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Appalachian State Homecoming Festivities Kick Off Tomorrow; Mountaineers Face Off with Elon on Saturday

By Paul T. Choate Oct. 4, 2012. If you love Appalachian State University, as so many here in the High Country do, then this weekend is one of the best weekends of the year to sport your black and gold attire. ASU is holding their Homecoming events on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and the weekend is slam-packed with Mountaineer events ranging from a run to the top of Howard’s Knob to a parade and, of course, the Homecoming ASU football game against Elon University. Homecoming kicks off Friday with the 50th annual Boyles CEO Lecture Series. The event takes place at 10 a.m. in Holmes Convocation Center. This year, the series will feature a panel of previous Boyles lecturers, including William R. Holland, former CEO of United Dominion; Robert Ingram, former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; James Morgan, CEO of Krispy Kreme; and Bob Tillman, former CEO of Lowe’s. Later in the day Friday, the sixth annual Running of the Knob (a two-mile run to the top of Howards Knob) starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Library. At 6 p.m. on Friday, the Spirit Under the Stars Lip Sync Finals and Pep Rally takes place on Duck Pond Field. …

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Sunday Feature: Justifying the Lion

Sept. 30, 2012. Just before 7 a.m. on a September morning in Boone, the sun has yet to rise over the mountains eastward. The early morning skyline is streaked orange and grey as it awaits the rising sun. The air has a stinging chill and is eerily still. In the Watauga Village Shopping Center, Walmart’s parking lot is already coming to life, with handfuls of shoppers scattered across the black top.
BY ETHAN WOODHOUSE

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Kingsolver and Other Authors to Speak Oct. 2 at ASU

Sept. 20, 2012. Noted author Barbara Kingsolver, who founded the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, along with prize winners Hillary Jordan and Naomi Benaron, will be at Appalachian State University Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Broyhill Events Center’s Powers Ballroom.

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Appalachian Homecoming 2012 to be Held Oct. 5-6

Sept. 12, 2012. Appalachian State University alumni are invited to celebrate “The Big Apple at 3,333 feet” at Homecoming Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6. Events include Friday night’s popular traditions, Saturday tailgating and football at Kidd Brewer Stadium. For a complete schedule and to register or RSVP for individual events, visit the Homecoming website at www.homecoming.appstate.edu. Pre-Homecoming events begin Sept. 26 with the 6th Annual ASU 1,000 Pint Homecoming Blood Drive. This year’s drive will be held in the Holmes Center on campus from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to participate, but must register at http://specialevents.appstate.edu/blooddrive. Homecoming begins Friday, Oct.6, with the 50th Boyles CEO Lecture Series at 10 a.m. in Holmes Convocation Center. The series will feature a panel of previous Boyles lecturers, including William R. Holland, former CEO of United Dominion; Robert Ingram, former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; James Morgan, CEO of Krispy Kreme; and Bob Tillman, former CEO of Lowe’s. Also on Friday, the sixth annual Running of the Knob, a two-mile run to the top of Howards Knob, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Library. The Spirit Under the Stars Lip Sync Finals and Pep Rally on Duck Pond …

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Appalachian’s First Nursing Class Receives 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Council Licensure Exam

Aug. 30, 2012. One hundred percent of the first graduates from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Appalachian State University passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition, 100 percent of these students who were admitted to the College of Health Sciences Department of Nursing program in 2010 graduated in May and passed the exam on their first attempt.

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Brown Announces Fall Women’s Golf Slate

Aug. 23, 2012. Appalachian State University head women’s golf coach Heather Brown unveiled Wednesday the team’s fall 2012 schedule, which features five tournaments in the Carolinas. The Mountaineers open the campaign at Wofford’s Terrier Intercollegiate on Sept. 10-11 at the Spartanburg Country Club.

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Appalachian’s Visiting Writers Series Begins Sept. 6

Aug. 23, 2012. A look at urban farming opens the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University for fall 2012. Novella Carpenter, author of “Farm City,” will speak on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom.

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Dr. Gonzalez to Appear on ‘Appalachian Perspective’

Aug. 3, 2012. Appalachian State University’s new provost and executive vice chancellor, Dr. Lori Gonzalez, is the latest guest on “Appalachian Perspective,” the university’s cable television program. In this episode, Gonzalez discusses the “mountains of opportunities” Appalachian gives students, including the new honors and engagement village being built for use by students in the Honors College.

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More All-America Recognition for Kimbrough, McCray

July 31, 2012. Jeremy Kimbrough (Decatur, Ga./Cedar Grove) and Demetrius McCray (Covington, Ga./Newton) continued to rake in preseason all-America accolades on Monday when College Sporting News named the Appalachian State University duo to its first team. Kimbrough and McCray also earned first-team preseason all-American recognition from The Sports Network and are both on the official watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the nation’s top NCAA Division I FCS defensive player. Kimbrough is returning for his third season as Appalachian State’s starting middle linebacker in 2012. The 5-11, 240-pounder led Appalachian and ranked fifth in the Southern Conference a year ago with 105 tackles and received a slew of all-America honors, including first-team honors from College Sports Journal and second-team recognition from The Sports Network and Phil Steele Publications. He finished eighth in the SoCon with 12 tackles for loss and tied for 11th with four sacks, making him one of only two players to finish among the league’s top 11 in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks in 2011. McCray led the SoCon and tied for eighth nationally with five interceptions in his first season as a full-time starter in 2011, en route to fourth-team all-America accolades from Phil Steele Publications. The 6-0, 185-pounder also tied for 12th …

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