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.
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.
What is Emerging Leaders?The Emerging Leaders Program is a ten week experience designed for first-year, second-year and transfer students interested in personal growth and leadership development. The program introduces you to leadership through experiential activities, adventures and a retreat.We meet one time each week during the ten weeks, and offer 4 different time and day slots for you to choose from depending on your schedule. This is not a course or a for-credit experience; it’s a great way to build friendships and connections while learning and practicing leadership skills!Our Fall 2015 Emerging Leader dates are:Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pmWednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pmWednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00pmThursdays, 4:00 – 6:00pmImportant upcoming dates and application deadline:
- First meetings will begin the week of September 1st
- Retreat: Saturday September 26th – Sunday September 27th (note: If you plan on going through sorority recruitment this conflicts, but please keep us in mind for Spring semester!)
- *Applications are due Monday, August 31, 11:59pm Click here to apply!
Renowned public intellectual and cultural critic Dr. Henry Giroux will speak on “Disposable Futures: Neoliberalism’s Assault on Higher Education” at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 25 at the Schaefer Center auditorium on the Appalachian State campus.
Named one of the 50 top educational thinkers of the 20th Century in Routledge’s “50 Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present,” Dr. Giroux is Global Television Network Chair in Communication Studies at McMaster University, former Professor at Penn State, earned his PhD Carnegie-Mellon and an MA from Appalachian State (yep!), and the author of recent books like The University in Chains and The Educational Deficit and the War on Youth.
Attend to learn Giroux’s arguments about what is happening to your educational experience and your future. Giroux argues that we are undergoing “a full-fledged assault on public goods, democratic public spheres, and the role of education in creating an informed and enlightened citizenry.” The purpose of higher education in America was always to produce an enlightened, democratic, and free society. This purpose is being diverted to serve special interests. But hey, it’s your future.
Morris Dees Lecture: “With Justice for All ”
Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
The son of cotton farmers, Dees worked as a young boy in the fields with Blacks, witnessing first-hand social and economic deprivation and Jim Crow treatment at its worse. After graduating from law school, he began taking controversial civil rights cases and formed the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin, in 1970. Dees won a series of groundbreaking civil rights cases that helped integrate government and public institutions and cripple some of America’s most notorious white supremacist hate groups. He was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal in 2006. He is the author of “A Season For Justice,” “Hate on Trial: The Case Against America’s Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi” and “Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat.”