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More than 200 Appalachian and community volunteers help Children’s Playhouse’s BuildFest

By Colette Winkler ’16 and Jenna Massengale ’16

BOONE—More than 200 people from Appalachian State University and the Boone community volunteered at Playhouse Buildfest, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Appalachian educators receive awards for work in University College, General Education

BOONE—Seven Appalachian State University faculty and staff members were honored for their dedication to the betterment of Appalachian’s general education program at the annual University College/General Education awards ceremony.

Commencement remarks focus on memories and what’s next

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s six commencement ceremonies began Friday, May 13, with Chancellor Sheri N. Everts telling graduates, “Thank you for being part of our Appalachian community. Please know you will always be a part of this great university, as you are our most enduring legacy.”

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.

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 Common Reading Program announces 2016-17 book

BOONE—Appalachian State University has chosen the common reading selection for the 2016-17 academic year. It will be “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” by Jon Ronson, published 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.

Dr. Timothy J. Smith elected to the UNC Press Board of Governors

BOONE—Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, has been elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve on the 19-member UNC Press Board of Governors. The UNC Press is the publishing arm of the UNC system and the Press Board of Governors is charged with the responsibility of directing the affairs of the Press.

College of Arts and Sciences’ SAFE Fund grantees awarded for 2016

BOONE—The College of Arts and Sciences has selected nine students and seven faculty to receive funds from the newly created Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund for the 2016 year.