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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.

Oncology nurse Sheets ’14 returns to serve Boone

By Elisabeth Wall

Hannah Sheets ’14 has come back home.

Sheets is a member of the third graduating class of nurses from Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences. Her first position out of college was in the oncology unit of Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Two years later she has returned to work at Watauga Medical Center’s radiation oncology department.

Appalachian alumna named N.C. French Teacher of the Year

By: Kesha Williams

BOONE—Laura Parker, a 2011 graduate of Appalachian State University’s Master of Arts program in romance languages, was recently named the North Carolina French Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (NC-AATF). Parker teaches French at Burns High School in Lawndale.

Appalachian alumnus follows vigorous path to Johns Hopkins Hospital clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellowship

By: Elisabeth Wall

BOONE—The rigors of balancing academics and athletics as an undergraduate gave Dr. Zachary Hollis ’02 the foundation to make well-informed career decisions, he said. The mental toughness he developed served him well during the past 14 years as he forged an advanced medical career to become a clinical cardiac electrophysiology fellow at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.