What an exciting week at Appalachian! We welcomed to campus approximately 3,000 new students and their families during move-in weekend, and we officially opened Appalachian’s newest parking facility, located between Frank and Eggers residence halls, that offers 477 well-lit parking spaces. The parking deck is a key milestone as we build additional infrastructure to support our educational mission. For the latest campus construction updates, I encourage you to visit the Appalachian’s Future website. It features a construction update podcast about our residence halls and gives progress notes, answers frequently asked questions and shares interesting facts about the buildings’ design and construction.
Our campus is energized by the students arriving for the new academic year, and I am always delighted to hear what they accomplished over the summer months. More than 7,000 students enrolled in one of our two Summer Sessions. Others gained important professional experience through internships. According to Appalachian’s Career Development Center, on average, 80% of students report they’ve completed an internship either on or off campus. A few examples:
- Physics major Kara Snow was one of 11 students from across the state to be awarded a North Carolina Space Grant internship. She spent her summer in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Lab of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences working with OpenSpace — a NASA-funded software designed to visualize the entire known universe.
- Cellular/molecular biology major Andy Mendoza worked this summer as a biostatistics and computational biology intern at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, conducting research to identify false positive signals from a chemical toxicity library.
- Grace King, a communication, electronic/media broadcasting major, was one of 50 students chosen nationally for the Television Academy Foundation’s 2019 Internship Program. She traveled to Burbank, California, to intern in the comedy scriptwriting department at ABC Entertainment.
Appalachian’s rigorous academic programs and multitude of career resources, along with the dedication of our staff and faculty, prepare students to adapt to a variety of professional experiences and thrive in critical workforce areas after graduation.
I am ready to start the 2019–20 academic year. Now and always, it’s great to be a Mountaineer!
Sheri Everts, Chancellor