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Violist Eric Koontz performs April 26

BOONE—An April 26 recital at Appalachian State University features violist Eric Koontz. The program begins at 4 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Dean of the brass line

Pep_Band_Harbinson_m.jpgBill Harbinson, dean of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music, traded his administrative duties for a few hours to play trumpet with the Appalachian Pep Band during a recent basketball game at the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. Harbinson earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Appalachian and joined the music faculty in 1984 after earning a master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He has been dean of the Hayes School of Music since 2000. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

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International Education

Arabic_club1_m.jpgArabic_Club2_m.jpgAenon Moose, left, an Appalachian State University junior enrolled in an introductory Arabic course, writes Arabic characters as she and other members of the newly formed campus club Salaam participate in a weekly International Coffee Hour held on campus. The event held every Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., focuses on a different culture each week.

Appalachian State University senior Ben Kincaid serves up Middle Eastern cuisine during International Coffee Hour in Pemmons Student Union’s Whitewater Room. The weekly gathering, sponsored by the Office of International Education and Outreach, focuses on a different culture each week. (Photos by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

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Fraternity membership attracts university students

Fraternity_Rush_m.jpgFraternity recruitment activities began Jan. 30 on the Appalachian State University campus. The university’s 14 Interfraternity Council organizations have sponsored a variety of alcohol-free events on and off campus to introduce prospective members to a fraternity’s mission and activities. Aaron Bachenheimer with Appalachian’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, estimates 10 percent of the male student body belongs to a fraternity. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

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Winter Splendor

classes_as_usual_m.jpgSnow-covered Rich Mountain provides a picturesque background near the Appalachian State University campus. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

Hard knowledge

geology_rockwall_t2.jpgAn unusual rock wall is being constructed inside Rankin Science Building at Appalachian State University. Comprised of rock specimens from North Carolina and the Appalachian region, the wall will be a teaching tool for professors in the Department of Geology. The indoor rock lab will be used when inclement weather prohibits visits to the department’s Fred Webb Jr. Outdoor Geology Laboratory that is adjacent to the building. “Every specimen on the wall is local to the Appalachian region,” said Andy Heckert, an assistant professor in the geology department, pictured. The wall includes samples of metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks and includes samples containing fool’s gold and fossils. In addition to the rock wall, funding from Vulcan Materials Inc. has been provided to develop additional exhibits called “G.E.M.S.” for Geology, Economics, Mining and Society. Two computers and big screens will run real-time reviews and previews for introductory labs to help prepare them for the lab. In addition, the department has acquired vintage geologic maps and maps created by the latest technology to demonstrate how critical geological resources are to society, and how geologic mapping helped make the industrial revolution possible. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

Funds raised to help slain soldier’s son

armytrust_m.jpgWhen Army Capt. Richard G. Cliff Jr. was killed Sept. 29 in Afghanistan, he left behind a month-old son. The Mount Pleasant, S.C., native was a 2002 graduate of Appalachian State University. Members of the High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association in Watauga County have contributed $1,000 to a trust fund established for Cliff’s son. John Alley, left, past president of HCMOAA, and Bob Gibbard, right, association treasurer, presented the contribution to Kevin Choe who accepted the contribution on behalf of the Cliff family. Choe is an Appalachian senior and a cadet in the ROTC program at the university. Alley is a retired colonel with the U.S Army Reserves. Gibbard, a retired major with the U.S. Army, is an academic advisor at Appalachian. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

The season for giving….

1219_525_asushopping.jpgLaura Young (right) checks in volunteer shoppers Fletcher Hietpas (left) and Sheryl Kane during the 28th annual Children’s Shopping Spree sponsored by Appalachian State University’s Staff Council. Eighty-eight schoolchildren were accompanied by Appalachian employees who volunteered to help the children shop for winter clothing. Staff at Appalachian contributed more than $15,000 to support the shopping spree. (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

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Get up and wiggle!

beactive1_m.jpgResearch shows that physical activity during the school day improves children’s academic achievement, including their concentration.  Appalachian State University students preparing to become teachers learn some 10-minute Energizers® techniques to integrate into their lesson plans during Dr. Terri Mitchell’s elementary methods class. Training was provided by Susan Tumbleston, program director of the Be Active-Appalachian Partnership. This fall, the partnership provided similar Energizers® trainings in Burke, Transylvania and Yancey counties for nearly 120 teachers in 10 schools. The effort will reach more than 1,000 students. The Be Active-Appalachian Partnership is part of Appalachian’s Institute for Health and Human Services.  (Photo by University Photographer Marie Freeman)

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