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Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

July Programs at Grandfather Mountain State Park

100 Mile Hike (TRACK Trail)

Appropriate for all ages.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 
2-mile hike round trip  |  Difficulty Level: Moderate

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge.   Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our TRACK Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike will take hikers to along our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.  Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike.  For more information about our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail, visit: http://kidsinparks.com/grandfather-mountain-state-park.

Date of Event:  Fri, 07/01/2016 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Start Location:  Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Mountain Stream Ecology

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 

Join a Park Ranger to learn about how the living and non-living things interact in mountain streams. What are all of those bugs and other critters swimming and crawling through the creek? We will catch and identify what type of creature they are and what these species could tell us about water quality. Nets will be provided. Any participants wanting to get into the stream should bring waders or clothes that can get wet and a towel to dry off.  Boone Fork Parking Lot is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway; just north of mile marker 300.

Date of Event:  Sun, 07/03/2016 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Start Location:  Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

100 Mile Centennial Challenge Hike (Nuwati Trail)

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 

2-mile hike round trip  |  Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge.  Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our Nuwati Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike will take hikers along the Nuwati Trail, an old logging road.  It’s an easy but rocky hike, including a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak from Storyteller’s Rock. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and sturdy hiking shoes or boots are suggested. This will be approximately a 2-hour hike so please bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike.

Date of Event:  Thu, 07/07/2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Start Location:  Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

100 Mile Hike (Nuwati Trail)

Appropriate for ages 8 and up.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 
2-mile hike round trip  |  Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge.   Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our Nuwati Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike follows the track of an old logging road. It’s an easy but rocky hike, including a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak from Storyteller’s Rock. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and sturdy hiking shoes or boots are suggested. This will be approximately a 2-hour hike so please bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike.

Date of Event:  Fri, 07/15/2016 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

Start Location:  Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

100 Mile Hike (TRACK Trail)

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 
2-mile hike round trip  |  Difficulty Level: Moderate

Celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ Centennial with Grandfather Mountain’s 100 Mile Challenge.   Hikers can log more miles for their challenge with our TRACK Trail Hike. This two-mile guided hike will take hikers to along our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail.  Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and bring any water or snacks you will need to complete the hike.  For more information about our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail, visit: http://kidsinparks.com/grandfather-mountain-state-park.

Date of Event:  Sun, 07/17/2016 – 10:00am to 12:00pm

Start Location:  Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Basics of Wilderness Survival

Appropriate for age 8 through adult. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 

Few things are better than enjoying the great outdoors but would you be prepared if something went wrong?  Do you have the skills and equipment to survive an unplanned night outdoors?  Join a Ranger to learn the Basics of Wilderness Survival.  We will handle equipment, learn the minimum gear to carry and practice making survival fires.  Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Date of Event:  Sun, 07/17/2016 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Start Location:  Park Office – 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

Nature Journaling Workshop

Pre-registration required: 828.963.9522.   Appropriate for ages 10 and up.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please.  Improve your observation skills and use them to record your experience in nature.  We’ll begin at the office and then drive to the Profile Trail to practice what we learn!  No experience necessary.  Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own journaling favorites if you would like.

Date of Event:  Wed, 07/20/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Start Location:  Park Office – 9872 Hwy 105 S, Suite 6, Banner Elk (Google Map: https://goo.gl/Uq0vrX)

TRACK Trail Adventure!   Appropriate for Kids ages 6-12
All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Adults are required to participate on the hike.  Younger siblings ages 4-5 welcome with accompanying parent or adult.  Please no pets.

Join a park ranger to explore the Track Trail section of the Profile Trail!  This is a two-mile round trip hike. Families are welcome and can bring younger siblings as young as 4 years of age.  For more information about our Kids in Parks TRACK Trail, visit: http://kidsinparks.com/grandfather-mountain-state-park.

Date of Event:  Wed, 07/27/2016 – 10:00am to 12:30pm

Start Location:  Profile Trail Parking Area, Hwy 105 S, Banner Elk (GPS: 36.121990, -81.829993)https://goo.gl/dBX99s

Camouflage

Appropriate for all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. 

How many times have you walked passed something and not realized it was there until it was pointed out to you or it moved? Chances are pretty good this has happened to you and if so this program is for you.  Join Ranger Sicard to celebrate “Take A Child Outside Week” and learn the many ways animals use camouflage in the wild and also how to be more attentive when hiking out on the trails to notice more neat things than what is right on the trail.  This will be about a 30-minute program consisting of a presentation and an interactive part for attendees to try and locate several “staged” animals in the area around where the program is held.

