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Community Music School holding an Open House on April 26

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Community Music School (CMS) will hold an open house on Sunday, April 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at its facility at 134 Doctor’s Drive in Boone. Interim director Laura Chu Stokes and CMS instructors will be on hand to answer questions about CMS’ instrumental offerings, in addition information registration for both summer and fall lessons. Tours will be offered by current students.

Program on the Negro Leagues baseball era part of diversity celebration at Appalachian

By Susan King, Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance

BOONE—Derrick C. Jones, a 1979 graduate of Appalachian State University, will return April 12-18 for a residency featuring lectures and presentations on the Negro Leagues baseball era for audiences on campus, at public schools and in the community.

Investment in Appalachian yielded a 15.9 percent ROI in new income, economic value study shows

BOONE—Spend a dollar on education at Appalachian State University and that dollar will yield another $6.40 in benefits to taxpayers, or a 15.9 percent return on investment, according to an economic impact value of higher education conducted by the Idaho-based company Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) for the University of North Carolina system.

Coffee with a Cop held April 2

BOONE—University Police at Appalachian State University invite students, faculty and staff to meet officers and discuss community issues, build relationships and drink a free cup of coffee during Coffee with a Cop April 2. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Roess Dining Hall.

Civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry speaks March 23 at Appalachian

BOONE—Dr. Mary Frances Berry will present “Whatever Happened to the Civil Rights Movement?” Monday, March 23, as part of the 2014-15 Forum Series at Appalachian State University. The series theme is “The Civil Rights Act After 50 Years: Is There Justice for All Now?”

‘Being an Engaged Campus’ discussion to be held March 18

BOONE—The campus community is invited to a panel discussion titled “Being an Engaged Campus: Opportunities for Teaching, Learning, Research, and Service” to be held Wednesday, March 18, from noon to 1:30 pm in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom.

Autism camp offered April 17-19, registration ends April 1

BOONE—Crinkleroot Retreat, a free day camp to be held April 17-19, is recruiting campers ages 8 – 14 with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The retreat will be held in Valle Crucis at the Broadstone facility and is staffed by trained Appalachian State University volunteers.

10th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk held April 11

BOONE—On Saturday, April 11, students from Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program, in collaboration with Huntington’s Disease Society of America, will host the 10th Annual Tom Moore 5K Run/Walk.

17th annual Polar Plunge raises more than $7,300 for Special Olympics

BOONE—It was a true Polar Plunge Thursday with 162 plungers braving snow and a 34-degree water temperature to raise more than $7,300 for Special Olympics athletes in Watauga County during the 17th annual Polar Plunge at Appalachian State University’s duck pond.