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Awards, Honors and Promotions Archive

Powell, Croom and Jaynes honored by Appalachian Alumni Association

BOONE—Three individuals who have distinguished themselves in their careers or through their service to Appalachian State University have been honored by the Appalachian Alumni Association.

Jayne named Appalachian’s chief diversity officer

BOONE—Bindu Kolli Jayne has been named chief diversity officer and associate vice chancellor for equity, diversity and compliance at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian included in Princeton Review’s 2014 “Guide to 332 Green Colleges”

BOONE—Appalachian State University is among the most environmentally responsible colleges listed in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.” The guide was created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (

Poole named dean of Appalachian’s graduate school

BOONE—Following a national search, Dr. Max C. Poole has been named dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School at Appalachian State University. He will begin his work at Appalachian in August.

Poole replaces Dr. Edelma Huntley who has served as dean of the graduate school since 2005 and is retiring at the end of June.

Maass named associate dean at Appalachian

BOONE—Kern Maass has been named associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. He replaces Dr. Gordon Hensley who served as interim associate dean for one year and will return to teaching full time in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Maass will assume his role in the dean’s office July 1.

Adcock and Petschauer receive honorary doctorates from Appalachian

BOONE—An Appalachian State University alumnus and member of the university’s Board of Trustees, and a professor emeritus from the Department of History were awarded honorary doctorates during May graduation ceremonies.

Advice from elementary school students to university chancellor offered to graduates

BOONE—More than 2,500 students graduating from Appalachian State University received life advice from the university’s chancellor, Watauga County elementary school students and a news co-anchor, or participated in a group sing-along during weekend commencement ceremonies.

Benfield named Boone Optimist Club Officer of the Year

BOONE—Sgt. Chris Benfield from the Appalachian State University Police Department has received the Boone Optimist Club’s Officer of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually by the Boone Optimist Club as part of Optimist International’s Respect for Law week, which has been held since 1965.

New Army officers begin their careers

BOONE—Six cadets in Appalachian State University’s ROTC program transitioned from students to second lieutenants during commissioning ceremonies held on campus.