Coordinator of Veteran Services Eric Gormly to speak at Appalachian’s Memorial Day ceremony May 29

Monday, May 29, 2017 - 9:00am

Veterans Memorial adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus.

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University will mark Memorial Day with a ceremony featuring remarks by Eric Gormly, the coordinator of student veteran services at Appalachian.


The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Veterans Memorial, adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Dougherty building. There will be free parking available anywhere on campus. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dougherty building.

Gormly, who began working at Appalachian in 2016, will speak on the importance and meaning of Memorial Day. Gormly has run Appalachian’s Major General Edward M. Reeder Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center since its opening this past November. He serves as the single point-of-contact for student veterans and oversees programs and policies that will meet the unique needs of student veterans. Additionally, he works to foster the growth and success of student veterans by developing activities that facilitate the transition from the military to the campus and Boone community.

Gormly served in the U.S. Marines Corps for six years, enlisting after high school in 2004, when he was 19 years old. His service included two tours in Iraq. In September of 2006, he deployed to Fallujah with the 1st Battalion, 24th Regiment, and in 2009 he went to the Iraq-Syria border with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Regiment. After his military service, Gormly attended the University of Kansas, where in 2015 he earned a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology.

During the ceremony, cadets in Appalachian’s ROTC program will participate by presenting colors, raising the flag and lowering it to half-staff. Dr. Darrell P. Kruger, provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian, will make welcoming and closing remarks. Brent Bingham will serve as the ceremony’s bugler.

Bingham, a trumpeter who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, now serves as the building manager of the school’s Broyhill Music Center.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Holmes Convocation Center

CareerFest is Appalachian State University's largest and most comprehensive career event. Serving students and alumni of all majors and skills, the event is host to many companies, non-profits, healthcare and government agencies that are ready to network with students and introduce them to valuable internship and job opportunities.

Dr. Edward Westermann: Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am

421 Belk Library

Center Research Colloquium

 Professor Edward Westermann

Book Discussion of Edward Westermann's Hitler's Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to discuss Dr. Edward Westermann’s recent book, Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (University of Oklahoma, 2016) on February 3, 9-11AM, 421 Belk Library. Please RSVP by email to or phone to 828.262.2311. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Dr. Westermann’s visit is sponsored by the Humanities Council and the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.

In Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars, Westermann critically examines the parallels Hitler drew between the Nazi quest for Lebensraum in Eastern Europe and the westward expansion of the United States known as Manifest Destiny. Westermann shows how both projects linked national identity with racial stereotypes in order to justify a politics of exclusion and violence. He also identifies crucial differences between these projects of national expansion.

Westermann’s book has been described as “comparative history at its best.” One reviewer writes: “This thoughtful, provocative book compares the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe with the United States’ conquest of the American West. Its insights and conclusions are sure to stimulate new debates among a broad array of scholars.” Robert Wooster, author of The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900

Edward Westermann is Professor of History at the University of Texas—San Antonio. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Free University of Berlin, a German Academic Exchange Service fellow on three occasions, as well as a fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Westermann also the author of Hitler’s Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (2006), and numerous articles and chapters. He is a retired US Air Force Colonel with 25 years of service.


Appalachian State WinterFest Snowflake Parade

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

159 Chestnut Street, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

  • What better way to celebrate winter and kick off WinterFest than with a Snowflake Parade shortly after dusk. And a SECOND consecutive Camellia Bowl win


Holocaust Denial and Its Dramatization: Screening of Denial and Panel Discussion

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

I.G. Greer Auditorium

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society is partnering with ASU's Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies in screening M. Jackson's Denial (2016) on the ASU campus. The first screening on Thursday, Jan. 26, will be followed by a panel of Holocaust and Jewish Studies scholars that discuss the film. Panelists include Assistant Professor Chris Patti, a Communications scholar who has worked on Holocaust survivor storytelling, Professor Rosemary Horowitz, a specialist in Holocaust literature, and Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, a Holocaust scholar and the Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.

The first screening will begin on
Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 pm
in I.G. Greer Auditorium located at 401 Academy Street on the ASU campus. 
The panel will start at 8:45 pm.

The screenings are open to the public. Ticket prices are $2 at the door (cash only). There are more screenings of the film at the same location (without a panel discussion) on Jan. 27 and 28 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm. See also

Teaching Justice, Teaching Love

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:30pm

Reich College of Education Lobby 151 College Street in Boone, N.C.

In light of the recent rise in racism and anti-Semitism in NC and the U.S., also and especially in secondary schools and college campuses, the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will join the Reich

College of Education in its Teaching Justice, Teaching Love event that is based on the belief that educators have an incredibly important role to play in shaping human relationships towards more equitable and just ones.

On Thursday, January 26, 2017 the Reich College of Education will be hosting "Teaching Justice, Teaching Love," in the lobby of the College of Education. This event aims to emphasize how educators can confront injustice and inequity with creativity, knowledge, and experience. Groups from the RCOE and across campus will provide resources, demonstrations, and special performances throughout the day (11-4:30). The College of Education is located on the ASU campus at 151 College Street in Boone, N.C. Parking is available in the parking deck across the street from the College of Education building.
•Come learn what it looks like to teach for peace and tackle anti-Semitism from the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies.
•Record your own story about education and social justice in the RCOE Listening Booth
•Participate in roundtable dialogues on supporting LGBTQIA students, teaching for earth and climate justice, and creating community in early childhood classrooms
•Explore how to use children's literature for social justice with the Instructional Materials Center
•Food, prizes, and more!

We hope everyone from the campus and off-campus communities will participate, and encourage faculty to bring your students!

Internship Fair

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Grandfather Mt. Ballroom, PSU

  • Students seeking internships are strongly encouraged to attend. All students are welcome!

MLK Challenge to be held Jan. 21 at Appalachian State University

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 8:00am


By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Approximately 200 students will participate in the annual MLK Challenge at Appalachian State University on Saturday, Jan. 21.

This event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a day devoted to service to the greater Boone community. It is sponsored by the ACT Office. ACT stands for Appalachian & the Community Together.

Students will gather at Legends at 8 a.m. They will be split into teams and assigned a faculty or staff “site leader” before being given a service challenge to be completed by day’s end. These challenges involve everything from maintenance and cleaning to new construction. They provide students an opportunity to serve alongside people in the community and to make a meaningful difference to organizations in the area. The event concludes at 6 p.m.

During the 2016 MLK Challenge, students served 20 agencies. They also raised over $1,000 in a bonus challenge for the Dr. Willie C. Fleming Scholarship, a need-based scholarship supporting qualifying freshmen who demonstrate a desire to promote cultural diversity.

Students may sign up to participate by going to AppSync. Registration closes Jan. 18.

Appalachian State University, Boone Mall to mark Veterans Day with ceremonies

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 9:00am

By University Communications

BOONE—Appalachian State University will mark Veterans Day this year with two ceremonies on campus, and another Veterans Day ceremony will take place at the Boone Mall. Each event is free and open to the public. Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

 The first of two Appalachian ceremonies will take place 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial, which is adjacent to the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on campus. Chancellor Sheri N. Everts will deliver remarks, as will Dr. Doug May.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Dougherty building. There will be free parking in the Rivers Street Parking Deck. In case of adverse weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby of the Dougherty building.

May, a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business from 1982 until 2012, when he retired. He also served as the director of academic computing at Appalachian. He is a board member of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and a member of Appalachian’s Military Affairs Committee.

The second Appalachian ceremony, at 3 p.m., will serve as the grand opening of the university’s Student Veteran Resource Center, which will be on the second floor of the Plemmons Student Union. The grand opening will include a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception in Room 226 (Linville Falls) in the Plemmons Student Union. Free parking will be available in the College Street Parking Deck beside Belk Library and Information Commons.

Student Veteran Services Coordinator Eric Gormly, a six-year veteran of the U.S Marine Corps, will run the center. He has said it will provide assistance with everything from filling out forms to using benefits.

The Boone Mall ceremony, which is sponsored by the High Country Chapter of MOAA, will start at 11 a.m.

College of Fine and Applied Arts celebrates innovation, community engagement at Nov. 4 First Friday

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 5:30pm

 By Meghan McCandless

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts will host a celebration of innovation in its new space at 182 Howard St. during the Nov. 4 First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Boone. The free event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and showcases plans for the space, which is undergoing a renovation managed by students enrolled in the Integrative Design Experience (IDEX) Lab.The lab is a course designed to marry the best practices from the engineering and architecture professions with an immersive educational experience. The 2016 solar vehicle, Apperion, will also be on display.

View larger imageAppalachian’s College of Fine and Applied Arts has leased space at 182 Howard St. in downtown Boone. Photo by Meghan McCandless

The college recently leased the Howard Street property across from The Local, a Boone eatery, to provide a flexible work and gallery space designed to promote collaboration across departments and the university and engage the community through faculty and student exhibitions, performances and showcases. The building will also be used as classroom and study space.

“We are absolutely thrilled to invite the community to see our newest building,” shared Phyllis Kloda, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “Our students and faculty are a constant source of inspiration in the ways they collaborate across departments on unique and cutting-edge projects. I’d like the public to experience the creativity and enthusiasm we see every day in the college.”

As the student-led renovation progresses throughout the fall and winter, the building will be open to the public during First Friday events and other select dates.