In appreciation of the Appalachian Community

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Our university has much for which to be thankful throughout the year. Above all else, I appreciate the limitless human potential on our campus that elevates the Appalachian Experience, and would like to share with you a few examples of the many ways our exceptional students, faculty and staff enrich the Appalachian Community:

  • Our students take advantage of countless opportunities to gain real-world experience before graduation. Interior design students Jake Still and Grace McCormick won the 2019 Planning and Visual Education (PAVE) GlobalShop Design Challenge with their prototype of a pop-up shop that packages key essentials for college students to organize their living spaces. These students saw their winning design professionally fabricated and installed at the Dallas flagship location of The Container Store, a leading national retailer of storage and organizational products.
  • Our university’s record seven Fulbright award winners in 2019–20 and professors like Dr. Beverly Moser showcase our faculty’s virtuosity. Dr. Moser, professor of German and TESL/applied linguistics, received the 2019 Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of her years of service to foreign language education in North Carolina and the Appalachian region. On our campus and far beyond, Appalachian’s nearly 1,500 faculty members are recognized and honored for their professional expertise and excellence in teaching.
  • Our exemplary staff members are dedicated to the success of our students and to the university. Last week, I had the pleasure of inaugurating a new tradition: the Chancellor’s Service Awards Luncheon. The event honored the service of more than 120 staff members who have served our university for 20 years or more, and I was honored to share my heartfelt thanks with this esteemed group. The influence of our nearly 1,900 staff members is felt across the university.

Year-round, Appalachian Today highlights the many honors, awards and grants earned by our staff, faculty and students. The talents and accomplishments of the Appalachian Community greatly enhance the rich learning environment at our university.

Best wishes and my sincere appreciation to Mountaineers near and far.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor