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Appalachian researcher helps link oxygen increase to biodiversity growth

By Chuck Finder and Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—Oxygen has provided a breath of fresh air to the study of the Earth’s evolution some 400-plus million years ago.

A team of researchers, including a faculty member at Appalachian State University, found that oxygen levels appear to increase at about the same time as a three-fold increase in biodiversity during the Ordovician Period, between 445 and 485 million years ago, according to a study published Nov. 20 in Nature Geoscience, a periodical that covers all aspects of the Earth sciences.

Appalachian State University debuts on Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list

By Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University has a debut ranking on the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list, an annual survey now in its eighth year. The survey assesses two- and four-year colleges, as well as online and nontraditional colleges and career and technical schools, based on their suitability for service members, military veterans and their families. The list, formerly known as Best for Vets, is an editorially independent news project.

Hyde named dean of students for Appalachian State University

By Megan Hayes

BOONE, N.C.—Following a national search, Dr. Jonathon Hyde has been named associate vice chancellor and dean of students for Appalachian State University. Hyde most recently served as director of residential life and education at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he also held the position of interim associate dean of students and director of student advocacy and accountability.

Appalachian earns No. 1 ranking from AASHE for sustainability among master’s institutions

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE, N.C.—In the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index compiled by the standard bearer for tracking sustainability in higher education, Appalachian State University ranked first among institutions with master’s programs and second overall in curriculum. The university tied for third for buildings, which is based on efficiencies in operations and maintenance, design and construction and indoor air quality.

Appalachian honors veterans, 1988 alumnus Col. Ralph L. ‘Bo’ Clayton III speaks

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE, N.C.—A crowd of approximately 150 gathered beside the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on the Appalachian State University campus, Friday, Nov. 10, for a Veterans Day ceremony.

Appalachian recognizes Summeys as Family of the Year

By Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—Rebecca Summey likes to say she bleeds black and gold. Her parents met at Appalachian State University, where she is currently a senior and her brother, Adam Summey, is a freshman.

Geography major finds adventure and stories in the field

By Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—Digging a snowpit, setting up tents or strapping bags on horses high in the Andes is a long way from day-to-day life in Greensboro. For Evan Montpellier, who loves science and working with his hands, fieldwork for Appalachian State University’s Master of Arts in Geography pointed the way to a fulfilling course of study.

Storms surge across campus; aftermath soggy, but safe and sound

By Elisabeth Wall and Heather Stewart

BOONE, N.C.—A steady rain throughout the day Monday, Oct. 23, followed by mid-afternoon thunder, lightning and torrential rains, caused culverts to overflow, traffic snarls and rerouting, minor leaks in some Appalachian State University facilities and heavy flooding at off-campus housing. Many off-campus apartment complexes have been affected, and the number of displaced students or affected faculty and staff is not yet known.

Campus emergency siren test to be conducted Nov. 1

By Jeff Cloninger

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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