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Masonic Charity Barbecue Friday in Boone

Masonic Charity BBQ is  being held this Friday July 15,2016
from 11am-7pm @ Snow Lodge 240 Temple Dr. Boone carry out and delivery available, BBQ or Chicken  8282621230.

Professorships Awarded in Walker College of Business

 By: Kesha Williams

July 12, 2016

BOONE—Walker College of Business faculty Pete Groothuis, William M. Baker, Chris McNeil, Pia Albinsson, Dana Clark, Dave McEvoy and Joseph Cazier have been awarded professorships at Appalachian State University.

Each professorship recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in instruction, scholarship and service. Many of the professorships are named in honor of significant benefactors to the college.

The recipients receive a salary stipend of $5,000 per year, to further advance their work and retain the professorship for two years. The appointments were effective July 1.

Dr. Pete Groothuis

Groothuis has been awarded the Beroth Oil/Four Brothers Food Stores Professorship.

A professor in the Department of Economics, Groothuis has taught at Appalachian since 2002. His professional interests include sports economics, labor economics, environmental economics and applied economics. He has authored a number of articles focused on sports and labor economics as well as environmental and resource economics. Groothuis earned both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky.

The Beroth Oil/Four Brothers Food Stores Professorship was established in 1999 by Winston-Salem-based Beroth Oil and Four Brothers Food Stores.

Dr. William M. Baker

Baker has been awarded the Honorable Harlan E. Boyles Professorship.

During his tenure as professor in Appalachian’s Department of Accounting, Baker was the recipient of the college’s Sywassink Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and has taught the Certified Management Accountant and Certified Financial Manager review courses for the Hickory Chapter. With research interest in managerial accounting and accounting systems, Baker’s work has been published in Strategic Finance. Baker holds a M.Acc. degree from the University of Tennessee where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

An endowment to fund the Honorable Harlan E. Boyles Professorship was established in 1991 to honor the late N.C. Treasurer Harlan Boyles, who was a member of the state government for more than 49 years. The endowment is funded by contributions from Boyles’ family, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Chris McNeil

McNeil has been reappointed the L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professorship.

McNeil, an associate professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, has professional interests that include corporate finance, financial markets and excel pedagogy (including advanced grading systems). His research has been published in a number of scholarly journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Financial Education. McNeil joined Appalachian’s faculty in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance in 2004 and previously taught at Penn State Erie and the University of Miami. McNeil received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and his Ph.D. in international finance from the University of South Carolina.

The Baker professorship is named for retired Wachovia CEO L.M. “Bud” Baker Jr.

Dr. Pia Albinsson

Albinsson, an associate professor in the Department of Marketing, has been awarded the John W. Guffey Jr. Professorship.

Albinsson’s teaching interests include collaborative consumption, consumer activism, corporate social responsibility and advertising effectiveness. Recently, Albinsson received the 2016 China Studies Institute Zhi-Xing China Academic Leaders Fellowship. Before coming to teach at Appalachian in 2007, she worked in the tourism industry in Greece as well as banking and finance in her native Stockholm, Sweden. Albinsson received her MBA and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University.

The Guffey professorship is named for John W. Guffey Jr., retired chairman and CEO of Coltec Industries Inc., which merged with BF Goodrich in 1999. It was established in 2000 and was funded by John and Monique Guffey.

Dr. Dana Clark

Clark, a professor in the Department of Management, has been awarded the Duane D. Daggett Professorship in Management.

In addition to teaching, Clark serves as the director of hospitality and tourism management program. His research focuses on destination management, strategic planning and organizational marketing. Clark has taught at Appalachian for 25 years and, in 2013, earned the college’s Sywassink Excellence in Service Award. Clark is the only individual to win all three top tourism honors in North Carolina: the Barentine Special Achievement Award from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina, the Charles J. Parker Tourism Excellence for Public Service Award presented by the North Carolina Travel Industry Association, and the Tourism Excellence Award for an Individual, also presented by the North Carolina Travel Industry Association. Clark received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The professorship is named for Duane Daggett, who served as an executive in residence in the Walker College of Business from 1986 until 2000. The Daggett professorship was established by M. Lee Barnes Jr. and his wife, Christy L. Barnes.

