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Article Published: Feb. 3, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

WAC joins national study

The Watauga County Arts Council has joined Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.

The research study, which is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, Americai?1/2s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, will evaluate the impact spending by nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences have on their local economies.

As one of 200 study partners across all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the Watauga County Arts Council will facilitate the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from nonprofit arts and culture organizations located throughout Watauga County.

In addition, the council will collaborate with the communityi?1/2s other arts organizations to collect surveys from at least 800 arts and culture attendees in Watauga County during 2011.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV will allow the council to evaluate the impact of the recession on the employment and government revenues that are generated by the nonprofit arts industry.

i?1/2We expect that the findings will demonstrate that the arts remain a formidable industry in spite of our countryi?1/2s recent economic challenges,i?1/2 a spokesperson said.

Customized findings for Watauga County will demonstrate the impact of spending by nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences on the economy. Specifically, the studyi?1/2s results will include: The total dollars spent by Watauga Countyi?1/2s nonprofit arts and culture organizations; the total dollars spent by audiences as a direct result of their attendance at arts and culture events in Watauga County; the number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by arts spending; the amount of resident, household income i?1/2 including salaries and wages i?1/2 generated by arts spending; and the amount of local and state government tax revenues generated by arts spending.

The Watauga County Arts Council is also celebrating 30 years of i?1/2Making the ARTS a Presence in the Communityi?1/2 during 2011. Arts council staff is encouraging all arts organizations in Watauga County to contact them at and to become involved in the survey process.

USDA seeks input on Christmas tree promotion

USDA has published the proposed Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information order, which, if approved, would allow producers and importers the structure to self-assess real Christmas trees to fund research and promotion of live Christmas trees.

The proposed order assesses a 15 cent fee per tree sold or imported in the US.

Those that produce or import fewer than 500 trees per year can apply for an exemption. This basically means smaller producers have a choice of whether they choose to participate or not.

The funds would be directed by a board of 12 Christmas tree producers, nominated by the industry, who understand the industry and its current needs.

Comments must be received by Feb. 7 and can be submitted to (reference Document No. AMS-FV-0008-PR-1A).

ASU distributes first round of acceptance letters

Appalachian State University has sent acceptance letters to the top candidates who applied for admission by the universityi?1/2s first application deadline.

The students are among thousands of high school seniors from across North Carolina and the Southeast who are receiving long-awaited admissions letters informing them of acceptance into their university of choice.

i?1/2This yeari?1/2s applicant pool is extremely competitive,i?1/2 said Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management."i?1/2The challenging academics and strong relationships between faculty and our students continue to attract top students from the state and the region.i?1/2

For applicants offered admission, the average high school grade point average (GPA) is 3.99, with an average SAT score of 1159."

Appalachian continues to be a highly regarded institution across the state, offering admission to high school seniors from 94 counties in North Carolina with the largest number of students from Wake and Mecklenburg counties."Regionally and even nationally, Appalachiani?1/2s reputation is strong, leading to admission offers to students from 43 states, with the largest number of students from South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia and students from 26 foreign countries.
Appalachiani?1/2s continuing emphasis on attracting a diverse student body is shown by a sharp increase in the number of diverse students who applied by the first deadline and were then admitted during this first round."Appalachian has offered admission to 34.9 percent more multicultural students than at the same point last year."

The first deadline for fall 2011 admission was Dec. 1, 2010. The next deadline is Feb. 1, with a final round of applicants to be reviewed after a March 1 deadline. As of Jan. 26, a total of 13,203 applications had been received for admission for the fall freshman class, which is a 3.8 percent increase over last yeari?1/2s total on the same date.

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