1000 x 90

Visual Arts On Display at An Appalachian Summer Festival Summer ’24

June 14, 2024 During An Appalachian Summer Festival, visit the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) as it hosts a variety of contemporary art exhibitions and programs that complement the performing arts being celebrated this July. Join us for the Summer Exhibition Celebration on July 5 from 5 – 9 pm, a trademark festival event honoring the visual arts. TCVA will unveil three new exhibitions, offering guests a chance to engage with the artists and delve into the excitement of the featured exhibitions. The Belle Peppers will be performing live on the plaza; refreshments and a cash bar are available. Admission is free and open to all, thanks to our community arts supporters.

Read more

UNC Governors Defund DEI Bureaucracies in NC State Universities, Part I

June 5, 2024. On Thursday May 23 2024, the UNC Board of Governors “defunded” the DEI bureaucracies in all 16 UNC public universities, including Appalachian State University (“App”). They also prohibited many of the actions and politicized activities the DEI bureaucracies have been promoting in the UNC Public Universities. This Part I Column will report on and explain the Board of Governor’s decisions and new policies, and Part II of this column will focus on recent related perspectives and likely effects on App. By Mark A. Murphy PhD, JD

Read more

App State’s New Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Program Begins This Fall

June 4, 2024 This fall, Appalachian State University will begin offering a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity — the only such program offered by a University of North Carolina System institution in Western North Carolina. The program, which will be available at the Boone and Hickory campuses, is also the first in the UNC System to be housed in a college of business. The Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity program, to be offered through the Walker College of Business’ Department of Computer Information Systems, received approval from the UNC System Board of Governors this month.

Read more

App State’s High Country Humanities Announces Summer Events; “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures”

May 31, 2024 Appalachian State University’s High Country Humanities will continue its “Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures” series this summer, with three events that are free and open to the public. Guests will learn about the stories, histories and traditions of rural communities from the state and around the world. High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country region of North Carolina. The program supports faculty in their scholarly activities, promotes their collaborations with community partners and organizes events that help their expertise reach the wider public.

Read more

Passive Building Expert Katrin Klingenberg to Speak at Appalachian Energy Summit June 3

May 27, 2024 Katrin Klingenberg, co-founder and executive director of Phius (Passive House Institute U.S.), will give the keynote address at the 2024 Appalachian Energy Summit on Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandview Ballroom of Kidd Brewer Stadium’s north end zone facility. The 12th annual Appalachian Energy Summit is hosted by Appalachian State University’s Office of Sustainability. The keynote address is free and open to the public, with limited seating available.Klingenberg has driven the adoption and development of passive building and zero energy standards for the past 20 years.

Read more

A Symphony of Sounds: Tuba and Trombone, Violin and Cello, Piano and … Banjo! App Summer Tickets on Sale Now for Broyhill Concert Series

May 22, 2024. Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. The festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.

Read more

Kaaren Hayes to Retire from App State After 36 Years with Parent to Parent of the High Country

May 22, 2024. Kaaren Hayes is set to retire from Appalachian State University on June 1 after 36 years of service with the Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country. Recognizing that when families need help, one of the greatest resources can be another family, Parent to Parent provides support, education and connections to families who: have children with diverse physical, emotional, intellectual or health needs; have a child born prematurely; or are grieving the loss of a child. The Parent to Parent advisory board and staff will honor Hayes with a retirement celebration at the Levine Hall of Health Sciences atrium at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 31. The public is invited to attend.

Read more

App State’s Spring Commencement Ceremonies are May 10–11 in the Holmes Convocation Center

May 6, 2024 Appalachian State University will recognize spring 2024 graduates during commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day in the George M. Holmes Convocation Center on App State’s Boone campus. During the events, graduates will walk across the stage in Holmes Convocation Center and be professionally photographed receiving their diploma covers. App State Interim Chancellor Heather Norris will confer degrees upon graduates at each ceremony, which will include graduates from each of App State’s academic colleges and the Hayes School of Music. Graduate students will attend the college ceremony represented by their major field of study.

