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Awards, Honors and Promotions Archive

Michael McNally named director of North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies

BOONE—The North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) has hired Michael McNally as its new director. The center’s 55,000 square-foot facility, located in Hickory, provides facilities for applied research in engineering-related fields and serves as a conduit to baccalaureate education delivered by institutions in the the University of North Carolina system.

Appalachian vehicle finishes in sixth place in American Solar Challenge

HOT SPRINGS, S.D.—Twelve students who departed the campus of Appalachian State University on July 21 completed a 17-day journey in Hot Springs, South Dakota, on Aug. 6, finishing a nearly 2,000-mile solar car race in sixth place overall and winning three international awards along the way with their solar vehicle, Apperion.

Appalachian’s solar vehicle team places third in the Formula Sun Grand Prix

WAMPUM, Pa.—Appalachian State University’s solar vehicle team, Team Sunergy, has taken third place in the Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania.

Under heavy cloud cover and some rain, the team completed the race on July 28 with a total of 414 laps, behind Principia College with 454 laps and University of Michigan, which took first place with 518 laps.

Actuarial science program ranked in two nationwide best-values lists

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s actuarial science program was recently identified by Online Accounting Degrees as one of the “Top 40 Values in Bachelor of Actuarial Science Degree Programs for 2016.” In addition, the program was listed in the “30 Best Value Actuarial Science Programs 2016” ranking by College Values Online.

Raichle named interim chair of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

By: Meghan McCandless

BOONE—Dr. Brian Raichle will act as interim chair of the Appalachian State University Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment beginning in July. Raichle, who had been assistant chair and professor in the department, replaces Chad Everhart.

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.

Walker College of Business faculty awarded professorships

BOONE—Walker College of Business faculty Pete Groothuis, William M. Baker, Chris McNeil, Pia Albinsson, Dana Clark, Dave McEvoy and Joseph Cazier have been awarded professorships at Appalachian State University.

Third student awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad

BOONE—Three Appalachian State University students are among the recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Economics professor awarded grant for socioeconomic study of Atlantic menhaden

BOONE—Dr. John Whitehead, professor and chair of Appalachian State University’s Department of Economics, has been awarded $95,303 by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to conduct a socioeconomic study of Atlantic menhaden commercial fisheries.