The Commons ( connect.collaborate ) ( Fall 2012 )
CONNECT. CELEBRATE. Dear Friends,
I am happy to share with you the many accomplishments and events sponsored by the University Library since our spring issue of The Commons. We were able to award eight student employee scholarships in the spring due to the generosity of our many donors. The scholarship winners are so grateful for the support that it is really heartwarming. It is a source of pride to recognize our dedicated student employees, and we are grateful to their supervisors who nominate them and write letters of support. Despite the major budget reductions, the library acquired many new and important research materials through donations such as the significant Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection and the T. Taylor Warren Collection of stock car racing photographs. Surprisingly, we were also able to purchase most requests from faculty for research materials needed by them or their students. Four of our donors who are highlighted in this issue are H.G. Jones, Patsy and Ronny Turner, and Craig Popelars. I know you will enjoy reading their articles. Dr. Jones brings his sense of history to his letter in which he mentions the “H.G. Jones Reading Lounge” which I walk through every day. I love thinking about him and his remarkable range of interests as I come to work. All of us are enormously grateful for the major gift from Patsy and Ronny Turner. To be able to help them accomplish their goals of helping and inspiring students is a joy. Craig Popelars, Marketing Director “Extraordinaire” for Algonquin Publishers, always takes the Library Advisory Board to new heights with his great ideas. This year he literally reached a new height for an Appalachian State University banner on the top of Mount Rainier. On Sept. 28, the evening of our Novel Experience, I experienced one of the most rewarding Dr. Mary Reichel moments of my career when the Honorable Cullie Tarleton presented me with a Certificate of Appreciation and a personal note from Governor Beverly Perdue. It is an overwhelming honor to receive this kind of recognition. That same evening two of our former provosts and one vice provost were kind enough to join the library in this annual celebration. Thanks to Provost Harvey Durham, Provost Stanley Aeschleman, and Vice Provost Bill Ward and their wives for being a part of my last Novel Experience as dean. When I first came to North Carolina twenty years ago, I began to appreciate the notable accomplishments of UNC System President Emeritus William C. Friday. I got to know H.G. Jones and others who knew President Friday personally and shared inspiring stories. So it was with great excitement that I learned that President Friday had accepted Chancellor Francis T. Borkowski’s invitation to be the honorary chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for Appalachian Studies Committee. What a pleasure it was to work with him and to observe firsthand his love for North Carolina and higher education. One of my most prized possessions is a handwritten note from Bill Friday sending his congratulations on the successful completion of the Challenge Grant project. We will never forget his legacy in the UNC system. Thank you for reading this issue and for all of your support. Mary Reichel, Ph.D. Dean of Libraries Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies
DONOR FIRST PERSON
( H.G. Jones )
ixty-three years after my graduation from Appalachian, the memories remain vivid: the first night in the original wooden Newland Hall, still furnished with double beds; standing beside President B.B. Dougherty as we watched his beloved Watauga Academy burn to the ground, his tears reflected by the flames; arising at 4:30 a.m. to edit The Appalachian; relieving Coach E.C. Duggins of two history classes so he could devote his spring session to football practice; being given the opportunity, only two years after graduation, to reinvigorate a virtually dormant alumni association; and being invited back in 1971 to speak and receive Appalachian’s first Distinguished Alumni Award. These and many other memories—subliminal as my life became consumed in a career of teaching, librarianship, and historical administration—were revived when, some time after the golden anniversary of my Class of 1949, I was invited to join Appalachian’s Library Advisory Board. I had known personally most of the earlier librarians—especially “Miss Emma” Moore, Leonard (“Bill”) Eury, and Allie Austin Hodgin—and I soon recognized the vigor of Dr. Mary Reichel, whose leadership has now been crowned by the magnificent Belk Library and Information Commons. Membership on the board has provided excuses for more and more return trips to Boone, each one reminding me of how much Appalachian has given to me, the only member of my family to reach high school, not to mention college. Sitting with fellow board members, however, brings a reminder that libraries cannot survive on the contribution of time and sentiment alone. Having attended or taught at eleven colleges and universities and founded my own special nonprofit organization (the North Caroliniana Society), my charities—from a pension based on a retired state employee’s salary—are necessarily limited. Each modest contribution, however, when added with thousands of others, helps fill gaps between state appropriations, tuition, and the needs of the library. Furthermore, I get the satisfaction of continuing, even in retirement, to support the mission for which my career has been spent—the preservation of materials documenting my native state of North Carolina. Finally, the mere fact that Dr. Reichel, her administrative staff, and visitors to the Conference Room and Special Collections walk through the “H.G. Jones Reading Lounge” each day provides more than food for the ego; it is a reminder that after sixty-three years I am still a member of the Appalachian family. H. G. Jones Class of 1949, ASTC 3
Annual Report ( Effectiveness ) Donovan Named Associate Library Dean Georgie Donovan, who has held several positions at the University Library since she came to Appalachian in 2004, has been named associate dean of libraries. A native of Greensboro, Donovan came to Appalachian as collections librarian for the humanities. She has also served as lead librarian in acquisitions and coordinator of the bibliographic services team. She replaces Ann Viles who retired from the post June 30. Viles continues to work in the library under the phased retirement system.
Librarians Continue Leadership Roles in SACS Reaffirmation Process For the past three years, Georgie Donovan has had the major responsibility of leading the campus’s reaccreditation effort, which is required every 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The university’s self-study was submitted to SACS in September 2012. Many other library faculty and staff were involved in the process, serving on committees to write supporting documentation.
Donovan graduated from the University of Georgia with an English degree and earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing at the University of Texas-El Paso where she met her husband, Mark (“M”) Mueller.
She began her career teaching English at a college in Tokyo, Japan, and literature at the University of Atacama in Chile. After deciding to pursue a library career, she entered the University of Arizona where she was awarded a master’s degree in information resources and library science. She worked as special assistant to the dean of libraries and the Center for Creative Photography there before coming to Appalachian. Donovan’s scholarly publishing has focused on the areas of leadership studies and the changing nature of scholarly publishing. She coedited a book titled Staff Development Strategies, published in 2008, and she has published more than a dozen articles and book chapters. Donovan sees the associate dean’s position as being the operations manager for the library. She is particularly interested in collections, scholarly publications, and the changing nature of libraries with an emphasis on diversity, budget matters, and space issues. “I will be internally focused and want to help improve policies and library systems,” she said. “I love making things simpler and stronger – and having fun at the same time.”
Annual Report ( Engagement ) Girls Series Book Collection “A New Look at Old Friends: An Exhibit of Vintage Series Books for Girls” opened in the 4th floor atrium during spring semester. The exhibit featured books from the Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection, which was a gift to Special Collections. On display was a variety of materials related to girls’ series books from the mid-1800s through the early 20th century. Featured series include Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Beverly Gray, and Elsie Dinsmore, among many others. Each display case visually explored three interrelated approaches to girls’ series books. The first case, “Fans,” showed the marketing and fan following of these books. The second case, “Collectors,” displayed a selection of collectible books and literature about collecting them. The final case, “Scholars,” highlighted how girls’ series books are now being studied and showed related scholarly literature. The Elaine J. O’Quinn Girls’ Studies Collection was dedicated on April 19, and O’Quinn presented a lecture about her research on girls’ series books. More than 80 visitors attended the event.
Annual Report ( Learning ) Scholarships Awarded To Eight Student Employees
The success of the student employee scholarship program continues to grow as eight students were honored with scholarships for Fall 2012. Seven undergraduates and one graduate student were each awarded $600. Awards are typically $500; however, an anonymous donor made a gift of $800 so that each student would receive an extra $100. Students qualify for the awards through recommendations of their supervisors and completing an application, which includes a brief essay on the impact the library has had on their education. The scholarships were established in 2007 to support the education of student assistants who provide valuable work in the library. Two funds now support the program: a current scholarship fund and the Emma Moore Student Employee Scholarship Endowment. The Randy and Sara Charles Stevens Scholarship, which is renewable, was awarded for the second year to Celeste Caton, a senior education major from Boone. Following are the eight students who were awarded scholarships this year, along with comments from their applications.
Graduate Scholarship David A. Funderburk
From left to right: Mary Reichel, David Funderburk, Ashley Clark, Brittney Stone, Rose Buchanan, Calie Brummer, Kyle Johnson, Barbara Hobbs, and Ryan Draper
participate in preparing presentations of archival documents for various student and community groups as well.”
Scholarship Sponsor: Betsy Brown David is an Appalachian studies and sustainable development major. He works in the Appalachian Collection in the Dougherty Reading Room.
“I have been excited to promote the use of the closed collections to my fellow students who may not be aware of the rich resources therein. It gives me joy to play a vital role in assisting them with their research projects, and that has made my own research all the more joyful.”
