What Makes a Mountaineer?

Individuals with purpose
Friday, March 23, 2018

Our students bring to the Appalachian Experience a broad array of interests and talents. They come from varied backgrounds and cultures. But, as a whole, they are united in doing important work now that will affect the future in positive ways. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing academic challenges and community engagement that instill within students a desire for continuous, positive change. These are a few examples:

  • Students in Appalachian’s Physics and Astronomy Club were recognized nationally for their work to develop a laser prototype with an edible component — using solutions made from beet juice, tonic water and turmeric to add color to the laser’s visible beam of light.
  • In the fall 2017 semester, 22 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA. Two-thirds of our student-athletes made the Appalachian Athletics academic honor roll, which requires students to have a minimum GPA of 3.25 while being enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework.
  • Student veteran Jake Keller gave three of his Hayes School of Music faculty a special honor last month when he presented them with a Patriot Award from the National Guard and Reserve. The faculty members had helped his classmates surprise Jake with money for a guitar so he could teach lessons and share the value of music therapy while he is deployed in Iraq.

It is also my pleasure to share this news from the Honors College: Dean Jefford Vahlbusch reports an all-time high in the number of applications by high-achieving students to join the Honors College for fall 2018 — well over 1,600! Of the 450 who were invited to join the college, 24 percent are students of color.

To all of you Mountaineers — thank you for choosing Appalachian. You make us proud.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor