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Hayes, Adams and Collins to Lead Appalachian’s Alumni Association

council.jpgBOONE — Vaughn Hayes of North Wilkesboro, and Julia Adams and Jeannine Underdown Collins, both of Boone, will lead the Appalachian State University Alumni Association for 2000-01. Officers’ terms begin and end at homecoming each year.

The three were installed as officers of the association’s governing council during a homecoming awards banquet on campus Oct. 20. Officers’ terms begin and end at homecoming each year.

Hayes urged alumni to help complete Appalachian’s unfinished business.

“We must not create a mirage of fulfillment,” he said, recounting the university’s national rankings, including U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s magazine; the number of students applying for one of the 2,500 slots in this year’s freshman class; and surveys indicating 74 percent of Appalachian’s alumni would choose to attend the university again. “There is much to do to continue to enhance the value of Appalachian.”

He pointed to the upcoming Nov. 7 higher education bond referendum as an example as well as completion of the university’s $70 fundraising million campaign. He called both

“a tremendous window of opportunity” for the university’s continued success.

Hayes, vice president of store planning at Lowe’s Companies Inc., will serve a one-year term as president. He is a member of Appalachian’s Campaign for the Second Century and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Advancement Council. Hayes graduated from Appalachian in 1968.

Adams, an adjunct professor in health education at Appalachian, will serve a one-year term as the association’s vice president.

She is a member of the Alcohol/Drug Council of Watauga County and the Watauga Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking board and chairs the Red Ribbon Week Celebration for Watauga County. She graduated from Appalachian in 1956.

Collins was installed as secretary of the association. She is president of Underdown and Associates Inc. Collins is a member of Appalachian’s Athletic Council and Homecoming Committee.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian in 1979 and earned a master’s degree in 1981.

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Picture Caption: New officers and executive committee chairs of the Appalachian State University Alumni Association’s Alumni Council began their terms of office during recent homecoming activities. They are (front left) awards committee chair Dee Pendleton, secretary Jeannine Underdown Collins, career services committee chair Jill Sparks, past president Perry Hudspeth and (back row, left) scholarship committee chair Don Haynes, vice president Julia Adams and president Vaughn Hayes. All will serve a one-year term. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)