Undergraduate Scholarships Calie Brummer
Scholarship Sponsors: Charles and Elaine Graham Ashley is a senior, majoring in international and comparative politics. She is a student assistant in the Idea Factory. “This whole world would not have been truly opened up to me if I did not gain, through firsthand experience working at the library, an appreciation for knowledge. I am so excited to be a lifelong learner.”
Scholarship Sponsors: Greg and Laura Hamlyn Calie is a sophomore working in the Idea Factory. Her major is elementary education with a concentration in Spanish. “The customer service aspect of working in the library has truly been my favorite thing of all, and I have gotten so much joy from working closely with my fellow education majors. My job at the library has fully convinced me that a degree in education is exactly what I want to pursue.”
Scholarship Sponsor: Candace Tippett Ryan works at the circulation desk and is a senior psychology major. “I had a very poor understanding of how to find research manuscripts through online journal databases or how to find a copy of a specific article. But after a few weeks of working at the circulation desk, staff training, and helping patrons find what they need, I have become much more adept at locating the resources I need to further my education.”
Scholarship Sponsors: Paul and Peggy Byrd A senior public history major, Rose works in Special Collections.
Scholarship Sponsor: Faye Chadwell Barbara works in the ABC/ILL lending office and is a senior majoring in environmental science.
“Apart from learning how to catalog and care for university records and rare books and manuscripts, I have been able to hone my research skills through independent projects and
“Last summer, when I began working here, I realized how little I had been educated about the locations of books, articles, 6
and other media within the library. As soon as I understood, I began gathering ideas for research. Now, I am over four months into the research, and whenever I run into a question, Belk Library is my first stop.”
Scholarship Sponsors: Craig Popelars and Tanya King A senior majoring in computer information systems, Kyle works in the systems and technology department. “My job at the library has provided me with a lot of opportunities to learn, while providing great experiences in the technology realm. My tech support role has taught me skills that cannot be learned in a classroom, such as the importance of effective communication and mitigating unplanned problems to accomplish a goal.”
Scholarship Sponsors: Meliné and Berge Markarian Brittney works in the Instructional Materials Center and is a junior majoring in English and secondary education. “When I started work I was very nervous and hesitant to build relationships with the people around me, as I had been from the time I was young. Yet, the more I interacted with the people at the library, the more open I became and the easier it was for me to get involved in other campus activities. I began to see myself as a leader and that I needed to live by example every day.”
Annual Report ( Scholarship ) University Library Budget Reduction Strategies FY 12/13
Significant Collection Additions Despite the emphasis that had to be placed on looming budget reductions, many significant additions were made to the research collection. A pilot Demand-Driven Acquisition plan was designed and implemented. Renewal of the Springer and Wiley/Blackwell journals packages was supported by monies provided by Academic Affairs at the end of the year. Both packages had been scheduled for cancellation. The Sage Digital Encyclopedia collection, which includes thirty online encyclopedias in education, diversity, gender, global studies, climate change, crime, and immigration was acquired. Selected major additions to Special Collections include: • Tom McGowan collection of books, serials, audio recordings, manuscripts, and ephemera, including Frank Warner and Scotty Wiseman manuscripts;
T. Taylor Warren receiving the Henry T. McLemore Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to motorsports in 2006
• Tui St. George Tucker collection; • Black Mountain College and Jargon Society collection; • Black Mountain College videos from North Carolina Wesleyan University; • Grohs Family German wedding telegram book and family letters, 1909-1941; • Carolinas Symposium on British Studies Records, 1974-1997; • Additions to the Rhinehart Collection, including Gothic Revival architect A.W.N. Pugin’s Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume: Compiled from Ancient Authorities and Examples (1868); • T. Taylor Warren collection of racing photographs, slides, negatives, and supporting printed material; • Racing periodicals from the Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, IA; and race programs, driver cards, and issues of racing periodicals donated by race fan Fran Milby of Richmond, VA.
Gothic Revival architect A.W.N. Pugin’s Glossary of Ecclesiastical Ornament and Costume: Compiled from Ancient Authorities and Examples (1868)
Preserving the scholarly research collection against a $1 million reduction in funding was an important priority this year. Collection development and acquisitions librarians created a massive spreadsheet of all digital products (85 percent of the materials budget) as a decisionmaking tool for determining which products would be eliminated. Hundreds of hours were spent obtaining data for price history and cost per use. The data was used as Coordinator of Collection Development John Abbott and Dean Reichel met to talk with numerous campus groups, including deans, chairs, the Graduate Council, Research Council, graduate students, and others about anticipated reductions. Negotiations were conducted to improve pricing terms with vendors for research databases. Reductions were made in areas with low use, redundant content, exceptionally high price, and poor accessibility.
