As we embark on a new academic year, I am filled with excitement for new opportunities. The month of August on our campus allows you to hear the echoes of the Marching Mountaineers hard at work, new students and staff finding their way around campus, and those returning reacquainting themselves with old and new friends. This is one of the special moments being a part of the Appalachian community allows us to enjoy. During the hustle and bustle over the next few weeks, take time to enjoy the sounds, and these moments. Take the time to get connected or re-connected to the things that are important to YOU, those things that make a difference to you and others around you.
Appalachian has a long tradition of making a difference in this community. The Dougherty brothers founded this institution to make a difference here in the High Country, and their way of doing so recognized the value of education. Fortunately, 115 years later, that tradition continues through the daily efforts of our faculty, staff and students who give so much to so many.Read more