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Reception honoring university benefactors held June 7 at Appalachian

BOONE—A reception honoring Irwin “Ike” and Carol Belk of Charlotte will be held Thursday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. on Sanford Mall at Appalachian State University.

The event will honor the Belks for their recent donation of art, a 24-foot foot metal sculpture titled “Aspire” by sculptor Jon Hair. It’s the second work of Hair’s to be donated to the university by the Belks. The first, titled “Lucky 8,” is located in a park adjacent to Belk Library and Information Commons. Hair also will be at the event.

The program will be held at the patio area on Sanford Mall where the sculpture is located, next to Central Dining Hall. In case of rain, the reception will be held in the dining hall’s Sanford Commons. The public is invited to attend.

Belk has gifted other outdoor sculptures on campus including the bronze Mountaineer statue located at the entrance to Stadium Drive and bronze sculptures located outside Belk Library.

He also commissioned the mural “The Quest for Knowledge” located in the library’s atrium and a ceiling mural in the Reich College of Education building.

Belk was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Appalachian in May 2010. He is one of the university’s most dedicated and generous benefactors. His family name adorns Belk Residence Hall, Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons, named in honor of his wife, and Anne Belk Hall named in honor of the Belk’s late daughter-in-law.