Annual Report ( Engagement ) Campaign Priorities
Library Donors 2012
Thanks to the library’s many generous donors, much progress has been made towards funding the library’s various campaign priorities especially in the areas of student employee scholarships, the new health sciences library, and the University Librarian’s Fund for Excellence. Following are the areas that remain on the priority list. Distinguished Professorships Goal: $1,000,000 for professorships in the Music Library and in the area of children and reading. The Music Librarian Distinguished Professor will be a bibliographic expert and will teach classes in the Hayes School of Music. The Distinguished Professorship for Children and Reading will strengthen the Instructional Materials Center as a model school library. Health Sciences Library and Information Commons Goal: $400,000. A gift of $25,000 will name the library for the new College of Health Sciences, and endowment opportunities are available to support the purchase of resources for specific areas of study. General Library Collections Goal: $2.75 million. Collections for which endowed funds are needed include Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies; entrepreneurship; sustainability; world focus; Appalachian writers; Appalachian trains; stock car racing; and book conservation. Children’s Literature Symposium Goal: $450,000. This event will bring a major author or illustrator to campus every other year to raise awareness of children’s literature in the region through special programming for young students
and public libraries. The symposium will also facilitate meaningful collaboration among students, faculty, and educators. Several naming opportunities are available. Library Student Employee Scholarship Endowment Goal: $500,000. This endowment will provide scholarship aid for students who work in the library. More than 130 students currently perform numerous essential tasks, and many of them struggle to remain in school. To date, 24 scholarships have been awarded through current gifts, and an endowment will allow the program to continue in perpetuity. Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library Goal: $100,000. The Friends of the Library annual fund sponsors cultural and intellectual programs for the campus, as well as the community. The fund also enhances library resources by adding important materials to the library’s collection that otherwise might not be funded. Named Rooms More than 20 rooms are available for naming in Belk Library and Information Commons, ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. Donors may place these funds in a library endowment of their choice. If the amount contributed is $25,000 or above, the donor may choose to create a named endowment for the library.
For more information on different ways you can give and get involved with Belk Library and Information Commons or if you would like to discuss funding one of these strategic priorities, please contact:
Andrea C. Gimlin, Director of Development (828) 262-7622 • email@example.com 8
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ANNUAL REPORT ( Engagement and Learning ) Major Gift from the Turners Patsy and Ronny Turner from Blowing Rock have made the largest gift to Belk Library and Information Commons in the history of the library as part of the ongoing Campaign for Appalachian. Their planned gift is directed at several areas in the library including the student employee scholarship endowment, a distinguished professorship for the new health sciences librarian, and collection endowments in reading and in counseling, psychology, eating disorders, and health services. As a result of these gifts, the Atrium, the library’s unique circular entrance, will be named in memory of their daughter, Nicki Lynn Turner, who attended Appalachian in the late 1980s. The collection and student scholarship endowments, and the endowment to promote the love of reading, will also carry Nicki’s name. The distinguished professorship will be named in memory of the Turners’ son, Ronny Turner Jr.
In a donor letter that appeared in the spring 2010 issue of The Commons, the Turners wrote: “Remembering Nicki encourages us to give back to the university that meant so much to her. We can think of no better place to remember our daughter (who loved to read!) than the library of her favorite university.” Mary Reichel, dean of libraries, said, “I cannot say enough about the generosity of the Turners. We are grateful for their faith in the library, and their interest in helping our students learn and be able to continue their education. These thoughtful gifts will have a major impact on the library for many years to come.” She added, “We also love having Patsy as a member of our Library Advisory Board. She is a conscientious board member who takes her role very seriously, and we appreciate her dedication to the library.” The overall financial commitment from the Turners to the campaign is one of the largest gifts Appalachian has ever received. A number of other donors have made generous gifts to the library during the past year, and they are listed on pages 8-9.
Student Library Ambassadors Librarian Amanda Bird has developed a new program promoting peer-to-peer learning. Accomplished library student assistants received special training to serve as Library Ambassadors to provide orientation tours for first year seminar and transfer students. Tour attendance increased 40 percent from the previous year. In the coming year, the hope is that the Library Ambassadors will help library engagement efforts by continuing to provide orientation tours as well as participating in other library and campus events.
