Update from Appalachian State University

Friday, December 1, 2023

Today we wrap up the last full week of classes for the fall semester, and final exams begin on Thursday. Best of luck to all students during exams! Please remember that many resources are available to you, to help you successfully navigate the pressures of the end of the semester. App State’s faculty and staff are invested in your success and we are pulling for you!

This week, a rare and interesting phenomenon took place in the Department of Biology Greenhouse on the Boone campus. The university is home to the endangered titan arum, more commonly referred to as a corpse flower, which blossoms so rarely it can take more than a decade between blooms. After 12 years in our greenhouse, the flower, dubbed Mongo, bloomed on Nov. 24, attracting approximately 3,000 visitors to see it in person and nearly 9,400 viewers from across the world via livestream. Thank you to our Biology Greenhouse Manager, Jerry Meyer, and longtime greenhouse volunteer Chad Wunderlich for their care of this extraordinary botanical specimen, which came to App State through Mr. Wunderlich’s connection to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

After a solid victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday, the App State Mountaineers football team will face the Troy Trojans in Troy, Alabama, tomorrow in the 2023 Sun Belt Football Championship game. The end of this season has been very exciting — with a five-game winning streak and App State becoming bowl eligible after our victory over Georgia State on Nov. 11. This weekend will determine where we will play during the bowl season. I look forward to joining Mountaineer fans from near and far as we cheer on the team in the battle for the Sun Belt title!

On Saturday, we recognized faculty and staff from App State’s Hickory campus on the field at Kidd Brewer Stadium during our final App State football game of the regular season — a victory over Georgia Southern. In a recent story by the Hickory Daily Record, students at the Hickory campus expressed appreciation for the support they have received from the faculty and staff during this first semester. Thank you to this pioneering group of Mountaineers, who represent those who will go down in history as the first to help expand access to the tradition of excellence for which Appalachian State University is known.

Lillian Nave’s First Year Seminar course at the App State Hickory campus is just one example of the transformative experiences our students are gaining at the outset of their college careers. Her class was able to take advantage of the university’s New York Loft in New York City, where they spent a few days immersed in the culture of the city, including visits to the Tenement Museum and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Two of the students had never been on a plane before and more than half had never visited New York City; at least one student has returned with a professional mentor from this experience.

The App State Experience is different for everyone — each graduate leaves with memories and experiences that will shape and inform their personal and professional lives for decades to come. Together, we are changing lives, and making a difference in the world, one student at a time.

Sheri Everts