Master Plan 2025 event to be held October 20-21

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:15pm

 By: Megan Hayes

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s master plan committee invites the campus and community to participate in Master Plan 2025 Design Charrettes, an event to be held in Room 137 (Calloway/McRae Peak) of Plemmons Student Union Oct. 20-21.

The public is encouraged to attend and contribute ideas regarding the future of Appalachian’s campus.

The design charrettes will be short, intensive planning sessions for the community and campus to collaborate on a vision for future campus development. The format provides a forum for ideas, offers opportunities to provide immediate feedback and allows for wide participation in the authorship of a plan.

The Master Plan 2025 Design Charrettes schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 2011:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: New schemes presentation by Duda Paine Architects, LLP
This presentation will provide two to three proposed solutions for areas listed below based on the campus framework.

1:30-4 p.m.: Open door charrette
This is an opportunity to comment on the schemes proposed during the new schemes presentation. The room will be arranged in five stations based on the groups listed below. Every 30 minutes, the design charrette for each station will restart, allowing participants to move among stations and participate in each aspect of the framework plan.
Station 1: Main Campus Gateway
Station 2: Arts and Entertainment Promenade/Peacock Lot
Station 3: River Walk and Rivers Street
Station 4: Stadium Lot
Station 5: Broyhill Innovation Campus/Legends Site
Friday, Oct. 219-11 a.m.: Design charrette findings and commentary presentation by Duda Paine Architects, LLP
The final presentation will provide an overview of the comments and additional design strategies identified during the open door charrette. Following the presentation, the public is invited to ask questions and provide additional input to the design team.

For more information regarding the master plan committee, the planning process, and to see a more comprehensive design charrettes schedule, visit the master plan website:

Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:15pm

Paul Thompson,  Founder and Chairman of Transportation Insight, will serve as the 58th Boyles lecturer on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  The event, which is open to the public with no fee to attend, will be held in the Holmes Convocation Center.

App State Homecoming

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:15pm

App State Homecoming

Welcome to the Appalachian State Homecoming website.  Homecoming 2016 will be filled with a week full of festivities to celebrate our beloved Mountaineers.  Homecoming Week will take place from October 17-22, 2016.  The Homecoming Committee is pleased to announce that this year's Homecoming theme is GAME ON! and will involve creative ideas around board games, video games, and arcade games. Check out the events schedule and join us for fun, entertainment, and celebration!

Dr. Rodney Reynerson to perform piano recital Oct. 6 at Rosen Concert Hall

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 8:00pm

By Kesha Williams

BOONE—Dr. Rodney Reynerson, professor in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music (HSOM), will perform a piano recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on the university’s campus.


Selections will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sonata in D Major, K. 311,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 26,” Frédéric Chopin’s “Fantasy in F Minor. Op. 49,” and Franz Liszt’s “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca.”

The event is free of charge and open to the public, and will be streamed live at

The HSOM presents more than 180 concerts and events each year. For more information on upcoming HSOM events, visit

Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series continues Oct. 6 with Bruce Weigl, distinguished professor of creative writing

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

By Kesha Williams

 BOONE—The fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University continues with Bruce Weigl Tuesday, Oct. 6.

 Bruce Weigl, poet, essayist and the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. Submitted photo

Weigl, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian, will hold a craft talk, “Finding Poetry at the Juncture of Memory and Imagination,” 2 – 3:15 p.m. in Room 201B (Table Rock) of the Plemmons Student Union.

A reception for Weigl will be held 6 – 7:15 p.m., in Room 201A (Price Lake) of the Plemmons Student Union. Weigl’s poetry reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 201B (Table Rock) of the Plemmons Student Union.

Weigl is the author, editor, translator or co-translator of over 20 books of poetry, criticism and memoir, including “The Abundance of Nothing” (2012), which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, “The Unraveling Strangeness” (2002), “Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems” (1999), “After the Others,” (1999) and “Song of Napalm” (1988). He has also written several collections of critical essays. Currently he is the distinguished professor in arts and humanities and directs the Creative Writing Institute at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio.

Novelist Russell Banks said of Weigl’s “Song of Napalm,” that it “is more than a collection of beautifully wrought, heart-wrenching and often very funny poems. It’s a narrative, the story of an American innocent’s descent into hell and his excruciating return to life on the surface. Weigl may have written the best novel so far about the Vietnam War, and along the way a dozen truly memorable poems.”

Joseph Bathanti, former poet laureate of North Carolina and professor of creative writing in Appalachian’s Department of English, said Weigl’s Oct. 6 appearance marks his second visit to the campus. Weigl was a guest writer for this series in 2014, where Bathanti said he left a lasting impression on the veterans and their families who attended his workshops. Bathanti notes the very experiences from war that haunt and scar some veterans become the written stories and poems that liberate them.

“His writing and his teaching exemplify the mystical power of stories, wrought into one’s own inimitable language, to transform lives,” Bathanti said. “Bruce Weigl is the most prominent, the most searing, soldier who came home from (the Vietnam War) and starting writing poems. As Weigl states in his best-selling prose memoir, ‘The Circle of Hanh,’ ‘The paradox of my life as a writer is that the war ruined my life and in return gave me my voice.’”

Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series events are free of charge and open to the public.

After 5 p.m., parking in the Library Parking Deck on College Street is free of charge. For further parking information or a map, please see

Upcoming events in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series include craft talks and readings by Carol Tyler, a graphic novelist, on Nov. 3.; and Robert Olen Butler, a Pulitzer Prize winning fiction writer, on Nov. 10.

About the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

 The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is named in honor of Hughlene Bostian Frank ’68, a 2013 Appalachian Alumni Association Outstanding Service award recipient, past member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees, current board member of the Appalachian State University Foundation, and generous supporter of Appalachian State University. Honoring the late newspaperwoman and writer Rachel Rivers-Coffey, the Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing annually sponsors the residency of a writer of national prominence at Appalachian State University. This position rotates among various distinguished authors of all creative genres; distinguished professors teach a creative writing seminar, conduct community outreach and other off campus activities, and are featured annually in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

The Fall 2016 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Appalachian State University Foundation, Inc., Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Office of Multicultural Student Development, University Bookstore, the Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Appalachian Journal. For additional information about the series, contact Susan Weinberg at

Presidential debate viewing and discussion to take place Sept. 26 on Appalachian’s campus

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 8:30pm

By: University Communications

BOONE—Appalachian State University will host a public viewing and discussion of the U.S. Presidential debate in Room 420 (Parkway Ballroom) of the Plemmons Student Union on Sept. 26.

The event will begin at 8:30 p.m., with remarks by Dr. Kevin Mullinix, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, and Newly Paul, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. The faculty members will present information about the impact of presidential debates on viewers, and highlight issues to be discussed by the presidential candidates. Dr. William Hicks, assistant professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies, will facilitate a short Q&A session.

A viewing of the presidential debate, which will air from 9 – 10:30 p.m. without commercial interruption, will follow the discussion.

The presidential debate will be moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and broadcast live from Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York). According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the debate topics will be “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.”

The presidential debate format will be six timed segments of approximately 15 minutes each. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other, and the moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

The viewing and discussion event is presented by the university’s Department of Government and Justice Studies, Student Government Association, College Republicans, and College Democrats, in partnership with the College Democrats of Watauga County and Fox News.

Theatre and Dance presents the 2016 ‘First Year Showcase’

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 9:15am

Theatre and Dance presents the 2016 ‘First Year Showcase’

Posted September 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm · By ASU News
Filed under Events, General, Theatre and Dance, Today

By Keith Martin

BOONE—The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the 2016 “First Year Showcase” at 7 p.m. Sept. 22–24 with a 2 p.m. matinee Sept. 25. The production takes place in the university’s I.G. Greer Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Each performance season opens with the showcase, a fast-paced, high-energy performance by new students. The theme for the 2016 showcase is “Transformation,” and members of the largest incoming class in department history—65 freshmen and transfer students—will make their Appalachian debut.

Under the direction of Theatre Arts Professor Joel Williams, students will devise and present four original short scenes. The four scenes are directed by junior and senior theatre education majors Jordan Correll, Brea Glosson, Tia’rah Kindle and Lauren Thefaine. Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Dance Studies Cara Hagan, students will also perform original works choreographed by Dance Studies Professor Marianne Adams, Dance Studies Adjunct Chris Yon and Hagan, along with a piece created by senior dance studies minor Sarah Patrick.

Pieces featured in the showcase are personal to the performers, highlighting their past and current experiences. Participants also establish long-lasting friendships and professional relationships that leave a positive impression for students who are just beginning their college career at Appalachian, whether as freshmen or transfer students.

“It’s really a great opportunity for students to meet other people, to get to know the department and learn what possibilities are available to them,” said Hagan.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the lower level of the I.G. Greer building below the main auditorium, with a separate entrance down the stairway on the side of the building. Parking is available in faculty lots after 5 p.m., and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Valborg Theatre box office weekdays 1-5 p.m. or online at

Clarinetist Douglas Miller’s recital held Sept. 20 at Rosen Concert Hall

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 9:15am

Clarinetist Douglas Miller’s recital held Sept. 20 at Rosen Concert Hall

Posted September 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm · By ASU News
Filed under Events, General, Music, Today

By Kesha Williams

BOONE—Douglas Miller (clarinet) will hold a recital at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Bair Shagdaron will accompany Miller on piano. Both are faculty in the Hayes School of Music.

Miller’s recital will include selections originally composed for piano, violin and piano, voice and piano, but transcribed for different instruments: “Tango from Espana” by Spanish pianist Issac Albeniz; “Salut D’ Amour (Love’s Greeting)” by English composer Edward Elgar; and “Aria” by French composer Jacques Ibert. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information on upcoming events in the Hayes School of Music, visit

Fall 2016 Faculty and Staff Meeting

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 2:00pm

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Reception immediately following. Please hold this date and time on your calendars.

Beaver College of Health Sciences groundbreaking Thursday, June 23

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Beaver College of Health Sciences site - 1179 State Farm Road, Boone NC 28607

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, from 10 – 11 a.m. at Appalachian State University's Beaver College of Health Sciences site, 1179 State Farm Road. The campus community and public are invited.

It has been less than three months since the Connect N.C. bond passed, allocating $70 million in funds for construction of the 203,000 square foot facility. At a site dedication ceremony in April, attended by UNC President Margaret Spellings, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said, "Our project is shovel ready and work will begin in July."

Everts added, "Indeed, we are on schedule to begin work. This world-class facility will expand our capacity to provide healthcare professionals for North Carolina," she continued. "With qualified healthcare professionals and healthcare educators, Appalachian can help meet the demand created by a critical shortage of health care access, particularly for residents in the rural areas of our state."The new college facility will also provide inter-professional collaboration across the disciplines, which will in turn help attract talented students, faculty and staff to the northwestern region of our state."Nearly 20 percent of Appalachian's students are taught by Beaver College of Health Sciences faculty. Including nursing, there are six departments and 16 undergraduate and graduate degrees offered in the college, from disciplines including communication sciences and disorders, and nutrition and health care management.The new building will be constructed on a 9.2-acre parcel of land adjacent to Watauga Medical Center and donated by Appalachian Regional Healthcare System.For questions or additional information, contact the Office of the Chancellor at 828-262-7642.