Annual Report ( Learning )
Friends, Kiwanis Club Cosponsor Writing Contest The Richard T. Barker Friends of the Library and the Kiwanis Club of Boone have joined forces to sponsor a writing contest for high school students in Watauga County.
Celebrating Romulus Linney: Archives and Exhibit The life and accomplishments of playwright Romulus Linney were celebrated by the University Library and the Department of Theatre and Dance during the event “Romulus Linney: Back Home in the Mountains” Sept. 20-21. The events included a craft talk on writing for the stage, a panel discussion on being an actor in professional theatre, master classes for theatre majors, and the dedication and opening of the Romulus Linney Papers and Exhibit in Belk Library and Information Commons. Romulus’ widow, Laura Callanan; daughters Laura and Susan Linney; and cousins Frank and Joyce Coffey and Paul Coffey participated, along with actors and others from New York City who had worked with Linney through the years. Students from Watauga High School and Lees-McRae College participated in several of the sessions. Linney’s recently acquired papers housed in Special Collections include: • correspondence • manuscripts • working copies of his works with notes
The Friends will conduct the contest and the Kiwanis Club will provide $600 in prize money to six winning entrants. The contest is divided into two divisions, prose and poetry, with prizes being awarded to three entries in each: $150, first; $100, second; and $50, third. The deadline is February 28, and the winners will be announced by March 29, 2013. A panel of judges from the two organizations will choose the winners. A selection of the top entries will be published in future issues of The Commons.
• a collection of his published writings and research materials • photographs of his productions and of family members • recordings of his lectures • production posters, theatre programs and reviews • awards and honors Many of the items are currently displayed on the fourth floor of Belk Library and Information Commons. 11
Annual Report ( Engagement ) Popelars Climbs to New Heights
Roped into the team and equipped with an ice axe, helmet, headlamp, crampons, and an avalanche receiver, Popelars and the others traversed glaciers, crevasses, and Rainier’s precarious Disappointment Cleaver.
Craig Popelars, chair of the Library Advisory Board and a 1989 graduate of Appalachian, marked his 45th birthday in a most unusual, adventuresome way. He, along with eight other men and women, gathered in late August to climb Mount Rainier (14,410 feet elevation) east of Seattle, WA.
“Climbing up an aluminum ladder to cross an especially large crevasse with crampons on and while roped into three other people is something I’d rather not do again,” Popelars said.
During the two-day climb, the group, led by guides from Craig Popelars. Photos submitted. a professional mountaineering company, ascended more than 9,000 vertical feet. Loaded with 45 pound packs, the team began in the alpine meadows of Paradise at the base of the mountain, but the route quickly turned to snow and ice when they crossed Muir Snowfield. After a seven-hour break at Camp Muir (10,080 feet), the team began their summit attempt at 1 a.m. under a star-filled sky.
With 40 percent less oxygen and the route steepening, six of the nine climbers slowly but successfully reached the summit at 7:40 a.m., where winds exceeded 35 mph and temperatures were in the mid-20s. The other three had returned to Camp Muir due to altitude sickness and exhaustion. Popelars noted that the climb was made at night because the ice was harder and easier to navigate – and the sunrise was spectacular. “I’ve always been enamored with mountaineering and the great pioneers of climbing, but the highest points I’ve ever scaled were probably Yosemite’s Half Dome, Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and Scotland’s Ben Nevis,” Popelars continued. “The only climbing I intend to do for the rest of this year will be to my seats at Kidd Brewer Stadium.”
Library Social Networking While continuing to maintain and develop the library’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, the library’s social networking offerings added Pinterest this year. To celebrate National Library Week during April, library users were invited to share their favorite books via a form on the website. The book covers and links to the titles in the catalog were then posted on a Pinterest board, and the book that was entered the most times was added to the library’s circulating Kindle ebook readers. 12
Annual Report ( Engagement - Events ) Flash Fiction Contest Winners of the second annual Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the University Library were announced in February. First place was awarded to Jesse Oates. The Book, his interesting and quick tale about people and their unique relationships with books, was chosen as the winner for its well-crafted realism and descriptive language. Oates received a $150 University Bookstore gift certificate. Second place was awarded to Eric Spivey for Shards, and he received a $100 gift certificate. Third place was awarded to Matt Paden for Partisan Extremis. He received a $50 gift certificate.
