Why Give

Why Give

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) connects Appalachian State University to the tradition of liberal arts, providing instruction and research essential to the university’s mission. CAS is the largest college at Appalachian and provides a foundation for all students through general education courses. Support from alumni and friends is critical to our continued success. 

A Note from Neva

Neva Specht, the Dean of College of Arts and SciencesThe Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Why support?

Recently, students taking a class on the history of the Holocaust traveled over spring break to Germany and Poland to do their own research in historical archives and to meet with individuals that had lived through the Second World War. Your support helps provide our students with opportunities to embark on these once in a life time trips with our outstanding faculty leaders.

When you support the College of Arts and Sciences, you are helping to provide the best educational environment for our students. You contributions will help support scholarships, travel funds, quality educational spaces and technology and much more!

Each day, I see our students, faculty and staff making a difference for those who live in our communities, our nation and our world. With your assistance, we will have the essential resources to create a transformational experience for our students and support the work of our outstanding faculty and staff. I have little doubt that the graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian will continue to have a positive impact in each of their endeavors. I know you will want to say: I supported that work!


Corianne Rogers '12

Corianne Rogers ’12 - Biology, pre-professional graduate - Memphis, TN

As a pre-med major, Corianne Rogers ’12 fell in love with laboratory research. Her goal was to become a doctor, and after an internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Honors College student was well on her way.

She went straight into medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis after graduation and so far has maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Rogers said that her lab research at Appalachian gave her hands-on experience, which prepared her for the work she is doing now. As a high school student, she had her choice of schools but chose Appalachian because she liked the facilities, and because she felt that she would discover many opportunities.

“I was able to travel, work in special places and learn so much,” she said.

Rogers rounded out her coursework with involvement in Delta Sigma Theta and the Black Student Association, and she appreciated what she described as Appalachian’s family atmosphere.

Rogers said that Appalachian’s professors care about educating their students, and she attributes her success as a medical student to her Appalachian education, as well.

 For more student stories visit, give.appstate.edu


Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce1
Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, associate professor of Geology, in the department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, led a research team that analyzed ancient human footprints in Africa.

Her recently published research around the age and formation of the largest assemblage of Homo sapiens footprints discovered to date, in the shadow of the Ol Doinyo L’engai volcano in Tanzania, led to an Oct.10 article in National Geographic which prompted a feature on the front page of The Washington Post, and subsequent coverage by The Huffington PostThe Christian Science MonitorAussie Network News, and the British Broadcasting Company. The list goes on. 

Liutkus-Pierce, an associate professor in the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University, said the attention is “exciting, overwhelming – but in the best way possible. So many of the people who have worked so hard on this project over the past several years are being rewarded for their efforts. And the interest in our research will be helpful as we continue.”

 To read more about her recent research visit University News, http://www.news.appstate.edu/2016/10/21/cynthia-liutkus-pierce/


Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano
Hundreds of crisscrossing tracks offer a glimpse of life in Africa around 19,000 years ago.
At National Geographic, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/ancient-human-footprints-africa-volcano-science/ 


 The Webbs

Dr. Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb
Leaving a legacy that will change lives.

After 57 years of marriage, the Webbs speak in tandem, anecdotes tumbling like so many pebbles, bouncing, blending, coming to rest in a formation rich with experience, relationships and life-long learning. There is little sequence to their stories – his undergraduate life at Duke, their working-class fathers from Hinton, W.Va, the shared years at Appalachian State University, travel in China and Italy, their daughters and grandchildren – but the essence is of a life devoted to education and to one another.

They expressed their ultimate devotion to Appalachian in 1998 through a bequest pledge for The Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb Endowed Scholarship for Geology Summer Field Course. A preference emphasizes courses taught outside of North or South America. The Webbs’ hope is students will travel abroad, experience and embrace other cultures in the way they and their children have.

Barbara Webb explained the catalyst for their gift: “I was the liaison for our department during the first campaign for Appalachian in the 1990s. I heard (then Associate Vice Chancellor of Gift Planning) Wayne Clawson speak and was so taken by his passion, his belief Appalachian could open a new world for students, I went home and told Fred, ‘We should give a percentage. We can set up a fund. No matter how small, we can be part of this.’”

For more Stewardship Stories, visit the 1899 Legacy Society member spotlight.

The SAFE Fund

“The SAFE grant money helped me represent myself as a poet at the national scale. I was able to make connections with poets from all across the country, and receive valuable experience from performing in front of a national audience. It helps me show employers, or graduate schools that I am capable of speaking and performing to a national audience. It also shows that I have the determination to reach a competition of that caliber.”
– Brandon Schwartz: Undergraduate Physics Student

 “The SAFE grant allowed me to travel to a national poetry conference to grow as a poet and be exposed to some of the most influential figures in the national community. The SAFE grant gave me confidence in budgeting and travel spending to be a more effective trip planner. I met with several different members of faculty, both in administration and in the English department, through which we were sponsored. We developed closer working relationships and I feel now more than ever that members of faculty truly want to help students achieve our goals.”
– Sarah “Kip” McMillan: Undergraduate Spanish and Nursing Student

“(Using the SAFE grant), I was able to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology and present on a panel of scholars working on crime and security issues in Latin America. The conference was in Ithaca New York and I was able to meet with the editor of Cornell University press, about a future book contract. It was a highly productive trip and I was able to meet new colleagues with whom I will be putting together future panels at later conferences, all of which will lead to the publication of our mutual work on different regions in Latin America.” – Jon Carter (Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology)

“The SAFE grant I received last year help fund my trip to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco last December, where approximately 23,000 scientist from all over the world attend to share the latest research in the earth sciences. I presented my undergraduate thesis research, to receive constructive criticisms and advice to help future research at Appalachian State. One of the primary goals of attending the AGU conference was to meet potential graduate school advisers, and to impress them with my research. I was successful with this endeavor, and was accepted to Indiana University at Bloomington with my tuition waived and a stipend. I will be researching and completing my Master's thesis in geophysics and seismology.”
– Adam Esker: Undergraduate Geology (Quantitative Geoscience) Student

“(The SAFE grant) helped me attend a national conference where I could promote my lab's research, make professional connections, and gain knowledge regarding new findings in the field of psychology that informed my own research as a graduate student.”
– Heather Batchelder: Graduate Psychology (Clinical Psychology) Student


Alice Wright and students

Alice P. Wright, Appalachian State assistant professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology 

Recognized by archaeology association, leads collaborative, interdisciplinary research team

Being named one of two of the most promising young scholars in your field is very humbling,” Alice P. Wright, assistant professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, said. “Now I have to prove them right.”

Wright, who is 30 years old, was presented the C.B. Moore Award for “Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology or associated studies by a younger scholar” at the October 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

With colleagues from Bryn Mawr College and Sewanee: The University of the South, she is developing the Pinson Environment and Archaeology Regional Landscapes (PEARL) Project. PEARL Project is a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort tackling the Middle Woodland (ca. AD 1-500) archaeological record of west Tennessee. She also leads an archaeological field school affiliated with the PEARL Project.

Wright said her PEARL colleagues are her greatest inspiration “We have a motto – ‘Teamwork makes the dream work.’” The project includes participants from outside the academy, including the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park and the local community.

To read more about her research and this story visit University News, http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/01/04/alice-wright/