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Archive for June, 2012

Westglow owners make gift to enhance the arts

BOONE—A $7 million commitment from Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer, residents of Boca Raton, Fla., who own Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock, will greatly enhance the arts at Appalachian State University. Their gift will support the refurbishing of Farthing Auditorium and provide continued resources for the popular music series during An Appalachian Summer Festival.

University takes advantage of bond market’s low interest rates

BOONE—It’s not just home owners taking advantage of historically low interest rates.

Appalachian State University recently refinanced nearly $26.5 million in bonds, which will save just over $2 million in interest over the next 15 years. While the university typically refinances its bond debt when interest rates drop, this is the first time more than a dozen financial institutions bid on the refinancing to buy the university’s bonds.

Edwards to chair Appalachian’s Department of Biology

BOONE—Dr. Susan L. Edwards has been appointed chair of the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University effective July 1.

Edwards replaces Dr. Steven W. Seagle, who had served as department chair since 2004. Seagle will be on an off-campus scholarly assignment conducting research in Brazil for part of the next academic year before returning to teach at Appalachian.

Building Fermented Foods Businesses workshop held July 15-16 at Appalachian

BOONE—The workshop Building Fermented Foods Businesses featuring Sandor Katz will be held Sunday, July 15, – Monday, July 16, at Appalachian State University’s Ivory Tower Brewery in the Broyhill Events Center.

Anderson appointed interim chair of the Department of Geology

BOONE—Dr. William P. Anderson Jr. has been named interim chair of the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University.

Anderson has been a faculty member at Appalachian since 2004. Prior to coming to the university, he taught at Illinois State University and Radford University.

Russian language institute attracts high school students from across the state

BOONE—For the second year, Appalachian State University is offering a two-week Russian language institute for high school students.

This year’s institute will focus on Russian language, and Russian business communication and culture. The institute is directed by Dr. Irina Barclay, an assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Department of Theatre and Dance offers “Cre8tive Drama Day Camp”

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will offer the “Cre8tive Drama Day Camp,” a week-long day camp packed with fun, creativity and theatre activities. The camp will meet in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up is available.

Middleton Place Foundation president to speak at library luncheon June 22

BOONE—Charles Duell, president of the Middleton Place Foundation in Charleston, S.C., and a descendant of the Middleton family, will speak at a luncheon Friday, June 22, sponsored by Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. The event is at 11:30 a.m. at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds will support library collections. For tickets and more information call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Library’s Rare Books Room open to the public in June

BOONE—The Rhinehart Rare Books and Special Collections Room at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 13, 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.