Librarian Geri Purpur, Jesse Oates, Matt Paden, and Dean Mary Reichel
Memories of President Friday
Faculty and staff at Belk Library are recalling with fond memories the years that the late William C. “Bill” Friday, longtime president of the UNC system, served as honorary chair of Appalachian’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant Advisory Committee. Friday died October 12, and a memorial service was held at UNC Chapel Hill October 17. The NEH committee was established in 2002 to help raise $1.2 million in private funds to match a $400,000 grant from NEH. The result was the formation of a Humanities Endowment for Appalachian Studies to benefit the university’s W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at the library, the Center for Appalachian Studies, and the Appalachian Cultural Museum (the museum was closed in 2006). When asked to serve as honorary chair of the committee, Friday agreed with enthusiasm and juggled his busy schedule to attend and chair as many meetings as he could. “Bill Friday’s willingness to help with this project, and his dedication to the task, were inspirational to everyone involved,” said Mary Reichel, dean of libraries. “He was a joy to work with, and I value the time I spent with him very much.” Friday led the UNC system from 1956 to 1986; it was expanded in 1972 to a 16-campus system, which included Appalachian.
William “Bill” Friday during the taping of his show, North Carolina People. UNCW/Jamie Moncrief 13
CONNECT. CELEBRATE. Dear Friends of the Library,
I offer greetings from Appalachian and the Hayes School of Music, and I send my thanks to you for your interest in the University’s libraries. It is perhaps a cliché to say that a library is foundational to a first-class university, but here at Appalachian, especially in these years of rapidly developing technologies, our libraries must remain central resources for our academic mission. And I would observe that Appalachian’s are. If you haven’t seen our libraries recently, I welcome you to wander in sometime when you’re on campus. You will be astounded at the pleasant learning environment each offers, as well as the unique and expansive materials they provide for student learning, including traditional books, periodicals, and other reference materials, but also a myriad of online sources accessible through the numerous computers available for users, as well as from remote computer terminals.
That is certainly true for the Erneston Music Library, located on the second floor of the Broyhill Music Center, here in the southwest end of campus. We are so fortunate in the Hayes School to have a music library located within our building, readily accessible for student and faculty use, literally just down the hall from offices, performance studios, and classrooms. The library staff, led by Dr. Gary Boye, is knowledgeable, creative, and eager to assist anyone with music research needs, and we are fortunate that the Erneston Library’s holdings are well maintained and updated, ensuring that music scores, books, periodicals, and complementary online resources are readily available.
Dr. William Pelto
• Editorial Board: Megan Johnson, Lynn Patterson, Mary Reichel, Patty Wheeler • Writers: Patty Wheeler, Megan Johnson • Special Thanks: University Communications • Design: Sarah McBryde • Cover Image: Paul Grant
The Erneston Music Library has identified a $250,000 goal for the current Appalachian campaign. Your support toward that goal will help ensure that the music holdings remain current and provide students and faculty with cutting edge materials to assist them with their classroom studies, score preparation, and research of all kinds. Please consider helping Appalachian make a difference, one student at a time.
Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees.
Sincerely, William L. Pelto, Ph.D. Dean, Hayes School of Music Appalachian State University 14
( We appreciate your continued support )
ppalachian students know that the University Library is the place to go for the resources they need as they prepare for their classes and eventual careers, and people like you make this possible. Your decision to support the library allows a thriving community to flourish by funding important additions to the collections as well as projects that honor faculty, offer special opportunities for students, and reach out to the community. Thank you for giving to the library at the heart of the university you love.
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Please Direct My Donation Toward: ____ Friends of the Library ____ Children’s Literature Symposium ____ Music Library ____ Student Employee Scholarships ____ Stock Car Racing Endowment
*gifts of $2,500 and above qualify for membership in the Chancellor’s Society
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Library Advisory Board 2011-2012 Bottom row left to right: Kay Borkowski, Betsy Brown, Janice Grana, Barbara Freiman, Sabine Miller, Lynn Patterson, Bettie Bond 2nd Row: Meliné Markarian, Betty Howe, Patsy Turner, Andrea Gimlin, Barbara Burgin, H.G. Jones 3rd Row: Mary Reichel, Patty Wheeler, Craig Popelars, Robbie Franklin, Paul Byrd 4th Row: Bo Henderson, Chad Mitchell, Greg Hamlyn, Randy Stevens Not pictured: Sally Brewster, Melanie Broyhill, John Higby, John Idol, Bill Rhinehart, Mary Ridenhour, Tracy Royster, Rick Stephenson, Sylvia Tarleton, Tacky Vosburgh, Michael Wilder Photo by Hunter Phillips