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Community Care of North Carolina CEO to speak April 24 at Appalachian

BOONE—L. Allen Dobson Jr., M.D., president and chief executive officer of Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), will be the speaker for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Distinguished Lecture Series at Appalachian State University.

Conference to focus on travel, business and investment opportunities in Cuba

BOONE—What opportunities will the thawing of US/Cuba relations bring for tourists, businesses and investors?

A one-day conference April 30 at Appalachian State University, “Cuba Answers,” will provide expert advice on new opportunities expected to occur in the Caribbean nation.

Appalachian joins N.C. Alliance for Health Professions Diversity

WINSTON-SALEM—Officials from 20 North Carolina colleges, universities, statewide organizations, as well as state and local health agencies met recently to formally create a state-wide alliance to increase minority representation in the health professions.

Trustees award emeritus/emerita status to faculty at Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Board of Trustees granted emerita or emeritus status during its March 27 meeting to 20 members of the faculty. The honor is effective July 1. The faculty members are:

Kruger named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian

BOONE—Following a national search, Dr. Darrell P. Kruger has been named provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University. Kruger comes to Appalachian from the University of New Orleans, where he is dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Everts will be installed as Appalachian’s seventh chancellor on April 17

BOONE—Dr. Sheri N. Everts will be installed as Appalachian State University’s seventh chancellor on Friday, April 17, in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

Social entrepreneurs Doc Hendley and Hannah Davis to speak at Global Opportunities Conference

BOONE—Wine to Water founder Doc Hendley will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Global Opportunities Conference: Business for a Better World to be held Friday, April 10 at 9 a.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Ballroom at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian’s College of Health Sciences named for Hickory-area businessman

BOONE—The College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University has been named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry – Donald C. Beaver of Conover.

While he may be best known as owner of several minor league baseball teams in the South, Beaver first made his mark as the developer and CEO of a group of skilled nursing facilities in the state.

Burris honored by UNC Board of Governors for teaching excellence

BOONE—Teaching is one of Jennifer Burris’ passions, and that passion has been recognized by the UNC Board of Governors.

Burris, an associate professor of physics at Appalachian State University and director of the engineering physics graduate program, is one of 17 professors from across the UNC system who will receive a UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence.