App State’s three founders — during the 2023 Founders Day ceremony at Founders Plaza. Photo by Troy Tuttle

App State celebrates 124 years of history with Founders Day festivities
Sep 28, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University celebrated its sixth annual Founders Day on Sept. 7 to commemorate the first day of classes held in 1899 ...

A student from Cove Creek Elementary School’s Eco-Raiders after-school club steps onto App State’s Geobago. Photo submitted

From App State to Asheboro, Geobago brings hands-on education to K–12 students across North Carolina
Sep 26, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — This fall, Appalachian State University has once again rolled out its Geobago recreational vehicle to bring hands-on science...

For the 2023–24 school year, App State has been named among the ‘best’ and ‘top’ schools in the nation — and the Southeast — by several national publications, including U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes magazine. Pictured are App State students in a Boone campus classroom. Photo by Kyla Willoughby

App State places among national publications’ ‘best’ and ‘top’ lists for academics, value, innovation and more
Sep 22, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s status as both a leader and an innovator in higher education has been highlighted in recent college r...

An App State student reads in the gazebo in Durham Park, located at App State’s Boone campus. Photo by Chase Reynolds

5 award-winning authors to visit App State for fall 2023 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series
Sep 14, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — Five acclaimed authors will visit Appalachian State University’s Boone campus this fall as part of the university’s 2023–24 ...

App State Chancellor Sheri Everts, center, cuts the ribbon on the new App State Hickory campus on Aug. 21. Pictured with Everts, from left to right, are App State Student Body President Juan Pablo “J.P.” Neri, UNC System Board of Governors member Philip Byers, App State Trustee Jeff Chesson, App State Board of Trustees Chair Kim Shepherd, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation President Scott Millar, App State Board of Trustees Secretary Tommy Sofield, Hickory Assistant City Manager Rick Beasley, A

App State opens Hickory campus, expanding educational access in Western North Carolina
Aug 22, 2023

HICKORY, N.C. — Appalachian State University marked a significant milestone in its 124-year history by opening the new Hickory campus on Aug. 21 —...

Dr. Andrew Bellemer, associate professor of molecular neuroscience and assistant chair of faculty administration in the Department of Biology. Photo by Chase Reynolds.

Tiny brains, big data: App State-led project aims to prepare the neuroscientists of tomorrow
Aug 14, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — The brain of a common fruit fly may seem insignificant — a speck no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence — yet its a...

Dr. Martie Thompson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Distinguished Endowed Professor of Public Health in App State's Department of Public Health and Exercise Science; Dr. Manan Roy, associate professor in App State's Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management; and Dr. Maggie Sugg, associate professor in App State's Department of Geography and Planning, received a four-year grant totaling $549,290 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

App State faculty members receive $549,290 NIH grant
Aug 9, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded three faculty members from Appalachian State University's Beaver College of Health...

Dr. Baker Perry, National Geographic Explorer and professor in App State’s Department of Geography and Planning, left, and Dr. Brian Raichle, professor in App State’s Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, are pictured in front of the Mount Everest Base Camp weather station. Photo by Baker Perry/National Geographic

On Everest, App State faculty fine-tune tools for sky-high scholarship
Jul 27, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Baker Perry, National Geographic Explorer and professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Plann...

App State Chancellor Sheri Everts, second from right, with the recipients of the 2023 App State Alumni Awards: Brian “Scotty” McCullough ’89 ’98, far left; Stacy Roberson Reedy ’06 ’07, second from left; and C. Philip Byers ’85, far right. App State’s Alumni Association presented the recipients with their awards during the Alumni Awards Gala, held July 15 in the Grandview Ballroom on the Boone campus as part of Alumni Weekend. Photo by Chase Reynolds

App State Alumni Awards honor 3 Mountaineers for outstanding accomplishments
Jul 20, 2023

BOONE, N.C. — Three Appalachian State University graduates were honored by the university’s Alumni Association at the 2023 Alumni A...