Joe Murphy Documentary Film Festival celebrates professor

Professor of curriculum and instruction Joe Murphy (right) is probed with questions by practitioner-in-residence of curriculum and instruction Jeff Goodman (left) during a video production class last spring. Murphy, who will retire in May, has been with Appalachian for 39 years and spent 10 years as the Teaching Fellows advisory.

In the wake of the news of Appalachian State University professor and award-winning filmmaker Joe Murphy’s retirement this semester, a Joe Murphy Documentary Film Festival was held to honor his 39-year legacy at Appalachian this past Friday and Saturday.

Born in Memphis, Tenn., Murphy said his interest in the filmmaking process began in his years as a Davidson College student. Though he studied economics as an undergrad, he never gave up on his interests.

“If you’re creative and you’re motivated, you’ll do it,” Murphy said.

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Slam Appalchian Style!

The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry

Even the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is tweeting about the extraordinary April 14 Student Poetry Slam at Belk Library. More than one hundred App students and faculty attended the inspiring event in celebration of National Library Week and National Poetry month.

Renowned North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti served as Master of Ceremonies and penned the following excerpt on his blog.

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Senior Class Gift

Parents and Families,

Have you considered contributing to the 2014 Senior Class Gift by donating $20.14 today! Donations benefit The Appalachian Fund, which supports more than 74 areas across campus- including scholarship supplements, professional development for faculty and staff, study abroad, student organizations, athletics initiatives, arts programs, and each of our eight colleges. As the university's only unrestricted fund, your donation can be put to areas of greatest need.

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Congratulations 2014 Graduates


Graduation and Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

May 2014

Commencement Ceremonies - Friday, May 9, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 6:00 pm - Graduate School

Commencement Ceremonies - Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 9:00 am - College of Health Sciences

  • 12:30 pm - Reich College of Education

  • 4:00 pm - College of Fine and Applied Arts

Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Holmes Convocation Center

  • 9:00 am - College of Arts and Sciences

  • 3:30 pm - Walker College of Business

Commencement Ceremonies - Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Broyhill Music Center

  • 1:00 pm - Hayes School of Music

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The Appalachian Graduate Pledge

Become part of a global movement among college graduates!  It is a simple idea with monumental implications. The Graduation Pledge Alliance is housed at Bentley College (MA) and it has grown to include thousands of graduates from more than 100 colleges and universities around the world who are taking the Graduation Pledge by pinning a small green ribbon on their gowns during commencement. 

Are you willing to take this pledge as you complete your degree at Appalachian State University?

"I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences, and the civic and community responsibilities, of any job or career I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."

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Coming Out

What to do if Your Student Comes Out as Identifying as Part of the LGBTQ Community

As the end of the academic year approaches, students and parents often find themselves trying to navigate the transition from being at school to being at home. As parents, you may discover that your student has grown and changed over the last nine months in ways that you understand and can appreciate and in other ways that you may not understand, and it is important to keep in mind that developing their own identity, values, opinions, and views about the world are all healthy and normal parts of the college experience. This particular article will focus on students who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) population; however, many of the things discussed here may apply to other aspects of your student’s identity that may be new for you as their parent.

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Celebration of Student Writing

Tanner Gill, Kayla Greeson and Georgie Donovan, Associate Dean of Libraries

The Information Literacy Skills Prize Awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing on April 17, 2014. Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with help from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program, and Writing across the Curriculum Program.

The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian State University student for a class in UCO 1200 (First Year Seminar) or English 1000. Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian State University graduate.

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Honoring Faculty from College of Education

On Saturday April 12, the Reich College of Education held a reception honoring Dr. Sally Atkins, Dr. Harold McKinney and Dr. Jay Wentworth and introduced the Expressive Arts Endowment at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum. Over two hundred attended the event that included an Expressive Arts Performance, a silent auction, Touch Drawing by Deborah Koff-Chapin and music by Hayes Cummings and vocalist Callie Whitney. The evening ended with a luminary procession. The Express Arts Endowment will provide a $1,000 scholarship for an Expressive Arts Student into perpetuity. If you would like further information on the endowment or to make a donation, please contact Gina Harwood at

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Important Messages from University College Academic Advising

Has your student registered for Summer and/or Fall classes yet? While most continuing students have already registered for fall classes, some have not accomplished this very important task. If your student has not yet registered for fall classes, please remind him/her to do so as soon as possible. New students will begin to register on May 6, so it is best for our continuing students to have their class schedules as finalized as possible by then. Please encourage your student to meet with his/her academic advisor for assistance with advising and registration when needed.

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From the Office of Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid Awards for 2014-15

Awarding of 2014-2015 financial aid to new freshman, new graduate and transfer students is underway. When financial aid has been awarded, new students will receive an award notification mailed to their permanent home address directing them to their AppalNet account to view and take action on their financial aid awards. Awarding of continuing students will begin in mid-to-late May after spring grades have posted. Continuing students will receive an e-mail award notification when financial aid has been awarded.

Please view our website at for additional financial aid information. Also, students should continue to check their AppalNet account under the Financial Aid tab for messages and outstanding requirements.

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Dear Parents,

Zimride by Enterprise is proud to partner with Appalachian State University in offering a private rideshare network for their students. Zimride is a unique way to rideshare using social networks to help students find riders who are going to the same destination. This saves both money and the environment by reducing the need to have a car on campus. It is also another great option for those students who would like to come home on the weekends or during school breaks.

It’s easy to register. Just go to and in seconds you can:

  1. Setup a profile.

  2. Search for open seats to where you want to go.

  3. Post a ride of your own.

After all, if you are sharing the destination why not share the ride.

Zimride by Enterprise Team and Appalachian State University Office of Sustainability

For more information visit

An Appalachian Summer Festival

Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts and Film

A multi-arts festival on and around the Appalachian State University campus, An Appalachian Summer Festival is heading into its 30th season of bringing great entertainment to the High Country!

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Summer Author Series

The 2014 Belk Library and Information Commons Summer Author Series and Events

There are plenty of reasons Appalachian State University remains a haven for learning in the summer months, including the Belk Library and Information Commons Summer Author Series.   These free events feature lectures by renowned writers from North Carolina and the nation.  This summer, the Belk Distinguished Lecturer event also coincides with An Appalachian Summer Festival.

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University Housing

Hall Closing Reminder
Residence Halls will close for the semester on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at noon. Students are required to move out of the halls 24 hours after their final exams, but no later than noon on Saturday, May 10. Graduating seniors and students participating in commencement ceremonies may get approval from Coordinators to stay in the halls until Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 6pm.

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Food Services Renovations

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!  It has been a pleasure serving your student during his/her time at Appalachian.

For parents with returning students, we look forward to another exciting year and anticipate that the opening of the newly renovated Trivette Hall will be one of next year’s highlights. 

Trivette Hall, which includes Park Place Café, McAlister’s Select, the Market at Trivette and Food Services Administrative Offices / AppCard Office closed in November 2013 for renovations.

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