App State and community partner to strengthen K–12 science education

In the 2018–19 academic year, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) at Appalachian State University — with assistance from over 50 undergraduate students — reached over 5,000 schoolchildren at more than 34 High Country schools and organizations through outreach events. The department has been awarded five outreach-specific grants ranging from $1,500–$62,000, with a predicted total …

¡Vamos! Program Brings Latinx High School Students to Campus and Beyond

The students staying in UNC Asheville’s residence halls for a few nights this summer were decidedly younger than usual. Nine Latinx students from Asheville High School and Erwin High School in UNC Asheville’s iVamos! program got to experience college life, from hanging out and sleeping in the residence halls to eating in the cafeteria to …

ECSU and Community Officials Celebrate STEM Complex Grand Opening

A flyover by Elizabeth City State University chief flight instructor, James Young, kicked off the grand opening ceremony of the STEM Complex Monday, Aug. 12. As Young soared overhead, ECSU officials were joined by Elizabeth City government and community leaders celebrating the beginning of a new chapter for the state-of-the-art facility. “Today, we celebrate the …

UNCP, NC State expands their 3-plus-2 engineering program

UNC Pembroke and N.C. State University are expanding their 3-plus-2 engineering program to offer additional degree options for students interested in civil and environmental engineering careers. First established in 2016, the dual degree program in mechanical or electrical engineering gives students the opportunity to spend three years at UNCP and two years at NC State. …

Dreams of Hosting a Latinx Student Leadership Conference Come True

This time a year ago, Ricardo Nazario-Colón, Western Carolina University’s chief diversity officer, and his graduate assistant, Kevin Trudell, took 10 WCU students to the 28th annual National Latino Collegiate Conference at the University of Albany. As they were returning to Cullowhee, traveling on I-81 south in the middle of the night, someone blurted out, …

UNC Greensboro awarded Mellon Foundation grant

UNC Greensboro has been selected to participate in the Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) Collaboratory, a highly selective community-based humanities and civic engagement initiative. UNCG is one of 5 Greensboro institutions and just 11 institutions nationwide to participate in the initiative, which is part of the larger Bringing Theory to Practice project. The initiative is …

First-Ever ECSU Drone Academy Preps Students for Aviation’s Unmanned Future

Elijah Gilbert’s laser-like gaze zeros in on a small wire atop his drone. Ron Poynter stands over Gilbert, offering direction on the construction of a drone that Poynter’s company, OnPoynt, created for camps such as Elizabeth City State University’s first-ever Drone Academy. While Poynter works with Gilbert and his drone team members on the construction …

App State Police Department honored as NCPEA Law Enforcement Agency of the Year

The Appalachian State University Police Department (APD) was honored as the Law Enforcement Agency of the Year by the North Carolina Police Executives Association (NCPEA). NCPEA officials announced the award at the organization’s 2019 Annual Training Conference, held in Wilmington July 15–17. APD is the inaugural recipient of the award. “This award reflects the Appalachian …

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