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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

1) ASU Outdoor Jobs Fair Held Feb. 19

Are you an ASU student looking for a fun outdoor job or internship? Come to the Outdoor Jobs Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grandfather Mountain Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union. More than 60 of the top camps, conference centers, outfitters and resorts throughout the U.S. will be represented. Great opportunity to secure both summer and year-round employment and internships are always available. Spend your summer in the great outdoors while gaining skills in teaching, counseling, leading, climbing, boating and more. All majors are encouraged to attend. For more information visit camps.appstate.edu. 

2) Interim Position Available at Caldwell County Schools

Caldwell County Schools has an immediate opening for one grant funded mental health professional licensed in social work. This individual will work as a team member to increase mental health services at selected elementary schools. Qualified candidates must possess a Masters level degree in social work and be eligible for their discipline licensure area with the Department of Public Instruction. Mental health experience and clinical licensure is a plus. Inquiries from qualified candidates should be addressed to Jill Duffy, Student Services Director at jduffy@caldwellschools.com. Resumes and letters of interest are recommended along with the required completion of the online state application. 

3) Master Gardener Classes Offered April 1

The Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service is now taking applications for participation in the 2014 Watauga County Master Gardener Program. Applications can be picked up at our office at 971 West King Street in Boone. Classes will be held every Tuesday morning from 8:30-12 a.m. from 11-13 weeks beginning April 1. The course fee is $110 which covers the class manual, supplies for class activities and dues state Master Gardener fees. As a class participant you will receive 40 hours of training in subjects including botany, plant propogation, houseplants, lawns, plant insects and diseases, weeds, fruits and vegetables, flowering plants, houseplants and landscape design. Both organic and traditional methods will be discussed. After successfully completing your training, passing a final exam and returning a like number of hours in volunteer service you will be certified as a Master Gardener. The Master Gardener program is a wonderful opportunity to gain more knowledge in a wide range of gardening subject matter, along with a way to meet new friends and give back to the community. For an application and more information, contact Paige Patterson, consumer horticulture agent at 828-264-3061 or email at Paige_patterson@ncsu.edu. 

4) A Musical Potpourri Presented Feb. 4

If you like opera, classical music, jazz or Irish jigs, your musical preference will be fulfilled during “A Musical Potpourri” Feb. 4, as part of the Faculty Performance Series in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. The musical sampler will feature pianist Hiu-Wah Au who will perform Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Major, Op. 62, No. 2.”Soprano Linda Larson will sing “Pompe Inutili” from the oratorio “Maddalena al piedi di cristo” by Antonio Caldara. She will be joined by Corinne Cassini, obbligato cello, Douglas James, theorbo and Michael Bell, harpsichord. Bassoonist Jon Beebe will perform Francisco Mignone’s “Valsa-Choro.” The duo of clarinetist Douglas Miller and pianist John Coffey will perform Mihály Hajdu’s “Capriccio all’ongarese.” Horn player Karen L. Robertson and trombonist Drew Leslie will perform the traditional folk tune “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair.” Puccini’s “E lucevan le stelle” from “Tosca” will be sung by tenor John Fowler, who will be accompanied by pianist Susan Slingland. Pianist Rodney Reynerson will perform Poulenc’s “Improvisation No. 15 in C Minor” and “Pastourelle.” The program concludes with “Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk performed by Rob Falvo, vibraphone, and Keith McCutchen, piano, and a set of Irish jigs performed by the Sunday’s Well Trio comprised of Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, flute, Gabe Fankhauser, guitar, and Scott Meister, bodhrán.

5) Reich College of Education Honors Late African-American Young Adult Book Author

