Support the App State College of Arts and Sciences during iBackAPP 2024

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's 2024 iBackAPP giving celebration will be held for 24 hours on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. The App State College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is one of 18 priorities during this year's iBackAPP event.

As a model twenty-first century, nationally-recognized core college, CAS combines the best characteristics of liberal arts and research institutions in both its teaching and scholarship. CAS is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college spanning the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College is dedicated to providing instruction and research essential to the University's mission and seeks to cultivate the habits of inquiry, learning and service among all its constituents.

To get involved with iBackApp, give, wear and share! Make a gift of any amount, wear App State gear, and, most importantly, share your black and gold pride on social media and with friends and family using the hashtag #iBackAPP. Visit the toolkit at to get into the spirit.

This year, CAS' priority is the Student And Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund. Initially endowed by a generous gift from Hughlene and Bill Frank, the SAFE Fund provides resources to transform the undergraduate and graduate experience and support faculty teaching, research, and engagement. Supporters can give to the SAFE Fund by navigating to Giving before March 6? Click the "Make Your Gift Early" button to launch the form. Under "Designation," type "The Student and Faculty Excellence Annual Fund."

All contributions to CAS bring the college closer to winning four challenges made possible by generous donors:

  • Double your impact for Watauga Residential College (WRC) by giving on iBackApp day! When the WRC receives 20 gifts, Ron Russell '88 will contribute an additional $10,000 to the WRC.

  • When 15 Computer Science alumni give to the Computer Science Alumni Scholarship, Tommy Guy '07 will contribute an additional $10,000 to the Scholarship.

  • When 10 Biology alumni support the Dr. F. Ray Derrick Endowed Biology Scholarship, Janet Hohn '63 will contribute an additional $5,000 to the Scholarship.

  • When the SAFE Fund receives 20 donations, Forrest Gilliam '08 will contribute an additional $2,500 to the Fund.

Why do you back CAS? Let us know by following us on Facebook, Instagram and X and using the hashtags #iBackAPP and #AppStateCAS. We will be sharing iBackAPP content throughout the day on March 6.

For more information about iBackAPP, visit


About iBackAPP
Appalachian State University’s annual fundraising campaign, iBackAPP, began in 2014 and celebrates the people, programs and transformational experiences that make App State a truly incredible place. Alumni and friends are encouraged to give a gift of any size, wear their black and gold, and share the word about their App State pride with the hashtag #iBackAPP. The 2015 campaign won a Grand Award from the Council for the Support of Education (CASE) in its Alumni Relations Fundraising Project, Event or Program category.

About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Appalachian State University is home to 17 academic departments, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. CAS aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. More than 6,400 student majors are enrolled in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing App State’s general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at

By Lauren Gibbs
March 4, 2024

iBackAPP 2024 will be held on Wednesday, March 6.
Published: Mar 4, 2024 8:30am