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Karl Mamola to receive 2015 Oersted Medal

College Park, Md.—Retired Appalachian State University professor Karl C. Mamola has been named the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Oersted Medal, presented by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The medal will be awarded at a ceremonial session of the 2015 AAPT Winter Meeting in January in San Diego in recognition of his significant contributions to physics education through his roles as editor of The Physics Teacher and as mentor for students, prospective authors, column editors, reviewers and others.

More than 96 percent of Winkler Hall demolition debris recycled

BOONE—It took only seconds in early June to reduce the 11-story Winkler Hall at Appalachian State University to dust and rubble. Now the former residence hall site provides temporary green space for students after 96 percent of the debris has been recycled.

Appalachian remains No. 3 among top regional public universities in the South

BOONE—Appalachian State University is listed No. 3 among top regional public universities in the South and No. 9 among public and private universities in the South in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges rankings.

Noted education scholar Henry Giroux to speak Sept. 25 at Appalachian

BOONE—Henry Giroux, the noted scholar, educational theorist and public intellectual, will speak at Appalachian State University on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts. His talk is titled “Disposable Futures: Neoliberalism’s Assault on Higher Education.”

Six faculty from Appalachian receive Board of Governors/University teaching awards

BOONE—Each year, the UNC Board of Governors recognizes excellence in teaching at the UNC system universities by providing funds to honor up to seven faculty members from each campus.

Appalachian’s honorees were recognized during convocation held Sept. 4 on campus.

Contemplative pedagogy and the transformation of higher education to be discussed Sept. 30

BOONE—Dr. Daniel Barbezat, co-author of “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning” will speak at Appalachian State University Sept. 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union.

Campus leaders honored during Convocation Sept. 4

BOONE—Leaders at Appalachian State University can be found in every corner of campus, but six in particular have been honored for their commitment to students.

Sally Atkins, Jacob Brooks, Kate Johnson, Dylan Russell, Ashton Starnes and John Weaver are the 2014 recipients of the W.H. Plemmons Medallion.

Visiting Writers Series features Allen St. John, George Ella Lyon and Shira Dentz

BOONE—An award-winning journalist, a poet and a writer of multiple genres will read from and talk about their work as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University.

Appalachian awarded more than $2.5 million from NSF for 12-state biodiversity database project

BOONE—Professor Zack E. Murrell is leading a multi-state, $2.545 million project to create a digitized database of more than 3 million plant specimens from across the Southeast.