Appalachian State University Historical Timelines
General Events: 2000-2009
2000: Skateboarding and rollerblading is allowed on campus for ASU students only.
2000: Civil rights attorney Morris Dees speaks at Farthing Auditorium in March.
2000: Appalachian State holds its first Martin Luther King Day Challenge. The Challenge consisted of service projects to bring students and the community together in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2001: Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former surgeon general of the United States during the Clinton administration, speaks at Appalachian State, giving a presentation titled, "The Key to a Healthy America."
2001: Jerry Hutchens becomes the senior associate vice chancellor for development.
2001: Five students arrested for second-degree trespassing while protesting at Staples for their selling of paper made from old-growth forests.
2001: Dr. William Derrick retires from Health Services, where he worked as a physician since 1968.
2001: One student and four non-students are arrested for defacing the Convocation Center the day before spring commencement as part of a protest by the “Rise Up” group. The protest concerned the murder conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal twenty years ago.
2001: State Senate cuts $33 million in state education funds. Instate Tuition at Appalachian State University rises from $982 to $1,221. Out-of-state students pay $8,402, compared to last year’s $8,252 tuition.
2001: Yosef sculpture installed in Tomlinson Park by Duck Pond Field.
2001: Appalachian State University faculty, staff and students donated 226 pints of blood to the Watauga County chapter of the American Red Cross in one day.
2001: Fives students hit by cars while jaywalking on Rivers Street during fall semester.
2001: University responds to Sept. 11 attacks by strengthening security at Water Treatment Plant and at football games. No-drinking policy goes into effect at home games. Health Services and University Post Office establishes procedures for anthrax containment.
2001: Diversity lowest at Appalachian State University, compared to the overall UNC system. Student population is 94.4% Caucasian.
2001: First issue of “The Summit,” a student art and literary magazine, is published.
2002: Campus police start issuing jaywalking tickets on Rivers Street with fines amounting to $100.
2002: GLBT Taskforce organized.
2002: Campus computer labs begin charging $.03 per page for printing fees.
2002: Movie theater opens in Plemmons Student Union.
2003: A bear breaks into the Holmes Convocation Center in November and escapes north on Hill Street.
2003: Chancellor Frank Borkowski retires on June 30. Provost Harvey Durham is appointed interim chancellor.
2004: Kenneth E. Peacock, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, is elected Appalachian State's sixth chancellor in February.
2005: Appalachian State Mountaineers win first national championship.
2006: Appalachian State Mountaineers win second national championship.
2007: Appalachian State Mountaineers win third national championship.
2008: Students arrested for trespassing on third day of a sit-in protest in B. B. Dougherty Administration Building of the use of sweatshop-produced goods in University Bookstore.
2008: Appalachian House in Washington, DC, closes.
2008: Faculty Senate votes to add ‘gender identity and expression’ to EEO.
2008: Appalachian joins more than 500 universities, colleges and community colleges in pledging to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.2008: LGBT Center opens in October.
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