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TV Program Highlights Leadership Institute and Multi-Arts Festival

BOONE – Summer on the Appalachian State University campus is far from quiet. The university hosts 12,000 visitors each summer for camps and conferences, plus another 25,000 attendees for its month-long Appalachian Summer Festival.

The latest episode of “Appalachian Perspective” cable television program highlights two important summer events: a new Emerging Leaders Institute for rising 8th and 9th graders, and the high-caliber lineup of performers for this year’s Appalachian Summer Festival.

The Emerging Leaders Institute is a character-based youth leadership program sponsored by Lead for Life. It is designed to ease teenagers’ transition from middle school to high school. Director Tom Westall and Tracey Wright, director of multicultural student development at Appalachian, talk about the institute’s activities.

” We will help them build self-confidence and trust in others through outdoor activities and team problem-solving. We’ll explore real life issues and learn the rewards of giving back through community service projects,” Westall said.

The institute is based on the book “The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith” written by Dr. David Chadwick.

The Emerging Leaders Institute will be offered twice: July 3-8 and again July 10-15. Participants may register by calling the Office of Conferences and Institutes at (828) 262-2944 or Tom Westall, program director, at (704) 948-3478.

An Appalachian Summer Festival is a month-long festival featuring music, dance, theatre and the visual arts. It runs July 1-30.

The festival’s 21st season includes on-campus performances by Lily Tomlin, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Taylor Dance Company, the visual arts exhibit “Where There’s Smoke… Ceramics and Glass,” an outdoor fireworks concert featuring the Legendary Lead Singers of the Temptations with the Sounds of the Supremes, and more.

” It’s not unusual to find great arts festivals that focus on one of the disciplines, but it is unique to find a festival that embraces all of them-music, dance, theatre and the visual arts,” said Denise Ringler, Appalachian’s director of arts and cultural programs.

An Appalachian Summer Festival offers low ticket prices, typically 30 to 40 percent less than tickets for the same acts in other locations. The festival also offers free arts passes for families through Watauga County Schools to encourage greater participation by young people.

“We really focus on building the audiences of tomorrow,” Ringler said.

For the festival’s full calendar and ticket information, visit

“Appalachian Perspective” is a 30-minute cable television program hosted by Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock. The episode titled “Campus Activities in the Summer for Arts Lovers and Youth” airs locally through mid-June.

In Watauga County, “Appalachian Perspective” can be seen on Charter Communication’s Channel 21 weekdays at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Channel 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and on MTN’s Channel 18 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The program can also be viewed online at