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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.”

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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 at Watauga Academy — the predecessor of App State — and honor App State’s founders, B.B. Dougherty, D.D.

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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 activities to K–12 students in Western North Carolina and beyond.

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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 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

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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.

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