An Appalachian Fall
The homecoming events last month engaged a broad spectrum of the Appalachian Community. There was much to celebrate: an epic win over the South Alabama Jaguars, four inspiring Alumni Award winners, a celebration of the new National Pan-Hellenic Council Plots and Garden and the 50th Anniversary of Collegiate Athletics for Women at our university. A huge thank you to the hundreds of staff and faculty whose planning and performance made this celebration one of the most memorable.
Thanks to each of you for your patience and citizenship during the last two storms. Hurricane Florence passed us by, but we are still reaching out to our sister universities who did not fare as well. Two storm stories about our student veterans and a student-athlete who stepped up are inspiring and indicative of the community engagement we have come to expect from our fellow Mountaineers.
The rain and wind from Hurricane Michael were a short-lived threat to some in our state and community, but again, we were spared major destruction and our community is safe. The potential for flooding last week was tremendous. Thanks to the research and hard work of our landscape/grounds and maintenance crews. Their planning and preparation averted flooding in some of the most vulnerable campus sites.
I am looking forward to the fall colors. Professor Howie Neufeld, Appalachian’s “Fall Color Guy,” is frequently sought out by media for his predictions. He says the warm weather has delayed the fall color change. I hope the best is yet to come!
Sheri Everts, Chancellor