Poet Vivian Shipley - Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series: Reading

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union

  • Visiting Writers Series Reading: Vivian ShipleyNovember 2, 20177:30 pm

    Vivian Shipley, Professor of Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, is the recipient of the 2015 Hackney Literary Award for Poetry. Her tenth book, Perennial, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was a 2016-17 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.

2017 Appalachian Energy Summit

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 3:30pm to Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 1:15pm

  • July 10 - 12, 2017

    The 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit is the sixth-annual meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. This unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in a transformational effort that delivers meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit.  Energy Summit 2017

Appalachian Safety Summit to be held May 30-31

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

Plemmons Student Union

 By Jeff Cloninger

BOONE, N.C.—The third annual Appalachian Safety Summit will take place in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University May 30 – 31.

The Appalachian Safety Summit educates and informs safety employees, teams and managers about the latest research in behavioral safety approaches in changing safety culture. Attendees learn the tools and strategies to help motivate employees to maintain safe behavior that ensures a more productive and safe workplace.

Registration for the event is now underway and is offered through the Appalachian Safety Summit web site:

The summit will begin with pre-conference workshops May 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. on topics such as collecting and using data to assess and evolve safety programs, hazard identification, implementing a safety analytics solution for your organization, and safety/life lessons from psychological science. The summit’s main event will take place May 31 from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring presentations by experts in the field and breakout sessions.

According to Dr. Timothy Ludwig, director of the Appalachian Safety Summit and professor in the Appalachian’s Department of Psychology, attendees at last year’s summit numbered nearly 100 and “included safety professionals and business people in medium and large industries who are dedicated to safety in their work environments.”

Steeped in behavioral psychology, Ludwig approaches workplace safety with an eye to how the environment influences behavior. He said his approach, and that of other presenters at the summit, “focuses on how to shape safety systems and culture, with the goal of helping employees to make good judgments.”

When asked about goals for the summit, Ludwig replied, “Ultimately, we want to reduce workplace injuries in companies in the region. We want to make people’s lives better, reduce suffering caused by workplace injuries with the science we have to offer.”

He continued, “More locally, we want to provide professionals in North Carolina with access to experts who are known internationally, and for Appalachian we want to build relationships with the business community, so our students can secure internships and get to know professionals in the field. Also, proceeds from the Safety Summit can benefit students with projects and research.”

Speakers at this year’s Appalachian Safety Summit include top experts in the behavioral safety field. The keynote speaker is Dr. Aubrey Daniels, head of the Atlanta-based firm Aubrey Daniels International. His consulting firm helps organizations around the world enhance employee productivity while building a culture of safety. He is the author of six books, one of which is in its third edition: “Bringing Out the Best in People: How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement.”

Other speakers include Ludwig, one of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine’s “Power 101” Leaders in the Safety and Health World; Dr. Chuck Pettinger of Blacksburg, Virginia, an expert with analytics to improve safety culture who was named among Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine’s “Top 50 Thought Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”; Connie Engelbrecht, director of Total Safety Culture App Ltd., headquartered in South Africa, who advocates proactive safety solutions, including positive reinforcement; and Dr. Thomas Cunningham, a behavioral scientist and head of the Research and Evaluation Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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!