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Appalachian House to Open Jan. 13 on University Campus

BOONE — Appalachian House, a new multi-purpose facility at Appalachian State University that incorporates an on-campus residence for the university’s chancellor, will officially open Sunday, Jan. 13, with a public reception for the university and the broader Boone area community.

The informal reception, hosted by Chancellor and Mrs. Francis T. Borkowski, is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. and will include refreshments and tours. Parking will be available the at Broyhill Inn & Conference Center with shuttle service to Appalachian House.

A 9,400-square-foot facility located at 551 Bodenheimer Drive, Appalachian House will serve as the focal point for a variety of official university functions, such as dinners, fundraising events and other campus social activities. The structure features space appropriate for such activities, including a 1,032-square-foot great room, a 1,080-square-foot dining area that will accommodate a variety of functions and a commercial kitchen.

Approximately 3,000 square feet on the second floor of Appalachian House has been designed to serve as the residence for the university’s chancellor and family.

“Appalachian House will support a wide range of programs and university functions hosted by the chancellor designed to advance the university’s mission,” said Thomas E. Chandler, who has chaired the committee to raise private support for the project. “It is a much-needed facility given the scope of the fund-raising and other functions that are an integral part of any university chancellor’s duties.”

Appalachian House is funded through private donations, including a lead gift from the Seby Jones family of Raleigh in memory of wife and mother Christina B. Jones. A number of other cash and in-kind gifts have been contributed towards the project, which cost approximately $2.2 million including furnishings.

In recent years, more than 2,000 people have attended some 40 university functions held annually at the chancellor’s former residence, including activities for students, faculty, staff and the community.

The original chancellor’s residence at Appalachian was constructed in the early 1950s and was home to presidents W.H. Plemmons and Herbert Wey, and chancellors John E. Thomas and Francis T. Borkowski. That building was demolished in 2000 to allow construction of a living-learning facility consisting of a 320-bed residence hall and a 20,000-square-foot academic building.