1968-2018: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences

1968-2018: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences

November 10, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I definitely learned to take advantage
of every opportunity that I’m offered because someone somewhere is paying for
me to be here, and I shouldn’t take it for granted. The great thing about
Appalachian is that they offer a lot of great resources for their students,
whether that’s tutoring or campus events, I definitely cherish it. As mayor I’ve
seen the positive impact of ASU’s presence in our community. We’re working
together in ways that are really, I think, very positive. The university’s
reputation also enhances the reputation of Boone.
I think Kelly and I are example of one of the positive impacts that the
university has on on the community. Well, we’re the embodiment of it in a sense. when I came to Appalachian in 1972, Boone was a sleepy little town. Not much to do,
not many places to go, but that’s one of the biggest changes I’ve seen is
actually in the town of Boone, but as far as the college goes, it has grown so much.
There’s a culture of constant improvement here at Appalachian. You
always just come away motivated and inspired by the work that’s taking place
here, and anytime you have an opportunity to interact with a College of Arts and
Sciences student you just, you’re amazed at how poised and polished and
knowledgeable and motivated they are, and that continues to serve as a source of
inspiration for me in my own personal career too. With every freshman class
that that comes in, you can see how the population here is developing and
changing, and it’s really it’s exciting to see. And that’s definitely true with the
faculty as well and staff and the administration. I choose to support the College of Arts and Sciences today, all these years later
because of the opportunities that the college gave me in life. The quality of
the students continues to rise, then the value of my degree by association
continues to rise as well, which is helpful for me. If I can provide
opportunities for higher quality students to come to Appalachian, If can
provide opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to come to Appalachian, so there’s more diverse student population than that’s more
beneficial for all of us. So for the future of the College of Arts and
Sciences, I hope that they continue to be able to offer an outstanding liberal
arts education, helping students secure not only their first job, but jobs 10, 20,
30 years from now. My hope for Appalachian and for the College of Arts
and Sciences is that we stop becoming the best-kept secret. I think a lot of
people come to Appalachian and they seem to be really blown away, and I would like
to see us stop surprising people with that. Well, I think the sky’s the limit
for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the goals that our talented faculty
and staff determine and then work with our amazing students to deliver are
going to just be amazing, I know it.