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Borkowski Reading Room dedicated; portrait of Appalachian’s fifth chancellor unveiled

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BOONE—A portrait of Frank Borkowski, Appalachian State University’s fifth chancellor, was unveiled Wednesday during a special ceremony in Belk Library and Information Commons on campus.

The portrait, painted by artist Danny Filippone, is located on the first floor of the library in the Francis T. and Kay Borkowski Reading Room, which was dedicated in the Borkowski’s honor during the event.

“We dedicate this room to future generations of Appalachian State University students who may find many new, challenging and exciting things as they study here in the Borkowski Reading Room; to their professors and mentors who have chosen as their life’s work teaching in order to enrich the lives of students and to pursue new and original ideas; and to the staff who help students and faculty every day accomplish their goals,”

said John Idol, vice chairman of the library advisory board.

Faculty Senate chair Martha Marking highlighted the changes that occurred on campus during Borkowski’s tenure from 1993-2003, a time during which nine major academic and student support facilities were constructed.

“The campus today is a reflection of his vision and drive,” Marking said. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for the building that we are in today. Without his advocacy and support in getting the 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum passed, Belk Library and Information Commons would likely not have been here.”

“We thank both of you for your vision for Appalachian,” Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock said. “You didn’t have just the vision, you worked hard and you made it happen.”

Borkowski, a classically trained musician, now teaches in the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music on campus. “It has been just a joy being here,” he said. “There is something in the chemistry among the people here.”

Borkowski said Appalachian was a place where faculty, staff, students and others associated with the university have created an environment in which a love for the area and a commitment to educate students will continue for generations to come.

Since arriving in Boone with her husband, Kay Borkowski has been an active volunteer and leader in the community and has taught flute in the Hayes School of Music.

The Borkowskis live in Valle Crucis.

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Photo caption: The official portrait of Frank Borkowski, Appalachian State University’s chancellor from 1993-2003, has been hung on the first floor of Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons in the Francis T. and Kay Borkowski Reading Room. The portrait was painted by artist Danny Filippone, left. A framed image of Borkowski’s wife, Kay, is part of the portrait. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)