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The Edible and Visual South: UNC scholars visit Appalachian Sept. 15

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—Southern scholars Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will be on campus for two events Friday, Sept. 15, in Belk Library and Information Commons Lecture Hall 114. At 3:30 p.m., Cohen Ferris will speak about how food – as cuisine and as commodity – has expressed and shaped southern identity. Ferris’s talk from 6 – 8 p.m. will focus on his photography and documentary film work.

English major presents at American Literature Association

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—In May, Appalachian State University’s Tommy Young was one of a handful of undergraduates to present at the American Literature Association Conference, in Boston, Massachusetts. As a member of the Gertrude Stein Society, the English major was one of four scholars to present a paper on a panel titled “New Directions in Stein Studies.”

Girls on the Run-High Country kicks off fall programs

BOONE, N.C.—Girls on the Run of the High Country (GOTR-HC) announces the start of the fall 2017 season. Approximately 200 girls in third through eighth grade will participate this fall in GOTR-HC programs, which inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, according to Council Director Mary Sheryl Horine.

History of total solar eclipses in North Carolina

Editor’s note: Dr. Thomas Rokoske is Professor Emeritus in Appalachian State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

By Dr. Thomas Rokoske

BOONE, N.C.—Since 1869 there have been three total solar eclipses in North Carolina: Aug. 7, 1869, May 28, 1900, and March 7, 1970. There will be three more before the end of the century: Aug. 21, 2017, May 11, 2078 and Sept. 14, 2099.

Hankins’ first book garners Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—Dr. Davis Hankins of Appalachian State University is one of 10 winners of the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise this year. It is an international award given annually by the Forschungszentrum für Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie (Research Center for International and Inter¬disciplinary Theology) to outstanding first books in theology and is a most prestigious award in the field of religious studies. He received this award for his work “The Book of Job and the Immanent Genesis of Transcendence” (Northwestern University Press, 2015).

Alumni Daugherty and Rogers inducted into the Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society

By Heather Brandon

BOONE, N.C.—Appalachian State University alumni James Daugherty ’93 ’94 and Julia Kay “Kay” Rogers ’69 ’76 were inducted into the Rhododendron Society on July 21 at a brunch held on campus.

Gelber named AppTV general manager

By Meghan McCandless

BOONE, N.C.—After a national search, Robert Gelber has been named general manager of AppTV, Appalachian State University’s television station housed within the Department of Communication in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Gelber was hired as AppTV’s chief engineer in 2014 before assuming the interim general manager role in the spring of 2017, and began his official position with the station Aug. 1.

Communication faculty member receives Wade H. Hargrove Community Leadership Award

By Meghan McCandless

BOONE, N.C.—Dan “Vallie” Hill, practitioner-in-residence in the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University and WASU-FM manager, was awarded the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) 2017 Wade H. Hargrove Community Leadership Award in June at the annual awards luncheon in Durham. The award is given to North Carolina broadcasters who have demonstrated a commitment to public service in their communities.

High Country Half Marathon Announces New Route for 2017 Race

By Mary Sheryl Horine

BOONE, N.C.—The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) at Appalachian State University announced a new route for the High Country Half Marathon scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7:30 a.m. Race director Mary Sheryl Horine stated, “Our race has a fantastic following of runners but not everyone is thrilled with the uphill finish. This year we’ve changed the route slightly in order to offer a long downhill finish for the last couple of miles!”