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Appalachian students partner with biomaterials company, build sustainable products

By Meghan McCandless

BOONE, N.C.—Furniture designer Alyssa Coletti is determined to expand student exposure to and experience with sustainable design. An adjunct instructor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Applied Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, she teaches just one or two courses per semester with the goal of providing a unique, hands-on experience for her students.

Appalachian chosen to launch Worldwatch Institute’s 2017 EarthEd State of the World report, Thursday, April 20

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—How do educators prepare the world’s population for the predicted collateral damage of climate change over the course of this century: emerging diseases, food shortages, drought and waterlogged cities?

Two April lectures to complement ‘Collective Vigilance’ exhibition at Appalachian’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University will present two lectures in April that complement “Collective Vigilance: Speaking for the New River,” an exhibit on view at the center through July 29.

UNC GA grant supports Appalachian, New River Light and Power and energy research across UNC system

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Over the past decade, Appalachian State University has amassed one of the largest and the most diverse portfolio of renewable energy facilities in the state of North Carolina. The university is home to the state’s largest wind turbine and leader of the Appalachian Energy Summit – an initiative that has saved the University of North Carolina system, together with industry partners, close to $500 million in avoided energy costs over the past six years.

Cambodian labor organizer and delegate to U.N. Conference on the Status of Women to speak at Appalachian March 30

By Dr. Gregory Reck

BOONE, N.C.—Sophorn Yang, president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) and a delegate to the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women, will speak at Appalachian State University on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. The presentation will be in the Gordon Gathering Hall, Room 124, in the Reich College of Education building. The event is free and open to the public.

Appalachian’s “Say What?” presentations on freedom of speech to include 5 nationally recognized speakers; several timely topics to be addressed

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Five speakers, all experts in their fields, will deliver lectures and/or lead discussions during “Say What?: Examining Freedom of Speech at App State,” a weeklong series of events beginning March 23 on the campus of Appalachian State University. All “Say What?” presentations are free and open to the public; see http://diversity.appstate.edu/saywhat for a full schedule.

Nile Project’s April 4 performance at Appalachian inspires a slew of residency activities over a 3-day period, benefitting programs from sustainability to the arts

By Ken Keuffel

BOONE, N.C.—On April 4, the Nile Project will perform in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. A collective of 35 musicians from 11 Nile countries will make sounds reflecting a remarkable synthesis of highly diverse rhythms and tonal systems, lyrics sung in numerous languages and instruments ranging from Kenyan kettledrums to Egyptian flutes.

Winners of 2016 Boone Discovery Forum develop innovative ideas for saving water, encouraging creative entrepreneurship and fostering dialogue

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—Three teams of student entrepreneurs from Appalachian State University will compete for $10,000 in underwriting at the annual BB&T Leadership Symposium beginning Friday in Raleigh. They will also refine their business ideas, hone their pitch skills, network with other entrepreneurs from across North Carolina and learn more about starting a business from the state’s leaders in innovation.

Appalachian hosts Food for Thought: A Sustainable, Community Series on Food beginning March 7

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—This spring, Appalachian State University is hosting a four-part community series on sustainable food. Appalachian Food Research for Equity, Sustainability and Health (AppalFRESH) and Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE) will sponsor “Food for Thought,” a series of talks about sustainable food in the High Country. Each of the sessions will take place in the Jimmy Smith Room of the Roess Central Dining Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m.