The Thomas W. Reese Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology (GAIT) program at Appalachian State University prepares students for entry level supervisory and staff positions in the graphic communications industries.

Mission Statement

We the faculty of Appalachian State University's Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program charge ourselves with the following:

We will provide our students with the knowledge and skills they need to become tomorrow's competent employees. The faculty and administration will do our best to instill in them creative problem solving abilities, higher order thinking skills, a desire to continue to learn, a sense of self-motivation and an open receptiveness to new, challenging ideas and options. We believe that interpersonal skills should be fostered in students, including work ethic, loyalty, listening and presentation skills.

We also charge ourselves with the responsibility to remain accountable to our students, by providing the best possible facilities, by keeping current with new technologies, by improving our teaching abilities, curriculum and by maintaining the vital and necessary connection with our industry base.

Our mission is in concert with the broader mission of Appalachian State University, which speaks to offering a well-rounded liberal education and an opportunity to pursue a special field of inquiry.


Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:59pm
In 2012, Dr. Kevin R. Howell, a professor at Appalachian State University, was appointed as...
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:07am
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Mr. Krusa served as a distinguished professor for the GAIT program. He taught the junior and senior...
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Dr. George Glisan
Distinguished Professor & Program Coordinator

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