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Readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine vote Appalachian best place to learn in the Blue Ridge

BestBlueRidge_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University has been voted the best school/place to learn in the Blue Ridge by readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine.

Every five years readers of the magazine vote on their favorite places to eat, hike, camp, bike and engage in other outdoor activities. The “Best of the Blue Ridge” section in the magazine’s July/August issue also includes readers’ favorite towns, and schools or places for the adult learner.

Appalachian received the magazine’s platinum award for best school/place to learn. Virginia Tech received a gold award and the John C. Campbell Folks School received a silver award.

The magazine, based in Roanoke, Va., has a total readership of 425,000 per issue. The magazine

is distributed across the southeast from Maryland to Alabama. The award winners are featured in the July/August issue, which also celebrates the magazine’s 20th anniversary. Reader votes were submitted through mailed paper ballots and the magazine’s Web site.

“In addition to its outstanding academic offering for students Appalachian offers a breadth of programs throughout the year to engage seasonal and part-time residents as well as visitors to the area,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock.

The university hosts alternative energy and craft enrichment workshops throughout the year, and summer institutes or workshops for music, science and math, and developmental education teachers, child and adolescent counselors, and adult literacy professionals. This summer, the university is hosting lectures on the holocaust, the flora and fauna of the southern Appalachians, and the history of the Biltmore Estate’s landscape.

“It is gratifying that participants of programs such as these have validated the university’s efforts to engage the life-long learner as well as the traditional college-age student,” Peacock said.