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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.

Appalachian’s 24-hour fundraiser wins CASE Grand Award and sets the stage for this year’s #iBackAPP event

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s award-winning #iBackAPP Day, a 24-hour fund drive coordinated by The Appalachian Fund, is set to return May 1.

Annual People of the Planet Soccer Tournament held April 12

BOONE—The 9th Annual People of the Planet Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 12, at the Watauga High School turf fields. The event is a collaboration between Appalachian State University and Watauga High School to celebrate the community’s cultural diversity. The tournament also is part of the annual Diversity Celebration held at Appalachian. Admission is free.

Appalachian expands its educational opportunities in Turkey

BOONE—Appalachian State University has added a second formal agreement with a private university in Turkey creating opportunities for student, faculty and staff exchanges from Appalachian State University and both Turkish institutions.

Scholar discusses women’s identity as reflected in Disney films March 18

BOONE—Fulbright-Nehru doctoral research scholar Mukulika Dattagupta will present the talk “The Journey of Women in Animated Disney Films” March 18 at Appalachian State University. The program will begin at 3:30 p.m. in room 421 Belk Library and Information Commons on campus and is part of the library’s Doorways Series. The public is invited to attend.

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.

Gillin named director of athletics at Appalachian

BOONE—Following a national search, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts has named Douglas Gillin director of athletics at Appalachian State University. He will begin his new duties April 6.

UNC System avoided $103 million in utility costs in 2013-14

By Elisabeth Wall, Office of Sustainability

BOONE—The University of North Carolina System avoided $103 million in utility costs in the 2013-14 academic year, according to Len Hoey, energy engineering manager at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Appalachian Journal fall/winter issue released

BOONE—Appalachian Journal has released its fall/winter 2015 issue, which features the winning essay of the Appalachian Studies Association’s 2014 Carl Ross Award.