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Sparks receives honorary degree from Appalachian

By Jeff Cloninger

BOONE, N.C.—Among those receiving degrees from Appalachian State University during its Fall Commencement on Dec. 10, 2016, was Richard G. Sparks, president and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. Sparks, a two-time graduate of Appalachian who holds a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management (1976) and an MBA (1978), is now a recipient of the university’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Environmental science major Tara Early creates prize-winning research poster, is honored by SETAC

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—Tara Early of Morehead City just graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. She is now applying to graduate schools, and her experiences as a researcher at Appalachian have helped make her a strong candidate for some of the best doctoral-level toxicology labs and programs in the country.

Appalachian graduates encouraged to serve their communities

By Jeff Cloninger

BOONE, N.C.—Making a positive difference in the lives of others was a recurring theme in the remarks made at Appalachian State University’s Fall Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 10. 1,205 undergraduate students and 191 graduate students received degrees during the ceremonies.

Appalachian welcomes alumni, celebrates students during Homecoming 2016

Senior Pooja Adial of Four Oaks named ‘Top of the Rock’ student

By: Chris Grulke

BOONE—During Appalachian State University’s 2016 Homecoming celebration, alumni and families joined students, faculty and staff for a weeklong celebration.

Appalachian alumni from Boone, Salisbury and Charlotte honored Oct. 21

By: University Communications

BOONE—Appalachian State University presented alumni awards to four exceptional alumni at a luncheon held during the 2016 Homecoming celebrations on Oct. 21.

Susan M. Branch ’99 of Charlotte was awarded the university’s Young Alumni Award; the Outstanding Service Award was presented to D. Kenan Smith ’84 and E. Hayes Smith ’82 of Salisbury; and James M. Deal Jr. ’71 of Boone was granted the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Appalachian State University to celebrate homecoming week Oct. 17-22

By: Megan Hayes

BOONE—Appalachian State University will welcome alumni and friends to join in a week of homecoming festivities. The celebration begins Oct. 17 with a “Chill & Grill” social event on Sanford Mall at 4 p.m. and ends with the popular National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) step show at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Other popular annual events include the Homecoming parade, LipSync competition and APPtoberfest. At 3:30 p.m. Oct. 22, the Mountaineer football team will take on the Idaho Vandals in Kidd Brewer Stadium, known as The Rock.

Coopers, Maness receive Honorary Alumni Awards at Appalachian State University

By Kesha Williams

BOONE—Appalachian State University presented the Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award to Faye and John Cooper of Valle Crucis and The Honorable Roy James Maness of Troy during a Sept. 30 celebration at the university’s Appalachian House.

Educators inducted into Reich College of Education Rhododendron Society

By Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—The Reich College of Education (RCOE) hosted its 17th Rhododendron Society induction in late July, honoring three Appalachian State University graduates for their service to education. The inductees were Dr. Kim Blackburn-Morrison ’93 ’10, Bob M. Mauldin ’61 and Dawn B. Wooten ’89.

Connell sets her eye on Beaver College of Health Sciences master’s program

BOONE—In May, Leah Connell ’16 accepted her diploma, a bachelor’s degree in communications sciences and disorders from the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. She said her experience at the university exceeded expectations. In fact, she said, she had such a good experience, she will pursue her master’s in speech-language pathology here.