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Registration is now open for Girls on the Run 5k event on May 15

BOONE—The public is invited to register for the 2016 ZAP Fitness Girls on the Run of the High Country 5K on May 15 where everyone is a finisher. More than 150 participants are expected to lace up for this untimed run to celebrate the end of the Spring 2016 season. Kicking off at 2 p.m. from the Clawson-Burnley Shelter on the Greenway Trail, the 5K signifies the conclusion of a 12-week program that teaches life skills through energizing interactive lessons and running games.

UNC President Margaret Spellings visits Appalachian

BOONE—President of the University of North Carolina Margaret Spellings came to the High Country Monday, April 11, as part of her 100-day tour of the state and 17 institutions in the system. Spellings and Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri N. Everts spent a significant portion of the visit talking to key constituencies of faculty, staff and students and listening to their ideas and concerns.

Officials celebrate Connect NC bond success with site dedication

BOONE—Chancellor Sheri N. Everts and more than 150 invited guests welcomed University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings at a Connect NC bond celebration and site dedication for the Appalachian State University Beaver College of Health Sciences building, Monday, April 11.

Annual lecture in British history focuses on Richard the Lionhart

BOONE—The Fourth Annual Appalachian Lecture in British History will be held April 28 at 7 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. Dr. Richard R. Heiser from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., will lecture on “The Court of a Crusader King.” The public is invited.

Lecture on slave impressment during the Civil War in North Carolina presented April 14

BOONE—Civil war historian Jaime Amanda Martinez will speak April 14 at Appalachian State University on “Slave Impressment and Political Dissent in Governor Zeb Vance’s North Carolina.” Her lecture begins at 6 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons. The public is invited to attend.

Michael Eric Dyson to speak April 12 at Appalachian

BOONE—Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. His talk, originally scheduled for Jan. 21 as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. A book signing will follow the talk. Admission is free.

Author of “The Vegan Studies Project”

Lecture rescheduled for April 21 at 5:30pm

BOONE—Laura Wright, author of “The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror” will speak March 24 at 7 p.m. in room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University. Her talk is titled “Imagining Vegan Studies: English, Activism, and Animals.”

Appalachian will host Spring Open House April 16

BOONE—High school students and prospective transfer students are invited to learn about academics and campus life at Appalachian State University during its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 16. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions.

Interactive artwork “Paper Bag Test” on display in Belk Library and Information Commons

BOONE—IlaSahai Prouty is determined to expand the dialog about race and stereotypes at Appalachian State University. Her new art installation, “Paper Bag Test – Boone,” is designed to present race as a social construct and engage students, faculty, staff and the community in thinking about how words describe, imply and evaluate race. The installation is on display in Belk Library and Information Commons’ second floor rotunda through the end of March.