Doug Johnson is the chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, based in Lenoir. He is a 1977 graduate of the Walker College of Business, with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
A 1997 graduate of Appalachian's Walker College of Business, Sparks earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 1998, earned a master's degree in accounting at Appalachian. He returned to graduate study at UNC Chapel Hill, where he completed his M.B.A. in 2004.
The Be Active-Appalachian Partnership is participating in Be Active North Carolina's statewide Movement for Motion campaign, which strives to get 1 million North Carolinians more active more often by 2015. The campaign asks North Carolinians to make a commitment to devote 30 minutes each day to being physically active. It also seeks to implement greater policy and environmental changes that promote physical activity.
"Brazil is the eighth largest economy in the world and will be growing at a higher rate than the United States, probably for the next decade," says Dr. Martin Meznar, assistant dean for international programs in Appalachian's Walker College of Business. "I feel it is vitally important that students be exposed to opportunities beyond the border of the United States, and that's why we launched our study abroad to Brazil three years ago."
The most recent group traveled to Brazil during the 2011 spring break—24 students representing business, appropriate technology and biology who learned about sustainable management practices. The study abroad trip was part of their semester-long coursework.
Vatican Astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno has spent his entire career exploring the connections of science, religion and society. A prolific writer, he has authored numerous books including the bestseller "Turn left at Orion." Brother Consolmagno has taught at several well-known universities including Harvard and MIT. His scholarly work addresses how the move to view and emotional appreciation of the stars to a deeper understanding of reason and truth.
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts stands as a pivotal cultural connection between Appalachian and the High Country community. With 25 exhibits, numerous lectures and seemingly countless workshops presented each year, Brook Bower, the museum's assistant curator, proclaims: "The Turchin Center's program offerings are the most diverse of any you will find in the High Country."
She is called America's doctor providing the best scientific information available on improving ones health and reducing the risk of illness and injury. She is Dr. Regina Benjamin who is the 18th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service appointed by President Obama. Surgeon General Benjamin began her medical career in rural Alabama and is now the top physician in the nation.
How do you improve policy- and decision-making? Appalachian State University students and faculty research current economic and policy issues, economic development, environment and energy, and public finance. They use three laboratories on campus to conduct their research. Meet Dr. Todd Cherry, the man who coordinates this research that is helping improve decision-making in North Carolina.
Mudbound is Hillary Jordan's first novel but her work has already been compared to that of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. Her story of racial prejudice in the 1940's Mississippi has been named one of the top ten debut novels of the decade by Paste Magazine and has won a Bellwether Prize.