Read more

Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Recognized the Late Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock with its Respect Your Elder Award at the 4 Under 40 Awards Event

April 26, 2024 As part of this week’s 8th annual 4 Under 40 Awards, the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce recognized the late Dr. Kenneth E. Peacock with its Respect Your Elder Award. This is one of five awards that were presented during the ceremony. Dr. Peacock moved to Boone in 1983, beginning a 31-year career at Appalachian State University. Working his way from Associate Professor to Dean of the Walker College of Business, Dr Peacock was installed as the University’s seventh Chancellor in 2004, serving until his retirement in 2014. During his distinguished career at Appalachian, he championed “students first, quality in all” as a focus of engagement and commitment to the overall student experience and to further cement the educational, economic, and civic impact of the University.

Read more

App State to Host First Aging Well Conference for Caregivers and Older Adults May 16 and 17

April 26, 2024 Healthy aging — and finding ways to age well — is the focus of the first Appalachian State University Aging Well Conference, to be held May 16 and 17 at the Levine Hall of Health Sciences in Boone. The event is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. The first day of the conference is designed for caregivers and older adults and will provide educational topics, helpful local and regional resources and interactive demonstrations, including tai chi. Early registration, which includes lunch, is $25 for the day. Starting May 2, the registration fee will be $50. To register, visit www.nwahec.org/72407. “The first day of our Aging Well Conference will offer an incredible opportunity for our community to learn more about healthy aging, and to connect with resources that may be helpful in that journey,” said Dr. Gavin Colquitt, executive director of the Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness.

Read more

App Builds a Home Recognized as the Student Organization of the Year for 2023 – 2024

April 23, 2024 For the last five years, App Builds a Home has partnered with Watauga Habitat for Humanity to aid our mission of building homes, community and hope. Recently, this student-led initiative has gained some well deserved recognition. Last week, App Builds a Home was recognized as the Student Organization of the Year for 2023 – 2024, an award presented by Club Council and Campus Activities. This award, a part of The Black and Gold Leadership Awards, recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Appalachian State clubs and organizations.

Read more

Dr. Heather Norris Has Been Named as Interim Chancellor for Appalachian State University


April 20, 2024 University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans announced an interim chancellor for Appalachian State University. Heather Hulburt Norris, provost and executive vice chancellor at App State, will succeed Sheri Everts, who stepped down as chancellor after 10 years. The appointment became effective April 19. “Dr. Norris is an experienced and talented leader who is well regarded in the App State community,” Hans said. “She has served in various roles at the university, from faculty member to dean to provost, and she has excelled at all of them because of her collaborative style and her commitment to public service. I’m grateful to her for taking on the position of interim chancellor.”

Read more

Tickets for An Appalachian Summer Festival’s 40th Anniversary Season on Sale Now! 

April 17, 2024 Tickets are on sale now for Appalachian State University’s annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival, celebrating 40 years June 29-July 27 with an exciting mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and film programming. Performances will take place at numerous venues on the campus of App State. From alt-rock, bluegrass and blues, to soul, Broadway, classical and more, the festival has something for everyone. Purchase tickets online at AppSummer.org, by calling 828-262-4046, or in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office, 733 Rivers St.

Read more

App State, Blue Cross NC Partner to Expand Outreach Programs for Aging Adults

April 17, 2024 Appalachian State University has received $320,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) to expand the Aging Well program, an initiative by Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness (App Well) housed in App State’s Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS) that aims to equip older adults to successfully navigate the aging process. The Blue Cross NC funding creates resources to grow the existing program in the High Country and extend the program’s reach to the Greater Hickory area, with services mirroring those available in Boone.

Read more

App State Chancellor Sheri Everts Steps Down After a Decade of Leadership Effective April 19

April 15, 2024 After 10 years as Chancellor of Appalachian State University, Dr. Sheri Everts announced she is stepping down, effective April 19. In a message to students, faculty and staff on April 15, Everts said, “Over the last few months, I have been experiencing significant health challenges, and I must now focus on my personal health and wellbeing.” “The last decade has been a time of growth and momentum for Appalachian State,” said University of North Carolina System President Peter Hans. Hans said he would announce an interim chancellor for the university by April 19.

