People’s stories are intriguing and multifaceted, and each individual contributes to the rich fabric of excellence here. So, who will you find at App State? Read on to meet the community.
As a dancer and choreographer, an artist and a social justice advocate, App State’s Juliet Irving ’19 has a blended perspective in her work as a freelance multimedia designer.
Air Force veteran, App State staff member and Boone native Mike Waters continued the university's longstanding practice of placing a commemorative wreath at the campus Veterans Memorial, which honors members of the App State community who died while in military service.
Jamie Parson has been named chief diversity officer at Appalachian State University, effective immediately. Parson is the second cabinet-level chief diversity officer to hold the position at App State.
App State music therapy student Renee Yong was one of five students worldwide to win a scholarship in the fall 2021 Make Your Mark International Scholarship Contest, for her song “Cold Mountain Shadow.” Post-graduation, she aims to research music therapy treatments for depression.
App State’s Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) — an inclusive college experience designed for students with intellectual disabilities — celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It will expand to a four-year program option in fall 2023.
Gabby Brown loves the challenge of transforming complex subjects into simple language that anyone can understand. This English–professional writing major plans to pursue a career in technical writing.
Members of App State’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities have built a legacy of leadership and service — both on and off campus.
During the 2022 Chancellor’s Awards for Inclusive Excellence Luncheon, App State honored champions of inclusive excellence, including several faculty, staff and students from the university and a member of the local community.
In her time at App State, senior Karolyn Martin has discovered new interests, mentored and educated others and developed skills that will help her in building her career. She is a communication studies major with a marketing minor and aspires to become a lawyer.
First-generation student and Wilson Scholar Nataly Jimenez, a senior majoring in sociology-criminology, deviance and law, aspires to become an immigration lawyer — a goal inspired by watching her own immigrant family encounter hardships.
Lynn Patterson ’89, university program specialist in App State's Belk Library and Information Commons, considers her relationships with students as an important part of her job. The alumna has mentored many students over her 30-year employment at the university.
As a child, Cashae Cook ’14 said she was always glad to see police officers arrive at her house — because it meant she and her siblings would be safe. Now, as Appalachian Police Department’s new diversity, inclusion and community engagement officer, Cook wants to make sure the Mountaineer community also experiences positive interactions with police officers.
App State alumnus DeJon Milbourne ’20 shares his experience of being a Black student leader on App State’s campus. As a back-to-back president of App State’s student body, Milbourne helped advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as wellness and prevention services and campus safety. Learn more about his journey to leadership.
Ly said she found her passion for programming and science during her first hackathon — a collaborative event in which computer programmers develop software programs at breakneck speed.
Six members of the Appalachian State University Community have been awarded W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallions in recognition of their efforts to provide campus leadership for students.
Chemistry major Jordan Moore aspires to take her talents abroad — providing medical care in developing nations.
Travian Smith is the first recipient of Appalachian’s newly established National Pan-Hellenic Council Leadership Award.
Each year, Appalachian’s Top of the Rock recipient is recognized for his or her outstanding achievements and contributions to the success of others. Rachel Gallardo, the 2018 recipient, is more than deserving of the honor.
Artese, from São Paulo, Brazil, is a member of the NouN Improv Comedy Troupe and Appalachian Student Ambassadors, as well as International Appalachian (INTAPP) and the Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOUL) program.
Appalachian senior Malik Hargrave studies actuarial science while taking advantage of leadership opportunities on campus.
Accounting major Nicholas Gilliam reflects on how Appalachian set him up for success as a graduate student at University of Notre Dame.
Appalachian student veteran Jake Keller ’17, who will deploy overseas to Iraq in March, recognized three Hayes School of Music faculty members with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Patriot Award.
Exercise science major Sarah Miner of Charlotte has a passion for creating equity in health care — and a career plan to make it happen.
Ray Christian, a storyteller and instructor at Appalachian State University, compartmentalizes his life of 55 years into three disparate segments: an impoverished childhood in a Richmond, Virginia, ghetto, 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Army, and the past two decades “doing nothing but going to school.”
According to Branch, a successful attorney who serves on the university’s Board of Trustees, “I took advantage of everything Appalachian had to offer.”