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Archive for March, 2016

Jones named director of student financial aid at Appalachian

BOONE—Anthony P. Jones of Seven Devils has been named director of student financial aid at Appalachian State University effective April 1. Lori Townsend, who has served as interim director of financial aid since January 2015, will return to her position as senior associate director of financial aid.

Michael Eric Dyson to speak April 12 at Appalachian

BOONE—Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. His talk, originally scheduled for Jan. 21 as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. A book signing will follow the talk. Admission is free.

Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “Aladdin” Beloved children’s classic chosen for 44th season of AYPT

BOONE—Audience members of all ages are invited to help the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) create the magic of “Aladdin: A Participation Play,” by noted children’s theatre author Moses Goldberg. The family-friendly production will be presented on the Appalachian State University campus in the I. G. Greer Studio Theater at 7 p.m. on April 1 with 2 p.m. matinee performances on April 2 and 3. Ticket prices are $5 for children and university students and $10 for adults. To learn more, visit or call 828-262-3063 or 800-841-ARTS (2787).

Travel writers Peter Fish and Leigh Ann Henion speak April 7 at Appalachian

BOONE—Travel and adventure writers Peter Fish and Leigh Ann Henion will be the featured writers at the April 7 Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

They will present the craft talk “Travel Writing” at 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Table Rock Room and read from their work beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Table Rock Room. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Appalachian senior wins jazz competition at Texas State Trombone Symposium

BOONE—A two-day trip to the Texas State Trombone Symposium and four hours of practice a day paid off for Appalachian State University senior Grant Smith.

The performance major from Charlotte won the Rath Jazz Trombone Competition held as part of the symposium.

Student’s feasibility study tests e-bike market in Boone

BOONE—Ryan Gillespie has big ideas to improve the commuter experience in Boone. Gillespie, a senior sustainable technology major in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, is passionate about what he calls “responsible transportation.” His goal is to help revolutionize the way citizens commute by studying how a small group of students, faculty and staff use electric bikes over a six-month period, and apply this data to facilitate a local e-bike rental service.

Lisa A. Runner receives Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

BOONE—Lisa Adkins Runner, an associate professor in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, has received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. Runner is one of 17 recipients representing North Carolina’s 16 public universities and the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics who were nominated by special committees on their home campus to receive the award. Final selection was made by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Personnel and Tenure.

Coffee Buzz 5K fundraiser held April 23 at Appalachian

BOONE—The Coffee Buzz 5K fundraiser will be held April 23 at Appalachian State University. The event is sponsored by International Appalachian, also known as INTAPP, an organization that seeks to increase international understanding and direct involvement with other cultures and countries.

Guest flutist Wendy Rolfe performs April 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—Flutist Wendy Rolfe will present a guest recital April 3 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. Rolfe will be joined by harpsichordist Michael Bell and flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham from the Hayes School of Music.