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Archive for October, 2017

Geography major finds adventure and stories in the field

By Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—Digging a snowpit, setting up tents or strapping bags on horses high in the Andes is a long way from day-to-day life in Greensboro. For Evan Montpellier, who loves science and working with his hands, fieldwork for Appalachian State University’s Master of Arts in Geography pointed the way to a fulfilling course of study.

Storms surge across campus; aftermath soggy, but safe and sound

By Elisabeth Wall and Heather Stewart

BOONE, N.C.—A steady rain throughout the day Monday, Oct. 23, followed by mid-afternoon thunder, lightning and torrential rains, caused culverts to overflow, traffic snarls and rerouting, minor leaks in some Appalachian State University facilities and heavy flooding at off-campus housing. Many off-campus apartment complexes have been affected, and the number of displaced students or affected faculty and staff is not yet known.

Campus emergency siren test to be conducted Nov. 1

By Jeff Cloninger

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University will test its campus siren warning system at 11:55 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Poet Vivian Shipley to conclude Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series Nov. 2

By Mary Giunca

BOONE, N.C.—The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University will conclude Nov. 2 with two presentations by Vivian Shipley, a poet, critic and award-winning teacher.

Appalachian Children’s Literature Symposium scheduled for Oct. 28

By Lynn Patterson

BOONE, N.C.—The fourth biennial Children’s Literature Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Poet and author Allan Wolf, authors Alan Gratz and Heather Bouwman and storyteller Donna Washington will present approaches for using literature to facilitate reading, creative writing and storytelling in educational settings.

Black Mountain College Semester at Appalachian to include lectures, workshops, art, films and other events

By Mary Anne Redding

BOONE, N.C.—For Appalachian State University’s Black Mountain College (BMC) Semester in spring 2018, multiple departments across the university are collaborating with area museums and other venues to host exhibits, lectures and workshops that will highlight the importance of BMC’s influence within the Appalachian region’s creative, educational and political movements.

Alumnus’ new endowment fund and named space in Peacock Hall honor information systems professor

By Haley Childers

BOONE, N.C.—A new endowment fund and meeting and networking space at Appalachian State University have been established to honor Dr. Albert L. Harris, a longtime professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the Walker College of Business (WCOB).

One case of pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed in Watauga County

BOONE, N.C.—One case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, was confirmed in Watauga County on October 16, 2017. The case is in an Appalachian State University student.

Researchers link western wildfire activity to arctic warming

By Peter Soulé

BOONE, N.C.—Are the devastating wildfires in California potentially linked to larger atmospheric processes related to human-caused climate change? Researchers at Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro believe there might be a connection.