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Archive for June, 2008

Appalachian’s economic impact on region exceeds $500 million

BOONE— Spending by Appalachian State University, its employees and students, and visitors to campus had a $506 million total economic impact on the region in the 2006-07 fiscal year, according to a report compiled by the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis housed in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business.

Sun power harnessed at Appalachian

RaleySolar_t.jpgBOONE—Employees with Southern Energy Management have installed a four kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system near Raley Hall on the Appalachian State University campus. The system will convert solar energy into approximately 5,250 kilowatt hours of electricity each year—about enough energy to power an energy-efficient home.

Student combines interest in viticulture and geography to benefit mountain vineyards

Lauren Hunter.jpgBOONE—Lauren Hunter has found a niche that combines her interests in biology, viticulture and geographic information systems technology.

Readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine vote Appalachian best place to learn in the Blue Ridge

BestBlueRidge_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University has been voted the best school/place to learn in the Blue Ridge by readers of Blue Ridge Country magazine.

Solar water heating workshop held July 11-12 at Appalachian

BOONE—A solar water heating workshop will be held July 11-12 at Appalachian State University.

Participants will learn how to design and construct solar water heating systems for domestic hot water needs.

Study provides insights regarding state’s winery visitors

Syrah_t_2.jpgBOONE—Visitors to N.C. wineries in 2007 tended to be middle aged, highly educated and have a higher than average household income. And they liked to spend money at wineries, with purchases averaging $176 per travel party.

Business students present research at international forum in China

Shanghai_t.jpgBOONE—Business students from Appalachian State University and Fudan University in China participated in Shanghai Forum 2008, an international academic forum hosted in May by Fudan University and sponsored by the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. The conference theme as “Economic Globalization and the Choice of Asia: Transition, Growth and Welfare.”

New tractor means easier work at Appalachian’s teaching and research farm

tractor_t.jpgBOONE—The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University has a new tractor thanks to a generous donation from Boone Kubota and support from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Reich College of Education Faculty honored for excellence

AleciaJackson_t.jpgBOONE—Three Appalachian State University faculty members in the Reich College of Education have received the college’s 2007-08 Outstanding Faculty Awards.