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.

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.

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