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Awards, Honors and Promotions Archive

Dr. Melba Spooner named dean of the Reich College of Education

BOONE—Dr. Melba Spooner has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education after a national search. She begins her duties July 1, 2016.

Sixty-one undergraduates participate in National Conference on Undergraduate Research

BOONE—Sixty-one Appalachian State University undergraduates representing 25 different academic departments presented their research at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research at UNC Asheville, April 7-9.

Appalachian alumnus David Furr nominated for Tony Award

BOONE—David Furr, a 1994 graduate of Appalachian State University who is originally from Greensboro, is a 2016 Tony Award nominee for his performance in “Noises Off,” a Broadway comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. The most recent revival of Frayn’s play concluded a 13-week limited run on March 13 as part of the subscription series at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. Furr starred as Garry Lejeune, a volatile actor with a stutter.

Devin K. Hoffman of Franklinton awarded $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

BOONE—The Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded Appalachian State University junior geology major Devin K. Hoffman of Franklinton a $7,500 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He is one of 252 undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the nation and three in North Carolina to receive the award this year.

Students share the stage with dozens of statewide theatres in collaborative “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days”

RALEIGH—Twenty current students and recent graduates of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University participated in two different productions performed as part of the “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in Five Days” at the North Carolina Museum of History. Over a 118-hour period of non-stop, round-the-clock theatre, every one of Shakespeare’s plays was performed live in the sequential order of their writing.

Commencement ceremonies to be held May 13 and 14

BOONE—Commencement ceremonies will be held at Appalachian State University Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, in six separate events. A total of 3,088 undergraduate students will receive their degrees, plus 329 graduate students.

Appalachian student Kasia Sweeny to receive Celia Moh Scholarship

BOONE—Appalachian State University student Kasia Sweeny of Hamilton, New Jersey, has been selected to receive the Celia Moh Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.

Sweeny is a senior majoring in industrial design with a concentration in furniture. The scholarship will pay for Sweeny’s tuition, room and board, books and fees for the 2016-17 school year.

Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society inducts record 128 students

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s chapter of Tau Sigma National Transfer Student Honor Society recently inducted the largest group of students since its formation in 2010. In March, 380 students were invited to join Tau Sigma, just slightly below 25 percent of all students transferring to Appalachian in 2015, and 128 students accepted membership – more than twice as many as in 2015.

Professor emerita Patricia D. Beaver receives WNCHA award for outstanding achievement

BOONE—Appalachian State University professor emerita Patricia D. Beaver has received the 2016 Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) award for outstanding achievement.

Since 1954, WNCHA has presented this annual award to recognize the significant contributions of both individuals and organizations in preserving and promoting the history of the Appalachian mountain region.