Women’s Fund Awards $5,000 to ASU ACCESS Summer Programs
By: Wes Saylors
BOONE – The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Appalachian State University’s ACCESS (Appalachian Commitment to a College Education for Student Success) program to help provide summer school opportunities for women enrolled in the program. The award is providing five $1,000 summer school scholarships for recipients enrolled in 40 hours of coursework among them. The students are using the grants to take summer classes with hopes of graduating on time or early. Two of the recipients are also doing lab research related to their majors in biology and chemistry.
ACCESS is a program that ensures students from low-income families in North Carolina can attend Appalachian State University debt-free. ACCESS supplements federal and state financial aid grants, scholarships and other forms of financial assistance with sufficient funds to cover the costs of tuition, fees, room and board.
According to Beth Marsh, director of academic services for ACCESS students, “For all five scholarship recipients, their summer experience will make it possible for them to graduate on time and have an internship experience that will make them more marketable upon graduation.” The goal of the WFBR grant is to make sure ACCESS women graduate on time. When this happens, both ACCESS and WFBR are “affecting remarkable social change,” said Marsh.
Since 2009, WFBR has contributed over $42,000 in summer scholarship money to Appalachian, allowing 52 ACCESS women to attend summer school. Of those, 39 have graduated from Appalachian, and almost all the rest are making progress towards their degrees.
“We are so grateful to the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge for recognizing the importance of education as we help usher these young women out of poverty,” said Marsh. “Their contribution is making a real difference in the lives of these women and their futures.”
The participants are Julia Bauguess, a junior from Carthage majoring in sociology; Nancy Contreras-Quinteros, a junior from Charlotte majoring in chemistry; Debra (Shay) Kallam, a freshman from Eden majoring in criminal justice; Meghan Seals, a senior from Gibson majoring in biology; and Jacqueline Walczak, a senior from West Jefferson majoring in biology.
WBFR is a philanthropic group committed to creating positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the High Country.
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.
Western Watauga Library Programs in August
Branch Book Club
Wednesday, August 17th at 2:30PM
Call 828-297-5515 for more information!
Old Cove Creek School Story Walk
By Eric A. Kimmel
Western Watauga Branch Library
1085 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679
Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.
Family Night-Buy any regularly priced pizza and receive one free kid’s meal.
Wednesday August 3
½ Off Beer and Wine Specials.
7pm-9pm Trivia Night: Beginning at 7pm, Lost Province will be hosting Trivia Night. Compete on your own or on a team! The competition gets started at 7pm so come a little early for a pizza and a pint and get your seat!
Thursday August 4
College Night and $3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity).
7:30pm-10:30pm Live Music: Holden Bare. Holden Bare has been creating good times for over 3 decades playing the music you remember. His one-man show can transport you back to the 60’s and 70’s with songs from your favorite artists that will always touch you. Holden’s vocals, along with either piano or guitar, can add just the right touch to make your dining experience a memorable one. Years of entertaining coupled with an extensive song list will ensure that you will have a good time with plenty of smiles and memories to take with you.
Friday August 5
7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Swing Guitars. Boone’s own gypsy band “Swing Guitars” has been active for almost a decade performing acoustic “Hot Club” style jazz in area restaurants, music festivals and civic concert series. Playing a mix of gypsy jazz standards, swing classics, originals and modern jazz tunes, the acoustic group focuses on the music of Django Reinhardt and other early jazz pioneers. Guitarists Andy Page, Jim Schaller and Jay Brown along with Ben McPherron on bass are experienced musicians widely known to High Country music fans. An evening with Swing Guitars promises a variety of sounds perfect for socializing, eating, drinking and dancing!
Saturday August 6
7:30pm-Closing Live Music: Hilltop Riot. Hilltop Riot was born in a cornfield in Illinois, shooting skeet, drinking shine, and rocking the husks off some GMO corns stalks. After taking it on the road all the way to Illinois and back the group decided that while it was no cornfield, the High Country would be their next venue to divide and conquer. Soon after, founding members Ben McPherron, Chris Cappozoli, and Toma Fuller started abandoning their familial duties to practice and hone their soul swinging acoustic blues sound. With the “support” of their loving wives and girlfriends the trio managed to craft a varied repertoire ranging from blues to soul to swinging jazz to old country. While never forgetting our humble roots in the nursing homes and cornfields Hilltop Riot aims to get people off their phones and into the music, moving on their feet or at the very least tapping their toes. See for yourself!
Sunday August 7
Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.
Aug. 30 Event at Pedalin’ Pig to Support Girls on the Run