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Humanitarian Greg Mortenson to speak at Appalachian’s convocation Sept. 10

Khanday_t.jpgBOONE—An ordinary person who is living an extraordinary life will give the convocation address Sept. 10 at Appalachian State University.

Greg Mortenson, coauthor of the book “Three Cups of Tea,” will speak at the ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. in the Holmes Convocation Center. Mortenson’s book was the 2009 selection for the university’s Summer Reading Program.

In addition to his convocation address, Mortenson will participate in a panel discussion at 2 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. At 7:30 p.m., he will speak in Farthing Auditorium as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.

Visitors to Appalachian should be aware that numerous construction projects on campus as well as activities associated with the academic year have limited visitor parking. Parking for convocation and the afternoon panel discussion will be available in the Rivers Street parking deck and at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. A complimentary shuttle will run between the back entrance to the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center and Holmes Convocation Center. Shuttles will begin running at 8 a.m. Disability parking will be available at the Holmes Center parking lot.

Special shuttles buses for the afternoon program will run between the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center and the Raley Hall bus shelter.

Limited parking for the Visiting Writers Series program will be available in the Rivers Street parking deck, along Rivers Street and in any open parking spaces near academic buildings that typically are available after 5 p.m. Disability parking will be available at the Farthing Auditorium parking lot.

For information about parking, call the University Parking and Traffic Department at 828-262-2878.

“Three Cups of Tea” tells of Mortenson’s efforts to fulfill a promise to help build a school for children in Korphe, Pakistan, after villagers provided aid to him following a failed ascent of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. It took three years keep the promise, but once completed, Mortenson began a quest to help build schools in other villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He has since helped build more than 90 schools that serve more than 34,000 children. He also co-founded the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founded Pennies For Peace, two organizations that raise funds for the school construction projects.

For his efforts, Mortenson was awarded the “Star of Pakistan,” Pakistan’s highest civil award. His work has been profiled in Good Housekeeping magazine, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and ABC News, NBC News and CNN.