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Walk for Awareness Held Sept. 5 at Appalachian

BOONE-Appalachian State University’s annual Walk for Awareness will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 9 p.m. beginning at Sanford Mall on campus. This year’s theme is STEPS – Students Together Encouraging Public Safety.

Members of the campus and Watauga County communities are invited to join the silent walk through campus, which ends at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Speakers for the evening are: Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, University Police Chief Gunther Doerr, Dean of Students Susie Greene, Student Government Association President Forrest Gilliam and Black Student Association member Kandace Davis.

Student organizations or clubs participating in this year’s walk are encouraged to wear a club T-shirt. Also, no cell phone use or smoking is allowed during the walk.

Prior to the walk, students are encouraged to attend a video presentation and question-and -answer session titled “Why Walk?: A Survivor’s Story,” about a 1989 act of violence against a university employee and a university student.

The walk serves as a reminder to campus and community members to always be aware of their personal safety. It also commemorates lives lost to violence, supports victims and survivors of violence, and affirms participants’ commitment and responsibility to speak out against all forms of violence.

The Walk for Awareness is supported by the Appalachian Parents Association and University Highlands.