Rewarding Innovation

5 Appalachian scholars’ ideas could change our world
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Our latest Innovation Scholars awards advance projects with inspiring intentions:

  • getting children outside early and often;
  • documenting our local history and broadening the audience for it;
  • finding sustainable solutions for unnecessary food waste;
  • developing an alternative fuel for renewable energy; and
  • exploring the financial upside to social justice, ecology and economics.

Grants totaling close to $50,000 for these inventive ideas were awarded last month, when we named our five Innovation Scholars: Kevin Gamble and Drs. Richard Christiana, Beth Davison, Tammy Kowalsczyk and Nicholas Shaw. Their projects tap into the diverse talents and expertise of faculty and students from a variety of disciplines and have the potential to change our world.

Please join me in extending congratulations and appreciation to these dedicated and talented faculty.


Evan H. Ashby Jr., M.D., known by many in the Appalachian Community as Doc, passed away Feb. 14, 2018, in Hillsville, Virginia. He tirelessly served our university for more than 30 years from 1969-1991. Dr. Ashby was known for his warmth and humor, professionalism and dedication to our students' well-being. He will hold a special place in the hearts and history of Appalachian.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor