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Gifts & Grants Archive

Alumni pledge $3 million to Appalachian

Commitment is largest gift made to the university by graduates

BOONE—Brad and Carole Wilson of Raleigh have pledged $3 million to Appalachian State University and the Campaign for Appalachian. Their commitment is the largest made to the university by alumni. The Wilsons, both members of the Class of 1975, are co-chairs of Appalachian’s comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Department of Computer Science receives nearly $500,000 to enhance STEM education

BOONE—High school and community college mathematics and science teachers in the region will learn new ways to excite their students about computer science by using data analysis and mining, visualization and image processing during a six-week summer program at Appalachian State University.

Campus Polar Plunge nets more than $6,800 for Watauga County Special Olympics

BOONE—A 38-degree water temperature plus 142 hearty souls equaled $6,881.06 for Watauga County Special Olympics.

Building materials donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Balfour Beatty Construction recently made a donation worth $18,000 in building materials to the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The donation included bags of concrete, brooms, shovels, snow shovels, insulation, wood and rebar.

Gifts from accounting firm support scholarships and faculty development at Appalachian

BOONE—Gifts totaling $94,900 have been made by the accounting firm of Dixon Hughes Goodman to Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business. The gifts provide continuing support of the college’s Department of Accounting, discretionary funds available to the dean of the college, and have established the Dixon Hughes Goodman/Brooks Ferrell Memorial Scholarship endowment fund.

Students initiate new grant program for renewable energy research

BOONE—Students at Appalachian State University believe so strongly in reducing their environmental impact while on campus that they charge themselves a fee to support renewable energy projects. Now, they have begun using some of that revenue to support faculty research related to renewable energy.

$60,000 grant will support women science faculty at Appalachian

BOONE—Women faculty often choose to work at smaller universities which are considered family friendly and provide a better balance between academic and family life.

Professors receive NSF grant to study sleep restriction and decision making

BOONE—Running on autopilot. How many times has that described your work or school day after a sleepless night – or week?

Two professors at Appalachian State University have received a $405,628 National Science Foundation award to study how sleep restriction and disruption of the circadian rhythm, or natural sleep cycle, impacts decision making.

NIH-funded project to study effects of Tai Chi on anxiety and sleep in young adults

BOONE—Stress, anxiety and sleep difficulties are pressing problems facing today’s college students.

Dr. Karen Caldwell, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling in Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, thinks practicing the art of Tai Chi can help students improve their quality of sleep and reduce stress.