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Appalachian welcomes alumni, celebrates students during Homecoming 2016

Senior Pooja Adial of Four Oaks named ‘Top of the Rock’ student

By: Chris Grulke

BOONE—During Appalachian State University’s 2016 Homecoming celebration, alumni and families joined students, faculty and staff for a weeklong celebration.

Appalachian alumni from Boone, Salisbury and Charlotte honored Oct. 21

By: University Communications

BOONE—Appalachian State University presented alumni awards to four exceptional alumni at a luncheon held during the 2016 Homecoming celebrations on Oct. 21.

Susan M. Branch ’99 of Charlotte was awarded the university’s Young Alumni Award; the Outstanding Service Award was presented to D. Kenan Smith ’84 and E. Hayes Smith ’82 of Salisbury; and James M. Deal Jr. ’71 of Boone was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Appalachian State University geologist’s research on ancient footprints garners worldwide attention, will shed light on the roots of our origin

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—The spotlight is on Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce. Big time.

Her recently published research around the age and formation of the largest assemblage of Homo sapiens footprints discovered to date, in the shadow of the Ol Doinyo L’engai volcano in Tanzania, led to an Oct.10 article in National Geographic

Paul Thompson to deliver the Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished Lecture Oct. 28 in the Holmes Convocation Center at Appalachian State University; talk will illuminate seven attributes of a great leader

By University Communications

BOONE—Paul Thompson, founder and chairman of Transportation Insight and a supporter of business programs at Appalachian State University, will deliver the fall Harlan E. Boyles Distinguished Lecture at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 in Appalachian’s Holmes Convocation Center.

Fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University to continue with appearances by Carol Tyler Nov. 3 and Robert Olen Butler Nov. 10

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE—The annual Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University is like an exclusive club. Only the best authors out there can meet the requirements for membership.

Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents the North Carolina Dance Festival Oct. 27–29

By: Morgan White and Matt Denney

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) in the Valborg Theatre on the university campus Oct. 27–29 at 7 p.m. The festival is a celebration of the state’s legacy of accomplished and admired dancers, and prices are $10 for students and $17 for adults.

Master Plan 2025 event to be held Oct. 20-21

By: Megan Hayes

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s master plan committee invites the campus and community to participate in Master Plan 2025 Design Charrettes, an event to be held in Room 137 (Calloway/McRae Peak) of Plemmons Student Union Oct. 20-21.

Appalachian’s Steely Pan Steel Band to perform Oct. 21 in the Schaefer Center

By University Communications

BOONE—Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.

Nancy Bargerstock, violin, and Bair Shagdaron, piano, to present faculty performance Oct. 19 at Appalachian State University

By University Communications

BOONE—Dr. Nancy Bargerstock, violin, and Dr. Bair Shagdaron, piano, will present a faculty performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. This is a Hayes School of Music event. Admission is free, and a live stream of the performance will be available at

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