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Archive for May, 2013

WNC economy grows at a sluggish pace

BOONE—After stumbling at the end of 2012, the regional economy began to regain its footing in the first quarter of the year, according to the Western North Carolina Economic Index, compiled by the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis at Appalachian State University. Regional economic activity increased 0.4 percent during the first quarter of 2013.

Appalachian professors to write book on Civil War history from a new perspective

By Jane Nicholson

BOONE—With more than 55,000 books in print about the Civil War, one might assume that there is no new information to be gleaned about the event that separated states, communities and families. But there is a topic that has received scant attention – the environmental history of the Civil War.

Students focus on sustainability during Homegrown Film Festival

BOONE—Mini-documentaries that were highlighted during Homegrown Film Festival: A Celebration of Sustainability in the High Country are now available online. Topics included sustainable agriculture, beer making and more.

Greenhouse spring plant sale May 16-18

BOONE—The Appalachian State University biology greenhouse spring plant sale will be held May 16-18 at the greenhouse located off State Farm Road.

Schallau wins insurance white paper award

BOONE—For the fourth consecutive year, an Appalachian State University student has won a national contest for a white paper highlighting research on issues facing the wholesale insurance industry.

Traffic advisory for Appalachian’s commencement ceremonies May 10-12

BOONE—Family and friends of May graduates planning to attend ceremonies May 10-12 at Appalachian State University are advised to expect delays if traveling Hwy. 321 in Boone. A bridge replacement project is in progress near Boone Heights Drive, and a section of highway in this area has been reduced to one lane of traffic coming into and leaving Boone.

Matthew Dull named assistant vice chancellor for finance and operations

BOONE—Matthew C. Dull has been named assistant vice chancellor for finance and operations in Appalachian State University’s Division of Student Development. Dull most recently served as director of administrative support services in the division.

Two students selected for NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program

BOONE—Appalachian State University undergraduate geography majors Gordon Buckingham of Charlotte and Peter Nasuti of New London have been accepted into the competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program.

Campus leaders receive Plemmons Leadership Medallion

BOONE—Distinguished leadership and work to enrich student life at Appalachian State University are hallmarks of this year’s W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion recipients: Lauren Brigman, James C. Terrell III and Dr. Jim Street.