Dr. Dave McEvoy and Dr. Joseph Cazier

Both McEvoy and Cazier have been reappointed to Dean’s Club Professorships for a second term.

McEvoy is an associate professor for the Department of Economics. His research interests include environmental economics, experimental economics and international environmental governance. He has served as referee for many professional journals in the economic fields. McEvoy joined the faculty at Appalachian as an assistant professor in 2007 and became an associate professor in 2013. His research has been published in leading environmental economics journals and he is co-editor of a recent volume on the economics of climate negotiations. He is the recipient of the 2010 Sywassink Excellence in Teaching award. McEvoy received his M.S. from University College London and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, both in environmental economics.

Cazier is a professor for the Department of Computer Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. His research interests include using data analytics to make a positive difference in the world, in areas such as energy, sustainable agricultural and educational attainment. He has amassed a body of work including more than 100 intellectual contributions and over $1.2 million in grant funding to pursue his research. Previously, Cazier served as associate dean of graduate programs for the Walker College of Businessand transformed the MBA program by increasing enrollment by more than 500 percent and adding strategic tracks including sustainable business, analytics, international business and others. Prior to joining Appalachian, Cazier was an instructor at Arizona State University and Stevens-Henager College, and a researcher in the biotechnology field. Cazier also has a background in entrepreneurship, having been a substantial participant in the founding of five organizations. He now serves as the director of the Center for Analytics Research and Education at Appalachian and is a UNC General Administration Fellow in Technology Commercialization. He holds a Ph.D. in information systems from Arizona State University.

The Walker College of Business Dean’s Club is an annual giving society designed to benefit faculty and students while enhancing the college’s academic programs.

Summer Stock Seminar at the Library Saturday

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Meeting Room, Watauga County Public Library
Summer Investing Program with Roger Reynolds

COMING THIS SATURDAY! Summer Stock Seminar!
Join Roger Reynolds for a Workshop on Investing entitled “Trading for a Living”.  Including FOLLOWING TRENDS; HOW TO FIND TOPS AND BOTTOMS; HOW/WHEN TO SELL SHORT … and more exciting and new information!
Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street Boone, NC 28607.

ASU Board of Trustees to Meet Thursday






The Board of Trustees, Appalachian State University will convene for a meeting via conference call on Thursday, 14th 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Office Boardroom, 4th floor of the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.


  1. Call to Order
  1. Motion to convene in Closed Session
  1. Closed Session
  1. Discuss Head Baseball Coach Contract
  1. Reconvene in Open Session
  1. Vote in Open Session
  1. Adjournment

Summer 2016 Golden LEAF Scholarships Presented to WCC Students

Wilkesboro, N.C. – Wilkes Community College awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships to 14 students – 10 curriculum and four continuing education – during the Summer 2016 semester. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in curriculum programs for summer 2016 were Tara Day, Boyd Greene, Michelle Hinrichs, Taylor Hinrichs, Matthew Lee, Alyssa Mabe, Sabrina Oliver, Jennifer Murphy and Kimberly Walker, all from Ashe County, and Tasha Royal from Wilkes County.

Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in continuing education programs for summer 2016 were Sara Cardoza, Jacob Frankis, Cindy Molena and Nancy Montoya, who are all from Ashe County.

Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester, including summer term, and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term. Awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies at the community college where enrolled; transportation; childcare expenses related to attending classes; and industry-recognized credential testing upon course completion.

Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The deadline to apply for a Golden LEAF Scholarship for Fall 2016 semester is September 9, 2016. To apply, contact the WCC Financial Aid Office at 336-838-6146 or toll free at 866-222-1548 (ask for financial aid).

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. Currently Golden LEAF has funded 1,280 grants, totaling more than $563 million. For more information about the foundation, visitwww.goldenleaf.org<http://www.goldenleaf.org> or call 888-684-8404.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.