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Net-zero energy house to compete at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

BOONE—Thirty-four students from Appalachian State University will soon begin packing for a 4,000-plus mile trip to Versailles, France. But before they pack their luggage, they first have to prepare their 1,200-square foot house for the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 competition.

Robertson honored by Association of College Unions International

BOONE—David Robertson, director of student programs and Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University, has received an Emeritus Award from the Association of College Unions International. Robertson joined ACUI in 1975 when he served as director of the College Union and student activities at Wake Forest University.

Naylor authors children’s book

BOONE—Writer Alice Naylor and illustrator Gail Haley have collaborated on a children’s book based on a true story of adoption: “Maya Rose Chooses a Grandmother” published by Aquillrelle.

Heinen receives NOAA Hollings Scholarship

BOONE—Laura Heinen’s passion for environmental research has garnered attention from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The sophomore geology major at Appalachian State University has received a NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

Craig Popelars discusses book publishing, marketing and publicity May 1

BOONE—Craig Popelars, director of marketing and sales for Algonquin Books, will discuss how marketing and publicity is at the epicenter of publishing today—from a book’s acquisition to its appearance on the bestseller list and all points in between.

Smith Gallery presents Boundless: BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Spring 2014

BOONE—The Smith Gallery in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University will present “Boundless the BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Spring 2014” April 28 through May 10.

Music for horn featured April 27

BOONE—Music for the horn will be featured Sunday, April 27, at Appalachian State University. The members of the horn studio from the Hayes School of Music will be featured during the 6 p.m. concert in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Evening of string chamber music presented April 30

BOONE—Works by Beethoven, Debussy and Haydn will be performed April 30 during an evening of string chamber music at Appalachian State University. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Appalachian announces May commencement speakers

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s spring commencement will be held May 9-11 with each of the university’s degree-granting colleges or schools holding individual ceremonies.

A total of 2,538 graduates and undergraduates have applied for graduation, including those completing degree requirements in August who have been invited to participate in the spring graduation.