The late Jesse C. Jackson, author of the novel “Call Me Charley,” was honored recently by faculty and staff from Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education.  Jackson is the first of many former faculty, alumni and staff from the college whose portrait will hang within the education building. In addition to “Call Me Charley,” which was published in 1945, Jackson wrote seven other novels for young readers and the biography “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!: The life of Mahalia Jackson.” “This building is going to become a repository of people who have helped Reich College get to where it is (today),” said Dean Louis B. Gallien Jr. “Jesse Jackson is certainly one of those people.” Gallien said the first floor of the education building will be used to honor alumni of distinction; the second floor will be used to honor faculty emeriti; illustrations by children’s book author Eric Carle are on display on the third floor; the fourth floor will provide space to honor staff who have served the college and education community; and the fifth floor will provide space to honor additional alumni of the college, he said. “This is going to be a living building about people and not about stones and bricks,” he said. “Without the people that really helped build this college, it wouldn’t be here.” Jackson was one of the first African-American professors hired to teach at what was then Appalachian State Teachers College.  Dr. David Mielke, professor emeritus in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education, team taught a course in multicultural literature for children. He called Jackson one of the great African-American authors of literature for young adults. Jackson came to Appalachian in 1971 for the first symposium on African-American children’s literature that had ever been held in the country, Mielke said. The two-week institute, “The Role of Children’s Literature in Intercultural Education,” was supported by a federal grant. Jackson was one of the speakers at the institute, along with other prominent African Americans. “Jesse C. Jackson made quite an impression on each of us,” Mielke said. Jackson was named a lecturer and writer in residence in the Reich College of Education in 1974. He was offered emeritus faculty status by the college, but declined the honor as he wasn’t a tenured member of the faculty. However, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the college in 1982. He died April 15, 1983.

6) Center for Appalachian Studies Releases ‘Voices from the Headwaters’

Appalachian State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies has released its latest publication, “Voices from the Headwaters: Stories from Meat Camp, Tamarack (Pottertown) & Sutherland, North Carolina.” Edited by recently retired center director Dr. Patricia Beaver and Appalachian Journal editor Dr. Sandra Ballard, with assistant editor Brittany R. Hicks, this book of oral histories preserves the stories of three neighboring communities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more than a decade, Beaver and her anthropology students at Appalachian recorded interviews with residents living near the headwaters of the North Fork of the New River. Beaver and her students worked in collaboration with the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization. The book is a result of graduate courses sponsored by federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Teaching Project and generous support from Watauga County businessman Sterling Carroll. “Voices from the Headwaters” includes more than 350 pages of stories and reminiscences about mountain life, kin networks among neighbors, entrepreneurs and collaboration, work and play. Interviews and oral histories from 44 N.C. residents give voice to generations shaped by life in western North Carolina valleys, within view of Snake Mountain and Elk Knob and along the New River. Together, the narratives affirm the value of community, document the past and imagine the future. The book also features more than 300 historical and family photographs, several hand drawn maps and an extensive index. To order a copy, send a check to Appalachian Journal for $39.95 plus $4 for shipping and handling for the first copy and $2 shipping for each additional copy ordered. Mail your name, address, and payment to Appalachian Journal, Appalachian State University, PO Box 32018, Boone, NC 28608-2018. Copies of the book are also available at the University Bookstore at Appalachian State University campus. Other publications from the Center for Appalachian Studies include “The Cratis Chronicles: I Come to Boone,” “Neighbor to Neighbor: A Memoir of Family, Community, and Civil War in Appalachian North Carolina” and “Tales from Sacred Wind: Coming of Age in Appalachia.”Visit www.appstudies.appstate.edu/publications for more information.

7) Endowed Scholars Recital Held Jan. 30 at Appalachian

The annual Endowed Scholars Recital will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. The recital showcases the talent of scholarship recipients for the Theodor Presser, Hayes Endowed Appal PIE, White Wind and Elmer White Jazz Trumpet scholarships, the Hayes School of Music’s most prestigious scholarships. The scholarships are awarded based on audition and/or faculty nomination. Recipients of the Elmer and Lynn White Wind Scholarship performing at the recital are senior music performance major Stephanie Lumpkin from Mooresville, tuba; senior music performance major Matthew Dickson from Apex, trumpet; sophomore music education major Nicholas Pressley from Belmont, trumpet; and sophomore music education major Andres Orench from Alexander, saxophone. The White Wind Scholarship is awarded to an entering freshman wind performer on the basis of exceptional talent and performance ability. The award is renewable for three additional years. It was established by the late Elmer White, professor emeritus and his wife Lynn White, professor emerita of the Hayes School of Music. Senior music performance major and trumpeter David Marvel from Harrington, Del. will also perform. He received an Elmer White Jazz Trumpet Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. Lynn White established the scholarship in memory of her husband. This year’s Hayes Endowed Appal PIE Scholarship recipient is flutist Cara Conway from Morganton, a sophomore music performance major. The renewable Appalachian Partners in Education Appal PIE Scholarships are awarded to entering freshman music majors. Senior music performance major and pianist Molly Reid from Cary also will perform as the recipient of a Theodore Presser Scholarship, which is presented to a rising senior based on merit and excellence.