Monthly Archives: September 2015

Event Commemorating Racial Integration at Appalachian

You’re Invited!
On Friday, October 2, at 12:30pm in Holmes Convocation Center, members of the Appalachian State University community will come together to commemorate integration at Appalachian through a special, campus event.  Together, alumni, students, faculty, staff and the broader community will celebrate inclusion and diversity and honor trailblazers of desegregation, brave men and women who helped pave the way for the access and diversity that today characterizes the Appalachian experience. First year seminar students have a special invitation– you are encouraged to attend this event!
The event will feature a keynote address by Delaware State University President, Dr.Harry Williams.  After graduating from Appalachian (’86, ’88, ’95), Williams became the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services on campus and later served the UNC General Administration as Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and then Interim Senior Associate Vice
President for Academic and Student Affairs. The latter allowed him to focus on access and outreach for all 17 campuses in the UNC system, allowing him to focus on his passion “access for all.”
The program will also feature musical and artistic contributions as well as a presentation of Faces of Courage Awards, including Mrs. Barbara Reeves Hart, one of the first African American graduates of Appalachian; Dr. Carolyn Anderson, the first African American full‐time faculty member; Dr. Willie C. Fleming, founder of the Black Student Association and the BSA
Gospel Choir; and Dr. Zaphon Wilson, founder of the Black Faculty & Staff Association.

How to Eat Healthy, Filling, and CHEAP in College


Enjoy a home-cooked meal for only $5 –and learn how to prepare one yourself — by attending a CHEAP cooking class.  CHEAP (Clean Healthy Eating Away from Parents) is a cooking class taught by students at ASU for students at ASU.  This is a relaxed, fun, easy cooking class and no skills are required!  The class fee of $5 per person pays for your meal and all proceeds that are made go directly to F.A.R.M. Cafe, a restaurant that helps feed the hungry here in Boone. CHEAP’s first class is next Wednesday (9/16) at 6:00 pm at the F.A.R.M. Cafe (on 617 W. King St.) and the theme is breakfast for dinner!  Spots are limited so please email Katie Konter at to secure your spot for next week’s class “breakfast for dinner.”

The Importance of Reading


If you went to Convocation last week and heard Ishmael Beah speak, you’ll have gained an appreciation for the books at your disposal to read.  And if you haven’t yet read A Long Way Gone, I hope you will now.  Let Beah’s experiences and speech remind you what a privilege it is to attend college, pursue any topic that interests you, and spend time reading and discussing what you read with others.  Sadly, many Americans have not read a book in the past year and low levels of literacy are correlated with poverty.  One college student once told me, just after graduating, that he’d gone through his entire college career without ever reading an entire book–as if this were something to be proud of.  As Beah said, so many people around the world wish they had the chance to pursue an education, to read books, and expand their minds. Take advantage of this opportunity you have–don’t think of your books, reading, studying, attending class, and writing as “the enemy” but rather as some of the best friends, mentors, connections, and opportunities you’ll ever have.

The True Meaning of Convocation


App State freshmen are the guests of honor at Convocation, which takes place this year on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 10:00am in the Holmes Convocation Center.   (But freshmen should please get there by 9:30am especially if you are meeting your FYS class there, and go in through the ticket booth entrance of the building, so you can be ushered to your seats.)

So what is the true meaning of Convocation, Charlie Brown? It is not that nobody has to go to classes Thursday morning.  Nor is it that Wednesday night becomes a huge party night because you can sleep in the next morning.  Come see the special celebration that is Convocation–the music, the costumes, the pomp and circumstance–where we celebrate our academic commitment to you, the students.  You are joining us with great potential and we want to mark this occasion.  Come take pride in the journey you’ve just begun and consider at this event what your education is really all about.

Human rights activist Ishmael Beah and author of this year’s common reading selection, A Long Way Gone, is the featured speaker. 

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Appalachian’s Common Reading Program invites incoming freshmen to read a common book as part of their orientation to the university. By participating in the Common Reading Program, entering students participate in a common intellectual activity that helps them develop a sense of community and introduces them to a part of the academic life they are beginning at Appalachian.

Published in more than 40 languages, the memoir was nominated for a Quill Award in the Best Debut Author category for 2007. Time Magazine named the book as one of the Top 10 Nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it No. 3. The book chronicles Beah’s experiences beginning at age 12 when he fled from attacking rebels in his homeland of Sierra Leone, his capture by the government army at age 13, which forced him to become a child soldier, and his rescue by UNICEF when he was 16. A graduate of Oberlin College, Beah is a UNICEF Ambassador, an advocate for Children Affected by War, a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Advisory Committee and a former visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. He is president of The Ishmael Beah Foundation, which helps children affected by war reintegrate into society by creating and financing educational and vocational opportunities.