Date of Event:  Sun, 07/31/2016 – 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Start Location:  Boone Fork Parking Area (Just north of the 300 Milepost on Blue Ridge Parkway) (GPS: 36.120076,-81.781358) http://goo.gl/dEizYH

Football’s Alumni Gathering Set for Sept. 10

BOONE, N.C.  — Appalachian State University football and the Yosef Club is inviting all football alumni for a gathering on Saturday, Sept. 10 to be recognized at the Mountaineers’ home-opener against Old Dominion at Kidd-Brewer Stadium.

A sponsored tailgate will take place two hours prior to kickoff and all football alumni in attendance will receive two complimentary tailgate and game tickets. Former student-athletes have the option to purchase additional game tickets at a discounted rate of 25$ per ticket as well as tailgate tickets at a cost of 15$ per adult and 10$ for children 13 and under.

To highlight the event, there will be a special on-field recognition for the 2006 FCS National Championship football team that defeated Massachusetts, 28-17, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

If you are interested in attending this year’s tailgate and football game, please RSVP by Aug. 26 to the Yosef Club Office at (828) 262-3108, or by filling out and returning the attached form to.

YOSEF CLUB

ASU BOX 32025

BOONE, NC 28608

Five Receive ASU’s Walker College Sywassink Award

Five individuals receive Walker College of Business’s 2016 Sywassink Award for Excellence

BOONE—Four Appalachian State University faculty members and one staff member in the Walker College of Business have received the college’s 2016 Sywassink Award for Excellence.

Dr. Jeff Hobbs received the award for excellence in teaching; Dr. Ash Morgan was honored for his research contributions; and the award for excellence in service was presented to Dr. David Marlett. Ric Mattar was honored as the outstanding non-tenure track faculty member and Christy Cook received the 2016 staff excellence award.

The awards are presented annually. Winners receive a monetary prize and a bronze medallion of the university seal. The awards are made possible by a contribution from G.A. Sywassink, CEO of Standard Holding Company of Charlotte, a former member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and a current member of the UNC Board of Governors.

Jeff Hobbs
Dr. Jeff Hobbs, an associate professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, received the award for excellence in teaching.

Hobbs, who joined the faculty at Appalachian in 2005, teaches courses in investments and financial derivatives.

He provides a unique learning environment and valuable classroom experiences. A student explained that “although his courses are difficult, he teaches in a way that challenges students. It is completely refreshing.”

Hobbs earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in finance from Virginia Tech.

Ash Morgan
Dr. Ash Morgan, an associate professor in the Department of Economics, was honored for his research contributions.

Morgan’s research interests include health risk and food safety, consumer behavior, coastal resource management, non-market valuation and experimental economics. Much of his body of work is policy-based, providing stakeholders and end-users with empirical analyses for implementation in future policy decisions. He has published articles in many journals, including Land Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Resource and Energy Economics, the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Environmental and Resource Economics, the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Marine Resource Economics.

Morgan serves as assistant director for the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis at Appalachian, where he develops regional economic models to conduct economic impact analyses for a number of local, state and regional public and private entities. During his tenure at Appalachian, Morgan has generated more than $700,000 in grant funding to support his research with additional proposals under review.

Morgan earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Delaware.

David Marlett
Dr. David Marlett, a professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, was recognized for his extensive service endeavors.

Marlett has served as a committee member of the Walker College’s strategic planning, sustainability events and outreach, and sustainability curriculum and research groups. He is a member of the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance’s personnel committee and of Appalachian’s Athletic Council, Scholarship Advisory Council, and subcommittee for gender issues. Marlett also was named faculty director for the Wilson Scholars program, Appalachian’s premier scholarship and leadership program, in 2015.

“I have never met someone so committed to using their expertise to advance the lives of others,” said a nominator. “His efforts are broad, ongoing and have provided great value to the college, students, the local community and the professional community.”

Marlett serves on advisory boards for InVest, the Children’s Hope Alliance, N.C. State University’s Climate Change & Society Program, and the Loman Foundation Advisory Board – the premier insurance education program in North America. Marlett also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Insurance Regulation and served as editor for the CPCU Journal.  Marlett has worked closely with state legislators and the Department of Social Services to help resolve foster parent liability issues.

RELATED: Appalachian business professors help develop N.C.’s Foster Care Family Act

Marlett holds the Independent Insurance Agents of NC Insurance Professorship. He earned his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University.

Ric Mattar

Richard “Ric” Mattar, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, was honored as the outstanding non-tenure track faculty member.

Mattar joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1987 and is a practicing attorney at law who brings experience to his classroom as well as a passion for delivering a high-quality learning experience.

“Ric cares deeply about the education and development of our students. He is frequently sought out by his students outside of class with questions about careers and their future, for personal and professional advice, and seeking letters of recommendation for jobs, graduate school or law school,” said a nominator. “He always makes time to listen and talk to students, and gives extensively of his time and effort.”
Mattar, who is a member of the Watauga County Planning Board and the First Baptist Church of Boone’s business and finance committee, and a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Watauga County Bar Association, was also recognized in 2011 for this teaching by Appalachian’s Student Government Association.

He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from N.C. State University and his juris doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Christy Cook
Christy M. Cook received the outstanding staff award, which honors staff members who exhibit dedication in service, innovation and workplace morale to Appalachian and the community.

Cook is executive assistant to the dean of the Walker College and previously served as Department of Marketing administrator

“She completely transformed the way our department conducts its business,” said a nominator of Cook’s time in the Department of Marketing. “She constantly thinks of ways to improve our work and our presence.”

Cook has also served as program coordinator for the BB&T Student Leadership Center at Appalachian. Prior to her time at Appalachian, she was as an air traffic control specialist in the U.S. Air Force, controlling both civilian and military aircraft, where she earned several awards and achievement medals while honorably serving.

Cook earned a B.S. degree in professional aeronautics and administration from Embry-Riddle University and is pursuing a graduate certificate in instructional technology facilitation.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Lynn Downham and Pam Washer Present at Edgewood Cottage Artists in Residence

Exhibiting their works of art at Edgewood Cottage June 30 – July 5 will be Lynn
Downham & Pam Washer as part of the 2016 Lowell Thomas Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage series.

Lynn, is from Lenoir & her works embody truth & every now & then, a bit of whimsy.

A NC native, she enjoys capturing area landscapes, beautiful mountains, creeks & hillsides…

Pam creates her ‘RagBags’ from repurposed materials such as fabrics, felted wools, books, carpets, game boards & much much more ever-accessorized with period costume

jewelry, charms & adornments to set them off with aplomb…

Sponsored by the Blowing Rock Historical Society, the 2016 Lowell Thomas Artists in Residence at Edgewood Cottage presents over 23 area artists & their works this year.

The shows begin on Thursdays of each week & run through the next Tuesday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM weekdays & 12:00N – 6:00PM Sundays; it is closed each Wednesday for installation of the next show.

Admission is free & all are welcome!

Contact: page parsons: 828.414.9514     [email protected]

River House Wine Fest July 16 in Grassy Creek

The 14th Annual River House Winefest – Saturday, July 16 – 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

Four Bands:  “Near Strangers” featuring Lee & Susan Terry opening, followed by Martha Bassett & Pat Lawrence, Justin Poindexter & Sasha Papernik, and Uncle Herbie & Joey closing.

Twelve wineries:  Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Elkin Creek, Fair Game Beverage, Flint Hill, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, Jones von Drehle, McRitchie, Rag Apple Lassie, RayLen and Round Peak.

Lots of Art and Artisans

A River House Winefest glass for unlimited tastings – to add to your collection.

Grapes and Cheese, hors d’oeuvres, lunch and truffles by River House.

Please call 336-982-2109 or email [email protected] to reserve.

1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631
www.riverhousenc.com

CCC&TI President Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute President Dr. Kenneth A. Boham, who is retiring June 30 after 21 years at the college and 40 years in Adult Education across the state, received one of the state’s highest honors on Friday.

During a reception at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir honoring Boham’s upcoming retirement, District 87 Rep. George S. Robinson surprised the crowd by presenting him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. CCC&TI Foundation Chairwoman Peg Broyhill then pinned Boham as part of the ceremony.

The prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine is awarded by the Governor’s Office for exemplary service above and beyond the call of duty that has had a significant impact to the State of North Carolina and its communities.

Boham, who is originally from Northampton County, is a graduate of North Carolina State University with an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. Prior to his appointment as president at CCC&TI in 1995, Boham served as Vice President for Continuing Education at Wake Technical Community College and as interim president for Mayland Community College.

Boham saw phenomenal growth in both student population, as well as facilities at CCC&TI. Under his leadership, the institution served as a state model in the development of “seamless education” through the Caldwell Career Center Middle College, the Appalachian State University Center and the Caldwell Early College High School, all located on the college campus. During his time as President, the college also established a permanent site for the Watauga Campus and created a Transportation and Public Service Center south of the Caldwell Campus in Hudson.

Boham also earned several awards and accolades during his career. He was named Community College System President of the Year in 2003 and won the I.E. Ready Distinguished Graduate Award from N.C. State in 1998. Other honors include CCB’s Golden Apple Award in 2002, the Caldwell Economic Development Commission’s Herman Anderson Award and the Caldwell Chamber Visionary Award in 2006.

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