19 Watauga students among CCC&TI Dream Scholars

LENOIR — The Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute celebrated 45 new Dream Scholars at the Nov. 5 Dream Award ceremony at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

Dream Award recipients are selected from among sixth-grade students in Caldwell and Watauga counties. Those selected must be first-generation college students who have demonstrated academic achievement and civic involvement, and who have the potential to succeed. The program, which is funded through private donations to the foundation, has presented 1,278 awards since its inception in 1989.

Watauga recipients include Keowen Arguello, Hardin Park School;Jayden Arnette, Bethel School; Hunter Auton, Blowing Rock School; Leyla DeCuesta, Mabel School; Sierra Deiters, Green Valley School; Wyatt Demster, Bethel School; Anahi Gonzalez-Larios, Hardin Park School; Michael Greer, Green Valley School; Zachary Greer, Mabel School; Cameron Hall, Cove Creek School; Madirose Hicks, Valle Crucis School; Emily Kissinger, Parkway School; Matthew Lebatard, Cove Creek School; Bethany Main, Parkway School; Larisa Muse, Valle Crucis School; Rayden Neibaur, Bethel School; Josiah Railey, Hardin Park School; Shaun Tressler, Blowing Rock School, who was the Optimist Club of Boone Dream Award Recipient; and Chloe Wilson, Valle Crucis School.

App State faculty earn record number of Fulbright awards for university

BOONE — A total of seven Appalachian State University faculty received Fulbright awards for 2019–20 as a result of the 2018 Fulbright competition: six as Fulbright Scholars and one as a Fulbright Administrator. This represents a record number of Fulbrights for Appalachian.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries — relations that are needed to solve global challenges.

Last year, Appalachian and the College of Charleston tied as the top producers of Fulbrights among master’s institutions for 2018–19, with each having four Fulbright Scholars.

Among Appalachian’s 2019–20 recipients are Paul Wallace, who is spending the 2019-20 academic year teaching at NovSU in Russia and refining the curriculum for a new App State Online graduate certificate in international leadership; astronomy professor Richard Gray; who will teach and perform research at the University of the Free State in South Africa as part of his Fulbright award; Mark Powell, professor of creative writing at Appalachian, who will teach a course on contemporary U.S. literature at Ovidious University of Constanta, in Romania, during spring 2020, as well as conduct research for his seventh novel; Christina Verano Sornito-Carter, an assistant professor of anthropology, who will travel to the University of the Philippines Visayas in August 2020 to complete Fulbright research on heritage conservation and disaster management in relation to climate change in the Philippines; David Williams, a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Nutrition and Health Care Management, who will teach and perform research at Management Center Innsbruck in Austria in spring 2020; and Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand, professor of German and global studies in Appalachian’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, who will serve as the Fulbright Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Graz in Austria in spring 2020.

Green E Awards honor ‘sustainable business champions’ at App State

BOONE — The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University recently honored two WCOB faculty members with 2019 Green E Awards during its fifth annual Business for Good conference held on Appalachian’s campus Oct. 18.

The awards recognize individuals in the college for outstanding accomplishments in the area of sustainable business, with the “E” referring to the three E’s of sustainability — economy, environment and equity.

This year’s recipients are Joseph Cazier, professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems and executive director of the college’s Center for Analytics Research and Education, and Todd Cherry, professor in and chair of the Department of Economics and senior research fellow at the Center for International Climate Research Oslo in Norway.

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