Exceptional Mountaineers Elevating the Appalachian Experience

Friday, November 15, 2019

Throughout the year, our university delights in opportunities to honor outstanding members of the Appalachian Community. Here are a few recent recognitions:

  • This week, Appalachian hosted its Veterans Day Ceremony to honor and commend those who have served our country in the armed services. Our recognition by national publications and our status for nearly a decade as a Military Friendly® School — earning Gold distinction for the 2019–20 academic year — affirm our commitment to strengthen resources for the more than 380 student veterans and active-duty military members at Appalachian. Appalachian alumnus and retired U.S. Army Maj. Ali Donnell Davis ’95 ’01 served as the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. Thank you to Maj. Davis and all veterans for sustaining our country and protecting freedoms worldwide.
  • During Appalachian’s Halloween football game, two students earned scholarships for academic excellence and service to the community, through funds donated by 1989 Appalachian alumnus Mark E. Ricks’ company Double Wood Farm. Ashley Thomasson, a junior global studies major, received a scholarship for one year of tuition and Taylor Houston, a first-year apparel design and merchandising major, received a scholarship for a meal plan credit. These exceptional Mountaineers were selected from a pool of eligible students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and at least eight hours of community service since spring 2018. Ashley and Taylor competed in a high-stakes game of Connect 4 during halftime to determine the winner and runner-up. Congratulations to both our winners!
  • Last month, the Office of Research, the Office of Student Research and University Libraries hosted our university’s inaugural celebration of faculty and staff research and creative activity. During the event, Appalachian presented two new awards that recognize excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity. Our recipients are Dr. Ellen Cowan, professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Baker Perry, professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. Congratulations to these exceptional educators for the global significance of their work on climate research.

I am proud to work alongside faculty, staff, students and alumni whose innovative ideas, academic excellence and commitment to service better the future for us all.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor

October in review