ASU Rhodo Society inducts new members



Article Published: May. 20, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
ASU Rhodo Society inducts new members

The 2010 inductees into the Reich College of Education's Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University are Mary Etta Moretz of Boone, left, H.G. Jones of Pittsboro and John B. Rogers of Statesville. They were honored for their exemplary service to education and community. The award is the highest honor given by Appalachian's Reich College of Education.

Photo by Troy Tuttle



A love for education is the common bond that unites Mary Etta Moretz of Boone, H.G. Jones of Pittsboro and John B. Rogers of Statesville.

The three are the 2010 inductees into the Reich College of Education's Rhododendron Society at Appalachian State University.

Established in 1999 to recognize exemplary service to education and community, the award is the highest honor given by the Reich College of Education. The award was presented April 24 during the Rhododendron Society induction breakfast.




Mary Etta Moretz
The third of four children, Moretz was born in Watauga County. After receiving bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Appalachian in 1964 and 1966, respectively, Moretz taught English and social studies at Watauga High School for 37 years. She sponsored numerous award-winning clubs and was a frequent chaperone for school events. Moretz was the director of the Extended Day School and founder and director of Pioneer Academy.

In the community, Moretz served as the president of the Boone Business and Professional Women's Club and was the district winner of the Young Professional Woman of the Year. She served as the president of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary sorority for educators. Moretz was also the co-chairman of Mountain People for Clean Mountain Air.

Moretz is a passionate advocate of public education. When she retired, she surprised herself by running for county commissioner because she knew how much Watauga County needed a new high school. Moretz helped to pass the necessary ordinances, and the new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) school will open in August.

Presently, Moretz is the chair of the Community Care Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured patients. She volunteers for Hickory Ridge Homestead, part of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, where she teaches visitors and schoolchildren about the heritage and way of life during colonial and Revolutionary War days. Moretz also serves on the Department of Social Services board.



H.G. Jones
Jones earned his bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1949. In 1950, he received a master of arts degree from the George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, and continued on to Duke University, graduating with his Ph.D. in 1965.

Jones has been the Thomas Whitmell Davis research historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1994. He also has served as the state archivist of North Carolina and director of the State Department of Archives and History 1956 to 1974, as well as the director of the North Carolina Collection and adjunct professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1974 to 1994.

In addition to Jones' work at UNC-Chapel Hill, he has served as president of the Appalachian Alumni Association, as well as president of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), secretary for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), commissioner of the National Historical Publication and Records Commission (NHPRC), chairman of America's Four Hundredth Anniversary Committee, and founder of the North Caroliniana Society.

Jones' other recognitions include: SAA's Waldo Gifford Leland Award, AASLH's Award of Distinction, ASTC's First Distinguished Alumni Award, NHPRC's Award for Distinguished Service, UNC's First Faculty Service Award, North Carolina Humanities Council's Caldwell Awards, and the State of North Carolina Award for Public Service.

Jones has made many contributions in preserving the history of North Carolina. He also has published numerous works, including "For History's Sake" (UNC Press), "Records of a Nation" (Atheneum), "North Carolina Illustrated" (UNC Press), "North Carolina History Bibliography" (Grennwood), and "Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes" (History Press). Later this year, McFarland will publish his memoir, "The Sonarman's War: Chasing Submarines and Sweeping Mines in World War II."



John B. Rogers
Rogers served the Rowan-Salisbury County school system for his entire career, from 1969 to 2004. He earned an associate degree from Mitchell Community College in 1967. He earned a bachelor of science degree in social science, a master of arts degree and an education specialist degree in reading education from Appalachian in 1969, 1980 and 1984, respectively. Rogers also received a Teacher of Academically Gifted certification from Rowan-Salisbury County schools.

Rogers worked at the middle school level teaching language arts, social studies, science, reading and academically gifted classes. He was the department chair of social studies and language arts, reading specialist and lead teacher, school chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, chair for the systemwide Language Arts Committee for middle schools, co-chair for the systemwide Academically Gifted Program Plan for middle and high schools, a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and National Education Association, and was active with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He also was named Teacher of the Year for two years at West Rowan Middle School.

Rogers also has been active with Appalachian. As a student, he was president of the Student Yosef Club from 1968-69. He is currently on the Alumni Council and served as secretary from 1993-95, and president from 1995-96. He is a member of the Mountaineer Volunteer Program, received the Outstanding Service Award in 1991, and continues to help support the Yosef Club, McKinney Alumni Center, Reich College of Education, and the Marching Band. Rogers is also an honorary member of the board of rrustees and was a part of the adjunct faculty in 1980 in the Department of Reading Education.

Rogers currently serves on the Board of Education for Iredell-Statesville schools.

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