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Archive for December, 2015

Geology faculty and students contribute to better understanding of early climate change during the Devonian and Carboniferous Periods

BOONE—A five-year UNESCO and International Union of Geological Sciences project on the interaction between climate change and the earth’s biodiversity, IGCP 596, has culminated in the book “Planet Earth – In Deep Time,” co-edited by Professor Johnny Waters at Appalachian State University.

Grains of sand hold clues to the history of Alaska’s glaciers

BOONE—Show most people a core sample from the ocean floor and they only see mud. Ellen Cowan sees a ribbon of time dating back 1 million years or more.

Since 2013, Cowan, a geology professor at Appalachian State University, has been part of an international team of scientists studying climate change and earth systems in the Gulf of Alaska. Their work with the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program is supported in part by the National Science Foundation.

Agreement strengthens Appalachian’s relationship with Wilkes Community College

BOONE—An agreement between Wilkes Community College and Appalachian State University opens up a seamless pathway for students interested in earning an architectural technology and design degree from Appalachian.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Darrell Kruger, provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian, and Dr. John Hauser, vice president of industrial and workforce development at Wilkes Community College.

Latest issue of the Appalachian Journal focuses on Appalachian music

BOONE—The Appalachian Journal has published its first special edition on Appalachian music. This double issue (vol. 42, nos. 3-4) is the largest one in the journal’s 42-year history, with 300-plus pages and 60-plus contributors.

Guest editors Mark Freed and Trevor McKenzie are both musicians and music teachers who kick off this issue with a roundtable discussion: 25 musicians, teachers and scholars who select and describe their Appalachian “Top 10” playlists, offering lively defenses of their choices.

Take a Break with the Chancellor

BOONE—Grab a friend and “Take a Break with the Chancellor” on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons. Free snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

The event with Chancellor Sheri N. Everts and college deans is one of several activities that are part of Belk Library’s Library Cares week Dec. 6-9, an opportunity for students to achieve balance, relaxation and success during exam week.

Appalachian joins the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

BOONE—Twenty-nine faculty from across three colleges at Appalachian State University are involved in atmospheric sciences or related research.

More than 1,700 students will receive an Appalachian diploma Dec. 12

BOONE—Appalachian State University diplomas will be awarded this month to 1,321 undergraduates who will complete their degree requirements in December, and 407 graduate students who completed degree requirements in either August or December.

Annual Holiday Scholarship Concert presented Dec. 4 at Appalachian

BOONE—The Hayes School of Music presents its annual Holiday Scholarship Concert Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the Schaefer Center or by calling 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

Appalachian offers variety of options for meditation and well-being as semester ends

BOONE—As final exams for fall semester near, Appalachian State University offers a variety of options for maintaining well-being.

Appalachian’s Rich Mountain Meditation Room in Plemmons Student Union has been remodeled to better serve students, faculty and staff looking for a quiet respite from their busy lives. It is located on the third floor of Plemmons Student Union and is available for prayer, meditation or small group spiritual gatherings.