Read more

Statement from App State Concerning a Stabbing that Took Place on Campus Thurdsay; An App State Student Has Been Arrested

April 11, 2024 On Thursday, April 11, at 12:07 p.m., App State Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the area of Peacock Hall. One individual was injured, and after being treated on the scene, was transported to Watauga Medical Center and is receiving treatment. A suspect vehicle was seen leaving campus and two suspects were taken into custody at approximately 12:30 p.m. There is no ongoing threat to campus

Read more

“Carrie: The Musical” Takes to the Valborg Stage April 24 – 28: Join us for a Night of Drama, Killer Vocals, and a Bloody Good Time

April 10, 2024 The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance proudly presents “Carrie: The Musical,” based on the Stephen King novel and Brian De Palma directed film of the same name, with music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Lawrence D. Cohen. The cast is comprised of 20 Appalachian students spanning across all grade levels. In addition to the cast, there are several undergraduates working on the technical and design teams under the mentorship of Theatre and Dance faculty and staff members.

Read more

App State Welcomes Alaura Sharp as Women’s Ninth Basketball Head Coach

April 8, 2024 Alaura Sharp, who led Presbyterian College to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and win last month, has been named the ninth head coach in App State women’s basketball history, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday. “We are thrilled to welcome Alaura to the App State family,” Gillin said. “She is a proven leader who has recruited and developed student-athletes at a high level. Her vision for the program aligns with our core values of academic integrity, competitive excellence, social responsibility and a world-class experience. We are excited about the future of App State Women’s Basketball.”

Read more

Dr. Joshua Vova to Give Talk at App State on Family-Centered Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine on April 19

April 8, 2024 Renowned pediatric rehabilitation specialist Dr. Joshua Vova is set to deliver a free talk on “Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: A Focus on Family-Centered Care,” on Friday, April 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room 103 of Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences, located at 1179 State Farm Road in Boone. Vova is a prominent figure in the realm of pediatric medicine and currently serves as the division chief of physiatry at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His credentials include board certifications in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation medicine and brain injury medicine.

Read more

Grammy-Winning Jazz-Fusion Collective Snarky Puppy Bringing the Joy and the Jam to Boone

April 5, 2024 The Schaefer Center Presents series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, welcomes five-time Grammy-winning American jazz-fusion collective Snarky Puppy on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. The band — who heraldsas many as 20 members in regular rotation— combines a variety of jazz idioms, rock, world music, R&B, soul and funk. American trombonist-vocalist Natalie Cressman and Brazilian composer-guitarist Ian Faquini will open the concert. Cressman and Faquini, who have recorded three albums together, were finalists for Duo of the Year in 2023’s Jazz Journalists Critics Poll. 

Read more

Mountaineers Extend Basketball Coach Kerns Contract Through 2029-30 Season

April 5, 2024 On the heels of a record-breaking season, App State head men’s basketball Dustin Kerns has signed a contract extension that runs through the 2029-30 season, Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Friday. The extension was approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees. “Dustin and his staff have turned App State Men’s Basketball into a perennial contender for conference titles and postseason berths, and we are excited to see the program’s continued upward trajectory under his leadership,” Gillin said. “With 27 wins, the first regular-season Sun Belt title, historic home crowds and national television appearances, Dustin’s team showed App State can compete among the best in college basketball, and we look forward to continued success for the program and our student-athletes both on and off the court.”

Read more

Opinion: Bye, Sheri

April 4, 2024 It is undeniable that without Appalachian State University, Boone would not be Boone as we know it. The benefits of having a university in town are numerous and should be celebrated. I am grateful for the opportunities to see world-class artists at the Shaefer Center, nationally ranked sports teams on the field and court, and for access to public lectures and presentations from renowned experts in science, philosophy, business and other disciplines. App State’s positive economic impact is so big that it is difficult to calculate. High Country Press would probably not exist were it not for App State. By Sam Garrett

Read more

App State Alumni Speak: Sterilizing the Freedom of Expression Tunnels Would Limit Free Speech; Adding the Phrase ‘Roll ‘Neers’ Would Add Insult to Injury 

April 4, 2024 Appalachian State University has begun the process to change the freedom of expression tunnels into updated, well-lit, freshly painted tunnels with a more consistent security presence and surveillance cameras. Some members of the student population are upset that the decision was made with no new accommodations for current students to express free speech on tunnel walls as alumni have for decades. According to Jack Yordy, class of 2024 and president of the Appalachian State College Democrats, “App State is waging war against freedom of expression.” The university’s decision to update the tunnels was a part of a 2017 master plan to be completed by 2025. During multiple meetings and discussions over the last seven years, decisionmakers did not include an alternate location for students to exercise their freedom of expression when the tunnel project is complete. By Sam Garrett

Read more